Dr. Ann

Steel Cut Oats (I love the Coach’s Oats  “cracked and toasted” brand in a large bag from Costco) Black Rice (I buy the large bag of Village Harvest brand, or whatever offered, from Costco) Quinoa (I buy the large bag of Organic Quinoa from Costco) Basmati Brown Rice (Organic 10 lb. bag from Costco) Dried […]

Padding your dishes with extra veggies is a proven means to reduce caloric intake while boosting nutrient intake. Here are some simple ways to take advantage: Shred veggies (or buy them already shredded) carrots, zucchini, cabbage, broccoli, etc. and add to meatloaf, spaghetti sauce, lasagna, and baked goods like muffins. Add canned pumpkin or canned […]

According to the scientific data, the long term success of “diets” for weight loss is truly abysmal. In fact, “dieting” has been identified as a risk factor for future weight gain.  A report in Psychosomatic Medicine provides a viable explanation for these discouraging findings. For the first time in humans, researchers documented that restricting calories […]

              Wild, organic blueberries or mixed berries A variety of bulk raw nuts Fresh frozen fish Packaged spinach Packaged peas Packaged shelled edamame Packaged organic chicken breast and thighs Frozen butter beans 100% whole grain corn tortillas Ground flax seed  

Fiber has a long list of health benefits. Here are the best ways to get more of this special compound in your daily diet. Consume as many fruits and veggies as possible. The superstars for fiber content include berries (raspberries #1), snow peas, apples, canned tomato products, pumpkin, cauliflower, avocado, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, Brussels […]

Vitamin D is a critically important nutrient for optimal health. Here is my best advice for achieving and maintaining a healthy blood level. Get regular prudent, SAFE sun exposure. Even a few minutes a day with arms and /or legs exposed in warmer months will suffice. Regularly consume foods containing vitamin D—oily fish like salmon […]

Although they quite literally bring us to tears, the organosulfur phytochemicals unique to onions and the other members of the allyl food group (garlic, leeks, chives, and scallions) are truly medicinal in their power to protect our health. Red onions are the true superstar standout of this bunch however, as they are uniquely high in […]

In one of the most uplifting studies I have reviewed, researchers reported that as little as a few minutes of physical activity in the great outdoors provides a significant mental lift. In the evaluation, which included over 1,100 people of all ages and genders, scientists determined that just 5 minutes of “green exercise” (physical activity in […]

  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 […]

The diminutive, yet all-powerful blueberry is a true work horse in terms of fortifying wellness and this report gives us yet another reason to include them regularly in our diets – maintaining an abundance of healthy bacteria in our colons. There has been an explosion of research highlighting that the types and amounts of bacteria […]

Unfortunately the standard American diet (SAD for short) is woefully deficient in fiber – an undigestible form of plant-carbohydrate that we now know plays a huge role in broad spectrum disease protection including promoting gastrointestinal health, aiding in maintenance of a healthy body weight along with reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, many cancers and […]

Prolonged sitting has been aptly dubbed “the new smoking” with a compelling and growing pile of data linking it to premature disease and death. Thanks to a new analysis, scientists have identified what appears to be an effective antidote—a reasonable dose of daily exercise. For this study researchers monitored the activity levels of over 44,000 […]