Heather Reese, Patient Expert

Heather wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Food & Nutrition.

Weighing In: How do I lose weight on a bland diet?

Question: I recently found out that I have stomach ulcers and I need to be on a bland food diet for awhile. I also recently quit smoking and gained 10 pounds. I really want to lose this weight that I have gained, but every thing I have read about bla...
Heather Reese

Weighing In: Can I drink regular soda in moderation?

Question: I know regular soda is high in calories but everything is okay in moderation. So is it alright to drink regular soda in moderation? Heather: Yes, it is true that all foods and drinks, in moderation, can fit into a healthy diet plan. However...
Heather Reese

Foods That Can Lower the Frequency of Your Outbreaks

Herpes is not a medical condition typically associated with diet; however, outbreaks of this painful virus have been linked to two amino acids. While the research is not conclusive, those who suffer from this virus are usually willing to try any reme...
Heather Reese

Weighing In: Should I eat when my stomach growls?

Question: I’ve been dieting but my stomach keeps growling so I have to eat. How do I lose weight if my body is constantly telling me to eat more? Heather: It’s not uncommon to experience signs of hunger after you’ve cut down on your calories, but thi...
Heather Reese

Weighing In: What vitamins should I take?

Question: I am a 54-year-old women who is concerned with taking the right type of vitamins. What vitamins should I be taking and how much of each should I take? Answer: Unless you have a severely limited diet, a basic multivitamin should meet most of ...
Heather Reese

Popular Diets Reviewed: Sugar Busters Diet

The Sugar Busters Diet is another plan that came out during the rise of the low carb craze in the mid-1990’s. Released in 1995, right around the time Atkins released his New Diet Revolution, Sugar Busters focuses on elminating sugar and other high gl...
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Popular Diets Reviewed: The Supermarket Diet

When I first heard that there was a diet called the Supermarket Diet, I assumed it was an eating plan based on a common recommendation of dietitians, shopping the perimeter of the grocery store. This techniques ensures that people purchase fresh prod...
Heather Reese

Popular Diets Reviewed: The Cheaters Diet

I have a lot of friends who have a cheat day built into their eating plan. They watch what they eat six days of the week and then one day, usually a weekend day, they allow themselves to have whatever they want - within reason. Well, there’s actually ...
Heather Reese