Dr. Ann

Healthy Eating & Nutrition


Where Trans Fats Typically Hide

Although trans fats are much less common in processed foods than in years past, they still haunt our food supply. Here are the foods that most commonly contain them. Many are kids’ favorites—so beware! Frozen pizzas Cookies Pie Crusts Microwave popcorn Stick margarine Cake mixes and frostings Pancake and waffle mixes Frozen dinners Refrigerated and […]

February 8, 2017 • Fitness

Move to Quiet Inflammation

If you want a quick, easy and super-healthy way to douse the fire of inflammation in your body, get up and move. According to a new study from the University of California, San Diego, it seems even a small amount of physical activity delivers a significant anti-inflammatory punch. For this investigation, scientists had 47 study […]

Boosting metabolism, lifting mood, decreasing pain, and now living longer—those are some of the health accolades that have been tied to eating hot peppers. For this latest study, scientists analyzed chili pepper intake in over 16,000 Americans followed for up to 23 years. They then compared the study subject’s chili pepper intake to their risk […]

Chronic stress is an underappreciated, yet powerful driver of pathologic weight gain. Chronic stress is a potent driver of ‘toxic’ fat accumulation, and the stress hormone cortisol is the biochemical culprit.  When we experience persistent, daily stress over months to years, cortisol levels rise abnormally high and remain chronically elevated.  This leads to weight gain, […]

Diverticulitis is considered a disease tied to modern living, and it has become increasingly more common, particularly in younger adults. Avoiding processed foods, eating an abundance of plant-based foods, controlling your weight, and being physically active are additional steps to reduce your risks of this painful GI condition.   Join us Friday, March 3rd at […]

According to an evaluation by Consumer Labs, all of the following brands of extra virgin olive oil passed across all tested parameters, including freshness, purity, and flavor. Those that are starred were noted to be the lowest cost/best value brands. Best Brands of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (in no particular order) Whole Foods 365* California […]

The only type of yogurt I recommend is plain and I recently discovered a delicious and healthy way to sweeten it. Take 1/3 to ½ of a diced ripe banana and microwave for 30-40 seconds. This softens it making it really easy to quickly blend into your yogurt and significantly boosts its natural sweet flavor. Try it – it […]

January 26, 2017 •

Energy Balls Recipe

These delectable, ridiculously healthy goodies are just chock full of nutrients particularly beneficial for energy production at the cellular level, as well as for boosting blood flow. I enjoy having one as a light breakfast prior to my morning workout or after lunch as a treat that keeps me energized throughout the afternoon. Be sure […]

How does this method of cooking vegetables make them so epically delicious? Roasting vegetables naturally concentrates their inherent sweetness and flavor, while taming their bitter essence that can be a turnoff to many palates. Trust me – a roasted veggie has an entirely different flavor profile than a steamed one! If you’re a parent with […]

  If you enjoy munching on almonds, I have some great news for you. A significant portion of their calories are not absorbed into your body after you eat them! Meaning, they actually have less calories than their package label claims. Past studies have indicated that some of the fats in nuts (due to their […]

According to a fascinating new study, it looks like sunshine may be a robust immune booster. Past studies have already demonstrated the importance of the “sunshine vitamin,” Vitamin D, for immune function, but this new study identified an entirely different way that sunshine can activate immune cells. Specifically, scientists found that exposure to the sun’s […]

If you are looking for a tasty, healthy, and highly effective way to quiet your hunger and eat less—look to beans. In a hot-off-the-press, placebo-controlled clinical trial that pitted bean-based meals head to head with meat-based meals, beans came out on top. For this study, investigators fed 43 young men three different test meal burgers, […]

Past studies have suggested that artificial sweeteners may actually work against our efforts to lose weight. Now, Harvard researchers may have uncovered why. In a series of laboratory experiments, the researchers found that aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) actually blocked an enzyme called intestinal AP that plays an important role in maintaining normal metabolic function. When this […]