Jump Over the Juice and Savor the Smoothies 

You just signed up for a new gym membership and finished your first boxing class. As you’re putting away your equipment, you can’t help but overhear a group of women talking about juicing and smoothies! As they continue the conversation about kale and ginger you ask yourself there two questions: Are juicing and smoothies really […]

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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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A Reformed Carbivore

Are you carbohydrate intolerant? Do you have insulin resistance? At least 30 percent of the population has a sensitivity to carbohydrates and need to focus their macronutrient intake on consuming more protein and healthy fats. We evolved to eat much less carbohydrates than we are consuming so if we are not running marathons or being […]

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Are you Carb Intolerant?

Many know what lactose intolerance is – sensitivity to lactose when one avoids milk and dairy products – but did you know you might be carbohydrate intolerant and not even know it? When one is lactose intolerant and drinks milk they can experience uncomfortable symptoms of gas, bloating and gastrointestinal upset. If carbohydrate intolerant immediate […]

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A Few New Food Finds…

Finding a new food product to try is like the adult equivalent to trick or treating. Real whole foods never go out of style but we are constantly tempted with new products that line the shelves of grocery stores. It has been some time since I have shared my finds so here they are…. Tekola […]

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Oatmeal, Cholesterol, and Insulin Resistance

One of the frequent questions I get asked from clients is, “is it okay to eat oatmeal for breakfast?” My answer is “that depends on your particular metabolism and what type of oatmeal you plan on eating.” Let’s break it down for simplicity. In 1987 a book came out on the magical properties of oatmeal […]

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The Fallacy of Gluten-Free Products and Weight Loss

Seems like many are falling prey to thinking eating a gluten-free diet is the key to health, happiness and weight loss. Unfortunately if it were that easy we’d all be thin and disease-free. One of the new books I’m working on is a healthy cookie book.  All the cookies and treats are gluten-free and low […]

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Your Gut: The Gateway to Health?

I watched a recent you-tube video on “Debunking the Paleo Diet” that clearly showed that our ancestors ate differently than the current Paleo culture would advocate.  It is a fascinating talk by archelogical scientist Christina Warinner and worth the 22 minutes of your time. However, this blog is not about the Paleo diet so if […]

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Bananas, Sugar and Resistant Starch

A resounding question I hear each week is: “I’m supposed to avoid bananas – they have too much sugar, right?” To answer succinctly, I don’t think anyone gained weight or suffered ill health (unless allergic) just from just eating bananas but here’s the more scientific response. A fellow RD, Sofia Layarda, MPH, RD, wrote a great […]

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New and Healthy Food Finds at the Natural Foods Expo West

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 through the […]

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