Counter the Cues! 3 Easy Food Decisions to Improve Your Health

How many decisions do you make each day about food? If you’re counting breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and thinking less than a handful — you’re way off! Recent research by Brian Wansink, professor at Cornell University and author of the book Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, says the average person […]

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New and Healthy Food Finds

I have a love-hate relationship with the Natural Foods Expo West that takes place in Anaheim each year. I love to go and find out what companies are up to with their products, how they interact with consumers, and how their products actually taste before I buy and/or recommend them. On the other hand, navigating […]

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A Recipe for Life: 4 Ways to Change Your DNA

“I need to lose weight and change my health. What’s the magic recipe and how can I get a jumpstart on it?” Oh, how often I hear this! As a registered dietitian, I work with clients to put the puzzle pieces of their lives together for a picture that facilitates change. That looks different for […]

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Don’t Wait to Prevent Diabetes: Start Today With 3 Easy Ways

With the holidays upon us, it might be easy to tell yourself to wait till the New Year to work on your diet, exercise plan or lifestyle. However, there’s a good reason to start your plan today, and it’s not about looking better in your clothes. Why start now? Two words — beta cells. These […]

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5 Secrets of Supermarket Shopping

Since childhood, the grocery store has been a fascinating place for me — my own toy store with interesting and fun things to look at and tasty treasures to eat. Today, the temptations are still there for me, but it has gotten increasingly complicated to make the right choices. For many items, it is difficult […]

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The Sweet Life: Protect Yourself Against Sugar Toxicity and Diabetes

Remember the days when your mother said too much sugar would cause cavities? Well, not only was she right, but today’s moms have more to be concerned about than just cavities. Multiple sugars and sweeteners abound in foods and maneuvering the maze of sweeteners is a far cry from a time when the only real […]

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Junk in a Box: 4 Popular Foods Marketed as Healthy

You’ve seen “protein bars” in the store — and they are good-looking! They might have a rock climber on them, or maybe a night sky. They seem like a quick and tasty way get your protein. However, flip them over, read the label and you’ll find they are really processed junk food with attractive packaging […]

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Confused About Carbs? 5 Common Myths

Just like the Spice Girls, carbohydrates were at the height of their popularity during the mid-1990s. When “fat-free” became the desired state, people turned to carbs instead. Consumers soon learned that a high carb diet wasn’t so healthy either. Today, between marketers who promote packaged carbs as “heart healthy” and fitness “experts” who espouse that […]

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5 Myths About Everyday Foods

When it comes to nutrition, sometimes it’s hard to tell the fact from the fiction. Certain foods get a reputation as “bad for you,” whereas others get promoted as “natural” or “good for you” when they are really not. Sometimes myths about foods are based on urban legends that just get perpetuated for years until […]

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In Defense of Fat: 7 Surprising Facts

Fat has the reputation as the bad boy of the nutrition world. Maligned for decades, the message from many health organizations has been the same: reduce or cut the fat. For those who are overweight or have chronic health issues, this is probably the right advice. However, the idea of fat as universally “bad” simply […]

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