Why your top assumption about weight loss may be wrong

“A calorie is a calorie,” or so says conventional wisdom when it comes to losing weight. For years we’ve been told that the secret to losing weight is simply to take in fewer calories than you burn by eating less food or expending more energy.

But, experts are now saying that weight loss is – shocker – not that simple (“right on!” says pretty much anyone that’s ever tried to lose weight).

Quick, diabetes-friendly dinners for busy times

I know you’re busy. Nearly every one of my clients has this complaint. I have this complaint!

But while being busy is an obstacle to healthful eating, as a certified diabetes educator and nutritionist, I know it doesn’t mean that diabetes-friendly meals can’t find their way to your plate. When time is short, boxed mac and cheese is not your only option; in fact, it doesn’t even need to make the list. Your choices are limited only by what’s in your local supermarket – and what you can dream up from those ingredients.

Exercise: the ultimate pick-me-up

Sad but true: Shorter days can spell an uptick in down-in-the-dumps moods for a lot of folks this time of year. While full-fledged SAD, or seasonal affective disorder (a type of clinical depression that is triggered by a change in the seasons, most common during the low-light days of winter) only affects about 4 to 6 percent of people, the milder “winter blues” affects as many as 20 percent.

Forget TV – is GPS rotting our brains?

There’s been a lot of talk (including on this blog) about how walkable communities contribute to overall health: things like lower obesity, lower diabetes rates, and fewer heart attacks. Meanwhile there’s also been plenty of buzz in recent years about how regular exercise can help to keep our brains sharp with age.

But a recent study from the University of Kansas lands on a benefit of walkable communities that I hadn’t heard before: not only are you using your body to get from point A to point B, but you’re using your brain too – and that may help to stave off cognitive decline.

Can drinking and diabetes mix?

The festive holiday season is a perfect opportunity to answer one of the most common questions I’ve heard over the years as a diabetes educator: Do alcohol and diabetes mix?

Usually my client begins the “sales pitch” about the reported health benefits of alcohol before I can even answer, and when I eventually interrupt to say, “Alcohol isn’t forbidden,” it always brings a smile.

Then I say, “But … ”

What you should know about this year’s flu vaccine: does it work?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) raised concern last week over whether or not this year’s flu vaccine is a good match to the flu virus that’s now circulating in the U.S. It appears that the flu could be more severe and the vaccine less effective this year. Flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths are being reported and expected to increase in the coming weeks.

Here’s some information to protect you and your family from the dangers of flu.

Sip yourself slim!

My approach to nutrition is an individualized one – everyone is different, and no two people walk out of my office with the same plan.

There are, however, some common themes that come up again and again: It’s pretty safe to assume that I will help any weight loss client look for ways to squeeze more vegetables into his or her diet. Just as often, I will suggest clients drink more water, and help them find strategies that work for him or her to do just that.