Dr. Ann

May 26, 2021 •

More Greens, More Strength

Popeye was right. Consuming leafy greens appears to strengthen our muscles! In a study that followed the diets and physical status of 3,759 men and women over a 12-year period, those consuming the most dietary nitrate, a compound abundant in leafy greens, exhibited significantly greater strength of the lower extremities relative to those consuming the least.  These […]

May 26, 2021 •

Make Room for Mushrooms

Make room for more mushrooms! That was the upshot of a large review study examining the relationship between eating mushrooms and cancer risk. The review included 17 previously published studies encompassing over 19,500 study subjects. The results? In study subjects consuming the most mushrooms (around 18 grams a day or a small handful), cancer risk […]

Eating an anti-inflammatory diet is one of the surest ways to guard and protect your health and vitality. Thankfully, there is a long, delicious list of inflammation-busting foods on the menu. Foods are in no particular order. All dark leafy greens – dark lettuce greens, collards, Swiss chard, spinach, etc. Avocados Tomatoes, tomato paste Carrots […]

Here are some great tips to navigate the grocery store so you can walk out with the best foods to eat right for life! –Ignore the dizzying array (60 plus varieties!) of flavored and specialty yogurts now complicating the yogurt aisle and limit your selections to the one and only truly healthy yogurt—low- fat or […]

Butternut Squash Soup This is a fabulous Sunday night soup for the cooler months. Ingredients 3 lbs butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2 in chunks 1 large onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 4+ cups chicken or vegetable broth 1 1/2 […]

Serves 8 This is a dish you can feel great about enjoying…especially while on a weight loss journey. Everyone – even small children – loves it! Watch the video below to see how I make it at home. ♡ Ingredients 2 cans black beans (GOYA best), rinsed 1 small can shoe peg corn, rinsed 1 bunch of fresh cilantro, […]

Thanks to my dear friend, Pringle Franklin, I had the opportunity to join her and Father Nicholas Amato, author, speaker, and retreat leader, to discuss the spiritual richness of Centering Prayer and the fruits you can expect. This video was filmed at Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery near Charleston, S.C. Thank you to the brothers 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 […]

Roasting is arguably the easiest and tastiest way to prepare your veggies. It preserves their nutrients while concentrating their natural sugars and flavors, which makes them particularly yummy to even the pickiest palates.   Watch the video here! Roasting also shrinks them in size (because it removes their water), making it easier to consume more […]

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The single most powerful influence you have on your microbiome, the “good” bacteria in your gut, is to “feed it” properly! The beneficial bacteria in your GI tract thrive on the fiber present in the plant-based foods you eat. Meaning, they are strictly vegan! In contrast, bad bacteria, which compete with the good and promote […]

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