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My Personal Trainers

I resolved to lose weight at the beginning of the year. Thanks to my children, I am well on my way.

You may wonder how a few children can help their mother in her pursuit of a svelte figure. Easy! Each time I make a plate or decide to have a snack, three little heads turn in my direction, six hands are held out, and three little mouths eat or drink most of whatever I have in my hand or on my plate.

Not only this, but chasing them through the house does wonders for my exercise routine. I lift, bend, twist and stretch muscles that I never knew existed. My behind is on the path to rival even the tightest muscled fitness guru. Thanks to these little personal trainers, my husband thinks my legs are the sexiest ever.

That’s right. Mommy is becoming the hottie she was before these munchkins caused the pregnancy weight gains.

Lift your laundry baskets in salute of the hottie mommies all over the world, because we might not be able to afford Oprah’s personal trainer, but we have made our own. Viva toddlers!

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How Fat Can We Get?

human jawsThe race to get fat is on!

And, according to research released by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, most Americans are going to place in this race with a big fat blue ribbon.

The research points out that if Americans keep gaining weight at the current rate they’re gaining; in just eight years 75% of Americans will be overweight and 40% will be obese.

Raise you hand if you’d like to come in last in this race.

Our kids are affected as well. It’s not fair to train them for a contest that will kill them.

Sorry if I sound agitated, I do tend to be chipper and positive — look on the bright side.
But when my son and I go to the city park I count far more chubby kids than slim kids. More parents sitting on the bench then playing Frisbee or swinging with their children. It’s sad. Many of the people my age aren’t going to live to see their grandkids. Fat will do them in early — if they even have grandkids. Studies show that overweight individuals have a much harder time conceiving.

Right off the top of my head I can think of two revolutionary ways to stop this…

Eat better and exercise.

Cutting out soda and fruity sugary drinks will help too. As will trimming down food portion sizes and actually hanging out with our kids; setting a good example by playing with them, outside in the fresh air.

Other key points found by Johns Hopkins:

But no one is entirely off the hook. The overall fact remains that 75% of ALL Americans will likely be overweight by 2015. Imagine what this will do to the already escalating health care costs.

This is serious. I hear peppy talks by fitness trainers. I see nicely worded articles about slimming down youth. I feel all warm and fuzzy when I learn that yet another overweight pregnant woman thankfully gave birth to a healthy baby.

But honestly, I think we’ve reached the point where happy pep talks and saying “robust” when we mean “grossly overweight” has got to stop. It’s not working. Maybe knowing that we’re willfully harming our children will work. Maybe considering that there soon won’t be enough healthy people to care for the unhealthy people will work. Is death a motivator to get in shape?


If you’d like to see your children grow up healthy and happy you can visit:

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Youth Becoming Healthy

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences kids page


Why not make a choice right now that you and your children will lose this race. All you have to do to get started is click on a link above. It’s that simple.

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Down to Earth Diet Tips

Jeremy Zawodny recently lost 50lbs and he posted several helpful articles on how to lose weight. Here’s a sampling from his Diet Tips: How To Eat Less post:

  1. Eat less. More often. Rather than eating large meals, chop up your eating into smaller portions throughout the day. I found myself eating 3 meals most days and having a snack around 3pm as well as another in the evening. That was enough to keep me from feeling hungry while still eating less in total.
  2. Don’t eat right before going to bed. I’ve read this numerous times and don’t get why it works, but it does. I set a limit of 3 hours. So I planned to go to bed at midnight, I wouldn’t eat past 9pm.
  3. Brush your teeth early. For whatever reason, I won’t eat when my teeth still feel clean. By brushing them several hours before bed, it was easier to accomplish #2.
  4. Kick the sugar habit. If you drink sugared soft drinks (I used to be a Mt. Dew and Coke fan), replace them either with their diet counterparts or water. This can make a very, very big difference.
  5. Eat vegetables before the main course. Whenever possible, I’d make sure to have an ample serving of a vegetable (you get very few calories for the amount you eat) before eating the denser main course–often a meat or fish. You’ll need less of the dense stuff to be happy.
  6. Update your spreadsheet daily. Keeping a running count will help you ration out the rest of your daily calorie allowance, which we’ll talk about tomorrow.
  7. Get used to leftovers. When you eat out, expect to take some of your meal home. If you eat standard restaurant portions, you’ll almost certainly overeat.
  8. Shop with calories in mind. When you’re at the grocery store, spends some extra time reading the labels and nutritional information. You’ll probably end up changing your shopping habits along the way. You’d be surprised by the how widely the calorie counts in various granola bars varies, for example.
  9. Slow down! When you eat fast, you end up ingesting more food before you body has a chance to figure out that it’s satisfied (not full).
  10. Drink more water during the day. This is fairly generic advice, but definitely seems to help.
  11. Trick yourself with gum. Sometimes we eat out of habit or because it just feels good to get some flavor in your mouth and chew for a while. Find yourself some sugar-free chewing gum and use it when the urge strikes.
  12. Reduce the amount of breads, chips, crackers, and salty snacks you eat. A lot of starchy and/or salty food make you want to eat and drink even more. This comes straight out of Atkins diet culture.

Here’s a list of all of his articles:

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Parenting Style Linked To Fat Kids

The Diet Blog brought my attention to a new study published in Pediatrics that suggests parenting style influences weight gain children.

The parenting styles that were measured were Authoritarian, Permissive, Authoritative and Neglectful. The results and conclusion were very interesting.


A total of 872 children, 11.1% overweight and 82.8% white, were included in the analysis. Children of authoritarian mothers (n = 298) had an increased risk of being overweight, compared with children of authoritative mothers (n = 179). Children of permissive (n = 132) and neglectful (n = 263) mothers were twice as likely to be overweight, compared with children of authoritative mothers. Of the covariates, only income/needs ratio was significant and did not alter the relationship between parenting style and overweight risk.


Among the 4 parenting styles, authoritarian parenting was associated with the highest risk of overweight among young children. Understanding the mechanisms through which parenting styles are associated with overweight risk may lead to the development of more-comprehensive and better-targeted interventions.

Based on their research, an Authoritative parenting style (balanced approach) is associated with a lower percentage of overweight children, while an Authoritarian parenting style (overly strict) is associated with the highest incidents of overweight children. It shows once more that a balanced approach to parenting, instead of a strict and emotionally crippling style, helps make children healthier.

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New Study Suggests that One-Third of American Adults are Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic

Catherine Cowie, director of the diabetes epidemiology program at the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, released new research that suggests one-third of U.S. adults are either diabetic or pre-diabetic.

The researchers note that about 95 percent of all cases of diabetes in the United States fall under the category of type 2 disease — a gradual loss of insulin production and sensitivity that’s usually linked to overweight and obesity…

…There is a huge portion of the population who don’t know they have diabetes or who are at risk for diabetes, Cowie said.

“We aren’t doing a good enough job of diagnosing these one-in-three people who don’t know they have diabetes as well as people who have pre-diabetes,” Cowie said. “We really need to be a better job of convincing people that should be adopting healthy behaviors that will prevent these conditions.”

One expert thinks that the number of undiagnosed diabetics and pre-diabetics may be underestimated.

Read full story: One-Third of U.S. Adults Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic

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Finding Nutrition Facts for Weight Watchers

Introducing Weight Watchers(R) TurnAround(TM)!WeightWatchers uses a tool called POINTS Tracker that helps you keep track of the food you’re eating each day. The idea is that you have a point range that you need to within in order to see weight loss results. Although their POINTS Tracker tool has a ton of foods in their database, they don’t have all of them. That’s where their POINTS Calculator comes in. If you can’t find the food in their database, they have a tool that will calculate points for a particular food based on calories, fat and fiber. But what happens when you can’t find the food in their database and you don’t have the nutrition facts for it? That’s where NutritionData’s Nutrition Facts Calorie Counter comes in.

Their website has Nutrition Facts for most fast food restaurants and for other food like produce, meats and poultry. The thing I like about NutritionData’s website is that they go beyond the typical Nutrition Facts. They also display the moisture content, Caloric Ratio Pyramid, Nutrient Balance Indicator and Nutritional Target Map. However, most of the time, it’s just a good place to get the calories, fat and fiber numbers to plug into the the WeightWatchers’ POINTS Calculator.

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Vegetarianism Found To Be The Best Way To Lose Significant Weight

A new study was just released claiming that eating a vegetarian diet is the most effective way to lose weight.

The authors found that the body weight of both male and female vegetarians is, on average, 3 percent to 20 percent lower than that of meat-eaters. Vegetarian and vegan diets have also been put to the test in clinical studies, as the review notes. The best of these clinical studies isolated the effects of diet by keeping exercise constant. The researchers found that a low-fat vegan diet leads to weight loss of about 1 pound per week, even without additional exercise or limits on portion sizes, calories, or carbohydrates. interviewed one of the authors, and the full story and transcript can be read in this article: New Research: The Most Effective Way To Lose Weight Is To Eat A Vegetarian Diet

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Obesity Before Pregnancy Linked To Childhood Weight Problems - Pregnancy And Baby

Results of the study, which included more than 3,000 children, suggest that a child is far more likely to be overweight at a very young age — at 2 or 3 years old — if his mother was overweight or obese before she became pregnant. A child is also at greater risk of becoming overweight if he is born to a black or Hispanic mother, or to a mother who smoked during her pregnancy.

And there’s a good chance that an overweight child will stay overweight for the rest of his or her life.

(Full Story - Via Google Search: pregnancy.)

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Hidden Appetite

Former New York Times food critic Ruth Reichl talks about the disguises she used, the madness of $500 meals and why restaurants are the great levelers.

Normally, a food critic wouldn’t really interest me, but Ruth Reichl just so happens to be an interesting person. The article highlights her new book, Garlic and Sapphires, and shows a much different look at the world of being a food critic. Reichl appears to be quite an observant and thoughtful person, as shown in this quote from the article:

“If you’re a rich person, you could spend your whole life eating vegetables that had never been touched by pesticides, eating animals that had never been inside a factory, eating all the pristine and wonderful organic foods that I’m thrilled about,” says Reichl. “If you’re a poor person you’re pretty much relegated to overprocessed junk, factory animals and pesticide-laden vegetables.”

You can read the full story at

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