Ashley Lucas

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

The saboteur within us all

We all have one. That voice that frequently pops into our mind and fills us with fear, doubt, worry and more. The mind is truly the one and only thing that can demolish our best intentions. It...

DATE: July 31, 2019 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

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