Did you know your body contains roughly equal amounts of body cells and microbes? Your diet influences that crucial balance.

Creating Optimal Health- You Can Do It! The health of trillions of microorganisms living in our gut is more deeply connected to our health than most of us have imagined. Now, a new study shows that long-term dietary practices impact the richness and diversity of this community of microbes (termed microbiota), and it’s a good […]

THE NEW SMOKING- SITTING!

A Washington Post article makes clear the damage done by our sedentary lifestyles. The good news is that it also gives some solutions! In the words of James Brown: ‘Get up offa that thing and shake it, you’ll feel better!’ Read more: On Sitting

DO YOU SUFFER FROM ‘VEGETABLE ANXIETY’?

We’ve all faced it: the unrecognizable glob in the crisper drawer, formerly a $2 organic bell pepper that we drove five miles to buy at the farmer’s market. Oh the guilt, the angst! It’s enough to make you rip open a bag of potato chips! But take heart; there is help and hope for kitchen […]

DEATH BY DESK CHAIR

  We all know the importance of regular exercise. But do you know that even with a great exercise routine, you may be wrecking your health? Do you know that prolonged sitting is dangerous, even deadly to your health- no matter how much exercise you do? An article from the Huffington Post explains the effects of too […]

TRAIN YOUR BRAIN TO THINK LIKE A THIN PERSON

  Some say it’s all in your head. There may be something to that belief. More than one good resolution has been broken by the influence of the mind! Dr. Judith Beck is the Direc­tor of the Beck Insti­tute for Cog­ni­tive Ther­apy and Research, Clin­i­cal Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chol­ogy in Psy­chi­a­try at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, […]

FAST FOOD = GOOD FOOD? – Part 2

“EATING IN A PINCH” TODAY:  LUNCH ON THE RUN I feel  regret for committing to a full WEEK of finding fast food that is acceptable for occasional ingestion!  Even with relaxed standards, the pickings are slim. So I am looking to YOU, dear reader to clue me into any possibilities that I am overlooking. If […]

FAST FOOD = GOOD FOOD? – Part 1

Do your good eating plans go out the window when you are rushed?  I think we can all identify with Bill’s comment: “While I don’t necessarily feel addicted to any type of food my general response to hunger is usually first attracted to the ‘quick-fix’ – as opposed to the task of preparing something fresher […]

Good News for those with Gluten Intolerance or Celiac Disease

Trader Joe’s now offers wheat-free, gluten-free tortillas! I think everyone loves shopping at Trader Joe’s.  I know I do, for the music and flowers and oh yes- the food. Trader Joe’s brand tortillas have a rice base with a few other safe ingredients like tapioca.  Unlike rice products of the past, I found these to […]

Making a Difference in Childhood Obesity

I am so impressed by the thoughtful and detailed solutions that Michelle Obama has developed to change the lives of today’s children!  If you care at all  you will be, too.  For a link to her interview on CNN, click here:  First Lady on CNN.

Do Artificial Sweeteners Help or Hurt?

Great article in the Huffington Post: “Sugar or Sweetener:  Your Body Knows What’s Right”. Good advice and tips; my only disagreement is with her criticism of agave.  I think for those who don’t suffer from blood sugar issues agave is a fine sweetener when used sparingly! To Your Health, Diane

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