April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

The basal ganglia, residing deep below the cerebral cortex, contains a cluster of nerve cells that release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls movement. People with Parkinson’s disease have degeneration of these nerve cells and a deficit of dopamine. This handout provides information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Parkinson’s disease, including recommended dietary modifications…

7 Dinners for $16

You’ve probably heard the news that food costs have been rising and will likely continue to increase. Since February, produce prices have grown by nearly 2%, and the index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs has risen by 0.4%. The spike results from higher gas prices, an increase in commodity prices, severe weather in the…

Calorie Density

Recently Linn Steward, RDN, a Culinary Nutritionist and Recipe Analyst for Gourmet Metrics, LLC, and I had an interesting exchange on LinkedIn about nutrient density. She inspired me to delve into the topic a little more deeply. Nutrient density is a measure of the nutritional content of food relative to its weight or volume. Instead of comparing 90…

Onions and Leeks

Rarely a day goes by in my house without at least one onion being chopped. Onions, green onions, shallots, and leeks are part of the allium family, as is garlic. When someone references “globe onions,” they mean the round, large yellow, white, red, and sweet onions often bought in netted bags, as well as pearl…

Better Brainstorming

If you say “brainstorming” to a roomful of people, half will cheer, and the other half will wince. The fact is that many people are intimidated by sharing their unbaked ideas with a roomful of their coworkers. After all, the fear of rejection is a strong incentive for hiding in the corner. Luckily for all…

Not Feeling Too Grateful for Your Gratitude Journal?

Raise your hand if you’ve started a gratitude journal only to trail off after a few days or weeks. Yeah, me too, but I know that I should keep it up. After all, gratitude has been linked to better mental health, stronger relationships, and improved sleep. Some research has even shown that gratitude positively affects…

Mercury in Fish

It seems that health professionals are always telling us to eat more fish, but most people are aware that some species are too high in mercury, which causes damage to nerves and can lead to memory loss, irritability, and balance problems.  In 1953, 121 individuals became ill from mercury poisoning in Matamata, Japan. Twenty-three of…

5 Myths About Memory

Myth: Doing puzzles will improve your everyday memory. Truth: Doing sudoku will make you better at doing sudoku, and completing crossword puzzles will make you more proficient at completing crossword puzzles. These types of activities do not seem to improve overall memory. Even more disappointing, as soon as you stop doing the training, your abilities…

Quick Question: This Bread is a Good Choice, Right?

If a package states that a food is “made with whole grains,” it might contain only one gram of whole grain. Worse yet, the little bit of whole grain present could be packaged with a lot of refined grains and added sugar, so it’s important to be conscientious about reading the ingredient list and glancing…