Cruciferous Vegetables: Friend or Foe?
Sometimes it seems like everything that I love to eat, and even the foods that I’ve learned to love to eat, are found to have something ‘wrong’ with them. Do you know the feeling? My entire career has been built on my respect for research and its value, however every so often when I read…Read more
Top 5 Reasons to Choose FitSMART Shakes
During the summer, it can be easy to overindulge. With travelling, barbeques and family gatherings, those treats can add up to extra pounds on the scale. One way to counter this is to replace one meal per day with a nutritious protein shake. That said, not all protein shakes are created equal so here are…Read more
The Many Tastes of Fermentation
Fermented foods are on my mind today. Yes, I’m glad to see that there’s an article about their health attributes written nearly every day. In contrast, it’s interesting to me how often I’m asked if my recent eating plan, Skinny Gut Diet, can “work” if a person doesn’t like fermented foods. When I created Skinny…Read more
Why Are Patients Being Prescribed Drugs for a Simple Nutrient Deficiency?
Here is a common scenario: A patient with no known health issues comes in for a routine doctor’s visit and discovers that her blood pressure is mildly elevated, and she ends up on diuretics. On her follow-up visit, her blood pressure is even higher, so she is prescribed a blood pressure medication such as a…Read more
Finally There’s a Shake That Everyone Can Enjoy
A recent survey conducted by a leading natural health magazine in Canada reported that over 50% of people began their day with a smoothie. They are fast and convenient and can be loaded with nutrition. Unfortunately, many are missing a critical component and that is protein. A smoothie made of fruit and juice may energize…Read more
How Safe Is Your Seafood?
I often talk about the importance of eating fish high in omega-3, and I also recommend that fish high in mercury be avoided. To optimize omega-3 intake and also minimize mercury intake, there are three main types of fish that I have recommended over the years; salmon, sardines, and herring. If you don’t happen to…Read more
Are Fermented Foods Enough for a Healthy Gut?
In my new book The Skinny Gut Diet, I talk a lot about fermented foods—those foods rich in good bacteria that support a balanced gut and healthy weight management. They include sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha (a fermented sweet tea beverage), live cultured pickles, unpasteurized miso, kefir, and yogurt containing live cultures. When foods are fermented, beneficial…Read more
Memory Impairment During Adolescence—Sugar to Blame
Sugar-sweetened beverages, most notably soft drinks and sweetened juices, are a regular part of the diets of many adolescents. Sugar-sweetened beverages make up 48 percent of added sugars in the diet, most coming from soft drinks. Adolescents enjoy more freedom than they experienced during earlier childhood, which may lead to the increased consumption of such…Read more
Can You Train Your Brain to Crave Healthy Foods?
Losing weight and maintaining a healthy body weight is an ongoing struggle for many people, but what if we could train our brains to crave healthier foods so we could finally get rid of those unwanted pounds? The question is one that researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Tufts University in Massachusetts set…Read more
Think Outside the Lunchbox
You can only eat so many turkey sandwiches before lunch becomes something you dread. With nut and seed restrictions at schools, parents have to be more and more creative. Here are 5 ideas to get you started on the right foot this school year. Pick your child up a lunchbox with different compartments. Fill each…Read more