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Mindful and Intuitive Eating with Heather Caplan, RDN [PODCAST]

Many of us have found ourselves in front of the television with a bag of popcorn on our lap and before we know it, the entire bag is gone. In our fast-paced world, it can be easy to get distracted and end up overeating… sometimes without even realizing it. You may have heard the terms “mindful” or “intuitive” eating practices, which have recently been studied as potential strategies to combat mindless eating.

Diet-Proof Your Diet

Ahh, February. The official month of candy hearts, slushy grey weather (at least in DC) and getting real about health goals. The rosy optimism of our New Year’s diet resolution has faded, and it’s time to be a little bit more realistic. Maybe your three day cleanse lasted about six hours (believe me, I’ve been there…), or perhaps your “Whole 30” was more of a “Whole 7.” No matter how dire your crisis of will power or how epically you fell off the diet wagon, this is no time to beat yourself up.

A Chef’s Recipe for Stopping Food Waste

Imagine all the food in your fridge and cupboards right now. How much of it is likely to end up the trash? Recent estimates suggest that about 30 - 40% of the food we produce in America goes to waste.

A Case of Toxic Misinformation

There are lots of examples of nutritional boogeymen. Online circles always seem to be in a frenzy about some hidden danger lurking in your food. Despite all the variations of these food freak-outs, there is one nutritional boogeyman out there that really exemplifies the problem: toxins.

A “Basic” Examination of the Alkaline Diet

The web is once again abuzz with suspicious claims about the alkaline diet. A staple of some alternative medicine circles for years now, this eating plan isn’t new to the pantheon of internet health-woo.  Practitioners of this food fad claim that it can help prevent many ailments, including cancer, by regulating your internal pH.

Sound suspicious yet? You don’t need a PhD in chemistry for this diet to raise some major red flags. A quick examination of the science, and a few simple facts about the human body, show that this diet is… pretty basic.

4 Steps to Build Healthy Eating Habits

Feeding your infant or toddler can sometimes feel daunting, especially if you're a first-time caregiver or dealing with a picky eater. 

Food Fad Friday: Apple Cider Vinegar

In recent years, apple cider vinegar has been heralded as a magic elixir that controls blood sugar levels, prevents heart disease, whitens teeth and slows the aging process. According to numerous blogs and natural remedy sites, it seems like there is nothing it can’t fix. While apple cider vinegar has been used to pickle and preserve foods for centuries and continues to be a great flavor option for sauces, dressings and marinades, we decided to see if these common internet claims are backed by any scientific evidence.

Newsbite: Is the Paleo Diet Healthy (Or Even Safe) for Babies?

With any diet online trend, you can assume someone is eventually going to take it too far and that time just came for the Paleo diet. Proponents of the Paleo diet are now recommending this “ancestral” eating plan for kids… and even babies. But, unsurprisingly, many experts warn caregivers against feeding babies like they’re characters from “The Flintstones”.

The IFIC Foundation provided some context on the issue in a recent article.

A Spotlight on Low-Income Older Adults

Research has long shown that lower-income Americans face unique barriers to good health. The 2017 Food & Health Survey builds on this body of research while identifying new ways in which income affects nutrition knowledge, health priorities, perceived health status and food purchases. Low-income older adults are especially unique in their use of nutrition information and the barriers they face when it comes to eating healthy.

Food for Thought This Healthy Aging Month

Healthy Aging Month is a great time to consider how beliefs and behaviors around food change as we age.  Aside from what is often a distinct set of beliefs about nutrition, and an evolving set of eating behaviors, older adults also have different nutritional needs than their younger counterparts.