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Category: Food for Thought
Are You a Sugar Junkie?
Posted on: November 16, 2019 by
Much like street drugs, sugar triggers the release of chemicals that set off the brain’s pleasure center, in this case opioids and dopamine. Some studies have suggested sugar is as addictive as cocaine. And, as they do with street drugs, people develop a tolerance for sugar — meaning, they need more sugar  [
How ‘Bout Them Apples?
Posted on: August 23, 2019 by
An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, but it’s a healthy choice anyway. For one thing, you can’t beat the convenience of an apple. They are an easy go-to and grab-and-go snack as they come in their own packaging—meaning you can eat the skin. They also play nicely  [
Eggs vs Egg Whites
Posted on: August 10, 2019 by
If you’ve been scarfing down scrambled egg whites because you’re afraid to eat the yolks, you’re missing out on one of Mother Nature’s most potent fat-fighting nutrients: choline. Found abundantly in egg yolks, this nutrient squelches the body’s output of leptin, a hunger–stoking hormone that fuels between-meal cravings. (Yolks also deliver vitamins  [
Is Wine Dehydrating?
Posted on: April 20, 2019 by
When we consume alcohol, our blood alcohol level can rise very quickly. When that happens, a metabolic regulatory mechanism kicks in and our pituitary gland stops releasing one of the hormones that it stores up – a hormone called “anti-duretic hormone” or ADH. When ADH is blocked, our kidneys know to  [
Beware the Supplements Salesmen
Posted on: December 15, 2018 by
A couple months ago, a man by the name ofChris Jones (personal fitness trainer and CEO of Trainer Connect) posted a message on LinkedIn targeted to “supplements pushers” (my term, not his). It was a warning to not even think about approaching him to sell supplements to his training clients. That prompted a  [
Eat a Rainbow Every Day
Posted on: December 1, 2018 by
One of the biggest dieting mistakes, both for those who want to lose weight and those who want to control their weight, is not eating enough fruits and vegetables. To lose weight, you must eat fewer calories than your body uses. This doesn’t mean you have to eat less food. You can  [
Why Water? Because You Are What You Drink!
Posted on: June 10, 2017 by
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  [
Obesity and Iron Deficiency
Posted on: March 30, 2017 by
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  [
Sea Salt vs.Table Salt: What’s the Difference?
Posted on: December 7, 2016 by
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  [
The Skinny on Soup
Posted on: August 23, 2016 by
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  [
Here’s How Sushi Makes You Fat
Posted on: June 7, 2016 by
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 . .  [
Avoid the Beer Belly Blues: Rethink Your Drink
Posted on: May 31, 2016 by
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  [
Which Is Better — Panko or Regular Breadcrumbs?
Posted on: March 9, 2016 by
This is a question I get asked quite a lot and to answer it, I’ll start with another question: What exactly is panko? — the Japanese word for “small pieces of bread.” First, some history. Did you know that panko crumbs are not made with heat? They’re electrocuted!! While the Japanese  [
Red Cabbage? Green Cabbage? Which is Healthier?
Posted on: August 2, 2015 by
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  [
There’s No Such Thing as “Free” Food in Weight Loss
Posted on: August 1, 2015 by
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  [
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