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Dietitian Birkel on dairy v. plant milk, what to eat before the game and the new weight loss miracle drug



FILE - Gundersen dietitian Laura Birkel in the WIZM studio for La Crosse Talk PM on Aug. 21, 2023.

Dietitian Laura Birkel joined La Crosse Talk PM last week to break down dairy v. plant milk, what to eat before the big game, and the new weight loss drug, Ozempec, among other things.

La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:06 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.

Birkel has been a dietitian for seven years, the last three of which at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. 

We spent quite a bit of time trying to decipher the news surrounding the diabetes drug, like Ozempic, that more and more people are taking simply to lose weight. Do the frightening headlines people see about the drug have any basis in reality or are they just headline porn? 

Also, with school starting and high school and college sports getting back into full swing, we discussed some of the things people should eat before the game — whether that’s the night before, hours before or right before playing.

We also talked about dairy v. plant milk, if sparkling water is good for you and how bad is cheese, really?

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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