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Eating on the Run

March 7, 2017 by Joyce Bunderson

Because the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) celebrates National Nutrition Month each March, they have published a list of Tips for a Month to help with eating on the run. As most of you already know, eating in restaurants and fast food establishments can really drive your calories over the top (above the hips […]

Providing Nutritious Meals on a Budget

February 14, 2017 by Joyce Bunderson

Last week I wrote a bit about the complexities of food budgeting as related to marketing and organic produce. In addition to checking deeper into the price and ingredient list there are other things that you can do. I find that buying good quality whole foods and having them on hand, not only helps to […]

A Can of Worms about Eating on a Budget

January 31, 2017 by Joyce Bunderson

All public health professionals have worries; that does not exclude public health dietitians/nutritionists. One of my big concerns is the amount of confusion and complexity that blanket nutrition. It is not just a consequence of the fact that nutrition is just in its adolescence – relatively speaking; and new science is constantly being discovered. But […]

Grinch and Sugar

December 27, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

On December 20, 2016, an article was published at that concluded that the: “Guidelines on dietary sugar do not meet criteria for trustworthy recommendations and are based on low-quality evidence. Public health officials (when promulgating these recommendations) and their public audience (when considering dietary behavior) should be aware of these limitations.” Let me just […]

Old-Fashioned Raisins

December 20, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

For me, one of the consequences of the Christmas holiday season seems to be a serious case of recurring annual nostalgia. It’s a little crazy, but something as simple as a bag of Craisins can do it to me. This is my most recent experience: I had raisins, but I was just realizing that I […]

Inflammation – Friend or Foe?

December 6, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

In my life I’ve had some interesting effects resulting from my immune system. During my paid career, I used to directly supervise dietitians and dietary technicians in California. When an employee would get sick, I would often go to see them; and they’d say; “Don’t get near me, I’m so sick.” I’d almost always say; […]

Cutting Back on Sodium Can Solve More than One Problem

November 1, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

Last week I wrote about the risk of death and high sodium intake; I mostly concentrated on the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular events. I made one little mention that Alzheimer’s disease risk is also associated with high blood pressure; but I don’t want to pass over this issue too quickly. It seems to […]

Sodium and Death Risk

October 25, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

I’m well aware that many self-proclaimed experts say that salt/sodium is not a problem in health. But my advice is to stick with the Surgeon General, the American Heart Association, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; which all advise us to cut back on salt intake. In addition, I like the results of […]

Keep Reading the Ingredient Lists

October 18, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

My questions and in all honesty, my wrath often start when I pick up a container in the market. This time it was an intriguing new product, tzatziki by Cedar, a company that focuses on making traditional Mediterranean recipes. The product was Cedar’s Tzatziki; it says right on the main label, “made with Greek yogurt, […]

Meat – Considerations for the Wise

October 11, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

If you’re trying to keep your weight under control and your arteries unclogged, it doesn’t take long before you realize that meat is an important issue of concern. Nutrition Action Health Letter which is a publication of Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nutrition watchdog and consumer advocacy group, advocating for safer […]