It’s BBQ Time

Here in the northeast, we call it a barbecue. Meaning, a backyard (or rooftop) gathering of folks that involves food that may have come off a grill. Having spent many years living in Texas, I know the term “barbecue” can mean something entirely more serious. But whether you call it a barbecue or a cookout, [...]

By | July 3rd, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on It’s BBQ Time

You’re Probably Not Eating Enough of This

My friends, come closer. I have something important to discuss. I know that you want to be healthier, clearer-headed, perhaps a few pounds lighter? One word: fiber. If you’re anything like most Americans, you’re not getting enough of it. Not even close. The recommended amount is 25 grams per day for women, or 38 grams [...]

By | June 21st, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on You’re Probably Not Eating Enough of This

Is Gluten Making you Gloomy?

Did you know that upwards of 20 million people in the US may be sensitive to gluten? And it’s estimated that roughly 4 out of 5 people don’t even know it. With the increasing popularity of gluten-free diets it’s important to understand what this is all about. Gluten is composed of proteins found in wheat, [...]

By | June 12th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Is Gluten Making you Gloomy?

Drinking Calories

Where are your extra calories hiding? For many people, it’s in their drinks. Some of the most damaging calories for those trying to lose weight come in liquid form. That morning smoothie made with acai juice? An extra 120 calories per cup. The much needed cafe latte after lunch? Add 190 more calories to the [...]

By | June 8th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Drinking Calories

Clean Eating: What’s the Deal?

What does the term “clean eating” mean to you? Making sure to rinse off your produce & meat before cooking? Maybe some complicated meal plan that came from your neighbor’s sister’s fitness guru? Some level of perfection that you never bothered looking into, because you’d never be able to do it anyhow? Good news! The [...]

By | May 22nd, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Clean Eating: What’s the Deal?

How to Buy Organic on a Budget

When suggesting organics to my clients I generally hear the same response: Too expensive! And my clients are not wrong. Prices range from a few cents higher per pound of produce, to a few dollars higher for meats and dairy. But if you’ve read our previous posts on the benefits of eating organic, you know [...]

By | May 4th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on How to Buy Organic on a Budget

Glycemic Index: Valuable Tool, or a Waste of Time?

Are watermelon, and grapefruit created equal? According to the glycemic index, they are not. Watermelon is considered a “high glycemic” food, versus grapefruit, which is a “low glycemic” one. What does this mean, and does it matter to you? The glycemic index (GI) was developed in 1981 and compares how rapidly different carbohydrate foods raise [...]

By | April 27th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Glycemic Index: Valuable Tool, or a Waste of Time?

Success with Recipes 101

Our VHP nutrition exerts help thousands of patients, and one area of confusion they report is with food preparation and recipes. Some get frustrated and decide that they're "a bad cook" and always will be. For many, cooking has become a lost art. We are all so busy, that investing the time into teaching our [...]

By | April 13th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Success with Recipes 101

Quality or Quantity: Which is More Important

Remember when fat was the enemy when it came to those of us interested in weight loss?  I certainly do, as I struggled through my own weight loss journey in the 90’s.  But the days of eating fat-free cookies for weight loss are now behind us.  This ever evolving idea of healthy eating leaves many [...]

By | April 5th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Quality or Quantity: Which is More Important

Plant-based Protein

Protein. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear that term? Muscles? Maybe a steak, burger, or piece of chicken? What about plants? Plant-based proteins may contain less protein per ounce than animal proteins, but they can still be part of a high protein diet. They are great sources of fiber, antioxidants, [...]

By | March 25th, 2017|Nutrition, VHP Voice|Comments Off on Plant-based Protein