Category Archives: Sweet, Salty & Sexy

Carol Cottrill shares nutrition advice based around love and romance.

Is a Gluten-Free Diet Radical or Rational?

Breaking the gluten dependance
I’m a great believer that every diet plan offers a kernel of wisdom. But what about those who can’t stand the wheat—or, more specifically, gluten? Should people who have dumped bread entirely, not to mention pasta and cake, get out of the kitchen? Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat, barley and rye. It gives dough elasticity and helps it rise and keep its shape, and it can impart a chewy texture to foods.  Read more

Why You Love Chocolate and He Loves Bacon

Bacon and chocolate
Is our biology, more specifically our gender, responsible for our food cravings? Are women programmed to reach for a chocolate truffle or a candy bar, while men are wired for chicken wings? Scientific research has provided some hypotheses and a few studies, but for now this is what we know for sure: the differences between men and women probably have less to do with physiology and more to do with our early access to various foods. And by early access, I mean early—as in caveman days. According to David Katz, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, our modern-day preferences can be explained by evolution. Read more

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Keeping Your Looks and Love Life Hot!

Woman in winter coat finds ways to keep healthy
It’s cold outside—the forecast calls for some serious bundling up with that special someone. A girl’s gotta look hot too, so I’ve put together a list of ways to winterize your beauty routine while your love life steams up. Read more

Dieting and Dating: Having a Mind of Your Own

Woman contemplates dieting
Keep dating the wrong guy, again and again? Jump from one restrictive diet to the next, only to lose and gain the weight many times over? If this sounds familiar, it’s time to look for patterns of behavior, and the answer may be simpler than you think. Believe it or not, ineffective dieting and disheartening dating have something in common. You! Instant gratification is the new normal for many of us. Quick fixes and gimmicks only feed the need to have the ideal partner or a svelte body now. This impatience spills over into the most important aspects of our lives—our love affairs and general well-being. In our haste, we lose touch with the values required to sustain good relationships and a naturally healthy weight. I’m here to tell you there is no sidestepping the requirement for thoughtful, deliberate and honest evaluation of yourself as you seek the perfect eating plan or a soul mate for life. Read more

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Woman tries on dress in the mirror

Who has the fairest changing room lighting of them all?

Trust me—you’ll need a filtered lens to find a well-lighted fitting room in this country. We’ve all been there. As you race to the dressing room, maneuvering an armful of the latest fashions, take heed. Even a fit, toned, and tanned woman with nary an ounce of body fat can fall victim to a bout of low self-esteem when she sees herself in the halogen lighting and funhouse mirrors provided in the typical dressing room, including those in high-end shops. Read more

Is Your Boyfriend Making You Fat?

Cozying up to a new guy? Make sure his favorite foods aren’t part of the relationship. Guys are notorious for bad eating habits—beer, chips, and chicken wings, to name a few. If you’ve existed on salads and lean protein and suddenly find yourself on the sofa (what gym?) throwing back a rack of ribs, you may be headed for the boyfriend layer. Yep, that’s the layer of fat that sometimes comes along with the happiness, safety and security of a new relationship. Relationships and food are complex and intertwined. Here are some other things about relationships that may be sending you straight to the refrigerator: Read more