Making sense of Mediterranean

Despite all the well-known health benefits of what’s loosely described as a Mediterranean Diet, people remain confused about what exactly this means in their daily lives. Does it mean choosing strange foods? Does it mean eating only foods native to the Mediterranean region? No on both counts. International Mediterranean Month is a great time to […]

10 things to do with olive oil

May is International Mediterranean Diet month, and I’m kicking it off with an updated post about that quintessential Mediterranean diet staple: olive oil Olive oil has a major health halo, with good reason.  Plenty of research links olive oil to lower risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.  Everyone seems to be using […]

10 signs of a bad diet

A report from Harvard released last month claims that by 2030 — in 10 short years — half of US adults will be obese. I’d say they’re about 10 years behind. Just go outside and look at the people around you. Half of US adults already appear to be obese. But hope springs eternal. It’s […]

What is a Plant-Based Diet anyway? Play in new window | Download (20.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThere’s a lot of confusion about the meaning of “plant based diet”. I try to clear it up by talking about what plant-based does not mean. At least that’s a start. By the way, it does not mean vegan or vegetarian, although […]

Can diet lower depression risk

Decades ago, depression was frequently characterized as a problem of the worried well, people who had the time and money to consult with a psychiatrist about their mental state.  It was something to joke about.  Now depression is recognized as the most common psychiatric diagnosis in developed countries, affecting 300 million+ people, costing $1 trillion […]

Adventures in olive oil selection Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:20 — 2.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS“It’s hard to decide which one to pick, isn’t it?” I was standing in front of the olive oil display at my grocery store, reading labels as usual.  My fellow shopper was similarly engaged in choosing a bottle of […]

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