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Each week, Dr. Charles Platkin, public health advocate, investigates timely topics in health, nutrition, food, and fitness.  Dr. Platkin's nationally syndicated health column called "Diet Detective," appears in more than 100 daily newspapers and other media outlets.

 Self-Audit Series.  Time for a Nutrition Checkup? Part 2

Self-Audit Series. Time for a Nutrition Checkup? Part 2

This is part two or your Nutrition Checkup - use the following to audit your eating behavior. Medical Checkups. Dental checkups. Car tune-ups. Home repairs. Anything that's worth taking care of needs periodic maintenance work - sometimes even a whole makeover. Your nutritional status is no different. Remember the old adage, "You are what you eat?" Well, it holds true in more ways than one. What you eat affects not only factors such as your weight, disease prevention and disease reversal, but also your energy level and sense of well-being. Even if you know what you should be eating, that knowledge doesn't always translate into action.   read
Self-Audit Series.  Time for a Nutrition Check-Up? Part 1

Self-Audit Series. Time for a Nutrition Check-Up? Part 1

Medical Checkups. Dental checkups. Car tune-ups. Home repairs. Anything that’s worth taking care of needs periodic maintenance work — sometimes even a whole makeover. Your nutritional status is no different. Remember the old adage, “You are what you eat?” Well, it holds true in more ways than one. What you eat affects not only factors such as your weight, disease prevention and disease reversal, but also your energy level and sense of well-being. Even if you know what you should be eating, that knowledge doesn’t always translate into action.   read
Summer Drink Recipes 2014 with Calories and Exercise Equivalents

Summer Drink Recipes 2014 with Calories and Exercise Equivalents

Here are several lower-calorie drinks to help quench your summer thirst and fill your belly. Keep in mind that seltzer, unsweetened iced tea and water are real low-calorie alternatives, but in case you're looking for a few others, here you go.   read
Nutrition and Diet Questions Answered

Nutrition and Diet Questions Answered

Taking Control of Overeating; Combating Loneliness While Getting Healthy; The Skinny on Your BMI   read
BBQ Foods and the Summer Activities (Exercise Equivalents) to Burn Off Those Calories

BBQ Foods and the Summer Activities (Exercise Equivalents) to Burn Off Those Calories

Here are a few popular summer barbecue foods and what they “cost” in terms of activity.   read
 Dining Out “Cheat Sheet”

Dining Out “Cheat Sheet”

Nearly 45 percent of all food spending is for food consumption outside the home, and most people eat out at about five times per week. With that mind, it’s probably a good idea to eat a bit healthier ­ here are a few tips.   read
Cheap Dieting:  How to Eat Healthy For Less Money

Cheap Dieting: How to Eat Healthy For Less Money

Many people mistakenly believe healthy eating comes with unhealthy food bills, but truth be told, a diet packed with vegetables, legumes, fruits and whole grains can be surprisingly affordable. Pick and choose from these tips to get more nutritional bang for your buck.   read
News You Should Use: More Protein; Avoid Prediabetes;  Skinny Politicians; Olive Oil; No Sugar; Sports Drinks = Bad Behavior; Don’t Tell Kids It’s Good and Fountain of Youth

News You Should Use: More Protein; Avoid Prediabetes; Skinny Politicians; Olive Oil; No Sugar; Sports Drinks = Bad Behavior; Don’t Tell Kids It’s Good and Fountain of Youth

Equally Distribute Your Protein Intake Throughout the Day; Avoid Prediabetes; Skinny Politicians Win; Olive Oil and Salad; No Sugar; Sports Drinks = Bad Behavior; Don’t Tell Kids It’s Good For Them and Fountain of Youth? (Photo curtsey of State of NJ)   read
How to be Your Own Nutritionist

How to be Your Own Nutritionist

Can't afford to go to a nutritionist? Here is the next best thing -- be you're own nutritionist!   read
Calorie Bargains: Food and Activity Apps, Video Lectures and New Websites

Calorie Bargains: Food and Activity Apps, Video Lectures and New Websites

Great apps, websites, and videos   read
Diet Detective: Spring Recipes 2014

Diet Detective: Spring Recipes 2014

Healthy spring recipes from top chefs!!   read
Spring Health Tips 2014

Spring Health Tips 2014

Finally!!! It's spring. What a winter, especially for those in the northeast US. What follows are several very interesting tips.   read
Diet Detective: News You Should Use: Get TV Out!; Cereal Flakes; Happy Thoughts, Happy Weight; Diet Soda Ding

Diet Detective: News You Should Use: Get TV Out!; Cereal Flakes; Happy Thoughts, Happy Weight; Diet Soda Ding

Get The TV Out of Your Child’s Bedroom!; Size Does Matter When It Comes To Cereal Flakes; Happy Thoughts Lead To Fewer Calories; Diet Drinks Get Another Ding; Even Very Young Kids Need Sleep To Stay Healthy and Eat Less; Beer May Reduce Harmful Substances in Grilled Meat; Seven Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Daily Save You   read
Best Strength-Training Exercise Series: The Squat

Best Strength-Training Exercise Series: The Squat

This is part of a continuing series on the Best Strength-Training Exercises. This is the third in the series ­ the squat. Experts: Fabio Comana, M.A., M.S., Faculty Instructor for the National Academy of Sports Medicine, with assistance from Gregory Florez, exercise physiologist for FitAdvisor.com.   read
Everything Guide to Calcium: Do you REALLY Need Dairy to Get It? Absorption Issues and More

Everything Guide to Calcium: Do you REALLY Need Dairy to Get It? Absorption Issues and More

Calcium is famous for helping to build and maintain strong bones, but it also plays a role in blood clotting, blood pressure and muscle and nerve functioning. Calcium accounts for 1 to 2 percent of adult human body weight.   read
Diet Detective's Nutrition Quiz 2014 — Which Food Has More Nutrients, 3rd Edition

Diet Detective's Nutrition Quiz 2014 — Which Food Has More Nutrients, 3rd Edition

See how good your nutrition knowledge is by trying to figure out which food has the most of each nutrient.   read