Dr. Ann

Healthy Eating & Nutrition


The Power of Onions + Amazing Cabbage Salad Recipe

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 […]

To improve your appetite control during the morning hours, choose a bowl of oatmeal over a ready-to-eat breakfast cereal. In a carefully conducted head-to-head study, researchers noted that eating a calorically equivalent bowl of prepared oatmeal resulted in greater fullness and less hunger during the following four hours relative to eating a bowl of breakfast […]

In a first of its kind study, researchers found that even those with a high genetic risk were significantly less likely to develop dementia if they followed a healthy lifestyle. For this study, researchers analyzed data from over 196,000 European adults aged 60 and older who were followed up to eight years. Each study subject […]

Nature as the best kept secret to better health scores again! This time as a simple way to reduce cravings. Past studies have shown that exercising in Nature quiets cravings, so scientists were curious if the same would occur if the exercise component was removed. To investigate, scientists had study subjects fill out detailed surveys […]

Consuming sugary beverages, including 100% fruit juice, may boost your risk of developing cancer. That was the eye-opening conclusion of a new study from France. For this evaluation, scientists followed the diets and cancer incidence of 101,257 healthy French adults for up to 9 years. Over the course of the study, 2,193 first cases of […]

Eating “ultra-palatable” foods with any regularity. Foods high in fat and/or sugar and salt can directly stimulate the brain’s pleasure centers predisposing to food addiction and chronic loss of appetite control. The worst offenders are traditional fast foods, along with ice cream, cookies, pastries, cake, donuts, and other sweets/desserts. Using fat-free salad dressings. Most are […]

Eat 1 ounce (a generous handful) of any variety of nut each day. Enjoy up to 1/3 of an avocado daily. Include ½ cup or more of any variety of beans (canned best) daily. Choose a small piece (up to 1 ounce) of high quality dark chocolate as your daily treat of choice. Did you […]

One of the most spectacular scientific advancements of the past 2 decades has been the realization that we have enormous personal power and control over whether or not we will develop chronic disease.  Thankfully, cancer is no exception to this awesome biological reality.  Based on the latest evidence, about 60% of all cancers could be […]

  In an eye-opening study that puts a whole new spin on sleep and wellbeing, investigators found that improving sleep quality over time boosts health and happiness on par with winning the lottery! For this study researchers followed the sleep patterns of 30,500 UK adults for a period of four years. Study subjects who reported […]

Eating for pleasure and eating to make your heart healthier tomorrow than it is today can go hand in hand. Here are 7 easy ways to do it: Extra Virgin Olive Oil– This highly flavored, for real make-me-healthier fat provides four separate benefits to your arteries – making it hands down the very best oil for your […]

Shake, shake—that may be all it takes to turn up fat burning. Past studies have linked cinnamon to healthier metabolism so a curious group of scientists decided to dig a bit deeper. For this study, they exposed the fat cells taken from a broad range of study subjects, including those of various weights and health […]

If you want to improve your shut-eye and brighten your spirits, losing a little weight may do the trick. In an uplifting report, researchers found that losing as little as 5% of existing body weight was enough to improve sleep quality and mood in overweight study subjects. For the study, scientists assigned 390 obese adults […]

I am a big believer in simple visuals for staying on track with healthy eating and was thrilled when the USDA adopted the “My Plate” icon to replace the confusing and essentially useless “food pyramid.” When I sit down to order a meal, I always aspire to create the “perfect plate” – with one-half of […]