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Words for the Wise

November 11, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

It seems to me that the number of reasons to eat out escalates during the fall. Part of it might be that the holiday season is approaching and that intensifies the number of requirements upon our time. For whatever reason, the fact is that we America are struggling with an epidemic of overweight and obesity […]

I’d Have to DO WHAT if I Ate That?

November 4, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health has caught my eye and my imagination regarding it’s potential for helping with weight management. The researchers, led by Sara N. Bleich at, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and their Department of Epidemiology did some very innovative research. The researchers […]

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 […]

Breakfast, Easy and Nourishing

October 7, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

Are you trying to get into an early morning breakfast routine? One easy way is to throw a box or two of cold cereal and a jug of milk on the table. My guess is that is exactly what goes on in many homes – no real research, just a stroll down the cereal isle. […]

Unexpected Influence of Big Nearby Eaters

September 30, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

The research below is a new twist on an old adage my grandmother’s shared with me; “Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you what you are.” I just read a little bit about this research and said to myself, “This has Brian Wansink written all over it.”  If you’re not familiar with […]

Getting Cravings Under Control

September 23, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

The other day I was getting my hair done and my hairdresser was talking about putting on weight and not being able to take it off. She mentioned that by the time the afternoon rolls around she finds herself at a fast food establishment faced with the decision of whether it’ll be a salty or […]

Comments on Plant-Based Eating

August 5, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

I was flipping around in media stories and came upon a CNN iReport about a man named Benji Kurtz. It’s a story about a 5’5” tall man who had endured humiliations because of his 278-pound body. Kurtz watched Forks Over Knives on Memorial Day 2013. He was inspired to make the changes ….. yes, big […]

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 […]

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 […]

Should We Care about Modified Vegetables?

June 3, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

A new wave of my personal research all started when I attended an online seminar called Pesticides and Food; Eating Safely and Sustainable, presented by The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health. I learned some interesting new facts during the hour presentation; among them were: GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) exposure is sub lethal to […]