Hi, thanks for stopping by.
My name’s Vince and this site is the end result of my lifelong interest in nutrition and my passion for optimal health and well-being.
But, before I get into any of that. Let’s talk about you.
This site is all about being healthy – primarily through food, although I do touch on lifestyle as well.
This isn’t something I talk about abstractly.
Instead, I focus on scientific evidence and practical information that you can use to improve your health and make your own life better.
This includes things like:
- How specific foods can help improve your health and decrease the risk of disease.
- How some supplements can play a key role in health, while others aren’t even worth considering.
- What diet approaches work for weight loss, and what ones don’t.
The list goes on.
Throughout the site, I aim to provide accurate and up-to-date scientific evidence about health and nutrition. I also want to present that information in a way that everyone can understand - regardless of their scientific background (or lack thereof).
Why Nutrition You Can Use
We live in an age of information overload and there is a lot of contradiction in the information out there. Finding a reliable source of nutrition information often seems impossible. In fact, many nutrition sites even have their own hidden agendas. Others offer advice or claims, without any scientific facts to support them.
Nutrition You Can Use is different.
With Nutrition You Can Use, I focus on using research (particularly randomized controlled studies) to set the record straight on nutrition. I aim to provide information that will help you to make better choices for your own health and for the health of your family.
The site also looks at how to get the most out of food as well as recipes and food selection to help you meet health goals, like safe weight loss, decreased inflammation and increased energy. I will also focus on deceptive food practices, misleading food labeling, exaggerated health claims, unsafe diets and food myths.
All of these different areas come together under the general banner of improving health through food. After all, the food we eat is much more powerful than we often assume. As always, that information will be strongly rooted in science.
My Personal Background
I take a proactive approach to my health and my diet and because of this I find that I am still in very good health. I am married, with three children, and I’m proud to say that I am able to keep up with my children in their physical activities. Much of that comes from my focus on eating healthy and on keeping my body in a good physical condition.
My employment background and personal history has given me a lot of knowledge about food and health. I have always been fascinated with the role that food has on our overall health, including the way we feel, the relationship of foods to our mood, our mental health and even how we age.
This began at an early age for me, when I was exposed to the healthy eating style of my neighbor – back when I was a kid. He was pretty cutting edge for the time, as health foods were just starting to become popular.
From what I learned from him, I started to cook for myself as a teenager and experiment with different foods and healthy recipes. As the years went by, I became more interested in health foods and functional food – especially in the way that certain foods can have specific health benefits.
I have also been focused on promoting my own health, as I want to remain active as I age, something that many people around me are not able to achieve.Most of my hobbies require flexibility and strength, so I am determined to find ways to keep going with these as long as possible. I focus on what I eat to help me meet this goal and I have learned that for myself there is a strong connection between nutrition and mood, in addition to the impacts that nutrition can have on physical health.
I have worked in the healthcare and food service fields all my life. This has included working in the clinical nutrition field as a dietetic technician as well as being involved in food service management and production as a certified dietary manager in various setting. This experience has provided me with an up close look at food and its impacts on health.
Early in my career I witnessed the extensive complications brought about by diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. This was the first time I was able to personally see the ravages brought about by disease and this only increased my interested in the connection between food and health.
Through the years I observed more and more patients suffering from obesity and metabolic syndromes. While talking to various patients I noticed that many were confused by the topic of healthy eating and this acted as a major source of frustration. These interactions reinforced my perspective that many people lack basic nutrition knowledge. That issue is particularly relevant nowadays, as nutritional recommendations keep changing and there is no consensus about what approaches are the best nutritionally.
My goal is to continue to research nutrition through science-based studies and in the process help others who are looking for reliable, comprehensive and objective nutrition information.
My Hobbies and Interests
Many of my hobbies are focused on food, the outdoors and being healthy. This includes having my own organic garden, experimenting with new recipes and doing a lot of cooking as well.I love keeping up-to-date with current research on various nutrition topics. We are learning more every day about the foods we eat and how they affect our health. These are exciting times.
There are so many products are available to be purchased these days, processed and unprocessed, and at the same time there is so much confusion and private interest at play when it comes to nutrition information. That is one of the main reasons for my desire to continuously research various nutrition topics on a daily basis.
As for the outdoors, I love all the seasons of the year, and this enjoyment has played a significant role in my hobbies during the course of a year. During the winter months I love to look at weather models and track potential snowstorms, the kids are always asking me, will we have a snow day? I also lift some weights during the colder months and an occasional skiing trip is always fun, as is an early morning walk to enjoy the outdoor scenes and nature.
During the summer months I enjoy my garden, along with landscaping and various warmer weather activities like Frisbee, foxtail, and body boarding along the New Jersey and Delaware beaches.I have be known track some of the heavier storms in the area for photo opportunities, but wouldn’t go far to say that I am a severe storm chaser.
Some Clarification About the Site
With this site I make every effort to be accurate in the science that I present. However, science is a complex field and most of the time there are at least some contradicting pieces of evidence. For any given topic, there might be hundreds or thousands (if not more) studies. These will differ in their approaches, their methods and in many other factors.
Because of this, there is always a degree of subjectivity involved in interpreting the research for any topic or subject. At the same time, science continues to develop and change, especially as research studies and scientists build on the knowledge that went before them.
While this site aims to be as accurate as possible, there may be cases where people have different views or where my discussion has missed key studies. Additionally, studies may have been published since the relevant article was posts.
Where possible, I try to provide updates to articles and/or post content that focuses on very significant recent advances in a field of research that I have discussed. However, with the vast amount of scientific studies out there and the large number that are published every single day – it will never be possible to be 100% up-to-date or 100% accurate.
This is one reason why the information on this site is not intended to be medical advice. Instead, you should talk to a healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle.
I also encourage reader engagement throughout the site. After all, this site is really about you, not me.
If you have a question about a study I used or the way I addressed a topic, feel free to leave me a comment. I’ll do my best to address what you have to say, and maybe we’ll both learn something in the process.Likewise, feel free to shoot me an email or a comment if you think there is a topic that I should focus on.
Most of the time, I emphasize topics that are frequently searched for, as these are the ones that folks like you want to know more about. However, there may well be specific topics that are eating away at you – if so, let me know.
All views discussed and promoted on Nutrition You Can Use are my own and they are not influenced by any third-party or company.
From time to time, affiliate links may be used to promote specific products or services. These links help to finance the site, but they do not influence its content. Instead, I choose what to promote based on what I personally like and use. This means that I will not promote anything that isn’t strongly in line with the mission of this site.
The bottom line is that I have no conflicts of interest that influence the material that is presented on Nutrition You Can Use.
Instead, all information is based on accurate and up-to-date scientific evidence.