Nutrition Heretic Blog

If your nutrition isn’t naughty, you’re doing it all wrong! Read about current health trends and nutrition tips that take the guess work out of what to eat to be healthy.
Dangers of Vegan Diets

Dangers of Vegan Diets

I recently received an e-mail from a woman who was asking me if the hostility she perceived in vegan people she’s met could possibly be related to vegan deficiencies. She participates in forums where vegans blast her for having a different perspective on nearly everything. As a nutritionist, I face…

Eating Disorders in Children

Eating Disorders in Children

Eating disorders in children are on the rise. Is this any surprise? With more and more parents switching to unhealthy extreme diets such as vegan, macrobiotic, low fat and raw food, what hope do our children have to develop a normal relationship with real food? Since people first began to…

How to Find Cheap Airline Tickets

How to Find Cheap Airline Tickets

Flights to Europe are really expensive this year! The EU government seems to be taxing the tickets heavily. You will unlikely find anything under $700 with all taxes included (even if the ticket itself will only be about $3-400 of that). Try to go away from a holiday travel day…

A Mouse Ate My Soap!

A Mouse Ate My Soap!

It is often said that you shouldn’t eat something that animals won’t eat. Soybeans immediately come to mind in this category as animals instinctively won’t eat it unless it is ground up into food that they normally would eat. Many processed foods also fit this category. People often notice that…

What Can You Take on Your Flight

What Can You Take on Your Flight

Going on a flight overseas is especially different these days because of the flight restrictions since 9/11. Just know that you still have lots of options, even if you’re dealing with food restrictions. Here are things I would suggest to have on-hand: Meals and some snacks for any flight lasting…

Is Soy Milk Bad for You?

Is Soy Milk Bad for You?

Over the past decade, more and more health-conscious people are starting to ask “Is soy milk bad for you?” This question comes as more and more former vegetarians work hard to repair damaged health that seems to have resulted from years of relying on this bean to replace high quality…

No Nukes: the Dangers of Microwaves

No Nukes: the Dangers of Microwaves

Microwaving has been a widely accepted method of cooking and heating meals, but few of us stop to think how ‘nuking’ affects the otherwise nutritious foods that we strive to incorporate into our diets. Nearly two decades ago, a German study reported that microwaving food is actually a major cause…

The Best Pre-Pregnancy Exercise

The Best Pre-Pregnancy Exercise

As a former belly dancer, people (both men and women) were always in awe that my husband “allowed me” to “dance for other men.” This is where their belly dance education began. The term ‘belly dance’ is a distortion of the Arabic term raqs al baladi, meaning ‘dance of the people.’…

E Is For Asthma

“E” Is For Asthma

Many parents-to-be worry about the dramatic increases in asthma rates among children and there is good reason for concern. Many doctors cite environmental factors such as mold, cigarette smoke, and car exhaust for these rises. Others consider certain foods such as eggs, milk, and nuts to be incompatible with the…

What's my favorite cookbook

What’s my favorite cookbook?

I cook darn near everything from scratch and so people are always asking me where I get my recipes from. Let’s just say that I have a collection of over 400 traditional and antique cookbooks. These contain some of the best recipes. Until the 1900s, when food gradually became slave…

Frozen Salmon That's Low in Mercury

Frozen Salmon That’s Low in Mercury

Fish consumption is definitely a example of where people need to be properly educated before making any drastic dietary changes. Over the years, we have been told by government agencies such as the ADA (American Dietetic Association) that our diets should reflect those of healthy societies such as the Japanese,…

Curse of the Cola

Curse of the Cola

I guess it could be safe to drink an occasional Coke depending on what you mean by occasional. But keep this in mind. Coca-Cola is not a benign substance. It’s not as if you simply don’t get nutrition by drinking one. In fact, your body must strip calcium from its…

How do the French stay so skinny?

How do the French stay so skinny?

Let me start by saying that there  is no French paradox. Red wine will not unclog your arteries. Plenty of real fats — including the animal fats — minus an abundance of refined sugars will. The French start the day with coffee (no cream or milk usually), yogurt, cheese, pâté,…

Making 100% Teff Injera

Making 100% Teff Injera

Once I got rid of my sweet tooth, I began to love certain foods that I had never before enjoyed.  Ethiopian injera — a type of sourdough flatbread — is one of those foods. As I learned from my allergy experience that eating the same foods (especially grains) every day…

Why purchase coconut oil when you can make it

Why purchase coconut oil when you can make it?

For centuries, people of the tropics have known the coconut to be one of the healthiest and most life-sustaining foods available. Unfortunately, due to a plethora of misinformation created by manufacturers of synthetic oils and nutrient-free juice drinks, the coconut has fallen out of favor even in those countries where…

Kingston Retreat

Kingston Retreat

Jamaica has long had a reputation for violence as much as it does for its beautiful beaches. Kingston, the capitol, particularly conjures up images of gang wars and fighting in the streets. So I was conflicted and pretty nervous when a distant aunt invited my family to visit her in…

Eating on the Road

Eating on the Road

For the traveler with food restrictions, the thought of travel can be even more overwhelming.”Can I get organic or gluten-free meals or snacks on the way to my destination? What will the airline allow me to bring on the plane since I can’t even eat their “healthy” meal option? What’s…

The Real Costa Rica?

The Real Costa Rica?

OK. So we returned from our Costa Rica trip five weeks ago and, FINALLY, I’ve found some time to share both the disappointments and gems we encountered down there. Costa Rica is a beautiful country hailed for its eco-friendly attributes — lush rain forests, mountains, and pristine beaches. But it…

Choosing A Place To Stay

Choosing a Place to Stay

In the bestselling book, The Four-Hour Work Week, author Tim Ferriss asserts that poor and middle class people typically want to live the lifestyle they think that rich people have. That includes eating in restaurants every night of the week, buying lots of “stuff” that they don’t need or will never use or…

Costa Rican Coffee Sucks!

Costa Rican Coffee Sucks!

This was a major source of anxiety when we arrived. I don’t generally drink a lot of coffee, but I figured in a country known to produce excellent coffee, a sip here and there would be a nice little indulgence. Unfortunately, what we were told was the best coffee was…

Eating Whole Foods in Costa Rica

Eating Whole Foods in Costa Rica

Since Costa Rica has become a popular eco-friendly destination for nature lovers, I was really looking forward to some down-home native cooking during our time there. How horrified I was to discover no more than 3 vegetables at most of the farmers markets: broccoli, cauliflower and string beans — hardly…

Pure Indian Foods

Pure Indian Foods

For 120 years, the Agarwal family has been producing ghee in northern India. Today, thanks to Sandeep, the great-great grandson of the original company’s founder, the ghee-making tradition continues here in America. Sandeep’s company, Pure Indian Foods, sources grass-fed butter from small family farms in Eastern Pennsylvania. Using the traditional…

Butter and the Brain

Butter and the Brain

Talk to any health practitioner who successfully treats children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including hyperactivity, and you’ll learn that these children ALWAYS have digestive disturbances that contribute to their behavioral problems.