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The heavy hitters in the ’dirty food’ world

If you want to feed your body healthier food, you can simplify it even beyond the games of balancing calories and macronutrients (amounts of protein, fat, and carbohydrates). The first best ...

Emotional eating – is it why diets have failed you?

Do you have a healthy relationship with food? Would you classify yourself as an emotional eater? Spoiler alert: We are all human, so we all eat for emotional reasons to some degr...

Stop eating these foods to protect the trillions of tiny soldiers fighting for your health

“My what?” you may be asking. The microbiome is the vast collection of trillions of bacteria in your digestive system that work together to maintain health. Your microbiome begins...

What’s better, a cupcake or a gluten-free cupcake?

Should you be eating a gluten-free diet? Maybe you are curious to know if it will help you feel better. Gluten is probably the most vilified food protein in America. About 5% of t...

There is something even better than willpower

As you set your 2021 health goals, keep in mind that relying on discipline (aka willpower) alone has a high probability of leaving you feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and short of your goals...

Make sure stress doesn’t throw away all your nutrients

Do this with me, breathe in deep through your nose and out slowly through your mouth. (Repeat three times.) It’s been a peculiar year to say the least! With the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Six nutrition principles most fad diets don’t include

It’s been almost a year since COVID-19 butted its ugly head in the world. That might mean your kids are still at home, your favorite gym is closed, your kids don’t have school sp...

Fad diets: Let’s talk about intermittent fasting

As we learned in this three-part series, fad diets are defined as diets that are extremely popular for a short period of time. They often promise quick weight loss or health impro...

Fad diets: Let’s talk about Keto

Today let’s jump into the second fad diet in this series “Fad Diet Demystified.” Today’s fad diet – the ketogenic or “Keto” diet – promises quick weight loss and lower total-body inflammatio...

Fad diets: Let’s talk about paleo

What’s a fad diet? Are they good or bad? Could you tweak them to make them work for you? First let’s talk about the global $192 billion dollar weight-loss industry that not just ...

Don’t sell short the healing power of healthful food

Are you ignoring what your body is trying to tell you? The people I see in my nutrition practice experience a wide range of undesirable symptoms that prevent them from enjoying t...

The link between your food and your mood

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. It’s also the leading cause of disability in the ...