SOURCE: CardioTabs

December 09, 2009 16:18 ET

Registered Dietitian Joan O'Keefe Releases 2nd Web Video in a Series Focused on Weight Loss, Healthy Eating & Nutrition

Nutrition 101 Web Video Series: Nutrition Tips for the Holidays, the New Year and Beyond

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - December 9, 2009) - In a recently released video highlighting the importance of breakfast, Registered Dietitian and co-author of "Forever Young Diet and Lifestyle," Joan O'Keefe, reveals what breakfast foods to eat and what to avoid during the holidays and after.

Considered the most important meal of the day, breakfast can be filled with healthy offerings, or unhealthy options. O'Keefe's free online video series, "Nutrition 101," aims to educate and motivate people to live more healthy lives. In this new video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wvlDAV37eo, O'Keefe emphasizes how "convenience" foods such as sugary breakfast cereals, toast and jam and baked goods are examples of easily digested carbohydrates and demonstrates how they cause an undesirable cycle of sugar spikes and crashes. "When this cycle is started in the morning, it continues for the entire day, causing excessive insulin production. These increased insulin levels can lead to weight gain and hypoglycemia," said Joan O'Keefe, RD.

"I have many clients who spike and crash throughout the entire day and as a result eat more calories than they need. They do this to maintain stable levels of sugar and avoid the crashes and lethargy," said O'Keefe. "Through 'Nutrition 101,' I offer practical, useful advice to improve the morning routine and avoid this unhealthy cycle. As a mother of four, I know you can have a healthy breakfast in the same amount of time it takes to cook a Pop-Tart. You and your family can eat healthy, even in a hurry."

O'Keefe recommends keeping breakfast simple by always including two colors and one protein in breakfast. Suggested breakfast ideas can be found at www.foreveryoungdiet.com.

"Nutrition 101" with Joan O'Keefe, RD, is a free, online video campaign to help educate individuals about lifestyle, weight loss, cardiovascular health and nutrition. Future video topics include exercise, food consumption and crucial supplements.

Joan O'Keefe is a Registered Dietitian, national speaker and nutrition consultant for adults and teens. James O'Keefe, MD, is an internationally renowned Preventive Cardiologist, speaker and author. The O'Keefe's are dedicated to promoting and teaching healthy living. Their book, "The Forever Young Diet and Lifestyle," is available for online purchase at www.cardiotabs.com. For more information, please visit www.foreveryoungdiet.com.

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