Worksite wellness: why culture trumps weight-loss

Worksite wellness is a hot ticket item for organizations these days. As we take a bigger role in our personal health, it makes sense that we get support at the workplace: we spend most of our days there and work is becoming more demanding. Companies have historically built wellness programs that double down on employee weight-loss to tackle increasing health…

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Pull out your uggs and put on your yoga pants, friends! Fall is in full swing and with it comes seasonal flavors; most notably, pumpkin spice has its dedicated fanfare. I won’t lie. I’m glad it’s back because it makes me get into the holiday spirit. To celebrate this week, I made some pumpkin bread, threw in…

Photos of what this dietitian eats each day.

One of the common questions I get is “what do you eat?!” My stock answer has been something vague between “just balanced eating” and “whatever my body tells me it needs.” I’ve never really divulged what I’ve eaten publicly (unless you’ve worked with me and you already know the truth), but here we go! Below,…

The Best 2-minute Instant Oatmeal Hack: Soaked Steel-Cut Oats

Raise your hand if breakfast is hard for you. *Raises my hand* Here’s the deal: time is not my friend in the morning. Maybe I press the “snooze” button a little too frequently because I’m stupidly ambitious about the time I will actually wake up. I’m often rushing out the door to catch my BART train…

The More You Ngo: 4 year anniversary!

4 years ago, I started this blog, The More You Ngo, as a school project. It was to get out of doing another bigger semester-long (the truth comes out)! As I learned more and became a dietitian, my blog evolved into what it has become today. I’m so happy that I’m able to share this with you….

The China Study: Is meat bad for us?

  Have you heard of “The China Study”? It was a two-decade long study that was conducted in the 80’s that compared diets in rural Chinese villages to diets in America and evaluated the correlation between food choices and incidences of chronic diseases, like cancer. The conclusion was clear: because rural Chinese residents ate more fruits and…

Greek Yogurt Whipped Cream

Who doesn’t like whipped cream? It’s pretty much one of the best things ever and it’s perfect on any dessert. So, what happens when you add Greek yogurt to it? You get an extraordinarily delicious whipped cream (recipe below). Before you say anything, I agree…desserts done healthy are garbage! Health reasons aside, dessert is meant to…

What happens when you cut sugar out of your diet? You die.

Have you seen those articles entitled “I cut sugar out of my diet for a year and here’s what happened” or “This is what sugar does to your brain”? As you read through them, you find out that they felt more energized and lost a 1,000 pounds. They’ve also “proven” that sugar is bad. Barf….

5 whole food alternatives to workout supplements.

2 weeks ago, I posted an article that promoted a “clean” bulk over a “dirty” bulk, and I want to follow up with a popular nutrition topic for athletes/bodybuilders: supplements. For an athlete who is growing and training, eating for performance is key. As a natural and recreational bodybuilder, I don’t do steroids. And because of…

Food isn’t good, bad, or super. Our relationship with food is.

  Last week, I was on a nutrition & sports training panel at OLIVERS apparel in SF. One of the standout questions was “are superfoods real or are they just a marketing tactic?” It’s such a fantastic question because everywhere we look there are these new and powerful foods that are supposed to give energize,…

What’s better for muscle gain: a clean bulk or a dirty bulk?

Most bodybuilders follow a simple cycle of training/eating: bulking and cutting. During the bulking stage, athletes enjoy lenient diets and exercise regimens. The highlight is eating without care aka the “dirty bulk”. Basically, you get to eat a lot of junk because you just want to gain weight, so you opt for calorie dense foods….

1 reason why the Alkaline Diet is so basic.

A couple of weeks ago, Kelly Ripa made headlines when she claimed that following the Alkaline Diet helped her recover from a painful injury. While the alkaline diet is not new, it’s definitely catching fire. The diet theory is based on the idea that when our bodies consume too many high-acidic foods, it throws our…