Category: Healthy Eating Tips

Retraining Your Palate? Start by Unmasking Your Food

It can be difficult to eat more nutritiously when you’re used to eating primarily processed foods. A palate that is used to highly processed foods—sweetened, added salt, high fat—can sabotage even the best attempts at eating healthier. One study even found that foods high in sugar and fat are addictive. In the study, brain scans […]

Love Your Family with Food—the Value of Home-cooking

During American Heart Month, what better way to show your family some love than by beginning a healthier lifestyle. For most of my patients, that starts by making healthier food choices and making a commitment to bringing the family together for meals. Cooking, eating healthy food, and family togetherness are subjects I commonly talk about […]

Food and Faith—There is a Connection

One thing I especially remember from my childhood is my mom’s intense faith and her love of preparing food for family and friends. She passed those values on to me, and today a good part of my day is spent sharing those values with patients in my practice.   When I speak of faith, I’m […]

Tips for a Healthier Holiday

Ahh, the holidays. A time to celebrate all the good that has come our way during the previous year. First up: Thanksgiving. What better way to begin the year-end wrap-up than to sit down at a hearty meal with family and friends? But the holidays are arguably the toughest time of the year to eat […]

The Best Fruits to Kickstart Your Metabolism

Most people understand that metabolism refers to the rate at which your body converts the calories you consume into energy. Your metabolic rate changes depending on the level of activity you’re engaged in, but your basal metabolic rate—the number of calories you need to keep your body operating—stays fairly steady.   When someone is having […]

Get Healthy with a Diabetes-friendly Diet

Patients often come to me with varying levels of abnormal blood sugar—a “touch of diabetes” they’ve been told by their primary care physician. They’re not concerned about their elevated blood sugar because their doctor has not expressed concern. They have yet to be educated about the importance of making lifestyle changes now to avoid problems […]

5 Ways to Help Your Child Learn to Love Healthy Foods

Health and happiness—two things every parent wants for their child. Good nutrition is at the heart of that equation. If a child is overweight, dealing with food allergies, or hooked on processed foods or refined sugars, that can negatively affect their appreciation of food as nourishment. And yet, getting a child to eat healthy can […]

A Healthier—Yet Yummy—Labor Day BBQ

Ah, the annual Labor Day picnic. Every year, it’s a great time—getting together with family and friends to relax, catch up, and make some new memories. The only problem? It’s far too easy to eat and drink too much of all the wrong stuff. Uncle Phil’s grilled cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and brats; Aunt Josie’s three-cheese […]

5 Ways to Increase Your Vegetable Intake

The constant recommendation everyone is talking about, including me, is to increase your vegetable intake. In my book “Eating Yourself Sick,” I discuss the merits of a plant-based diet (aka eat more veggies) and the positive effects of it on the gut microbiome, reduced total body inflammation, reduced cancer risk, better glucose control, and the […]

Broccoli for Breakfast—and Other Kid-Friendly Recipes

Foods marketed to kids can be some of the most challenging to overcome when trying to get your kids to eat healthy. Loaded with sugar, fat, and other unhealthy ingredients, and emblazoned with colorful, cartooned labels, they do a good job of reeling kids in and getting them hooked on unhealthy choices. Kids get accustomed […]

GERD—It Is What You Eat

If you’re someone who suffers from a heartburn-like sensation after eating or upon waking, your body is trying to tell you something. It’s telling you that the food choices you are making are not working. What you may be experiencing is gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and resolving the problem is going to take more […]

Meal Preparation: 31 Days of Wellness

The cornerstone of wellness is nutrition. As I have stated numerous times before, the art of cooking a meal is nearly dead. Young families rarely cook, having no time, lack of interest, and minimal skills. This must change if we are to pull ourselves out of the global obesity epidemic. We cannot turn over the […]

Airport Food: Trying to Eat Healthy?

As I sit here for an evening flight to Minneapolis, I realize that because of the flight delay, I’m going to have to force myself to eat something at the airport. My original plan was to tough it through the flights with nothing more than water and eat something on the healthier side once I […]

Top 10 Tips for a High Fiber Diet

There is not a day that passes where I do not have a detailed conversation with my patients regarding the value of a high fiber diet. Diets high in fiber will help keep off unwanted weight, allow for regular bowel movements, control cholesterol, and help normalize blood sugar values. Because of the highly processed foods that […]

Resolutions: How to Kickstart and Keep Your Healthy Lifestyle Change

With the new year comes the resolve to eat healthier, exercise more, and be better overall. Of course, few people follow through with resolutions for the long-term—for many reasons. Often, it’s because they make too many resolutions or because they set the bar too high.   The key is to remember that January 1 should […]


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