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food-portions-soda250Americans as a group simply eat too much. We have lost perspective. In the 1960s, Coca Cola was served in 16 ounce bottles and their advertising claimed that “one bottle serves a whole family.” Today, we buy 32 ounce “large-sized” drinks and then go back for a refill before leaving the restaurant.

20 years ago a coffee was about 8 ounces and contained 45 calories – and that was with a bit of milk and sugar. Today, a Grande Café Mocha at Starbucks is 16 ounces and contains 330 calories. Movie popcorn used to come in containers that held about … Read the rest

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making-healthy-choices200The last time I was at the market, I picked up a box of macaroni and cheese. I know what you’re thinking – “mac and cheese, is that really healthy?” Just to be clear, it’s not my choice for a healthy meal, but our grandkids love it, and it’s a nice treat for them every now and then.

Anyway, back to the macaroni and cheese…I was amazed at the long list of ingredients – most of which I couldn’t pronounce! It reminded me of the advice I read in “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,” a great book by… Read the rest

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taking-vitamins200A recent report, published in the Annuls of Internal Medicine, found that consumers should not take beta-carotene or vitamin E, two common “self-prescribed” supplements, specifically to help prevent cancer or heart disease. The study found that these supplements, alone or in combination may actually do more harm than good.

This new study follows a number of recent studies that raised worries about the safety of vitamin supplements. This brings a number of questions to mind: Should anyone be taking vitamin supplements? Which ones are most risky? If you do take them, which ones should you take? How can you pick … Read the rest

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cornfield200Chefs, restaurant owners, packaged-food companies and health advocates everywhere are purging high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from their food. According to the Wall Street Journal, one San Diego restaurant spent several months and more than $15,000 making sure all of their sodas, cocktails, ice cream and sauces were HFCS-free. They are replacing it with sugar. But is HFCS really less healthy than the alternatives?

It turns out that much of the hoopla surrounding HFCS may be based more hype than fact. For chefs, restaurateurs and packaged-food companies, removing HFCS is part of a larger effort to create foods that … Read the rest

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Healthy Meals in a Snap

As a Personal Chef, I like to cook from scratch whenever possible. As a busy professional, I can tell you that cooking from scratch isn’t always possible. Let’s face it, cooking everything yourself takes time, and for many of us, time is in short supply!

There are some shortcuts that you can take in the kitchen, though. These are healthy alternatives. Now, let me be clear – I’m not saying that you shouldn’t cook from scratch whenever you can. Cooking everything yourself gives you total control over what you and your family eat. But, spending … Read the rest

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