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January: dry and meatless?

January: dry and meatless?

I’m starting to think January should be renamed Virtuary. Long the month of weight guilt and calorie counting, January is now also about giving up stuff, sort of like Lent for foodies. We have: Dry January. Who knew: this is a trademarked activity, started over 

Hydration smarts for older adults

Hydration smarts for older adults

A few weeks ago I listened to a webinar that presented some rather alarming information about hydration in older adults. Food intake surveys show that for age 70+, 80% of women and almost all men fail to meet even the minimum fluid intake recommendations. The 

Back to Orange Juice

Back to Orange Juice

My childhood breakfast menu might have varied from cold cereal to eggs to oatmeal, but one item was a daily fixture: orange juice. My mom made a jug of juice every morning from concentrate. In the mid-20th century, real juice was the norm. No added 

It’s the International Year of Millets

It’s the International Year of Millets

Years ago the bakery at a local natural foods store was famous for its Bird Man of Alcatraz Bread.* The name was a play on one ingredient common to bird feed: millet, the tiny round yellow seeds that dominate many bird seed mixes. The bread 

Is red wine healthy?

Is red wine healthy?

I’m acquainted with a middle aged man who, shall we say, has significant abdominal fat. It’s a marker for increased risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease. So no surprise, his doctor recently suggested he get a heart scan to check for arterial calcfication. When 

Coffee: healthy, unhealthy, both, neither?

Coffee: healthy, unhealthy, both, neither?

Dark winter months and coffee go hand in hand. No surprise, countries with the longest, darkest winter days drink the most coffee: Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland top the list. You’d think that, if coffee were unhealthy, people in these countries would