Often I remind my patients that it is much easier to make a poor food choice in this country than a healthy one.  Our brains are bombarded by marketing that evokes all senses and arouses all emotions.  Unfortunately, the majority of what is offered is of poor quality (and that’s putting it lightly, in my opinion).

How often have you had a ‘sour stomach,’ felt overwhelmingly tired, or wondered guiltily how many calories were in that meal or snack that you got at a (fill in the blank):  cafeteria, restaurant, county fair, bar, or sporting event?  Washington, D.C. has made great strides in providing nutritional information at restaurant chains so we can be aware of what we ingest, yet I still find the options limiting and unacceptable.  I can make hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and salads that taste amazing, have more nutritional value, and have a fraction of the fat and calories of some public vendors.  It’s sad to see what could be a healthy meal messed up by poor ingredients and improper cooking techniques. Read the rest of this entry »

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I used to drink frappuccinos and iced coffees.  Quite a lot.  I also weighed over 200 pounds, had health-related problems, and didn’t exactly look well.

So how does a person go from slushy, creamy drinks at Dunkin’ Donuts to beverages with health benefits and a fraction of the calories?  Like any change, it’s a process.

The words “almond milk” would likely have made me roll my eyes 10 years ago.  1%?  2%?  Skim?  Whatever.  Fast forward:  I began going to acupuncture for a repetitive motion injury, was told  I was “damp” and my “spleen was cold,” switched from cow to soy milk, learned that was still difficult to digest, didn’t like rice milk, and finally tried almond milk.  First sweetened, then not.  For the calorie conscious, it is to be noted that this product from Whole Food’s 365 line, an unsweetened almond milk, has only 40 calories a cup.  That’s low.  I use at least a little every day.

Raw cane sugar?  Honey?  Maple syrup?  Agave nectar?  Sweet N Low?  Splenda?  I think they each can arguably have a time and place.  Read the rest of this entry »