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What is the best diet for me? I have end stage kidney failure and do diaylsis.

Hello there and thank you for sending in your question! 

Kidney failure (also known as end-stage renal disease) is a serious health condition thus it is best to discuss this question with your doctor who is more familiar with your personal health history and current treatment plan. I highly encourage to ask your doctor for a written referral to see a renal dietitian who can work with you and determine what is the best diet for you. 

I take my vitamins, in the morning... still on an empty stomach. I take a multi-vitamin, B-12, a calcium and magnesium and omego-3's, my question is... are the fat soluble's processed/adsorbed properly because I take the omega-3's?

Hello and thank you for asking! It looks like you take great interest in your health. 

It is generally advised to take supplements with a meal that has some healthy fats in it for best absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins (A,D, E, and K). Taking supplements with food also helps prevent an upset stomach. The omega-3 supplements do not replace a meal.

what is the best food to eat that is a fatburnner

Hello and thank you for asking! This is a great question.

Science tells us that food itself does not burn fat. Food is a source of energy – also known as calories – that our bodies need to survive. However, when we eat more food than our body needs for energy it gets stored as fat. That said, there are two key ways to burn fat:

            1. Increasing physical activity

            2. Eating fewer calories

Is the Whole 30 challenge healthy for your body and is it safe to make it into a lifestyle?

Hello there and thank you for your question!

The Whole30 diet is a diet that avoids sugar, alcohol, grains and legumes.  It is similar to another diet called the Paleo diet.  For some people, they have used the Whole30 diet as a way to find food intolerances, but many have used the diet for weight loss.

I understand the concept of MyPlate but how does it work with the USDA super tracker? One use visual food group on a plate ( not sure how we accommodate different amount of calories) and the other is just tracking calories and activity level.

Hello there and thank you for your question!

MyPlate was created by the USDA as way to help Americans eat a balance diet.  You may have seen earlier images of the Food Pyramid.  MyPlate is a helpful because most Americans know what a plate looks like.  What MyPlate does is give you a good idea of portions and that half your plate should be vegetables and fruit.

How can I boost my metabolism?

Hello there and thank you for your question!

Metabolism is the chemical reaction that happens in our bodies.  It is usually associated with how many calories we burn.  So the higher the metabolism the more calories we burn, which it turns can help you lose weight and keep it off.  Based on what the science says, here are a few ways to help boost your metabolism:

Is there a concern with eating foods containing preservatives (ex: bread, dried fruit, etc.)?

Hello there and thank you for your question!

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are responsible for ensuring the safety of our food.  However, they are not required to review any of the preservatives currently in use that are generally "recognized as safe."  That being said, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, has a list of preservatives/additives that are safe, that you should cut back, and those that should be avoided.