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Holiday, Eating healthy and Well

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Long gone are the days were we sit at the table for 6 hours and gorge ourselves. Or at least it’s long gone for most. This holiday season try to make more vegetables. If you’re a meat-eater, serve smaller portions and find interesting vegetable dishes to try with your meat. Avoid frying everything. For dessert make less! Try baking something yourself. Use half the sugar called for or use a substitute like natural organic apple sauce with no sugar added. An even better dessert is fruit, fresh, juicy and delicious.

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Holidays are about spending time with family and friends, not about over eating or eating the wrong things. Stay healthy and help keep your family healthy.

 

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Are your kids eating healthy?

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English: College student studies while eating Sour Patch Kids sour candies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Greger says we should be banning sweets that make our kids obese. Parents across the country were so outraged they had laws made to allow sweets in schools. Are we really so blind that we are passing laws to enable our kids to get fat and sick? Think about it. Kids do what they see their parents doing. Kids actually ate more fruits and vegetables with a few tricks mentioned on this video. If you have kids or are a teacher, WATCH THIS VIDEO!

America’s Getting Fat and Why?

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Even our kids are getting fatter at a faster rate. What’s going on? USA Today ran an article today about kids meals at popular restaurants. The results were:

Applebee’s 1,210 calories

Chilli’s 1,010 calories

Denny’s 980 calories

Ruby Tuesday’s 860 calories, and

Dairy Queen 1,030 calories

 

This is one meal! three meals later plus sodas and snacks and the kid is eating several times the calories of an adult male. And why are we getting fat? Parents take control you are in charge. Don’t buy meals out. They are expensive and making your kids obese. Cook something healthy, non sweet and non salted. Include raw fruits and nuts (un salted). Your child

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will lose weight, feel better and enjoy themselves and life more. Being fat also increase stress on the child. Remember my epigenetic triggers? Diet, Thinking, exercise and stress. Eating these meals will cause each of these to cause health issues with your child. Obesity is are enemy.

How Sweet is Sugar?

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Structure of Leptin, PDB id 1AX8, generated with UCSF Chimera (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have talked about the dangers of sugar in this BLOG often. Dr. Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology talks about sugar . He says the average American weighs 25 lbs more today than 25 years ago. He says our genetics haven’t changed in last 25 years but our environment has (epigenetics)! We used to believe weight is simply a fact of calories in and calories burnt. We actually have an epidemic of obese 6 month olds. How can that be? The fact is we are all eating more calories per day. We are actually eating this in carbohydrates. Leptin is a hormone that fat cells use to tell the body don’t eat more. Why is our leptons not working. Watch this important video on why we are getting fatter.

What’s Nuts about Weight Gain

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Dr. Gregor’s video, below, talks about studies done on weight gain and nuts. It turns out nuts do not cause weight gain and they are so good for us.

Bad Foods

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Cheeseburger 20 years ago had 333 calories well a modern cheeseburger contains 590 calories. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yahoo ran an article titled “Diet Busting Foods you Should Avoid”. They said in this article: “A 2,000-calorie-a-day diet should have no more than 66 grams of fat, less than 20 grams saturated; 2,400 milligrams of sodium; and 300 grams of total carbohydrate, including sugars.” They describe in this article bad foods such as:
a) A 20 oz smoothie that has 1044 calories, 35g fat and 120g of sugar
b) 20 oz Grande that has 510 calories, 19g fat and 16g of sugar
c) Milkshake that has 2010 calories, 131g fat (68g saturated) and 153g sugar
d) A pretzel dog that has 610 calories, 29g fat (13g saturated) and 1,150mg sodium
e) Cinnamon Pecan Bun that has 1092 calories, 56g fat and 47g sugar
f) Chicken Wings that have 550 calories, 18g fat, 27g sugar and 2,520mg sodium
There are plenty more examples in this article. Read it and wonder. It is no wonder America is getting fatter!

The Mayo Clinic’s Take on Meat

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The Mayo Clinic recently stated “You can eat healthfully without spending a lot. One way to achieve healthy savings is to serve meat less often.” They also stated “A plant-based diet, which emphasizes fruits and vegetables, grains, beans and legumes, and nuts, is rich in fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. And people who eat only plant-based foods — aka, vegetarians — generally eat fewer calories and less fat, weigh less, and have lower cholesterol levels than do non-vegetarians.

Just eating less meat has a protective effect. A National Cancer Institute study of 500,000 people found that those who ate 4 ounces (114 grams) of red meat or more daily were 30 percent more likely to die of any cause over 10 years than were those who consumed less. Sausage, luncheon meats and other processed meats also increased the risk. Those who ate mostly poultry or fish had a lower risk of death.

They say that adults need only 10%-15% of their total calories to be from protein. Since all living items contain protein, we get plenty without eating meat.