Dr. Ann

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE LIST What are the “healthy” Costco foods? Fortunately, there are lots of great-for-you healthy choices. In fact, many are exceptional, and I am delighted to share them with you. (And please note: I have zero commercial relationships with any brands.) Print Dr. Ann’s popular “Costco Love List” to learn all […]

They may be the most diminutive of all fruits, but berries’ health-boosting, anti-aging credentials are astounding! Past studies have shown that berries’ potent one-two punch of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power is especially protective for an aging brain. Scientists have identified yet another berry brain benefit. Reporting at the American Chemical Society Meeting, scientists determined that […]

Are you a java lover? If you love your morning cup of coffee, you’ll love this news. Coffee is on a roll with yet another powerful study extolling its health virtues. The results of the largest study to date examining the relationship between drinking coffee and heart disease, as well as the risk of death, […]

Did you know eating more fiber can help protect from dementia? That’s right–you can eat to avoid dementia. More fiber, less dementia! This was the encouraging conclusion of a new study measuring fiber intake and dementia status.  For the study, scientists followed the fiber intake and dementia status of 3,739 adults aged 40-64 for a […]

What is Time Restricted Eating and how do you do it? Today’s tip actually fits directly into the “eat real food” directive, but it also has benefits for the other directives, namely “nurture your microbiome”, “join me in moving daily”, and “yes to restorative sleep”.  And that would be the exciting topic of Time Restricted Eating, “TRE” for […]

Cheerfulness helps maintain a sharp mind as we age. That was the uplifting conclusion from scientists at Northwestern University who monitored the emotional states and memory of aging adults over an extended period. Using a scientifically validated questionnaire, 991 middle-age and older adults reported on their emotional status in the previous 30 days on three […]

Buy your starch staples in volume. There is always superior “value in volume,” and the starches I recommend are some of the very best nutritional buys of the entire grocery store, going for as little as 10 cents per serving. Choose the biggest bags or containers available for your brown rice oatmeal dried beans quinoa […]

There is widespread scientific consensus that dining out increases the risk of eating excess calories and well-conducted studies confirm it. According to a comprehensive evaluation by USDA researchers, here is what you can expect in terms of extra calories when you choose to eat foods away from home. Each additional meal or snack consumed outside […]

Exercising at any point in the day is great, but here are some reasons getting your movement in early may be best: It begins the day on a positive “healthy” note that can set the tone for the rest of the day. It provides an opportunity to tackle and fully complete an activity critical for […]

Ginger is a superstar spice, especially for its anti-inflammatory power. Here are easy ways to eat more of it! Use fresh ginger root to add flavorful intrigue to your dishes. Chop or grate it into sauces, salad dressings, or right on top of your salad, poultry or seafood. Snack on candied ginger or make it […]

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 […]