I don’t like the word “diet”. The word, which simply refers to the food we eat, has been taken out of context. Instead, “diet” now refers to a restrictive, rigid plan someone follows in order to lose weight. I envision deprivation and depression, and I am not a fan. However, if I ever had to pick a “diet” to follow, it would be this one: The Anti-Inflammatory Diet!
It’s not so much a diet, as it is a lifestyle. Which is what I’m all about! (more…)
I recently listened to a very helpful podcast. The podcast answers the question of how to know which voice to listen to when you’re having an urge to eat; the devil on one shoulder? or the angel on the other? The podcast is 36 minutes and is well worth the time. However, if you don’t have time or the attention span, I summarize the podcast here, in this blog. Expect it to take ~6 minutes to read it in its entirety, or skim quickly by focusing only on what I’ve printed in bold type.
I was asked the following question:
When I’m getting snacks or breakfast foods for my kids, how many grams of sugar is ok? Is there a standard rule you want to try to stay under?
My answer is to look at the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, which advises that added sugar not exceed 10% of our total calories.
Need clarification on fluid needs surrounding workouts and/or sporting events? Wonder about the effect of caffeine on hydration and performance? This blog and infographic provides recommendations for hydration in competitive athletes of all ages, as well as “weekend warriors” (as in those who work out regularly). It even touches on the effects of caffeine and how to use it, safely, to enhance performance.
The question was raised, “How can I just eat whatever I want all the time but stay thin?” As a dietitian, I hear a lot of questions, and this one in particular captured my attention. The person who asked was trying to be funny and did not expect an answer, but it got my wheels turning. (more…)
Nutrition research is limited. The researchers can be stubborn. Perhaps the message that sodium is bad for all is too broad a message. In this blog, I will explain the limitation of nutrition research, describe the controversy over sodium, provide the current recommendations and trends, and tell you how to apply this information. (more…)