The Adulteration of Our Food Supply - Part 2

As a nutritionist, I am happy to finally see the FDA’s announcement to ban trans fats from the US food supply by 2018. It is shameful that it has taken so long. Actually, it was shameful to ever put them in the food supply in the first place, especially while simultaneously vilifying butter.                                  

The Adulteration of Our Food Supply - Part 1

Whenever I shop in a grocery store I am both awed and distressed by the amount of non-food present. The boxes and containers of processed food-like items have ingredient lists reminiscent of chemistry class rather than my grandma’s kitchen. On one recent shopping experience, I was reminded of a story I saw on 60 Minutes a couple years ago on the food flavoring industry.

Getting Ahead of Seasonal Allergies

It may not feel like it, but Spring is right around the corner. Tree pollens will start blowing up from the south and will affect allergy sufferers before the winter snow melts. We can use the remaining days of winter this month in order to get ahead of Spring allergens. Here are some key tips to support your immune system and prepare your body for the allergenic assault.

My Commentary on the Supplementation Debate

Many times over my 30 year career, I have been asked about the value of supplements by skeptical individuals influenced by the latest news story claiming supplementation is worthless.

Surviving Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss surgeries are a consideration for those with extreme obesity. These surgeries are not to be taken lightly. Lifetime adherence to diet and lifestyle changes are necessary in order to prevent health problems and weight gain down the road. 

Going to the movies!

I took myself to see the movie the 100 Foot Journey with Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal, produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey (both of whom I regard for quality films). If you are a foodie, and love the scenic views of the French countryside, then you will love this movie.

Nutrigenomics and Personal Health

I've always stressed the importance of considering the link between our nutrition and genetics. This study of the interplay between genetic variation and our diets is called nutrigenomics, and it greatly enhances our ability to personalize our health. I'll be further integrating these considerations into my practice with Nutrigenomix, a company that provides test kits for clients and advanced reporting for dietitians.* Take a look at a video below containing more information.

2013 DIFM Excellence in Practice Award

Dietitians in Integrative & Functional Medicine (DIFM), a Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Food and Nutrition, is over 3,500 members strong, and comprised of Registered Dietitian-Nutritionists.

A4M Gut/Brain Symposium Recap

I recently attended the A4M (The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine) Gut/Brain Symposium in Los Angeles. As a clinical nutritionist this is a big area of focus in my patient care approach.

New LIVES Data Standard for Restaurant Data

Hats off to San Franciso, New York City, Yelp and CfA (Code for America) for collaborating and launching: