The average BBQ meal contains 3,500 calories, but don’t let that stop you from hitting up a slew of BBQs, backyard cookouts, and pool parties this summer. Even though BBQs can be packed with fattening foods, there's usually a ton of delicious, good-for-you food choices there, too. Check out Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right’s top cookout tips :
1. Drink water. When you get dehydrated, not only does your energy drop (not ideal at a party), but you also become…Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on June 2, 2011 at 6:37pm — No Comments
“Weight can be inherited, but it can also be contagious.” -Brian Wansink author or “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think”
Brian Wansink, an author of over 100 academic articles and books on eating behavior, has found that when we are with people we enjoy, such as friends, we often lose track of how much, how fast, and how long we are eating for. It seems when we are with others we tend to mimic the speed at which they eat and how much…Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on May 19, 2011 at 4:17pm — No Comments
The growing consensus among scientists is that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially during fetal development and early childhood. Scientists now know enough about the long-term consequences of ingesting these powerful chemicals to advise that we minimize our consumption of pesticides.
According to the Environmental Working Group, consumers can reduce their pesticide exposure by…Continue
Family Picnics Packed with Health
Whether at the park, on the beach or in your own back yard, a family picnic is a great way to spend time together while bonding over the food you eat. Unfortunately, traditional picnic foods like fried chicken, dips, and mayonnaise-based salads can wreak havoc on anyone’s health. With a little modification, you can enjoy a picnic while keeping your family happy and…Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on May 16, 2011 at 4:46pm — No Comments
Homework, late workdays, long commutes, after-school activities -- it's no wonder few families eat dinner together. Yet studies show that the family dinner hour is an important part of healthy living. In fact, a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics found that children and adolescents who share meals with their families at least three times per week are less likely to be overweight, be at risk for eating disorders, or eat unhealthy foods, such as soda, fast food, fried food…Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on May 9, 2011 at 11:22pm — No Comments
Few kids would say they crave a good fiber-rich meal. However, many appetizing foods are actually great sources of fiber — from fruits to whole-grain cereals. Fiber has mounting research that shows we need to have fiber in our diet every day to fight off disease and promote overall well-being. Kids who eat a wide variety of fiber-rich foods will likely continue with this healthy habit later in life, so jump on the bran wagon now!
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on May 9, 2011 at 11:21pm — No Comments
It’s a long-honored tradition: several times a year, parents receive report cards showing how their children have done academically. However, with continuing increases in childhood obesity rates, school districts and states across the country have been increasingly considering a new type of parental notification: the BMI report card.
BMI, short for body mass index, is a way of measuring weight relative to height. BMI is calculated by taking a…Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on April 29, 2011 at 4:21pm — No Comments
“Mom, can I have a triple-scoop ice cream cone, pretty please?” If you answered yes to this question, you might be teaching your child portion distortion. A study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, adds support to the recommendation of offering kids smaller-sized servings. Researchers from Pennsylvania State University served five-year-old kids small, medium, and large portions of macaroni and cheese. The more macaroni and cheese the five-year-olds were…Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on April 29, 2011 at 4:21pm — No Comments
Our body’s metabolism seems to favor calories from unprocessed foods -- such as whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies according to a fascinating study cited in April’s Cooking Light magazine. The study done last year by a professor of nutrition at Kansas State University found that not all calories may be equal: "The body may burn calories from whole foods better than it does calories from processed foods like Twinkies." Therefore, eating whole foods versus processed foods may…Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on April 22, 2011 at 8:49pm — No Comments
For years, we’ve been told to drink eight glasses of water a day. The eight-glass recommendation is based on the standard 2,000 calorie diet. The idea is that for every calorie burned, people should drink 1 milliliter of water- and 2,000 milliliters is the equivalent of eight cups. However, when it comes to children, their calorie intake and activity level varies, therefore, eight glasses of water might be appropriate for some, but not for others. The question is how much water is…Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on April 22, 2011 at 8:48pm — No Comments
As America’s population becomes more and more overweight, people may develop a distorted perception of what is deemed a healthy weight. This is precisely what USA Today reported on when revealing the results from a recent study performed at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.
Researchers asked 111 women and 111 children questions about their age, income and body size, and also measured their height and weight. They were asked to…Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on April 14, 2011 at 7:18pm — No Comments
Squeeze Physical Activity Into Your Busy Schedule and Get Fit Fast
Making exercise a priority is a challenge for everyone. For parents it can be difficult to find time to workout because of the full plates that they often juggle, whereas for many kids, biking to the playground and playing kickball in the backyard have given way to watching television, playing video games and spending hours…Continue
The word has been out for a while that lack of sleep can mess with weight loss and weight management, but get this: According to a small study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, when dieters in the study got a full night's sleep, they lost the same amount of weight as when they slept less. When dieters got adequate sleep, however, more than one half of the weight they lost was fat. When they cut back on their sleep, only one fourth of their weight loss came…Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on April 7, 2011 at 9:43pm — No Comments
While they might not realize it, parents play a huge role in their children’s eating and exercise habits. Kids are still spending most of their time at home and eating most meals at home. Parents buy and prepare food, and decide what and how much kids can eat. They are responsible for providing opportunities for children to be active and can set rules for TV and video game use.
With obesity increasingly becoming a critical medical problem in children, parents need to…Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on April 5, 2011 at 5:06pm — No Comments
If you are an avid food shopper, you may have noticed that the selection of sweeteners in the baking aisle seems to have multiplied in leaps and bounds. These sweeteners tend to have exotic-sounding names, each claiming to be tastier, healthier, or more environmentally-friendly than plain old table sugar. But are they really any better? Whether you choose natural, artificial or conventional sweeteners is up to you, but this article gives you the scoop on the most common types of “natural”…Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on March 30, 2011 at 9:45pm — No Comments
Every mother has said, "Eat your vegetables," to her child at some point. As it turns out, mother always knows best. A poor diet, be it too little, too much or the wrong balance of food, can increase our children’s risks of many diseases and illnesses that can become debilitating and life-threatening. A new small study suggests that obese teenagers are at an increased risk for inflammation, insulin resistance (a precursor to diabetes), and oxidative stress (which…
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on March 30, 2011 at 9:44pm — No Comments
When you think of a stroke survivor, you likely imagine an older person with lots of previous health problems. These days, however, that picture is changing. The mounting obesity epidemic in the United States has contributed to an increase in the number of strokes occurring among younger Americans, according to the American Stroke Association . The biggest increase was among men ages 15-34; stokes increased in this group by 51%! Strokes rose among woman in this age group as well, but not…Continue
Added by Joanna Dolgoff, MD on February 25, 2011 at 7:46pm — No Comments
Intuitive eating is following your body’s hunger signals instead of giving in to cravings or eating simply because it is ‘lunchtime’. Intuitive eating is an approach that teaches you how to create a healthy relationship with your food, mind and body.
Principles of Intuitive Eating
Become at peace with food
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