Gallstone Disease

Luckily, most people with gallstone disease will never have symptoms and won’t know that they have stones unless they are found incidentally during testing for another problem. However, for those individuals who are symptomatic, the pain can be terrible. While some people are genetically predisposed to forming stones or are merely unfortunate, some proactive steps…

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…

Breathe Easy – COPD and Diet

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the umbrella term for emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma. These conditions result in stiffening, inflammation, and airway damage, limiting airflow and making breathing much more difficult. Symptoms include shortness of breath, frequent coughing, excessive phlegm production, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. COPD is one of those diseases…

20 Little-Known Facts About Diabetes

Diabetes – so many misconceptions, so little time! This complicated health problem is made even more challenging because it often travels with friends – other conditions, including kidney disease, heart disease, neuropathy, etc. How many of the facts below did you already know? By sharing what we learn, we can help others to avoid common…

Head Freeze: What is Going On in the Frozen Dessert Aisle

Lately, the ice cream/frozen dessert aisle has been expanding with everything from custard to gelato and dairy-free varieties of frozen desserts made of almond milk, coconut milk, and even avocado. Making things even more confusing is that serving sizes are all over the place – some restaurants will serve you a reasonably-sized 4 oz, and…

A Short Nutrition Quiz

Nowadays, you have to be an expert of sorts to walk through the grocery store, let alone scrutinize the news and wellness tips on social media.  Test your knowledge with this short quiz.  Q: True or False: A “whole grain” roll might contain only one teaspoon of whole-grain flour. A: True – a “whole grain”…

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…

“Research” Doesn’t Mean “Unquestionably True”

I like to hear people talk about how obesity wasn’t a problem until everyone started eating low-fat foods. That would be a super intriguing theory if anyone ever consumed a low-fat diet, but they didn’t. In fact, we are eating 20% more fat than we did in 1970. We are also eating 30% more grain…

It’s Not All About About Grams and Milligrams

During one of my most frustrating experiences in the fun field of clinical dietetics, I had a husband and wife who were apparently under the influence of at least one potent substance, yell the names of random foods at me in a rapid-fire style for well over an hour. He had hypertension, and she had…