Intermittent Fasting

I get asked a lot about intermittent fasting these days, and for good reason – there is a ton of research being done on this subject, and the science is sure to continue evolving for some time. The first step to getting a grasp on the science behind intermittent fasting is to get familiarized with…

Some Ugly Truths About Weight Loss

There are some ugly truths about weight loss that many dietitians and health coaches avoid discussing. I choose to talk about them because I want people to understand why it’s so damn hard to lose weight and to stop immediately blaming themselves when their efforts don’t pay off. I know that this sounds depressing to…

The Pegan Diet – More Problems Than A Simple Misnomer?

What is the Pegan Diet? 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…

Beyond REM – The Science of Chronobiology

Basics of Chronobiology Chronobiology is the study of time rhythms and how they affect our behavior and functioning. One hundred fifty messenger substances constantly circulate through your body and update your organs about the current environment – your body temperature, blood pressure, etc. There are three primary rhythms of chronobiology: Infradian Rhythms– these are rhythms…

Week Two Menu with Grocery List and Recipes

Have you ever wondered how to plan an appropriate menu for yourself and your family? I recommend looking at the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which will be revised next year. We could get into a long discussion about the Guidelines and what we agree with and what we disagree with, but I continue to believe…

One Week Healthy Eating Plan with Grocery List and Recipes

Number one request for many dietitians: “Just tell me what to eat.” There are a lot of reasons why this is a no-win situation. I don’t know all of your food likes and dislikes, and even if I did, I can’t say everyone in your house’s food preferences. I don’t necessarily know what your food…

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 three carb choices at each meal and two choices as a snack one woman is on Weight Watchers and is allowed 27 SmartPoints…

Diabetes, Carbohydrate, the Glycemic Index, and the Ketogenic Diet

The lower your carbohydrate intake, the lower your blood glucose will be, right?!? You need 400-600 calories from glucose every day to fuel the brain, spinal column, and nervous system. An adult should never eat less than 130 grams of carbohydrate a day (175 grams for pregnant women). This amount of carbohydrate is the bare…

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…

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: In case you wake up late or encounter another problem in the morning. It’s best to pack your lunch and get what you need…