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December 19, 2018

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Katherine D. McManus, MS, RD, LDN, Contributor

Kathy McManus is Director of the Department of Nutrition and Director of the Dietetic Internship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston. In addition, she serves as the … See Full Bio
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samantha denton
January 11, 2019

While women have Curves, Weight Watchers, etc. to try to “hold hands” and show moral support, men have a different approach entirely. Weight loss becomes a sport to them, they want to show each other up, forget holding hands. Read more about common differences between men and women dieting here

December 24, 2018

I have chosen Dr. Esselstyn’s whole-food/plant-based diet. My diet has been terrible for many years, and I am facing some real health risks. I’m not yet fully transitioned, but I have already experienced positive results. A shocker was when my vision improved. I no longer have any discomfort in my chest. I have high hopes that when I have bloodwork done, results will have improved.

December 22, 2018

Proper eating is probably the key. But sometimes, I think it’s ok to submit to our cravings AS LONG as we eat in moderation… To those who are practicing proper eating or wanna lose weight, I suggest you try drinking red tea. It’s good in helping shed off unwanted pounds naturally…

December 21, 2018

I recently read an article by fitness expert Kara K. were she talked about cellular inflammation and research that Harvard Medical School. According to the article which appeared on her health blog, researchers showed that you are able to reverse cellular inflammation that rapid weight loss can be achieved. What is your opinion on cellular inflammation?

December 20, 2018

More expensive & time-consuming to do the DASH plan. Means doing alot of your own food prep/cooking because so many chain restaurants or prepared foods have a relatively high Na level & sugar seems to be added to just about everything, organic bread, there’s relatively high levels of saturated fats, including palm oils, etc.

How many people have a bakery nearby that bakes affordable breads w/out added sugar?

I cook most of my own food (bake my own bread), my mother has arthritic hands and is old enough that she doesn’t want to cook more then a soft-boiled egg. Finding canned soups (or soups in aseptic packaging) that she likes that don’t have added sugar or alot of sodium has been difficult. I’ve cooked and frozen some food for her but I do not live close to her. She also has some difficulties w/her digestive system.

Too bad the US gov’t refuses to regulate the food “industry” so that more prepared foods were healthier.

Greg Houck
February 2, 2019

Agreed Azure, the FDA works to propagate disease and product, the result: Corporate Toxicity Syndrome (CTS), is a syndrome created by chronic exposure or ingestion of corporate products, including pharmaceuticals, foods with low or no nutritional value (soda, ice cream, pizza and burgers for example), fluoridated water, street drugs and alcoholic beverages, combined with the absence of nutrition via nutritional foods, vitamins, minerals and other essentials; Presents as one who is obese, has high blood pressure, trouble sleeping, musculoskeletal disorders, trouble thinking & various other health issues such as diabetes and cancer. Chronic foodstuff toxin exposure combined with malnutrition. Any other label is a misnomer.

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