Archive for May, 2010

Food for Thought!

Posted: May 24, 2010 by Louie Brockhoeft in Nutrition
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I wanted to start off week out with an article I found on the Nutrition Action Healthletter. A lot of times we can be misled by advertising and marketing ploys without fully knowing the quality and healthiness of our foods. In the article, you will see how certain foods appear to be of good quality but aren’t much different than the rest. My suggestions:

  • eat foods that will eventually rot (fresh foods with little or no preservatives)
  • choose foods with no more than 5 ingredients
  • beware of sugar, hydrogentated oils and high fructose corn syrup
  • eat with color (the more colors the multiple number of antioxidants gained for disease prevention)
  • Old Chinese Proverb – “Eating what stands on one leg [mushrooms and plant foods] is better than eating what stands on two legs [fowl], which is better than eating that which stands on four legs [cows, pigs, and other mammals].” And let’s don’t forget about the very healthy legless creatures of the sea!!

 

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8 Secrets of the Naturally Thin

Posted: May 2, 2010 by Stacy Gregovich in Other

Prevention Magazine just recently featured an article on the 8 secrets of naturally slim women. A study was done that showed skinny women simply don’t think about food the same way as those who are always struggling with their weight.

 “Thin people have a relaxed relationship with food,” explains David L. Katz, MD, MPH, director, Prevention Research Center, associate professor adjunct in Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine. “Those who are overweight, however, tend to be preoccupied by it. They focus on how much or how often they eat, or attach labels like good and bad to certain foods. As a result, mealtime is always on the brain.”

 The eight things that all the skinny people in this study had in common are:

1.     They choose satisfied over stuffed

2.     They realize hunger isn’t an emergency

3.     They don’t cure sadness with food

4.     They eat more fruit

5.     They’re creatures of habit

6.     They have a self control gene

7.     They are movers and shakers

8.     They sleep well

There are three in particular that really stuck out at me: They’re creatures of habit, They are movers and shakers and they sleep well. I believe these three play a very important part in weight management.

 They’re creatures of Habit:

As stated in Prevention, Any dietitian will tell you that a varied diet is good–but too much variety can backfire, says Katz, author of The Flavor-Full Diet. Studies have shown that too many tastes and textures encourage you to overeat, he explains. “Thin people have what I call a food groove—the majority of their meals consist of well-planned staples,” says Beck. “There are a few surprises thrown in, but for the most part, their diets are fairly predictable.”

I know it sounds boring but it works. You need to find meals that work for you and stick to them. Find 1-2 breakfast and lunch meals as well as snacks that work for you and stick to those throughout the week. You can change up your dinner throughout the week but keep all other meals pretty much the same. That way you can plan for the week , always have those meals ready and available and it doesn’t take any additional thinking!

They’re movers and shakers

On average, skinny women are on their feet an extra 2 1/2 hours per day—which can help burn off 33 pounds a year, according to a study from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.You need to find a way to fit activity into your day. If your one that your jobs requires you to sit behind a desk for 8- 10 hours you need to find ways to sneak movement in. Make sure you are never sitting for longer than an hour without getting up and moving around. Every 45 minutes to an hour get up and walk around the office for a few minutes, you can also try to get out at lunch for a short walk! When not at work you need to try being active for at least 60 minutes a day. Talk a long walk or bike ride, hit the gym for some strength training, or just do some yard or house work.

They sleep well

Skinny women snooze 2 more hours per week, compared with overweight people, says a study from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Researchers theorize that a lack of shut-eye is linked to lower levels of appetite-suppressing hormones like leptin and higher levels of the appetite-boosting hormone ghrelin.

Break it down: Two extra hours of sleep a week is only 17 more minutes a day—a lot more manageable, even for the most packed of schedules. Start there and slowly work toward 8 hours of snooze time a night—the right amount for most adults.

To read more about the study follow the link below.

http://www.prevention.com/naturallyslim/index.shtml