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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.

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 about safety considerations when […]

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

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 […]

FODMAPs as a treatment for IBS: What to Know

Whenever someone 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 common […]

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 […]

4 simple steps to eating more healthy food

Why Small Changes are So Helpful Step #1: Plan Your Meals Step #2: Shop on a Full Stomach Step #3: Improve Your Ingredients Step #4: Take Omega-3 and Probiotics Supplements Changing your diet is one of the most effective ways to become and stay healthy. Next to exercise, there’s nothing else you can do that […]

Organic Food: Definition and Benefits

I’m asked all the time if buying organic is worth the extra cost. My answer is always a resounding “Yes!” Not only is organic food safer for your body and the environment, it is nutritionally superior to conventional produce. I’ll get into the benefits a little later, but let me start by explaining what it […]

The Health Benefits of Potatoes

potatoes of various colors
I have a confession. I ate a lot of potatoes over the holidays. But you know what? I don’t feel guilty about it. Potatoes have a bad reputation but I’m here to set the record straight. There are a wide variety of potatoes and all are packed with vitamins and minerals. Best of all, they’re […]

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