Nutrition Quandries

Whether at the office or out in the world, people always seem to have questions regarding food and nutrition. The food landscape has become hard to navigate similar to our political environment. Here are a few questions that have come up recently. I want to lose ten pounds, so should I decrease my protein intake […]

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Sweeteners: The Effects on your Body are not so Sweet

Did you know 86% of American use “diet” products and consumers spend $21 billion dollars per year on diet drinks? Clearly they believe these diet foods and beverages will help them in ways real foods do not provide. Is that hope true or is it just a magical wish? At the World Obesity Conference last […]

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Change your Metabolism: Balancing Gut Hormones, Food Timing, and Sleep

Venturing to Vancouver and attending the International Congress on Obesity I had no idea what the research would indicate. Would it be the same old messages of “calories in equals out,” “just move more,” “and “cut down on fat intake.” It turns out this conference gave great detail to the complexity of obesity, weight challenges […]

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New and Old Finds at the Natural Foods Expo West 2016

I continue to have a love/hate relationship with the Natural Foods Expo. Being the largest food show in the world with 350,000 square feet of exhibitor space, close to 3000 exhibitors and 100,000 attendees it is more than challenging to navigate the crowds not to mention having to arrive 2 hours before the doors open […]

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Drink Responsibly: Beverage Choices for your Health

The one thing we frequently hear is “drink more water.” Health care professionals say it, magazine articles preach it, and our generation perpetuates this advice. Is there a way to increase your water intake without taking in extra calories, carbs or fake sweeteners? What are your options that provide for variety and health? How can […]

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What’s REALLY in that Sports Drink?

Do you have a favorite drink? Is it a sport’s drinks, coconut water, a drink with added vitamins, or any other popular drink claiming to offer some sort of essential nutrient or benefit? With so many drinks flooding the market, all claiming to have essential benefits, the truth is often blurred.   With Americans spending approximately […]

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What is your Tolerance for Sugar and Sweet?

Last week I was running errands and caught Dr. Robert Lustig speaking on the radio.  He was talking about his usual favorite topic:  sugar addiction. However, what caught my ear was his use of the word tolerance. He said we all have a tolerance for certain types of addictive substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and […]

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Resetting your Taste Buds

“I have a sweet tooth” is something I commonly hear.  The number one hit on my website for the last 2 years is a blog for healthy cookies so I know this phenomenon is not limited to just my clients.  People are on the search for a healthy treat or at least one that quenches […]

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There’s No Free Lunch – Splenda is not so Splendid!

If you’ve been reading my blog you are most likely aware I’m not a fan of non-nutritive or fake sweeteners.  Whether it’s saccharin (Sweet and Low), aspartame (Nutrasweet), or sucralose (Splenda) they are all at least 300-500 times sweeter than sugar. You may think you are tricking your body, but the body is smart – […]

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Label or Ingredients?

I went grocery shopping with a client today and they asked me a question: “Should I look at then nutritional label or the list of ingredients?”  Because our food supply is so layered I suggest you start with the ingredient list. Here are the Five Tests to give each food: 1.  How many ingredients does […]

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