Nutrition Science

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I hate to admit it, but it makes me happy that I hear fewer people talking about calories. (I hate to admit it because it means I’m a nutrition nerd! Ha!) However, there are still way too many people who think “a calorie is a calorie” and that weight maintenance happens when calories in equal […]


The history of all major religions include some form of fasting, from Pagans who would fast in preparation for the spring equinox to Jesus’s forty day fast in the dessert.  Today some religions still include guidelines for monthly, yearly or intermittent fasts while others leave the practice to the discretion of the individual. But the […]


Someone reminded me recently that some of the things I take as nutrition-related “common knowledge” are only that for people who have been told the information previously.  Yeah, okay, so that sounds obvious, but sometimes I genuinely forget that other people have chosen to be experts in fields other than nutrition.  I mean, nutrition is […]


You often hear about so-called “superfoods”, without  much mention of what they are actually doing to benefit your health.  Certainly, many of the foods that fall into this category do lots of wonderful things for our bodies and minds. Take, for example, one of the recent nutrition sweethearts: kale.  The fiber in kale is the […]


In a series about Understanding Blood Sugar Control, you have to include an article about diabetes. It’s not because this is the only result of erratic blood sugar levels (as a reminder, I talked about the possible impacts in this post). Rather, it’s because this is the diagnosis that is directly tied to one’s ability […]


Does “detoxing” or “cleansing” actually work? The short answer is, if you are using whole foods, then YES! For the long explanation, read on… Many people (including nutrition experts) say there is no point in doing a detox diet or cleanse because our bodies naturally clean out impurities and toxins that get into our systems. […]


As I mentioned in the post about identifying food sensitivities, foods that are removed during an elimination diet may include the common allergens, foods known to contribute to a particular condition (ex: GERD), and/or any foods you suspect your body doesn’t handle well. To be more specific, here are some foods that are considered for […]


Food sensitivities can be hard to narrow down for a few reasons: Symptoms can show up anywhere in the body, which is why it is often difficult to associate something you ate with what you feel physically, mentally, or emotionally. It can take up to 72 hours for a symptom to appear, which means you […]


Seems there aren’t enough words to describe all the ways a certain food may not work for a person. And it can be confusing to figure out which of the “conditions” applies to you and what to do about it. So let’s start with some basic definitions (which I’m not sure are universally accepted, but […]

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