Posts Categorized: Nutrition

Meatless Monday: No Worries About Protein

The Meatless Mondays campaign encourages people to improve their health by reducing their meat consumption by 15 percent. Americans generally eat eight ounces of meat daily–45 percent more than the US Department of Agriculture recommends, according to that agency. Going meatless once a week can reduce the risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular… Read more »

Bulimia and the Damage Done

Recently in the office waiting area, I noticed a wheelchair-bound young woman who was very thin, weak and pale. Though she weighed less than 80 pounds, her ashen, grey skin made her stand out the most. I gathered that this patient had an eating disorder. After consulting with multiple gastroenterologists–including specialists in other states–she sought… Read more »

Do You Need a Re-Resolution?

If you made a weight-loss resolution January 1, you are in good company. But New Year’s resolutions can be counter-productive because they suggest it’s OK to overdo it through the holidays and foster a quick-fix/diet mindset. It’s just as challenging to make healthy changes on January 1 than any other day. The good news is,… Read more »

“Food Insecurity” Challenges Many College Students

College students are much more likely to experience “food insecurity” than the general population, according to recent studies. A student survey at a campus in rural Oregon indicated 59 percent of them are less likely to have ready access to nutritious food, the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior recently reported. The USDA defines food… Read more »

8 Ways to Sack Extra Calories on Super Bowl Sunday

Most people associate Super Bowl Sunday with an infinite buffet of chili, Buffalo wings, loaded nachos, brewskis to wash it down–and lots, lots more. Except Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest day of food consumption in the US. The average viewer grazes about 1200 calories and 50 grams of fat during the big… Read more »

FDA Takes Aim at Antibiotics in Agricultural Industry

The US agricultural industry has routinely fed antibiotics to livestock and poultry for more than 50 years. In fact, while medical use of antibiotics accounts for approximately 20 percent of global sales, the agricultural industry buys the other 80 percent as a way to promote weight gain and prevent disease in livestock and poultry. Such… Read more »

Happy Red Apple Day!

An apple a day keeps hunger at bay, especially on Red Apple Day. This convenient, affordable, nutritious staple is a good source of fiber and vitamin C. One medium piece of this fruit (three inches in diameter) has about 95 calories and almost no fat or sodium. The flesh contains soluble fiber, which slows digestion,… Read more »

About that Halloween Letter

A woman in Fargo, ND, denied candy to certain children yesterday. Instead, she gave them a Halloween letter for their parents. The letter read, in part: “Your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season. “My hope is that… Read more »

Vegetarian Month: Got Beans?

Beans, peas and lentils are all legumes–a type of vegetable that are great alternatives to meat. Legumes are high in protein, folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. Since they are also high in fiber (soluble and insoluble), legumes aid digestion and lower cholesterol. Eating legumes at least four times a week reduces the risk for heart… Read more »