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Newsworthy Nutrition Nuggets

Here’s what’s new and newsworthy in the world of nutrition this August.

I’ve been bad about sharing.  Sometimes I read so many news stories, blog posts, research studies and the like about diet, food, fitness and health that if it’s not earth shattering, I tend to put it on the back burner in my head.  But it occurred to me the other day, that just because it’s not earth shattering, doesn’t mean it’s not helpful or important to share with you.  I’m Sorry!

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10 Healthy Ways to Love Watermelon

Best summer fruit? Watermelon, without a doubt!  Here’s why and how to eat lots of this nutritious fruit all summer long.

If summer produce had an academy awards, it would go something like this… Best vegetable (OK I know it’s really a grain) goes to corn on the cob, for it’s starring role as grilled street corn.  Best fruit – has to go to watermelon, for it’s starring role in EVERYTHING.  I can’t even narrow it down to one or two starring roles or dishes, because they’re all so delicious and positively summery!  Whether you eat it straight, over the kitchen sink, with juice dripping down your chin, or you use a ripe, sweet watermelon in a recipe, nothing says summer fruit quite like it.

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Freekeh-licious Corn and Tomato Salad

You know it’s summer when you find fresh, farmstand corn and tomatoes, and this salad is the perfect way to show them both off!

Picking a favorite summer vegetable is kind of like picking a favorite child when they’re all on their very best behavior, don’t you think?  There is no other time of the year when they ALL taste SO GOOD!  That’s exactly how I feel about this corn and tomato dinner salad. Continue Reading..

Why Intermittent Fasting Might Be the Best Diet for You

Trying to lose weight or improve your blood sugar? Intermittent fasting might be worth a try.

As a rule, I don’t do diets.  I always recommend the slow and steady approach of cutting out empty calories and increasing your physical activity to lose a few pounds, or get your cholesterol, blood sugar or blood pressure under control.  For most people, that works really well, but sometimes, after a certain age, and especially if you’re already pretty careful about your diet and exercise, the slow and steady approach feels like you’re swimming upstream – exhausted but getting nowhere. Continue Reading..

The Secret to Healthier Joints

The secret to healthier joints – and preventing osteoarthritis, is as close as your kitchen pantry and your nearest Walmart.

This post was sponsored by OmniChannel Health Media and Walmart, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Here’s a sad fact: If your joints don’t hurt yet, it’s probably just a matter of time. I hear my friends and family complain about it and I’ve noticed myself that my knees just aren’t what they used to be.  In fact, the CDC estimates that 25% of adults have full-blown arthritis, and a whole lot more of us are on our way, with cracking knees, aching shoulders, and stiff fingers. Continue Reading..


Is Your Diet Interacting With Your Meds?

Avoid a potentially dangerous interaction between your food and your medication with these tips.

If you’re one who always pitches the instruction sheet that comes with your medications, take note!  Many medications can interact with certain foods.  Some foods, can cause certain meds to build up to higher than desirable levels in your body, and others can make medications less effective.  Other foods may cause unpleasant, or even dangerous side effects when combined with certain foods.  This list, from Blink Health, gives a great overview of some of the most common interactions.  Whenever you start on a new medication, make sure you discuss any potential interactions, and how to take the medication (with or without food) with your doctor or pharmacist. Continue Reading..

PLAN – to Make it Healthy

Once upon a time I was a mostly-stay-at-home mom, and “busy” meant volunteering at school, organizing the book fair, cleaning house, doing 10 loads of laundry, and carpooling.


Today, my “busy” is completely different.  My kids are grown, and I’m self-employed.  On any given day, I might juggle writing assignments for 3 different editors, give a presentation at a diabetes workshop, work with a client who wants to lower their cholesterol, or teach an intro to nutrition class to nursing students.

No matter where you are in life, it gets busy.  One thing I’ve learned, is that you have to have a plan in order to juggle it all.  You know, make a to-do list every night, so you’re ready to roll the next day.  Set alarms, and keep a schedule.  Most of us know how to do that for our appointments and commitments, but do you do that for your health? Continue Reading..

Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad with Lemon-Herb Buttermilk Dressing

This delicious pasta salad is full of the first vegetables of the season – a perfect way to savor the flavor of eating right, during National Nutrition Month, and all year long.

Ask anyone why they eat the things they do, and I’ll bet you the number one answer will be “because it tastes good.”  Maybe you’ll get an occasional “because it’s good for me”, but more than likely it’s all about taste.  And it should be!  Good food tastes good.

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Caffeine: How much do you know about America’s favorite breakfast drug?

Is caffeine part of your Breakfast of Champions?  It is for me – but is that necessarily a bad thing?

In honor of Caffeine Awareness Month, it’s Caffeine Confession Time (and just an FYI I’m writing this as I sip my iced coffee):

Sometimes I just stand in front of the coffee aisle so I can breathe in the aroma.


I’ve tried to make a body scrub out of the millions of gallons of used coffee grounds that I create.  It made a huge mess on my skin, and in my shower.

Coffee grounds do make great compost though.  I’m waiting for my lemon tree to produce coffee-scented Meyer lemons.

When I go on vacation, I pack a huge Ziploc bag of coffee in my suitcase.  Just in case there isn’t a Starbucks within a stone’s throw on my hotel room.

I can’t start my day without a large cup of the stuff!

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Crock-pot Boston Baked Beans

Leave the oven off and make these Boston Baked Beans in a crock-pot. You’ll never eat canned baked beans again!

Canned beans are probably the number one food I recommend everyone keep in their pantry.  I tend to buy them almost every time I’m shopping, and as a result, I have about six thousand cans in my pantry.  You never know when you’re going to have to make baked beans for the entire town.   Continue Reading..

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