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Author Archives: Nan Windmueller

Nan Windmueller is a nutritionist in Albany, NY.

My Advice…Reject New Year Resolutions as a Strategy for Weight Loss

Decades counseling clients, who want to lose weight, have taught me that all weight loss diets work. The problem is they work only when one is on them, and no one wants to stay on a weight loss diet with their predictable restrictions. People may diet to fit into a dress or a pair of […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain & Diet

Many years ago I became aware of the benefits dietary changes might offer to people with rheumatoid arthritis [RA], an auto-immune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its joints, making them swollen and painful. The suggested dietary change involved removing all animal products from an RA patient’s diet. I made a mental […]

What is A1C? Hint…Important Blood Test

The US. Preventive Services Task Force has issued valuable guidance to overweight or obese individuals, ages 35-70, who want to take the best approach to their health care in managing, or even preventing, pre-diabetes or diabetes. Screening, according to the task force, of American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Blacks, Hispanics/Latinos, and Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders should happen at […]

California Plant-Based Inmates Win in Court

A lawsuit sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine defended the right of California’s inmates to consume a plant-based diet without having to claim their choice is based on the teachings of their religion. Lawyers argued their inmate clients should be able to select plant-based meals as a fundamental right to basic human necessities, […]

Dietary Choices Linked to Loss of Brain Volume

From 1990-2016, the world-wide incidence of dementia increased by 117%. This alarming statistic has stimulated many scientists to look for possible causes of this life-altering condition- affecting patients, families, and governments. With inflammation being a suspected initiator of many of our chronic, debilitating illnesses, there have been many studies focused on the influence of diet […]

What We Can Learn From the French

Many years ago, I read an article in the New York Times, written by Karen Le Billon, an American university professor who divided her time between teaching assignments in the US and France…taking her two daughters with her. The subject of this article had a powerful effect on me, influencing the way I approached the […]

Nitrate-Rich Vegetables & Heart Health

In April of last year, the European Journal of Epidemiology reported the results of a 23 year Danish study of 53,000 subjects evaluating who among them had a lower rate of hypertension [high blood pressure], and heart disease, and how their diets might have influenced the findings . It was discovered that those who consumed […]

Plant-Based Diets Linked to Better COVID-19 Outcomes

On June, 7, 2021 an online article in the BMJ’s [British Medical Journal] Nutrition, Prevention & Health, reported the health outcomes of health care workers in six countries, with high exposure to patients suffering from COVID-19. Participants who followed plant-based diets had a 73% reduced incidence of moderate to severe COVID-19. In contrast, those who […]

Ultra-Processed Foods Present Health Risk

An article in the European Heart Journal’s November 2021 issue described a study of the diets of people who had already had one heart attack or stroke. As the patients were followed over time, it was noticed that an increased risk of a second, more likely to be fatal, heart attack or stroke was associated […]

6 Super-foods for Our Good Health

Certain foods, deeply colored and richly nutritious, are commonly consumed in the Mediterranean, Asian, and Blue Zone diets. The people living in those locations, eating selected foods, tend to avoid developing the diseases of affluence: heart disease, lifestyle-driven cancers, obesity, and Type II diabetes. They live longer with a better quality of life than many […]