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Ask the RD: Alison Ozgur

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February 1, 2013

Alison is a Registered Dietitian specializing in health and fitness nutrition. She is the co-author of Go Beyond Good: The Trail to a Lifetime of Health and Vitality! Do you have a question for Alison? Email us at

Q: With the cold weather I find myself getting out of the house to exercise less and less. What suggestions do you have for easy way to work out in my house/indoors?

A: The feel good benefits that we receive from exercise are endless. During the winter months, its essential to stick to your workout plan. In your house, you may have the option of utilizing some of the fun workouts on a gaming system like Wii. Dance workouts like Zumba can help you burn calories. Other options would be to do tried and true workouts like we used to do in gym class: sit-ups, push-ups, alternating leg lunges, marching in place, hover (aka plank). In my new book, Go Beyond Good: The Trail to a Lifetime of Health and Vitality, my co-author and fitness professional, Derrick deLay, provides an 8- week full-body fitness plan that incorporates cardiovascular, strength, and neuromotor training into a single workout. Each exercise can be done at home and requires no equipment. Our book is available online at:

Q: My family has been pressuring me to get a flu shot but I heard that they are not vegan. Do you have some ideas of ways that I can naturally boost my immunity during the flu season?

A: The vast majority of influenza vaccines are produced in chicken eggs, so they are clearly not vegan. The good news is that plant-based versions are being studied and are on the way. Until that time, we should rely on diet and stress management to keep us healthy. We know that plant-based foods carry an enormous amount of antioxidant and phytonutrients. These two nutrients will help to strengthen the immune system, decrease inflammation, and boost resistance to disease. So, increase your intake of ALL colors of fruits and vegetables. In addition, frequent hand washing, relaxation, decreasing stress, and adequate sleep will help to get you through the flu season.

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