Dr. Ann

Healthy Eating & Nutrition


Tips for Mindfulness in Eating

Learning to be mindful during eating is a proven means to eat less (in some studies up to 50% less!) and at the same time reduce stress while improving the pleasure of the dining experience. Here are the best ways to incorporate the proven power of mindfulness into your daily eating. Reserve eating just for […]

Learning to be mindful during eating is a proven means to eat less (in some studies up to 50% less!) and at the same time reduce stress while improving the pleasure of the dining experience. Here are the best ways to incorporate the proven power of mindfulness into your daily eating. Reserve eating just for […]

Caution! Yo-yo dieting may come with grave risks. That was the conclusion of a new study. For this study, researchers followed the weight and health status of 3,768 adults for a period of 16 years. Study subjects who exhibited the greatest fluctuations in body weight (a telltale marker for going on and off diets) were […]

Woohoo! Exercise compares to prescription drugs for lowering blood pressure. It is well-established that physical activity can lower blood pressure, but there have never been formal trials to pit one against the other. To get around this, researchers combined the results of 194 clinical trials assessing drugs for blood pressure and 197 trials looking at […]

In a highly informative and rigorous, new evaluation, scientists identified a small handful of nutrients that appear to be integral for optimal brain power. They began by selecting 32 nutrients common to the Mediterranean Diet because of this diet’s strong association in past studies with less dementia risk. Then they measured levels of these nutrients […]

There is now overwhelming evidence that diet has a profound influence on the risk of colon cancer and eating the right foods appears to be a simple way to safeguard your colon health. According to California researchers, brown rice, legumes, green vegetables, and dried fruit should regularly make their way onto your plate if you […]

In the scientific literature, processed meats repeatedly rear their notorious heads as powerful cancer promoters.  Thanks to the researchers from Harvard’s School of Public Health, we have a large-scale review of how processed meats impact the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Investigators evaluated about 1,600 studies, including over a million study subjects and concluded that eating […]

In a heart warming study that provided more stunning evidence for the profound influence a healthy lifestyle can have on cardiac risk, Harvard researchers identified 4 factors we can count on to keep our tickers ticking. In this evaluation, scientist followed a whopping 81,722 women over a 26 year period of time. Study subjects who […]

  Here are the superstar foods that are always available in my pantry: Almond butter Organic quinoa A variety of canned and dried beans Canned red sockeye salmon I buy all of these in bulk at Costco! Check out this video to see some of my other favorites: Invest in your people. License one of […]

Like its other nut relatives, walnuts score a perfect 10 when it comes to protecting the cardiovascular system, but this big nut is a winner on numerous fronts.  In the last several years, studies have shown that walnuts likely provide protection against breast cancer, prostate cancer, dementia, macular degeneration and even stress. As nuts go, walnuts […]

Enjoy this delicious and healthy recipe for Berry Crumble! Healthy Blueberry Crumble Serves 6 My family loves this dessert for Sunday night! It’s filled with anti-oxidants.  Ingredients 6 cups berries of choice, frozen or fresh ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tsp. cinnamon, divided 2/3 cup whole-wheat flour ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats […]

One of the most common questions I get from consumers is “should I buy organic?” The answer ultimately rests with your pocket book, your feelings towards the environment, and your comfort with pesticide exposure.  Here are the “organic facts” based on the best science to guide you in making an informed decision. Choosing organic is […]

A clinical trial from the University of Exeter reported that we can eat our way to more energy with the venerable beet.  (Journal of Applied Physiology, August 09.)  The 8 young males in the study who consumed beet juice for 8 consecutive days prior to cycling on an exercise bike were able to cycle up […]