When Healthy Becomes Unhealthy – Orthorexia

Sometimes people say things about food or nutrition that unless you’re listening really, really closely would seem almost admirable. Upon further discussion, though, it becomes pretty clear that the person’s super-healthy habits maybe aren’t so very super-healthy after all. Most everyone has heard of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder. Orthorexia Nervosa, however,…

True or False: You Understand Sodium

True or False: Tabasco sauce is high in sodium. Roughly 60% of people with high blood pressure are genetically salt sensitive. Instant hot cereals are low in sodium. Eating more than 1 ¼ tsp of salt daily may increase your risk of stomach cancer by 51%. Cream cheese is low in sodium. Parmesan cheese is…

Will Essential Oils Cure What Ails You?

If you’re toying with the idea of trying out some essential oils, you’re probably wondering what could possibly go wrong. It seems like there wouldn’t be too much of a risk with an oil that you rub on your skin or use as an air freshener. Even Duke University and other esteemed institutions are looking…

Coach, Dietitian, Nutritionist, Counselor…

One of your friends is seeing a nutritionist, another has an appointment with a registered dietitian, and you’ve heard good things about a certified nutrition counselor in your neighborhood. Maybe your employer will pay for you to have telephonic meetings with a wellness coach. Who can you trust and how do you know who is…

Why is Everyone Always Talking About Fiber?

Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are great sources of fiber. But why does that matter? Fiber helps you to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.  Fiber takes more chewing, slow the passage of food through the digestive tract so that you feel full, and may stimulate hormones that tell the brain to stop eating….

How Much Water Did You EAT Today?

We tend to eat the same volume of food every day. If you try to lose weight by reducing the volume of food that you eat, you are setting yourself up for failure.You need to eat the same amount of food that you’re used to, but choose lower calorie foods. The calorie density of an…