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…

Happy Halloween the Healthy-ish Way

Most everything Halloween-related in the food world involves copious amounts of sugar, cheese, or ranch dressing. If you type “healthy Halloween” into google, you get results for oranges cut to look like jack-o-lanterns and salads with no dressing. Call me a cynic, but a banana with a face made from three chocolate chips shoved into…

Do You Need An Enzyme Supplement?

A friend recently messaged me about a supplement that she’s taking. The advertisements say that it makes your stomach flatter and improves your digestion – both great things! It consists of enzymes that break down protein, fat, carbohydrate, fiber, and lactose. The supplement would cost you $300 a year if you took it every day,…

Polypharmacy: A Growing Problem with Free Patient Handout

A new report has confirmed what many people already know – older adults are taking way too much medication. A study published in April 2016 in JAMA Internal Medicine exposed the fact that 38.5% of adults with an average age of 71 take at least five prescription medications. A total of 67.1% take five or…

Spotlight on Chromium

Over the years, many studies have suggested that chromium might be useful for controlling blood glucose in people with diabetes. Some research has shown that chromium may also help women who have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a condition that is linked to insulin resistance and drastically increases the risk of developing diabetes. It is possible…

Free Handout: The Diabetes Digest

We hear a lot about “plant-based eating,” and for some reason, many people feel the incessant need to make it more complicated than it is. It truly is the simplest and most natural diet in the world. There are no bad vegetables and no criminal fruits. Research has shown again and again that people with…

Pumpkin Spice: Not So Nice? (free handout)

It is my understanding that pumpkin spice is not such a big deal in some parts of the country, but here in the Midwest, it is a big, big deal. Starbucks released the Pumpkin Spice Latte on August 27ththis year. It was 83 degrees here and cars were wrapped around the building. If you don’t…

Five More “Joint Health” Supplements

Bromelain Bromelain is naturally found in the pineapple plant and, when taken on an empty stomach, acts as an anti-inflammatory. Phlogenzym, a combination of compounds from buckwheat combined with bromelain, has proven to reduce pain and to improve knee function in people with arthritis. According to a 2016 review of studies, bromelain can reduce levels…

Can a Supplement Help Your Arthritic Knees?

By the year 2040, it’s been estimated that more than 78 million people will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Right now, 38% of Americans take a specialty supplement, 29% use herbal/botanical supplements, and 22% use nutrition supplements.  These figures will likely increase over time. Obviously, there are a lot of people who are betting on the fact…

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…