One thing I've learned in the 25 years I've been a dietitian: Little steps/everyday decisions make a big difference in a healthy diet -- whether it's what you order at the fast food restaurant, or whether you choose to eat fruit instead of a sweet. Those little steps become the big thing that helps you maintain, gain or even lose weight.
Most of us love watching the Olympics. To see the expertise, stamina and agility of the athletes is amazing.
Ever wonder what they eat? What does it take to fuel the strength, speed, endurance and grace of Olympic athletes?
It takes years of training and hard work, and sports dietitians are part of many Olympic hopefuls' team -- helping to ...Read more
If your cholesterol numbers are high, you can blame your genes -- and perhaps a diet of eating too many higher fat animal products. Many of our bodies make more than enough cholesterol. When we eat foods high in cholesterol -- foods from an animal -- it's easy to boost our cholesterol levels. But what we choose to eat can also lower our ...Read more
Even if you can't exercise for a long time every day, it's still worth doing when you can, especially when you are younger.
A new study, published in the journal Circulation, finds that younger women who exercise just 2.5 hours a week, or 30 minutes a day for five days a week, may cut their risk for heart disease by up to 25 percent.
"The ...Read more
The tough thing about getting older is changing our eating habits -- we just need as many calories, but we certainly need good nutrition in the calories we do eat.
Here are five tips for eating to age well from Environmental Nutrition newsletter.
--Consume more omega 3s. These healthy fats support heart health, brain function and ...Read more
Fill your plate with whole grains, beans, nuts and leafy greens and you've got a good chance of lowering your blood pressure. That's the findings from new research published in the journal, Hypertension.
All those foods are high in magnesium, which dilates arteries and in turn, lowers blood pressure.
The new study was led by Dr. Yiqing Song, ...Read more
We seem to have a love/hate relationship with eggs. Currently, they are in vogue, so it's OK to love them, according to two recent studies. Both studies suggest that eggs don't increase the risk for type 2 diabetes or coronary artery disease. Consuming one or two eggs a day had little effect on health outcomes, according to Alice Lichtenstein, ...Read more
Keeping active and eating healthy really does seem to reduce the odds of getting certain cancers and dying from them, according to a new study.
About half of US cancer deaths and a large proportion of cancer cases could be prevented if people were active, a healthy weight, avoid heavy drinking and adopt other healthy lifestyle habits, according...Read more
Two of my dear friends battled ovarian cancer. Neither won the fight. Would regular exercise have lowered their risk for developing the disease? Perhaps, according to a couple of new studies.
Two new studies suggest that lack of exercise is associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer and of death from the disease.
"Women may be ...Read more
Healthy Eating Habits
Are you guilty of skipping breakfast, ordering takeout, getting jitters from coffee overload and counting potato chips as part of a viable diet plan? It's time to kick those habits to the curb and start eating right. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has some advice for getting started on the journey to better health....Read more
The Mediterranean Diet, with its emphasis on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, red wine and olive oil, just got another star for being a healthy life choice. A new study finds that despite having increased amounts of healthy fats, it doesn't cause weight gain.
For years, low fat diets have been in favor. Now we continue to hear more about ...Read more
Most of us just haven't found the path to cleaner eating. A new study finds that nearly 60 percent of calories consumed by average Americans come from "ultra-processed" foods.
Researchers from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, along with Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of Tufts University Friedman School, analyzed what 9,317 people reported ...Read more
In the first major overhaul of the Nutrition Facts Panel since 1993, the Food and Drug Administration recently announced changes that will be made to the Nutrition labels over the next two to three years.
While marketing words such as "all natural" and "made with whole grains" are often part of the manufacturer's package design, each line ...Read more