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Are Wearable Fitness Trackers Helping Us to Be Healthier?

October 28, 2016
Are Wearable Fitness Trackers Helping Us to Be Healthier?
Last year I got a Fitbit, more for tracking what I was doing than for encouraging me to do more exercise.  I’ve always been good about doing floor exercises in the morning and getting out for a walk as often as possible (which reminds me, I need to go for a walk when I get done posting this!). ...

The “Right” Way to Weigh In

June 1, 2016
The “Right” Way to Weigh In
  Clever way, I’d say!  The results will amaze you.  But seriously, what is the “right” way to weigh in?  People ask me, “Should I weigh myself every day?” There are two answers to that question and it depends upon who you are. For structured people, there’s...

Spud Safety

December 2, 2015
Spud Safety
Potatoes are a vegetable – a white vegetable.  They are not a green vegetable.  In other words, if you see any green under the skin, you don’t want to eat it. It’s rare, but some potatoes develop a green tint. That color is caused by high levels of chlorophyll, which by itself is harmless....

Are Hikers Healthy Eaters?

July 16, 2015
Are Hikers Healthy Eaters?
Yesterday, my husband and I went on a hike to Little Mt. Si near North Bend, Washington.  It was a lovely day and fortunately, plenty of trees to keep us from getting roasted.  (Yes, even in Washington state we can get some warm weather!)  With an ascent of 1300 feet and a round trip of 5 miles,...

Should I Weigh Myself Every Day?

April 21, 2015
Should I Weigh Myself Every Day?
  I used to tell my clients that weighing themselves every day was a waste of time.  Because you have to both decrease your calorie intake and increase your calorie expenditure by, on average, 3500 calories, there is no way a pound could be lost in a day’s time.  Even vigorous exercise...

Exercise Humor: “Just Coasting”

April 11, 2015
Exercise Humor: “Just Coasting”
Some humor for your day: After the exercisers had already gone through the usual calisthenics of push-ups, sit-ups and jumping jacks, the instructor asked the class to do the stationary bicycle floor routine.  That’s where you lay on your back, get your legs up in the air, and then move them...

Being Mortal

December 12, 2014
Being Mortal
Mortality is an interesting subject because, while we all know we’re going to die, we’re not a culture well prepared for it.  Our hope is that medical science will come to our rescue to give us extra years. As youngsters, who knows of death? We only learn about it when our dog, cat or goldfish...

Strong Bones

December 2, 2014
Strong Bones
Nutrition Action Health Letter had an interesting article this month on bone health.  Bone health isn’t just for women to be concerned about.  Men can also get osteoporosis.  While genes play into the problem, what you eat and whether you exercise, smoke, or overdo alcohol are even more important...

Why You Can’t Get Heart Cancer

September 17, 2014
Why You Can’t Get Heart Cancer
Have you ever wondered why we never hear about heart cancer? A very interesting article in Time Magazine (Sept 8-15) explains it. As you probably know, tumors grow when abnormal cells divide uncontrollably. Yet, the heart cells only divide during fetal development. That is the only time that the heart...

2014’s The Biggest Loser Shows Us the Power of Exercise

February 17, 2014
2014’s The Biggest Loser Shows Us the Power of Exercise
I’m sure you’re heard a lot about the controversy over the winner of the 2014’s The Biggest Lower competition, Rachel Frederickson. She dropped 155 pounds in the span of 7 months. That’s about 22 pounds per month. While impressive, it’s not a healthy way to lose weight. As a dietitian and weight-loss...