November 1, 2014

The Scam of Some Supplements

It seems as if many individuals are looking for that “magic pill”, the one that will assist with their nutrition, make them thin, more toned, have clearer skin, better digestion, ward off cancer and add more pep in their step.  Does such a supplement (or combination of several) exist? Let’s first understand the definition of a supplement, and how to separate the facts from the … [Read more...]

The Other Side of the Spectrum

Over two-thirds of the US population is overweight or obese, and those numbers are climbing. Obesity is an epidemic, and the growing number of chronic diseases related to it is staggering. But what about the other side of the spectrum? The individuals, who in their quest to be thin, have starved themselves into a state of severe malnourishment, some close to death because of their obsession … [Read more...]

The Coffee Connundrum

To drink or not to drink…that is the question.  Why does it seem as if everyday a new study comes out that says how horrible coffee is for you, and then another comes out right after extolling its benefits? I call it the coffee conundrum, because I have seen my clients wrestle with the choice to quit coffee cold-turkey, or to continue consuming. Most drink it because they enjoy the taste, or they … [Read more...]

Luck of the Irish

Obviously writing about potatoes and cabbage is apropos considering St Patty’s Day is the 17th, and most of us celebrate this Irish holiday all week and weekend long, even if we’re not of Irish decent. My grandmother on my mother’s side was a Sweeney, my grandmother on my father’s side a Hughes, so I’ve got more than a bit of Mick in me. Every St. Patty’s Day (and sometimes Halloween and New … [Read more...]

“D” is for Darling

A client calls me in a panic…”Lisa, my lab results are back, and I’m deficient in vitamin D! My doctor says I’m at risk for osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, colon cancer, breast cancer, and heart disease!  Is this true?” “Well,” I say slowly, as to not incite her hysteria any further, “Yes, maybe, possibly, could be, yep, looks that way, respectively.”  My client is not … [Read more...]

The “Diet” Dilemma

When I was a clinical dietitan with Bayhealth Medical Center, I was asked by the hospital administrator to give a nutrition presentation at the annual Bayhealth Director’s Retreat.  My topic was to be focused on “diets”, and to make nutritional recommendations to the audience that they could pass on to their patients, families, co-workers, children, as well as put into practice for … [Read more...]

The Terrible Twos

I have had more than a few clients enlist my assistance not to help them lose weight, but rather to help them get their toddler to eat…anything!  They don’t call the period in a child’s life the “terrible twos” for nothing. These early years are a time of rapid growth for a child, where many physical and cognitive changes are occurring. They are beginning to assert their independence through … [Read more...]

Slow Down with the Salt!

“So what’s so bad about sodium anyway?” you are probably saying to yourself, dear reader. “It makes everything taste sooo good” you think, grabbing for the salt shaker to liberally sprinkle your hot corn on the cob from the Farmer’s Market.  Hold up-do you want hypertension?  Hypertension is a fancy word for high-blood pressure, a.k.a. the silent killer. One-third of Delawareans have been told by … [Read more...]

8×8 – really so great?

My clients love to tell me how much water they drink allll day long.  But hold up one minute…did you know that the 8x8 or eight, eight-ounce glasses of water a day is an urban legend right up there with the mall parking lot ankle slasher and the needles in the gas pump scare?  Yes, dear readers, you may not need 64 (or more) ounces of H2O a day, at least, not in the form you think of (i.e. … [Read more...]

Trim Your Tailgate!

Think outside the box (literally) when planning your next game-day soiree. Don’t serve the same old boring potato chips, pretzels, and pizza.  Here’s some tips to trim the fat and calories in your football favorites without sacrificing taste at your next tailgate! ~Let’s start with dips.  Everyone loves hot crab, creamy artichoke, French onion, and garden vegetable dips.  Instead of full-fat … [Read more...]