Four Women Walk into a Grocery Store – a Comparison of Four Diets

Let’s say that four women are trying to eat healthier: one woman has been diagnosed with prediabetes and has seen a dietitian and been put on a consistent carbohydrate diet allowing for 3 carb choices at each meal and 2 choices as a snack one woman is on Weight Watchers and is allowed 27 SmartPoints…

Why Won’t “Biggest Loser” Contests Die Already?

I have always hated “Biggest Loser” style contests, and yet they remain one of the most-requested wellness campaigns. To be clear, this is what we are trying to replicate in the name of health: After the first season, participants confessed to resorting to extreme dehydration to lose weight and the winner, Ryan Benson, told The New York Times that…

Setting the Stage for Weight Loss

It’s often said that you shouldn’t take on a new project without first organizing your surroundings. Weight loss is a worthy endeavor so let’s make sure that you’re ready to roll: Prepare your breakfast and lunch in the evening. If you wake up late or encounter another problem in the morning, you will likely deprioritize…

Understanding the Difference Between Hunger and Craving

People say “only eat when you’re hungry” which is an oversimplified and often unhelpful piece of advice, especially for people who struggle with emotional eating or who have health conditions that affect appetite. In general, the following rules explain the difference between hunger and food cravings:   Hunger Cravings Caused by physical needs physical or…

The Foods You’re Most Likely to Binge On

Binge eating refers to eating 5,000 – 15,000 calories in one sitting. Stress and negative feelings often precede a binge eating episode, and binge eaters usually eat in secret and hide food. Besides drastically increasing the chances of being overweight or obese, binge eating is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart…

12 Tips for Quitting Soda

Sugar-sweetened beverages are undeniably terrible for us and accept part of the blame for obesity, diabetes, weakened bones, kidney stones, poor dental health, and a slew of other conditions plaguing Americans. However, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is not dropping quickly enough as more studies warning about the dangers of sugar-sweetened beverages are unveiled. Consumption still hovers…

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…

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…

Are Your Snacks Helping You or Hurting You?

There is a massive difference between a “snack” and a “treat,” regardless of what the food manufacturers try to tell you. A snack should be like a “mini meal” and contain smaller amounts of the nourishing foods that should make up your main meals. If your snack doesn’t both provide nutrition and keep you full…

Four Words This Dietitian Hates

Words have more power than we give them credit for and there are a lot of words that irk me when people use them during conversations about food and nutrition. Healthy – Define “healthy” for me, because your definition is likely very different from mine. If you tell me that you want a “healthy diet”…