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Fitness, not Fatness Better Predictor of Health

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

“Researchers, clinicians, and public health officials should focus on physical activity and fitness-based interventions rather than weight-loss driven approaches to reduce mortality risk.” I  remember literally scoffing about 10 years ago as a family doctor when I first heard you could be ‘fit and fat’. I am so glad I learned more. The quote is linked to a meta-analysis looking at ten studies on fitness and BMI. I can get behind this conclusion! Fitness was the best...

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Musings on Taft’s “modern” diet

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Blog Posts | 3 comments

While in my hotel room, I read this article on President Taft’s modern diet… Take a moment to read it. Listen to the language used, and the message it sends.  Are you surprised by the outcome, or the conclusion? (My comments in italics below…) “The physician spelled out exactly what Taft should eat and at what time of day. The diet included lots of lean meat, fish and vegetables without butter and gluten (wheat) biscuits, which Taft ordered from a bakery in London,...

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Are teachers or parents responsbile for teaching kids about food?

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Blog Posts | 10 comments

“Timmy, repeat after me: sugar is the devil.”   School is back in session. These are nervous days as many parents on my Facebook page share stories about teachers pushing kids to eat, children with food aversions being shamed and in tears, children eating in loud, crowded cafeterias with only fifteen minutes to eat etc. (Here and more school horror stories.) Then I came across this document on facebook that parents are encouraged to give to a child’s teachers.  I hope...

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teach kids to use the “f-word”

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Blog Posts | 13 comments

Part of my mission is to help kids feel good about food AND their bodies. This post is about helping children develop positive body image, and avoid fat bias. (Caillou is one of the few shows I’ve found that shows positive body diversity.) This question recently made it’s way to my inbox… “I don’t know how to talk to my preschooler about fat people.  When reading a story where a character is described as ‘the fat man’ I change it to ‘the big...

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butter or raw tofu block: from the sublime to the ridiculous…

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Blog Posts | 18 comments

from an old Oprah magazine: The “fix” to eating mindlessly… Take the tofu test. “As you grab a snack, ask yourself: Would I be hungry if it were a block of raw tofu? If the answer is no, you’re probably just eating out of boredom. Go for a walk instead!” From a PhD Psychologist at Stanford University …and this from Cooks Illustrated Light Cook Book on replacing the fat in oatmeal cookies fruit puree: too dry egg whites: no flavor light cream cheese:...

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