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Eat Real Pumpkin, Not Just Its Halo Effect

September 15, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

Last week when I wrote about the “Blue Zones” – the longevity zones of earth, I mentioned that I usually am writing something about the harvest this time of year. Yes, last week’s article did talk about produce. But this week, I couldn’t resist any longer. Technically today’s subject, pumpkin is a fruit (develops from […]

Salads Are Underrated!

September 1, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

I must admit that I’ve not read Tamar Haspel’s articles before; but this first one, published in the Washington Post last week immediately got my attention, and not in a positive way. Her article was titled: Why salad is so overrated. This article is deserving of more criticism than praise; I almost don’t know where […]

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 […]

Easy Steps Toward Plant-Based Eating

June 30, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

If you harbor any feelings that eating largely plant-based foods is something for vegans and vegetarians, I hope you’ll take a few minutes from your busy life and read an article published on November 7, 2014, in the Washington Post by four interesting writers (Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador and Olivier De Schutter). I […]

Guerilla Tactics for Surviving Restaurant Eating

June 23, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

If daily weighing is one of your habits, you you’re probably only too aware of the big bump in weight after eating at a restaurant. In addition to the often times humongous salt load, servings often have enough calories to supply you for two or three prudent meals. I’m guessing that we are still going […]

What’s Cookin’? Evidently, Not Americans

April 21, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

If you want to really understand blood pressure, there’s a wonderful article on the Medical News Today (MNT) website. What I like about this particular article is that you do not need to have had a course in physiology, anatomy and biology to understand the article. It is written for all who are interested; and […]

On Paleo Diet Pretenses: Serving Mastodon, Anyone?

April 6, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

A draft sitting in queue but never published. Too bad.   Things are pretty busy around the holidays; I probably don’t need to remind you. But the evidence in myself is found in how easy it is to make me laugh. I guess it’s some kind of hysteria. On second thought, after reading the Wikipedia […]

The Yin and Yang of Nutrition Information

March 10, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

Yin and Yang, the Chinese symbol used within Taoism symbolize a problem that I struggle with. Yin and Yang seem to be a good metaphor for the information on the Internet. Like many, I object to putting feminine on the dark side and masculine on the bright side, but I’m just using the negative and […]

The Political War Over Designing the New Dietary Guidelines

March 3, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

The year 2015 is the distinctive year for the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to come up with the new guidelines; they do it every five years. You can be involved if you like – make your voice heard. The Dietary Guidelines serve a major role in American life; because school lunch programs; military menus; hospital […]