Milk: Does it Really Do Your Body Good?

milk-1367171_1920To listen to the National Dairy Council, milk is the ultimate for your health. According to them, milk and the rest of its dairy cousins such as cheese are supposed to build healthy bones, contribute to a healthy weight, and even benefit heart health. But does milk really do your body good or is there a dark side? Let’s take a look at some points that are regularly promoted by the dairy industry.

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3 Ways Exercise Helps You Do More Than Just Burn Calories

exercise-841167_1920I know, I know, you hear it all the time: exercise to lose weight. And it’s true, exercise does help with weight loss. But did you know that the calories that you burn during exercise, unless you are a professional athlete, actually make up a tiny portion of your total calories burned for the day? You see, what we eat has a much greater impact on our body weight. Think nutrient dense foods. CLICK HERE to learn more. So much for that ginormous hot fudge sundae that you were planning to scarf down and then run off! And if that’s the case, why bother to exercise? Because exercise gives you so much more bang for the buck than just burning a few calories. Here are three of its many benefits: Continue reading

Superfood Spotlight: 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Pistachios

pistachio-1098173_1920We Americans have a major love affair with nuts. In fact, the United States Department of Agriculture reports that nearly one out of 10 of us enjoys nuts or nut products every day. We even have a National Nut Day, celebrated yearly on October 22st. But, some nuts get more love than others. According to a 2014 report on, almonds and peanuts (actually a legume) are our top two choices. But, much lower on the list are pistachios. And that’s a shame, because not only are they incredibly delicious, Spanish researchers report that they also boast an impressive array of health-boosters. Here are six: Continue reading

Is Olive Oil Really Good For You?

Post 2 2-20-15 Olive OilAh, olive oil, that liquid, gold ambrosia that gives such a great mouth feel to so many dishes. When it comes to olive oil, some of the things that you are likely to hear are: it is heart healthy and people in the Mediterranean who have been consuming it for centuries have reduced rates of death from coronary disease and even certain cancers. Sounds great, doesn’t it? But what if there is another side to olive oil?

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What You Think of YOU Matters to Your Health!

self-esteem-1566153_1280I am often astounded by the things that people say about themselves. What’s interesting is that it’s usually from the perspective of someone else they know. For example, I’ll hear things like : I’m no good at public speaking or I don’t have the brains to do X or I’m not smart enough to do Y. When I ask where they got these ideas from, I am usually told that, oh, so and so told me this. Sometimes they even tell me it was someone close to them that said it! Yikes!

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The Surprising Secret to a Longer Lifespan

vegetables-1319821_1920Want to live longer and healthier? How many advertisements do you see with that question or a similar one? Too numerous to count, right?  And, many times the reader is encouraged to purchase some magic elixir or supplement that is guaranteed to be the fountain of youth.  The truth is, is that there’s no such thing. But, there is something easy (no miracles needed) that you can do every day that can have a truly positive effect on your longevity. Ready for the secret? Eat more carotenoids. Continue reading

Travel Edition – Berlin, Germany: 3 Healthy Habits of Berliners

brandenburg-gate-417890_1920Recently, I had the good fortune to spend a week in Berlin, Germany. Berlin is a beautiful and historical city, but, it’s also a hip, modern cultural center. Berliners are some of the friendliest people I have ever met, and as I discovered, have some pretty healthy habits as well. Here are three that we can all implement to help us to lead healthier lives. Continue reading

Is Eating Fish the Best Way to Get Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

oil-315528_1280There’s no doubt that omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) are vital to our health and well-being. Several studies have shown that they are associated with a decreased risk for Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease. You may have heard that eating fish is the best way to ensure adequate amounts of these protective fats. But, is that really true? Let take a look. Continue reading

5 Foods That Put You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

diabetes-1270350_1280Cancer and heart disease are, respectively, the number one and two killers in America today. But, ranked as number seven by the Centers of Disease Control, Diabetes is rapidly rising in the ranks. In fact, the American Diabetes Association predicts that 1 in 3 adults will have diabetes by 2050.  And if this follows current statistics, the vast majority of these adults will have Type 2 diabetes.

What’s sad, is that Type 2 diabetes is preventable.  Unfortunately, the typical American diet is low in nutrients and rich in junky foods that can elevate blood sugar, reduce insulin sensitivity—increasing type 2 diabetes risk.  Want to reduce your risk? Stay far, far away from these five health destroyers. Continue reading