Ashley Lucas

The reason behind those monthly cravings

Today’s column is for all the ladies out there. Men, stay tuned for next month’s discussion on testosterone. For now, we are going to discuss that “once a month” time when many of us experience...

DATE: July 1, 2020 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

What to eat to avoid painful gallstones

Most people are aware that diet plays a major role in gallstone production. And, man, if we can avoid gallbladder issues, we definitely want to because these stones hurt! The gallbladder is in...

DATE: June 3, 2020 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

Exercise, immunity and weight loss

“Exercise decreases immunity? What the heck! I thought I was doing something good for my body!” Or, “Reduce my exercise? How am I ever going to lose this weight?” I’ve been hearing these remarks...

DATE: May 6, 2020 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

Uncertain times and our health

We are all different: various backgrounds, genetic makeup, political and religious beliefs. I see different metabolisms with hundreds of varying dietary needs, sensitivities and preferences every...

DATE: April 19, 2020 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

‘The Biggest Loser’ is back ... and not a great guide

If you have struggled with weight loss or simply like watching reality TV, you have probably watched the show, “The Biggest Loser.” At PHD, we have listened to clients tell us about their struggles...

DATE: March 4, 2020 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

How many carbs should we be eating?

There is so much talk about them, so much controversy over these little things most of us love so much – the ever-popular carbohydrate. Some diets suggest eliminating them all, while others propose...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2020 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

How did U.S. get addicted to sugar?

Sugar consumption in the United States has increased from 18 pounds per person per year in 1800 to more than 180 pounds per person per year in recent estimates. That is an increase approaching 600%...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2020 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

Can alcohol be part of a healthy diet?

With the holidays upon us and the good cheer flowing, I thought it would be a nice time to talk about one of our favorite food groups this winter season: alcohol. I often get asked if alcohol can...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2019 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

The mental health and diet connection

Believe it or not, your emotional state has a lot to do with how healthy your gut is. Every part of your body works together as one system; if one element is out of balance, it will affect...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2019 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

The skinny on intermittent fasting

It seems these days that everyone I chat with has questions about intermittent fasting. As simple as “just not eating” sounds, there is an art and science behind it. Abstaining from eating for...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2019 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

Igniting the fat burn

The majority of us struggle to attain our optimal weight. We try our best to follow the conventional guidelines with which we are inundated. We are told to move more, eat less, that we should have...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2019 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

Are you an athlete? Eat this!

We now know that exercise is primarily a wellness tool and will not help most of us lose excess body fat. But, let’s say you are a professional athlete, or perhaps a recreational athlete, focused...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2019 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

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