Anemia of Chronic Disease

When you hear the term “anemia,” you probably immediately picture a vitamin-mineral supplement or a nice, juicy steak, if you picture anything at all. Many people don’t know that the second most common form of anemia is caused by inflammation that arises in a variety of chronic diseases. No vitamins or minerals will correct the…

Intermittent Fasting

I get asked a lot about intermittent fasting these days, and for good reason – there is a ton of research being done on this subject and the science is certain to continue evolving for some time. The first step to getting a grasp on the science behind intermittent fasting is to get familiarized with…

Keep Your Kidneys Happy and Healthy

Your kidneys are almost certainly underappreciated, and they might be overworked, too. First of all, you should probably know what these small-ish fist-sized organs do for you. They keep you alive by filtering waste and impurities from your blood (the waste is stored in your bladder until you excrete it in your urine). They also…

Coronavirus Fact or Fiction (with free handout)

Skip to the free handout. The rumors about Coronavirus and COVID-19 (the illness caused by Coronavirus) have led to panic, confusion, and frustration for many of us in recent weeks. For example, some people are saying that thousands more have died than we are being told, while others report that they believe the numbers to…

Level Up Your Immunity With Food (free handout)

You’ve probably been giving a lot of thought to your physical well-being and immunity in the past few months. For sure, most of us are willing to dedicate a lot of time and effort to stay well. I want to say something cheerful like, “I’ll show you how a simple fruit salad can guarantee you’ll…

A Healthier Thanksgiving Meal with Grocery List

According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American will consume 3,000 calories on Thanksgiving – at dinner alone. Drinks, dessert, and appetizers can quickly bring that total to 4,500 calories (consider that a slice of pecan pie is roughly 450 calories). The meal below, which includes dessert, comes to 1,060 calories. The calorie content…

Recognizing Disordered Eating Patterns

When people hear the term “eating disorder,” they often think of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. While these are the most prevalent eating disorders, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, pica, orthorexia nervosa, and otherwise specified feeding or eating disorders are more common than many people realize. Below are some symptoms that you…

Some Ugly Truths About Weight Loss

There are some ugly truths about weight loss that many dietitians and health coaches avoid discussing. I choose to talk about them because I want people to understand why it’s so damn hard to lose weight and to stop immediately blaming themselves. I know that this sounds depressing to some, but it’s better to understand…

Happy Halloween the Healthy-ish Way

Most everything Halloween-related in the food world involves copious amounts of sugar, cheese, or ranch dressing. If you type “healthy Halloween” into google, you get results for oranges cut to look like jack-o-lanterns and salads with no dressing. Call me a cynic, but a banana with a face made from three chocolate chips shoved into…