A Gene for Smelling Asparagus in Urine?

November 26, 2013

Throughout this semester, I have enjoyed delving deeper into the science behind important health research and blogging about it. Most of the time, research provides insight and implications for improving health in the real world. However, sometimes science findings are just, for lack of a better word, weird. For example, in the past several years, […]

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Unpacking the FDA’s New Trans Fat Ban

November 19, 2013

Trans fat has been a buzz word for the past decade or so. Most people have probably heard that trans fat is bad for their health and some may have heard of efforts by the FDA to curb trans fat consumption. Most recently, on November 7th, the FDA issued a preliminary ruling that it will […]

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Mindful Eating

October 9, 2013

Last January, my mom and I finished our first marathon. It was 26.2 days long, and other than my typical daily exercise routine, it involved no extra physical exertion or training. Unless you count an increase in the number of times you chew food, as moderate to strenuous physical activity. In fact, this marathon was […]

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Diet Soda and Weight

October 1, 2013

Recent studies have looked at the effects of diet beverages on weight, with varied results. The seemingly counterintuitive studies are the ones that indicate weight gain associated with drinking diet beverages, since the name “diet” in and of itself suggests losing weight. Most of the studies on the topic have examined patterns over time in […]

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Wanna get high?

August 28, 2013

As a curious (and, often naïve) teenager, I can remember being shocked at how a small amount of powder, pill, or plant had the potent ability to transform someone’s mood. Melancholy to euphoria in minutes was the idea. As an athlete, I was fortunate to find that this feeling could be achieved through exercise, and without […]

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Is there a fast track to physical health?

April 12, 2013

Let’s think back to Tuesday, when my classmate Katie Muir wrote on the effects of fasting on mental health (you’ll have to read her post to get all of the brainy details).  After covering all of the potential benefits and concerns that fasting could have on the mind, I figured it was only appropriate to […]

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Fasting for Mental Health: Does it Work?

April 10, 2013

Did you eat breakfast today? How about last night? Probably you had dinner too? Great! As a nutritionist I am always ready to tell you not to skip meals. Lately, however, I’ve been considering just the opposite. I’m talking about deliberately avoiding food through fasting. This ancient practice has been revered for ages as a […]

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Hate Vegetables? Blame It On Your “Supertaste” Gene

April 5, 2013

Kids (and adults) have been finding ways to avoid eating vegetables for decades.  A friend of mine once told me that she used to dump her broccoli in her milk and quickly empty out her glass in the garbage disposal at the end of each meal.  If she were ever caught, she would shamelessly blame […]

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Your Eating Habits: The Surprising Details that Make a Difference

March 29, 2013

A long day at work?  Too exhausted to even step foot in the kitchen?  Treat yourself to a night of self-indulgence with a meal that surprises, satisfies, and comforts your taste buds.  The enticing aromas of roasted garlic and fresh herbs tickle your senses the moment you enter Eatopia. Drooling yet? Foodelphia’s newest farm-fresh eatery […]

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A Salad a Day Keeps Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Bay?

March 13, 2013

If people seem to have a lot to say about the environment, even more are ready and willing to exhaust your ears with the benefits of their diet. As a vegan I am quite familiar with this concept. Among the many reasons used to persuade someone to go veggie, one in particular stands out as puzzling: […]

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Healthy, Happy, and 100 Years Old

March 8, 2013

Picture yourself hiking to your neighbor’s house, where you’ll meet to have lunch: a spread of homegrown olives, freshly made hummus, and a thick loaf of warm bread – all slathered in just pressed olive oil.  You arrive at who knows what time (because nobody watches the clock here), bearing homemade wine and honey from […]

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To cook, or not to cook, that is the question.

March 1, 2013

Fad diets are no new player in the weight loss scene (the Atkins diet was originally written in the 70’s!), but this sure doesn’t mean that they’ve lost any steam.  From the HCG Diet to South Beach, a vast spectrum of ways to transform your current physique from “flab” to “FAB” have been proposed.  While […]

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A Paleo Primer

February 27, 2013

It seems that at times we all yearn for the past. Whether we are wishing we could eat like we did when we were teenagers or perhaps even feeling like we belong in an earlier time period, the past has a way of seeming idyllic. Although, not many people yearn for the stone-age lifestyle, that […]

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Licking the Salt Habit: When it May Have Started and What You Can Do About it.

February 26, 2013

You’re at the movies, waiting in line at the concession stand. What’s it going to be? The salty bag of popcorn or the Sour Patch Kids, or no wait…how about those savory Reece’s Pieces? Evidence says some will go for the salty popcorn every time.  What is it about taste preferences that make some people […]

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Media: Friend or Foe?

October 16, 2012

This weeks post is focusing on the media and their role in promoting obesity and weight stigma. Have you ever noticed that in almost all weight loss campaigns the models are skinny, tan, and gorgeous? They promote unrealistic images of what the male and female body should look like, and ironically, they are typical in […]

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Improve Your Food to Better Your Mood

October 9, 2012

Is it possible to improve your mood with food? — And no, I’m not talking about the temporary happiness you feel when scarfing down chocolate cake or a bag of chips. Most individuals, like myself, grab “comfort foods” when feeling stressed or upset, which can also be referred to as “emotional eating”. Comfort foods are […]

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