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"Let Food Be Thy Medicine"

January  2020

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.  



12 Top Foods for Weight Loss in 2020:  Adding these nutrient-dense, w hole foods to your diet , in place of refined,  processed  foods, will increase your  energy, decrease your hunger, improve your sleep, cholesterol and blood pressure and shrink your waistline. No dieting required. (Fooducate)

Calorie Density: How To Eat More, Weigh Less and Live Longer:  I'm guessing many of you resolved this new year to lose weight. Great, if that's the case but PLEASE don't diet to do so. Forget Keto, Paleo, Whole30, Weight watchers and any other fad diet making the rounds on the internet these days. Instead, fill your plate with veggies, fruits, whole intact grains and legumes and watch the pounds melt away. (Jeff Novick)

The Great Food Transformation:  If we don't change what we eat and how we produce our food, "we will bequeath to our children and grandchildren a severely degraded environment where much of the population will increasingly suffer from malnutrition and preventable disease." Unfortunately, this is the reality of our current food choices. Do your part by switching to a more plant-based diet full of veggies, fruits, whole intact grains, and legumes. Your brain, waist, heart, and children will thank you! (Berkeley Wellness) 

How to Be an Environmentally Friendly Cook and Eater:  Preserving our planet for future generations requires being intentional about many of our daily choices. How we buy and prepare food and what we choose to eat have an enormous impact on our environment. Here are some great suggestions to consider when planning your meals. (

The Meat-Lover's Guide to Eating Less Meat:  We've all heard that eliminating meat from our diet is not only good for our health but also for the planet. Easier said than done. For many, removing meat entirely from their meals isn't realistic or desired, but cutting back their intake significantly is definitely doable. If you're interested in relying less on animal protein, here are some great suggestions on how to accomplish your goal. Bon Appetit! (NY Times)

Everyone Knows Memory Fails as You Age. But Everyone Is Wrong:   Here's some good news regarding those "senior moments" most of us experience as we age. Maybe these brief lapses in memory occur because we have more information to sort through, not because our cognition is failing.  (NY Times)

Added Sugar Found in the Diets of Many Babies and Toddlers:  This is so concerning. Child obesity is skyrocketing and our children's diets are to blame. It's unfortunate that most parents have no idea just how much sugar they are feeding their kids (and themselves) and the negative health implications and behavioral issues that go along with excess sugar consumption. Fruit is fine but fruit juice, flavored yogurt, cereals, chocolate milk, most formulas, baked goods, and bread, not so much. Keep them out of your family's diet except for special occasions. Think whole foods not processed foods. (CBS News)

Cancer Death Rate in U.S. Sees Sharpest One-Year Drop:  It isn't all good news. Yes, thankfully lung and skin cancer rates have declined however progress has slowed for breast and colon cancers and even stopped for prostate cancer due to the increasing waistlines of more Americans. 13 cancers are linked to being overweight. The current obesity epidemic in the US is the reason many in the health care industry predict cancer will become the number 1 killer of Americans, overtaking heart disease, by the end of the decade. (NY Times)

Dying in the Neurosurgical I.C.U.  - Having just gone through this with my parents, I highly encourage you to think about  your "end of life" wishes and convey them to your loved ones. (NY Times)

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: