Ask Lisa

I get so many nutrition- and health-related questions through my Facebook page (Lisa Tillinger Johansen) and from my web site (www.fastfoodvindication.com). Thank you for sending them and I’m happy to answer them. As many of you already know, I’m making the effort to streamline the question/answer process. I now have a formal form on the main page ofwww.fastfoodvindication.com where you can type in your questions, comments, etc. and send them my way. Some of these questions and comments will be featured in my blog. Rest assured they will remain anonymous. Please keep in mind that when I answer your questions and discuss topics, I’m speaking from a general sense, not necessarily tailored to your specific needs. No worries though, I’m quite confident that you’ll find it helpful. We have a lot we can talk about. Typically the questions that I receive don’t include details about the individual asking them. So, it’s not like I’m at the hospital where I work with your chart in front of me and all of your diagnoses, past history, medications, weight, height, age and even gender available to me. So my responses and discussions aren’t specific to a certain person. It’s important to keep this in mind, because, for example, if you’ve been told by your doctor not to eat a certain food or ingredient, to limit/avoid or load up on a certain vitamin or mineral, not engage in some forms of physical activity, or anything else, please continue to do that until your doctor tells you otherwise. You may not have told me this, which means I’m operating in a vacuum, so please “marry”...

Feeding Our Feelings

I’m a dietitian. I’m a nutrition expert and I use this knowledge to help thousands of people every year on a variety of health issues. I know what I’m talking about and I’ve helped people make changes and achieve great results. But I’m also human. I also walk the talk. But while I make the healthiest food choices most of the time, sometimes I don’t. And yesterday was one of those days. I was a bit down yesterday. Not full blown depression, but a sense of melancholy enveloped me most of the day. This happens to all of us from time to time. There was just one major wrinkle for me. I’ve been known to stray from my nutritious diet when I get sad. I can often talk myself out of this counter-productive behavior, but yesterday I didn’t. And I had an aider and abettor, my husband. So many of us eat for reasons other than hunger. Do you? And if you do, what’s your trigger? For me it hits me when I’m blue and sometimes when I’m bored. Others eat when they’re stressed, or angry, or scared, or lonely, because the food is there, and more. But we should only eat because we’re hungry. By doing this, we can better manage our weight and our health. When we eat for reasons other than hunger, we often  aren’t eating salad. We’re eating things like donuts, ice cream, candy or french fries. Life has its way of putting obstacles in our paths. I liken them to hurdles that we must either find a way to walk around or jump over....

Less Than Zero

I tuned in to the Golden Globes tonight and I’m sure that I was like so many of us who enjoy watching the Hollywood elite work the red carpet. I love to see what everyone’s wearing, how their hair is styled and what jewelry they’re sporting. They look so handsome and beautiful. How awesome it would be to wear one of those stunning dresses, have my hair and make-up be expertly done and walk without tripping in those incredibly high heel shoes. And even better to have millions of people see me in this enviable state! I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has that daydream. But I also think about other things as I’m watching the actor parade. And what I find very interesting is what celebrities say in their interviews and onstage. I’m particularly keen on listening to their comments about what they eat, or in many cases what they don’t eat. Many of them talk about what they go through from a dietary standpoint to fit into their finery and look good on camera. And it appears that some may not eat balanced, healthy diets or adequate calories. The entertainment business can be a tough one in so many ways. And one of these is with regard to weight. It’s an industry where you almost can’t be too thin and where negative sizes, ones that are less than 0 actually exist. What health professionals consider a healthy weight can be considered practically obese in this world. Many actors are quite thin. Can we be too thin? The answer is yes. Carrying too little (or too much) weight on...

YOUR QUESTION COULD BE HERE!

I look forward to receiving your nutrition question. Please feel free to ask me any dietary type inquiries about a variety of things like diabetes management, cholesterol, hypertension, gout, irritable bowel, diets, different foods, weight management and more. If I choose your question to be posted on this web site, not only will you get my answer, you’ll also get a free e-reader version of my book FAST FOOD VINDICATION.  So if you’re 18 years or older, ask...

The Resolute Resolution

The ball has dropped, the bells have rung and we’ve found ourselves at the threshold of a brand spanking new year. It can be a giddy time, can’t it? We can shed off the past and reinvent ourselves. Our brains go into overdrive; our ambitions take front and center. We energetically and most emphatically decide to take the bull by the horns and decide the time to make changes has arrived. The resolution has come a’ knocking. Have you come up with some New Year’s resolutions yet? Have you already industriously embarked upon them? You’re not alone. According to the February 2013 issue of Eating Wellmagazine, 61% of adult in America have joined you. Does your resolution, or one of them, revolve around diet weight management? Eating Well also reports that a whopping one-third of people’s do. But here’s the question: how many New Year’s resolutions have you made over the years? If you’re like me, more than a few. So here’s another query: how many of those did you keep long term? If you’re like most, likely not many. We may have all the best intentions, but things don’t always go as planned. So, I aim to help out. Change can be hard and sustaining it can be even more difficult. But there are some things that we can do to make it easier. Here are some tips: You don’t have to make every change overnight. Pick a few things and start there. Then add more along the way. Write down your goals and be very specific. Writing things down is a very successful tool. Being specific helps keep us accountable....