Top 10 Foods to Eat on Thanksgiving

Who wants to hold back when it comes to a national celebration?  No one. Since we’re all prone to overindulging on Thanksgiving, here are the Top 10 Picks for ensuring you savor and survive America’s favorite day of feasting: 10. Shrimp cocktail. Begin with this tasty appetizer.  It’s loaded with selenium and a compound that[Continue reading…]

Move more, live longer

I am sending a simple message to start the week — move more! Many people use “exercise” as a form of weight control, but studies repeatedly show this is not effective if you do not balance exercise with your energy intake. If your goal is to stay at a healthy weight and live better to[Continue reading…]

Breast Cancer prevention — start soy foods early

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  It’s a great time to get parents thinking about their daughter’s long-term health, particularly in the area of breast cancer prevention.  Even without a family history of this disease, your daughter is at risk simply based on the fact that she has breasts.  In other words, every girl[Continue reading…]

Supermarket Sleuth

On average, a supermarket is stocked with more than 48,000 items.  How do you navigate the labyrinth of labels and temptations in order to make the “best” choices? My advice: go armed with a list and try to stick to it. This helps your wallet and your waistline. Next, “shop the perimeter.” Unfortunately, in most local supermarkets this[Continue reading…]

Mommy, eat Edamame!

Having children may make you feel older, but you don’t have to look older!  Certain foods can help, like edamame. These young soybeans are great for you. That’s good news already, but it turns out that this tasty little legume may even help prevent wrinkles! A recent Japanese study found that women who ate foods[Continue reading…]

Carb Confusion

CARBOHYDRATES. Sugars, Starches & Fiber,  aka “Carbs.” You love them but think you are supposed to fear them!  The fact is, the majority of your daily calories should come from “good carbs.” What are they anyway?  Carbohydrates are a macronutrient providing energy, found in virtually all plant foods and one animal food (milk).  Carbs are[Continue reading…]

Hooray for Unilever!

No more crocks of trans fat! Finally, big (food) business is getting the message — GET the TRANS FATS OUT!!!  Recently, Unilever announced they are removing ALL hydrogenated oils from their “soft spreads.”  That is huge!  The reason being, many consumers are deceived by the current labeling laws, which allow a food manufacturer to claim “0 grams[Continue reading…]

Get Fit with Phytochemicals!

A commitment to working out and getting in shape needs to be accompanied by a healthy diet.  Now is the perfect time to focus on your health — start by “getting fit with phytochemicals!” What are these mysterious “chemicals” I’m talking about? They are specific compounds found only in plants that number in the thousands if not tens[Continue reading…]

September is National Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month

The CDC offers 30 Ways in 30 Days to stretch your fruiit and vegetable budget.  Find out more at:  www.cdc.gov/features/fruits&veggies/