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Red Light, Green Light

Friday, July 26, 2013

Both my daughters had to work today; that meant Grandma time for the grandchildren. I was hoping to get to the gym before the youngest arrived, but due to not sleeping well, I overslept. Then my other daughter did not return til after dinner and it was too late to go to the gym. So, I spent an hour outside playing tag with the two other grand children.

We chose to play monster tag at first. Then my grandson was getting into it a bit too much, so we switched to Red Light Green Light. This is where one person calls out the colors of the stop light: Red-stop, Yellow-walk, and Green-run.

My dog came outside as my grandson (3 years old) calls green light. So, my granddaughter and I begin running. My dog, Becca, thinks this is great fun and takes off running with us. Then my grandson calls RED LIGHT. My GD and I stop but the dog keeps running. My GS starts screaming, "Becca! Red Light! Becca, Red Light! Becca, Red Light!" He was so upset that Becca would not stop running.

Sometimes, I think I am like my dog when I am pigging out on junk food; I just keep stuffing it in my mouth despite my mind screaming RED LIGHT! RED LIGHT! I ignore the call. I am started to get frustrated that I seem to have no self control at times. I find myself eating more than I should because I want to make sure I get "my share", meaning I want to eat most of it before my husband gets to it. This reminds me of when I was growing up and whenever we'd get candy (Easter and Halloween) if I would try to save mine for later my sister would eat mine, so I would eat it as fast as I could so she wouldn't get it.

Funny, how such behaviors stick in my brain and then I continue to act on them even though I know it is not a good thing to do. I hear RED LIGHT! but choose to ignore the call. I made cookies today because after it being so hot, the weather was cool today and it seemed comforting at the time. I made chocolate chip cookie because they always remind me of my childhood (good memories and bad).

I am writing this blog to remind myself that I do not need to eat cookie after cookie. So what if my hubby eats more than I do. I limited myself to just one. Yellow Light! (I am making progress).

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NCSU85PACK 7/27/2013 12:13PM

  emoticon I enjoyed your comments. Brings back memories of playing this game as a child and with my children. There are definitely certain foods that I could use someone holding out a red light on.

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SUGARSMOM2 7/27/2013 12:04PM

  good for you . loved it . I must tell myself red light . and stop with it ..

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DS9KIE 7/27/2013 1:29AM


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UMBILICAL 7/26/2013 10:51PM

  Loved that game

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 7/26/2013 10:51PM

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Robert Lustig, WIC Juice and Politics

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I am taking an online course from "Nutrition and Disease Prevention". This week topic is Obesity and one of the video lectures is by Robert Lustig. In it he talks about a woman who came to him and her son was obese. The boy is described as being wider than he was tall. He found out that the boy was on the WIC (Women, Infant and Children) program and the boy was drinking 1 gallon of orange juice a day. He mentions that he told the woman that she should be feeding the boy whole fruit instead of juice and her response was, "then why do they give us the juice?"

Robert goes on to talk about the politics over the last 30 years coincide with the rise of obesity. I cannot believe that mother actually gave that much juice to her son in one day. To think that because the juice was a given choice from WIC does not mean it is OK to drink a gallon of it in one day, especially by a 6 year old.

When my children were on the WIC program, I never once allowed either one of my children to consume 1 gallon of juice a day. I recall being counseled to limit the servings; that was a little less than 30 years ago. Even lately, when I picked up the voucher for my grandson, I was told to limit the serving of juice (or any sweetened beverage).

However, I do agree that the politics and food programs do have something to do with the obesity crisis. When I worked in the public school system about 7 years ago, the food was nasty. It was overly processed and had added sugar and soy products. I was told to keep my comments to myself because the person in charge was doing the best she could with the budget and the donated food from the USDA. Ahhh, yes, the politics of it all.

I think too many have the idea that since it is a program that provides food, then it must be healthy for us. Also, some think that because an item is on the grocery store shelf then it must be an OK food. However, we need to go beyond reading tho labels and look at the ingredient list. Do we even know what we are eating? Chances are, no, we do not.

I think that it is time to educate ourselves and make better choices by eating real food. that is, eat food as close to its natural state as possible and if not avoid, then limit processed foods. Make smarter choices and I don't mean eat Fruit Loops. emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 7/27/2013 1:59PM

    I got it years back....they only give tuna, and carrots back then if you breastfeed. We need to educate ourselves. But many are not willing and they suffer for it

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JIBBIE49 7/26/2013 1:29AM

    My DD got WIC for her baby for one year since she has been a college student & is now working at a grocery store which doesn't pay much, but she certainly didn't get a GALLON of Juice a day. She got something like 4 frozen cans of orange juice so I don't know where a "Gallon a day" would come from WIC. They had very detailed pamphlets on what to feed a baby at each month and how much to give. The pamphlets were very simple to read (apparently for people who were not in college) and they had a a lot of pictures.
My DD had to take the baby in every 3 months to be weighed & measured in order to get more coupons. Some women who aren't working apparently continue to get the WIC up to age 6 for the child, but my DD no longer gets it.
My GD is now 15 months and she is 22# and in the 45% for weight for her age, so she certainly isn't to fat. She is in the 95% for height as she is tall like my DD was at that age.
I have listened to a lot of lectures of Dr. Lustig on YouTube as he is very interesting.

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MAYBER 7/25/2013 10:13PM

    Thank you for sharing this information it was educational
We are all here to learn
one day at a time

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FRIJOLITA1 7/25/2013 3:35PM

  I'm not really sure why juice is on the WIC vouchers because they strongly counsel me to not even give it to my son if he doesn't want it and never allow more than 6oz a day from birth till now at 4 years old. They certainly do not give you a gallon a days worth of juice. You get 2 bottles a month. This woman was obviously paying a ton out of pocket for a gallon a day habit. It's been my experience that people do what they want even when properly counseled. They are pretty straight forward about not giving your baby solids before 6 months and giving solids on a spoon but every time I'm in the WIC office women are dumping baby food into 8oz bottles of milk for their 3 month old. After all it's way easier to give your child what they want than to say no.

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Spark People eats up a lot of my time...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

signing off. 'nuf said.

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MRSKATEDUVALL 7/24/2013 10:42PM

    but it's healthier than sitting on my but watching the tube.

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FRAN0426 7/23/2013 11:10PM

    I know, I have spent huge amounts of time on Spark People. Just recently with packing to move and moving I spent much less time on Sparks and have decided to spend less time sparking.

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MJLUVSANIMALS 7/23/2013 2:08PM

    I have cut back time with both Sparkpeople and Facebook, because of mainly sitting, don't want to. But I would give up Facebook completely to keep my Sparkpeople!!! And I donate an hour to it, where FB I just check in, but not sit on it. A person just needs to make a donated time, and call it that.

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DS9KIE 7/23/2013 1:35PM

    emoticon me too

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TIME_TO_SHINE1 7/23/2013 11:57AM

    Mine too.

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LIV2RIDE 7/23/2013 11:26AM

    Understand completely! I've found it to be more social than anything. I limit my time here much more than I used to.

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CRIM12 7/23/2013 10:50AM

    Haha yeah I know what you mean but better here then a chocolate food blog or something.

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LOUIE-LILY 7/23/2013 10:47AM

    LOL - I can identify!

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Obesity rising yet we are eating less calories...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Has anyone seen that article?
Here is a quote from one source:
[quote]"Researchers, whose findings appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, analyzed trends since the 1970s and found that among adults, average daily energy intake rose by a total of 314 calories from 1971 to 2003, then fell by 74 calories between 2003 and 2010.

It's hard to reconcile what these data show, and what is happening with the prevalence of obesity," said co-author William Dietz, former CDC director of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, to Reuters Health.

"Seventy-four calories is a lot, and as I said before, we would expect to see a measurable impact on obesity."[end quote]

Seriously?! We increased our caloric intake by about 314 then decrease it by 74 and expect to see a huge impact in obesity rates when we are still consuming more calories.

I do not think 74 calories is enough to see it making an impact on the problem. We are eating too many over-processed foods, energy dense foods and not enough micro nutrients (vitamins and minerals).

I find it interesting when I am shopping and look at what is in other peoples carts and then look at the people who are pushing that cart. The solution to the problem is clear to me. But how do we make the change?

I am at the high end of BMI and my body fat % needs to come down by about 5%. I know this and I know that if I cut down on the fat I eat, then I should see the change I desire; but have I made the changes necessary? Honestly, the answer is no. I still eat those candy bars, chips, brownies even though I know better.

Admittedly, I am not as bad as I used to be. those bags of candy and chips are lasting a bit longer in the house than they had in the past. For me, that is a big accomplishment. In the past, it was nothing to eat a pound of m&M's in one sitting (How fortunate for me the package sizes have gotten smaller over the years. ) Now, those little candies are nasty tasting and that helps me exercise self control. I am more selective in my binges now.

All what I know is, for me, if I eat more calories than I need, but a little bit less than last year, I would still expect a weight gain, just maybe not as much or as quick.

The solution: Go to the grocery store, look at the junk that is on the majority of the shelves and LEAVE it there. Eat food, real food! Then we should see a real impact.

Thanks for reading my rant.

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LLREED 7/20/2013 10:36PM

    You're dead on! Their math just doesn't add up!

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SNOW-WHITE 7/20/2013 8:35PM

    You said it: Eat real food!

Great blog!

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LIV2RIDE 7/20/2013 11:45AM

    These studies are sad really. I could go on and on but won't. I am very grateful that I eat a healthy diet with occasional treats. I may not be the skinniest person in the room but I M healthy. emoticon

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Wow! It is 9:30 and I am just having my first cup of coffee this morning. My routine is the very first thing I do in the morning is have my coffee. Usually it is about 3 or 4 hours earlier. Apparently I must have been more tired than I realized.

I feel refreshed and the weather is cooler today and on my agenda is mowing my yard. That will be my workout for today. I have a big yard and it should take a bit over 4 hours to get it down. I am asked if I would prefer a rider, but I say no because I am still able to walk behind a mower.

I cannot say how wonderful it feels to have gotten those couple extra hours of sleep this morning.

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