Chocolate for Your Heart
Atrial fibrillation, also called AFib or AF, is the most common irregular heart rhythm in the United States where 2.7 to 6.1 million Americans are living with this dangerous condition. Here’s AFib explained, the risks, and how this one food affects these abnormal heart beats.
Foods that Sop Up Bad Cholesterol
If you’re at risk for cardiovascular disease or you just want to keep your heart healthy, you’ve probably been told to “watch your cholesterol”. The type of cholesterol that puts you at risk for plaque-lined arteries is LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) and diet plays an important role. How are you keeping your plumbing clog-free?
You vowed to eat a heart-healthy diet and have been pretty successful, but every once in a while you can’t resist splurging on a big fat juicy cheeseburger and a thick, creamy milk shake. So is that really all that bad? Find out if an occasional surge of fat in your diet is okay.
Is Black Rice the New Brown?
You’ve been told to switch from white rice to brown rice to get more fiber and nutrients, but there’s another one on the store shelves… black rice. Find out if black rice is now the new brown and whether we should be eating it.
How Exercise and Turmeric Affect Your Arteries
Research shows if you don’t take care of the “inner lining” of your blood vessels, you may be setting yourself up for heart disease or a stroke. Here are some important tips to improve how long and how well your arteries function.
How to Cure Dietary Amnesia
The inability to manage your stress often results in unhealthy, automatic overeating. You likely eat more than you think, don’t feel satisfied after a meal, nor remember what you ate. If this sounds familiar, here are some tips I shared with Marty Gonzalez, KRON 4 Morning News Weekend anchor, to help cure your dietary amnesia.
Sugar and Diabetes; Now Potassium Too?
One out of three adults has pre-diabetes, that’s, over 84 million people — and nine out of ten don’t even know they have it. Diabetes increases your risk of death by fifty percent. Many are familiar with the link between diabetes and eating too much refined sugar, but did you know there’s a diabetes link to potassium too?
“Meatless” Foods Made with Meat
You’ve gone meatless, but do you really know what’s in your breath mints and “heart healthy” peanuts? KRON 4 Morning News Weekend anchor, Marty Gonzalez, chats with me and I reveal twelve processed foods that may seem meatless but are derived from animals (cows, pigs, and/or fish) or may contain some animal by-products.
Is Too Much Protein Aging You?
You resolved to work out and build a better, stronger body this year. You’ve probably heard the regulars at the gym talk about the protein shakes they drink after a workout to pack on more muscle. Protein drinks are on the rise and generating huge profits, but do you know how much protein you actually need and that TOO much can age you? Weekend anchor Marty Gonzalez on “KRON 4 Morning News Weekend” talks with me for some answers.
Why Sugar Causes Wrinkles and Heart Disease
A 15-year study on “added sugar” and heart disease found that participants were twice as likely to die from heart disease who consumed 25 percent or more of daily calories from added sugar compared to those that consumed 10 percent or less. Weekend anchor Marty Gonzalez on “KRON 4 Morning News Weekend” and I talk about sugar and its link to aging.
Why Caffeine Has Long-Lasting Effects
Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night? If so, caffeine could be keeping you awake even though you never consume it at night. That’s because caffeine has a longer-lasting effect than you may think.
Tricks to Beat Halloween Treating
Halloween parties, potlucks, and trick-or-treating can break even the most disciplined of dieters. Here are my top 10 tips to survive this annual sugar fest that I shared with KRON 4 Morning News Weekend anchor, Marty Gonzalez.
Eat Your Fluids and Lose Weight
Drinking the recommended amount of water every day may sometimes seem like a daunting task, but here’s why you need water to lose weight — and why you don’t have to drink all that water.
What Would Happen If You Ate 20 Servings of Fruit a Day for Several Weeks?
How many times have you heard someone say, “I can’t eat fruit. It has too much sugar.” Are you worried about blood sugar spikes? If so, you might want to rethink your fructose fears.
Why Meat is Linked to Colon Cancer
Numerous studies have linked a high intake of red meat or processed meats to colon cancer. KRON 4 Morning News Weekend anchor, Marty Gonzalez, has me explain why eating animal protein and fat are to blame.
How Fiber Lengthens Your Life
For good health, you’ve probably been told to eat more fiber — but all fibers are not alike. If you have risk factors for coronary artery disease and stroke, such as belly fat, diabetes, high cholesterol, or obesity, it’s a good idea to know the difference. Here’s how fiber in general can add years to your life.
Bouncing Back from a Binge
Thanksgiving to Christmas seemed like one continuous food fest — from office parties, family gatherings, and cookie exchanges — making it especially challenging for you to control your eating and manage your weight. If you consumed more calories than you expended, you may have closed out the year with a wider waistline and a guilty conscience. Well, don’t fret because here are some humane ways to get back on track.
Holiday Survival Tips
The holidays can be a stressful time if you’re trying to lose weight. Parties are focused around food, alcohol and temptation. Don’t throw up your hands in defeat before the party even begins. Here are some tips to cope and still enjoy the festivities.
Healthy Father’s Day
Hope all you dads out there had a Happy Father’s Day! Here are pics from my guest expert appearance on ABC 10 featuring healthy meals that kids can make for dear ol’ dad or for any occasion. I used pre-cut veggies and pre-sliced beef and Lékué steam cases (both the large and small size) for cooking. No need for kids to have to slice, dice, or cook over a hot stove.
Healthy 4th of July
What do you have planned for the Fourth of July? Here are some pics of what I prepared for my guest appearance on ABC 10. Click HERE to link to the video.
Think FRESH and seasonal. There are so many sumptuous fruits and vegetables that are perfect for your picnic, party, or just you! See what’s “in season” at this time of year by scrolling over to the right column of this blog page.
Healthy Ways to Eat Pumpkin
It’s hard to believe summer officially ended and as if overnight, we’ve rolled into pumpkin season. I revisited ABC10 last week as their TV health expert and was excited to feature some healthy ways to eat America’s beloved fall vegetable. Pumpkins are packed with anti-aging nutrition and are a versatile veggie — you can cook it, soup it, bake it, sweeten it, or just eat their seeds! Pumpkin for breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Yes, yes, and yes!
A healthy Valentine’s Day? Oxymoron, you say? It IS possible to healthify your V-Day eats and sweeten the deal with some fun food that your little darlings will enjoy. Here’s what was on the menu when I was on ABC10 yesterday as their recurring health expert. Get your kids and grandkids involved — this is when they can play with their food!
Healthy Summer Treats
Last week I appeared on ABC 10’s lifestyle/news program in Sacramento (Sac & Co.) with Host Mellisa Paul for their “Healthy Summer Treats” segment. I took advantage of many of the sweet summer fruits in season.
Vegetarian Hawaiian Luau
Native Hawaiian cuisine traditionally consisted of meat (pig and fowl), fish and shellfish, pineapples, coconuts, coconut milk, sweet potatoes, taro, seaweed, and sea salt as a condiment. Here’s an updated veggie version of some historical Hawaiian dishes which incorporate some of these native foods. I chatted with host Mellisa Paul on Sac & Co, ABC10’s local morning TV show out of Sacramento, about how to host a vegetarian Hawaiian luau.
Healthy Easter Basket Treats
I was on ABC10 TV out of Sacramento yesterday to show their viewers (a.k.a. Easter bunnies) how to pull together a ‘healthy Easter basket’. Hmmm…. that’s an oxymoron, you say. Believe it or not, options outside of solid chocolate bunnies, Peeps and sugar-coated sugar do actually exist.
Win the Picky Eater War
As children develop, they also develop likes and dislikes for different foods whereby mealtime can become a battleground with your kids (or grandkids). I chatted with host Mellisa Paul on Sac & Co, ABC10’s local morning TV show out of Sacramento, about how to get your picky eater to be more curious and adventurous when it comes to trying new foods.
The Sunnier Side of Eggs
Eggs have been saddled with a history of containing high levels of cholesterol, but a U.S. study shows today’s egg has a new nutritional profile.
The Raw Truth About Vegetables
Research scientists have performed various studies on the valuable life-extending antioxidants in vegetables. These studies reveal whether it’s healthier to eat vegetables raw or cooked.
In your ongoing efforts to be healthier, here’s one of the easiest ways to feel better and lose weight.
The Healthy Plate
The USDA has retired its longstanding Food Guide Pyramid and unveiled its new food group symbol. Find out how to apply the model to your lifetime eating plan.
Heart Smart Shopping
Be sure to stock up on a variety of fruits to take in the recommended servings of fruit a day. But consider this idea if they’re not that easy to find or to pick up frequently.
Supplement Safety – Part 2
Dietary supplements are popular, but you can’t assume they’re safe and effective because they’re on the market.
Supplement Safety – Part 1
Nutritional supplements are intended to provide nutrients that you may be missing from your diet. Here’s why you need to be a savvy consumer.
Eating for Healthy Eyes
The eyes age just like the skin and are at risk for chronic diseases that can lead to blindness. To prevent age-related diseases, they need specific essential nutrients. Find out which ones and where to get them.
Eating for Healthy Skin (Minerals and Essential Fats)
Healthy skin needs essential minerals and fats to do its job and to look its best. Find out which ones you need and where to get them. Here’s an overview of the key minerals and essential fatty acids necessary for healthy, youthful and radiant skin.
Eating for Healthy Skin (Vitamins)
The skin needs essential vitamins to function and look its best. Discover which ones you need and where to get them.
Healthy Hydration – Shopper’s Guide to Healthy Drinks
Your body needs fluids for all its organs to function properly. Scientists have studied some of the properties that are found in popular beverages. Find out which thirst quenchers are the best ‘Fountain of Youth’ drinks.
The Dirty Dozen – Shopper’s Guide to Buying Organic
Here’s a guide to the most economical way to shop for organic produce and takes you through the least and most pesticide contaminated fruits and vegetables.