Healthy Living Blog

Articles by Valerie Dickerson, MS, RD

Registered Dietitian

Valerie is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She received both her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and Master’s degree in Nutrition from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Valerie enjoys helping people develop a deeper understanding of food so that they have lasting lifestyle changes beyond their stay at Structure House. She prides herself on helping participants break down complex nutritional issues into practical realistic goals. She believes balance and a healthy relationship with food is the key to developing a lifelong food plan that fuels the body while not depriving it. Valerie conducts individual nutrition sessions, teaches nutrition classes, facilitates grocery store tours and restaurant outings, and supports participants in the What’s Eating You weekly series for Binge and Emotional Overeating. Valerie originally joined the Structure House team in 2011, took a three year hiatus to be with her young children, and rejoined the team in 2018.

What are Macros?

Macros, or macronutrients are fat, carbohydrate and protein.  Marcos are the only nutrients that give fuel to our body. We need fuel from all three of these macros in order to keep our mind and body healthy, hence the term MARCOS- we need a lot of them. Many fad diets will reduce or eliminate a … Read More

Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss

Which snacks are healthy and won’t sabotage weight loss? Often, healthy snacks for weight loss look more like miniature entrees rather than something to nosh on between meals.   So many snack foods are high in calories, fat, sugar, and salt – a tempting combination that keeps you wanting more and more. Below are some examples of healthy snacks that taste great, are packed full of nutrients, and are satisfying in small quantities.   Plain, non-fat Greek yogurt (3/4 … Read More

Weight Loss Foods

Most people have difficulty navigating the wide range of weight loss foods on grocery store shelves. They may wonder how to choose between foods that are low-fat, low-carb, and low-calorie while struggling to figure out what food will best help them to lose weight. Foods that assist with weight loss come in all shapes and … Read More

Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss: Does It Work?

People have used apple cider vinegar as a remedy for centuries because of its presumed healing properties. For thousands of years, its most common uses were for detoxification, wound healing, and even as an antibiotic. More recently, apple cider vinegar became a popular home remedy for everything from treating sore throats to controlling dandruff.  Most notoriously, though, it’s been used to promote weight loss.  Although dosing … Read More

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