Children today drink twice as much soda as they did 20 years ago, averaging as much as 20 ounces a day! A large soda not only provides tons of calories and sugar but it also includes at least 100 mg of caffeine. Many parents wouldn’t dream of giving their kids a cup of coffee yet routinely offer them soda, which contains caffeine as well. We also see many families hitting the local café or Starbucks for a café latte or mocha frappuccino loaded with the burst of ‘energy’ we call… Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on July 7, 2009 at 12:28pm —
Like many parents I'm always trying to avoid the amount of sugar my toddler gets. This includes juice filled with sugar. With how busy we are and constantly on the go, I'm finding it easy to throw juice boxes in the diaper bag. "Easy" loves them and they're so much easier. So when I found Wateroos I was stoked! It makes both baby and mommy happy! He gets his juice box and I get less sugar. Yeah! "Wateroos are fruit-flavored waters to be as delicious as possible without sugar or artificial… Continue
Added by Mommy-momo on June 25, 2009 at 1:28pm —
Congratulations! Your toddler is now old enough to sit in a “big boy” chair. You no longer need to strap him into a high chair. I bet you think dining out will now be much easier! Unfortunately, the difficulties are just beginning. Your toddler will now be able to explore restaurants without restraints. How can you get your child to sit at the table with you instead of wandering around on his own? Read on for some tips.
1. Be consistent. Teach your child that she must sit with you at… Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on June 22, 2009 at 8:19pm —
It seems that everybody is talking about the evils of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). But what is fact and what is simply hearsay? Here we will give all the facts about HFCS.
What, exactly, is HFCS?
High-fructose corn syrup is a common sweetener and preservative. HFCS is made by changing the sugar (glucose) in cornstarch to fructose – another form of sugar. The end product is a combination of fructose and glucose. Because it extends the shelf life of processed foods and… Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on June 19, 2009 at 12:55pm —
Advertisers work hard to earn their money. They can take any food and make it sound nutritious. Very few laws protect the consumer from advertisers’ half-truths. It is up to us to learn how to tell what it a valid claim and what is just hype. How can you wade through the misleading information to find the truth? Easy… just look at the nutrition label and the ingredient list! The nutrition label and the ingredient list have all the information that you need to determine whether a food is… Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on June 10, 2009 at 12:17pm —
We talked some time ago about the physical health benefits resulting from daily tea drinking. Regular doses of antioxidants, as well as increased hydration and alertness, are just a few of those benefits. But tea has an experiential component that benefits mental health as well. A few moments taken to sit, sip and contemplate will give your poor, overcrowded brain a rest!
Easier said than done, right? Well, here’s an idea from our fellow Chai Babies out there. Claim one ritual for… Continue
Added by Dheepa Maturi on April 29, 2009 at 7:05pm —
Want to spice up your meals? Adding masala chai to your favorite holiday dishes will give them a wonderfully exciting layer of flavor.
1. Breads. Add one cup of prepared masala chai to pumpkin or cinnamon bread recipes for wonderfully varied and spicy flavor.
2. Veggies. Use prepared masala chai to steam vegetables and rice or soak lentils and beans.
3. Soups, sauces and marinades. Add prepared masala chai directly to these dishes.
4. For you… Continue
Added by Dheepa Maturi on April 29, 2009 at 7:04pm —
Adobo pork chops are a big favorite at my house. They are spicy and have a wonderful flavor. I usually make the marinade the night before or first thing in the morning and let them soak up the flavor overnight or for at least 8 hours. The chops are very low in carbs so I usually serve them with beans or potatoes.
Makes: 6 servings
* 6 boneless pork top loin chops, cut 3/4 inch thick ( 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 pounds total)
* 2 tablespoons packed brown… Continue
Added by Cheryl Foiles on April 14, 2009 at 11:49pm —
I just read an article on WebMD about the benefits of a diet high in fruits, nuts, and vegetables and low in fatty, processed foods (Not All Diets Pass the Heart-Healthy Test) and wondered "Why is this news?" Don't we all know this stuff by now?
Don't get me wrong, the article was great, but I am amazed that we Americans still don't get it. Our diet is chock full of fast food, sugar, fat. Why is that? The answer, in one word is convenience. We've grown accustomed to a life of hectic… Continue
Added by Cheryl Foiles on April 14, 2009 at 11:43pm —
I don't think I'm a bad mom - I read to my kids every day, I tell them I love them constantly, they are always hugged, kissed, or tickled, I bathe them quite regularly, they have clean clothes, etc. They love vegetables and fruit, and I try to serve healthy meals (with the exception of the occasional Happy Meal).
Therefore, it certainly can't be my fault that my daughter ate cheese puffs for breakfast today, right? I wholeheartedly blame Costco. I blame them for their barrel of yummy… Continue
Added by Cheryl Reyes on April 6, 2009 at 11:52pm —
I knew it was my biology!
Sometimes those dietary temptations are just too hard to resist.
Finally science has proven my assertions to be true
In a study recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
(PNAS), Gene-Jack Wang
Added by Kate McLaughlin on March 27, 2009 at 1:00pm —
This is probably the wrong time to bring this topic up, but, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) has updated their guidelines for kids- as young as 2.
The Dietary Guidelines describe a healthy diet for adults as one that;
Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products;
Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and
Is low in saturated fats, trans fats,… Continue
Added by Harriet B on December 14, 2008 at 6:39pm —
I already know my answer...but a lot of women out there have no idea about theirs. For 12 years, I struggled with my weight, I binged, I purged, I didn’t eat, I suffered from chronic IBS, bloating, gas and pain, all I thought about was food, I loathed my body, I loathed myself.
At the time, I had several dietary rules/beliefs:
1. Eat as little fat as possible.
2. No dairy.
3. No meat.
4. Non-fat frozen yogurt doesn’t count as anything.
5. If it comes from the… Continue
Added by Julie Roads on September 30, 2008 at 5:31pm —
About a week ago, I created the group, the Healthy Lifestyle Teachers.
Why did I do this?
Looking at today’s obesity figures, eating out statistics, and a lack of physical activities, isn’t it time to take a good look at the amount of opportunities we offer children to learn about a healthy… Continue
Added by LisaN on August 9, 2008 at 7:11am —
I wanted to share with you a very joyous moment. I just got my yellow belt in Tae Bo Kwon, Billy Blank's martial arts interpretation of Tae Kwon Do. He's the only 8th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in the United States, and I'm so honored to have the opportunity to study under him, Shellie, and Julieanne. When this picture was taken, I had just finished my test and was high on life.
My name is Leah Segedie and I'm Chief Mom of… Continue
Added by Leah on May 5, 2008 at 1:27am —
Hi, I'm Redhead Mama, Chief Mom of Operations of Bookieboo
. I've successfully lost over 100 lbs. and am here to help you lose weight.
My third piece of advice would be to:
Build Reinforcing Habits
Building reinforcing habits means to create a system where you reinforce good behavior and discourage bad behavior. It's like putting checks and balances in your exercise regime. This… Continue
Added by Leah on May 5, 2008 at 1:26am —
Hi! I'm Redhead Mama, Chief Mom of Operations of Bookieboo
. I'm so honored to be able to share my experiences with everyone of how I lost weight and how I am continuing to stay on track.
My second piece of advice is this:
If you have a large goal like I did, don't think about it in it's entirety. (This is very important!) The best thing to do is break it up… Continue
Added by Leah on May 5, 2008 at 1:24am —
Hi! I'm Redhead Mama, Publisher of Bookieboo
When people find out how much weight I've lost, especially if they did not know me when I was heavier, they look at me in amazement like I've done something impossible. My weight loss and new lifestyle have nothing to do with super human strength. I'm an ordinary stay-at-home mom with a very active toddler boy, whom I named the site after. Everything… Continue
Added by Leah on May 5, 2008 at 1:23am —
To end National Nutrition Month, I had to do a post on a fruit close to my heart:
Photo courtesy of static-photo
At a very young age, I learned about apples from my Grandmother. In fact, before it gained name and fame as a brand of computer, McIntosh (notice the spelling… Continue
Added by LisaN on March 31, 2008 at 11:06pm —