Diets

How to Age Better

May 10, 2024 |

Life expectancy has been increasing around the world over the past decades, a happenstance that is attributed to advances in public health and healthcare services.  However, the last few years have rocked this boat and it is predicted that the current generation of adolescents is likely to be the first to have a shorter life…

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What Happens When One Twin Goes Vegan and the Other One Keeps Eating Meat?

March 29, 2024 |

In November 2023 an interesting study from Stanford University selected pairs of twins to test the health effects of different types of food.  This was a randomized controlled trial encompassing 22 pairs of healthy identical twins 18 years of age or older (44 participants) who had signed up in the Stanford Twin Registry database in…

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Is Eating a Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet Expensive?

February 16, 2024 |

It always takes me by surprise when someone says that they can’t afford to eat whole-food plant-based.  Legumes (beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils) and whole grains (wheat, oatmeal, rice (brown, red, black & wild), quinoa, farro, barley, millet, bulgar, whole-wheat flour, whole-wheat bread, whole-wheat pasta) are the foundation of this way of eating and you’d…

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Linking the Puzzle Pieces of Human and Planetary Health

January 5, 2024 |

The year 2024 has arrived, and as every new year rolls around, many of us turn our thoughts to what we hope this brand-new year will bring.  My wish, as always, is that more people will begin to realize that increasing their intake of plant-sourced foods and decreasing animal-sourced foods is the most positive decision…

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Holiday Hacks and Hints Part Three: Food Coma – Is It Real?

December 22, 2023 |

Imagine you’ve just finished enjoying a large meal such as a traditional holiday meal, say at Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter.  You get up from the table and then quickly find yourself a comfortable place to relax…because all you want to do is rest and maybe even take a good nap.  This is the state of…

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