Pitcher of Red BeverageLast week I kept a real-time photo/audio diary of everything I ate over the course of a single day. You can see the results of this experiment here. It wasn’t a nutritionally “perfect” day, but that was sort of the point. Lots of you wrote to ask for more “day in the life” diaries, reflecting different seasons or types of challenges, such as traveling. Happy to comply!

For those who are ready to move beyond food once and for all, this week’s podcast is a review of Soylent, a new product that claims to make food a thing of the past. What do you think? Are you ready to give up eating? (I’m certainly not.)

This week’s newsletter has a somewhat counter-intuitive tip for controlling cravings. Although researchers found this method to be effective, I (and lots of you, apparently) have doubts.

If you’ve failed to curb that craving and succumbed to a sugar binge, is there anything you can do to undo the damage? That’s what a Nutrition Diva listener wants to know. Here’s my answer.

Finally, next Monday, July 21st is National Junk Food Day.  My thoughts on that here.


Chilled Cucumber Soup recipeAhoy there! (Or, for those of a more piratical bent: Avast!)  Here in the Northeast, U.S.,  the hot weather has arrived in earnest. If your will to cook is wilting along with the salad greens, this refreshing Chilled Cucumber Soup may be just the thing.

This week’s podcast, “Are Some Calories More Fattening Than Others?” was inspired by an ongoing discussion I’ve been having with nutrition professor and fellow myth-slayer, LeeAnn Simons.  You probably won’t be surprised that we’ve staked out a middle ground between the extreme poles of “Calories Don’t Matter” and “Calories are All That Matters.”

The previous week’s podcast offers nutrition and diet tips for the growing number of young women dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS.  If you don’t have any ovaries yourself, please feel free to share it with someone who does.

In this week’s newsletter, a question about brown rice (and the surprising answer). And in last week’s Smart Nutrition segment on WYPR-FM, Tom Hall and I try to sort through confusing new research on protein: Are you getting enough? Are you getting too much? Listen to our conversation here.

The latest issue of Food and Nutrition Magazine is all about dairy, and includes my article on kefir–the fastest rising star in the fermented food firmament.

Thanks to Sarah Klein of Huffington Post for letting me rant a bit about detox in her roundup of popular nutrition nonsense and to Emily Ho for including me in her great article on the nutritional and culinary benefits of sprouted grains.

So much for the week’s business! Who has interesting vacation plans? Who has a spare room in their Tuscan villa or Caribbean island?


Bowl of Japanese DelicaciesHappy Summer, everyone! (Although for my friends down under, it’s Happy Winter!)

It’s a gorgeous weekend here in the Midatlantic and I’ll be honest: the garden is calling me. So, I’ll keep it brief! This week’s nutrition topics include:

How (Not) to get more potassium 

Shellfish Vs. Fish:  How do different kinds of seafood stack up nutritionally?  

How to know if you have fructose malabsorption (and what to do about it) 

How long does it take for food to turn to body fat?

Sorting out recent research on protein: Are you getting too much? Are you getting enough?


Habits_IM5According to a recent survey, three-quarters of American shoppers are worried about pesticides in the food supply.  But, as I discuss in this week’s podcast,  what’s in your grocery cart may be the least of your problems. Read more about hidden sources of pesticide exposure and how to avoid them.

On a lighter note, here are some diet and nutrition tips for improving the health and appearance of your skin including a recipe for a smoothie that makes a great facial.

A reader asks for tips on lowering blood pressure without medication and another wonders whether raw milk may have been the cause of her recent stomach bug.

From my blog on Huffington Post,  here are four ways to help your kids learn healthy eating habits. And the most recent in my (surprisingly popular) series of Nutrition Cheat Sheets: Sources of Potassium.


This week, psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen joins me for a series on the mood-food connection. In the first installment, we talk about self-medicating with food, and the pros and cons of using carbs to lift your mood. In the second part, we chatted about nutrients that can help treat and prevent depression and what the field of psychology has to offer in the fight against obesity.

In the mail bag this week were questions about texturized soy protein (is this vegan staple actually good for you?) and the urban legend that storing food in open tin cans will give you food poisoning. (It won’t but there are still a couple of reasons not to do this.)

Along the way, I discovered a wonderful new solution for those of you who struggle to come up with ideas and recipes for healthy dinners.

Finally, after two and a half years of hard work, ReViVer NYC opened it’s doors this week. No-one eats out more than New Yorkers and no-one has more choices. But I believe that ReViVer offers something new: a restaurant where there is absolutely no penalty for eating well. Please check out the menu and our nutritional principles, and next time you’re in New York, I hope you’ll stop by.



Food Combos that Boost Nutrition on the Lisa Oz Show

by Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN on May 16, 2014

Lisa Oz and Monica show you some synergistic–and delicious–food combinations that also help you maximize nutrient absorption.  Plus, how to make sure you’re getting enough (but not too much) from your supplements.

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Are you over 60? Female? New research suggests that you may be falling short on protein–and aging more quickly as a result. Please see this week’s podcast for breaking news on protein and aging.

Pregnant or planing to become pregnant? Gaining either too much or too little weight puts you and your baby at risk. Unfortunately, there are some disturbing trends at both ends of the spectrum. Last week’s podcast has more details on how much you should gain and how many calories you need during pregnancy.

From the mail bag: one reader wonders whether some amount of cholesterol is necessary for optimal health.  Another wrote to fact-check her friend’s assertion that honey is just as “evil” as table sugar.  My answer here.

Discovery of the week:  a meal planning and recipe service that is the answer many of you have been looking for.

And finally, in observation of Osteoporosis Month, I’m re-surfacing some of my most popular (and/or controversial) posts on the topic, including:

Diet for Healthy Bones
Is Milk Bad For Your Bones?
Tips for Improving Calcium Absorption
Dangers of High Dose Calcium Supplements


How to Overhaul Your DietFor those who are just getting started on the road to a healthier diet and are feeling a little overwhelmed by all there is to keep in mind, last week’s podcast had some advice on where to start.

If, on the other hand, you’re far enough down the road to be worrying about things like phytic acid and mineral absorption, this week’s podcast on the Other Side of Phytates is required reading and/or listening!

Earlier in the week, Tom Hall and I had a great discussion about what we can (and can’t) do to prevent cancer on WYPR’s Maryland Morning show.

When it comes to disease prevention, early hopes for vitamin D supplementation haven’t exactly panned out. But there is one bright spot: Vitamin D may be useful in the treatment of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. More here.   

And a reader wonders whether the raw egg whites in her smoothie could be setting her up for nutrient deficiencies. Get the scoop on avidin and biotin here.