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Author Archives: Nan Windmueller

Nan Windmueller is a nutritionist in Albany, NY.

The Value of Eating Like Your Great-Grandmother

Too many Americans are over-fed.  Contrary to the popular nutrition gospel preaching eating more protein, it is actually rare to see protein deficiency in this country, with a couple of exceptions.  The elderly, and those with eating disorders might not consume enough protein for optimal health.  In general, if one is eating enough calories, one [...]

Easy Ways to Increase Your Vegetable Intake

Western diets are notoriously lacking in abundant portions of vegetables.  The rule of thumb is that half your dinner plate should be filled with vegetables.  One quarter of the plate should be reserved for the starch, and the last quarter of the plate is for the protein source [be it vegan or animal]. Too many [...]

Dietary Risk Factors for Fatty Liver

Last year, the journal, Diabetes Care, reported a link between diets containing too much saturated fat, and/or sugar being a risk factor for a condition known as fatty liver. In recent years, more of my client population has been diagnosed with this condition than in years past, and this reflects the incidence in the general [...]

The Microbiome

Before being introduced to the term ‘microbiome’ [micro-organisms living within, and on, our bodies], I used to teach clients about the amazing garden living in our intestines, composed of bacteria, hopefully in a healthy balance of beneficial strains and pathogens [disease causing].  I would let them know that some of those micro-organisms produce vitamin K [...]

Studies in the News

Two studies caught my attention recently.  The current, useful information they contain could inspire readers to make positive changes in their diets resulting in improvements in their health- not to mention, a sense of control. The International Journal of Cancer reported a review of 18 studies evaluating the relationship between breast cancer rates and the [...]

End of Year Celebrations, & those New Year Resolutions

I am often asked to create strategies for dealing with the food temptations at this time of year.  My response has always been that it is important to recognize food is more than nourishment for the body.  It reflects our ethnic heritage. It marks note-worthy holidays.  It measures the passage of time.  It reminds us [...]

Artificial Sweeteners to Avoid

Nutrition Action, the monthly newsletter from the Washington, DC based Center for Science in the Public Interest [CSPI] is the nutrition equivalent to Consumer Reports.  Exhaustively researching the scientific and medical literature, and using their own laboratories, Nutrition Action’s reporters provide its readers with useful, trustworthy information. In one of the monthly issues an article [...]

Diets for Kidney Patients

For decades, doctors have ordered low protein diets for patients with kidney disease.  Americans consume, in general, far too much protein, creating extra work for the kidneys as they try to excrete the waste caused by protein metabolism.  When kidneys cannot function normally, the build-up in the blood of toxic protein by-products, takes a serious [...]

Bittersweet Chocolate…More Health Benefits Reported

Research reported at an annual meeting sponsored by the journal Experimental Biology last April gave us chocolate lovers more to celebrate.  Two human trials, exploring the effects of consuming chocolate with at least 70% cacao solids, demonstrated that the higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the effects on brain function. Improved mood, memory, [...]

Vegetable [and fruit] Intake and Risk of Breast Cancer

The current issue of Nutrition Action, the newsletter of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, reports that scientists observed 182,000 women over a 24 year period.  Those who consumed more than 5.5 servings of produce per day [not fruit juice] had an 11% lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who ate [...]