Category Archives: nutrition

Homemade hummus + peppers

Could eat this every day. Would probably be healthier if I did.


What are your recipes for health?



Turkish Wedding Soup

Learning to cook is an important, neglected skill in our busy society. Cooking takes time and effort, but it’s worth it, because cooking healthy food is enjoyable. Here’s one example: Turkish wedding soup, made of simple ingredients (red lentils, onions, garlic, cayenne pepper, paprika, tomatoes, tomato paste, olive oil, bulgur. Garnish with lemon slices and mint). The red lentils form the “meat” of this soup and the bulgur gives it texture. Enjoy- and share your recipes!



The Paradox of Disease Prevention

An important article in JAMA by Dr. Harvey Fineberg from the IOM:

“Prevention of disease is often difficult to put into practice. Among the obstacles: the success of prevention is invisible, lacks drama, often requires persistent behavior change, and may be long delayed…”

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My question: what can be done to get more medical professionals, patients, and family members to recognize the importance of prevention?


An obesogenic environment

Most people know that obesity increases the risk of noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease (heart disease, hypertension, stroke), diabetes and cancer. As food portions and caloric density have increased dramatically, we consume more sugary, salty, fatty foods.

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Living in an obesogenic environment, the total calories we eat should remain less than the total calories we burn. Yet unlike with financial accounting, where it is easy to keep a budget, it is difficult to measure how many calories we eat and how many we burn. But we don’t need to keep track of our exact food intake and exercise. We just need to do enough tracking to motivate ourselves to make healthier choices over the long term. Here are a few things I do:

1) Wear a tracking device- My fitbit tells me how many miles I walk per day

2) Keep a food diary-  I learn a lot about what foods I eat, when, and why. For instance when traveling to Mozambique and Uganda recently, I ate cake, ice cream, pizza, which I wouldn’t normally eat. Keeping a food diary helps me make better food choices in the future.

3) Keep a positive attitude – Many places around the world, people don’t have enough food to eat. By eating slowly, and mindfully, we feel grateful for the food we have!

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