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A Pageant of Supplements or a Healthy Diet and Exercise

July 22, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

Have you seen the pageant-like procession of claims, that supplements and processed foods with certain additives can prevent cognitive impairment? Or have you heard any of the FTC’s precedent-setting crack down on those inflated claims? What are we supposed to believe? Can we do anything to decrease our risk of cognitive decline? I’ll admit right […]

Staying Hydrated

July 15, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

During the past couple of weeks we moved from a home of twenty-three years to the new home that we just finished building. During that time I learned many things; one is that moving during July is the busiest time of year. I think July is so busy because the children are out of school. […]

Discouraging News or an Encouraging Invitation?

July 1, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

On June 10, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report related to diabetes. It was somewhat discouraging to learn that more than 29 million Americans (9.3 percent of our population – we’re almost at one in ten) have diabetes; the number was up by 3 million over the 2010 […]

An Ounce of Prevention

June 24, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

Do we want to embrace prevention?  Sometimes it seems not. How much motivation is necessary to encourage us to improve our prevention habits? I don’t know the answer to these questions, but I do know the numbers tell us that it’s worth our efforts to choose preventive practices. The other day I was on the […]

Shrimp – Little Guys with Jumbo Benefits

June 10, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

We nutritionists and dietitians are often encouraging the consumption of fish; the reason is that it’s generally a very low fat, low calorie source of protein, with an added bonus of omega-3 fatty acids. But because shrimp is so low in total fat, it isn’t a great source for omega-3 fatty acids. But before you […]

A Big Fat Surprise – Nonsense

May 27, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

On May 6, 2014, Nina Teicholz’s article, The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease was published in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). I frequently like the articles in the WSJ, this one ….  not so much. My rationale is that it has the potential of driving people to eat in unhealthy ways, like […]

Energizer Bunny Vs Running Low on Energy

May 13, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

I’ve spent most of my life with a marvelous level of energy; by that I mean the ability to keep going – you know, like the Energizer Bunny. It’s been a real blessing to me that I can get so much done in a day. But I’ve had an interesting experience in the past several […]

Strategies for Eating on the Fly

April 29, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

Let’s assume you’ve been working quite a while to make your home environment a haven for safe and healthy eating. Your pantry and fridge are stocked with fresh produce, whole grains, healthy oils, nonfat dairy and lean protein choices. I should mention that you might have limited the fatty, salty, and simple carb snacks, so […]

Not Stumbling into Red Meat, Cheese, and Butter?

April 1, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

Sometimes we’re plugging along trying to do our best and there’s one of those little invisible trip lines near our feet and our stride lurches and falters, but hopefully we don’t stumble and fall. Because nutrition is in its infancy or pre-teen at the very best, we have to expect the lurches and falters in […]

Sodas Off Your Grocery List Forever?

March 18, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

Have you succeeded or are you still struggling to cut back on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) (including cola with sugar, caffeine-free cola with sugar, other carbonated beverage with sugar, such as 7-Up or ginger ale, and non-carbonated fruit drinks, such as lemonade or fruit punch)? The research continues to pile up against drinking them. One bit […]