Nutrition


What a Diet Really Looks Like From the Inside

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Like so many of us that have become more aware of our own health and wellbeing, I took this knowledge and awareness to a whole other level.Combined with a high level of exercise, I had a one-track mind to the "perfect" body. Rather than severely cutting calories, instead I remained steadfastly committed to tracking every single thing I ate -- for y

New Year: New 'Health' Reads

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As the new year begins, we've all got a variety of resolutions and goals in mind to achieve. About 45 percent of Americans make new years resolutions (lose weight, staying fit and healthy) and only 8 percent are successful in achieving the resolution. As a dietitian, I'm always looking for resources to help understand ways to achieve a healthier

The Case for Calling the Dietary Guidelines What They Really Are

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Call me crazy. Or Ishmael, for that matter. I think "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" should be something vaguely like, well, oh I don't know, maybe: guidelines for Americans. About how to eat well. What does "dietary guidelines" make you think? Doesn't it sound an awful lot like: guidelines for people's diets? Doesn't that, in turn, sound quite a

Are You Making Any of These 4 Common Nutrition Mistakes?

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Nutrition: One of the most confusing topics in today's generation.With different diets and fads coming out every other day, it can be hard to differentiate the truth from the myths.Regardless, here are four common nutrition mistakes that I have seen in my fitness career!

Coconut Oil Sucks: Nutritionists Name the Most Overrated "Healthy" Foods

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By: Erin Kelly Credit: Shutterstock (edited)If you haven't been bombarded by the media or somebody on Facebook raving about the miraculous, all-healing powers of coconut oil, you've either been living under a rock or you're really, really good at blocking people from college (and your mom) on social media.But not everyone buys into the idea that co

Fast Eater? 7 Tips on How to Slow Down These Holidays

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There's really no reason to rush through something as pleasurable as eating. They say it takes 20 minutes for our brain to register satiety. Competitive eaters race to beat the clock and their body's warnings of satiety, but for the rest of us, the you've-had-enough signal is a caring friend, trying to save us from ourselves.Current trends are movi

Integrative Nutrition: 4 Factors More Important Than What You Eat

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Before I founded the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world's largest nutrition school, I worked in a small natural food store. All day I watched health-conscious customers read labels and ask questions about the products in the aisles. They gave great care and attention to the foods they chose to eat.Then after work, sometimes I would go t

Holiday Fitness Flight Plan

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Here is a list of things that used to scare me:Airplane turbulence. Terrorist threats. Not being able to locate my kids when they don't text me back. Swimming in deep water. Mannequins. Frogs.Now? I am not so afraid anymore, not of those things anyway. If the plane rocks, I just remind myself that I've had a great life so far. If the code goes to o

Final Blow to the Paleo

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I have watched as the "Paleo" movement gained popularity, inspiring people to eat an enormous and ridiculous amount of meat. The premise behind this misguided trend is simplistic at best. They claim health problems exploded as a result of people eating crop foods that became popular as agriculture took hold. From their perspective, humans have not

Should You Avoid Saturated Fats This Thanksgiving?

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Several months ago, colleagues and I published a journal article on nutrition myths and dietary advice. The journal recently received a letter to the editor regarding our article; its author questioned our handling of saturated fats. We have already submitted a formal response to the journal. But given the glacial pace of academic publishing, it wi

Junk Food: From Confusion to Clear and Simple Truth

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I was somewhat startled, and quite concerned, to learn directly from the source while sipping coffee together, that my wife was confused by the latest study on junk food, generating headlines such as: "Junk Food Not to Blame for America's Obesity Epidemic." I was startled because my wife, an expert cook and mother of 5, has become very knowledgeabl

No, Bacon Won't Kill You

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The hysteria surrounding the headlines last week declaring bacon a carcinogen -- comparing its consumption to the risks of smoking cigarettes -- has calmed down a bit. And that's good because the media hype with headlines like, "Processed Meats Rank Alongside Smoking as Cancer Causes -- WHO" is largely just that, hype. While the World Health Organi

On Making Time for Wellness

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"Health and wellness" is something we all want at some level. But when push comes to shove, it's easy to prioritize everything else over it-work, social time, "down time" in front of the TV or browsing the Internet. The intention is good, but something gets in the way of acting on it.Of course, in order to actually reap the benefits of our intended

Food Day at Yale

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Saturday, October 24th is Food Day, and we will be celebrating it at the very heart of the Yale University campus, on the beautiful expanse in front of Sterling Library. Much as we need rain in this part of the country, please join me in hoping it doesn't come that day. We have a canopy, just in case.Food Day is an annual event, established several

Salt Gets an Unfair Shake, Public Health Feels the Pinch

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******************************************************* CO-AUTHORED BY: James J. DiNicolantonio, PharmD BRIEF BIO: Dr. DiNicolantonio is a research scientist at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri LONGER BIO AND PHOTO: http://www.saintlukeshealthsystem.org/dinicolantonio ************************************************

Stunning Health Benefits of Cotton Candy Proposed

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No, not really.The controversy and clamor attached to the report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee would seem to suggest that something that radical had been proposed. But that's not quite the case.The group did not announce that spinach, heretofore considered nutritious, actually causes human eyeballs to burst into flame (how the h

Milking Dietary Discord: Who Holds the Bucket?

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There is a famous, precautionary canard about surrendering oneself to the tender mercies of lawyers. I am using it here as an illustration- no offense intended to any lawyers who happen by! As two people lay hold to either end of a cow, contending she is theirs, and pull in opposing directions- the lawyer milks the cow, and leaves the on-going stru

Nutritionists and Dietitians Dish on What They Would Never, Ever Eat

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There are foods that should be eaten in moderation (think, ice cream, cookies, cake, cocktails), and then there are foods (or maybe I should say "food-like products") that should probably never be eaten all.Click Here to see the Complete List of Things Nutritionists and Dietitians Would Never EatNo doubt, items in the latter category may have a cer

Is That Seafood Safe? What You Need to Know

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Photo: Pond5By Laurel Leicht for Life by DailyBurnYou know fruit and vegetables have the most flavor during the months when they're being harvested. It might be surprising, though, that the same is true of seafood. "Many species are migratory, meaning they're available fresh in various regions only at certain times of the year," says Jeff Ludwin,

What Are The Three Main Eating Disorders?

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Eating correctly is hard for all of us, but for some, the struggle is deadly. Severe over-eating or under-eating may lead to an eating disorder, a disease many of us have experience with, even if it is rarely diagnosed. We were so grateful to have Dr. Allegra Broft, a psychiatrist and professor at Columbia, on the show to educate us on the various

At What Age Are You Prone To An Eating Disorder?

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Eating correctly is hard for all of us, but for some, the struggle is deadly. Severe over-eating or under-eating may lead to an eating disorder, a disease many of us have experience with, even if it is rarely diagnosed. We were so grateful to have Dr. Allegra Broft, a psychiatrist and professor at Columbia, on the show to educate us on the various

Tips To Help Start Recovering From An Eating Disorder

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Eating correctly is hard for all of us, but for some, the struggle is deadly. Severe over-eating or under-eating may lead to an eating disorder, a disease many of us have experience with, even if it is rarely diagnosed. We were so grateful to have Dr. Allegra Broft, a psychiatrist and professor at Columbia, on the show to educate us on the various

How To Help A Loved One With An Eating Disorder

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Eating correctly is hard for all of us, but for some, the struggle is deadly. Severe over-eating or under-eating may lead to an eating disorder, a disease many of us have experience with, even if it is rarely diagnosed. We were so grateful to have Dr. Allegra Broft, a psychiatrist and professor at Columbia, on the show to educate us on the various

Tips And Resources For Overcoming Eating Disorders

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Eating correctly is hard for all of us, but for some, the struggle is deadly. Severe over-eating or under-eating may lead to an eating disorder, a disease many of us have experience with. We were so grateful to have Dr. Allegra Broft, a psychiatrist and professor at Columbia, on the show to educate us on the various types of eating disorders, and

Different Fuel for Different Workouts

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I know the look. It's the wrong food choice look. I've seen many people in my exercise classes get that look on their face a few minutes into class that says, I just ate the wrong food.Sometimes it's not enough food, sometimes it's too much. Sometimes it's just the food choice. Eating the right thing before lifting weights or jumping on the treadmi

A Whole Country Ate Better: Lessons From Finland

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In the early 1970s, young men in Finland were dying from heart attacks at the highest rates in the industrialized world. In the North Karelia region of the country, home to 180,000 people, every family knew the pain of watching a young and fit man die young. While the Finns had very little obesity and very few sedentary jobs (factors that should h

Summertime Blues: 11 Tips for Getting Back On the Health Wagon

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It's all been going so well. Lunch is dutifully packed every day. Dinner is a well-planned event and exercise has been slotted in at some point most days. *polishes halo*Then IT happens. The summer holidays. All healthy pursuits go out the window, replaced by other pursuits -- frozen margaritas, pizza, pasta, ice cream, beer and sun lounging (w

ADHD and Diet: The Effect of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Linda Blair frightened everyone with her unnerving performance as a possessed child in the 1973 Academy Award winner The Exorcist. What's hard to believe -- and somewhat comical -- is that, in the movie's extended version, there is a scene in which a perplexed doctor initially diagnoses Blair's 12-year-old character with what we today call Attentio

Dietary Fat and the Human Brain: Redefining Food for Thought

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The Labor Day weekend brings into sharp juxtaposition two irrepressible, seasonal forces: one is the culturally-sanctioned indulgence in an end-of-summer barbecue blitzkrieg, and the other is the return of our kids to the daily disciplines of a school day. We might add a return to more generally frenetic demands on ourselves as well, as the relativ

Unleashing Our Children's Potential

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I know a 2-year-old American girl named Olivia living in low-income housing with her mom. Olivia is overweight for her age due to her diet of high calorie, low-nutrient food and a lack of physical activity during the day. Her brother and her mom often fight over household responsibilities and money issues -- sometimes to the point of violence or ne

Fitness and Diet Tips to Get the Best Body of Your Life From the Hottest Celeb Trainer

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Christine Bullock is one of the most inspirational celebrity fitness trainers in Los Angeles with a wealth of knowledge regarding exercise, health and nutrition. I recently met her at a press event in Santa Monica earlier this summer where she taught an incredible fitness class followed by a Q and A session on nutrition and healthy living. I learne

So Long, Sniff Test: New Tech Tells You When the Milk's Gone Bad

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Scourge of cereal, corrupter of coffee, cause of more spit takes than a Donald Trump press conference: rotten milk has ruined many mornings. And yet our only defense against the potentially stomach-souring effect is the simple, unreliable sniff test.That may not be the case for much longer. Teams from University of California, Berkeley and National

Researchers Discover A Protein-Packed Superfood That Tastes Just Like Bacon

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Now this is a superfood: Researchers from Oregon State University have reportedly created and patented a new strain of nutrient-rich seaweed that tastes like everyone's favorite fetishized breakfast meat.Researcher Chris Langdon cooked up the new savory strain of dulse, a red marine algae grows off the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines in OSU's Hat

A White House Conference on Aging: Aren't We All?

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On Monday, July 13, I will have the honor of attending the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) at the White House featuring President Obama. It will be the fourth White House Conference I have attended, including my appointment by President Clinton to serve as Executive Director of the 1995 conference. White House Conferences on Aging s

Eating in Echo Chambers

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In Going to Extremes, Cass Sunstein explores and characterizes the process that can lead to religious fundamentalism, internecine hatreds, jihad, and suicide terrorism. The essential ingredient is an echo chamber, a place where the opinion to which you are natively inclined, for whatever reasons, is reflected back at you by others who share it.The

Your Low-Fat Diet Could Be Making You Fat

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I've got some bad news. You've been duped. In fact, for the better part of the last century we've all been lied to about what it means to eat a healthy diet. Here's the story: In the 1960s and '70s eight U.S. Senators had heart attacks and died while in office. Seeing his colleagues drop dead around him alarmed the 54-year-old Senator George McGove

SEAMLESS -- Ordinary Habits, Extraordinary Life!

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Being a modern individual is not all flowers and candy (which we are constantly told not to eat anyway). We are busy choosing careers, building careers or transitioning out of careers we feel no longer suit us. Add to that starting or maintaining a family, taking care of our elders, maybe stealing enough time for a hobby and finding ourselves wit

Diet Tips for Patriotic Picnics

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Do not read this if food management at the beach barbecue is easy for you.But if you love a hot dog fresh off the grill, if you cannot resist the red, white and blue cupcakes and if you always rationalize eating the nine-layer veggie nacho dip to the point where any vegetarian benefits are swallowed by the quantity consumed as well as the chips use

The Breastfeeding Corner

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h was nutrition and brain health awareness month. Breastfeeding is the foundation of good nutrition. Breastmilk provides the nutrients essential for an infant's development in the first months of life. It's a unique nutritional source that cannot adequately be replaced by another food, including infant formula. Breastmilk is rich in vitamins, m

My Citizen Petition to the FDA: 100% Truthful Nutrition Labeling

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It was by accident that I stumbled upon the truth about nutrition labels on packaged foods. It turns out that they aren't necessarily truthful at all. I described my unfortunate discovery in a previous Huffington Post article, but after first writing of my experience, I couldn't stop thinking about how shameful it is that consumers rely on nutrit

Calorie Counting Revisited: Why Trying to Cut Food Calories Could Make Us Fat and Sick

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Within the last month, I agreed to become a member of the Scientific and Nutritional Advisory Board of Epicure, a Canadian food-product and cookware company dedicated to making convenient the consumption of healthy real food. Epicure's CEO invited me to speak at the company's national conference in Montreal this July to discuss, "How calorie-focuse

Nutrients, Nutritionism, and Historical Nuttiness

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The current issue of JAMA features a commentary by two colleagues, calling for an end to what they term the "ban" on total dietary fat. More specifically, the authors are endorsing the report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, of which I too am a fan, in which there is no specific reference to an upper limit for total dietary fat in

Coke Pays Nutrition Experts To Say Soda Can Be A Healthy Snack

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NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world's biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates. In February, several of the experts wrote online posts for American Heart Month, with each including a mini-can of Coke or soda as

Healthy Adventure: When Nutrition Meets Diversity

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This past weekend, as an American Diabetes Ambassador, I had the privilege of hosting the Healthy Eating portion of the ADA Expo in New York City. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 1 in 10 Americans has been diagnosed with diabetes, and it is suspected that another 1 in 4 has the disease but is undiagnosed. Diabete

A Nutrition Prescription for a Healthier America

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By Susan Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A. and Greeshma SomashekarOur country is facing an epidemic: Approximately one in three adults and one in six children are obese in the United States. It is estimated that more than 95 percent of Americans will be overweight or obese within the next two decades. For the first time ever, we have a generation of kids wh

Eat Healthy and Lose Weight With Nutrition Guru Tanya Zuckerbrot

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You want to know Tanya Zuckerbrot. Stunning, smart--and most importantly she can make you thin. But this well-known nutritionist won't make you eat cabbage for 6 weeks or live without carbs. Instead, Tanya will provide you with delicious healthy eating tips, including how to order in restaurants. Says the New York Post: "She isn't a killjoy who tel

A Slice of Nutrition

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Get ready people -- the pizza takeover is about to begin. As a dietitian and foodie in NYC, I tend to see the waves of food trends crest from tiny shops in Bushwick, Brooklyn to large corporate restaurants all over the country. Luckily this next wave is one of America's cheesy favorites and, believe it or not, it can be a part of a healthy diet. Pi

Foods to Help Improve Your Mood

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"I don't eat junk food; I don't have junk thoughts." -- Peace Pilgrim Do you think a diet is just for losing or gaining weight? Think again! The word diet literally means "a daily food allowance." We need food for growth, repair and energy for our daily activity.But did you ever think about how food can affect your mood? The foods you eat can affec

Are We Eating Our Veggies Yet?

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We're advised again and again to eat more veggies -- at least 2.5 cups of them each day, preferably much more.A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finds that American farmers are doing their bit, and have grown 5 percent more veggies in the past year, that, despite the drought, floods and all. But Americans aren't eating more

Big, Fat TRANSgression

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Trans fat is going, if not yet gone, and good riddance to it. The word on the street is that the FDA is acting to "ban" partially hydrogenated oils from the food supply. The slightly more banal reality is that the agency is finalizing an action, begun two years ago, to formalize the position that trans fat is no longer "generally recognized as safe

How Many Steps a Day Should You Really Walk?

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(Photo: SuperStock/Getty Images)By Jesse SingalIf you pluck someone off the street, whether in New York or Wichita or Seattle or Sacramento, and ask them how many steps people should aim for per day in order to get enough physical activity, they'll probably tell you 10,000. In an age in which pedometers are cheaper, more accurate, and more feature-

Willow Jarosh, MS, RD: Super Hacks: How to Make Healthy Food Even Healthier

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Not that healthy foods need to be any better, but we couldn't resist sharing these hacks that increase their nutritional value. Hey, go big or go home, right? Actually, whether you use these nutrition-boosting hacks or not, these foods are all super nutritious, tasty choices.Eat the kiwi skin: Say what? That's right, it's not only possible but more

David Katz, M.D.: Our Sodas, Stars and Selves: Where the Buck -- and Calories -- Stop

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To the inevitable backdrop of John Philip Souza marches and presidential photo-ops, Big Soda has announced that it will do some vague kind of something about the excesses they contribute to our intake of calories and sugars over something like ten years. (Unless, of course, they don't.) Cue the 21-gun salute! Release the confetti!Folks, that this i

David Katz, M.D.: Our Health, on Fire: The #UseWhatWeKnow Campaign

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I was privileged to speak to hundreds of healthcare colleagues at a Lifestyle Medicine summit in Nashville, TN yesterday. I was even more privileged to give the keynote address that closed out the conference, although there are some liabilities attached to being the last thing between a restless audience and their freedom.As the conference "closer,
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