You’ve said that a serving size of avocado is 1/8th of it, or two tablespoons. I can eat a whole avocado at one sitting. Two level tablespoons is impossible.

I know it can be hard to cut back on some of our favorite food items. I get it. And two level tablespoons of avocado can seem quite small compared to the whole avocado. But while avocado is a healthy monounsaturated fat, it’s high in calorie. So size does matter. But this is what I tell people. Any change is better than no change. Perhaps in the case of avocado, why not start with only eating half? Then continue to work your way down to the recommended serving...

What’s the difference between white bread and wheat bread?

Fiber. Unless it’s been fortified, most white breads, pastas, rice and other grains have been stripped of it. And that’s not a good thing for most of us. Unless you’ve been told to limit fiber intake, we should get between 21 to 38 grams of fiber each day. Fiber helps keep us regular, can lower cholesterol, manage blood sugar and keep us full. That’s fantastic. Besides whole grains, brown rice, pasta, breads, etc., fruits and veggies also have fiber. So enjoy these healthy foods. But if you’re not getting a lot of fiber in your diet currently, don’t double your fiber intake overnight. Your colon will be happy, but you most likely won’t be. So add fiber slowly and drink sufficient amounts of...

Brain Power

I’ve been teaching a nutrition class for senior adults for over seven years. We meet once a week. The majority of attendees have come to the class since it began. It’s awesome. We cover a lot of topics from diabetes to hypertension to stress management and kidney disease. But of late, a big topic of conversation has been memory loss and dementia. As we age, normal memory lapses can occur. Many of us have gone through it. Episodes of forgetting where we put our car keys, or an item on your mental “to do” list are normal. I’ve even from time to time called one of my dogs by the other one’s name, and even called my husband by one of my two dog’s names. They’re Murray and Phil, so they’re human male names. So it’s not as bad as it sounds. It’s not like I’ve called him Rover or Spot! What I tell my clients is that it’s always important to stimulate our brains. This is true at any age. So what can we do to help keep us sharp? Here are some tips: • Exercise regularly. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. In addition to aerobic activities, add in strength and flexibility exercises several days a week as well. • Eat a healthy balanced diet. Enjoy fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, lean protein (limit red meat) and appropriate low fat or nonfat dairy servings. • Eat your colors and make sure to add in blueberries or other dark berries in your diet. • Include fish in your diet at...

Do you write every day?

I don’t write every day. I teach health and nutrition classes, counsel clients and speak at a variety of venues, so some days it’s too busy to carve out writing time.