Category: nutrition, food, eating

Top 5 posts of 2016- #4

This week I'm sharing my top 5 most viewed posts of 2016. I'm not surprised that any of these were the most popular because a couple of them are among my favorites too. (Well, ok, they all are.) Here is number 4- some advice I borrowed from another physician blogger. Dr. Mary Brandt writes a … Continue reading Top 5 posts of 2016- #4

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Practical steps to healthy holiday eating

What do marshmallows, pumpkins, eggnog, popcorn, and pears have in common? Well, besides being foods associated with holiday recipes, they're also mentioned in songs about Christmas. You'll also recognize some less everyday foods like chestnuts , figgy pudding,collard greens and wassail.     We all enjoy our holiday traditions of eating and drinking special foods … Continue reading Practical steps to healthy holiday eating

6 steps to save your sight

  When we think about prevention in health care, we tend to focus on the worst diseases, those that threaten life- cancer, heart attacks, stroke, violence. But non-fatal conditions can also “threaten life”, putting the quality of our lives in danger. Limited vision contributes to severe and significant loss of function and well being. If you … Continue reading 6 steps to save your sight

How to (not) eat like a doctor

Despite food intake being one of the most important factors affecting our health, if not the most important, physicians are notorious for eating poorly. We don’t intentionally make poor food choices, but we fail to intentionally make good food choices. Most of the time, poor eating habits are tied directly to our education and work. … Continue reading How to (not) eat like a doctor

7 health habits we need more of in 2016

7 health habits we need more of in 2016

I’ve read articles, blog posts, and social media messages suggesting that we have too much stuff and that our lives would be better with less stuff. This philosophy goes by different names- decluttering, simplifying, minimalism, and it promises a life with less stress, more peace, and more time to enjoy activities that give us pleasure … Continue reading 7 health habits we need more of in 2016

How to recover from injury or surgery- advice from a physical therapist

Another physician blogger, Kristin Prentiss Ott, M.D., asked her physical therapist friend Dr. Carolyn Dolan to write a guest post on her blog, Blog Therapy. It's so good, I want to share it with you. The post offers advice to aid recovery after orthopedic injuries and surgery, but I think you can apply it to any … Continue reading How to recover from injury or surgery- advice from a physical therapist

Less red meat + more vegetables = less cancer

The World Health Organization has officially classified red meat and processed meat as carcinogens-that is, likely to cause cancer if eaten regularly and recommends "reducing consumption of these products to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer" . A few months ago I shared some related information about diet and the risk of colon cancer - what … Continue reading Less red meat + more vegetables = less cancer

The why of Watercress Words

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "All About Me." Watercress Words originates from my name, specifically my maiden name - family of origin name, paternal surname or whatever label you use- which is Cress. It's an unusual name, and I have met few people with it. I like that it 's an actual … Continue reading The why of Watercress Words

6 steps to losing weight and gaining hope

In  previous posts I   defined obesity  and explained how it adversely affects health. What is obesity and why does it matter?  Waist size matters     And acknowledged that losing weight is difficult, often unsuccessful for a variety of reasons, and in need of  new avenues to address the problem. Obesity revisited     But most people … Continue reading 6 steps to losing weight and gaining hope