What made you write a book about fad, bad and good diets?

I speak with so many people who’ve been on many fad diets with no long-term weight-loss result. Unfortunately, there are so many diets out there that are appealing to people because of the “quick fix” possibility. But a lot of these weight-loss plans aren’t healthy for us. As a dietitian, this bothers me. Maintaining a healthy weight can help us live longer lives. It’s my professional mission to help people do just that. So I wrote Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off! to explain what many of the most popular diets out there involve and if they can be harmful to our health. I then provide my reader with a healthy eating plan for life and answer the questions so many of us have on how to stay on the good nutrition...

How did you do research for your book?

As a practicing dietitian doing clinical and health education work, I drew a lot from my own knowledge and personal and professional experiences for my bestselling book, Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off! I researched all of the diets I discuss in my book. And I’m one of those people who like to look at the physical book, so I had quite the stack of research! In addition to the various diet and medical books I referenced, I reviewed numerous scientific studies in journals and kept tabs on all of the different newspapers and medical websites for pertinent information. It was a very thorough and exhaustive research...

Are carrots a starchy vegetable?

Carrots are a maligned veggie. They are nonstarchy, which means they’re much lower in carbohydrates than starchy veggies like corn, peas, beans, potatoes, parsnips, pumpkin and winter squash. Nonstarchy veggies can take up half our plate. Starchy veggies and other starchy foods should only take up...

Do high fiber foods have added fiber?

To be labeled a “high fiber” food, a product must have at least 5 grams or more of fiber. This may involve adding in more fiber into the item such as extra bran or another fiber source. For example, some high fiber cereals or breads may have added fiber. But either way, I’m fine with that. Whole grains are good for you. They have B vitamins, protein, some minerals and, of course, fiber. Fiber can help keep us regular, lower cholesterol, manage blood sugar and keep us full. Aim for 21 to 38 grams of fiber a day. Consult with your healthcare provider about your individual...