Sixty and you play ice hockey. Seventy and you play competitive volleyball. Eighty and you’re on a basketball team. Ninety-five and you still compete in swimming events. These are just some of the state and national level master athletes in the U.S. today. This should come as no surprise. Baby boomers, the first of whom … Read More

When the government issues new guidelines about food and healthy eating, most Americans throw up their hands in dismay and walk away baffled by the suggestions. Many say the recommendations do not reflect their traditional, social, or cultural eating habits. For example, they may never drink milk. Even if the government recommends drinking more milk … Read More

Sound impossible? It’s not. Each morning you decide to eat or not. Cereal or toast? Toast with butter? Or butter and jelly? One slice or two? Coffee, tea or Coke? Milk or sugar? One spoonful or two? Fruit or juice? Large glass or small? Seconds? All of these are considered low involvement decisions – usually, … Read More

What changes should we all make in our lives for better heart health? Try looking at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) new diet and lifestyle guidelines. The 2006 recommendations, released and published in the journal Circulation, take into account factors such as food, physical activity, smoking, alcohol use, and weight. And they don’t just offer … Read More

There are 80 calories in an oatmeal cookie, a medium apple, or a glass of nonfat milk. Which is the best nutritional investment? An oatmeal cookie, regardless of how good it tastes, has far more fat and sugar than oatmeal. Your calorie investment is low on important nutrients, but high in fat and sugar – … Read More

Who doesn’t have a love/hate relationship with the holidays? I love the feeling of a cozy fire and a warm mug of hot cocoa, but I hate the feeling of moving my belt over another notch after all those extra holiday helpings. Why is it we forget everything we know about eating healthy as soon … Read More

Except for a slice of bread, food portion sizes have grown over the last 20 years. Even the “average” restaurant dinner plate is 2 inches larger! Twenty years ago, the bagel or muffin that accompanied your coffee weighed 2 ounces. Today, 4 to 6 ounces is more the norm. When burger shops first opened, an … Read More

Eat when you’re hungry. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Hunger and satisfaction are simple words for a complex process that tells us when to eat and when to stop. Get a handle on that process, and you have a powerful weapon in your personal weight-control war. If eating were simply a matter of … Read More