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.