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Down-Shifting Hedonic Hunger

January 19, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

The term “Hedonic Hunger” gives a name to a very powerful concept in understanding why we overeat certain foods; and why we can’t stop ourselves once we start eating them. Hedonism is from the Greek, and it means seeking pleasure. Hunger is normally not out of control; it is regulated by our bodies in a […]

Between the Lines of the New Guidelines

January 12, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

Another five years have gone by and thus the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines have been released jointly by the Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). You may think that the guidelines don’t really have much to do with you; but by understanding them, your own diet can be improved. […]

A Healthy, Happy Holiday

December 15, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

You’ve prepared holiday meals many times before and have been safe. But sometimes perhaps, you haven’t been exactly sure whether the family got the “flu” or if their gastric distress was due to food poisoning. Food poisoning is certainly not a happy holiday event. To significantly reduce the risk of food poisoning there are procedures […]

Sweetest Enemies: Sugar Pot and Corn Syrup Kettle

December 8, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

Which is blacker, the pot or the kettle? They have figured it out between the two industries, and the blackest one probably got some money from the slightly less black one. But they won’t tell us which one it was. You have to wonder who was advising the sugar/high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) producers. Certainly it […]

Eating Cheap Can Mean Eating Well

October 27, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

When a famous movie star (in this case Gwyneth Paltrow) takes a Food Stamp Challenge, and fails to eat for 7 days on the $29 food stamps provides, it makes the news. But I’m not sure if many of you missed a story about Leanne Brown, a Canadian masters student at New York University who […]

Big Soda Winning Battles; Losing War

October 13, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

Last week I wrote about how some health associations are ending their association with Big Soda and concurrently their cash cow of ‘Big Bucks.’ Big Soda continues to be in the news. I guess if your pay depended on those Big Bucks, it may seem to be sad news. But for those of us who […]

Food Industry – Surprise! Your Product Is Not So Great

August 25, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

Wonders never cease! A couple of food industry-funded studies have come up short for the industries that funded them. At UCLA (where I studied for my Masters in Public Health, Nutrition degree) I was taught to always beware of industry-funded studies. Not that industry-funded studies cannot provide good research; but that it is unlikely. Two […]

Ideas for Healthy Eating while Traveling

July 14, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

Today I decided to make a list of driving foods for Dr. Grandpa (Vic) and myself. Then it dawned upon me that maybe some of you would enjoy some hints for foods and ideas during driving vacations/or holidays (whichever way you describe them); or combination flying/driving trips. The following are some bits of advice and […]

Frozen

February 3, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

Truly, it’s a rare occasion at my home, for the temperatures to be in the 50s and 60s during February – I have plans to breath in some of the warmer air during the next 10 days. I’ve lived in the mountain west for enough years (15) to realize that winter is not over, based […]

Gluten-Free – Vital for Celiac Disease, a Boon to Marketers

December 9, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

Do you sometimes wonder if we Americans need some sort of food villain?  Dietary fat…. remember anything with fat was bad (1990’s)?  Then carbs, that never was a very clear message – no differentiation between simple carbs and complex carbs, but the message was that protein is the miracle food and fat is a wonderful […]