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Diet & Fitness

Diet and fitness are essential to healthy living. Learn about the pros and cons of all the latest diet trends and exercise programs. Get food swap advice and learn new exercise programs.

Fun Food for Dysphagia: How to cook for people with difficulty swallowing

dysphagia appropriate fruit caviar
Among some of today’s most challenging diseases are those that make it difficult or impossible to chew or swallow food. It’s a complicating condition called dysphagia that usually requires that all foods are consumed as liquids or purees. And…as you can imagine, taste and presentation are typically an after-thought at best. Thankfully, health-focused foodies are […]

Processed Salad is a Food Safety Danger

Summertime is salad time.  Nothing beats the summer heat like a bowl of cool, crunchy greens and other veggies—if they don’t make you sick. Unfortunately, one of the coolest, crunchiest greens recently did exactly that. Last March, a nasty strain of E. coli bacteria attacked people who ate contaminated romaine lettuce. The U.S. Centers for […]

Q&A: Picnic Safety

set up for a picnic on the beach in the evening
I love eating outdoors. What meal wouldn’t be better when paired with fresh air and rays of sunshine? But when you take your meals outside, you open the door to a few safety risks – some of which you may not consider a risk at all. Here are some common questions my patients ask me […]

Ketogenic diet: Benefits and Costs. Is it for you?

For a diet that’s been around for 80-some years, it’s amazing how much controversy surrounds the ketogenic diet (keto). You’d think everyone would be on the same page by now.  But no, keto has avid supporters and avid critics. At the end of the day, that’s healthy.  The more people scrambling for the truth, the […]

Blog Post: Summer Safety

Publisher and President Lily Moran
Today’s record temperatures can be dangerous to your health. But dive in with me and we’ll beat the heat.  We’ll deal today only with some serious summer threats—dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Being outside, in the heat without taking certain precautions can lead to serious trouble. But follow some simple rules, and there’s no need […]

BMI doesn’t measure health. Exercise improves health. What measures should you pay attention to?

Curvy woman running in the woods
In 1970, a 23-year-old Austrian named Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger became the youngest ever Mr. Universe. The Guinness Book of World Records once called him “the most perfectly developed man in the history of the world.” Standing at 6’2” and weighing 235 pounds, he could bench press more than 500 pounds and barely had a ribbon […]

Fight arthritis pain by exercising

man swimming in the ocean, exercise to prevent arthritis pain
If you live with arthritis, the first few minutes of your day can be agonizing. The aches, pains and stiffness in your hips, legs and feet when you walk down the stairs. The throbbing pain in your wrists and fingers as you grasp your cup of coffee. The stiffness and aches in your neck and […]

FODMAPs as a treatment for IBS: What to Know

Whenever a patient presents with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the first thing I want to know about isn’t what’s coming out, but rather, what they are putting into their bodies. Your diet is a critical factor in how all of your body systems operate, especially your digestive system. And one group of very […]

Gardening for Health

At some point we’ve forgotten how fun it is to play in the dirt. Numerous studies show that gardening is not only a tremendous source of happiness, but also a fountain of youth for your body and mind. It’s one of several “green activities” I love to do in the spring, when our bodies are […]

Q&A on Eating Better

My patients often ask me for simple guidelines on how to eat for optimum health and well-being. Key word: simple. So here are questions and answers—my best simple advice. Why is healthy eating a mind game? Eating better is more a mental exercise than the physical act of getting nutrients into your system. Always think […]
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