Category: Food for Thought

Obesity and Iron Deficiency

Iron is a mineral that’s vital to our health, our metabolism and survival. All of our cells contain some iron, but most of the iron in our bodies is in our red blood cellswhich transport oxygen from our lungs to the organs and tissues throughout our bodies. However, inflammation associated with excess body weight [Read more...]

Sea Salt vs.Table Salt: What’s the Difference?

When I start talking to new clients about the necessity of lowering their sodium, and to especially stop adding table-salt to their dinner plates, the look of panic and horror often follows. So many people are addicted; so many, just by rote response, will reach for the salt shaker before they even taste their [Read more...]

The Skinny on Soup

Who doesn’t love soup, right? Hot soup warms our bellies in the winter. Cold soups are a refreshing touch in the summer. But, soups are a little tricky to fit into one’s portion-controlled weight loss and maintenance lifestyle. While you might find a canned soup low in calories, or even relatively low in fat, the [Read more...]

Here’s How Sushi Makes You Fat

Almost everyone loves sushi. After all, what’s not to love? It comes in all varieties and all colors, and those bite-size pieces are so cute, right? And who doesn’t think a sushi hand roll in the shape of a ‘cone’ isn’t healthier than an ice-cream cone, right? Well . . . uh . . [Read more...]

Avoid the Beer Belly Blues: Rethink Your Drink

The official first day of summer is almost here. Sun. Surf. Sand. Barbecues and beer. Beautiful beach sunsets and bottles of wine. Happy hours and hang-overs. Alcohol is deeply entrenched in our culture as a way to have fun, let loose, and be social . . . and we [Read more...]

Why Water? Because You Are What You Drink!

For years, researchers and health experts have recommended drinking eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day. I agree that that should be the minimum. I do not agree with those who say it’s not necessary to drink at least that amount, that there are other ways to get water into the body through so-called [Read more...]

Which Is Better–Panko or Regular Breadcrumbs?

This is a question I get asked quite a lot and to answer it, I’ll start with another question: So, what exactly is panko? Sometimes in cooking, a crispy, crunchy texture is a must. One of the most reliable ways to achieve this result is to fry something. However, I don’t want [Read more...]

Red Cabbage? Green Cabbage? Which is Healthier?

Both red and green cabbages are rich in nutrients, but there are differences in the nutrients they offer. Some red cabbages contain almost twice the vitamin C as some green cabbages. Red cabbages are always richer in flavonoid phytonutrients (say THAT three times fast!) that not only act as antioxidants but also [Read more...]

There’s No Such Thing as “Free” Food in Weight Loss

One of the major components of weight loss (as well as weight maintenance) is, of course, portion control. Yet, I often get asked, “You mean, vegetables aren’t unlimited?” “Why can I can’t have as much celery as I want?” and “Vegetables were unlimited on the last program I did.” No, vegetables are not [Read more...]