In these unprecedented times, many of us are turning to our kitchens -- both for food and for the soothing ritual of baking and cooking. I know I take great comfort in making bread now more than ever; it makes me feel grounded in the present, and it makes me feel strong and empowered to be able to feed my family and myself. I make my pizza crust...Read more
For those of us spending more time at home, the refrigerator may be a little too accessible, making it easier to snack a little more often.
Whether we're working from home or not, what we put into our bodies counts. And the little steps we take -- or don't take -- toward healthy eating add up to a journey.
To encourage all of us to take better...Read more
Most of us -- despite being around our kitchens more due to this COVID-19 seclusion -- are all about trying to break the sugar habit. It's not that sugar is banned from a healthy diet; it's just that it's easy to overdo sugar consumption.
One of the problems is that sugar wears many disguises on a food label. It can be called honey, coconut ...Read more
I'm a big believer that what we eat makes a difference in our health, including our immune systems. With all the concern over the coronavirus, here's a look at some foods that can boost our immunity.
While there are no magic foods, certain foods can impact how weak or strong our immune system is. And there's no better time to give yours a boost...Read more
As a nation, we continue to eat too much. That may not be surprising news to some of us. By 2030, just 10 short years away, nearly 1 out of every 2 adults in this country will have obesity, and nearly 1 in 4 adults will have severe obesity, according to a new report.
Over the time period from 1999 to 2018, the obesity prevalence increased about...Read more
Healthy Teeth, Healthy Life
Believe it or not, your teeth have a lot to do with your health. Poor nutrition and a lack of certain key nutrients increase the risk of developing oral diseases, but there is also a direct link between periodontal disease and chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
A well-balanced diet can help ...Read more
Here's another reason to eat your fruits and vegetables the Mediterranean way. In a recent study, researchers found the Mediterranean diet is not only good for your heart but also good for your gut. And a healthy gut means a healthy life.
What is a Mediterranean diet? It is a diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, olive oil and fish and ...Read more
For many, reading food labels is like plowing through the latest snowstorm: It takes time and perseverance.
Here's a helpful idea called the 5/20 rule. It helps you quickly decide which foods have a lot -- or not a lot -- of nutrients. If a nutrient meets 20% or more of your daily value, that's generally a lot. If a nutrient has 5% or less of ...Read more
Chocolate and Valentine's Day seem to go together, and while dark chocolate may have some heart-healthy benefits, there are plenty of other foods that love your heart and keep it beating strong.
Heart-healthy foods include the foods that make up the U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyPlate: whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean protein and ...Read more
With roughly 10% of the typical American paycheck spent on food, it's easy to assume that eating healthy costs a bundle. I hear it often as I counsel patients. But research says otherwise. According to the May 2019 Cost of Food Report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average adult can eat a nutritious diet for as little as $40 a week...Read more
Most of us wish there was a simple solution to weight loss and eating healthier. If there was just a pill we could take, or a three-point plan we could follow, that would magically result in good health, we would do that. It just doesn't work that way. Like most things in life, it's a journey. It's the daily choices that put us on the path to ...Read more
For some, January's list of things to do includes a month-long fast from alcohol -- a cleanse. Others argue that alcohol can be part of a healthy lifestyle and red wine actually helps lower your risk of heart disease.
What's the bottom line? One word: moderation.
And just what does that mean? Moderate alcohol consumption means an average of ...Read more