Are Pomegranates the “Superman” of Fruits?

When at my in laws last week for Thanksgiving, I had a deep conversation with my 9 year old nephew as he was watching some cartoon with various superheros. "Uncle Chris, who is your favorite Super Hero?" Now, granted, I was pulling from the ‘old’ school Super Hero days and not any of the new ones he may know. Without hesitation I immediately responded, "Superman.  He can fly, he’s super strong, and has more powers than any other Super Hero.  Who do you think?" He disagreed and thought Super Mario was a better choice.  He’s clearly…
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Low Fruit/Vegetable Intake Costs $56.2 BILLION in Health Care

This is crazy. I got an email late last week. It was about an embargoed story that was going to be released regarding fruit and vegetable intake and the results of a brand new study that was coming out. They sent me the report.  And it doesn’t matter how often you see this stuff about the health of our nation being so poor.  How our intake of various foods is too low.  Or added sugar is too high. Seeing certain things still continues to amaze me. One of those things. 92% of children don’t eat the recommended amount of fruits and veggies each day. And get this — this is t…
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19 Foods to Always Have on Hand

I am sitting on the plane to Turkey and they we were picking our choices for the meal… …first, rewind about 10 minutes.  I’m talking to the woman next to me (after all, we were going to be "together" for the next 12 hours) and in the conversation we asked one another what we were heading to Turkey for. I mentioned I was doing some speaking and education over there for a group of physicians on nutrition … omega-3 fats in particular … and then the questions started.  This woman said she’d been struggling with her weight for awhile … a…
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Saturated Fat — The New Health Food?

Life has been crazy over the last week — was speaking in Istanbul last week, then off to Boston for another speaking engagement — and a great conference. The American Dietetic Association annual conference where 8,000 dietitians converge on a city. This year, we were in Boston. Istanbul was exciting since 1) I’ve never been there … and 2) I got to try a brand new food — a fresh date! Very good stuff for sure. While I was in Boston, I saw some great sessions that I’ll be talking about more, soon. But first up was “The Great Fat Debate” — talki…
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Exercise More: Get Sick Less

As if we needed ANOTHER reason for exercising daily, a new study looked at the frequency of colds/flu in people who exercised daily vs. those who didn’t. The findings? Out of the nearly 1000 people in the study, those who exercised at least 20 minutes per day, 5 days/week, reported being sick about half the time (5 days/year) than when compared to those who just exercised 1 day/week (8.5 days/year). More than that — they reported 40% less severity of symptoms when they were sick. There are several reasons for this boost in immunity. First, there is a boost in the white blood cells R…
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7 SIMPLE Ways to Upgrade Your Diet

Anytime a person thinks about losing fat, it’s always about everything they have to "give up." I’m losing fat, so pizza is out the window.  So is cake, cookies, candy, ice cream, carbs, fat, cereal, alcohol, and so on. Truth is — let’s look at everything you CAN keep up versus focusing on the negative. And, better yet, how about 7 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Diet. It’s not only about calories.  Yes, calories matter.  But they’re not the ONLY thing! Check out these 7 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Diet Add cinnamon to your yogurt, oa…
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Travel Like a Nutrition Pro

It’s common to throw all smart eating strategies out the window when traveling, rationalizing with "I’ll get back on track when I’m home again."  Or a more common thing we hear is: “I am so nervous that I will blow my diet and lose all momentum towards reaching my goals." About 2 years ago, we were both traveling at least 15 days out of each month… … and eating out every single meal that often gets old really quickly.  We had to figure out a plan to still maintain some sort of normalcy while being on the road so much. And every single o…
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The Most Effective Prescription

What if you went to your doctor and she wrote you a prescription for fruit and vegetables. Or exercise. It happened to my uncle.  His doctor prescribed exercise.  At lest 3 times per week.  And, interestingly, he wouldn’t give him a prescription for any medication (for diabetes) until he "filled" his first. He now meets with a trainer 3-4 times per week. Similarly, I recently saw a piece highlighting 3 physicians in Massachusetts who are giving "produce by prescription."  This group of physicians is passing out coupons for family members…
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It’s NOT About the Calories!

Weight loss seems so simple. Eat fewer calories than you burn and you will lose that dreaded belly fat for good. But ask any of the 50+ million individuals who are attempting to lose weight each year and they will tell you it is not that easy. It’s not just changing what you eat and exercising. It feels like battle. After all, you are tackling the 10 year daily visit to the vending machine habit, the 20 year snacking while watching TV habit, or maybe the "dinner’s not complete unless I eat something sweet" conviction. If you want to kick those bad habits that prevent you from ea…
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Are You Poisoning Your Body?

This ingredient is like a diet related death sentence… Sound scary? It can be.  In fact, it is the single biggest dietary risk factor that causes over 100,000 deaths each year! A study published in April 2009 looked at preventable causes of death in the US… …and high salt intake accounted for more preventable deaths than any other dietary factor (approximately 102,000).  Coming in a close second and third were low omega-3 fat intake and high trans fat intakes, respectively. Worse than the normally demonized trans fat (not that that’s a good option eit…
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