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The No Diet Diet for 2015’s the New Year and most certainly we can expect to be bombarded with all sorts of diets and folks setting New Year’s resolutions.

Sure, much of my work is with weight loss, though here’s the kicker, I actually de-emphasize the scale. More importantly, it’s the lifestyle and behavioral changes that ultimately will provide my clients with the abundant energy and life of their dreams. The phrase the no diet diet came to my mind. (Darn, it’s already taken.)

Diets have been around for centuries. Why do people diet? If dieting worked, wouldn’t everyone that went on one be skinny? Of course! In reality it’s quite the contrary. Continue reading

Dear gluten-free dieter

Thanksgiving is almost here and for the 1 percent with celiac disease and estimated 6 percent with gluten sensitivity it undoubtedly will be a challenging holiday to maneuver. But quite honestly I’m not worried about them. They take their disease very seriously and don’t mess around. Plus there are numerous resources they most certainly have turned to. (This post is not for them.)

It’s the other estimated 20 to 30 percent that follow a gluten-free diet for a myriad of reasons. I recently wrote about this in a post Gluten-Free – the real reason it might help. Continue reading

I write & make videos on what interests me in the nutrition world…

My mom made a comment about my Facebook page which got me thinking. (Don’t moms have a way of doing that—making you think?) I often post my Neily on Nutrition blogs and videos in addition to Mom and me MothersDay2014my endless posts and pictures about my Great Dane fosters on my private FB page. I also have my Neily on Nutrition business page, but Facebook has an algorithm and only a select few get to see those posts, unless I want to pay to boost my posts. (I don’t.)

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Just because it’s organic or gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy

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I love educating people and increasing nutrition awareness with label reading, ingredient lists, etc. The main theme of my message at a Southwest Airlines health fair was—just because it’s organic or gluten-free or comes from a health food store does not guarantee healthfulness.

Here are a few examples focusing on organic and gluten-free.

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Why diets don’t work (or do they?) Paleo, gluten-free, low carb

Diets often do work. On any given day 100 million Americans are dieting. Diets frequently help people lose weight, albeit temporarily. How many people do you know went on the Atkins diet? Did they lose weight? Perhaps. Did they keep the weight off? Likely not. Why? It’s not sustainable. But, it’s simple.  All you have to do is stop eating carbohydrates. That’s it! But is it the baked potato that’s the bad evil creature? Or is it the company it keeps? Can’t have a baked potato without the butter, sour cream, cheese, and bacon. Is it the pasta or the quantity of pasta served at a restaurant or filled on a plate at home—equivalent to 6-7 slices of bread.  Continue reading

Sensa: Just another senseless supplement

Shake. Eat. Lose weight. Really? That’s all you have to do? According to the Sensa weight loss supplement advertisements—yes.

After years marketing and selling their product, Sensa was charged $34 billion along with a few other companies for false and misleading weight loss advertising by the Federal Trade Commission as mentioned in this NY Times article Weight loss companies charged with fraud.supplements-neily

On Your World with Neil Cavuto, my colleague, registered dietitian nutritionist Rebecca Scritchfield debated Melissa Francis (host of Fox Network’s MONEY with Melissa Francis) on the need for government involvement. Melissa remarked, “We don’t need the government to save us from this stupidity.” Oh Melissa, but we do. People will forever look for the latest greatest magic pill that will melt away unwelcome fat. Continue reading

The Nutrition Babes weigh in on detox diets

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The Nutrition Babes ( and I had the opportunity to meet in Philadelphia at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual conference in October, 2012. Kathy Siegel, RD, CDN and Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RD are registered dietitian nutritionists passionate about better health through balanced nutrition, exercise, and cleaner living.

I wanted to ask their thoughts on detox diets. And as I suspected we were on the same page. To watch the video scroll to bottom of page or click here.

Kathy: Yes, I am sure we are on the same page with this one. This been going on a little longer than I would have liked with the trend on detox. It just keeps evolving and changing but basically we have a different take on detox.You really want to aim towards whole foods. If you want to detox, you want to eliminate the processed foods, the things with a very long list of ingredients. You want to consume foods that come from the ground, items that do not have labels. It can be a higher protein source that’s also a grain. You can look for quinoa.There are a lot of different items that we think we can consume that are healthier and by taking out the processed foods, you’re having a healthy detox. High fiber is going to help eliminate a lot of the waste that these people talk about.
Neily: You mean we don’t have a lot of sludge sitting inside our GI tract?
Lauren: Haha…..our bodies, our livers—that’s what they are meant to do. They are meant to detoxify things. Because the truth is we have a lot of chemicals in our diet and in our environment. If you want to detox yourself, blend up your own fruits and vegetables and make your own juices or smoothies. Do it in a high-powered blender and not in a juicer so you actually get to keep the pulp and fiber instead of only extracting the sugar. Don’t add sugar to foods in your diet if you really want to do a little detox. Eat whole foods, whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, no added sugar. You’ll feel much better; you’ll feel like you detoxed yourself. It’s really a great way to go. Your body doesn’t need these really expensive, trendy drinks at all. You can do it all by yourself and you need to learn to read the labels too. It’s not like you can’t have anything in a package but you need to understand that when you want a cracker that has some whole grain and a little bit of oil and a little bit of salt, that’s all you need in a cracker. It doesn’t need a paragraph (on the label). It doesn’t need food dyes. You need to look for words that your grandma would not have known and that your third grader can’t read. You really just want very simple labels.
Kathy: The shorter, the better. And go back to the kitchen. You don’t have to buy all the food already prepared. It can be just as quick to make some rice in a rice cooker and saute—have a stir fry with vegetables and lean meat on your stovetop. Just as quick then as putting it in the oven for 45 minutes.
Neily: You’ve got some great ideas on your website (
Kathy: We have some great recipes on our website. We have a lot of meatless meals that are always great. We have a Nutrition Babes Lasagna that is fantastic. We have a lot of crockpot recipes because we know everyone is busy and they think this is more time consuming (to have whole foods), so we have lots of ideas to get dinner on your table very quickly.
Neily: So remember, healthy detox—fruits and vegetables and whole grains, lean protein and forget those faddish type things.
Kathy: You’ve got it.
Neily: Thank you so much! Thanks for watching Neily on Nutrition and we’ll see you in the next video.


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Diet myth #5 – Gluten-free diet for weight loss?

Shelley Rael, registered dietitian nutritionist from Albuquerque, New Mexico and I had a chance to talk about many diet myths. This was our fifth myth—our topic was gluten-free diets for weight loss. To watch the video, scroll to bottom or click here.

Neily: The gluten-free diet has gotten really popular as a weight loss diet. Will people lose weight on the gluten-free diet?

Shelley: Sure, because they’re cutting out a lot of foods that they normally eat. If they went on a fat-free diet they could theoretically lose weight if they’re cutting out (fat) or if they went on a sugar-free diet (and cut out sugar). I am not an expert in gluten-free but I am an expert in fad diets. This appears to be one of the biggest trends right now. All these foods are gluten-free—some of which never had gluten to begin with, like peanut butter and fruit. I saw something today that said this fruit is gluten-free. Gluten is the protein that is in certain grains—it’s not ever going to be in fruit. But what people do, people hear that gluten-free is the way to go because they hear it from the media or their friend or something…

Neily: Or some celebrity…

Shelley: Yeah, celebrity or pseudo-celebrity. But they don’t have celiac disease or they don’t have a need to go gluten-free. What they are doing—like we talked about with some other myths—when they cut out carbohydrates or refined grains or foods that have gluten, they’re cutting out a big portion of their regular diet. So yes, they will probably, initially, lose weight because they just cut out this huge part (of their diet). If I cut out the sugar and cream in my coffee, I’d probably lose weight because I’m cutting out something in my normal diet.

Neily: Gluten-free is such a huge industry now. There are so many gluten-free products. If you go gluten-free with fruits and vegetables and the non-wheat whole grains and lean meats—that’s a really healthy diet and you probably could lose weight. But when you start adding other food, for example junk food…gluten-free junk food is still junk food.

Shelley: Exactly. When any other fad diets come along—like I said this gluten-free is, I believe, a fad for people who don’t need to be gluten free. Whatever comes up next they’re going to be cutting out—in all likelihood—an entire food group, they’ll lose weight. A lot of things I’ve seen and read about gluten-free foods is that they are actually higher in calories than their regular counterparts. So it’s not necessarily the healthier way to go if you don’t have the disorder (of celiac or gluten sensitivity).

Neily: Gluten sensitivity may be an issue for some people. And for some to experiment, they might feel better. It’s fine to experiment. But, of course, if they have celiac and they go on a gluten-free diet (before getting tested), it’s not going to show up on a test. But as far as sensitivity, if somebody is going to try gluten-free, it may make them feel better or it might be the placebo effect.

Shelley: They might be eating better. Doing it is not going to be harmful necessarily but it’s mostly unneeded. It’s not necessary for most people to do.

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