Category Archives: Nutrition

Spice up Your Life With Turmeric

By now you know how important I believe food is to health and healing. Food is something I discuss with virtually every patient I see at Women to Women. Finding the right balance of high quality proteins, slow-release carbohydrates and healthy fats — and knowing which ones are the best to choose — is something […]

Hormone Disrupting Foods In Your Kitchen Now

Whenever I see a patient who is experiencing life-disrupting symptoms, one of the first things we talk about is her diet. At Women to Women, we have learned over the years that the old adage you are what you eat is so very true, especially during the transition before and after menopause. When I ask […]

Sweet Poison – Kicking Your Sugar Addiction

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP When I started my practice years ago, I truly didn’t understand the power of food, but now I know more than ever that sugar can be a game-changer for people today. The epidemic of obesity is largely driven by the fact that sugar is an additive in many foods today […]

The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP High fructose corn syrup was originally developed in the 1970’s in Japan. Over the years we have seen an increasing consumption – In 2004, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition cites the increase to be 1000% in just 20 years – between 1970 and 1990. Wow! High fructose corn syrup […]

The Healthy Mediterranean Diet: Omega-3s and Phytonutrients

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP One of the most natural ways for women to achieve health and wellness is through a nutritious diet that includes protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. When we think about fat, we want our diets to resemble the centuries old Mediterranean style of eating, not the recent fast-food or crash diet […]

Nutritional and Lifestyle Guidelines

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Eating is a primitive urge, like sleeping or going to the bathroom. When food sources are abundant, we are hard-wired to eat as much as our body needs to function, survive, and reproduce, but also — more critically — to store against the possibility of famine. Eating is also a […]

Health and Vitamins – Who Should Take Dietary Supplements And Why?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Virtually everyone has a family history that includes a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer. You may be concerned that you carry a genetic predisposition to one or more of these diseases. But recent science has shown there’s much you can do to prevent disease, starting with […]

Understanding Carbohydrates – Let’s Take Away The Confusion

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Over the past decade or so, carbohydrates in the American diet have both gained favor and fallen out of favor, sometimes so quickly that women can be left in a state of confusion. Should their diets be low carb?  High carb?  Some carbohydrates are touted as being disease fighters – […]

Why Is Everyone Talking About Gluten?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP There’s no escaping it now.  Almost everyone associated with food, from national chains to local grocery stores, are all addressing gluten – offering gluten-free menus to carrying ever expanding sections of gluten-free foods. Magazines, from our favorite monthly women’s magazines to health journals, are all talking about gluten – studies, […]

Eating Well And Making Informed Choices – No Easy Task!

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Organic?  Grass fed?  Non GMO?  Washed?  Non processed?  Gluten free?  Healthy Fats?  Safe packaging? All of these questions and all you want to do is eat foods that are tasty, nutrient rich, and transported to our stores in a healthy way! Staying informed, it seems, is the only way to […]

The Health Benefits Of Soy

Soy: what are the healthy benefits? by Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN  It seems as though there are new soy foods added to the market every day. It’s hard to know which ones we should be adding to our diet and if we should be adding them. The choices can be confusing! What adds to the confusion […]

5 Multivitamin Myths, Part 1

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Do you need a multivitamin if you eat healthy food? Are multivitamins a waste of money? Are multivitamins unsafe? Does your body benefit from multivitamins? Essential vitamins Let’s start by exploring these building blocks of healthy nutrition, called vitamins. Vitamins are the ever-busy worker ants of the metabolic process. They […]

Vitamin D and Tanning Beds

by Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN NP Spending time in the sun can supply the body with vitamin D which is essential in helping to defend against depression, heart disease, stroke, cancer and osteoporosis. Sometimes though, especially during the winter, some of us have difficulty squeezing even a few minutes of sunshine into our busy schedules. Or […]

Is Vitamin D Deficiency Casting A Cloud Over Your Health?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP I just returned from a conference where everyone was discussing vitamin D. It’s been a hot topic in both conventional and alternative medicine lately because vitamin D deficiency is widespread and seems to be related to so many health concerns: osteoporosis, depression, heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes, parathyroid problems, […]

Health Benefits of Tea

by Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN NP Tea time—12 amazing ways that tea helps keep you young Protection against stress and depression Protection against weight gain and diabetes Protection against infections and chronic disease Support for heart and bone health Take a walk with me into a department store, and let’s see all the shelves of expensive […]

Foods And Herbs For Boosting Immunity And Respiratory Health

 by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Are you (or the people around you) “coming down with something” — a respiratory bug you’d rather not have? Some of the most convenient and economical sources of immune support can be found right in your pantry, in the form of immune-boosting foods, herbs, and spices. Some of our favorites […]

Why Doctors Are Often Opposed To Nutritional Supplements

By Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Despite the fact that the Journal of the American Medical Association published a review advocating that every adult take a multivitamin to reduce the risk of disease, we often hear of doctors who oppose nutritional supplements. This leads many people to wonder – are dietary supplements safe? Frankly, we understand […]

Your Health Depends On Optimal Nutrition

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Without a doubt, eating well and having optimal nutrition is the number-one strategy for creating lifelong health, regardless of your starting point. You may be highly conscientious and diligent about your diet, or you may be in despair about your nutrition and miles from reaching your goal. Or, you may […]