Oatmeal. The ultimate super-slimming dinner. And much more!

"What's the best breakfast?" people often ask me. Expecting that I might say eggs or whole wheat toast, I say this, "Oatmeal. It's not just for breakfast anymore."

According to Quaker Oats, the average American eats 15 bowls of oatmeal each year. Quaker man might think that’s ok, but I think that it’s awful! When I consider oatmeal’s potential for lowering body weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, I get on my soap box and scream.

I might shout, “Oatmeal is high in fiber and essential nutrients! It has impressive health benefits! Oatmeal deserves its place, not only in your morning routine, but at any time during the day!”

That's right. Any time of day.

Rotten eggs. It's not just their smell that's bothersome

"Why aren't eggs a healthy breakfast option?" -- asked by many people

Eggs. Not all they're cracked up to be.

Cracked egg

The widespread misinformation about eggs has become accepted as truth. And unfortunately, too many people are suffering because of it.

Yes. Eggs have become a popular source of protein. But relying on protein from eggs increases your risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and liver disease. 

Baby aspirin and blood thinners for blood pressure? What works and what doesn't

Does baby aspirin lower blood pressure? 
Can it be taken with a blood thinner? 
What are the natural ways to lower blood pressure?

Do you remember this little aspirin bottle? And the orange-creamsicle-tasting tablets inside? YUM!
                                                                            A bottle of Bayer baby aspirin Photo credit: Science History Institute*
                                                          Photo credit: Science History Institute*   

Here's a little bit of aspirin trivia. In 2000, experts found that children who take aspirin can develop Reye’s syndrome. Reye's syndrome is a rare disease that causes brain and liver damage after a viral infection or the flu. So production of these tasty tablets stopped.

Now-a-days, you don’t have to be a kid to take baby aspirin. Almost 29 million Americans take it to “thin the blood.” 

I don’t know how much “thinning” happens with that, though. Aspirin doesn’t change the thickness, or viscosity, of the blood. But it does prevent heart attacks and strokes in people who have already had a cardiac event or stroke. 

Ugh! Your weight loss stopped? Advice for breaking through the plateau

This make-believe story can help you next time you hit a plateau…

Otis wants to lose weight. He can't see his feet past his large gut. Otis eats roughly 3,000 calories a day, and his weight is steady at 300 pounds. He sets his goal weight at 180 pounds.

First, Otis decides to stop eating second helpings. He makes no other changes to his diet or to the number of days he goes to the gym. His daily calorie intake goes from 3,000 to 2,000. And because of that, Otis starts to lose weight.

Otis’s body starts emptying out its fat and carbohydrate stores to make up for the calorie shortage. As the weeks go by, Otis continues to eat 2,000 calories a day, and the weight loss goes on.

Until the day when the weight loss stops. Otis has plateaued.


Vitamin B12: Something to measure or not to measure -- and WHY

Elizabeth asked... Is it necessary or desirable to have my vitamin B12 levels checked?

Yes, and YES!

We don’t need a lot of vitamin B12 to stay healthy, but we do need a steady supply. Most adults need 2.4 mcg (micrograms) a day. To get an idea of what that means… 3 ounces of pan-fried beef liver has more than 70 mcg. BLAH! Beef, salmon, and tuna have about 2.5 mcg in each 3 oz. serving. But these aren’t such great options either.
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