Keep Your Kidneys Happy and Healthy

Your kidneys are almost certainly underappreciated, and they might be overworked, too. First of all, you should probably know what these small-ish fist-sized organs do for you. They keep you alive by filtering waste and impurities from your blood (the waste is stored in your bladder until you excrete it in your urine). They also…

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…

When Water Became More Than Water

At least there was one thing that dietitians didn’t have to spend too much time thinking about – water. That was an easy one, and all advice could be summed up in two words: “drink more.” If you feel tired, a little irritable, less willing to work, and forgetful, you might be dehydrated. End of…

Do You Really Need to Add Corn Fiber and Protein to Your Coffee?

If you shop at Kroger, maybe you’ve come across the Cup Start Creamer. You might think, “Well, this looks delicious. Who doesn’t love ‘rich-tasting, creamy and satisfying coffee’? Moreover, it has 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in a packet. Sign me up.” as you toss two boxes into your cart. You…

10 Things to Know About Your Taste Buds

Our tongues have one or two receptors for sweet, but at least 24 for bitter. Why is this? Plants contain many toxins that would poison us if we ingested them, and we needed to develop many receptors to detect these toxins. The “tongue maps” that you may have seen in your elementary school science book…

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…

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…

Making Sense of Nutrition Content and Cost of Food

I often hear people complain that “healthy” food is too expensive. Often, packaged food marketed as “better for you” than cheaper alternatives, scarily offers no real benefit. The cost of fruits and vegetables will add up if you’re trying to eat them in addition to your regular meals. Making them part of your main meal in place…

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…