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Organic Milk: What You Get for the Money

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN American Institute for Cancer Research Demand for organic milk, which can sell for up to double the cost of other milk, is booming. Deciding whether to spend the extra money is not as clear-cut a decision as some suggest. People may turn to organic milk for health benefits, or environmental […]

Secrets of the Lean Plate Club by Sally Squires

You’ve probably heard of Sally Squires and her Lean Plate Club. This column, published in the Washington Post, has been a weekly habit for most of us since it originated in 2001. Squires has brought us new insight into the dieting world, complete with everything from easy tips to fitness advice and recipes. If you’ve […]

When Exercise is a Battle

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN American Institute for Cancer Research We are surrounded by messages about the importance of physical activity. So why do so many of us have such trouble starting or sticking with a plan to be more active? Behavioral researchers and therapists report that for some people it reflects over-committed time schedules […]

Mercury Levels in Seafood

Eat more fish, it’s good for your heart. Limit fish intake, due to risk of mercury poisoning. Sound confusing? It’s almost enough to make you hang up your fishing pole and go to KFC. Fortunately, the FDA keeps track of mercury levels in common varieties of fish, so it’s easy to tell what is safe […]

Grapefruit Diet

This diet plan goes way back. It’s also been circulated as the NEW Mayo Clinic Diet. Just like the old Mayo Clinic Diet was a fake, this one is also based on myth. We don’t recommend it. What you’ll eat: Breakfast: – Either 1/2 grapefruit OR 8 oz. juice (unsweetened) – 2 eggs any style […]

Whole Diet Changes Benefits of More Vegetables

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN American Institute for Cancer Research Eating more vegetables and fruits, sources of so many antioxidant vitamins and phytochemicals, seems like a powerful step to lower risk of cancer and other health problems. However, large population studies have shown mixed results about such benefits. Now research suggests that this may be […]

Bistro MD

BistroMD – Introduction Note: Diet to Your Door is now known as BistroMD. After my week of NutriSystem, I was hesitant to ever try a prepackaged diet meal program again. I had intended to try Jenny Craig next, but I admitted my high blood pressure to the sales rep and she said she could not […]

The Salad Strategy to Control Weight

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN American Institute for Cancer Research Maybe you’ve had this experience: After arriving at a restaurant, ravenously hungry, you first eat a good-sized salad. Later, when the main course arrives, all you can do is nibble and pick at it. If this has happened to you, you’ve stumbled across a good […]

Diet versus Exercise for Weight Loss

Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN American Institute for Cancer Research With excess weight a greater problem than ever, the question of whether changing eating habits or exercise is more likely to produce weight loss is vital. A new study confirms the overall research findings that dietary change specifically eating less fat produces more weight loss […]

How Long Should it Cook on the Grill?

Meat Weight or Thickness Cooking Time Indirect Heat Cooking Time Medium Direct Heat Chicken Half 1 1/2 pounds 1 to 1/4 hours or until tender and no pink remains 40 to 50 minutes or until tender and no pink remains Chicken Breast Half skinned and boned 4 ounces each 15 to 18 minutes or until […]