Category: Nutrition

Managing IBS with FODMAPs

Understanding IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder afflicting between 10-15% of the U.S. adult population (1). There are no specific tests for IBS, so a diagnosis is made using the Rome IV Diagnostic Criteria (2): Recurrent abdominal pain (on average, at least 1 day/week in past 3 months) associated with two

Unsafe in Any Size Glass? A New Study on Worldwide Alcohol Consumption

A study published in August in The Lancet, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, surveyed data from 195 countries on alcohol consumption and health risks, and concluded that “The level of alcohol consumption that minimized harm across health outcomes was zero standard drinks per week.” For those of us who are concerned enough

Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?

Most of us have grown up hearing the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and health experts have been warning for years that skipping breakfast can lead to weight gain. Yet, with the popularity of intermittent fasting on the rise, the authenticity of this piece of nutrition advice has

Why Do We Lie to Our Cronometer?

It’s happened again.  I lied to my Cronometer. Well, I didn’t entirely lie.  I just didn’t tell it the whole truth. I started out the day with good intentions (don’t we all?).  I entered my morning weight in my Cronometer.   I had a plan to eat my usual breakfast, which requires just a few minutes of

How much fruit is too much?

Regardless of the type of diet followed, pretty much everyone can agree that eating vegetables is a good idea. However, when it comes to fruit, there is a much louder, contentious debate going on. On one hand, you have the keto folks arguing that the sugar in fruit will cause spikes in blood glucose and

2018 – The Year of Low Carb

Interview with Dr. Richard Feinman, Professor of Cell Biology, Richard Feinman, PhD, is a cell biologist who is widely credited with doing some of the first serious scientific research on the Atkins Diet.  His career has spanned decades as low fat diets waxed and waned in public health recommendations. While he emphasizes not being an

Fighting Inflammation with Food

‘Inflammation’ is a commonly cited, yet poorly understood, condition that is often used as a “catch-all” diagnosis by both the wellness and medical community to explain non-specific symptoms like aches, pain, fatigue, and stress. In addition, inflammation seems to be linked to an increasing number of diseases, ranging from metabolic syndrome to type 2 diabetes.

Interview with Tom Horvath on Food, Addiction, Cravings and Being Human

Tom Horvath, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has led the way in creating and implementing science-based approaches to helping people overcome addictions of all kinds.  He was one of the founders and President for 20 years of SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Recovery, an international recovery group that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Rational

What is the Glycemic Index?

Although it may seem like diet trends are constantly changing, the reality is that most popular diets are simply iterations of the low-carb, low-fat, or low-calorie diets that came before them. And while all these diets can work (at least in the short-term), the restriction and deprivation typically required often makes them unsustainable in the

How to Stop Nighttime Snacking

If you struggle with ‘nighttime snacking’, ‘nighttime noshing’ or the ‘midnight munchies’, you’re not alone. In fact, this annoying little habit is by far the most common dietary complaint I hear in my nutrition practice. When I ask clients the 5 W’s of their snacking situation, the answers I usually receive are: chips; after supper;