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Regularity

October 16, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

Some subjects are well……. a little gross for many people. But the fact is that “the subject” may become an issue for you, whether you like it or not. As those of you who have been reading this blog for ten years or so, know, I write frequently about my dear grandmother who raised me […]

Beans and Confusion

September 27, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

Beans (aka legumes and pulses) likely don’t cause confusion in anyone except me. My confusion is in the fact that people seem to know that beans are inexpensive; for example – “not amounting to a hill of beans.” Where my confusion comes in, is that I read so much about the pinched budgets of families […]

Souping? No Need to “Detox”

February 9, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

Do you like to be on the front edge of trends? Have you abandoned juicing and taken up souping? If yes, then probably you’re a rather trendy guy or gal. In full candor, I’ll admit, that I’ve never been nominated for any awards for being trendy. It’s the chick and egg question: which came first? […]

Nutritionism is Not Dead

February 2, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

It’s true; nutritionism is not only not dead, but it appears to be a vital and integral part of the processed food business. Last week, an interesting and well-written article, published on January 26, 2016 in MedPage Today quickly caught my attention. The title is Fiber-Rich Diet May Boost Lung Function and the subtitle is: […]

Lutein – Eye Candy or What?

September 22, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

On September 14, 2015 the Wall Street Journal published an article called: Eye Candy? Scientists Debate the Value of Lutein Supplements: A role in limiting a chronic eye disease. The article and the studies, upon which the article was based, were to my mind, like opening the proverbial can of worms. At a quick glance […]

Beyond Snacks: Welcoming Nuts into Your Meals

April 7, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

Every time I write the goals to improve diet, it always includes incorporating nuts. It’s pretty easy to quickly skim over the information that researchers have found that nuts are associated with improved health (especially cardiovascular, diabetes and metabolic syndrome) and not really take the next step to adding nuts to your regular eating habits. […]

Pumpkin Zeitgeist

October 28, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

I’m attributing my pumpkin enthusiasm to this cool autumn day and the color splashed in every direction that I gaze. Somehow bright orange pumpkins got inseparably united in my brain with the glory of autumn. Since I moved to the mountain west from my native southern California, autumn has become a big deal. I’ve only […]

Two Steps in Reducing Cholesterol

February 18, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

When groups of people eat a plant-based diet like the Mediterranean peoples did 50-plus years ago, bodies and minds stayed healthy for a relatively long time. The original epidemiologist who studied diet in populations, Ancel Keys, discovered the phenomenon of the health differences between American diet (now commonly called Western diet) and the Mediterranean diet. […]

Dried Plums, Straight from Nature

November 5, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

When plums are dried, they have the deep crevasses that often grace the faces of the elderly. In a society that idolizes youth, something that is wrinkled as …… well, a prune, doesn’t have much of a chance for popularity. Years ago the California Dried Plum Board changed the name of prunes to dried plums; […]

The Sweetness of Fruit, including Cotton Candy Grapes

August 6, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

Last week I read a story about a fruit breeder in Kern County – a rural part of California where I enjoyed shooting the rapids, floating down the Kern River and exploring the mountains during my preteen and teenage years. One on my numerous childhood memories of the ‘50s and ‘60s was the drive to […]