Cooking for One – With Recipes

Many people have asked me for healthy meal ideas when cooking for one over the years. Food waste, cost, and time constraints leave many people reaching for macaroni and cheese or frozen pizza, night after night. This food rut can be pretty lousy for both physical and emotional well-being. The good news is that there…

Gastritis: An In-Depth Review

Acute gastritis affects 8 out of every 1,000 people, while chronic gastritis affects 2 out of 10,000 people.  Types and Causes of Gastritis Erosive gastritis is inflammation and wearing away of the stomach lining. It typically develops slowly in otherwise healthy people. Nonerosive gastritis is inflammation of the stomach without compromise of the stomach lining. …

Stone Fruit: So Much More Than Peach Pie

What is a Stone Fruit?  Oh, midsummer—the temperatures can be a bit much for me, but I love stone fruit. Peaches, plums, cherries, and apricots are at their best now. The more aromatic and soft to the touch, the better when it comes to these gems. Some surprising stone fruit (drupe) family members include dates,…

Exercise and Weight Loss: Does Activity Enhance Your Efforts?

Exercise and weight loss continue to be hot topics! Recent research has found that 42% of people are currently trying to lose weight, and exercise is the most common strategy—65% of those trying to shed pounds rely on physical activity.  It is incredibly frustrating to begin a new habit and not see the results of…

Migraines: Could Your Diet Be To Blame?

What causes migraines?  Although you might not think of them as such, migraines are a neurological disease. They occur secondary to temporary changes of nerve conduction in the brain, paired with inflammation in the nerve cells.  Sadly, migraines are the most common cause of chronic pain, lost work time, and reduced quality of life in…

Berries: 5 Reasons to Add Them to Your Grocery List

When it comes to summer produce, it’s hard to beat berries in terms of both taste and nutrition. Now is the perfect time to pick up a basket of these gems. This handout covers five of the top reasons for savoring berries. 8 Easy Ways to Add Berries to Your Meals Add them to a…

Calories in Alcohol: Is Your Drink Really a Better Choice?

Calculating Calories from Hard Liquor Most people who drink are interested in understanding the calories in their alcohol. I am seeing “lower-calorie” alcoholic beverages absolutely everywhere lately, and of course, like most lighter choices, they are generally more expensive than the traditional options. Let’s talk about whether it makes sense to spend the extra money…

Is High-Fructose Corn Syrup Worse For You Than Other Sugars?

Sugars Have More in Common Than You Might Think It’s not only high-fructose corn syrup that is composed of roughly equal parts fructose and glucose – most sweeteners are, as illustrated in the table below. Sweetener % Fructose Agave nectar 88% Apple juice concentrate 67% High fructose corn syrup 55% Grape juice concentrate 52% Orange…

Will L-theanine Fix Your Bad Mood?

The market for supplements, such as L-theanine, believed to enhance mood naturally, is booming, but do they really work? The recent news about mental health in the United States, such as the data found in The State of Mental Health report for 2021 (Mental Health America), is striking. Today we will look at L-theanine, an…

Osteoarthritis: 10 Facts That May Surprise You

You are not destined to develop osteoarthritis in your advancing years. Osteoarthritis is not caused by years of joint use. Although it is the most common joint disorder, many lucky individuals get through life without developing it.  The development of osteoarthritis is a surprisingly complicated process. First, there has to be an abnormality of cells…