America Runs on Donuts, and That’s a Bad Thing

Do you know how much sugar you’ve consumed today? If you’re an average American, it’s likely in the ballpark of 420 calories worth – 28 teaspoons! The recommendation is no more than 100 calories/6 teaspoons for women and 150 calories/9 teaspoons for men. Consider that a single piece of Black-Out Cake from The Cheesecake Factory…

Why Everyone Should Be Eating Fruit. Everyone.

When you are a registered dietitian, a lot of things drive you nuts. The FDA, food marketers, bogus “experts”…it makes my skin crawl when people refuse to eat food or food ingredients and they can’t explain why, or they try to expound on their choices and it is a jumble of illogical, fake facts. People…

True or False: You Understand Sodium

True or False: Tabasco sauce is high in sodium. Roughly 60% of people with high blood pressure are genetically salt sensitive. Instant hot cereals are low in sodium. Eating more than 1 ¼ tsp of salt daily may increase your risk of stomach cancer by 51%. Cream cheese is low in sodium. Parmesan cheese is…

Coach, Dietitian, Nutritionist, Counselor…

One of your friends is seeing a nutritionist, another has an appointment with a registered dietitian, and you’ve heard good things about a certified nutrition counselor in your neighborhood. Maybe your employer will pay for you to have telephonic meetings with a wellness coach. Who can you trust and how do you know who is…

Why is Everyone Always Talking About Fiber?

Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are great sources of fiber. But why does that matter? Fiber helps you to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.  Fiber takes more chewing, slow the passage of food through the digestive tract so that you feel full, and may stimulate hormones that tell the brain to stop eating….

No Pressure, But Your Score Could Predict Future Heart Disease

The first time that I took the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS), my score was incredibly (almost awe-inspiringly) bad. Really, really bad. Like there is no way to make that OK level. The MAAS is a psychological test developed by Ruth Baer at the University of Kentucky and it is in the public domain, so…

Common Myths About Heart Disease

Heart disease is only a concern for older adults. In fact, plaque can begin to build up in the arteries in childhood or adolescence. The number of women dying from coronary heart disease between the ages of 35 and 44 has grown in recent years. As the problems of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension…

Happy Thoughts Lead to a Healthy Heart

There is a strong link between optimism, hope, and overall satisfaction with life and a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. In fact, people with the highest levels of optimism have twice the likelihood of having ideal heart health compared to their more pessimistic peers. Research has shown that individuals who are the most…

Eat Carrots and Apples to be Happier?

One of the more frustrating things about being a health professional is the realization that being physically healthy is not necessarily motivation enough. It isn’t enough for a lot of people, and the older I get the easier it is to not only accept this, but to begin to understand it. It’s very difficult to…