The MIND Diet

Two studies published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia feature a comprehensive dietary approach to preventing brain related diseases and deterioration of memory and mental acuity with aging. Not surprisingly, the MIND intervention follows similar patterns as heart healthy diets and is in fact based on two well studied approaches to healthy eating: the Mediterranean diet and the…

Blue Zones for Health

While traveling earlier this month I started seeing signs at restaurants and grocery stores for “blue zone approved” foods. While I was aware of the Blue Zone concept, I was happy to learn that this community adopted a plan to promote healthier eating with Blue Zone diet foods. This is a commitment by the community…

Eating Together

During this week of presidential transitions and a clear change in political direction, I am making an intention that 2017 will be about fostering community. And what better way to connect than through food? Eating is something that we all share, we can all agree on the enjoyment of a good meal. Food is an…

Happy Gut

Digestive dysfunction and discomfort is a common occurrence. These issues range from feeling bloated to severe abdominal pain.  According to the National Institute of Health: 20% of U.S. adults experience acid reflux (heart burn) one or more times a week. 63 million have chronic constipation 3 million have irritable bowel syndrome 9 million have irritable…

So Long 2016

There have been many interesting and some surprising nutrition research, films and stories over the past year. Some reinforced prior evidence, helping remind us of the importance of things like our gut bacteria, basing our diets on plants, and the catastrophic impact of consuming large amounts of processed foods. While others are by thinkers and activists…