Mood Food Connection

Mood Food Connection

678-GrumpyI’m grumpy. Do you know why I’m grumpy? Someone took away my mocha-almond-fudge-mint-cookie-dough-truffle cake. Who would do such an awful thing to everyone’s favorite Kansas City Dietitian? The heartless, tasteless, friendless ultra low-carb dieters.

Memorial Day is now over and in preparation for swimsuit season many people are cutting their carbs. Studies have shown that people who consume diets with a lower percentage of carbs are usually thinner, but everyone forgets to mention that those who cut their carbs too much are also grumpier.

Most assume this is from a devastating sugar crash. Nope. Our brain needs carbohydrates to think, focus, and keep our sparkling personality. But our brain does not store any glucose, and cannot produce it.

A diet that recommends less than 130 grams of carbs for more than 2 days can result in profound grumpiness. While it is true that limiting the percentage of your calories from carbs can result in quicker weight loss, drastically cutting your carbs will only result in you quickly losing all your friends. No one wants to hang out with a grump.

If  you want to keep your friends, contact your friendly Kansas City Dietitian today to get a personalized plan!



Low-carbohydrate weight-loss diets. Effects on cognition and mood by D’Anci, Kristen E; Watts, Kara L; Kanarek, Robin B; more.Appetite, 2009, Volume 52, Issue 1

Thinkin with your Noggin

As my Mom used to ask, “Glenna, why don’t you use your noggin?”  I would have answered her but I had no idea what a noggin was.  Fortunately once I finished a few college degrees I found out that my “noggin” was my “reasoning skills”. 

(Hmm..I wonder if politicians are born without noggins.) 

So, I ask you.  Do you have a noggin? 

If you do, then I would suggest that you start using it. 

Let’s say I tell you to avoid wheat or gluten.  This seems like a pretty simple statement to me. (I used my noggin.)

If I told you to avoid rattlesnakes would you rush right out to the local snakery and buy a bunch of water moccasins?  (We had water moccasins in the creek when I was growing up. They were even scarier than rattlesnakes because they were quiet and would sneak up on you) 

I would hope you would use your noggin and not rush out to buy other snakes in order to avoid rattle-snakes.  That makes no sense.

So, when I say, avoid wheat and gluten I am NOT telling you to rush to the gluten free aisle and buy every box of junk food you can find because it does not contain wheat or gluten. 

Now you might find yourself “befuddled” (due to your noggin not working properly) and wonder, “Whatever am I going to eat if I don’t  eat wheat or gluten?”

Again I might say, “Use your noggin.” 

Here is a list of foods that do not contain wheat or gluten:

Lean meats

Fat free dairy


Nuts and seeds


1000 different veggies (all sexy, I might add)

100 different fruits



I could go on and on. 

Junk food is junk food whether it contains wheat or not.  Gluten free junk food is still junk food. 

Use your noggin.

Eat real food. 

If you can’t figure this out, I am going to send a rattlesnake to you just for fun. 

Luv, WD

A thoughtful Blog Written by Glenna Moe, Kansas City Dietitian


Boys (and some girls) think that the sound of exploding gas is hilarious.  My grandson at 7 months laughs hilariously at these tooting sounds.     

The sound may be funny but the feelings associated with these sounds can be quite uncomfortable. 

In recent Blogs I have introduced you to the sad truth associated with sugars.  Basically, Sugar=Bad

As long as I am raining on your parade, (and if you live in the Midwest you would be happy to have a parade rained on right now), there is more bad news. 

There is a very good chance these funny sounds are created due to something as simple as WHEAT!  There are many foods that can cause this reaction but wheat is rarely the one we think of first.

I have pooh-poohed (yes, pooh-pooh and toot-toot tend to go hand in hand, so to say) the popularity of Gluten free diets over the past few years.  But now it looks like the research is revealing that my old mantra of  “if it’s white, don’t bite” is quite accurate. 

Gluten refers to a family of proteins found in wheat, barley, rye, malt, and also oats that are processed in a mill that processes wheat.

You might be asking, “How do I know if I have gluten/wheat sensitivity”?  

Here is a list of symptoms that indicate you may be wheat sensitive:



Skin Rashes



Arthritis conditions

Thyroid disease

Central Obesity



Incessant need to write Blogs about nutrition

And about 50 other possibilities.

So, for the next few Blogs we are going to learn about clearing gluten out of our diet. 

When I began sharing this with my co-workers they threw up their hands and whined that I was taking away all of their joy. 

I love my co-workers and I hate to make them joyless.  But, really there are some absolutely terrific foods left  to eat. 

How about this for starters, home made fresh salsa made with tomatoes, green onions, jalapenos, cilantro, and lime juice served with corn tortillas?  Corn doesn’t have gluten! 

Luv, Gas-X-WD

“Takes away the laughs but gives you a reason to smile!”

A gaseous Blog written by Glenna Moe, Kansas City Dietitian

Mary Poppins at Fault for Skyrocketing Diabetes Epidemic

So it appears I was wrong when I blamed the Archies entirely for our love affair with sugar.  Astute readers were quick to point out that we had other influences.  How could I have forgotten Sugar Shack by the Fireballs?  But probably the most onerous omission is none other than Mary Poppins and “A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down.”  And, if you consume plenty of sugar you are going to be buying lots of expensive of medicine for sure.

My patients always complain I am such a negative Nellie. I guess I need to stop reading research and going to medical meetings.

Remember the “Fat Meeting?”??

Remember looking in your cupboard for “oses”? 

It appears that sugars such as fructose, high fructose corn syrup and sucrose are truly evil.  And these sugars are found in almost all of our foods so we are continuously consuming them. 

Here are the facts Ma’am:  (Just the facts.)

Sucrose, Fructose and High Fructose Corn Syrup cause:

  • Liver toxicity
  • Every cell in your body to prematurely age
  • Your brain to trick you into increasing total food consumption
  • Increases in Triglycerides
  • Increases in LDL Cholesterol
  • Increases in fat that is stored around your organs
  • Insulin de-sensitivity resulting in diabetes
  • Increases in Apo-B (a marker for heart disease)

Let me make it simple.

And once again I am reminded of a song to hum while you read this. 

Let’s start at the very beginning.  A very good place to start.  When you read you begin with ABC. When you sing you begin with Do, Re, Mi.

When you gain weight you begin with fructose, HFCS and sucrose.  

Yes Maria Von Trapp aka Julie Andrews aka Mary Poppins,

Sugar makes you fat and sick. 

So, once again WD is here to rain on your parade. 

No, even though I want to sing “raindrops on kittens” I am going to refrain. No, I am not going to sing the refrain.   But, “these are a few of our favorite things,” aren’t they?

And thus we have the “Sound of Obesity” in America.  

In future Blogs I will provide”Hints from Heloise” on how to clean the sugars out of your house and body. 

Luv (without sugar on it),



Blog by Glenna Moe Kansas City Dietitian   


A sweet Blog written by Glenna Moe Kansas City Dietitian

Sugar, ahhh

Honey honey

You are my candy girl

And you got me wanting you

Sing it with me now all of you Boomers.

Sugar, ahhh, Honey honey….. (Archies 1969) 

Wait a minute!  I just had an epiphany! It is all the Archies fault.  They can be blamed for the obesity and diabetes epidemic.  Why didn’t I think of this before? 

As I told you in my last Blog, I went to a “Fat meeting” presented by “Fat specialists”.  They presented expensive new research.  If I would have had this epiphany earlier I could have gotten their research money. Bummer.

Hypothesis:  Listening to the Archies’ Song “Sugar Sugar” causes the uncontrollable urge to drink a Grape Nehi.

(If you would like to be a research participant just email me.)

So anyway, obesity and diabetes have skyrocketed over the past 30 years and the “Fat” researchers have determined it is related to, of all things, Sugar! Can you believe it? 

Yes, folks it is time to put a halt to the Archies.  I mean face it.  If this was what the hippies were listening to in the 70’s no wonder they have dementia now.  It was a really dumb song.
Oh wait, no, who cares about the song?  Our concern should be our sugar intake.  I dare you.  In fact I dare you with sugar on it, to go to your cupboard and drag out cans and boxes and look for any word in the ingredient list that ends in “ose.”  In fact, I challenge you to find anything at all in your cupboard that does NOT have “ose” in it.  When you see a word that contains “ose” it means it is a sugar.  You might find words like sucrose or fructose.  Before the Archies started singing their dumb song all of our food did not contain sugars.  But, now every single thing we eat contains some amount of sugar.  This constant onslaught of sugar is causing us to gain weight, even when we count calories. 

In my previous Blog I warned you to delete my Blogs before reading them.  Now you know why.  I have just told you that you can’t eat anything at all in your cupboard.  Don’t blame me.  The Archies did it. 

Sugar…Ahhh… Honey, honey… you are my everything….

Watch for more uplifting Blogs to find the answer to this dilemma. 

Luv, WD

A sweet Blog written by Glenna Moe Kansas City Dietitian


I’m speechless!  You better sit down before I break this news to you.  Tonight on national news they are going to tell you about “New Breaking News!”  It’s a shock! 

Let me beat them to the punch!  (So there,”Choose My Plate”, I am more cutting-edgier than you!) 

When you see the words “whole grains” on breads, crackers, Count Chocula, Twinkies, etc. it’s a lie, a great big fat lie.  I know you are gravely disappointed to find out that advertisers sometimes stretch the truth. 

Here are the facts: 

Read the ingredient label.  If you see the word “enriched” it means it is not whole grain.  However, if it says, 100% whole grain or 100% whole wheat then it is true.  If it just says “whole grain” it can be made with large amounts of “NAKED CARBS!”  Please read my seriously breaking news Blog on Naked Carbs.  It is life changing. Click here.

And once again I ask each and every one of you to join my for-profit organization:  PETG!  (You can join the People for the Ethical Treatment of Grains by sending your $100 annual membership fee to me.  I promise to use the money wisely to protect our poor Grains.) 

I don’t know about you but I can’t handle much more of this breaking news!

Oh, and if you saw the “naked” commercial during the super bowl send me an email and tell me who was naked.  You might win a prize.  And for sure watch for my next Blog.  I will reveal the naked truth about the naked one.  (And you might even get some good ideas for Valentine’s Day). 

And while you are emailing, you could also  email the national news and let them know that I outed their story early.