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Lets Re-define Comfort Food

What do you think of when you hear comfort food? French fries, mac’ n cheese, apple pie? What defines comfort food for us depends on our culture, our upbringing and on childhood memories. Food is nourishment, vitamins and minerals. Food is medicine.

Feb 27th, 2019
How Sitting Can Help you Lose Weight

How often have you started eating while you were looking in the fridge for something to eat? Or grabbed a handful of nuts as you walked past the kitchen, or finished off your kids leftovers standing up over the sink?

Dec 20th, 2018
There is no Free Lunch- At the Workplace

Everyone loves a freebie right?  Especially when it is free food. And more often offices are using free lunches as a benefit to attract employees. But a recent study earlier this year reminds us that there is no free lunch!

Nov 7th, 2018
Is Dairy the Devil?

I often hear my patients and others profess with pride that they have given up dairy. The way one might beam over giving up oreos or spicy cheetos.

Sep 18th, 2018
So summer happened and you fell off the bandwagon…

So you started your summer with the best of intentions. With the summer coming, you bought your plane tickets and a supply of whey protein powder. But just as soon as you started noticing results you were off to vacation.

Sep 12th, 2018
An Argument for Plant-Based Lite

The benefits of a plant based diet cannot be underestimated. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Nuts, seeds and avocados provide healthy fats- an important part of a heart healthy diet.

May 31st, 2018
Avoiding Eggs? Maybe its time to Reconsider!

Protein is hard to come by at breakfast time making eggs an essential breakfast staple. But what about the cholesterol? We have been hearing decades of negative press about eggs and cholesterol with a negative health rap that has been hard to shake.

May 21st, 2018
Why Sleep is a Nutrient

We are lucky! These days we can plug in at anytime of the day and check in on our friends, our work and on our to do list. But this relentless access has a price.

May 16th, 2018
Why your Microbiome is Begging for Gluten

These buggers are responsible for helping us digest food, play a major role in our immune system and help our bodies synthesize necessary vitamins among many other vital functions.

Mar 29th, 2018
Can Exercise Actually Change the way your Brain Responds to Food?

Most dieters know that weight loss is a lot about what you eat and less about how much you exercise – although those who exercise are much more likely to hold onto muscle while dieting, less likely to see a drop in their metabolism and much more likely...

Mar 14th, 2018
How to Slay your HEALTH GOALS

Whether you want to de-stress, start a new exercise regimen, get better sleep or eat a healthier diet goal setting is important to GOOD HEALTH. Here are 4 tips for successful goal setting and more importantly for successful goal follow through!

Mar 12th, 2018
Why Food Order Matters

There are different types of carb eaters. Some of us can’t wait to eat the carbohydrates off our plate while others will wait and save their carbs for last.

Mar 7th, 2018
Why your Diet has Hit a Speedbump

By now you have been at your New Year’s Resolution a month-ish and after some initial success (maybe), your diet has hit a speedbump. Your brain tells you to throw in the towel.  Your gut tells you to stay in the game. But when you don’t get the...

Feb 7th, 2018
Why your Lunch Salad is killing your Diet

At least daily I have the conversation about the lunch salad. You know, the daily lunch salad that comes from the local cafe or restaurant, the one we eat with just some grilled chicken on top, the same salad that is killing your diet…

Jan 22nd, 2018
Mood Food

We have long known that your food choice affects your health but what about your mood? Most people will admit that a little dose of chocolate will help those Monday blues, but short of becoming a chocoholic what other food options do we have to boost mood?

Jan 17th, 2018
5 Quick Thanksgiving (Holiday) Diet Tips

So let’s face it. No one wants to think “diet” this week.  Thanksgiving and the holidays are all about enjoying a decadent meal with friends and family. But what if you could enjoy your meal without feeling deprived or feeling the guilt?

Nov 22nd, 2017
New Blood Pressure Guidelines and How They Affect YOU

This week the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released new guidelines for the threshold of hypertension (ie elevated blood pressure) from the previous level of 140/90 to a new target of 130/80.

Nov 20th, 2017
Feeling Hungry?

Hunger is defined by an urgent need or a feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food. It is not surprising that we have a negative response to hunger- some experience hunger as pain, anger or even fear.

Oct 25th, 2017
Mindful Mouthful

Mindfulness is the rage these days…mindfulness for reducing stress, greater productivity in the workplace and creating more meaningful relationships with friends and significant others. But what about mindfulness when you eat.

Oct 16th, 2017
3 Simple Ways To Keep Your Child Healthy

1/3rd of our children age 2 through 19 are overweight or obese and 1 in 5 are considered obese. Excess weight in our children is not a cosmetic problem but a health problem associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension and joint...

Sep 20th, 2017
The Health Benefits of Kombucha

Kombucha is a drink that originated over 2,000 years ago in China and is now one of the trendiest drinks on the American market, especially among the health conscious.

Aug 9th, 2017
5 Weight Loss Tips

We love to hate carbs but not all carbs are evil. Carbs do include cookies, crackers and macaroni but they also include the good stuff like fruits and vegetables, grains and loosely may include brand and legumes as well.

Jul 28th, 2017
Our 5 Fav Breakfast Ideas

Research studies have been on both sides of the isle. Studies have demonstrated that yes, breakfast is a must when it comes to weight loss and others that have proved it is urban legend. The truth is probably somewhere in-between and conflicting because...

Jul 19th, 2017
Bone Broth – Healing or Hype?

Bone broth is the latest in an endless list of nutritional buzzwords guaranteed to make us lean, healthy and disease free.

Jun 6th, 2017
Why am I getting hungover?

You just can’t drink like you used to, right? Why are some drinks hitting you harder than others? There are many factors that determine the hangover and many of them are not clearly understood. Firstly, it depends on how easily your body can metabolize...

Jun 1st, 2017
Preventative Medicine

Studies have shown that 5 lifestyle changes including healthy diet, physical activity and weight management can prevent over 80% of chronic medical conditions.

May 26th, 2017
5 Simple Practical Steps to Health and Happiness

When did it all become so complicated? Take healthy eating for example. We are bombarded with advice on what to eat and how to eat. Low carb, paleo, gluten-free, cold-pressed, juice it, blend it . . . it’s enough to make your head spin!

Mar 14th, 2017
My Top Weight Loss Tips

Weight Loss is an ongoing journey and pursuit of good health. A successful weight loss strategy is practical and livable. If it sounds too good to be true-it is too good to be true. Practical strategies do work if done consistently. Here are my top 10…

Mar 14th, 2017
Quick and Healthy Thanksgiving Sides

The holidays are a time for family and friendship. Sharing a home cooked meal is one of the quintessential expressions of the holidays. Here are some quick and easy recipes that are delicious but won’t add to your waistline.

Nov 18th, 2016
5 Reasons Your Calves Are Insanely Bloated

Whether it’s a steamy bowl of udon, crunchy chips and guac, or a juicy burger, sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than getting your salty food fix. But indulging in sodium-heavy meals can take a toll on your weight and how your clothes fit.

Oct 19th, 2016
National Coffee Day: Benefits of Coffee

Its National Coffee Day and here’s why you should care! If you ❤️ coffee you are not alone! Over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed every year! Aside from caffeine, coffee is filled with powerful disease fighting antioxidants. In fact, coffee beans...

Sep 29th, 2016
Vitamins and Back Pain

Have you ever stayed home from work because of a bad back, cancelled your morning workout or stayed in from a night out? You’re not alone. Back pain is not only common but one of the main reasons Americans visit their doctor and lose productivity from...

Jul 25th, 2016
5 Summer Health Tips

Summer time is officially upon us! It’s when we think about health, fitness and lets face it – what to wear at the July 4 BBQ.

Jun 21st, 2016
Are you getting enough protein in your diet?

There are many dietary philosophies out there. Some are based on science and others are folklore. But in fact the science has been pretty  clear…The best dietary plans for weight loss are not necessarily low carb but they are all high in protein.

Jun 7th, 2016
Vitamin D may offer more benefits than you realize

You are probably already aware that Vitamin D deficiency is very common, even in sunny Los Angeles. Deficiency is associated with everything from heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s/poor cognition and poor exercise performance...

May 24th, 2016
Do you know what you’re eating?

We all eat out once in a while for socializing or entertainment. Some eat out regularly for convenience. But do you know what’s on your plate?

May 4th, 2016
Body Composition and Muscle Mass

Problem is – you might not know how much muscle you got. More importantly, you might not know how much muscle you are losing if you are dieting and losing weight. Truth is we start to lose muscle steadily from early adulthood. In women this can begin...

Feb 19th, 2016
Fatigue and Vitamins

Fatigue is a very common symptom with many potential causes. Often times there is a medical cause: anemia, depression, thyroid dysfunction. Other times it is environmental: poor sleep hygiene, situational anxiety, long work hours, lack of exercise.

Dec 7th, 2015
Omega Fatty Acids: Help or Hype?

There have been numerous studies linking consumption of omega fatty acids to health benefits including improved cognition i.e., omega = brain food!

Sep 14th, 2015
Almond butter vs Peanut butter

Almond butter has become the hipper big sib to peanut butter. But is it more nutritious? Let’s be clear. While these spreads have made their name as healthy sources of protein, the protein content is minimal. 2 grams per tablespoon at best.

Sep 1st, 2015
Bottoms Up?

The benefits of wine have long been touted. Turns out that the cardiovascular benefits of alcohol are the same regardless of type. Modest amounts of alcohol have been shown to improve HDL (good cholesterol) and as part of a Mediterranean diet reduce...

Jul 31st, 2015
How to Go to Mediterranean Diet and Why!

The Mediterranean Diet is a dietary pattern that is inspired by the Mediterranean countries of Greece, Spain and Southern Italy. There is no one Mediterranean diet but instead a pattern of eating that follows similar principles.

May 17th, 2015
Micronutrients: Find the Vitamins for You

Despite increasing interest in organic “whole food” diets, many Americans suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Surveys of the general adult population reveal a wide range of vitamin and mineral deficiencies (NHANES).

Apr 22nd, 2015
Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome – The Merck Manual

Metabolic syndrome (also called syndrome X or insulin resistance syndrome) is characterized by a large waist circumference (due to excess abdominal fat), high blood pressure, resistance to the effects of insulin (insulin resistance) or diabetes..

Aug 14th, 2014
New Guidelines for Weight-Loss Surgery Upgrade Sleeve Procedure

Since the last update in 2008, studies have shown sleeve gastrectomy to be comparable to other bariatric procedures, with similar weight loss as is achieved with gastric banding and gastric bypass, Adrienne Youdim, MD, of Cedars-Sinai Weight Loss Center in

Mar 27th, 2013