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Jeff Novick
Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN is truly a unique dietitian and nutritionist. With over 24 years of experience in nutrition, health, fitness and natural living, he offers expert health advice distilled into powerful, easy-to-understand language on a variety of current topics.Novick’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 a minor in exercise science.Novick serves as Vice President for Executive Health Exams International and lectures at the McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, California and at the Engine 2 Immersion program in Austin, Texas. He is also the Director of Nutrition for the Meals for Health program, which is helping empower low-income families to achieve optimal health.For almost a decade, Novick served as the Director of Nutrition at the Pritikin Center in Aventura, Florida, and as Vice President of the Board of the Directors for the National Health Association (NHA). He also served as the Director of Health Education for the NHA and as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Sciences for Kaplan University.Novick has taught nutrition classes at Indiana State University, Indiana University Medical School, the University of Miami Medical School and the Florida Academy of Family Physicians. He regularly lectures at medical conferences across the country. While in Indiana, he created and taught the Nutrition Education Initiative, a preventive medicine curriculum for medical doctors, residents and medical students. In recognition of this groundbreaking project, Indiana’s governor awarded Novick the Indiana State Public Health Excellence in Health Science Award and Indiana State University awarded him the Graduate-of-the-Last-Decade Award.He has been interviewed by Newsday, Parade, Men’s Health, Shape, Women’s World and has appeared on Fox News, Discovery Health, the Today Show and other media outlets nationwide. He recently appeared in the documentary Processed People and the movie Fatboy, which won the Best Documentary award at the Fort Lauderdale and Queens Film Festivals.

Tuesdays With Jeff: Insights Into Your Health: The Myth of Moderation Pt 1: Do All Foods Really Fit?

The Myth of Moderation Pt 1: Do All Foods Really Fit? Jeff Novick, MS, RD You know what they say when it comes to what to eat,”everything in moderation.”     Whether it is chocolate, wine, red meat, dessert, etc.  Nothing is bad, in and of itself, as long as we just don’t consume too much of [&hellip

Tuesdays With Jeff: Insights Into Your Health: Arsenic & Rice: What You Can Do

Arsenic & Rice: What You Can Do. Jeff Novick, MS, RD Rice and arsenic are in the news again as a result of a recent investigation by Consumer Reports. We have addressed arsenic in rice (and in juice) before, which you can see in the two articles linked below.  These articles will give you an [&hellip

Tuesdays With Jeff: Insights Into Your Health: The Calorie Paradox

Over the years, I have worked with many people who have told me their diet was vegetable based. However, on closer examination, it was anything but. Most often, they were getting most of their calories from either nuts, fruits, or starches (starchy vegetables, whole grains, beans). Here is why. The basis of a diet is [&hellip

Tuesdays with Jeff: Insights Into Your Health: The Healthy Eating Placemat: A Visual Guide To Healthy Eating

QUESTION: Right now we are all bombarded with every kind of vegan or plant-based diet in the world. How would you capsulize Jeff Novick’s recommendations? I have really been thinking about that lately and how best to describe the principles of a healthy diet, and I think, plant-centered, minimally processed, calorie dilute, low SOS & variety, [&hellip

Tuesdays With Jeff: Insights Into Your Health: Reflecting on the Paleo Diet

Q: I have read Loren Cordain’s book about the Paleo diet.  What is your opinion of the Paleo regimen and what it is promoting – no grains, no/limited dairy, etc etc. It seems that the rationale is fairly reasonable in that most foods we eat today weren’t even available a few hundred years ago especially [&hellip

Tuesdays With Jeff: Insights Into Your Health: Meal Frequency and Eating Between Meals

QUESTION;  I was wondering if there is any evidence as to whether the traditional three meals per day is better than, for example, one or two meals per day.  Or is it better to eat several meals per day? If you are not hungry and wanting to lose weight, is there any drawback to skipping a [&hellip

Tuesdays With Jeff: Insights Into Your Health: Does Dieting Lead to an Eating Disorder?

QUESTION: I have been trying to follow this program and discussed it with my local RD.  She said that any program like this (i.e., a plant based, vegetarian, vegan diet, etc.) that restricts certain foods or food groups can trigger binge eating and overeating and even lead to an eating disorder.  Is this true? Thanks for [&hellip

Tuesdays With Jeff: Insights Into Your Health: The Truth About Sodium Intake Levels

Evidence has shown that excess sodium/salt intake raises blood pressure (hypertension), which is an established risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. In addition, excess sodium/salt intake has been associated with stomach cancer, osteoporosis, edema, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, headache, angina, left ventricular hypertrophy, arteriosclerosis, and autoimmune problems. A 2009 review, The Preventable Causes of [&hellip

Tuesdays With Jeff: Insights Into Your Health: Which has more protein: 100 calories of broccoli, steak, romaine or kale?

QUESTION:  “Thanks for the chart on the percentage of calories from protein. I was glad to see some accurate numbers.  However, right afterwards, I saw another chart on Facebook listing the nutritional breakdown of broccoli, steak, romaine and kale showing the vegetables had more protein per 100 calories than the steak. Is this really true? I [&hellip