September 1, 2016

Apps for Staying Fit & Healthy When You Travel

It is easy to get out of shape when you go on vacation or when work takes you on the road. Here are some travel apps that will help you maintain your health habits when you are not at home: Food Related Apps: Happy Cow – For vegans, vegetarians and healthy eaters, this app will find vegan and vegetarian markets and restaurants all over the world. I was filming in Bulgaria and this awesome app came up with veg friendly restaurants near my hotel. Food Tripping – This app gives you suggestions on nearby healthy food places (United States only). Cronometer – this app gives you detailed calorie counts for hundreds of foods from around the world. I use it myself, even when I am […]
July 27, 2016

The Problem of Eating Out

When I went to Veggie Grill with Ian a couple evenings ago, I ordered a kale Caesar salad. It was not a very big salad, and it consisted of chopped kale, 10 croutons, a creamy vegan dressing with vegan parmesan cheese, and a bit of seitan the size of a thumbnail. Even though it tasted good, I was surprised and horrified to discover online what I had just eaten: 750 calories (1/3 of my usual 2000 calories a day in one pretty small dish); 1060 mg of sodium (my daily max) and 65 fat grams. (ditto). Yikes, no wonder it’s healthier to cook your own meals! If I had stayed home, I would have eaten no more than 500 calories and much less fat and […]
July 6, 2016

How to Read a Food Label

I recently began reading food labels more closely than simply calorie numbers and the list of ingredients. Those labels have so many claims on the front and so many numbers on the back, it can get confusing! Here is a quick and easy way to read a food label: Ignore all the claims of “natural” and “99% fat free” on the front of any food product. In fact, ignore everything on that side and turn the package around to the nutrition facts label. Check the serving size. You’d be amazed how small they divide up the contents of jars and boxes so the numbers look healthier. Measure out how much ½ cup of cereal is and you will see what I mean! Check the calories. […]
June 1, 2016

Food is a Drug

“Food is a drug, Alexandra”, my friend Whit earnestly said to me during a discussion about his inability to stop his late night binges. Don’t I know it. As someone who struggled for 12 years to overcome bulimia, I am personally aware of the power of food. Dr. David Kessler wrote The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite when he realized that he, a former FDA commissioner and doctor, was unable to resist chocolate chip cookies. He discusses how processed foods are so unnaturally full of salt, sugar and fat that they hijack our bodies ability to sense satiety. Few of us binge on whole foods like broccoli and peas, but we become different people when faced with potato chips, chocolate […]