FASTFOODVIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FASTFOODVIN FASTFOODVIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Judgement of the Jamboree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431895 This year, for the very first time, The Boy Scouts of the America have decided to bar obese scouts from their annual Jamboree. It’s the organization’s biggest event of the year, so the announcement prompted a lot of discussion in the media. Agree or disagree, the decision wasn’t made in a vacuum. <BR> <BR> Obesity rates in the United States have doubled among children and tripled among adolescents in the past 30 years. In 2010, 18% of children were considered to be obese. Adolescents als... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:08:33 EST Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Bananas, Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421616 Researchers in Sweden followed 71,706 adult individuals between the age of 45 and 83 over a 13-year period in an effort to determine the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables every day. They found that eating five servings of fruits and vegetables each day contributes to a longer life. And it seems that five servings is the right number. Those who ate more didn’t show any greater health benefit. But those who ate less showed less. The researchers found that those with limited fruit and veg... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:53:37 EST Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Bananas, Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421615 Researchers in Sweden followed 71,706 adult individuals between the age of 45 and 83 over a 13-year period in an effort to determine the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables every day. They found that eating five servings of fruits and vegetables each day contributes to a longer life. And it seems that five servings is the right number. Those who ate more didn’t show any greater health benefit. But those who ate less showed less. The researchers found that those with limited fruit and veg... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:53:10 EST Birthday Bash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393442 Friday was my birthday. And while I’ve enjoyed quite a few of them as the years have swept swiftly by, I, as always, enjoyed my special day. I’m a firm believer in that we should celebrate ourselves. And we’re never too old for birthdays. <BR> <BR> Why is it that so many of us stop making a big deal out of ourselves, our accomplishments and our milestones? I know we can all tick of the reasons. It’s all about the lives we live. There are often so many complications, commitments and concerns ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:46:20 EST Dare to Dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385305 From early childhood I’ve always been a creative person. Among many things I enjoyed, and still do, is singing and acting in plays. But one of my most favorite things was, and is, writing. <BR> <BR> I wrote my first play when I was in 4th grade. It was a holiday play and not only was I the author, I was the star. Why not? I performed it for my class and I have this wonderful memory of my father building a chimney for me that I could climb through as part of my set. I went on to write severa... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:26:14 EST Peanuts, Cracker Jacks... And A Whole Lot More! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377362 "Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd, buy me some… Twinkies split down the middle, stuffed with a hot dog, and topped off with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles with a cherry on top… It may be an edible heart attack, but I don't care if I never get back…" <BR> <BR> Zoe Zellers, <BR> TheDailyMeal.com <BR> <BR> Yes, you read it right. This excerpt from a recent article in USA Today is a bit funny and it made me laugh. It’s pretty clever but in reality quite concerning.... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 23:19:35 EST Shop 'til You Drop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369524 I was recently quoted in an article on the health benefits of shopping. The article, in Medical Daily, is timely as it discusses this topic with regard to Memorial Day sales. So, here’s the article with the quote from yours truly: http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/15832<BR>/20130523/memorial-day-sales-health-be<BR>nefits-of-shopping-mental-health-physi<BR>cal-health.htm <BR> <BR> Visit Lisa Tillinger Johansen, MS, RD at her web sites at www.consultthedietitian.com and www.fastfoodvindicat... Mon, 27 May 2013 17:08:53 EST If You Get Milk, Get It Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362985 Do you drink milk? If you do, raise your hand high and proud. Unless you have a disease state or condition that prohibits you from doing so, milk is good for us. I highly recommend it. <BR> <BR> But let me ask you another question. Which strength is your choice? Are you a whole milk drinker? How about 2%, 1%, or the non-fat skim milk version? It’s nice that we have choices, but are they all good for us? Unfortunately not. <BR> <BR> In every class that I teach, I ask my patients which type... Tue, 21 May 2013 01:50:11 EST Less Than Zero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212887 I tuned in to the Golden Globes tonight and I’m sure that I was like so many of us who enjoy watching the Hollywood elite work the red carpet. I love to see what everyone’s wearing, how their hair is styled and what jewelry they’re sporting. They look so handsome and beautiful. How awesome it would be to wear one of those stunning dresses, have my hair and make-up be expertly done and walk without tripping in those incredibly high heel shoes. And even better to have millions of people see me ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:12:48 EST The Resolute Resolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212886 The ball has dropped, the bells have rung and we’ve found ourselves at the threshold of a brand spanking new year. It can be a giddy time, can’t it? We can shed off the past and reinvent ourselves. Our brains go into overdrive; our ambitions take front and center. We energetically and most emphatically decide to take the bull by the horns and decide the time to make changes has arrived. The resolution has come a’ knocking. <BR> <BR> Have you come up with some New Year’s resolutions yet? Have... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:12:23 EST Holiday Beverages…Holy Calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212885 The holiday season, from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, is one that is often filled with food, food and more food. We all know that it can be a calorie minefield. There are parties, family meals, and the seemingly all-day dessert and high calorie snack buffets camped out on many a kitchen table or counter. We are inundated with so many temptations to knock us off of our healthy eating strategies. Some of us jump right in and don’t look back. The holiday food smorgasbord is fine! Others ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:11:57 EST A Reader or a Writer, Which Would I Rather Be? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212882 A reader or writer, which would I rather be? What a question that is! I love both so much and to choose one or the other is difficult. It’s the perfect conundrum. <BR> <BR> As it turns out, I’ve been reading and writing for most of my life, since I was a little girl. Both have been huge interests of mine. Both provide very similar experiences for me. Escape, gratification, learning, joy, happiness, all things these two wonderful occupations have bestowed on me. One is my right hand, the othe... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:11:29 EST The Challenge of Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212880 Change can be hard. Many of us, including myself, go kicking and screaming into it. It’s just not always that easy to do. Why? Because we’re creatures of habit. We like we what we like and we want to do what we always do. But sometimes life gets in the way and we discover that our habits won’t work for us anymore. I’m speaking specifically about diet and disease, and for many, that dirty word, exercise. <BR> <BR> I meet with and teach thousands of patients every year at the hospital where I ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:10:42 EST A Crash is Collision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170636 I’ve recently been asked about crash diets, an eating pattern that is very short-term, perhaps even just a few days, in order to lose a few pounds. A fad diet is also short-term, but for many is thought of differently than a crash diet. The reality is that they’re very similar, if not the same. They can beckon us for sure, but so can many other things that aren’t good for us. <BR> <BR> Let’s be honest. A crash diet is a very calorie restrictive diet that we enter into for a short-term for a ... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:47 EST A Crash is a Collision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158841 I’ve recently been asked about crash diets, an eating pattern that is very short-term, perhaps <BR> even just a few days, in order to lose a few pounds. A fad diet is also short-term, but for many is thought of differently than a <BR> crash diet. The reality is that they’re very similar, if not the same. They can beckon us for sure, but so can <BR> many other things that aren’t good for us. <BR> <BR> Let’s be honest. A crash diet is a very calorie restrictive diet that we enter into for a sh... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 02:06:44 EST A Dietitians View on Twinkies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148527 Were you one of the panicked buyers who recently paid $20 or $30 for a box of Twinkies? If not, did you still lament the potential, although not likely, extinction of this spongy yellow cream filled cake? I don’t know about you, but my feelings are decidedly mixed about the fate of the Twinkie. <BR> When I was growing up, Hostess products were pretty much a staple in our house. While I did indulge in the Twinkie every now and then, I must admit that my favorite was the cupcake, with all of th... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:18:56 EST Happy Holidays! Want Some Extra Body Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132762 Pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, honey baked ham and overflowing bowls and platters of a variety of other tasty foods… You got it, the holidays are upon us. I love this time of year, from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, it’s a time of celebration and gathering with our families and friends. It’s also a time when many of us gain weight. Depending on the study or survey consulted, this weight gain can range from about 1 pound to 7 to 10 pounds. And regardless of ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:05:01 EST