Healthy eating, Wellness

Protein Supplements

Personal trainers in gyms often recommend extra protein in the form of powders and bars to boost muscle mass and improve performance. Does the average person need this extra protein, does it work as promised, and are there any downsides to consuming all that extra protein? Two main sources for the protein in manufactured supplements… Continue reading Protein Supplements

Healthy eating, Wellness

Fish for food?

The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice per week. This is because fish contains lots of omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for the health of your heart. Fish contains omega 3 in the form of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Plant sources like walnuts, canola oil, hemp and… Continue reading Fish for food?

Healthy eating, Wellness

Leptin and appetite

Your appetite is regulated by a hormone called leptin, which is produced by fat cells. Leptin actually drives your behavior. It is a messenger. It communicates with the hypothalamus in the brain to control appetite. Normal levels of leptin send the message to stop eating.  Conversely, if you are starving, with low levels of leptin… Continue reading Leptin and appetite

Healthy eating

Warning! Sugary drink alert.

The recipe for coca cola is a highly guarded secret, yet one look at the ingredients list (e.g. high fructose corn syrup, caramel color and phosphoric acid) gives me enough knowledge to know that I don’t want to let a drop pass my lips. I don’t know what the natural flavors are, or what constitutes… Continue reading Warning! Sugary drink alert.

Wellness

Stress and how to stop it

What is stress? Stress is difficult to define, but all of us can recognize when we are experiencing it. One way to understand stress is to see it as how you respond to negative life events, and to negative thoughts and emotions. Stress occurs when you feel that you are not equipped to deal with… Continue reading Stress and how to stop it

Wellness

It’s old news, but it’s good news: weigh less and exercise more

Excess body fat is associated with the most common health problems in America. Yet the good news is that even losing 5-10% of of your body weight can help to improve your health and to decrease risk for all these conditions, which include diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, arthritis, chronic pain, depression, and heart… Continue reading It’s old news, but it’s good news: weigh less and exercise more

Recipes, Soups and sauces, Vegetarian

Mary’s lentil soup

This soup is easy to make and very satisfying to eat. The recipe comes from my mother, who is an expert at making delicious soups. It serves 4 people. Ingredients 1 medium onion, chopped 1 clove of garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon of olive oil 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric 1 can… Continue reading Mary’s lentil soup

Advocacy, Healthy eating

Food ads to children

The food industry spends more than $4 million a day to advertise food to children. Most of the time, the foods they advertise contain high sugar, high sodium, high saturated fat, and they are high in calories and low in nutritional value. They are often the kind of foods that disrupt appetite because they contain… Continue reading Food ads to children

Healthy eating

Red meat, diabetes, and worse.

A  recent study of 442,101 participants from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that eating red meat increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. They also found that eating processed red meat, like hot dogs and sausages increases that risk even more. How do you lower the risk? The researchers suggest… Continue reading Red meat, diabetes, and worse.

Healthy eating

Farmers market week

I love going to the farmers’ market every week, but this week is National Farmers Market Week, so I feel especially grateful for the farmers who come every Sunday to my neighborhood to sell their fresh, seasonal, organic, and local food. This week I came home loaded with strawberries and rhubarb, with arugula, red peppers, cherry… Continue reading Farmers market week