It’s a brand new year, which means a new opportunity to revamp old eating habits. This year, rather than setting lofty food goals or worse, starting a diet, why not try something a bit more sustainable and hopefully more fun: incorporating more whole foods into your meals. Whole food, noun, a food that has been [...]
When you think of wellness, do you think of merely food and fitness? Are you an avid exerciser like me, yet your bedroom closet is a complete mess and your finances could be a little better? Or, instead, do you focus only on nutrition and budgets because you feel you have no time to exercise [...]
Nothing beats the feeling of giving someone we love a gift they treasure. If you are lacking a bit of imagination this holiday season and all you can come up with are the usual wallet, pair of holiday-themed socks, or scented candle, why not tackle your gift list with homemade food ideas. Homemade food gifts [...]
Do you have someone who is difficult to shop for? Consider giving them gift of healthy eating! Most people love fun kitchen gadgets that spice up the sometimes mundane nighttime ritual of cooking dinner. Below you’ll find a variety of fun gift ideas paired with foods, recipes, and recommendations. With a new year just around the corner, we couldn’t [...]
Conchitas a la parmesana. Sudado de pescado. Lomo saltado. I had never heard of these dishes until a few years ago. I was completely unaware of what, in recent years, has been defined one of the best cuisines in the world, until I met my half-Peruvian husband and explored Peru for the first time. I [...]
Continuing research shows that micro biome (the trillions of tiny microbes in our digestive tract) has a huge impact on our metabolism, immune system, inflammation in our bodies, cravings, and diseases affecting overall health and well-being. The biome lines our digestive tract like a protective film. When the biome is healthy, it provides a protective [...]
Early this week, The Whole U partnered with UW Medical Center Registered Dietitian, Charlotte Furman, to offer a seminar discussing the current research on inflammation – including associated diseases, the role of the gut microbiome, and the influence of our food choices. As the new nutrition intern for the Whole U (and a public health [...]
Here at The Whole U, we love talking about eating well. But talking about something is completely different than being able to do it regularly. I cannot count the number of times I have solely consumed pizza for three days (yes, that actually happened more than once), but one thing is for sure: it’s not [...]
The Danish national custom for Smørrebrød, which means “buttered bread” is simply an open faced sandwich, eaten with a knife and fork. It’s hard to pronounce in English, but most agree that it’s close to smor-rebrod or smuhr–bruth. Smørrebrød came into being with the onset of factory production in Denmark; unable to return home for lunch, workers started to bring food with them in the form of these little open faced sandwiches, utilizing leftovers from the previous night’s meal.
In the first article of this two-part series on sugar, we looked at the history and science of natural sweeteners. Sugar is an energy source, so it burns off easily in moderate doses — less than 10 teaspoons a day, says the American Heart Association — but most of us consume way more than that. This surplus sugar often sticks around in our bodies, enlisting in the fat reserves instead of the energy infantry. But what if we could stop sugar from sticking around?
It's probably better to skip dessert, you tell yourself as the waiter brings the check, but let's just take a peek at the menu. Soon you're three spoonfuls into a bowl of vanilla ice cream, and there's a triple-fudge brownie waiting patiently for your attention. You smile in delight with each bite, then twinge with regret for your poor belly. Months from now you'll curse yourself as you sink into a dentist's chair and grasp an armrest with trembling fingers.
As a dietitian working in the cancer unit, my patients are often very interested in nutrition. The topic of organic food stirs up a lot of questions: Should they shop organic after being diagnosed with cancer? Should they transition to an all-organic diet to stay healthy and reduce the risk of relapse moving forward? Why opt for organic in the first place? The popularity of organic foods is rising, and now almost all supermarkets have a wide variety of organic selections. Organic food categories vary: 100% organic, made with organic ingredients, etc. It can be confusing even for a dietitian. Let’s explore what the labels mean.