The Sugar Holiday

I’ve written a few posts on sugar (impact on brain health and public health efforts to decrease intake) and of course, limiting sugar consumption is on my ten tips for well-being. Halloween kicks off the season of sugar- lasting until New Years Eve- with a bang; some estimating that the average US child eats 3…

Diabetes Prevention: Food vs Pills

Last week I reviewed some research on lifestyle changes and cardiovascular disease. This week we turn to another major chronic illness in the US: diabetes. As with heart disease, treatment options include medicine and lifestyle- what you eat, how you move, how you sleep, and how you manage stress. First a few sobering statistics: 1…

Veg Out for Better Cholesterol

Studies consistently show vegetarians are less likely to develop chronic diseases that plague our nation: diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.  But why is this the case? One way that many diseases develop is through changes in the compounds in our blood- namely sugar, insulin, and fat (cholesterol). In a recently published meta-analysis, (an evaluation of all…

Weight Gain and Menopause

A recent review of the science published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings shines a light on aging women’s health, in particular the influence of body weight on heart disease risk. What is the Issue? On average women gain 1 1/2 pounds per year in their 50s and 60s. This has resulted in high levels of overweight…

Befriending your Appetites

Last week’s blog explored intermittent dieting as a solution to the psychological and physiological resistance to long term dietary change. Today we’ll look at another approach that addresses the common struggle to maintain efforts at improving nutrition: becoming a connoisseur. Enjoy Your Food This may sound like a paradox: enjoying food more will help you…