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You're welcome, Denise! I'm always happy to learn that my posts are helpful. Keep the feedback coming!
Understanding hormones is extraordinarily complex. They are always in flux, changing with age, stress, diet, disease and medication, and they can cause a myriad of unpleasant symptoms, from migraines to numbing body aches to mood swings. Hormones can also conspire... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at The Voice of Reason
Always happy to provide helpful ideas. Thanks for your comments!
Content, content, content. That’s all you hear about these days. Certainly, content is great, but I strongly feel that quality content reigns supreme, especially when most of the incessant chatter on the ‘Net has become a noisy distraction. Frankly, I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2012 at The Voice of Reason
Good for you, Meredith! Keep up the great work, and don't hesitate to share any delicious recipes you've tried!
Thanks for your comment, Stan. Let me know what you think of the smoothie, and keep the feedback coming!
Our bodies produce something called pancreatic lipase (PL). It’s an important enzyme that helps us digest, having a special knack for breaking down fats. PL is secreted by the pancreas, and one of its main responsibilities is to help digest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2012 at The Voice of Reason
The coconut is fascinating. First, it’s really not a nut but a fruit, and no part of it is wasted. The outer fiber is used to make furniture, rugs and exfoliators; the fleshy, edible part of the coconut—high in protein,... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2012 at The Voice of Reason
Last year on this very day, I was exploring the fjords of Norway, hanging tight to the railing of a bobbing and rolling fishing vessel. Specifically, I was evaluating the safety and efficacy of farmed Norwegian Salmon. During my week... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at The Voice of Reason
Artichokes are among my favorite vegetables. Native to the Mediterranean—a region with one of the lowest rates of chronic disease—this vegetable is as versatile as it is nutritious. One large artichoke contains just 25 calories, no fat, 170 milligrams of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at The Voice of Reason
It’s National Nutrition Month, so there’s no better time than now to assess your diet. Are you packing the most nutrition into each of your meals? Choosing the foods you need to stay strong and healthy? This morning on Daytime,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at The Voice of Reason
What is protein? Do you really know? Stop for a moment, and think about it. Is it a nutrient found in the piece of fish you ate last night? An ingredient in the Greek yogurt you enjoy so much? A... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2012 at The Voice of Reason
The Grammy award-winning artist, K. d. Lang, said it best. “Constant craving has always been...” While Ms. Lang croons about the search for truth, those lyrics summarize exactly how you feel when it’s late afternoon, you’re starving… but you’re on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at The Voice of Reason
When I saw those terms, I was disappointed, too. But I can't say I was surprised. The more things change, the more they stay the same!
Thank you, Flex Belt, for your comment! I'm glad you found the story informative. I have to disagree with you, though, when it come to other fruit. Bananas, melons, peaches, pears and apples are nutritious food choices in their own right. The American Cancer Society recommends eating at least 2½ cups of fruits and vegetables each day to help lower cancer risk. These foods contain important vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants and are low in calories. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, only 1/3 of Americans eat two serving of fruit daily. Clearly, a more sustained and effective public health response is needed to help consumers understand that fruit can and should be part of a healthy diet and weight loss plan.
Last year, there were more than 1.5 billion visits to food and recipe websites, but despite much-professed “flavor and culinary trends,” the 10 most popular search words included - in descending order—cookies, chicken, chili, slow cooker, pork chops, salmon, meatloaf,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at The Voice of Reason
Between the middle of December and the beginning of January, I always take a break from blogging. While I love to write and do so for a living, stopping to reflect on the past and prognosticate about the future refreshes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at The Voice of Reason
Finding the perfect gift for that special someone in your life can be tough. You want to give something unique but practical, memorable but affordable, and you want it to be something they’d never get for themselves. With those criteria... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2011 at The Voice of Reason
The average American gains one to two pounds each holiday season and never loses that weight. So, how do you avoid that fate? By eating high-volume, low-calorie meals between holiday parties and events. This way, when you do indulge, you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at The Voice of Reason
If you're in your 30s, you're probably juggling family responsibilities, a career and a non-stop schedule. While all of those things can yield fulfillment and success, this is the decade where your body undergoes changes. Your body's metabolism starts to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at The Voice of Reason
The average fan can consume a whopping 1,200 calories in one tailgating fest. To tackle game-day overindulgence, try some of my delicious, healthy recipes that will leave you satisfied — without all the fat and sodium. Here, I show Cindy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at The Voice of Reason
I love bread pudding. Always have. I can pass up cake, cookies; pie and ice cream, but bread pudding is my weakness. There’s something about its chewy texture, hearty nature and simplicity that’s irresistible. It could also be the whiskey... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at The Voice of Reason
Thanks for your feedback! I'm so glad you enjoyed the segment. As for that amazing necklace, it's from Anne Koplik Designs. Anne's pieces are frequently seen on Dancing with the Stars, The View and Entertainment Tonight, to name just a few television shows. You can view her online catalog at
Americans are snacking more now than ever before. A new study indicates we're snacking five times a day, adding nearly 600 calories to what we're already eating. Unfortunately, kids aren't the exception; they're packing on the pounds as quickly as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at The Voice of Reason
On Saturday night at The Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia, I had the pleasure of dining and talking with esteemed cookbook author and baking doyenne, Dorie Greenspan. Her company was absolutely delightful. We chatted about everything from the banana polenta... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2011 at The Voice of Reason