Wednesday, September 14, 2011
U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to rise ...
" Samantha Heller, a dietitian in Fairfield, Conn., called childhood obesity "a complex, multi-faceted problem that needs to be tackled from many different angles." She said she wished the report offered ways to educate parents and caregivers about healthy eating for children."
How do we educate others about healthy eating? I do most of the cooking in my household mainly because when my husband or daughter cook, I do not want to eat what they prepare. Mainly it is because the main course will be from an animal source and there are never enough vegetables for my preference.
I tried to share resources such as the Spark, Eat To Live, The McDougall Program, etc. However, there seems to be a resistance for them to learn on their own. When I went to a Culinary Program, one of the classes required the students to do a weekly paper where we had to research a particular topic. It was the final paper researching the Food Pyramid that caused me to rethink the way the guidelines suggest we eat. Then I read about this book called "The China Study" by Colin T. Campbell, then I stumbled upon Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live.
The light bulb turned on!! Every time I talk to my husband about eating less meat, he tells me how much he loves the savory flavor that meat dishes have to offer. This coming from the man who has chronic kidney stones and has made the connection that when he has red meat and cheese he develops kidney stones.
I guess the pain is not enough for an education lesson. There seems to be some stronger drive that causes him to continue to eat foods that could be the source of excruciation pain.
Both my husband and daughter are overweight and say they want to eat healthier, but it seems like that is so only if I prepare the meals for them because they do not seem to make the choice on their own.
I am not being too critical of them because my area that I need to work on is SUGAR. I eat way too many processed sugary fatty foods. I have been trying to arm myself with knowledge about the ill effects sugar has on the body. Despite knowing what I do, I still eat things I know I shouldn't.
They say knowledge is power but sometimes just knowing something does not seem to be enough. There has to be a determination and dedication to do what you know you ought to be doing. And, you know, a little support and encouragement would be beneficial also.
So, cheering me on....
Monday, September 12, 2011
making every calorie count?
There is a big difference between just counting calories or making every calorie count. Just the other day, my sister in law posted how she gave into the temptation to have a coffee latte and it used up over 2/3rds of her WW points for the day. I thought "WOW!" that's a lot of calories in that drink.
This past couple of weeks I just couldn't seem to get enough of the DQ's peanut Buster parfaits and bars. Now the bar has 440 calories and I never even looked up the count for the parfait - perhaps that explains the weight gain I experienced
The other day, I was volunteered to make the birthday cake for my grandson and I cannot tell you how much frosting I "tasted" while frosting that thing, but then the next morning when i did my run, I noticed how i felt and it was not a good feeling. I have been training hard to do a sub30 5k and I realized, once again, that all those calories from junk food do nothing to fuel my body properly.
So, once again, I am going to focus on eating to give my body the proper nutrients it needs, not just a certain amount of calories. My next race is on the 24th and I want to be able to say I gave my best effort, even if it is not a sub30. So, rather than counting calories, I am going to make every calorie count.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I am trying to blog about how I was asked to provide the birthday cake for my grandson's two year birthday party and I am feeling so guilty because I caved in to their request to provide a junk food cake only.
As I was frosting that cake, I kept snitching a sample of the frosting and I think I had a sugar overload because I felt nauseous the next day. I cannot help but wonder the effects it has on those little bodies.
Why do we think we need to celebrate with sugar and other junk foods? I offered to make a healthy cake but was told NO NO, its his birthday and he likes chocolate cake and so he shall have a chocolate cake.
I still recall the effects the dig in cake had on his little body as he shoved it into his mouth - he ate so much of it that he actually started to act like he was drunk.
That event made a lasting impression on me and I am feeling a bit guuilty because I gave in to their request even though I know better.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
My husband and I started to watch this video off of Netflix last night and we totally amazed at some of the research presented. The study about heart disease in Norway when the Germans invaded and took all the farm animals to support the troops and the people had to resort to a plant based diet impressed my husband tremendously. He is a meat eater and that definitely made an impression to see how the incidence of heart disease dramatically dropped at that time and then started to increase as the meat became available again.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Wow! Last week was like a nightmare that I couldn't seem to wake up from. I am feeling better now and I wondering if I was not getting enough of some nutrients. I am doing a 5k program that is a bit more intense than I normally run and I had cut back on the whole wheat bread I normally ate.
So, I started to add more grains in the meals I prepared and now I feel better. I have not been tracking my food, but I think I better get back to it. I am going to use this program called Diet Power - it is one I can use offline and it tracks the micronutrients as well as the macronutrients and offers advice on what to eat if I am lacking in one, plus it takes into account the exercise I eat over time and advises how many calories I should be eating on a day by day basis.
Arby's has a billboard that says "Good Mood Food Ahead" - not that I'd agree that Arby's is a healthy or even good choice (we knew someone who worked at a meat packing plant and said that the "meat" used was the undesirable stuff - whether or not that is true, I don't know but I do know that I have often felt sick after eating there) Back to my blog - I think there is a connection between what we eat and how we feel.
Here is something I experienced one time, I got into an argument with one of my daughters and it left in a bad mood, I was angry and I could not shake it. Then I went to get my sister for our weekly walk and I was in such a bad mood that I suggested before we started our walk I "needed" to get some chocolate. So, we went to the store that had the good stuff, you know like $17.00 per pound. I bought 2 pieces, ate them and actually felt something in my brain and guess what?! Instant mood change.
Coincidence? I don't know. But to me, it is a testimony that the foods we eat can make a difference in how we feel.
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