Is Your Starch Resistant Enough?

Resistant starch, discovered by British researchers in the early 1980s, looks like starch but acts like a fiber, meaning that it passes through the small intestine to the colon without being digested. It seems to improve efforts to lose weight, treat digestive problems, and prevent both diabetes and cancer. There are several different forms of…

Funny Friday

Her: “I know you like weight watchers and I signed up, but it doesn’t work for me and now I’m stuck with it for six months. “ Me: “Why doesn’t it work for you?” Her: “All of the foods I eat are worth too many points.” Me: “Oh, I see…”

America Runs on Donuts, and That’s a Bad Thing

Do you know how much sugar you’ve consumed today? If you’re an average American, it’s likely in the ballpark of 420 calories worth – 28 teaspoons! The recommendation is no more than 100 calories/6 teaspoons for women and 150 calories/9 teaspoons for men. Consider that a single piece of Black-Out Cake from The Cheesecake Factory…

Choline: The Very Important Nutrient You Don’t Hear Much About

Maybe you’ve never heard of choline. You’re not alone. The DRI wasn’t even established until 1998 and the choline content of foods could not be measured until recently. Small amounts of choline are made in your body, but you get most of it in the foods that you eat. Foods like: Eggs Beef Pork Chicken…

Spice Up Your Health

A lot of what I hear about using spices and herbs focuses on how they can help you slash your sodium intake, which is a crucial part of keeping your heart, brain, and kidneys healthy.  At least equally important is the fact that these ingredients contain phytonutrients that have a profound effect on your overall…

Making Sense of Nutrition Content and Cost of Food

I often hear people complain that “healthy” food is too expensive. Often, packaged food that is marketed as “better for you” than cheaper alternatives scarily offer no real benefit. The cost of fruits and vegetables will add up if you’re trying to eat them in addition to your regular meals. Making them part of your…

The Link Between Lifestyle and Kidney Disease

One in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Some of the risk factors are out of your control, but there are several that you can do something about: Not Controllable: family history of kidney failure; being age 60 or older; being African American/Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific…

Are You On an Anti-Inflammatory Diet? Do You Know What That Means?

  Just a few of the headlines that have caught my attention and furrowed my brow in the past week: The One Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast You Should Eat to Lose Fat, According to a Trainer 4 Anti-Inflammatory Supplements Docs Swear by for Weight Loss 4 Anti-Inflammatory Foods Docs Say You Should Eat to Speed Up Your…

Wellness Whac-A-Mole

  Given enough time and access to the necessary programs and calculators, you could discover how likely you are to have a heart attack in the next few years, how much your estimated medical expenses are for 2018, what your life expectancy is…you could collect a lot of numbers in ink on paper that are…

Feeding the Fire: The Science of Eating for Exercise

  Many people complain of feeling like they’ve “hit the wall” when they’re exercising, which essentially just means that you’ve burnt through all of the glucose stored as glycogen in your skeletal muscle and liver. When this happens, you’re literally running on empty. This can be dangerous because when you are dragging during a workout…