Category: Healthy Lifestyle Tips

Want Better Nutrition? Start with a Healthier Kitchen

March was National Nutrition Month, but any month—any day—is a good time to think of ways to eat more nutritiously. One way to do that is to stock your kitchen with healthier foods—an ill-supplied kitchen may be the top reason my patients tell me that they don’t cook at home. For healthier eating, there are […]

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 […]

Seasonal Depression: What’s Food Got to Do with It?

The holidays can be an emotional time. While many people are out enjoying food-laden parties with family and friends, others find themselves alone and isolated. That feeling of aloneness can be amplified during the holidays, even amidst all the holiday cheer. One also needs to be aware of excessive alcohol consumption. al One of the […]

Teach Your Teen to Have a Healthy Relationship with Food

Youth mirror their parents when it comes to learning how to eat. If, as a parent, your diet is less than ideal, then chances are your child will grow up making the same poor choices when it comes to food. My neighbors, Kathy and Chris, have long understood this. Both are working attorneys, but over […]

Mindful Eating for a Healthier You

On any given day, I have the same conversation with at least 10 patients: I tell them that without nutritional food choices, regular exercise, and a healthier lifestyle, they’re putting themselves at risk for serious disease—obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and fatty liver. On their own, problems can change a person’s life. Together, […]

5 Reasons 30 Minutes of Exercise Can Change Your Life

I regularly meet with patients that are struggling to do what it takes to get their weight under control to help turn back the clock on their fatty liver disease. Based on recommendations from an earlier appointment, they’re working to change their diet to healthier eating. But admittedly, it’s a struggle and, after failing to […]

The Importance of Regular Checkups

Sometimes, it seems that healthcare takes a back seat to practically everything else in life. For the past twenty-five years, I’ve been making the analogy that people take better care of their computers than they do of themselves. Only one-fourth of computers around the world are unprotected from viruses these days. But nearly half of […]

The Fix for Migraines? Just Say ‘No’

You’re sitting at your work desk and suddenly it kicks in: Another migraine headache. Then you remember the piece of chocolate cake you chose from the lunch buffet. You knew it was on your list of still-developing trigger foods—those often-irresistible menu items to which your body says “no, no, no” even though your taste buds […]

Pop-Tarts Nation: Misery is Optional

While walking through my local supermarket this weekend, I strolled by the Pop-Tarts aisle to see what was happening in this section. Over the years, I’ve made fun of Pop-Tarts, not only because of their total lack of nutritional value, but because of the important place they have taken on the breakfast tables across America since 1964. So many […]

Do You Really Need Daily Vitamins?

The simple answer is no, you do not need a daily “one-a-day” vitamin, despite the billion dollar supplement industry. While walking through a local discount warehouse store, I was amazed at the “wall of vitamins and supplements” on display. Looking closely at the picture I took, there is a specialized vitamin formula for just about […]

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