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Category Archives: Diet and Nutrition

Straight, No Chaser: Constipation (Part 1)

If you remember the Al Bundy character from the TV show Married With Children, you know much of what you need to know about constipation (and hemorrhoids for that matter). When it
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 24, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: When Eating Goes Wrong, Part II – Bulimia

If you read Part I of this conversation on eating disorders (anorexia nervosa), you will recall that eating disorders are a mix of an abnormal body image combined with abnormal be
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 12, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: When Eating Goes Wrong, Part I – Anorexia

Simply put, our society doesn’t do the job it should in promoting a normal image of health at either end of the spectrum. The typically promoted American ideal of beauty sets
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 27, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Let's Boost Your Metabolism

It would be improper for me to have dragged you through the mud for three days and depressed you into thinking you can’t improve your situation. Hopefully, you’re not f
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 19, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Healthy, Sustainable Weight Loss – Let's Get Started

How to Lose Weight, and What is Healthy Weight Loss (AKA, How Much, How Soon and How)? Let’s start with the How. Commercial voice: “You should contact your physician before st
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 18, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Diet and Nutrition Tips

If you’re serious about keeping your New Year’s resolutions, so are we. Today, we move from explaining how to eat (as we did here), to giving you practical steps and choices to
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 6, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Do You Even Know How To Eat Healthy?

We’re still in New Year’s resolutions mode! Previously we introduced you to why you exercise and we discussed how to start. Today’s Straight, No Chaser is about your die
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 5, 2015

Straight, No Chaser: Artificial Sweeteners

It’s always struck me as somewhat odd when people approach me with concerns about sugar substitutes. What I mean by that is my first response is something akin to “Whatever you
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 8, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Moving Toward a Vegetarian Diet

Ok… I’m glad to have finally come across a diet option that has struck a nerve. The post on principles of vegetarianism has raised a lot of questions, and I’ll take this spac
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 2, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: An Introduction to Vegetarian Diets

  Today is World Vegan Day. If you are on a vegetarian diet, congratulations to you, but if you’re not, you still should be interested in the principles that make a vegetari
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 1, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Malnutrition

  Do you know someone so poor that eating is a constant concern? Do you have a child who is a finicky eater? Have you ever been concerned that your child might become malnourished
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 27, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Cholesterol Awareness

Most people know just enough about cholesterol to be able to do something about it should they choose. Still, seventy-one million American adults have abnormally high cholesterol,
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 23, 2014

Straight No Chaser In The News: New Weight Loss Pill On The Market, aka The Problem With How We Approach Our Health

The headlines say that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new weight-loss pill. The marketing will attempt to convince you that your health can be secured b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 12, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Basic Diet and Nutrition Tips

  There’s so much clutter in information you receive about healthy eating. This Straight, No Chaser is a refrigerator-quality post-up that gives you practical steps and ch
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 11, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: How Many Calories Do You Need a Day?

Let’s put this post (at least the end of it) under the category of things you do but really don’t think about. How many calories should you take in per day to function (meaning
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 29, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Genetically Engineered Foods (GMOs) – Frankenfoods or Public Health Innovation?

Have you ever bred an animal, say a dog? Have you ever taken a vitamin or supplement? Of course you have, so let’s start the conversation there. Imagine you live in a world with
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 28, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Treating Your Gas and Gas Pains

So… you have problems with gas. What are you to do? Well, given that gas production is a natural occurrence, it’s not like you’re going to eliminate having gas (no pun intend
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 24, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Treatment of Food Poisoning

The vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps and all around bad feelings you may get with food poisoning is extremely unpleasant. We’ve previously discussed preventative measu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 19, 2014

Understanding Food Poisoning (Foodborne Illness)

We make a decision with everything we place into our mouths. We also exhibit a large amount of trust that the food we eat is safe. Most of the time that’s true, but unfortunately
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 18, 2014

Straight, No Chaser: Food Contamination and Protecting Yourself From Foodborne Illness

Those of you who are regular readers of Straight, No Chaser may have heard me say that everything you place in your mouth either harms or helps you. Your mouth is the direct point
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 17, 2014
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