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This really happened to me, and I offer it as a caution to you.

I keep my diet healthful for many reasons, but for several years I was getting caffeine from energy drinks. Specifically, 5-Hour Energy.

Why? I abhor the taste of coffee, and at that time, tea was not…

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Recently, a coaching client who almost never gets sick and is typically vigilant about her food told me she got a respiratory infection. This post describes what she learned from not sticking with her nutrition guidelines.

While the client was under the weather, she stopped paying attention to her usual…

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I’ve written articles describing fruit as the “final frontier” in quitting sugar. But something else can cause just as much trouble as fruit, and maybe more.


Even people who are fully committed to healthful eating can be trapped in breakfast clichés.

In a recent coaching session, a client wanted…

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Food logs. Could anything be more boring? Regardless, I’ll argue that they can help you defeat sugar addiction — and help you develop an awareness of eating behaviors.

1. “I Always Thought I Ate More Vegetables”

My clients may think they know exactly what they eat, but what they say is often quite different from what their food…

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Below are 3 nutrition questions I’ve been asked over and over, many times.

I sometimes have mood swings (or feel depressed). Can foods change my moods?

Let’s first assume you’ve talked to your doctor about your moods and received a qualified medical opinion about what you need.

The answer to this question about foods and moods is a definite “yes.”

Foods absolutely can…

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Peanut allergies in children have quadrupled in the last 20 years. But peanuts aren’t the only foods causing problems. Allergic reactions in kids to many foods have become epidemic.

Most sources blame toxins in foods, including growth hormones, pesticides used in farming, and additives in processed foods that were never…

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True story. A nutrition client of mine emailed me the morning of a recent appointment because he hadn’t kept a food log during the week.

Why? He was depressed — an ongoing problem for him — and “taking care of mental health” had been his priority that week.

I have…

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A woman at the Diabetes Council asked me to evaluate a compilation of tips and strategies by 54 experts on stopping binge-eating.

Most of the experts viewed binge eating from a psychological and behavioral viewpoint, and many of the same tips came up over and over.

The most common tips…

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My college roommate used to turn down yogurt, saying, “I never eat rotten food.” Now, maybe there are reasons not to eat yogurt, but the fact that it’s rotten isn’t one of them.

Another term for “rotten” is fermented. Fermentation is great for the digestive system, and we’ll get to…

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Under stress conditions, including exercise, we release the steroid hormone cortisol. It regulates a variety of body processes, including metabolism and glucose levels. It also reduces inflammation and blocks immune functions.

Cortisol promotes a feeling of well-being, and having too little brings on fatigue. In excess, though, cortisol can increase…

Joan Kent, PhD

Stuck on foods that keep you from losing weight or getting healthy? I help you gain control, boost your mood, and transform your health.

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