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Articles by Benjamin White, RD

Registered Dietitian

In addition to nutrition, Dr. White has a background in public health and scientific research. Ben is excited about translating research into practical knowledge that people can use to improve their overall health. He teaches a variety of classes, ranging from online nutrition resources to meal planning to controlling  your  food environment. He oversees the nutritional components of the program to ensure that guests are equipped with the necessary skills, resources, support, and knowledge to succeed after leaving Structure House. Restaurant outings, individual nutrition counseling, and workshops are also key parts of the program overseen by the nutrition team. The chefs and dietitians at Structure House work in tandem to provide guests with a menu that is appealing, balanced, satisfying and healthy.

Ben earned his Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has experience in weight loss counseling, motivational interviewing, diabetes management, vegetarian diets, teaching, and scientific research. Dr. White joined Structure House in 2016 as a Registered Dietitian.

Meal Replacement Shakes for Weight Loss

What are meal replacement shakes, and do they work for weight loss? What about their safety? Are they healthy? Many commercially available shakes are marketed to people as a weight loss aid or for health promotion, but there are several things you should keep in mind before spending money on pricey meal replacements.  Any way of eating that significantly … Read More

Breaking Down the Benefits of the Keto Diet

There are thousands of ways to lose weight. Ask 100 different people and you might get 100 different diets that they’ve found beneficial in helping shed some pounds. The “keto” diet is the most extreme example of the low-carb diets, which have been popular in various forms for the past several decades. Carbohydrates (i.e. carbs) … Read More

Pumpkin Pecan Stuffing

Serves: 8 Ingredients: 2/3 cup white onion, finely diced 2/3 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced thin 1/3 cup celery, diced ½ cup apples, peeled and chopped ½ cup canned pumpkin 1/3 cup pecans, chopped 1 Tbsp fresh parsley 1 tsp ground sage 1/3 tsp ground thyme 2 pinches salt ½ tsp pepper 1 egg 1 ½ … Read More

Instant Pumpkin Custard

Serves: 6 Ingredients:  15 oz. (1 can) canned pumpkin, (not pie filling) ¾ cup pitted, dried dates 2 Tbsps cashew butter or almond butter 1 ½ tsps pumpkin pie spice 5 grams stevia sweetener (2 packets Truvia) 2 pinches salt *May use ground cinnamon, nutmeg, (and less) ginger and allspice instead of pie spice blend. … Read More

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Serves: 10 Ingredients:  1 cup white onion, finely diced 1/5 tsp ground cloves ½ tsp ground allspice ½ tsp ground coriander 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp ground black pepper 1 Tbsp olive oil 30 oz. (2 cans) canned pumpkin, (not pie filling) 1 cup carrots, peeled & chopped 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth 16 … Read More

Can Probiotics Help You Lose Weight?

There are a lot of claims about how probiotics can help you lose weight and improve your health. With all the information out there, it’s tough to separate health fact from fiction. So what exactly are probiotics? Most importantly, can you use them to promote weight loss and better health? Probiotics are actually bacteria (or … Read More

Weight Loss Detox

Weight loss detox plans and cleanses are popular – but what are they, and should you be on one? Our bodies have many of their own natural detoxification systems in place to break down and get rid of a wide range of harmful compounds. While the kidneys can filter out many small molecules and salts, … Read More

Super Spices: Flavor Enhancers for Health

After spending some time researching food groups that promote weight loss, help reduce disease risk, and extend life, I want to acknowledge some benefits of foods that can’t be as easily categorized. In my last entry, I focused on groups of foods, like fish and legumes. I also focused on foods that provide a substantial … Read More

PCOS, Nutrition, and Metabolism

Many people are interested in the factors that affect their metabolism, but don’t know what they can do to make a difference. One, major factor that influences the body’s metabolism is the endocrine system, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age 1. WHAT IS PCOS? There is still … Read More