Black Bean, Avocado, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad

Source:  skinnytaste.com

Source: skinnytaste.com

I thought I’d use this post to highlight the importance of “good” fats.  Avocado is high in unsaturated fats.  These can be very helpful for a balanced diet if used in moderation.  Fats are calorie dense but they increase satiety.  If you had a choice between a meal and a snack that is carbohydrate dense or protein/fat dense, the latter will make you feel more full and lead to less eating later.   Continue reading

Is Diet Soda Bad For You?

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I have been asked questions about the safety of diet soda and artificial sweeteners on many occasions so I thought I’d do a little research to educate myself and others on the issue.  Before reading further you should read a prior post on my general approach to deciding whether something is ‘good for you’ or ‘bad for you’ (Click here).   What follows is a brief overview of what I learned about artificial sweeteners and how they may affect weight gain.

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The Truth About Cheese

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If you check out my last post, I have been deep into a new book by Michael Moss called “Salt, Sugar, Fat:  How the Food Giants Hooked Us”.  It’s an amazing insider’s view at how the food industry has manipulated these three pillars of food production to get us hooked on their products (and make us fat in the process).  Continue reading