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Where’s the Beef?

Perhaps you remember the 1984 Wendy’s commercial that asked, “Where’s The Beef?”  If not, and you need a good laugh, then be sure to view this thirty-four second, made for TV, classic. For those that don’t remember 1984, that was before we carried smartphones around and TV screens still curved at the edges.  Indeed, many […]

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Aging Diets Joints Pain

What Causes Joint Pain?

Perhaps you recently experienced a twinge of joint pain and dismissed it as an inevitable part of aging.  More likely, what you felt was a warning that something is amiss in your lifestyle.  Of course, some wear on joints is inevitable with aging, although it might be a challenging point on which to persuade an […]

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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.             […]

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Aging Diets Exercise Heart Disease

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 […]

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Attitude Diets Mind-Body

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 […]

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The Cheese Conundrum?

            Cheese ranked near the top of my favorite foods until I learned the consequences of eating it and why I liked it so much.  Of course, I wasn’t alone in my love of cheese.  Almost everyone is addicted to it.  As I learned, there is a reason for this unusual fondness, and it’s not […]

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Diets Heart Disease Recipes Weight loss

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 […]

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Diets Heart Disease

The Protein Combing Myth

An understanding that proteins play a part in our health has been available for over 100 years.  Unfortunately, much of the original work was based on growth rates for rats.  As you might suspect, a rat that grows twenty times as fast as a human has significantly different nutritional needs. In the 1950s science took […]

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Whole Grains

           Whole grains are a healthy addition to almost any diet.  In varying amounts, they provide healthy proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and micronutrients.  As a bonus, whole grain oats help reduce blood fats (LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, etc).  This ability to lower LDL without changing HDL is believed to result from the viscous beta-glucan fibers in oats.  […]

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Is Breakfast Important?

For most, the foods they choose to eat come from habits learned in childhood.  Unfortunately, many of these food choices were influenced by commercials that promised ever tastier and easier ways to prepare meals rather than evidence about nutrition. Complicating the development of healthy taste preferences was the food industries’ influence over Federal food guidelines […]