Dr. Ann

Onions are uniquely high in prebiotics, the special type of fiber that feeds the good bacteria in our guts. (Remember those good bacteria define your health destiny!) Onions are one of the richest sources of quercetin, a powerhouse phytochemical renowned for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power. Onions are almost calorie free, yet revered for their […]

In a recent head-to-head clinical trial that really grabbed my attention, a plant-based diet trounced its competitor for both superior weight loss and enhanced metabolic function. For this study scientists placed 74 diabetic subjects on one of two calorie-restricted diets for a period of six months.  One diet was plant-based consisting of fruits, vegetables, legumes, […]

  To dramatically reduce or even eliminate HCA’s, carcinogens that form on the surface of meats during grilling or broiling, season your meat prior with a liberal dose of black pepper and Italian Seasoning. (I love the big container of McCormick’s brand of Italian Seasoning from Costco.) Antioxidants in the herbs work in tandem with […]

  Breakfast is a delicious time of day and a great opportunity to pack in nutrients that can boost brain health, increase energy and set your whole day off on the right track. One of my favorite morning meals is a breakfast bowl that includes: 1 Scoop Plain Greek Yogurt 1/4 Cup Plain Kefir 1/2 Melted […]

No matter how you slice it, this thirst-quenching, low calorie treat is a reservoir of wholesome goodness. Watermelon is dripping in vitamins A and C that come along with a mother load of the awesome antioxidant lycopene. This terrific trio of nutrients qualifies this summer fruit as a champion food for both cancer protection and […]

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 – […]

Mushrooms are great for you! Super low in calories (20 calories per ½ cup), but high in key nutrients including B vitamins, copper, potassium, and selenium — it’s wise to get into the habit of including them regularly in your diet.  A little known fact is that mushrooms are particularly high in antioxidants. According to […]

Grilling is fun, easy, and tasty, but it may be hazardous to your health. Grilled meat, especially red meat, is a well-known source of 2 cancer-causing agents, namely heterocyclic amines (HCA’s) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH’s). HCA’s develop when the muscle proteins of meats are exposed to high heat. PAH’s form in the black, charred outer portions […]

According to a new report, this may indeed be the case. In an evaluation that included over 4,000 people who had their cognitive function tested as well as special scans performed of their brains, scientists found a strong link between downing sugary beverages and accelerated brain aging. Study subjects who reported they consumed two servings […]

Exercise most days — If you don’t accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity most days of the week you are virtually guaranteed to accumulate belly fat. And the more the better!  (I can always tell who is active and who is not active enough by looking at their bellies!) Eat an abundance of […]

In the world of health and wellness, fermented foods are trending – and for a great reason! they are not only fantastic for your health, they are absolutely delicious. One of my favorite ways to include fermented foods in my diet is to eat kefir. Kefir is a “drinkable yogurt” that offers all the goodness […]

Artichoke Hearts – Even right out of the can or jar, this drably colored veggie rivals berries with its supreme antioxidant power—providing 8 times more than oranges! They are also a great source of vitamin C and fiber, including a special form of fiber called inulin that nourishes the growth of the “good” bacteria in the […]