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Step 1 to a Healthy Meal: Make a Plan

Even the best plans fail now and then. Many people throw in the towel when a plan falls apart. They may decide that greasy burgers are the only choice for dinner or that the vending machine is the best lunch option. But my skilled clients have Plan B already in the works. Plan B comes into play when you drive to work with your bagged lunch on the roof of your car. Or when your child is sick, or you get stuck in traffic or your boss moves up a deadline.… Read the rest

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cornfield200Chefs, restaurant owners, packaged-food companies and health advocates everywhere are purging high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from their food. According to the Wall Street Journal, one San Diego restaurant spent several months and more than $15,000 making sure all of their sodas, cocktails, ice cream and sauces were HFCS-free. They are replacing it with sugar. But is HFCS really less healthy than the alternatives?

It turns out that much of the hoopla surrounding HFCS may be based more hype than fact. For chefs, restaurateurs and packaged-food companies, removing HFCS is part of a larger effort to create foods that … Read the rest

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revised-food-labels300The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just announced proposed changes to food labeling. Their proposal reflects concerns about the high obesity rate in the U.S. and the quality (or lack of quality) of the American diet.

The FDA is proposing that bigger, bolder print be used for the number of calories per serving. They also want to add a line item for grams of added sugar. Both of these are important changes. These are both good changes. Although calories aren’t the only thing that consumers should focus on, the reality is that it is important to many, many people. … Read the rest

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coke-machines200Americans consume too much sugar, and it’s killing us! A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) finds that more than 70 percent of U.S. adults get more than the recommended amount of their daily calories from added sugars. Even more shocking is the direct link to higher levels of sugar consumption and higher incidents of death due to cardiovascular disease! Added sugar in our diet is literally killing us!

We are not talking about sugars that naturally occur in foods, like the sugar in fruit. The study looks specifically at those sugars added to … Read the rest

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childhoodobesity200Parents may be in denial when it comes to their kids’ weight.

About half of parents with overweight or obese children don’t think their kids are too heavy, a new study shows. This is true in the USA and around the world, the researchers found.

“Parents who underestimate their kids’ weight may not take action to encourage healthy behaviors that would improve their child’s weight and reduce their risk of future health conditions,” says lead author Alyssa Lundahl, a graduate student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

These findings come after a study released last week … Read the rest

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