Food & Nutrition

The food you eat has a profound effect on your health. Here you will find resources on how you can use that to your advantage with great recipes and the pros and cons of all the latest trendy diets.

Quinoa, Amaranth, and Blood Sugar Problems

Food has fashions, just like clothes. Lately, gluten-free carbohydrates and high protein foods are all the rage. You may have heard of the “superfoods” amaranth and quinoa, which fit these trends to a tee. It might come as a surprise that you can over-eat these superfoods. If they’re so super good for you, shouldn’t they […]

Artificial Sweeteners Hurt Blood Sugar

It’s a classic flip-flop that pretty well debunks the long-standing promise that switching from sugar to non-sugar sweeteners—Aspartame, Splenda, Sweet ‘n’ Lo, and the rest—can help you lose weight. This is like when fat was once wrongly blamed for all sorts of health problems—then forgiven and given its proper respect. But this time it’s about […]

Dairy benefits for diabetics

Welcome to another edition of “You’re wrong”, “No, you’re wrong.” Today’s dispute: Should diabetics consume dairy products at all, and if so, in whole-fat or non-fat/low-fat form? This one has high-confidence, high-conviction advocates all over the place. “Eliminating dairy cured my diabetes!” “Adding dairy cured my diabetes!” Who’s right? One expert advises most of his […]

Caffeine’s benefits and dangers

Many people forget—caffeine is a drug. It alters mood, behavior, and the chemical workings of your body. There are probably more people addicted to caffeine than any other drug on the planet. Maybe more than all other drugs combined. So you might be surprised to hear me say—that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Though a […]

Broccoli’s Health Benefits

Eat these tiny little trees of health When Italian horticulturalists developed broccoli from cabbage, they probably didn’t realize what a powerful treat they were creating. I think of broccoli as a multi-purpose vegetable, because it improves your health in so many areas. From fighting cancer, to improving eyesight, to helping your heart, to detoxing your […]

Eat more protein for weight loss

Among its countless duties in every cell in your body, protein has always been recognized as a master builder—of just about anything your body needs.  But new research tells us that protein can also help un-build those unwanted pounds you’re trying to shed. Losing weight can feel like an endless battle. Your mind is saying, […]

5 Tips to Stop Aging Now

Except for a few kids currently in middle school, no one wants to grow older. Our bodies are miraculous, self-healing machines built to last 80 years or more. Still, over time, your body will slowly break down. It’s inevitable. But the time it takes to get there isn’t inevitable—not at all. In fact, there’s plenty […]

You Can’t Burn Calories Fast Enough to Lose Weight

If you’ve been reading my thoughts for awhile—or, really, if you’re just aware of health in general—you know that exercise is extremely important. In fact, for the vast majority of maladies we get, the best preventive medicine we have comes from the benefits of exercise alone! However, exercise is not a total panacea for all […]

BRAT Diet: not enough food for nausea

woman refusing toast
Everyone knows how to fix up an upset stomach—nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gastroenteritis—just do what grandma always said. Give your tummy a rest with a bland diet called BRAT: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. It wasn’t just grandma who told you that. Most physicians agreed with her, and the BRAT diet was pretty much a given. […]

High fiber diet for weight loss

man with a bunch of fibrous foods in front of him
Most of us know that fiber is good for us. But few people realize just how essential it truly is. Not only is a high fiber diet good for digestion—and firming or softening stool. But it’s also the key to weight loss. It’s one of the best tools we have to fight cardiovascular issues, mood […]
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