Dr. Ann

Healthy Living


Eat Fish for a Longer Life

As proteins go, fish appears to be a winner for adding life to your years and years to your life. In a study that followed the diets and health status of over 421,000 adults over a 16-year period, those consuming the most fish and long-chained omega 3-fats (healthy fats unique to seafood) were significantly less […]

September 2, 2018 • Heart Health

BPA and Blood Pressure

 The alarm bells for exposure to BPA have been getting louder over that past few years, and higher blood pressure may indeed be another cause for concern. BPA is a compound found in some plastics as well as the liners used for most canned foods and beverages. Although a definitive verdict on BPA exposure and health is […]

I consider wild salmon the healthiest protein on the planet and thankfully this megastar superfood is always conveniently available right from the can. Salmon is a fantastic source of B vitamins, magnesium, and selenium, but is most prized for its rich supply of omega 3 fats and vitamin D. In fact, salmon is one of just a very small handful of foods that naturally contains […]

Although science has been lacking, my instincts have always told me that sunlight has health benefits well beyond its profoundly important role of providing the body with vitamin D. And now we have some concrete, proof-of-principle data to support my health intuition. For this evaluation, researchers from the University of Edinburgh monitored the blood pressure […]

A growing body of science is implicating sleep deprivation as a key, “non-food” environmental factor in the current obesity epidemic.  The less we sleep, the more we eat and the more visceral fat (the deadly type) we accumulate.  In a study conducted with 12 healthy young men, French researchers found that when study subjects got […]

August 27, 2018 • Weight Control

How to Stop Cravings

In an intriguing, landmark report published in the prestigious journal, Science, scientists discovered that simply thinking about eating a food can diminish your appetite for it.  It seems counterintuitive, but when study subjects mentally visualized or imagined eating a particular food (in this study M&M’s ), they subsequently ate significantly less of it relative to […]

Learn to jack up the healthfulness and flavor of your meals using these quick and easy techniques! Here are 10 simple ways to dramatically boost the nutrition and flavor of your dishes in less than 10 seconds. 1.  Add 1-2 TBS of toasted wheat germ or shelled hemp seeds (hemp kernels) to your morning cereal, oatmeal, […]

Cheap, convenient and oh-so-tasty, black beans are the cream of the bean crop. These black beauties have megawatt nutritional goodness including a whopping dose of very “filling” fiber and protein, a full spectrum of minerals, loads of B-vitamins, and antioxidant power that rivals red grapes and cranberries. Enjoy them canned, fresh, frozen, or dried. Dr. […]

A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition adds to the ever-growing list of modern-day chronic diseases linked to the regular consumption of high glycemic (rapidly digested) carbs like white potatoes, white bread, sugar, and sweets.    In a study involving over 4,000 subjects aged 55 to 80, those who consumed the highest glycemic diets […]

My daughter Lucie loves baking healthy treats. Here are some great tips we’ve both adopted for healthier – and wildly delicious – baking: Substitute canola oil for shortening, stick margarine or butter. Canola oil/butter blends also acceptable. Use ground flax seeds, ground nuts or prepared all natural nut butters in place of bad fats (butter, […]

Following the resounding affirmation of the failure of low-fat diets to provide health benefits, investigators from the massive Women’s Health Initiative Study report that this boring style of eating is also ineffective for lowering cholesterol levels.  Women in the low-fat arm of this mammoth clinical trial did not experience any favorable changes in their blood lipid […]

Not all salads require lettuce. Here is a great recipe for one of my favorite No-Lettuce Salads: Ingredients Serves 4 to 6 -1 red bell pepper, chopped -1 yellow bell pepper, chopped -1 seeded, peeled cucumber, chopped -10 baby carrots, diced -1 avocado, diced -½ to ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese -EVOO (Extra virgin olive oil) […]

Make a delicious breakfast that will keep your stomach (and your brain!) happy all day. If you want optimal appetite control over the course of the day, be sure to include a nice dose of healthy protein with your breakfast meal. My top picks for healthy breakfast proteins include: Raw or roasted nuts Nut butters – […]