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"Let Food Be Thy Medicine"

May 2017

Jean Varney
Jeannie Varney
 Nutrition Consultant


Welcome to the Eat Right Be Fit Live Well monthly link roundup.
Each week I read many interesting articles relating to nutrition, fitness and wellness. Here are some of my favorites from the past month. While every article may not be relevant to your personal circumstance, I hope at least one will spark your interest and provide you with a healthy tip you can incorporate into your daily routine.  



People Think Juice is Good for Them. They're Wrong.   Please stop juicing! It is not healthy. Consider juice nature's soda and enjoy just 4oz of it as a treat infrequently. Instead eat fresh fruit.  (Washington Post)

5 Delicious Anti-Inflammatory Foods:   How many of these anti-inflammatory foods do you enjoy? I'm 4 for 5.  While tart cherries are tasty, replacing my fresh, seasonal blackberries and strawberries with them isn't going to happen. (

Unsaturated Fat Best for Heart:  Please do not believe the headlines that imply saturated fat found in butter, refined coconut and palm oils and red meat (pork, lamb and beef) is good for you. While limited research suggests certain types of saturated fat may have less of a negative or even a neutral effect on your health compared to other types of saturated fat, unsaturated fat found in nuts, seeds, avocado, fatty fish and olive oil actually benefit the heart. Stick to these forms for optimal health.  (Tuft's University Health and Nutrition Letter)

Despite the Anti-Carb Diet Fads, Whole Grains are Still Good for You:  Enough of the no carb craze. We need healthy carbs for optimal health. Shoot for at least 48 grams of whole grains a day - avoid refined grains altogether. Steel cut oats anyone? (The Washington Post)

What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimers:   Following these diet and lifestyle suggestions can protect you from more than just Alzheimers. Great advice. (

Fresh Food By Prescription: This Health Care Firm Is Trimming Costs - And Waistlines:  If you're struggling with pre-diabetes, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and/or high blood pressure, address your diet. Improving what you eat is the most effective way to control and even reverse these conditions. (

Worried About Pesticides? 15 Foods You Should Buy Organic in 2017:  Concerned about pesticides? Here's the dirty dozen list for 2017. Buy organic varieties of this produce to avoid dangerous chemicals. (

Foods You Don't Have to Buy Organic:   Here's the clean fifteen list for 2017. Few pesticides are used when growing these fruits and veggies. Consuming conventional varieties of this produce is safe. (

You Can Take Steps to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk:  Here is a great summary of the diet and lifestyle choices you can implement to reduce your risk of breast cancer. Following these suggestions will also lower your risk for diabetes, heart disease and other cancers. (NY Times)

Why Your 'organic' Milk May Not be Organic:   Wonder why some organic milk is cheaper than others? It might not be organic after all. I highly encourage you buy your dairy products from local, small dairy farms where you know the animals are grass-fed. Not sure where to find these products. Try your local farmer's market. (The Washington Post)

About Jean Varney 
Jean Varney is the founder and president of Eat Right, Be Fit, Live Well LLC, a health and nutrition consulting firm committed to empowering men and women to improve their health through sustainable changes to their diet and lifestyle.  Based in the Washington DC metropolitan area, Jean coaches clients nationwide by phone and in person.  She focuses on helping individuals make smart choices about the foods they eat in order to maintain high energy levels, avoid unwanted weight gain and decrease their risk of heart disease, cancer, type II diabetes and other chronic illnesses.  Jean received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.  To learn more about her practice, please visit her website at: