A Healthier Thanksgiving Meal with Grocery List

According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American will consume 3,000 calories on Thanksgiving – at dinner alone. Drinks, dessert, and appetizers can quickly bring that total to 4,500 calories (consider that a slice of pecan pie is roughly 450 calories). The meal below, which includes dessert, comes to 1,060 calories. The calorie content…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Meal Planning Made Easy

It wasn’t until very recently that I began to truly understand how many people don’t know how to cook. When you know a subject well, it’s easy to forget that other people don’t. People have recently begun to pay me to cook dinner or lunch for them a few times a week. I had always…