Nutrition

Salt—How Bad Is It Really?

Salt has gotten a really bad rap over the years. It is known to cause high blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease. But is it really as bad as it is made out to be? How can something we require in our diets be so bad for us? Our nervous systems and muscles require adequate amounts of salt to function properly. Not…

Read More

What kind of protein powder do you recommend? | Ask Dr. Samantha

There are so many types of protein powders out there. This is the one that I’ve found to affect the taste and texture of food and drinks the least. Caveat: it’s not vegan so if you need a vegan protein powder I’ll be addressing that in a future video!

Read More

Is dark chocolate good for you? | Ask Dr. Samantha

I am a big fan of dark chocolate. Are you? Take a peek at this video to learn about why you should (or shouldn’t!) eat it.

Read More

How do you get your kid to eat healthy foods? | Ask Dr. Samantha

Kids can really be a challenge, especially when it comes to what they like to eat! But there’s a trick if you get started early. And once you know it you’ll never look back.

Read More

Are Protein Bars Healthy? Sometimes

Protein bars are all the rage these days. Some of my patients even eat them instead of meals. We’re busy, right? And it’s so easy! It’s, of course, better to eat a whole, real food instead of something processed, but sometimes you’re in a rush. That’s life. And intuitively it makes sense that something called a “protein bar” would likely be a good choice—especially if…

Read More

Healthy Cookware: It’s Important for You (and Your Pets!)

I often have patients and clients asking me about the best options for healthy cookware. This post will review both the good and the bad regarding the detriments and benefits of different types of pots and pans. Non-Stick Did you know that people with pet birds are told to avoid cooking with nonstick teflon cookware because the gasses they release can kill them (the birds not…

Read More

B Vitamins: What You Need to Know

You have probably heard at one point or another that you should take vitamins. But you have probably also heard that it’s unnecessary, and that we shouldn’t. What’s the truth? The answer is probably somewhere in the middle. In an ideal world we would get everything we need from our food as it would come from the earth without refining or processing. In an ideal…

Read More

Dr. Samantha’s Top Tips for Kicking Sugar to the Curb

Most people eat more sugar than they think that they do. It’s everywhere. Go grab a few things from your pantry or your fridge. Spaghetti sauce. Crackers. Cereal. Yogurt. Even milk. Now, look at the label. Check out the serving size. Now, look at how much sugar is in that serving. 4.2 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon. Now think about how this adds up.…

Read More

Why is Sugar So Addictive?

Have you ever wondered why you can’t just eat one cookie at a time? Or why diets are so difficult to sustain? Or why you’re thinking about cookies right now instead of the words you are reading? It’s sugar, sugar! We evolved to seek out sugar. Our brains are hard-wired to make us love sweets. This was an absolutely crucial evolutionary adaptation when food was…

Read More

My Favorite Dairy Alternatives

Are you looking for vegan dairy alternatives that actually taste good? My last blog post was about why you might want to avoid dairy. If you haven’t considered this, go take a peek at that post before you dive in here! I originally wrote a post in 2011 titled Is it Real or is it Memorex about how to find decent vegan dairy alternatives. At…

Read More