The Challenges of Life

            Over the last decade, the number of foods promoted for their nutritional advantage has grown significantly.  At the same time, savvy food marketing efforts have been quite successful at confusing the public about what makes foods nutritious.  Are potato chips seasoned with natural herbs, sea salt, and sporting a nature scene on the package […]

Can better nutrition make a better world?

Recently I picked up a book on the new book shelf at the local library. It was the words “Plant-Based Diet” in small letters with an endorsement from Jay-Z and Beyonce’ that caught my attention.  I couldn’t help but smile.  When icons of pop culture promote healthy living, tens of millions get the message.  So, […]

What’s for Breakfast?

            When your blood sugar begins to fall, your body will demand food.  For some, willpower can delay fulfilling that urge.  Unfortunately, willpower only last so long when up against a relentless survival urge.  If tired or stressed, expect willpower to lose. For a woman in her premenstrual week, hormones can also magnify cravings.             […]

What is Normal Blood Pressure?

            The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that 46% of the adult U.S. population has some form of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD).  In part, this estimate is the result of redefining high blood pressure as a reading of 130/80 mmHg, a lower threshold than the previous standard of 140/90 mmHg.             This new standard is because […]

The Volumetrics Diet

            The Volumetrics Weight loss plan is an interesting variation on the basic plant-based whole food diet that provides wiggle room for your favorite foods.  It’s also one of the few diets that have the potential of being sustainable and supports good health.  The diet offers plenty of opportunities to benefit from good nutrition, and […]

Eat More, Weigh Less

            It’s hard to imagine a more suspicious sounding diet than one called “Eat More, Weigh, Less” and yet that’s the title of a book published some 40+ years ago by Dr. Dean Ornish.  Interestingly, Dr. Ornish had no particular interest in weight loss diets until he noticed that patients on his heart healthy plant-based […]