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Research and Common Sense

December 11, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

This morning I turned to my bookshelf and took down my copy of Mindless Eating; Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink PhD. The book, a 2007 paperback edition, is dog-eared and has at least a dozen little sticky notes popping from its pages. I’m not going to read it today; but […]

Processed Foods, Superfoods, Good Old-Fashioned Foods

September 18, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

Processed food – It’s true I’ve put a lot of trash on processed foods. I’ve been writing about them for years and eventually, I edited my reference to them and called them highly processed food and ultra processed foods. I did that because the food industry didn’t like all the negative press they were getting […]

Is Variety the Spice of Life?

August 14, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

Eating a variety of foods has been a long-term principle of healthy, balanced eating. This public health precept was popularized in the early 20th century in response to the prevalence of nutrient inadequacies. One example would be getting the essential amino acids by eating a grain and a legume, for example. Today’s world has different […]

Loving Your Body and the Environment

August 7, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

If like me, you’re interested in protecting our environment, you may be interested in some research done by Joseph Poore a pre-doctoral student at the University of Oxford and Thomas Nemecek PhD of the Swiss agricultural research institute, Agroscope. The researchers collected a huge amount of data regarding the wide differences in environmental impacts – […]

Are You Moving Toward Non Dairy Milk?

July 17, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

This is definitely the age of non-dairy milk. Options are more plentiful than a dietitian’s wildest imagination. My imagination can be pretty wild, but I still see a range of options that include both good and bad choices for different individuals. Having all these choices can be nice, especially if you have lactose intolerance; you’re […]

Protein, the Trendy Macronutrient

July 10, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

If you glance at the banners touting high protein on the front of packages, and see protein bars, shakes and powders at check out counters you may start to worry that you need to increase your protein intake. Not so! This is just hype to sell way more than you need. The fact is that […]

What’s for Dinner? Same O’ Same O’

July 3, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

Have you ever noticed that meals sometimes become routine? I remember when my family was young and I was working fulltime. Then we had a pasta casserole, marinara sauce and browned burger, with grated cheese on top – one two many times. The fact is that I had that as a frequent standby, because it […]

Frozen Produce

June 5, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

Sometimes people are shocked when I say that frozen produce is an excellent source of nutritious, top quality fruits and vegetables. It is a common idea that frozen commodities are somehow inferior to fresh produce, and that it costs more. There are quite a few factors that support my claim that frozen produce rates “excellent” […]

Lifestyle Is Key to Managing Hypertension

May 29, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

Hypertension or high blood pressure has long been known as a silent killer; the fact that humans don’t really feel their blood pressure, means that a person can have lethal blood pressure and not have a clue. So the first step is to take opportunities to check your blood pressure fairly frequently. The next step […]

Designing Your Own Personal Eating Plan – A Long-Term Journey

May 22, 2018 by Joyce Bunderson

There are a few issues that trouble me while observing the general public go through yet another restrictive diet. (The ketogenic diet seems to be gaining popularity by the day.) Restrictive diets can lead to fewer calories and thus to weight loss. But eventually they go off the diet, unless they mold it into a […]