Advice Columns

June 12, 2019

Q My doctor told me to follow an anti-inflammatory diet. Can you give me any tips? MM, Winterville

A I hope your doctor gave your more information about your dietary goals since you won’t find that title in the diet manual used by health care professionals.

Most registered dietitian…

Kolasa, Kathy

June 04, 2019

Dear readers. Some of you said my “ketchup” column was fun. Others found it confusing — “too much information.” Everyone who commented asked what ketchup we use at home. So here goes.

I do not need to follow a prescribed eating plan that strictly restricts calories,…

Kolasa, Kathy

May 29, 2019

A shout out to Mile of Hope: to the children struggling with cancer and their families; friends and volunteers who participated in Mile of Hope in Atlantic Beach recently. Most of the 35 families had a child receiving cancer care at Vidant Medical Center. A few came from Duke and UNC-CH. Read more…

Kolasa, Kathy

May 22, 2019

Q: You write about eating more dark leafy greens. I don’t know what you mean. Don’t tell me to look it up on the web. I don’t use a computer. HF, Farmville

A: I of course, like all the nutrition experts, encourage you to eat more vegetables. The MIND diet, a science-based diet to…

Kolasa, Kathy

May 15, 2019

Q: Can you address whether curcumin is effective in relief for inflammation? I have joint pain and interested in finding relief from exercise soreness. I am looking for something other than NSAIDS? AG, Greenville

A: Thanks for your question. You certainly aren’t alone, many people are looking…

Kolasa, Kathy

May 07, 2019


Q: Tell me it’s not true-- that you never eat a potato chip. I saw an article about 8 foods dietitians never eat and so we consumers shouldn’t either. The list also included white bread, regular soft drinks (including sweet tea), bacon, packaged muffins, veggie sticks, cheese in…

Kolasa, Kathy

May 01, 2019

A shout out to the graduating dietetic and nutrition students who helped with this column this year. And a special shout out to Nancy MS, RDN, LDN who is retiring from ECU’s Department of Nutrition Science. She has been a behind the scenes worker in so many of my community nutrition projects…

Kolasa, Kathy

April 24, 2019

Q: My daughter was recently diagnosed with PCOS. She is of normal weight, so we were surprised. Does what she eats make a difference? — MEM, Winterville

A: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition caused by hormone imbalances in a woman’s body and although it is often associated…

Kolasa, Kathy

April 17, 2019

Dear Readers:

First a shout out to those who joined my Cooking Matters grocery store tour sponsored by Pitt Partner’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Action Team. I had a grand time sharing tips on how to eat healthy on a budget as we roamed the aisles of a local Food Lion store.

I was ably…

Kolasa, Kathy

April 09, 2019

Q: A national newspaper had a headline story about pesticides, fruits and vegetables. What do you think about their Dirty Dozen list? — DRJ, Greenville

A: I cringe every year when an advocacy group issues their list of dirty dozen. For that matter, I get upset when I see any information in…

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