Dr. Ann

Healthy Eating & Nutrition


4 Major Nutritional No-No’s

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 excessive […]

Metabolism is the process by which your body uses fuel provided by foods you eat to produce energy at the cellular level. Of all the things you could do to ensure a healthy, robust metabolism – nothing is more effective than regular physical activity. The reason is simple – exercise can enhance metabolism through four […]

Normally, white potatoes are on my list of forbidden foods because of their high glycemic response (which means they send your glucose levels up high and fast because of their rapid and easy digestibility). If you have a craving for them, here are 4 simple strategies that you can use to turn this high glycemic […]

There are now a host of milk alternatives available in the standard grocer including oat milk, rice milk, coconut milk, and almond milk, among others. Although these “milk alternatives” can be a convenient substitute for those who cannot drink cow’s milk or soy milk, they are comparatively nutritional weaklings, particularly in their protein content. 1% […]

  If you want more life, eat more fruits and veggies, especially veggies! That is the conclusion from a large study that followed the eating habits of over 65,000 British adults over a 12-year period. Study subjects who consumed the most fruits and veggies, in this case seven or more servings a day, were 42 percent less likely […]

Cabbage is one of the healthiest vegetables nature has given us. It is super low in calories and filled with cancer-fighting agents called isothiocyanates. Purple cabbage has the added benefit of anthocyanin pigments that quiet inflammation too. Here is one of my favorite recipes for this amazing veggie: Black Skillet Red Cabbage Serves 6 This is […]

Thank you for your interest in learning more about my upcoming  Weigh Less for Life MASTER CLASS! We’ll be in touch with course details in the coming weeks. With tons of excitement, Dr. Ann

Consuming optimal amounts of omega 3 fats relative to omega 6 fats is vitally important for brain health. And because brain health is EVERYTHING – I urge you to take advantage of the advice that follows to keep these two fats in a healthy balance. Tragically, the average American consumes about 20 times more omega […]

According to an uplifting study that puts a healthy spin on “mind over matter,” simply ‘thinking’ of yourself as a healthy eater can make it a reality. For this study scientists were interested in testing the concept of ‘self as doer’, which links personal identity with behaviors. Meaning, the more a person mentally identifies himself […]

Soluble fiber is great for you! This indigestible form of plant carbohydrate has many health benefits including lowering cholesterol, stabilizing insulin and glucose levels, promoting satiety, and protecting against belly fat accumulation. Here are the foods that provide the most soluble fiber: Beans (any variety) Peas Barley Flax seeds Chia seeds Oats Oat Bran Avocado Carrots […]

Although it contains “sugar,” molasses also provides an impressive array of “healthy” goodies that give it a huge nutritional edge over other sweeteners. This bold and robust natural sweetener is chock full of health-boosting antioxidants and minerals. A single tablespoon provides over 35% of the daily value for manganese and copper and about 20% of […]

A great way to steer away from eating unhealthy foods is to keep them out of your home! Studies show “out of sight, out of mind” really works. On the contrary, having healthy foods readily visible increases consumption. Here are a few staples that can always be found in my fridge. Not only are they incredible […]

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 […]