The Many Ways to Embrace Plant-Based Eating

For years I've tended more towards a flexitarian lifestyle. Like so many others my reasons go beyond my desire to be healthy. In fact, I just prefer plant-based foods over meat, but concerns for the environment and animal welfare have always been a factor in the choices I make. One thing is for sure, most all of us could do with eating more fruits and veggies and we shouldn't forget about whole grains and legumes. If you have been considering incorporating a more plant-based lifestyle, but feel a bit overwhelmed at the thought of going completely animal-free, take a look at my recent nutrition column, there are lots of ways to start eating more plants and less meat. read more...

Gluten, Still as Topical as Ever

Ten years ago we almost never heard about gluten. The awareness of Celiac disease was just gaining traction. Skip ahead a decade and it seems not a day goes by that there isn't some mention of it in the media headlines. Most recently, a study presented at the American Heart Association's annual science session called out an association between low gluten diets and increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

As we continue to gain insights from on-going research, it frequently raises more questions. I had a speaking engagement last night at the Northern Colorado Celiac Association and it reminded me that in-spite of all the media awareness about gluten free living, it continues to be a struggle, especially for the newly diagnosed. While we wait for the research to evolve, and one day bring us closer to a cure, it is within our power to thrive on a gluten-free diet. read more...

Maintaining a Healthy Gut Microbiome

This past month I contributed my first nutrition column for the Daily Camera, which will appear monthly under the Essentials section. The gut microbiome and its role in human health is truly one of the most exciting and fascinating areas of research hapenning today. We can even see this manifesting in an abundance of new products that have been developed in support of gut health. In the first installment, I share some general information about the role of the gut microbiome and how we can help keep our own guts healthy. Read more