Category Archives: Food & Nutrition

High-Carbohydrate Diets

Modern high-carbohydrate diets are a lot like the traditional diet of our ancestors which relied on whole grains, beans and vegetables. The breakdown is typically 80% carbohydrates, 10-15% protein and 5-10% fat. Foods encouraged include whole, unprocessed grains including brown rice, millet, barley and oats; a variety of vegetables and fruits, and beans, such as black, chickpea, lentils, lima and pinto. Generally these diets tell you to avoid meats, oils, high-fat dairy products, sugar, alcohol and caffeine.

South Beach Diet

The South Beach diet is a diet plan that emphasizes the consumption of “good carbohydrates” and “good fats”. A Miami, Florida area cardiologist, Arthur Agatston, developed this diet for his cardiac patients based on his study of scientific dieting research. The diet first appeared in a book of the same name published by Rodale Press.

Rigatoni with Chicken and Three Pepper Sauce

This is a wonderful pasta dish. If you are craving an Italian dish that will hit the spot… this is it! This also make a nice old world romantic dinner for two. Just add a salad, a little wine, light the candles, and Enjoy!

The 90-10 Philosophy

In his book Integrative Nutrition, Joshua Rosenthal expresses his philosophy about the diet he created for himself – the 90-10 Diet. Rosenthal is an expert on nutrition and says that when people try to eat totally clean and pure diets, they can only do it for a limited period of time. No matter how much willpower we have, at some point cravings for the foods we’re avoiding become overwhelming and we cheat. Then we feel guilty, and feelings of guilt and fear about food are not healthy. Trying to stick to a diet 100% of the time is also stressful.

Fruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

This is the best fruits salads ever! It has the best poppyseed dressing I had ever tasted… so fresh tasting, not too tart and not too sweet. Use fruits that are the freshest and ripest in this delicious salad. You can also pick and choose your favorite fruits instead of the ones listed below. It’s amazing how a tiny amount of dry mustard adds a little kick to the dressing that complements the sweet fruit. Enjoy!

Nutrigenomics: The DNA Diet Approach

The DNA diet is a customized approach to health and diet, which offers specific recommendations for food based on the results of genetic testing. Foods encouraged or restricted are based on your unique biochemical makeup.

Beef and Mushroom Pie

This recipe is delicious and reminds me of my trip to St. Petersburg, Russia. Of course this recipe is a much healthier version of an old time favorite. During the days of the Soviet rule, russian families would bake these wonderful pies. They were inexpensive and very filling. Basically, they are just large bread loaves filled with various meats, veggies, seasoning, and fruits. Beef and mushrooms, chicken and rice, and fruit seem to be the favorites. Now days you can find them at local eateries through out St. Petersburg. Add a salad to this hardy pie and dinner is served. Enjoy!

Calorie Restriction Diet

The goal of the calorie restriction diet is to slow aging and extend lifespan rather than just to lose weight. This restriction sets your body at an ideal weight to achieve maximum metabolic efficiency, slow the aging process and reach a maximum life span. Weight loss is a side benefit of the calorie restriction diet.

Raw Food Diet

During the 60’s and 70’s there were many people who changed their way of life to a more natural way of doing, including their eating habits. That was never entirely lost by some, but went out of vogue for the most part when ‘convenience foods’ made their way onto the scene. Everyone’s lives became busier, a lot of mom’s went to work just like the dad’s and people didn’t have much time to plan and prepare traditional meals for the family anymore. Over time, snacks became processed and packaged rather than a simple apple or carrot sticks. Nowadays, people have begun to notice that we’re not as healthy as we once were. Many people are over-weight or obese, and disease is the norm. Slowly, we’ve come to realize that what we eat most certainly has an effect on all of that and one of the ways we’re making our way back to health is the raw food diet.