Author Archives: Jean Varney


Prime Women at Risk for Osteoporosis

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, a woman’s risk of breaking a hip due to osteoporosis is equal to her risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined. Studies suggest that 1 of every 2 females will break a bone in their lifetime due to this debilitating disease. Women over… Read More
  • Jean Varney |
  • April 2, 2018
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5 Ways to Improve Your Health

March is almost here, and it’s time to spring into action! For me, the green buds on once bare trees and the first few notes of a returning robin's song remind me that spring—a time for birth and renewal—is right around the corner. The revitalization of our natural surroundings inspires… Read More
  • Jean Varney |
  • February 23, 2018
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Stop Battling the Bulge: Tips for Optimal Nutrition After 50

Proper diet and exercise today can help one achieve optimal nutrition after 50 by preventing post-menopausal weight gain and improving quality of life. As we age, our body composition naturally changes. Our skeletal muscle mass peaks in our 30s and declines thereafter, as we gradually lose lean muscle mass and… Read More
  • Jean Varney |
  • November 16, 2017
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9 Heart Healthy Foods that Protect Against Heart Disease

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death among women worldwide. It’s more deadly than all forms of cancer combined and kills approximately one female every minute. Yet few women recognize the signs of a heart attack and many don't realize how effective diet and lifestyle choices are to protect… Read More
  • Jean Varney |
  • October 31, 2017
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What Does Magnesium Deficiency Mean to Your Health

Life after 50 should be fabulous – a time in our lives when we finally gain emotional clarity and balance. The daily stresses of raising children, climbing the corporate ladder and keeping up with the neighbors a distant memory. Unfortunately, chronic disease, diminishing bone health, fatigue and sleep issues can… Read More
  • Jean Varney |
  • October 24, 2017
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10 Tips for Healthy Dining Out Without the Guilt

Going to a restaurant used to be an infrequent event to celebrate a special occasion. As a result, we often allowed ourselves to splurge on foods we wouldn't otherwise enjoy - bread, chips, an appetizer, an over-sized entrée, a drink or two and even dessert. Today, Americans eat out on… Read More
  • Jean Varney |
  • August 17, 2017
Medical Tests for Women Over 50

12 Medical Tests for Women Over 50

Ladies, when it comes to your well-being, be proactive! Eat right, stay active, avoid tobacco and have the following medical tests for women over 50 run to determine the state of your health. Doing so can help diagnose life-threatening diseases before damage or disabilities occur. If caught early, changes to your… Read More
  • Jean Varney |
  • May 5, 2017
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Say Goodbye to Calorie Counting with These Simple Tips

In my last article, I discussed how you should be aware of the quality of the calories you are putting into your body rather than calorie counting. When it comes to food, it's quality over quantity to stay healthy. With the simple tips below, you'll quickly say goodbye to calorie… Read More
  • Jean Varney |
  • June 2, 2016
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To Trim Down and Age Well Consider Calories…But Don’t Count Calories!

If you read my last column you know that while calories count, however, don't count calories. Doing so becomes a distraction and leads us to believe the quality of calories doesn’t matter. Nothing could be farther from the truth -- 100 calories of avocado and 100 calories of pretzels are… Read More
  • Jean Varney |
  • May 23, 2016
Cutting Calories to Lose Weight

Cutting Calories to Lose Weight? Don’t Count On It.

When choosing what to eat, do you consider cutting calories? If you’re like most of us, you do, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. For good reason, conventional wisdom tells us that in order to shed pounds, we simply need to use up more calories than we take in.… Read More
  • Jean Varney |
  • April 4, 2016
Eating Healthy Fat

Eating Fat to Lose Fat

Avoiding fat for fear it will make you fat? If so, I don’t blame you. It doesn't cross your mind that there could possibly be healthy fat. For decades medical professionals, health advocates and government officials recommended we limit our total fat intake to lose weight and reduce our risk… Read More
  • Jean Varney |
  • March 2, 2016
Wine Feature

This Nightly Ritual…Friend or Foe?

It’s hard to believe the holidays are fast approaching. Who doesn’t love the celebratory mood in the air between Thanksgiving and the New Year? Oftentimes our social commitments increase, and with the additional cocktail parties, company festivities and family get-togethers, come opportunities to imbibe more holiday cheer than usual -… Read More
  • Jean Varney |
  • November 2, 2015

About Jean Varney

Jean Varney

Jean is President and Founder of Eat Right, Be Fit, Live Well LLC , a nutritional consulting firm located in the Washington DC area. She empowers men and women across the country to improve their health through sustainable diet and lifestyle changes. Visit her LinkedIn.