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The Diet Detective gets up close and personal with some of the folks on the front lines of the battle for better health. See his recent interviews below!

Diet Detective Interview with Oneluckyduck.com Founder and Raw Foodie Sarma Melngailis

Diet Detective Interview with Oneluckyduck.com Founder and Raw Foodie Sarma Melngailis

Sarma Melngailis is the author of two books, Raw Food/Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow with co-author Matthew Kenney (William Morrow Cookbooks, 2005) and Living Raw Food: Get the Glow with More Recipes from Pure Food and Wine (William Morrow Cookbooks, 2009). While the traditional raw food and vegan wave has come and gone, there is a new iteration that is sweeping the nation, and Melngailis, who earned a bachelor’s in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, is in the forefront. Sarma actually started her career in finance, but decided to leave that field and attend a traditional cooking school. Her raw, vegan and organic-living website, oneluckyduck.com, sells skin-care products, clothing, books, kitchen/cooking and pet products and hosts her prolific blog. Additionally, Sarma runs four restaurants in New York City and San Antonio. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to do an email interview with her.   read
Interview with Nutrition and Anti-Sugar Guru Brooke Alpert

Interview with Nutrition and Anti-Sugar Guru Brooke Alpert

Is sugar our enemy? Probably yes, especially added sugar. And nutrition guru Brooke Alpert, founder of B Nutritious (www.b-nutritious.com), thinks so, too. Brooke is a registered dietitian and nutritionist, as well as co-author of the book The Sugar Detox (Da Capo, 2013). I had the opportunity to do an email interview with Brooke. Here are my questions and her responses.   read
Interview with Chef and Foodie Michel Nischan

Interview with Chef and Foodie Michel Nischan

Michel Nischan is a maverick chef and an advocate for improving our food system. He is also the winner of a James Beard Award, an author and, as a restaurateur, is becoming a catalyst for change in the sustainable food movement. Michel is a supporter of “sustainable farming, local and regional food systems and heritage recipes.” He is founder and owner of Dressing Room, his home-grown restaurant in Westport, Conn., and the founder of Wholesome Wave, an organization dedicated to nourishing neighborhoods by supporting increased production and access to healthy, fresh and affordable locally grown food for the well-being of all. I had an opportunity to do an email interview with Michel; here are his responses.   read
Diet Detective Interview with Maverick Health Restaurateur Emmanuel Verstraeten

Diet Detective Interview with Maverick Health Restaurateur Emmanuel Verstraeten

Emmanuel Verstraeten is not the first person to create a healthy menu for a restaurant, but as the founder & CEO of SPE Certified and the Rouge Tomate Group, he has broken new ground in the restaurant world. In 2001, he opened his first restaurant, Rouge Tomate, in Brussels, Belgium, bringing together under one roof the divergent worlds of nutrition and fine dining. Rouge Tomate New York followed in 2008, and now Verstraeten is reaching new heights with the creation in 2011 of SPE Certified, the certification and consulting arm of the unique culinary philosophy underlying both restaurants. His mission is to effect positive change in the food-service industry. I reached out to Emmanuel via email to do this interview.   read
Diet Detective Interview Yoga Expert Mandy Ingber

Diet Detective Interview Yoga Expert Mandy Ingber

Mandy Ingber is a celebrity fitness expert and author of Yogalosophy: 28-days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover (Seal Press), which is available online at www.mandyingber.com/yogalosophybook. Her 18 years of experience have attracted clients like Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale, Brooke Shields, and Helen Hunt. She is a keynote speaker, spokesperson and wellness blogger for People.com and E!   read
Sodium Girl: Jessica Goldman Foung

Sodium Girl: Jessica Goldman Foung

After Lupus caused her kidneys to fail, Jessica Goldman Foung embarked on a low-sodium mission that ultimately saved her kidneys and her life. Through the Sodium Girl blog, she chronicles how to maintain a low sodium lifestyle (or any limited diet) while dining out on delicious food, travelling to exotic places and getting creative in the kitchen by conquering makeovers of high sodium favorites like bloody marys, pad thai and spareribs. She released Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook in February 2013.   read
Interview with Alfonso Moretti aka ‘The Angry Trainer’

Interview with Alfonso Moretti aka ‘The Angry Trainer’

Alfonso Moretti Jr. is a personal trainer with 20+ years' experience in the fitness industry. He believes in helping people BE fit rather than just look fit, and is on a mission to transform the fitness industry via his website Angry Trainer Fitness. His mission is to get you fit and healthy the right way by sharing what he’s learned within the industry both from a personal and professional perspective. Moretti doesn't believe in crazy diets or inappropriate exercise regimes. He believes in teaching people how to make intelligent fitness decisions and exposing fitness myths to help those looking for optimal health and fitness attain their goals.   read
Julie Upton, MS, RD: Nutritionist and Health Writer

Julie Upton, MS, RD: Nutritionist and Health Writer

Julie Upton is a registered dietitian and communications expert specializing in nutrition, fitness and health. As a former New York City-based national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, Julie is interviewed in hundreds of magazine articles and is a frequent guest on national and local television and radio stations. She has appeared on the NBC Today Show, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, CNN Headline News, and Fox News Fox & Friends. She has also appeared on MTV, Access Hollywood, E! Entertainment News and Extra to provide expert commentary on Hollywood nutrition trends.   read
Lou Schuler Interview: Fitness Writer and Expert

Lou Schuler Interview: Fitness Writer and Expert

Lou Schuler is an award-winning journalist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, co-author of the book The New Rules of Lifting Supercharged (Avery, 2012) and contributing editor at Men’s Health magazine. I emailed Lou a few questions. His answers, with some minor edits, appear below. What better way to learn about fitness than from a passionate fitness fanatic who knows exactly what to say (and write, for that matter).   read
Jennifer Nicole Lee

Jennifer Nicole Lee

Jennifer Nicole Lee (JNL), has become an icon for women and fellow moms across the world with her amazing 70-pound plus weight loss success story. To ultimately improve her physical and mental health and become more active with her children, Jennifer began a regimen of exercise drills and performance nutrition. Training as an athlete, Jennifer's goal was to lose weight, with the ultimate goal of entering a bikini contest. Less than one year later, Jennifer entered the ultimate figure competition and was crowned Miss Bikini America 2004, realizing her goal and proving that mothers can still be sexy, fun and fit.   read
Margaret L. Bogle

Margaret L. Bogle

Margaret L. Bogle, PhD, RD, is Executive Director of the Lower Mississippi Delta Nutrition Intervention Research Initiative and an Associate Professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. She is also the author of Quick Meal Solutions: More Than 150 New, Easy, Tasty, and Nutritious Recipes for Families on the Go.   read
Sal Marinello

Sal Marinello

Sal Marinello is a professional strength coach who has conducted almost 30,000 private training sessions over the past 20 years and has spent thousands of additional hours working with high school and youth league teams.   read
Pam Anderson

Pam Anderson

Pam Anderson is the monthly food columnist for USA Weekend and Better Homes and Gardens and a New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including books, including the Julia Child award winning The Perfect Recipe, and James Beard Award nominees, How to Cook Without a Book and Perfect Recipes for Having People Over. Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers is her latest.   read
Natalie Coughlin

Natalie Coughlin

Natalie Coughlin has built a reputation as the most versatile, dominant swimmer in the world. Natalie left the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2004 Athens Olympics as the most decorated female athlete.   read
Brenda J. Ponichtera

Brenda J. Ponichtera

Brenda J. Ponichtera is a registered dietitian and author of several award-winning cookbooks, all designed to prove that "healthful eating doesn't have to take a lot of time in the kitchen."   read
Chris Freytag

Chris Freytag

Chris has been teaching fitness, training clients and coaching on the subjects of nutrition and health for the past 20 years. Chris' high energy and approachable personality has helped build her reputation as a nationally known fitness expert among the viewers who watch her weekly NBC TV segments, to the members who jam pack her classes, to her clients, readers and fans.   read