Author: Rob Portinga

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Measuring Weight Loss Progress

We all know how exciting it is to see the numbers on a scale decline as we make progress towards our weight loss goals. And we all know the stress and anguish caused when that number seems to get “stuck”...

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Radio Archive: Running 101

This show originally aired on September 3, 2011 We had one season of broadcasting The Wake Up Call live at the MN State Fair – my guest that day was John Long, owner of Marathon Sports in Minneapolis with me to...

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FDA Proposes New Nutrition Labels

If you’ve taken one of my Smart Shopping classes, you know we spend a fair bit of time on deciphering the information on nutrition labels. You can see an example of what information is currently on them in the sample...

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NSAIDs and Bariatric Surgery – What’s the Deal?

If you’re a bariatric patient, you’ve probably heard the “NO NSAIDS” mantra. When you ask “why not?”, the general response is “they can cause ulcers” or something along those lines. Which is true… but do you know why that is? It’s...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Chia

Ch-ch-ch-chia! If you’re anything like I used to be, if you were to play some word association and be given the word chia, you would immediately follow it up with pet. It’s kind weird though, for as widespread that chia...

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10 Signs of Being Happy

A while back on The Wake Up Call, we did a show about happiness… and it is a theme that does come up frequently on our show… so when I came across the following infographic that I thought was well...

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An Egg-celent Source of Protein and More

I can’t help it, but every time I hear someone order an “egg-white omelet”, I cringe a little inside. Ok, it’s really just fine if all you want is the egg-whites, but I do think you’re missing out on not...

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No Sugar Added Fruit Spreads

One of my “go to” breakfasts is whole-wheat or multi-grain toaster waffles with some PB&J on top sprinkled with some chia seeds. Or sometimes instead of the store-bought I’ll make up a batch of whole-grain pancakes and freeze them for...

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Radio Archive: Biking for Fun and Fitness

This show originally aired on august 13, 2012 My first actual show on The Wake Up Call was on Biking for Fun and Fitness. I was joined in studio by Stephen Cottrell from Freewheel Bike – who biked from Minneapolis to the studio...

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Radio Archive: Nutrition for the Body, Mind & Soul

This show originally aired on August 11, 2012 nu·tri·tion   [noo-trish-uhn, nyoo-] noun – 1. the act or process of nourishing or of being nourished. When it comes to nutrition, most people think food. And food is great way of nourishing the...