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Jeffrey S. Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN

Jeff’s insightful and humorous approach to nutrition and health has helped thousands worldwide make the transition to healthy living. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana State University in nutrition with minors in Exercise Science.

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If You Are Eating Out... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Novick, M.S., R.D.   
Thursday, 02 November 2006 20:59

Many of you enjoy the pleasure of dining out in restaurants. Regardless of whether it is part of travel, business, or to just relax or socialize.... it something many of you enjoy.   You can eat out successfully, if you are aware of the problems and issues you face in a restaurant.    One of the problems is that it is easy to over eat.   A new study has found that eating out may encourage binge eating.

The study published in the Western Journal of Nursing Research was done on women which included both binge-eaters and dieters, found that both groups of women ate out frequently -- and downed between 200 and 300 extra calories a day in the process. One-third of their bingeing "episodes" over the two-week study occurred in a restaurant, according to findings.  And, this was inspite of the fact, that these women ate only about 1/4 of their meals in fast-food places and usually skipped desserts, both of which are usually blamed for contributing to the obesity epidemic.   Not only did they eat more calories, they also ate about 10 to 16 extra grams of fat, on the days when they dined out. 

While binge-eating  is often thought of as a solitary habit, the environment of a restaurant with all the food cues (armoa, sight, presentation, etc) at restaurants can trigger a binge-eating episode.   So, if you are eating out, order healthy, and be aware of the triggers that may cause you to overindulge.  

SOURCE: Western Journal of Nursing Research, November 2006.

What's All The "Whining" About Wine? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Novick, M.S., R.D.   
Thursday, 02 November 2006 13:46

Well, you have all heard it by now...   PROOF that drinking wine is good for you.   It's all over the news, and the media.  Obese mice who were giving resveratrol did not suffer the consequensces of obesity they should be  the obese mice who didnt get the resveratrol did.

Really?  Well, don't rush out and start buying up red wine or resveratrol yet.    The mice were fed a large dose of resveratrol, 24 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. Red wine has about 1.5 to 3 milligrams of resveratrol per liter, so a 150-lb person would need to drink 750 to 1,500 bottles of red wine a day to get such a dose.   Well, if that didnt extend their life, they would be so drunk, they wouldn't really care. :)

Many supplements have about 20 mgs. The amount used in the study was the equivalent of giving a 150 lb man 1636 mgs which would be about 80 pills a day.

MY advice... relax... don't run out and buy some red wine or some resveratrol pills yet.  The jury is still out... way out.. as there are no longterm studies on humans yet and so we dont know about the side effects or other implications.

Amazing...  people won't use Splenda (not that I am recommending it) as they say there are no longterm studies in humans but will run out and start drinking wine and taking resveratrol after some small studies in mice.

Me?   I am going to keep eating my favorite foods... fresh fruits and veggies..  and plenty of red grapes, the natural and healthy source of resveratrol... and also have an abundance of all the other vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals that are good for me.

Jeff :)


Forever Young? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Novick, M.S., R.D.   
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 07:46

Neil Young sang a song called Forever Young.   And, wouldn't we all want to stay that way.   But, the way things are going, today's kids wont even have a chance.  The obesity epidemic is already taking its toll on them.    A recent study from Germany found that today s obese 14 year olds, already have hardening of the arteries on the outside, and thickening of the arteries on the inside.  The kids ranged in age from 11 to 16, with an average age of 14. None got even a half hour of exercise per week.

However, there is hope.  When the kids were put on an intensive 6 month program of exercise, they were able to undo the damage. They lost weight, lowered their cholesterol, improved their blood lipids and reduced their blood pressure.

The study's lead researcher, Andreas Aleander Meyer, MD said "We think that 90 minutes of exercise, three times per week, is the minimum children need to reduce their [heart disease] risk."  The study's findings appear in the Nov. 7 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

SOURCES: Meyer, A. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Nov. 7, 2006; vol 9: pp 1865-1870. News release, American College of Cardiology.

Is Trans Fat Free Fried Food Healthy? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Novick, M.S., R.D.   
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 06:34

I am glad to see all the recent news about the danger of Trans Fats in foods.  And, the attention it is getting from many food companies and restaurants in their attempts to address the problem.  Lately, NYC has been in the news as they are proposing a ban of Trans Fat.   However, have you seen the ads and stories?   Most all of them are about foods like fried chicken, french fries, and fried potatoes.   They are now going to be made with trans fat free fats (can you say that 3x fast).     But, WHOOPIE DO!!    Removing the Trans Fat from food is a good thing.  But, foods like fried chicken, french fries and fried potatoes have a lot more wrong with them then just trans fat.  Fried foods are not health foods.  Nor does frying them in a "better" (sic) oil, make them "healthier".    The ads make it seem like we can all now go out and enjoy our fried foods and not worry as they will be trans fat free.     It reminds me when potato chips were advertised as being "cholesterol free".   As if  a cholesterol free potato chip was healthy.   Fried foods are not healthy, with or without the trans fat in them. Sure, removing trans fat is a good thing, but a trans fat free fried food is not a health food.  Don't be fooled.  Avoid them at all costs.   

Eat Less, Live More? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Novick, M.S., R.D.   
Tuesday, 31 October 2006 13:53

Today's NYTimes has a great article on CR-ON, an acronym for Calorie Restriction with Opimal Nutrition.    The article is called One for the Ages: A Prescription That May Extend Life and It can be accessed for free right now at  The secret, is not just eating less, but getting the most nutrition for the calories you eat by choosing the most nutrient dense foods.   And, as you guessed it, the recommendations you have been hearing trom all the health experts at  the NHA and all our articles in Health Science over the years, have all been pointing you in the right direction.      Keep going!!   :)



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