Dr. Barb is a registered dietitian with many years of experience in helping families eat more nutritiously. Dr. Barb earned a doctorate in health science from Nova Southeastern University. She has had her own nutrition consulting firm for over a dozen years and has worked for both nonprofit national nutrition organizations and for profit food businesses. She co-authored 5 A Day, the Better Health Cookbook published by Rodale Press and is an avid bicyclist and vegetable gardener.
Dr. Barb’s Philosophy:
Dr. Barb believes in a few simple rules with regard to living healthfully.
Eat food, not supplements, whenever possible.
It’s what you eat 90 percent of the time that matters most; it’s okay to splurge once in a while – not every day.
When you do "splurge," do so with some responsibility; share your indulgence; read the food labels and ingredient statements, avoid highly refined foods.
The fresher the food and closer it is to being just picked from the garden, the better it tastes and often the more nutrients it has.
Whole grains should make up at least half (or more) of your complex carbohydrate intake.
Colorful fruits and vegetables should fill half your plate. 100% fruit or vegetable juice should make up only one serving a day.
Animal proteins (meats, poultry, fish, and dairy foods) should be low in fat and used to enhance meals; they should not be the “star” of the meal.
The type of fat eaten is important; emphasize monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and reduce or eliminate saturated and trans fats.
Eat slowly, savor your food, and enjoy it. Stop when you are 80% full.
Regular exercise that includes a combination of stretching, aerobics, & weight/strength training is important for people of all ages. Fun activities count, too.
If alcohol is consumed, it should be done in moderation; no more than one glass for women and two glasses for men per day.
Get 8 hours of sleep a night.