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September 10, 2020
Oysters, Zinc and Corona Virus Boston felt like a long way from Nebraska, and oysters on the ½ shell didn’t make me feel any more at home! “Do people honestly eat them raw?” I queried to my Dietetic Internship roommate many years ago. My sole experience with oysters, up to this point in history, had been oyster soup at Christmas. I couldn’t, for the life of me, understand why someone would care to swallow a rubbery, uncooked version as an appetizer in downtown Boston, but I didn’t know then what I know now about oysters, zinc and corona virus. Oysters are packed with zinc. One of these raw...Read more
May 26, 2020
Build your immune system by interacting with the microbes of nature! In other words, get outside and play in the dirt. A terrific way to do this is with a garden, especially an immune-boosting-vitamin C-rich-garden. Here are some final Vitamin C garden recommendations. Cauliflower (51 mg/1 cup) : Who would guess that cauliflower is high in Vitamin C? I wouldn’t, but it too, has a decent amount of this vitamin. Think immune protection when you reach for this vegetable. Gardening Tip: It’s a bit late to plant these seeds, bedding plants are still available at Kennedy’s greenhouse. Cabbage ( 32...Read more
May 15, 2020
Have you planted any Vitamin C Lately? Actually, I am not talking about planting your supplements, I am talking about Vitamin C rich vegetables that you can plant in your garden this summer. In other words, citrus fruits are not the only food source of vitamin C, and the grocery store is not the only place to find it. A number of vegetables boast of great Vitamin C content! If you haven’t thought much about gardening this spring because everything is crazy, think again. Red peppers Peppers are hoarders of Vitamin C. When they are ripe (red) they possess ( 152 mg/medium ) three times the...Read more
May 11, 2020
Is boosting your immune system on your mind these days? Chances are, you say, “Yes!” Multiple things boost our immunity, but nutrition tops this list. The most popular of immune boosting nutrients is clearly Vitamin C, and as such, you would assume that we consume adequate amounts. However, research indicates that deficiency of this vitamin is relatively common in the US, being the fourth leading nutrient deficiency. Deficient in Vitamin C? We have very little storage capacity for Vitamin C, so we rely on a small but steady daily supply to meet our needs. To understand our Vitamin C well-...Read more
May 5, 2020
“The Nail That Sticks Out Gets Hammered Down” ( aka: Duck your head) By Mary Lou Block RDN LMNT “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down” is a Japanese proverb used to describe conformity in the Japanese culture. But in our present Covid Culture, it might be used as a poignant warning. That is, if you want to avoid Covid, now is a good time to duck your head! So I ask you, “Are you ducking your head by staying out of the grocery store these days? Or at least trying to limit the time you are in them?” Besides cooking scrappy , ordering on-line, or getting a curb-side delivery, try an...Read more
April 22, 2020
Are You Cooking Scrappy Yet? When our isolation experience began, cooking was an adventure, a bit like camping meals. In the beginning, camping meals are planned and delicious, but eventually this changes. Quantities of popular food items dwindle, menus adjust and the chef’s reputation weakens. Being in shut-down mode is not as much fun as camping, but camping ingenuity sets the stage for fun, even under the stress of Covid19. What do I mean? Our supplies may not be 50 miles away, but our experience bears similarities to camping, as the typical grocery store stroll gives way to computer...Read more
March 16, 2020
There is great news to share when it comes to the Coronavirus! Your very best protection is not in a public policy, a quarantine or avoiding contact with the virus . Your best physical protection is actually something more intimate and personal. It’s your body’s own immune system. The advantage of a strong immune system is that it protects you from any acute contagious illness, and improves your chances of avoiding chronic disease. So be encouraged! The Corona Virus is a clarion call to an improved immune system and ultimately, to better health! And, you can work NOW to improve it! Let’s take...Read more
February 20, 2020
Last month I discussed the role of a robust gut microbiome in overall health. Evidence is accumulating that these friendly microorganisms help regulate blood pressure and affect other risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Anything we do to improve the neighborhood for our friendly bug buddies sends us down the road toward cardiovascular and overall health. In other words, how does your microbe garden grow? What are you feeding it? It doesn’t like sugar. It loves fiber and polyphenol rich foods (vegetables, fruit and olive oil). Feed it some new bug-recruits in the form of your own homemade...Read more
February 17, 2020
The Mediterranean diet is an anti-inflammatory way of eating observed in Greece and Italy. It is a popular recommendation for heart health, because of lower occurrences of cardiovascular disease in that part of the world. It is rich in vegetables and fruits which provide us with an endless number of nutrients that contribute to cardiovascular health. These phytonutrients, in combination with those in olive oil, are huge contributors to the anti-inflammatory effects of the Mediterranean Diet. Vegetables in particular are lower in carbohydrate and help to stabilize blood sugar. What should you...Read more
February 10, 2020
Last week we saw how the low-fat diet was popularized. Most importantly, how sugar and carbs increased to make the low-fat diet palatable. To make matters worse, the “criminalization” of fat meant that we ignored the important role it plays in health, and this is certainly true when it comes to heart disease. Recent research is reversing this thinking. In a large Spanish study a low fat diet was compared to two Mediterranean diets. One supplemented with walnuts and one supplemented with 1 liter of Olive Oil/week , which is 9.5 Tablespoons of olive oil/day! The Mediterranean diet plus nuts was...Read more

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