If you are vegan or lactose intolerant, almond and other non-dairy milk drinks are options. Although neither vegan nor lactose intolerant, almond milk was my go-to milk many years ago. I drank it when I was more concerned with calories… Continue reading
Once shunned due to its high fat content, the avocado is now an *it* food and for good reason. Packed with nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, avocados are a nutrient-rich food.
One-third of an average size avocado has about 80 calories and is sodium and cholesterol free. Over 80 percent of the fats in avocados are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats giving a boost to the heart. Continue reading
The New Year is here and with it the onslaught of resolutions. “This year will be the year when…” Fill in the blank: “I lose weight.” “I start exercising.” Yada. Yada. Yada.
Thousands of advertising messages will prey upon people’s insecurities with digitally enhanced photos of bodies no one IRL (in real life) has. A body you could have—if only.
Who’s to say you are not enough just as you are? You are enough! Continue reading
I have a confession. I used to know everything about nutrition. I was an expert. See, I was a chubby kid—not obese—but carrying enough extra weight where I was teased and picked last for teams in gym class.
The summer before ninth grade I lost weight and although my weight yo-yoed over the years, I never lost my fascination with nutrition. I devoured every article on nutrition, read books, had subscriptions to every health magazine, and jumped on every trend or fad that happened along.
I listened to so-called experts and parroted their words. My ‘education’ made me super smart knowing more than the average person, always willing to pipe up with the latest I learned—whether welcome or not. I became the go-to person for all thing’s nutrition.
- How you carry yourself.
- How you rock the clothes you wear.
- Your energy, vitality, confidence.
Yet it doesn’t stop people from trying (to lose weight).
Atkins, Paleo, and now the ketogenic diet. Did you do it? You lost weight, right? Quickly?
Exciting. Enticing. And oh so exhilarating.
Bev jumped on the scale Monday morning ready for day one of her keto diet. Today is a new day—this diet is going to work and it did, for a moment. She embraced keto and within a week dropped 8 pounds. Thrilled yes? Yet what did she lose? Continue reading
I’ve been adjunct (part-time) faculty over 20 years and have the unique perspective of hearing what my students know and understand about nutrition as they learn key concepts. Early on in my teaching career (pre-internet), I assigned students a project requiring them to summarize a nutrition-related current event from a newspaper or magazine. They presented their summary in class and we deciphered reliability, learning what’s credible and what’s questionable.
As the internet evolved and became the go-to place for information, our learning advanced to a virtual platform including discussion boards. A favorite discussion board topic was (and is) answering this question: Why is nutrition so confusing? Continue reading
Think about all the conflicting articles on coffee and wine for example. A study in the Journal of Health Communication found this makes people trust recommendations less, even nutrition recommendations that are less controversial.
Many do it because they know they should.
Many do it so they can eat what they want.
Here’s a thought. What would happen if you told an exerciser they could not exercise? Think they would gain weight? Probably not. They might even lose weight. Research indicates there’s a subconscious part of us that knows or calculates how much to eat.
With exercise it’s not surprising people eat more…often it’s the thought, “I deserve this!”
Back to our topic…
Before our work together these mid-afternoon occurrences led to some unhealthy choices…particularly sweets. The extra calories prevented Carly from reaching her health goals. Continue reading