If you caught my segment on New Day Northwest today, you heard me talk about “5 Food Myths.” Here’s more info on that, plus links to some of my past article on these topics. Enjoy!
The reaction to my latest On Nutrition column, “Has your diet become your religion? How to balance your food choices,” has been interesting, as I suspected it would be. I’ve had some lovely emails, and a few that were, well, less lovely. Not surprising, since food and religion are both hot-button topics for some.
My latest On Nutrition column in The Seattle Times, “Coconut oil: It’s really not that good for you,” is my attempt to set the record straight on whether we should be eating coconut oil with abandon (hint: we shouldn’t). As a result, I received a number of questions via email regarding my suggestion in that column to use olive oil as a primary cooking fat.
Happy Friday! No links post this week, as I’m traveling to visit family on the East Coast and had writing deadlines up until the nanosecond I left for the airport. But please enjoy this week’s column in The Seattle Times, appropriately titled “What you need to know about iron.” Stay strong!
I know how much better my weeks go when I meal plan, and having tasty leftovers (in the fridge or freezer) is an important part of my planning. This is why I count Ellie Kreiger’s newest book ‘You Have it Made: Delicious, Healthy, Do-Ahead Meals’ as an important resource.
In case you have questions (or were questioning my methods) after reading my latest On Nutrition column in The Seattle Times (“Why butter isn’t back: not all saturated fat is created equal”), this post’s for you. P.S. I also talk about my abiding love for butter. Are you shocked?
Last week, I linked to articles about why parents shouldn’t comment on their child’s weight, and why it’s important to raise children to be intuitive eaters. Here’s why I know this to be true, both from my own childhood and from the manifestations of food- and weight-related trauma I see in my adult patients today.
What you eat matters to both skin and health, but so does how you cook it. It’s summertime, which means few things are better than tossing dinner on the grill. Unfortunately, the process of grilling meats produces advanced glycation end products (AGEs), compounds which may contribute to premature aging in your skin. So what’s a grillmaster (or those who benefit from their efforts) to do?
It’s always interesting watching reactions to my Seattle Times columns on social media and via email. My most recent column on whether alcohol is healthful got a lot of mentions on social media, but it also got pushback from some clear wine aficionados, as well as a number of comments that suggest that the commenter didn’t read my entire column.
In my most recent On Nutrition column for The Seattle Times, “Counting calories? Don’t put too much faith in numbers,” I wrote about how it’s useful to have an idea of about how many calories are in certain foods, but it’s not useful to get bogged down in tracking calories in and calories out. While there is a sense of security in numbers, it’s increasingly difficult to be certain of what a calorie actually means.
More of my interviews with David Ludwig, MD, PhD, author of Always Hungry (a book grounded in the science that will hopefully put to rest the mistakes and misinformation of the low-fat era) and his wife, Chef Dawn Ludwig, who developed the easy, healthy, delicious recipes in the book.
I was asked recently why I don’t “preach” to people that they should eat organic food. My response is that I don’t “preach,” because nutrition is a science, not a religion. That said, there are some good reasons to buy organic, as well as good reasons why organic s not always better.
If you haven’t yet read my recent On Nutrition column, “The new dietary guidelines: The good, the bad and the ugly,” please check it out. I don’t know how many individuals take it upon themselves to shape their eating habits based on what the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends, but they do shape food policy as well as decisions made by industries and organizations that may be feeding you at one point or another, so they do matter.
As I discuss in my latest On Nutrition column, food waste is a big problem in this country, but so is our society’s lingering tendency to maintain membership in the Clean Plate Club. I have a few patients who told me they were raised to believe that it was an actual sin to not clean their plates.
I’m sure that your week is as busy as mine, but I wanted to take a moment to wish all of you, my readers, Happy Holidays, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, the Solstice, Kwanzaa, or Festivus. Work has been surprisingly busy this week (and next). Who knew that so many people would actually want to see their dietitian over the holidays? If I had to wrap up my holiday eating advice in three bite-size nuggets, it would be this.
Greetings from Boston! I’m here for Oldway’s Finding Common Ground conference, and the timing is a bit ironic in light of some of the emails I’ve received commenting on my column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “Don’t give up your steak just yet: How to have red meat and prevent cancer, too.” I’ll share a few highlights from my favorite email.
In my recent On Nutrition column about antibiotic resistance, I talked about how at least half of the medically important antibiotics (read: used for humans, not just animals) used in this country are used in livestock raised for meat, milk and eggs, but when it comes to fighting antibiotic resistance, each of us as individuals also have a responsibility to use antibiotics responsibly–it’s not all on the farmers.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while or have perused my website, you know the drill: I love cooking, I own more than 200 cookbooks, blah, blah, blah. That’s all true, except sometimes cooking’s the last thing I want to do. Quite honestly, sometimes all I want to do is eat something delicious and nourishing before getting on with the rest of my evening agenda.
Happy Friday! I’m off to IFBC 2015 this evening, for fun, frivolity and networking with other food bloggers. I’m also working on my blog/website redesign (well, more like supervising my husband as he redesigns it), which I need to launch by the end of the month. Exciting times!
In my article in Sunday’s Seattle Times on The Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), I mentioned how significant it was that Bob and Cheree Moore of Bob’s Red Mill pledged $25 million dollars to OHSU to further research and community outreach in the areas of epigenetics and nutrition for women and girls.
Happy Monday! If you didn’t yet have a chance to read my Seattle Times article, “Oregon researchers: A food revolution to end chronic disease,” please peruse it. The overarching topic, epigenetics, is an important one, because it explains how the genes we inherit from our parents intersect with our environmental influences from the moment of our conception until the day we die.
I hope you had a great holiday weekend! My kitchen no longer looks like a war zone, I have clean laundry and I’ve swapped out turtlenecks for tank tops, so all is well in my world. (Plus, I watched old episodes of the French Chef while I was doing my seasonal closet cleanout. I know […]
Happy Monday! If you didn’t have a chance to read my latest On Nutrition column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “With trans fats banned, what new evils lurk in processed foods,” please give it a look.One of the points I wanted to hammer home was that there is a tendency to think that because trans fats […]
Happy Monday! My latest On Nutrition column, “Fruit: How much should you have in your diet?” ran in yesterday’s Seattle Times, and I want to make one thing crystal clear: I’m not saying that you should not eat fruit! I feel inclined to point this out, because I received an email last week from a […]
Happy Monday! If you live in or around Seattle, I would like to congratulate you on surviving yesterday’s hotter-than-predicted temperatures. I can’t believe that it almost got to 100. Things were a bit touch-and-go at my house for a while (read: we were both a bit crankypants). If you too were grumbling about the heat […]
Happy Monday! My latest On Nutrition column, “5 tips for healthful eating at summer gatherings” ran in yesterday’s Seattle Times. Check it out! This column was inspired both by my own experience of being at summer food-related gatherings (backyard barbecues, picnics, campouts) where hotdogs, hamburgers, cheap white buns, potato chips and soda were plentiful, and […]
Just in time for the tail end of Men’s Health Month, my latest On Nutrition column in The Seattle Times, “Yes, men get eating disorders, too” addresses an issue that is slowly beginning to get the attention it deserves. Eating disorders are always a serious health issue. So are illnesses that tend to go under-diagnosed […]
Happy Monday! If you missed my On Nutrition column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “How to eat healthfully when you’re traveling,” it’s not to late to check it out. Because I already had one reader ask, the Maui fish market I refer to is Fish Market Maui in Lahaina. And if you want to read more […]
Happy Monday! Did you read my column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “Can you be addicted to food?” If not, please check it out. Food addiction remains a controversial issues, for reasons addressed in the column (how can we be addicted to food when we need to eat to live). Even among scientists and health professionals […]
Happy Monday! I’m in Las Vegas right now at the Today’s Dietitian conference, but I wanted to do a quick post to let you know about my last two On Nutrition columns in The Seattle Times (the first one came out while I was in Paris and I never posted about it). My column in […]
Happy…Tuesday. I’ve been at a conference so didn’t get around to posting this yesterday: My lastest On Nutrition column ran in Sunday’s Seattle Times, “How to let go of ‘food guilt.’” I wrote this column because I see a lot of food guilt, oh yes I do. I’ve experienced it myself, too, as has probably […]
Happy Monday! If you haven’t read my On Nutrition column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “New science on cholesterol, eggs and vegetarian diets,” check it out. I wrote this column essentially because a few fellow registered dietitians begged me to, in light of some of the bad reporting that followed the release of the 2015 scientific […]
Happy Monday! The topic of my On Nutrition column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “Protein: Are you getting enough in your diet?” is near and dear to me, because I talk about it all the time with individual patients and in talks I give. At Northwest Natural Health, I see patients with a variety of nutrition […]
Happy Tuesday! I had a nice feature-slash-column in Sunday’s Seattle Times, “Yummy slow-cooker recipes promote health, too.” I’ve already received good feedback from several readers who have tried one of the recipes already (the chicken recipe seems to be in the lead, with beef not far behind), which is nice. I’ve also received a lot […]
Happy Monday! If you didn’t catch my latest On Nutrition column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “Carbs and protein don’t mix–and other ‘nutrition urban legends’,” check it out. The idea for this column started with an email from a reader who was told by a friend while on vacation that he should eat fruit on an […]
Happy…Tuesday. I was swamped yesterday with a photo shoot at my house (fun but a lot of work) for an upcoming Seattle Times article on slow cooker cookery, and then an article deadline on nutrition and skin health for another publication. Sooooo…if you didn’t get a chance to read my column in Sunday’s Seattle Times, […]
Happy Monday! If you didn’t see my latest On Nutrition column in Sunday’s Seattle Times, “How often, and how many meals should you eat? Depends.” check it out. I do so love busting nutrition myths. I’ve had several people tell me that my column is hard to find on the Times website, to which I […]
Happy Monday! I hope you had a chance to read my latest On Nutrition column in yesterday’s Seattle Times on plant-based diets, but if you haven’t, you can link to it here. In the column, I quoted registered dietitian nutritionist Sharon Palmer, RDN, author of The Plant-Powered Diet and Plant-Powered for Life. I bought The […]
Happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend and/or holiday. Mine was pleasant and uneventful…which suited me just fine! If you missed my column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “5 habits of healthful eaters: Changing how you think and feel about food,” check it out. Tomorrow, I’ll be back with the first of a two-part […]
Happy Monday! If you didn’t see my On Nutrition column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “How to spice up healthful foods—literally,” now is the perfect time to check it out! I had the best time during my five-or-so hours hanging out with Christina Arokiasamy, cooking and eating and talking. She is an amazing cook and a […]
Happy Monday! If you haven’t had a chance, check out my latest On Nutrition column from yesterday’s Seattle Times, “7 healthful foods for your holiday feast.” The idea for this particular column came about simply because — as I was reading about and talking to patients about phytonutrients and the foods that contain them — […]
During my interviews for Sunday’s Seattle Times column, “How to help a college student with an eating disorder,” one of the most interesting areas of conversation was how parents, through their words and actions, can help their children grow up to be healthy, balanced, “normal” eaters…or not. Alas, there wasn’t enough room to include this […]
Happy Monday! If you missed my On Nutrition column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “How to help a college student with an eating disorder,” check it out. It focuses on what parents can do if they notice possible signs of an eating disorder when their kids come home from college for Thanksgiving. For the article, I […]
Happy Monday! If you didn’t read my On Nutrition column in Sunday’s Seattle Times, “Why—and how—to eat more seasonally,” feel free to peruse it. I can’t say I eat 100 percent locally and seasonally, but I strive to as much as possible. I do enjoy lettuce salads even in the dead of winter, I try […]
Happy Monday! If you haven’t yet read my latest On Nutrition column in The Seattle Times, “7 steps to an anti-inflammatory diet,” check it out. (Yes, I realize that I had two “7 steps” columns in a row. I swear I didn’t plan it that way…it’s just how it worked out.) The anti-inflammatory diet is […]
Happy…Tuesday. I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend. While I (and maybe you) were away, my latest On Nutrition column, “7 Obstacles to A Healthier You,” ran in Sunday’s Seattle Times. Be sure to check it out! Two other quick news items. One, my September e-newsletter goes out tomorrow morning. This month’s topic is […]
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. If you didn’t have a chance to read my On Nutrition column in Sunday’s Seattle Times, “How to improve fertility with good nutrition,” check it out. If you would like to learn more about the role of nutrition and health in fertility, for personal or […]
Happy Monday! And happy Bastille Day! If you have yet to peruse my On Nutrition column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “Lighten up, dieters! Focus on health, not weight,” please check it out. I only do interviews for my columns on occasion, and for this one I interviewed Linda Bacon, PhD, and Lucy Aphramor, PhD, RD, […]
Happy Friday! Can you believe it’s almost July? Even though it’s raining at the moment, I’m thrilled that summer didn’t wait until July 5 to arrive in Seattle. Here are some tasty links I found this week: Does home ec class need a reboot and a revival? Is organic farming sustainable? Eight things nutrition experts […]
Happy Monday! Did you read my latest On Nutrition column in Sunday’s Seattle Times, “What food cravings tell you about yourself“? If not, be sure to check it out! I think the topic of food cravings is quite intriguing, as it involves both physiological and psychological urges, which can be difficult to tease apart. If […]
Happy Monday! If you didn’t have a chance to read my latest On Nutrition column in Sunday’s Seattle Times, “What you need to know about food allergies,” check it out. There’s something of interest for those who suffer from food allergies (or have friends/family who do), for parents of young children, and for those who […]
Happy Monday! If you didn’t see my On Nutrition column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “What to eat to prevent cancer–and what to avoid,” check it out. I talk about the role nutrition can play in preventing cancer, treating cancer, and preventing cancer from coming back after treatment. Tomorrow, I’ll have a post on some of […]
Happy Monday! I hope everybody had a great weekend with at least a little dose of sunshine. If you didn’t read my column/article in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “Anxiety, desire for control can be at root of anorexia,” please check it out. There are many nutrition-related issues about which I try to debunk myths and clarify […]
Happy Monday! The sun is shining in Seattle, and if you haven’t read my On Nutrition column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “Got milk? Many nutritious choices are dairy-free” then just link on over and check it out. With so many beverages being called “milk” these days (the most recent one I noticed is quinoa milk), […]
Happy Monday! My second On Nutrition column on saturated fats, “Making mindful choices in whole-diet approach,” was in yesterday’s Seattle Times, if you didn’t have a chance to read it yet. This one was a little more practical and food-based than Part 1, looking at how the role saturated fat plays in your diet and […]
Happy, uh…Wednesday! If you didn’t see my latest On Nutrition column in Sunday’s Seattle Times, “Saturated fat not the pure villain we think,” check it out. The column is part 1 of 2. There’s a lot of confusion about the role saturated fat plays in heart disease, and disease in general. A big part of […]
Happy Monday! If you haven’t yet read my latest On Nutrition column, “Thinking about a post-holiday detox? Think again” from yesterday’s Seattle Times, check it out. In tomorrow’s post, I’ll talk a little more about the topic, including what steps to take if you really, truly, absolutely think you need to do a food-related detox. […]
Happy Monday! If you did not see my latest On Nutrition column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “Make your holiday bites count with mindful eating,” be sure to check it out. I’m a wholehearted fan of the practice of mindful eating for it’s ability to help us both eat healthier and enjoy our food more (as […]
Thanksgiving (or Thanksgivukkah, if you also celebrate Hanukkah) is a mere two days away. It can be a wonderful day, full of friends and family and food, or it can be stressful day marred by regrets about what and how much you eat. Making a point of being mindful when you sit down to eat […]
Following up on Sunday’s On Nutrition column on diversifying your breakfast whole grain portfolio, here’s a smattering of links I came across that you will hopefully find helpful, interesting or educational: “Cooking Whole Grains” gives general directions on cooking various whole grains, including cooking times and the amount of liquid you need per one cup […]
Happy Monday! I’m home from Philly after an amazing weekend conference about eating disorders. My head is filled with new knowledge! I’m a little jetlagged, and plan to spend my day typing up my copious conference notes, catching up on laundry, restocking my bare refrigerator and springing my pup from dog sleepover camp. If you […]
Happy Monday! If you are a parent to be, or know someone who is, please peruse my latest On Nutrition column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “Nourish your baby-to-be before pregnancy.” Preconception and prenatal nutrition are topic I care deeply about, because conception and pregnancy are such a critical windows of time for determining the health […]
Happy Monday! If you live in Seattle (or the western Pacific Northwest, really) I hope you didn’t have to build an Ark this weekend. If you were too busy dodging raindrops to catch my latest On Nutrition column in The Seattle Times, check it out today: “Decode nutrition labels with a dose of cynicism.”
Mindful eating can be a tremendous tool for avoiding excess food intake while getting maximum enjoyment from the food you do eat. It’s not a skill that comes easily, however. It’s much like meditation in that regard, so it’s no surprise that the two practices are heavily linked. I’ve been practicing mindful eating at home […]
Happy Monday! If you have not perused my column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “Nothing nutty about eating seeds,” please check it out. (Note: That was not the headline I suggested!) Since I’ve had more time to spend in the kitchen, I’ve been taking inventory of my various foodstuff stashes (pantry, fridge, freezer) and have been […]
I had already decided to write about potatoes this week before receiving an email from a reader of my glycemic index column in last Sunday’s Seattle Times, stating that I should not have said that “most vegetables” were lower-glycemic, because, in his words: “The fact is that there is almost no food, other than pure […]
Happy Monday! If you didn’t see my latest On Nutrition column in The Seattle Times, “Using the glycemic index to prevent disease,” be sure to check it out. I thought the glycemic index would be a relatively easy topic to write about, but it was not. Trying to explain glycemic index and glycemic load in […]
Happy Monday! If you didn’t catch my On Nutrition Column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “When healthy eating becomes unhealthy obsession,” check it out. The topic is orthorexia, a not-officially-recognized eating disorder that can nonetheless cause real mental/emotional/social distress and even physical harm.
Building on my On Nutrition column in Sunday’s Seattle Times, I’m going to talk a little about what coconut oil is made of. The reason for this tropical oil’s purported health benefits is not so much that it comes from a coconut, it’s about the type of fatty acids that coconut oil is made of. […]
Happy Monday! If you haven’t caught my latest On Nutrition column, “No surefire recipe yet to resolve coconut oil debate,” in yesterday’s Seattle Times, check it out. I wrote this column because a few RDs I know asked me too. I personally think coconut oil is a fascinating topic because, as I mention in the […]
Happy Tuesday! I’m freshly back from Las Vegas (and feeling fresher now that I’m out of 100+ degree temps…dry heat or not). If you didn’t have a chance to check out my On Nutrition column in Sunday’s Seattle Times, “Nutrition: Just for men,” please do. The advice is geared for men, but really, it’s good […]
Happy Tuesday. I hope you had a nice Memorial Day Weekend. I was working hard on a school project (which involved trying to understand the Whipple procedure and it’s aftermath) yesterday, so I didn’t get around to posting that my latest On Nutrition column for The Seattle Times is online: “Much Ado About Organics.” Organics is […]
Happy Monday! My latest On Nutrition column for The Seattle Times, “Cut the salt, but add potassium,” is online. Check it out. I fully believe (and this is a belief based on science), that one of the best things anyone can do for their health, foodwise, is to limit highly processed foods and make restaurant […]
It’s spring break this week (from school, if not from work), and I’ve gone into reassess and renew mode. We’re turning my small sewing/yoga room into our guest room (with space for sewing), and turning our larger guest room/office into a better organized office, with an even bigger space for yoga. We don’t have guests […]
Happy Monday! If you have not perused my latest “On Nutrition” column, published in yesterday’s Seattle Times, please do so. I discuss the conundrum that exists when we are between fresh produce seasons in Seattle. Should we buy fresh produce that’s in season somewhere (sometimes as far away as the southern hemisphere), or should we […]
Happy Monday! If you didn’t catch my On Nutrition column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “All about choline, a lesser-known vitamin,” be sure to check it out. (Note: Choline technically is not a vitamin, but I didn’t write the headline.) Choline is a very important nutrient, especially during pregnancy and early childhood. As research on choline […]
Happy Monday! Are you a fan of “energy” bars (or snack bars or whatever handle you like to hang on them)? Then read my latest On Nutrition column for The Seattle Times, “Before you grab and go, make sure the bar is worth it.” I have a stash of bars in my pantry right now. […]
Food labels are a wealth of useful information…but not all of it is trustworthy. Some of what you read on the bag, box, can or carton your food comes in is little more than slick marketing, so knowing what to believe and what to ignore makes it easier to shop and eat healthfully and nutritiously. […]
You know how chicken soup always seems to hit the spot when you’re sick? (Unless you don’t eat chicken, I suppose.) There’s good reason for that. Much like the various components of the Mediterranean diet seem to work together symbiotically to reduce risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc., the various components of chicken soup […]
Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you enjoyed the holidays…I sure did. We spent a few days in Hawaii before Christmas (flying home on Christmas) in order to remember what it felt like to see the sun and be able to walk outside in only one layer of clothing and still be warm. It was […]