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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.

 Diet Detective: Thanksgiving Recipes 2014

Diet Detective: Thanksgiving Recipes 2014

It's Thanksgiving time. And once again there will be no calorie lecture or list of forbidden foods from me ­ just a few wonderful, healthy recipes from health-conscious cooks, chefs and foodies.   read
Diet Detective: 33 Smart Kitchen, Cooking and Food Shopping Tips to Help You Eat Healthier

Diet Detective: 33 Smart Kitchen, Cooking and Food Shopping Tips to Help You Eat Healthier

Preparation, knowledge and skills matter when you're trying to cook healthier in the kitchen. Here are some wonderful, must need tips.   read
News You Should Use

News You Should Use

Unconscious Brain Knows the Calories; Is that Burger (or Soda) Worth the Calories in Terms of Exercise?; Dietary Supplements Still Have Banned Ingredients; GMOs in Soy and Corn, says Consumer Report; Eating with Your Family Can Help You Lose Weight; Slow and Steady Does Not Win the Weight-Loss Race   read
Cauliflower – A Powerful Fall Vegetable that is Often Underrated

Cauliflower – A Powerful Fall Vegetable that is Often Underrated

Mark Twain said that “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” In fact, it is a super-powerful food that’s low in calories, carbs and fat, and high in vitamin C, fiber, folate, potassium and vitamin B6.   read
How to Stay Motivated

How to Stay Motivated

I was interviewing a well-known fitness expert, who told me about the following quote from Olympian Jim Ryan: “Motivation gets you started. Habit keeps you going.” That said, it’s important to stay motivated, because even if you develop a strong, healthy habit, there are still events, situations and circumstances that could derail you. You have come this far; don’t undo all the effort and hard work you have put into losing weight! Here are a few tips to help keep you motivated:   read
Cereal Investigation

Cereal Investigation

DietDetective.com evaluated 301 cereals, assigning each cereal a health score and then ranking them in order of healthiest to unhealthiest based on 19 different criteria. The following is a summary of the report.   read
Diet Detective:  Self-Audit Series.  Time for a Nutrition Checkup? Part 3:  Behaviors and Emotional Eating

Diet Detective: Self-Audit Series. Time for a Nutrition Checkup? Part 3: Behaviors and Emotional Eating

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. Here are a couple of quick check-lists to audit your behavioral issues around diet and healthy eating.   read

News You Should Use: Tomatoes and Prostate Cancer; Big Base, Great Workout; Fun Reduces Eating; Train Your Brain to Eat Healthier; All Diets Work; Walks for Sitting; Freshman Women Can Eat Healthier

Tomatoes and Prostate Cancer; Big Base, Great Workout; Fun Reduces Eating; Train Your Brain to Eat Healthier; All Diets Work; Walks for Sitting; Freshman Women Can Eat Healthier   read
Sleep, Your Body Position, Reading In Bed, and other Problems that Cause Body Pain

Sleep, Your Body Position, Reading In Bed, and other Problems that Cause Body Pain

Recently, I was able to catch up with an expert on physical therapy and dance, Colorado-based Mieke Scripps. She studied dance and kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin while performing in the modern dance troop Li Chiao-Ping Dance. After her dance career, she received her doctorate in physical therapy from Northwestern University and then worked as a physical therapist for the New York City Ballet, the School of American Ballet, the Miami City Ballet, the Juilliard School and on many Broadway shows.   read
How to Avoid Body Pain From Work  (Your Desk, Chair, Slumping)

How to Avoid Body Pain From Work (Your Desk, Chair, Slumping)

Recently, I was able to catch up with an expert on physical therapy and dance, Colorado-based Mieke Scripps. She studied dance and kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin while performing in the modern dance troop Li Chiao-Ping Dance. After her dance career, she received her doctorate in physical therapy from Northwestern University and then worked as a physical therapist for the New York City Ballet, the School of American Ballet, the Miami City Ballet, the Juilliard School and on many Broadway shows. Mieke found that yoga was an effective and safe complementary movement therapy to improve stability and strength while also increasing flexibility. She has recently relocated to Colorado and is integrating physical therapy with her expertise in yoga training for the Colorado Ballet Academy and in her own private practice. I was able to do an extensive three-part email interview with Dr. Scripps.   read
 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