Are You Eating too Much Sugar?

We all know that sugar is bad for your health, and yet it isn’t necessary for most of us to avoid it altogether. How much is ok to eat? Health experts have different opinions- like many nutrition topics- about recommended limits on sugar intake. A simple answer is the less the better. There’s nothing healthy…

Live Longer, Live Better

A recent study about quality of life has me thinking about health and aging. What does being healthy mean to you? The World Health Organization defines health as: “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the abscence of disease or infirmity.” This is a holistic way of viewing health that is…

What Can the Dietitian do for YOU?

With the start of the new year and the season of self-improvement, here’s a call to participate in The San Francisco Free Clinic’s lifestyle programs! Whether through individual counseling sessions or group seminars, the dietitian provides a comprehensive program based on the latest in healthy lifestyle research: ➢ Personalized eating plans Our dietitian takes a…

The Year in Food

In this year of reckonings- on politics, gender, race, social media, immigration- food issues can easily recede into the background.  However, food touches on all aspects of our lives, playing an integral role not only in health and the economy but also in the quality of our lives and how we relate to one another. Here are…

Go Nuts!

What Can Nuts Do For Your Health? A study published earlier this month in The Journal of American College of Cardiology supports the benefits of regularly consuming nuts for heart health. Nuts are included in most healthy dietary patterns- from Mediterranean to plant based and DASH– with health benefits for metabolism- aiding in blood sugar…

Pressured to Lower Blood Pressure

New recommendations from a coalition of leading public health groups lower target blood pressure for health maintenance to 130/80 mm Hg. As leaders in shaping recommendations for US healthcare, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology- key members of the coalition- support the “lower is better” approach to blood pressure. Currently, 45.6%…

Socialize Without Excess

The holiday season can be full of food focused social events; surrounding us with temptations and excess that may leave you feeling over-full, lethargic and unhealthy. Here’s a breakdown of how quickly a meal can become more than a days worth: There are some basic strategies you can employ in any social occasion to keep…

Alkaline Diets

Is your diet too acidic? Proponents of the alkaline diet believe that the answer is yes for the typical Western diet. The alkaline theory Certain foods stress the body’s pH balancing mechanisms,  causing damage to organs, cells, and bones resulting in disease and poor functioning. As with many health approaches, the alkaline diet claims to…

Move Your Mood

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. The benefits are well known and seemingly never-ending. The CDC summarizes it well: Control your weight Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome Reduce your risk of some cancers Strengthen…

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…