Is it okay to have dessert like cake or pie sometimes?

Absolutely. Just think of it as an every now and then treat. And don’t eat the whole cake or pie! Practice portion control. Also remember that diseases like diabetes which are affected by sweets don’t take a holiday. So it’s important to adhere to an appropriate diet the vast majority of the...

Should I weigh myself every day?

Studies have shown that people who weigh themselves daily may be better at keeping the weight off. But for some it may be counter-productive as our daily weight fluctuations may not reflect actual weight gain or loss. So for some, including myself, weighing once a week works best. I say do what fits your...

What’s BMI?

BMI stands for body mass index. It’s a height-to-weight ratio and is one indicator used to determine healthy weight. The equation is your weight in pounds divided by your height in inches squared. You then take this number and times it by 703. A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. But BMI doesn’t work for everyone. For example body builders and others who are very muscular may not be good candidates. So speak with your doctor about his or her thoughts on your...

Are canned vegetables bad for you?

A lot of canned veggies are loaded with sodium. So I recommend getting “no salt added” canned veggies if possible. These typically are as low in sodium as the fresh version. You can use herbs and spices to flavor them.

Is caffeine bad for you?

If you’re not pregnant or been told by your doctor not to have caffeine, moderate intake should be okay. Aim for no more than 250 mg a day, which equates to about two eight-ounce cups of coffee.