Charred Chard: Chock Full of Vitamins, DASH Diet Friendly

“Eat your greens” said my grandmother. Growing up, my Italian immigrant grandparents always grew vegetables in the summer, and my dad followed suit. Now my husband is the gardener of the house. My grandfather built a “hot bed” in which he’d … Continue reading

A Fresh Start this Spring: Adding Flavor with Less Salt

There’s something about spring. It’s a time for fresh starts and fresh air.  National Nutrition Month® is all about celebrating eating for good health, and springtime somehow gives us a boost – helps us want to make some healthy changes in … Continue reading

Flavor Meets Lifestyle on the Road to Health

When you think about “healthy eating”, does “food that tastes good” come to mind? The National Nutrition Month theme, Savor the Flavor of Eating Right, encourages you to enjoy a healthy diet. Flavor definitely rules when it comes to choosing foods to eat, … Continue reading

Resolving to Choose a Healthier Diet

It’s been a big year in food and nutrition news, and it’s only mid-January. On December 29 (technically last year) PBS aired Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food documentary. Then on January 7th, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released. … Continue reading

Steps Toward Following the DASH Diet are Easier than You Think

You’ve likely heard that DASH Diet was in the news again this week, rated by U.S. News and World Report as the #1 Best Overall Diet. The MIND Diet (at the crossroads of DASH and Mediterranean Diets, this diet plan focuses … Continue reading

Dear TV Doctors: Please Stop Making Up Diets

There is a wide body of dietary research that gets reviewed when coming up with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans every five years. The guidelines are based on actual scientific research, and the committee charged with the development of updated … Continue reading

Why Portions Matter Most – Sodium, Fat, Calories

When I help people understand the principles of the DASH Diet, I emphasize eating more vegetables, fruit and lowfat dairy. But I also must mention that saturated fat, sodium and calories are important too. Sometimes folks will ask about reading … Continue reading

Understanding Diabetes and Diet: Start now

Diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes has exploded over the past few years. The growing diagnosis in children is particularly of concern. Despite the multitude of sound resources available online, newly diagnosed people with diabetes, or parents of children diagnosed with … Continue reading