What I Learned About Nutrition in 2018

Get in the kitchen! Making food is likely the most impactful thing you can do to improve your diet. If you are looking for some inspiration, tips on how to get started or just want some new cooking tricks- check out these posts: How to find the time to cook. Keys to home cooking: Go-to-meal…

It’s Feeding Time!

Intermittent fasting has gained some attention over the past few years as a method for optimizing health and losing weight. I wrote about the basics of fasting last year here; exploring the impact on metabolism and defining fasting. I’m returning to this topic because a recent study shows some very promising results using fasting for weight loss….

Improve Blood Sugar: save the carbs for last.

We know that what you eat changes blood sugar response: blood sugars spike and fall more quickly with refined carbohydrates and large portions of food foods with fiber, fat, and protein slow down absorption, resulting in a slower release of nutrients into the bloodstream and gradual rise of blood sugars that peak lower and come…

The Mesoamerican Diet

The Mediterranean diet gets all the buzz as the healthy way to eat, but there are multiple cultures with traditional health-promoting diets. A good reason for the attention on the Mediterranean diet is research. Multiple clinical trials show the traditional Mediterranean diet increases longevity; decreasing risk for heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Other traditional…

Flex Your Food

You don’t have to become a vegetarian or vegan to enjoy the health benefits of plants as new research reported on Medscape and presented at the European Congress on Obestity shows. In several studies from around the world, researchers describe how higher intakes of vegetables benefits health- from weight loss to reducing cancer risk. In…

Reversing Heart Disease

Last week I wrote about new research on how to reverse diabetes. This week I turn to the other major driver of chronic disease and early death: heart disease. As with diabetes, there is abundant research on heart disease, from causes to prevention. Reversal is a tricky word to use with heart disease, some experts feel…

How To Non-Diet

Last week I introduced the concept of non-dieting as a solution to some of the most common struggles with weight loss; a way to integrate healthy habits for a lifetime of success. And this week we get the nuts and bolts- how to put the non-diet approach into practice. So here’s a simple four-part plan:…

Ditch the Diet

Trying to lose weight? Pick a diet, any diet. They all work– at short-term weight loss that will be gained back for 90-95% of people. Study after study of weight loss efforts tells us something about “going on a diet” to lose weight may be the wrong approach. But why? We know that body weight is…

Top-Rated Diets of 2018

U.S. News and World Report creates an annual ranking of the 40 most popular diets based on evaluation from doctors, dietitians, psychologists, professors, and other nutrition and health experts. Their panel evaluates diets in seven categories including: prevention and treatment of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease ease of following the diet likelihood of weight…