Intermittent fasting – also known as time-restricted eating – is a dietary routine that involves periods of time when you fast (no food is consumed) or when you limit food consumption (eating only during designated time periods). Intermittent Fasting (IF) is receiving positive reviews from the health and medical community because of its ability to help regulate metabolism, … [Read more...]
Strategies When You Are On Vacation!
If you’re planning a vacation, you might be wondering how to enjoy yourself AND stick to your health, weight and wellness goals. So I’ve put together a list of my top tips to take with you wherever your summer travels may take you! (By the way, many of these tips are helpful at home, too!) Check out my trip-tested strategies below, along with my favorite healthy snacks to … [Read more...]
Why do eggs have a bad rap?
In the late 70s, eggs got a bad reputation when it was discovered that high amounts of cholesterol in the blood could increase our risk of heart disease. It was thought (incorrectly, it turns out) that eating high-cholesterol foods would significantly increase blood cholesterol, so we were advised to stop eating foods high in cholesterol, like eggs. In recent years, … [Read more...]
Fall Vegetables — A Delicious Bounty!
Because we can get most vegetables any time of the year, we may forget that certain vegetables are at their peak flavor in the Fall. A few of my favorite vegetables harvested in the Fall include eggplant, green beans, beets, parsnips, sweet potatoes (yams) and of course, winter squash. See Fall Veggie list below. These Fall vegetables are high in fiber, helping us feel … [Read more...]
Treat Yourself Better This Halloween
While sugar is a potent “drug,” it’s not just the cute and colorful Halloween treats that tempt us. Halloween may hold loving memories for many of us, of our own childhood costumes and candy collecting, as well as those of our children dressing up for trick-or-treating and their squeals of delight as they came home with pillowcases filled with candy. Those memories are … [Read more...]
Freshen Your Fridge and Perk Up Your Pantry Simple steps to transform your kitchen … and your health!
The Tough Part -- Step 1: Pitch and Toss (or at least hide from view) If you were going to eat those last few pretzels, you would have by now. Or that last scoop of freezer-burned ice cream. Or that pumpkin pie filling from Thanksgivings ago. Start your spring-cleaning by tossing anything that’s outstayed its expiration date.. And if you’re taking this time to clean … [Read more...]
The Cauliflower Connection
Cauliflower may not have been your first favorite vegetable, but it may become the star of your spring meals after you learn more about its remarkable nutritional & health benefits. Cauliflower is rich in healthy vitamins and minerals, including beta-carotene, lutein, and vitamins C, E, and K; and folate. One serving of cauliflower contains 75 percent of the … [Read more...]
Be Sweet to Yourself: Use “Good, Better and Best” Food Choices!
Consuming too much added sugar can significantly increase our risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in JAMA: Internal Medicine. A heart healthy diet is low in refined sugar and sweeteners, low in sodium, low in trans fats, and high in nutrient-dense vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, healthy fats, and whole grains. Let’s start with sugar (since … [Read more...]
Healthy Fats and Why We Need Them
Here is the skinny on why fat doesn’t make you fat. Recent studies show that it is the type of fat we eat that can affect our health and weight. “Good” fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated – the kind found in avocados -- have heart-healthy benefits. They lower our risk of heart disease, prevent or even reverse diabetes, and reduce/prevent inflammation. In … [Read more...]
Top 10 Tips for Kicking Your Sugar Habit
Many of my clients come to me with a goal of kicking their sugar “habit.” They are not alone; the harmful effects of sugar have been making the news more than ever lately, on CBS, CNN and in Health Magazine, just to name a few. I’ve been working with several clients to help them tame their sweet cravings, and I’ve put together a list of Top 10 Tips that really … [Read more...]