Calorie and Quality…They Both Matter

I recently spoke with someone who said that with regard to weight gain, it doesn’t matter where the calories come from. She suggested that eating a donut is no different than consuming a more nutritious food with the same calorie count. Her argument was it... read more

Weighty Matters

I recently discovered that my body scale at home was inaccurate. It’s a doctor’s scale like those our healthcare teams have us step on when we go in for check-ups. You know the type: it has two measuring bars, one in 10 pound increments (starting at 100 pounds) below... read more

Judgment of the Jamboree

This year, for the very first time, The Boy Scouts of the America has decided to bar obese scouts from their annual Jamboree. It’s the organization’s biggest even of the year, so the announcement prompted a lot of discussion in the media. Agree or disagree, the... read more

Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Bananas, Oh My!

Researchers in Sweden followed 71,706 adult individuals between the age of 45 and 83 over a 13-year period in an effort to determine the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables every day. They found that eating five servings of fruits and vegetables each day... read more


STOP THE DIET, I WANT TO GET OFF! By Lisa Tillinger Johansen, MS, RD   I’m in the process of writing my second book STOP THE DIET, I WANT TO GET OFF! It takes a look at the fad diets out there and reviews their pros and cons. Ultimately, I discuss a healthy way... read more

Birthday Bash

Friday was my birthday. And while I’ve enjoyed quite a few of them as the years have swept swiftly by, I, as always, enjoyed my special day. I’m a firm believer in that we should celebrate ourselves. And we’re never too old for birthdays. Why is it that so many of us... read more

Dare to Dream

From early childhood I’ve always been a creative person. Among many things I enjoyed, and still do, is singing and acting in plays. But one of my most favorite things was, and is, writing. I wrote my first play when I was in 4th grade. It was a holiday play and not... read more

Peanuts, Cracker Jacks…and a Whole Lot More!

“Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd, buy me some… Twinkies split down the middle, stuffed with a hot dog, and topped off with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles with a cherry on top… It may be an edible heart attack, but I don’t care... read more

If You Get Milk, Get it Right

            Do you drink milk? If you do, raise your hand high and proud. Unless you have a disease state or condition that prohibits you from doing so, milk is good for us. I highly recommend it.             But let me ask you another question. Which strength is your... read more

Meals by Mom

Yesterday was the second Mother’s Day without my mother. It’s been a sixteen months since she passed away, yet it often seems as if I just saw her a moment ago. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her. So on the day that we showcase our love and appreciation of our... read more