Could Fasting Be Good for Healthy Adults — and Kids?

fastingEvery so often fasting – the conscious abstaining from all food or specific foods, sometimes for religious observance but sometimes for other reasons – like weight loss or “detoxing” has come back into vogue again.  There’s actually some recent research that suggests it might have some limited benefits – in rats but in a recent human study, too.   

Fasting, even if it can be useful, for how long?  How severe? Would I recommend it?  What about kids?  Read my take on this new research and my recommendations in my post in The Doctor’s Tablet.

Spice Can Be Nice for Kids – and Improve Nutrition

spic-e-bazaar-iostanbulThe Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics always declares March as National Nutrition Month.  This year’s theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”.  I love this theme because people forget that eating a healthy diet isn’t just about nutrition.  We need to get there in a flavorful way.  

And flavor is for kids, too, and having fun with flavor is one way I’ve found to motivate my patients to make great dietary changes that last.

Read more about kids’ tastes and how to use flavor – and that can mean spices – to both improve  their diets and make them happier about the foods they eat, in my Huffington Post article.

 

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