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Think Pink, Live Green is a way of living that aims to help women reduce their risk of breast cancer or the disease coming back in survivors. It’s also a way for women living with advanced disease to make the healthiest choices possible.

The Ins and Outs of Insulin Resistance

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on October 24th, 2013 Tags: , , , ,

You’ve probably heard many reasons why you should avoid sugary foods: tooth decay, lack of any nutritional value, and weight gain among them. But did you know that a diet high in sugar also may lead to a serious condition called insulin resistance?

Insulin is hormone that’s made in the pancreas and works throughout the body. Its job is to regulate your blood sugar levels…

Coming to Terms With Sugar Substitutes

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on October 9th, 2013 Tags: , ,

If you’re trying to eat only healthy things, you already know to avoid sugary drinks like soda, lemonade, sweetened iced tea, and frothy coffee confections. But what does that leave you? Just plain water, seltzer/club soda, tea, and coffee. These options may seem a lot less exciting, especially if you believe you have an incurable sweet tooth.

I’m sure this is why many people end…

Juicing: Is Sipping Greens Just as Good as Chewing Them?

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on September 25th, 2013 Tags: , , , ,

Juicing is sweeping the nation like cupcakes did a few years ago. Cupcakes may be cuter than juice, but they’re packed with sugar and other less-than-healthy ingredients. Juicing offers a quick and easy way to get your daily servings of vegetables. Green juices may contain kale, celery, Swiss chard, spinach, or parsley, as well as carrots, fruit, and/or fruit juice. So-called “natural Gatorade” mixes cucumber…

Dieting vs. Rethinking How You Eat

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on September 11th, 2013 Tags: , ,

Managing my weight has been a lifelong struggle. Between the occasional summer bathing suit appearance and the upcoming stretch before the major holidays, there’s no break! What can I say? I have a real weakness for food and have to push myself to exercise. But my own diagnosis of breast cancer 3 years ago was a game-changer. Here it was, the biggest reason ever to…

Straight Talk About Straight Hair

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on August 28th, 2013 Tags: ,

When it comes to our hair, we often want what we haven’t got. This seems particularly true when it comes to glossy, straight hair. Practically no one is born with it, so we end up forcing our hair into the style we want.

As someone who’s always had curly hair, I’m married to my anti-frizz cream. But I use curling irons and blow dryers to…

Food Label Findings

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on August 15th, 2013 Tags: , ,

Recently while grocery shopping, I came across a box of tasty-looking breakfast bars. The front of the box promised they’d give me nutritious, sustained energy, but the food label on the back told me the real story. The bars had less fiber and protein and more sugar and sodium (salt) than my usual breakfast cereal. Yikes! They were really just cookies in disguise.

It wasn’t…

Let’s Talk Toothpaste

By Marisa Weiss, M.D. on July 31st, 2013 Tags: , ,

Like washing our hands and moisturizing our skin, brushing our teeth is an everyday habit that’s 100% routine. We do it without thinking about it at all.

Once in a while, though, we should. In the past, we’ve talked about making safe soap and moisturizer choices. Now it’s time to give toothpaste some attention, too. Any product you use every day is worth…

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