Think This, Not That: At least as important as “Eat This, Not That”

I was asked to do a talk on the theme of “Eat This, Not That,” and my planning could not help but take me to the concept of “Think this, Not That.”  After all, a one-dimensional look at what to eat for health, irrespective of the human side of eating, is ill-fated.  Sometimes people will[…]

Is a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies a serving?

It’s that time again! Yes! Girl Scout cookies are here, and I start hearing the word “sleeve” used to refer to something other than that thing on a shirt that covers an arm. Two different camps of cookie eaters become apparent to me, and the group a person falls into is a good indicator of[…]

What are you teaching your children about eating?

Yes, we all know how to eat when we are born!  It is instinctive.  So where does the confusion enter?  Why do so many people come to me seeking advice about how much they should eat, when they should eat, why they should eat, . . . ?  “Should” is not my favorite word.  In[…]

“Look . . . she eats like a normal person!”

I got into a discussion recently with a very fit, fabulously toned exercise instructor.  I would like to share it, because it brings to light a couple of interesting assumptions that some people hold: That people who look fit and healthy – those people so many of us admire (or idolize or envy) – practice[…]

A Better Way to Start Healthy in the New Year

I had a recent radio appearance on local public radio (WUWM) on the topic of New Year’s resolutions and dieting.  How can you have a healthier start?  Listen to my thoughts.

5 Reasons Not to Make a New Year’s Resolution to Lose Weight

Weight focused goals tend to feel punitive and tedious. Health and wellness goals (which will result in weight loss as a side-effect) tend to be more positive and “feel good.” Diets are “Just Do It!” formulas – often a list of polar opposites like “good foods” and “bad foods.” This is part of the dieting[…]

Tubby Stella

Another New Year’s Resolution for Weight Loss? Really?!

We used to have a dog who loved to wander.   From what I hear, it must have been the beagle in her. I had to pull this picture out today as a reminder of how many of us felt at some point during the holidays. This was taken after she disappeared for about 14 hours.[…]

Goober Cookies!!!! (and other holiday food traditions)

This tradition started out innocently enough.  For years I made cutout Christmas shortbread cookies in the shapes of stars, candy canes, and Gingerbread men, all decorated with the greatest of care with icing, sprinkles, and shiny silver sugar pellets.  In short, they were beautiful little works of art – almost too pretty to eat, but that[…]

The holidays are a perfect time to start improving eating habits!

I was just preparing to write a post about why this time of year (the holidays) is a great time to start making changes when I received an e-mail from a client that was so on target with that topic that I decided to share it: “A couple of things that you said last week[…]

Enjoy the holidays without the guilt . . . and quite possibly improve your eating in the process.

One of my staff dietitians had an article published in USA Today.  Thankfully she offers a truly useful look at holiday eating, not the usual recycling of tips we all know (ie.  “Bring a vegetable platter to the party.”) Aren’t we all tired of those same recommendations every year?  The tips that will really help[…]