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Archive Category: Nutrition and Diet

Carnitine and Choline–Friends or Foes?

March 26th, 2019

So, you may or may not have heard the buzz about TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide). It is formed in by the gut flora from  TMA (trimethylamine) and has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The resulting response was to recommend diets void of meats, eggs, and dairy since they are sources of TMA. But the answer is not quite that simple. For example, fish consumption is not associated with an increased risk of heart disease. And further studies are revealing that the conversion to TMAO is due to the gut microbiome more than the diet itself. Certainly, limit consumption of animal products to healthfully-raised, organic, and in limited quantities (ie, a 4 oz serving max); eat lots of vegetables (especially cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower); include berries in your diet; eat some walnuts; include fiber (vegetables again!) and fermented foods; get exercise; get adequate sleep. Eat whole food and avoid packaged and processed foods, period. I just don’t believe that eating should be as difficult as we are making it!

Intermittent Fasting? Or Skip Dinner??

March 7th, 2019

Intermittent fasting has become a popular way to try and lose weight. Certainly, reducing caloric content and avoiding between meal snacking can support weight loss. However, interestingly, newer research is showing our metabolic rate is supported by having breakfast be the largest meal, then lunch, with only a light dinner. Better, yet, having breakfast be the largest meal followed by a mid-afternoon lunch and skipping dinner. They do point out that, during famine situations, eating the most calories at dinner may be beneficial. Oh, we have so much more to learn. But my favorite quote is of Michael Pollan: “Eat Real Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.” To your health!!

Sugar Smacks–Like We Need Another Reason to Avoid It

July 13th, 2018

Hopefully, no one believes that Sugar Smacks cereal is a healthy way to start the day. But now it is also associated with a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. If you have any of this cereal in your cupboard, please dispose of it. Instead, focus on a healthy breakfast of fruit, vegetables, and egg or healthfully-raised meat or fish. My breakfast today (wish I had taken a photo!): quail eggs sauteed with red cabbage and broccoli. To Your Health!!

Vitamin C for Your Brain Function!

May 18th, 2018

Love this article on the importance of adequate Vitamin C for brain function. This is just another in a list of many reasons to supplement Vitamin C. I often prescribe it to “bowel tolerance” or a maximum of 10,000 mg daily in divided doses. I know others who prescribe even higher doses via IV therapies. A minimal dose in my opinion is 1,000 mg Vitamin C twice daily. AND eat those Vitamin C-rich foods, too!!

Kiwi for Vitamin C!

“Organic” Jargon? This may help . . .

May 1st, 2018

Are you having trouble with the labeling of our foods? Organic, Grass-fed, Pasture-raised, etc. Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my! Here is an article that may shed some light on the nuances of labeling. EWG.org also has helpful pages–check them out as well. To your health!!

EWG’s Dirty Dozen–Foods Highest in Pesticides

April 10th, 2018

EWG has published their 2018 report for the “dirtiest” fruits and vegetables when it comes to pesticide residues. Strawberries and spinach top the list. Check out the full list here — a great way to support your grocery budget decisions.

Good Food

March 13th, 2018

I am finally getting caught up on some posts I’ve wanted to share. This is one of them!! So many people are struggling with what to eat and how. “In Defense of Food” is a great movie (and book, by Michael Pollan) on how to keep your diet simple and healthy. Eating real food can also be economical. But processed and packaged foods are killing us. Please check out this film–to your health and that of your families!!

Fasting to Reduce Huntington’s Symptoms

March 13th, 2018

Researchers have found that limiting the time that rats eat to just 6 hours per day reduces a protein that is associated with Huntington’s chorea. Read the article for details. BUT, please note that “intermittent fasting”, fasting 12 hours/day, fasting 18 hours once weekly, fasting in general, have been associated with improved health. Check with your provider to see how best to optimize your eating schedule–to your health!

Blueberries May Also Reduce the Risk of Cancer

January 23rd, 2018

Gotta love this news–a healthy and delicious food may help reduce risk of cancer and may even improve effectiveness of cancer treatments. They freeze well, too, so can be enjoyed year-round (although I do recommend eating seasonally).

Spicy Foods May Reduce Risk of Cancer?

January 23rd, 2018

This is great news for those of you who love spicy foods! Researchers are finding that capsacain seems to reduce risk of cancer and reduce risk of mortality. Check out this article–and do be careful to not overdue the chili powder either! 😉

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