What Nettle Leaf Tea Can Do For You During Pregnancy

Posted on April 19th, 2011 0 Comments

Nettle leaves are full of good stuff – from vitamins A, C, D and K to minerals like iron, potassium and calcium. The fact that of those promote maternal and fetal health while you are expecting a baby earned nettle leaves their reputation as a pregnancy tonic. Did you know that many herbalists recommend nettle leaf tea as a remedy for many pregnancy-related ailments? Read on for a list of what nettle leaf tea can do for you during pregnancy.



How To Properly Store Fruits and Vegetables

Posted on December 8th, 2010 0 Comments

Here is the download for “Berkley Farmers’ Markets – How –To: Store Fruits and Vegetables”.  If you enjoy this resource, be sure to click the like button on this post.

Thanks to Eunice from Food 4 Fitness for providing this resource a few months ago.

Download The PDF Below

Berkeley Farmers Market Tips for Storing Produce
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How to Beat Chocolate Cravings

Posted on February 24th, 2010 0 Comments

What dieter hasn’t wished that calorie-free chocolate existed? Despite innovative research – like the Vulcano chocolate bar under development in Switzerland, and the chocolate bar which replaces fat with water that’s been created in the UK – we have yet to find our shelves and our cupboards full of guilt-free chocolate.

So what’s a dieter to do when cravings strike?

Don’t Ban Chocolate

First, don’t ban chocolate from your diet – there’s no faster way to make something seem irresistible! A healthy weight loss diet can include chocolate, so long as you don’t eat too much too often.


3 Smart Alternatives to Sugary Snacks

Posted on February 5th, 2010 11 Comments
I would like to take a moment to introduce a very special and entertaining guest blogger today….. Welcome Josie Maurer! Josie runs the hilarious, yet informative blog YumYucky.com
Are you listless and lethargic or feeling greedy for some sweets? Forget about the doughnuts and other sugary crap dreams. It’s easier than you think to have a snack attack without the fat-inducing snare.

Sugary snacks will woo you, then lead to poundage on the scale. Dig into these three snack alternatives to achieve an energy boost or quiet a sweet craving without the crash and burn of a sugary snack fail.


How Bad Is High Fructose Corn Syrup?

Posted on October 27th, 2009 4 Comments

Summer & SunsetIt’s in the news often, touted as a “highly processed” sweetener and criticized for being added to so many of our food products. But let’s take a look at what high fructose corn syrup actually is. First, a brief description of the different types of sugar so we can fairly compare:


A New Sweetener on the Market: Sun Crystals

Posted on October 5th, 2009 3 Comments

sun crystals

As a registered dietitian, I sometimes get the heads up on new products from the manufacturers before they even hit the market! Here is one I just received in the mail that looks like a great new sweetener. You should be seeing Sun Crystals, an all natural sweetener, on the shelves in your local supermarket soon.

This product is made using a combination of cane sugar and the naturally sweet stevia plant. The result is crystals that appear like pure sugar, but contain fewer calories, provide fewer grams of carbohydrates, and have a lower impact on raising blood sugar level in people with diabetes.


A Few Of My Favorite Things

Posted on September 28th, 2009 2 Comments

This week I thought I’d share a few of my favorite foods. What do they all have in common? They taste good, they’re low calorie, and in many cases they are nutrient-dense. It’s nice to have a long list of foods that you enjoy eating while you know they are contributing to your intake of vitamins and minerals, and also not contributing excess calories.

So here is my top 5 list!


The Monster Iced Honey Bun

Posted on February 23rd, 2009 0 Comments

honeybunFridays I work in our local food pantry to aid in dispensing food assistance and nutritional information to folks who could use a little help. We have a number of staple items we purchase from monetary donations, and we dispense eggs, milk, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and rice and other grain products. We get all sorts of food donations, too, and you never know what a group, a church, or a store will send over. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to get loads of noodle soups, boxes of cereal, or cans of sweet potatoes just when we’ve run out.


Spray Away the Calories

Posted on February 16th, 2009 0 Comments

spray-butterIf you haven’t tried some of the products you can spray on your food to save calories, I am here to tell you about two I use faithfully, and one I just found out about.


Making Your Baked Goods Lower in Fat and Sugar

Posted on December 1st, 2008 0 Comments

baked-breakWe all like a treat once in a while, but if you’re watching your weight you might think baked goods are off limits. Think again! We can learn to modify even our favorite recipes to make them lower in fat, sugar, and cholesterol. You can use one of these changes, or all of them at once.


Design Your Own Diet

Posted on November 23rd, 2008 0 Comments

food-pyramid1Trying to figure out what to eat can be so overwhelming. You can make your own weight loss diet plan with the help of the food guide pyramid website. (www.mypyramid.gov)

First, find a great image of a food guide pyramid you can post somewhere convenient (just google food guide pyramid images). It’s an easy way to remind yourself what to eat and how many servings to have.


The Rice and Beans Diet – Inspiried by Dave Ramsey

Posted on October 17th, 2008 10 Comments


For the millions of you that are familiar with FPU (Financial Peace University) Dave Ramsey’s rice and beans diet is old news. With his principles of getting out of debt, this “rice and beans” diet represents exercising self control on several different levels.

Dave Ramsey is a nationally syndicated radio host and author of the best selling book: The Total Money Makeover that has helped millions eliminate debt, and change the financial future for many families. If you have the book or listened to the radio show, you have heard both callers and Dave talk about living off of beans and rice. Let’s pretend for a moment that Dave literally meant to eat rice and beans at every meal.


Food Addiction – Worse Than Drugs?

Posted on October 2nd, 2008 3 Comments

All You Can Eat Buffet

I was watching the documentary on the Half Ton Man the other day and it really got me thinking about food addictions in general. The more I thought about it, the more convinced I was that being addicted to food could possibly be worse than being addicted to drugs.

I know this sounds extreme because in reality, they are two very different problems. But just think about this for a minute. A crack addict can detox, get their life together, move on, and possibly never have to face that scary low point in their lives ever again (hypothetically).



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