It’s the combination of dietary sugar and fat.

It’s the combination of dietary sugar and fat.

First of all, this is not a discussion of meat. Meat is rarely a contributor to weight problems. The blame for your excess body fat can be placed squarely on the combination of dietary sugar and fat. Not just sugar alone. Not just fat alone.…

Sugar Calorie Creep!

Sugar Calorie Creep!

Calories creep, just sneak up on you when you aren’t looking. You do need calories because they provide energy. Sources of calories (called macro-nutrients) are protein, fat, and carbohydrates (sugar). But vitamins and minerals (called micro-nutrients) are the stuff that makes that energy work for…

The Difference Between Full and Not-Hungry

The Difference Between Full and Not-Hungry

What’s the difference between full and no-longer-hungry? I have out-of-town friends who have both changed their way of eating. We will call them Dick and Sally. Dick’s primary interest was to control his blood sugar because he is a diabetic. Sally, on the other hand,…

It was Serendipity!

It was Serendipity!

Was life perfect yesterday? You had a plan and the plan played out exactly as you intended? More likely, a thing or two went awry. The election didn’t go as you hoped. Perhaps a deer found the front of your car, your child gets up…

The Rock Bottom Line

The Rock Bottom Line

The Rock Bottom Line We all yearn to “feel great”, don’t we? We want to wake up daily full of energy, think clearly, and have no pain or discomfort. Periods of illness are short lived and disappear on their own. Only healthy folks can make…

How to eat healthy on a limited budget

How to eat healthy on a limited budget

“I am single, on a very limited budget, and buy the cheapest food I can. Over the last year I have gained a lot of weight I need to get rid of. The food your book says to avoid just happens to be the stuff…

Hungry, eat all day long!

Hungry, eat all day long!

  It’s All About the Food has a new column in the Montgomery County News. It is my health and nutrition version of “Dear Abby”, now aptly named “Ask Pat.”  Printed below exactly as it appeared in the paper. ——————————————————————————————————————- Hardly a day passes that…

When mothers know what is needed, you can count on us. We got it!

When mothers know what is needed, you can count on us. We got it!

  Let me tell you about mothers. We are more interested in what is good for our children than for ourselves. Slather those youngsters with sun screen while I burn to a crisp – a tan today is more important than the potential for skin…

Reduce Diabetes Risk of Bad Stuff

Reduce Diabetes Risk of Bad Stuff

This can be really scary. Folks with diabetes almost always have some bad stuff, stuff like nerve damage in our feet, eyes, and kidneys as examples.This is not “so what” stuff, rather these can be the beginning of pain, amputations, blindness, and kidney failure. Pat…

The Human Body Design is Magical – Plan B

The Human Body Design is Magical – Plan B

The operation of the human body is truly magical because it has built-in backup plans. If only we weren’t so good at overriding the magic. Pat SmithPat Smith is the author of “It’s All About the Food,” a book that guides nutritious food choices as…