Food & Mood

Recently, Dr. Oz twittered, “Sorry, chocolate lovers. Research shows overindulgence may be a sign of depression.”  While overindulgence in anything is never a good idea, certain foods, like chocolate, can and do enhance our mood and fight stress. Who wouldn’t want a daily dose?  Stressful times call for stress-reducing foods. Here are some favorite mood-boosting,[Continue reading…]

Three Squares a Day Disappearing?

Do Americans snack too much? The answer is yes given the results of a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that looked at the daily eating patterns of Americans of all ages over the past 30 years. The researchers ask, “Does hunger and satiety drive eating anymore?”  Probably not, since both children[Continue reading…]

Creating a nation of food addicts?

The following excerpt should be thought-provoking for people who eat a lot of processed foods (i.e. millions of Americans) and know themselves to be overeaters and even “food addicts.”  Unfortunately many people are not aware of their own behaviors, as the addictive properties of high-fat, high-calorie foods often subtly take over our brains.  The common[Continue reading…]

Less Meat, More Cheese?

Food Trend Data Reveal Unhealthy “Food Swaps” You may not always watch your diet, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) does, and that is a good thing.  By tracking food availability and consumption over the last 100 years, the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) food data have pinpointed several trends that originated out of[Continue reading…]

Weighty Assumptions

When it comes to weight, it’s easy to assume that a person who is overweight is unhealthy while someone of “normal weight” is healthy. Yet weight should not be the ultimate measure of our health. Knowing the percent of your body fat is important as well. This fact is supported by a recent report from[Continue reading…]

Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids our Fountain of Youth?

Scientists have known for many years that omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial in treating patients with coronary heart disease by helping prevent heart attacks and sudden cardiac death due to arrhythmias. They are also essential for brain development in infants and children and help with proper immune system function. Now, a study published in the[Continue reading…]

Nutrition Picks for the New Decade

Welcome to both the new year and a new decade. Nutritionally speaking, we have much to look forward to, so it’s time to focus on the positives and leave the “bad” in the past.  Here are some food and nutrition messages you might want to focus on in 2010. 1. The D’s have it. DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid) and Vitamin D[Continue reading…]

Two Lentil Soups to Love

Lentils are my favorite legume because you’ll never leave the table hungry if you’ve eaten them! They are not only filling and taste great but are also low in calories and very high in fiber.  Lentils are great in soups, but try them in cold salads too.  Unlike most other legumes (beans) and many vegetables,[Continue reading…]

Take It To Heart…

When asked what’s the worst thing in the American diet, a dietitian will tell you this: artificial trans fats.  These hydrogenated oils have become a pernicious component in our food supply, and the message about their health detriments only worsens. — Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils are significant contributors to cardiovascular disease, which remains the[Continue reading…]

The Best Ingredients for a Healthy Thanksgiving

I want to share a personal message to my readers as I start prepping for my favorite meal of the year.  A healthy attitude and lots of gratitude —  these are the best ingredients for the Thanksgiving holiday. First and foremost, be thankful for your Health.  Don’t take it for granted and be responsible for[Continue reading…]