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Are weight loss drugs for you?

Are weight loss drugs for you?

The Next Big Thing in weight loss drugs — Ozempic — is all over the main stream media. Originally intended for Type 2 diabetics, it’s now prescribed for garden-variety weight loss. It works by changing hormones and stifling interest in eating. Basically it puts the 

Artificial Sweeteners vs. Healthy Gut Microbes

Artificial Sweeteners vs. Healthy Gut Microbes

I was chatting with a friend recently about protein. She was concerned that it’s hard to pack protein into meals, and that her husband was drinking a protein shake. I replied that it was probably sweetened — plain protein powder isn’t very appetizing — and 

Is Intermittent Fasting the answer?

Is Intermittent Fasting the answer?

If you’ve ever been very sick, very busy, stressed and anxious or on a demanding work deadline or otherwise preoccupied you’ve probably been on a so-called intermittent fasting diet. By default. For a day or two, or the better part of one day, you eat 

5 reasons I don’t ‘do’ calories

5 reasons I don’t ‘do’ calories

I write about food, nutrition and health, yet I avoid talking about calories. This might seem strange, since so much of diet and health culture is about calories obsession. Weight loss diets, food labels, restaurant menus, online food trackers, recipes, apps that track exercise and 

Holiday Food Judgement

Holiday Food Judgement

When it comes to food and weight: ‘Tis the season for judgment, guilt and shaming. Don’t eat fat Don’t eat sugar Don’t eat once-a-year holiday treats Don’t drink. Especially don’t drink eggnog unless it’s non-fat and artificially sweetened with fake whipped topping (Ugh, why bother?) 

Is sucralose sabotaging your diet?

Is sucralose sabotaging your diet?

I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners, even the so-called “natural” ones. They’ve been hyped as the solution to weight loss. Substituting artificial sweeteners for real sugar was supposed to reduce obesity by cutting calorie intake. If only. Instead, the obesity epidemic exploded. So, not