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Category Archives: Nutrition

What’s the Deal with Plant Based Protein?

I was at the gym the other day chatting with a friend about eating protein to build muscle. He mentioned that he likes to eat rice and beans after lifting since it’s a “perfect protein.” I have another friend who is a savvy recipe developer and chef who posted on facebook that she was very excitedContinue Reading

Healthy Eating on Vacation, Is It Worth It?

When I travel I think about food. Partly because I like to eat, and partly because I choose to avoid certain foods for both health and ethical reasons. It’s important to me to eat foods that make me feel well all the time, not just at home. This means more thought, more effort, and moreContinue Reading

Is it True That Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Doesn’t Exist?

Is it True That Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Doesn’t Exist?

A few weeks ago a spate of posts hit social media in response to a study result that “proved” that non-celiac gluten sensitivity doesn’t exist. My first response was to roll my eyes and ignore it as I do with most viral sensationalist headlines. But then I started getting emails, and tweets, and even aContinue Reading

It’s Been too Long Since You’ve Felt Great

I was just chatting with a friend at a conference and another friend wandered by and mentioned that she woke up that morning very early because she was excited for the day. It struck me how very rare that is for people. Day in and day out in my practice I hear my patients tellContinue Reading

Will a Gluten-free Diet Help Me Lose Weight?

Will a Gluten-free Diet Help Me Lose Weight?

Historically, I think people without celiac disease or a gluten intolerance have lost weight on a gluten-free diet because it has been harder to just grab junk. No more muffins at Starbucks. No more Krispy Kremes from the break room at work. But these days gluten-free foods are abundant in most urban and many suburban areas. And many gluten-free substitutes for bread products are highly refined and quite high in sugar.Continue Reading

Healthy Choices, YOUR Choices.

Healthy Choices, YOUR Choices.

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a mean-spirited blog post ranting about people who choose to avoid certain foods or types of foods. Both the original post and the comments bummed me out. It’s not that I think that the world should bend over backwards to accommodate folks with food sensitivities (or preferences for that matter), but because it seems so, well, judgmental toward people who choose to avoid foods that make them unwell in some way.Continue Reading

Dr. Samantha’s Top Ten Tips for Healthy Eating on Vacation

Dr. Samantha’s Top Ten Tips for Healthy Eating on Vacation

My approach when I am on vacation is no different than when I am at home. On occasion I eat something that isn’t “healthy,” but across the board I stay away from foods that don’t agree with me. Yes, it’s sometimes challenging logistically but here are some tips to make it easier. Continue Reading

Seriously, HOW did you get your kid to eat that?

Seriously, HOW did you get your kid to eat that?

Simple. Start from the beginning. And trust me, the earlier you start the better off you’ll be. Here are some tips to start your child off right. Continue Reading

Cook This: Farro and Roasted Butternut Squash.

Cook This: Farro and Roasted Butternut Squash.

Farro is a grain that is common in Italian restaurants and delis. You can find it here in the health food store and occasionally at restaurants- here in Portland, anyway. Continue Reading

Is it real or is it Memorex? Dairy Substitutes.

Is it real or is it Memorex? Dairy Substitutes.

When my son was two and a half he saw a picture of a mastodon in a book. He said “Dat’s not a elephant, but it’s similuh.” Right. Similar. Not the same. So think of that when you’re trying to replace foods. If you don’t expect an elephant to be the same as a mastodon you won’t be disappointedContinue Reading

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