Nutritional Know-How

What’s so Super about Super Greens?

While many foods provide a complex range of nutrients, supergreens are considered one of the best sources of nutrition available. The supermarket is full of greens—kale, chard, spinach, lettuce—but the term supergreen typically refers to a small group of greens from the algae and cereal grass families.

A Plant-Based Diet Offers Great Benefits

By Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE Director of Nutrition, California Health & Longevity Institute We are hearing a lot about the potential benefits of a plant-based diet; even former president Bill Clinton attributes his weight loss and improved health to this increasingly popular way of eating. But what exactly is included in a plant-based diet? What […]

Women and Alcoholism

By Laurie Wertich The child of two alcoholics, Dawn King was never a big drinker. For years she and her husband would enjoy an occasional glass of wine, but alcohol just didn’t figure largely into their lives. Then several years ago, stress started creeping into Dawn’s life—and with it came alcohol. As the stress piled […]

6 Steps for Simple Meal Planning

Planning ahead will allow you to reap the benefits of healthier and less expensive home-cooked meals. By Heidi Reichenberger McIndoo, MS, RD, LDN If you are scrambling to get dinner on the table every night, you’re likely making less-than-ideal choices when it comes to nutrition and cost. Ready to make a change that will benefit […]

Ten “Super” Foods for a Well-stocked Kitchen

Functional Medicine Specialist Dr. Marsha Nunley Provides Tips for Healthy Eating What is a “superfood”? Most doctors and nutritionists will tell you that there is no scientific definition of “superfood,” that it is a marketing buzzword applied to foods that are good for you. Functional medicine specialist Dr. Marsha Nunley, founder of H.E.A.L. Medical, agrees […]

Cooking with Coconut

A new cookbook offers recipes and nutritional know-how to integrate this tropical superfood into your home cooking.  No longer limited to the novelty shelf in the produce section, coconut in myriad forms is popping up in every aisle in the grocery store: coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut yogurt, coconut milk, and coconut flour are just […]

Stock the Pantry: Top 12 Foods to Improve Your Health

By Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE Director of Nutrition, California Health & Longevity Institute Canned beans. Keep a variety of canned beans on hand (kidney, black, pinto, cannellini) for a quick and easy source of vegetarian protein. Rinse and drain them, then eat with brown rice and salsa, use to make your own hummus or bean […]

Healthy Holiday Eating Habits

While the holiday season can be stressful, it is also a wonderful and joyful season filled with fun social events. Your calendar may be full of holiday concerts, office parties, caroling, festivals, and cocktail parties. The drinks will flow and delicious treats abound, but the holidays don’t have to derail your diet.

Have You Ever Been “Hangry”?

Many of us are all too fa¬miliar of the sensation of being “hangry” (hungry and angry)—the short fuse that is so easily set off when we’ve gone too long without a meal or snack. In this weary state, otherwise inconsequen¬tial upsets cause us to snap. We may feel anxious, frustrated, and overwhelmed for no rational […]

Many Older Americans are at Risk of Malnutrition

You might be surprised to find the topic of malnutrition in the news. But it turns out that a large segment of our population, namely older Americans, is at risk of not eating enough or enough food with adequate nutrients.