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Sugar, Sugar

Last year the average American ate 156 pounds of refined sugars. Just think about 31 of those 5-pound bags of sugar you buy for baking, and imagine eating it. That’s a lot of sugar, Sugar. That 156 pound number doesn’t include the natural sugars found in foods like fruit and yogurt,  which are fine. Its […]

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Chicken Fat

About 30 years ago research linked eating red meat to heart disease. So, we all started eating a lot more chicken. In 1960 the average adult ate 28 pounds of chicken a year; in 2015 that number had climbed to 90 pounds. Yes, the average American adult eats 90 pounds of chicken a year. That’s […]

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The Protein Myth

This idea that we all need more protein is a myth. We are not running around protein-deficient, despite what all the ads promoting protein drinks and bars would have you believe.  Only about 3% of adults in the United States don’t get enough protein*. The rest of us get almost twice what we need. Every […]

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Clean Mondays Lentil Soup

Great Lent has started, which for us Greek Orthodox means we basically eat a vegan diet from now until Easter Sunday. Its one of the reasons the people of Greece live so long. The first day of Lent is called Clean Monday, and the traditional dish served for the evening meal is lentil soup. Believe […]

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Take All You Want, Eat All You Take

Take all you want, but eat all you take, or How to live to be 94 My grandfather was convinced he would die at 60. All the men in his family died young, and in fact the women seemed to die young too. We just celebrated his 94th birthday, so for the past 34 years […]

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Making It Personal: Weight Loss Edition

We spend billions of dollars a year on weight loss programs, products and supplements that don’t work. If participants (who are technically obese) in a research study lose 8% of their body weight and keep off half of it for more than three years, it is heralded as a huge success. Yet, there are those […]

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Healthy Pasta Fast!

Here’s my favorite technique for making a fast, healthy pasta dish that will also give you plenty of leftovers. Yes, I said healthy pasta! Pasta is actually in the middle on the Glycemic Load; adding lots of vegetables keeps the calorie count reasonable and prevents a spike in blood sugar. The magic is in the […]

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The Truth About Getting Healthier

Suzie* came to me as a last resort. Her triglycerides (the fat cells traveling in her blood stream) were really high, she was pre-diabetic, and her doctor told her she had to lose weight or she would have to take medication. She was only 51 years old, and did not want to be on medication […]

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Great Grilled Vegetables

A big platter of colorful, delicious and filling grilled vegetables is welcome on any dinner table. They also make great leftovers, are economical and so easy to make.  Here’s how to do it. The best veggies to grill are squashes, eggplant, peppers, asparagus, corn, tomatoes and potatoes. Slice the squashes lengthwise into thick planks, the […]

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Skinny Drinks

You’re sitting on the restaurant patio, enjoying the sunset with a group of friends and a round or two of drinks. Everyone is relaxed, the air is filled with the sounds of laughter, and you are laughing too. Until you realize that those two margaritas just cost you over 700 calories. The choco-tinis are over […]

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