Gout and Diet

You probably know someone who “has the gout” as I’ve heard it said dozens of times. If you have gout, you have a painful form of arthritis that develops when uric acid in the blood crystallizes, and these crystals then infiltrate and surround the joints. Uric acid is usually transported by the blood to the…

Breathe Easy – COPD and Diet

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the umbrella term for emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma, resulting from stiffening, inflammation, and damage of the airways, limiting airflow and making breathing much more difficult. Symptoms include shortness of breath, frequent coughing, excess production of phlegm, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. COPD is one of those…

The Pegan Diet – More Problems Than A Simple Misnomer?

The Pegan Diet, developed by Dr. Mark Hyman in 2015 is a combination of the meat-laden Paleo diet and the word vegan. It is also a misnomer since the diet is certainly not vegan. Between half and three-quarters of your menu will consist of plants on this diet, but small amounts of grass-fed, organic, and…

The Nordic Diet vs. The Mediterranean Diet: Two Peas in a Pod

I am a huge proponent of both the Mediterranean Diet and the Nordic Diet, which have slight differences although they have many more similarities. Both plans emphasize a plant-based diet (high in fruits, veggies, nuts, and legumes) and include moderate amounts of fish (two to three servings a week), and eggs, as well as a…

Why the Term “Anti-Nutrients” is More Than A Little Misleading

A lot of people are eating white bread and white rice, refined low-nutrient foods, while avoiding healthful foods like legumes because they are afraid of the “anti-nutrients” in whole grains, beans, certain types of nuts, etc. This is upsetting because it’s entirely unnecessary to avoid these foods; the notion is an absurdist interpretation of food…