Category Archives: Educational Tips

Eating Well on your Summer Vacation (whether you’re flying or driving)

I love to eat well and I don’t sacrifice eating healthy, even when I’m on the road.  I recently read an interesting piece on “eating well on the road” from Anna Lappé (in the Huffington Post).  Since this is the time of year when a lot of us are traveling I thought it would be

“Happy Meals” might not be so happy after all.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is taking on one of my favorite corporations I love to hate—McDonalds!! Yes, McDonald’s is being sued for using toys to sell their “happy meals” that turn out to be pretty unhealthy (Surprise! Surprise!).  Marketing unhealthy foods to children so that you can make money seems

“Laughter” … a medical prescription and workout plan I can endorse

Being someone who is known for her big laugh, I loved the latest research findings by Lee Berk from Loma Linda University in California that indicate the health benefits of laughter.   In a small study of diabetes patients, researchers split patients –all with hypertension and hyperlipidemia (a risk factor for cardiovascuolar disease) into two groups. Both groups

Starting where you are…

Traveling back from North Dakota this past weekend I picked up a copy of “The Atlantic” at the airport because of the cover article called “Fat Nation: It’s Worse Than You Think. How to Beat Obesity” and the picture of an overweight Statue of Liberty. The article is by Marc Ambinder and is an intelligent

Visit your local Farmer’s Market !

Maybe you are lucky enough to have a farmer’s market year round in your area but in Columbia, Missouri, we are only seasonal at this juncture.  The good news!  The 30th Anniversary Season of Your Columbia Farmers’ Market begins this Saturday, March 20, from 8:00 a.m. to noon and is located at the corner of

How are you VOTING with your FOOD DOLLARS ?$?$?

Have you ever considered the far-reaching implications of how you spend your food dollars? Every time you buy food you are making a decision affecting much more than your own health. There are environmental, political, cultural, social and ethical consequences of every dollar you spend. To find out more, read Alice Waters’ article entitled Slow Food

Eat by Number

Which sounds more appealing to you? 1.  a ripe, red, fresh tomato OR 2.  27 calories (2 from Fat) and includes 7 mg. sodium, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein, 25% Vitamin A, 32% Vitamin C, 1% Calcium, 2% Iron   My guess is that most of you would

Small but consistent “Healthy Steps” make a difference!

Yesterday I heard Joe give his testimony about going from 320 pounds to 190 pounds in 7 months. Somehow being 320 pounds had not bothered him much until he got the diagnosis of diabetes and his eye sight had begun to significantly fail.  He described having a difficult time finding out what he should do

The relationship between stress and eating

More and more research is beginning to show the link between stress and eating behavior.  Stress can either produce undereating or overeating depending on the severity of the stressor.  However, there is a consistent pattern of evidence that people will eat food that is higher in sugar and fat when stressed.  While this type of

Too many choices?

In Brian Wansink’s book, Mindless Eating, his lab reports that the average person makes well over 200 decisions about food every day.  Unfortunately, we are often not aware when we are making these choices and these mindless choices have consequences.   According to Wansink, if we were more aware of why we ate the way we