How do you make smart eating choices on a tight schedule? As a busy doctor, I can understand how maintaining a balanced diet can sometimes feel like yet another chore and can take a backseat among the numerous other demands in your life. While eating healthily on a time crunch does require a little planning, it’s easier than you probably imagine. You’ll also find that making the extra effort pays off by keeping you healthy and trim.
How do you know which cooking fat is good for heart health? Your choices are endless, from olive oil to corn oil to tubs of margarine and sticks of butter. However, some fats are clearly better for your heart than others.
We often think of inflammation as the pain, swelling and stiffness associated with post-workout soreness or conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. But the causes of inflammation are not always as obvious. Chronic inflammation at the cellular level can be linked to a host of serious health problems.
Potatoes have long been unjustly handed a bad reputation due to their high carbohydrate content. They’re actually an extremely healthy food, packed with many important nutrients. And it’s hard to get bored with them because there are so many types and varieties, all unique in their own way.
I usually try to look at both sides of any debate, I really do, especially when it comes to my field of expertise as a dietitian. With regards to the Paleo diet, I recognize that it’s not the worst way to eat. Yet, I still have trouble with the approach and can’t get behind a regimen that excludes so many healthy foods, including dairy, beans, and grains – some of my favorite dishes.
I’d like to retire the word “superfood.” I don’t think a select few fruits and vegetables are the end-all and be-all of healthy eating. This is not to say that items like kale or blueberries aren’t especially healthful. But choosing a variety of whole plant foods as part of a balanced diet is much more important.