8:02 pm

The Great GMO Debate

GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) have received a lot of attention in recent years and rightly so. Anytime the industrial food system changes the nature of the food we eat, it is right to question how this change effects our health and why it is deemed necessary. The question is whether the food produced as a result of GMOs allows more of the world to be feed for less money or whether the controversial seeds exist simply to increase profits for the food industry regardless of environmental and health consequences. Read More

2:10 pm

What I Learned From My Sourdough Bread Experiment

There are few issues in the world of nutrition today that elicits as much opinion and emotion as whether or not to eat bread. Bread, once revered as the creator of life itself (“the bread of life”), is now considered by some to be responsible for all manner of health conditions from digestive disorders and obesity to autism and even schizophrenia. I was diagnosed with gluten sensitivity about 6 years ago and have been living basically wheat free ever since. So, I thought it would be interesting to see what would happen if I baked and ate bread using a sourdough starter and an old world recipe. Maybe gluten sensitivity is related to modern commercial production of bread and not the wheat itself. Read More

1:32 pm

Finding Time For The Kitchen

Not surprisingly, eating increasing amounts of processed and fast foods has resulted in Americans consuming a whopping 500 more calories per day on average. Much of this “food” is of extremely low quality prepared with salts, sugars, unhealthy fats, preservatives and chemicals never found in meals cooked at home. Studies are showing that the more time a nation devotes to cooking at home the lower it’s rate of obesity. It is essential for our health that we find the time and the commitment to cook. Read More

7:55 am

Eat Fat and Lose Weight

OK, I am just going to say it: fat does not make you fat; sugar makes you fat. The obsession over removing fat from our diet is a result of a tragically flawed study decades ago. The subsequent decision to replace natural sources of fat with nonfat, highly processed fake "food" loaded with sugars and chemicals has resulted in an obesity and health epidemic. It is time we understood and embrace the important role fat plays in a healthy, balanced diet. Read More

12:00 pm

Healthy Eating for Families

For me, food is love. I consider the food I feed my family every day to be a reflection of the love I feel for my girls and my wife (and even for myself). In fact, food is one way I offer my love to my family and then ask them to trust me. Just as with other forms of love, it is not necessarily easy and it is not perfect. However, at the end of the day, I want to understand that I am giving what I can of myself for the health and wellbeing of my family. I want to share with you some basic principles and strategies that will begin to change your relationship around food and how you feed your family. Read More

4:20 pm

Get Your (Healthy) Snack On!

One of the most common concerns I hear about switching to a predominantly whole food, low sugar lifestyle revolves around deprivation. But believe me when I say there is life after processed junk food and soda. You will not need to live on a diet of twigs and leaves (at least not entirely!). In fact, there are a wide variety of delicious and nourishing foods out there just waiting to be eaten that will boost your energy level and improve your health. Read More

12:26 pm

Forget Dietary Guidelines and Embrace "Food Rules"

Michael Pollan, a journalist who writes about food and health has some pretty basic "food rules" to help everyone calm down and just eat real food. If you missed it, PBS recently aired a documentary on Pollan's views called "In Defense of Food." The show is really a must see for everyone concerned with the future of food and health in this country. Read More

11:39 am

My Health Advice for the New Year: Stop Dieting

I love the New Year. There is something quite satisfying about allowing yourself to indulge over the holidays and then begin anew once the New Year arrives. Unfortunately, for the vast majority of people intent on improving their health, diets just don’t seem to work. If you want to lose weight, gain energy and just feel better, then stop dieting and start following some basic guidelines about the food you eat. Read More

10:16 am

My Tips For Staying Healthy This Holiday Season

I don’t know about you but for me the holiday season is always a mixed bag. I do enjoy a lot about this time of year. I enjoy connecting with people I love. I enjoy spending quality time with my amazing daughters and wife Heather. And, I have to admit, I enjoy a lot of the corny movies, television shows and the music that comes out only once a year. That said, many of us experience a lot of stress over the holiday season. Between all the expectations, holiday parties and the endless supply of cookies and snacks, our health can take a real hit. So, here are my tips for staying healthy this holiday season... Read More

10:13 am

Lessons In Longevity: How Long Will You Live (and Live Well)?

You may be surprised to learn that people who do not smoke, exercise daily and eat well are up to 75 percent less likely to contract any disease in the course of their lives. Think about that statistic for a few seconds. I am talking about lifestyle choices we can take now that may allow us to not only live longer but to live disease free well into our twilight years. Researchers have discovered five areas of the world, known as “blue zones”, in which the inhabitants are 10 times more likely to live into their 100s and three times more likely to live into their 90s. These Blue Zones include Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; and Nicoya, Costa Rica. Based on this Blue Zone research, Dan Buettner (www.bluezones.com) has come up with eight questions to predict your longevity. Read More