Improving Heart Health

New York City-based cardiologist Robert Ostfeld, M.D., is the founder and director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Medical Center. A Yale- and Harvard-trained physician, Ostfeld strongly recommends that his patients make healthy lifestyle changes, including adopting a plant-based diet. He confesses that when he gives this recommendation, “sometimes patients look at me like […]

8 Tricks to Calm Runaway Food Urges

What’s Causing Your Cravings? It’s a common assumption that cravings indicate a nutritional need (for example, a chocolate craving means your body needs magnesium). But while this explanation is appealing, the real story is more complicated, says Marcia Pelchat, Ph.D., a food cravings expert at the Monell Chemical Senses Center. It’s true that you’re more […]

The Lazy Cook’s Guide to Healthy Eating

8 Ways to Save Time in the Kitchen and Eat Better Let’s face it: Healthful cooking takes work. We all know we should eat fewer processed foods and more fresh produce and whole grains. But it’s so much easier to grab a frozen dinner or a fast-food meal. With a little help from my friends, I’m […]

White Bean and Pumpkin Lasagna

Yield: 6 servings Total prep time: 20 minutes Total cooking time: 3-4 hours on low, or 1½-2 hours on high This lasagna is perfect for a meat eater who’d like to try a vegetarian dish. It’s easy to make and hearty. Add a nice spinach salad, and you’re all ready to have friends over for […]

A Hefty Price Tag

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overweight and obesity are defined by a mathematical calculation that uses a person’s height and weight to determine his or her body fat. This number is called body mass index, or BMI. A number, however, can’t capture the true meaning of excess weight. Heaviness exacts a […]