Category: Nutrition

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;

How to Find Credible Nutrition Information

In this further guest posting from Susan MacFarlane, RD, we discuss finding credible nutrition information. Nowadays, everyone seems to be an expert when it comes to nutrition advice: “Eat breakfast! Don’t eat until 12 pm!”; “Avoid carbs, they will make you fat! Fat makes you fat!”; “Only buy organic! Organic is a myth!” On top

The Golden Years: Healthy Eating for Older Adults

Today, Susan MacFarlene tackles nutrition into the Golden Years. As science and medicine continue to advance, so too does our life expectancy. According to the World Health Organization, the global life expectancy was 72.0 years in 2016; an increase of 5.5 years since the year 2000 (1). And growth in life expectancy is not expected

Flax, Chia, or Hemp? A Nutrition Showdown

We all know that eating flax, chia, and hemp seed is good for our health (even if we aren’t entirely sure why). In a nutshell – or should I say, a “seed” shell – flax, chia, and hemp all contain alpha linolenic acid (ALA for short); the parent fat of the omega 3 family. Susan

Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss

Another post by our resident RD, Susan Macfarlene, this time tackling the sometimes controversial topic of intermittent fasting and weight loss: Fasting has been an integral part of many different religions for centuries. Fasting has gained popularity more recently among scientists and weight-loss enthusiasts alike for its touted benefits of improving insulin sensitivity, delaying aging,

Cronometer: The Nutrition Super Tracker

Cronometer: The Nutrition Super Tracker The USDA will no longer offer food and physical activity tracking through SuperTracker, leaving current users looking for an alternative. Cronometer has garnered a reputation with fitness and nutrition experts as the most detailed and flexible nutrition tracking software available. Find out how Cronometer compares with SuperTracker and how to

Introducing Solids to Babies: 6 – 12 months

In this guest post, Susan Macfarlene discusses weaning baby along with how and when to introduce solid foods. Introducing solids to your little one can be a time of great excitement and even greater angst. Nutrition myths and misinformation abound online, and many parents feel pressure to feed their child a “perfect diet” (which, by

Everything you Need to Know about Eating Plant-based: Part 2

Another post by our expert registered dietitian, Susan McFarlane. In this part 2 of the series, Susan continues discussion of plant-based food while getting all your required nutrients: Last month, I answered your burning questions related plant-based eating and nutrition. This month, I want to continue the discussion and provide clarity and guidance around some