The 3:4 Diet?

What do you think of the 3:4 diet? Eating low calories for 4 days, higher calories for 3 days? I don’t recommend fad type diets. Nor do I recommend going below 1200 calories per day without medical supervision. Why not just employ healthy eating habits every...

Benefits of Health and Wellness?

What are the benefits of health and wellness? There are many benefits of a health and wellness program. These include managing any existing diseases that you may have, helping ward off other diseases/conditions, overall well-being and improved quality of life. What’s better than...

Managing Weight for Hypothyroidism?

I have hypothyroidism, can I still lose weight? You can manage your weight with hypothyroidism. It may be more challenging but not impossible. I recommend having adequate calories. Females should aim for about 1200 to 1500 calories per day. This is a generalization, as calorie needs depend on a lot of things like weight, height, gender, physical activity levels, certain disease states/conditions and more. To manage weight I always recommend the healthy plate method in which one-half of the plate is non-starchy veggies, one-quarter of the plate is starch and the other quarter is lean protein. Fruit and low fat/nonfat dairy are on the placemat. It’s important to monitor portion size, prepare food in a healthy manner, not skip meals and not drink your calories. I also recommend engaging in exercise a minimum of 30 minutes most days of the week. For weight loss, 60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week is...

Birthday Bash

Friday was my birthday. And while I’ve enjoyed quite a few of them as the years have swept swiftly by, I, as always, enjoyed my special day. I’m a firm believer in that we should celebrate ourselves. And we’re never too old for birthdays. Why is it that so many of us stop making a big deal out of ourselves, our accomplishments and our milestones? I know we can all tick of the reasons. It’s all about the lives we live. There are often so many complications, commitments and concerns that can consume us. We have people and pets to take care of. Many of us have jobs to do and homes to maintain. Financial problems, medical conditions and other issues can also distract us. But to me, these are all the reasons that we need to pamper ourselves from time to time. It’s just what the doctor (or in my case the dietitian) ordered. This year I didn’t go all out for my birthday, although I sometimes do. Party buses, weekend getaways and themed extravaganzas aren’t strangers to me. But because it wasn’t one of the classic important birthday years, I opted for something much less extravagant. My husband and I treated ourselves to several meals at favorite restaurants and a couple of movies to boot. It was fabulous. Mostly it was just spending time with someone I love, relaxing and doing things that I enjoy. And part of it was eating out and enjoying some of my favorite foods. I always tell the patients that I see that it’s important to eat nutritious meals most of the...

Is Subway food unhealthy?

Is Subway bad for you? I recommend that you stick with a 6-inch sub and not include the pickles which are high in sodium. Add a package of their apple slices and their small low fat/non fat yogurt.