Can Prebiotics Improve your Gut Health? What you Need to Know.

One of the hottest topics in health and wellness is the gut microbiome. The human gastrointestinal tract is host to one of the most complex ecosystems on the planet. So important is the gut microbiome that it has been dubbed our “second brain” for its role in influencing our health. Let’s look at how whatContinue reading “Can Prebiotics Improve your Gut Health? What you Need to Know.”

Should You Hire a Personal Trainer? What You Need to Know.

A new year brings new fitness goals. When coupled with the pandemic, some of us may need motivation to get back to or start a workout routine.  I’m reaching out to two personal trainers to ask them why you should hire a personal trainer, what you should know, what you should ask, and what resultsContinue reading “Should You Hire a Personal Trainer? What You Need to Know.”

Want to age strong? Follow these tips for the strength advantage.

This blog post is a collaboration with Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner., managed by NCBA, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff. What does the word STRONG mean to you? Bulging muscles, nerves of steel, mental resolve? We all want to be strong but how do we get there without living in the gym or developingContinue reading “Want to age strong? Follow these tips for the strength advantage.”

Surprising reasons to eat canned foods for big health benefits

It’s not easy being a dietitan in a grocery store. People peer into your cart and say, “I can’t believe you eat processed foods!” It’s a great opportunity to let them in on a secret about “processed” foods found in the middle aisles.  I want you to eat this processed food this November (and theContinue reading “Surprising reasons to eat canned foods for big health benefits”

Food & Fitness After 50: Want to Naturally Lower Your Blood Pressure? Here’s How.

Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. Sounds simple enough but when that pressure gets high it can put you at risk for heart disease and stroke. Nearly half of adults in the U.S. (that is about 108 million) have high blood pressure (also called hypertension) yetContinue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: Want to Naturally Lower Your Blood Pressure? Here’s How.”

Food & Fitness After 50: Answering Your Questions about Food Safety and COVID-19

Just Running Water, No Soap or Detergents on Your Produce We are also seeing many reports regarding the use of hand soap, detergents and household cleaning wipes being used to sanitize fresh produce. DON’T! These products have not been approved for use on foods. In addition to the CDC and FDA’s clear advice above, Dr.Continue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: Answering Your Questions about Food Safety and COVID-19”

Food & Fitness After 50: What is Clean Eating?

A funny meme circulated among my dietitian friends. The first woman says, “I can’t eat that, I’m trying to eat clean.” The second woman (probably a dietitian) replies, “It’s banana bread, Susan, not heroin.” It’s funny and sad at the same time. Many people limit delicious, healthful foods (banana bread) because they don’t fit intoContinue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: What is Clean Eating?”

Food & Fitness after 50: Beyond Google for Answers

We all do it. We use Google to search for information. That is fine when we are looking for a restaurant in a new town or curious about a historical figure after watching a Netflix movie, but when it comes to food and nutrition information it can lead to disinformation. Case in point, I searchedContinue reading “Food & Fitness after 50: Beyond Google for Answers”

Food & Fitness After 50: Keep Active Every Day

I met Barbara through exercise classes at the YMCA and volunteering at our local county library, but I didn’t really know her, and my hunch was that this 65-year old energetic, vibrant, kind woman would have lots to offer on eating well, moving well, and being well. So, I invited her to lunch and myContinue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: Keep Active Every Day”