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Talking to Kids About Health

Watching one of my favorite movies "Spanglish" with my daughter the other night, there's a situation in which the mother purposely buys too small clothes for her adolescent daughter. Sadly, the daughter is deeply offended by her mother's gesture and it spawns a dispute between both parents. My daughter remarked how sad that situation was and how terrible it would be to have a mother treat her child that way.

As a parent, it's easy to understand how deeply we care about our children and sometimes lack effective tools for every situation.

Ever wonder whether it's a good idea to talk with your kids about health and weight loss?

Whether your child is overweight or not, parents can feel conflicted about how to have a healthy conversation. According to an article written by Michelle Hamilton at Runner's World, a new study can offer some guidance.
 

The study published in JAMA Pediatrics analyzed data from two surveys completed by both parents and teenagers (average age 14) in 2009 and 2010.

"Overweight or obese teenagers whose mothers discussed healthy eating with them were less likely to skip meals, use diet pills or turn to binge eating to drop pounds, researchers at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis found.

But conversations between parents and teens that focused on weight and size rather than health put those adolescents at a greater risk for adopting potentially harmful eating habits, according to the study.

The research [also] found that when both parents engaged kids in conversation about the importance of choosing healthy foods, overweight teens were more likely to sidestep unhealthy weight-control habits.

For parents who may wonder whether talking with their adolescent child about eating habits and weight is useful or detrimental, results from this study indicate that they may want to focus on discussing and promoting healthful eating behaviors rather than discussing weight and size, regardless of whether their child is non-overweight or overweight," the authors conclude.


In our house, I spend a lot of time talking about healthy food selection with my family. It's often hard not to focus more on my daughter than son when it comes to healthy eating. The reality is that she may be more at risk of having an unhealthy body image and being over weight.

Does this make me a "bad" mother or is it a reality of our society?

 

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Abs - NOT Created Equally

Ever wonder why YOUR abs don't look just like someone else's?

Whether you're looking for a six-pack or a little muscle tone, each person's abs look slightly different. Along with core muscle work, it comes down to what you're eating (or not).

I guarantee you will NOT get there eating cookies, soda, and crackers. Eating whole fruits, veggies, and lean protein will definitely do the trick! (It's also important to pay attention to the amount of sodium you're eating - less is best.)

Depending on how your body stores fat, the abs may be one of the last places to see change.

Along with consistent weight lifting practices and a healthy diet, patience pays off. So, don't give up!!

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Be Amazing

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Yesterday's Choices

When it comes to energy and motivation to exercise, the foods we choose the day before have the most impact on how we feel each day.

We can either eat healthy foods that make us feel good or binge on unhealthy food, like salt and sugar, that zap our energy leaving us feeling dehydrated and sluggish, crabby and bloated...

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Drinking and Weight Loss

Does moderate drinking prevent weight loss or contribute to fat storage?

If you ask a personal trainer, the likely response will be not to drink at all if you want to lose weight. Why? Because the average person looking to lose a significant amount of weight normally has issues with portion control and healthy food selection. Women that are significantly overweight tend to eat too much salt or sugar and not enough fruit and vegetables, which promote weight gain.

However, an interesting article posted in Women's Health Magazine, states that moderate drinking may be better on the waist line than weekend "ladies night out" cocktails. Here's the skinny on the article:
 

Your average drink—beer, wine, martini, pick your poison—is usually a combination of carbs, sugar, and ethanol (pure alcohol). When it goes down the hatch, it makes a pit stop at your stomach, where some of the alcohol is absorbed through the lining and into your bloodstream, giving you that initial buzz. The carbs and sugar go the traditional digestive route, while ethanol, a toxin, is diverted to the liver.

This is when that innocent little drink starts messing with your internal fat incinerator. Ethanol has no nutritional value, so your body burns it off first. That means any remaining calories in your stomach—whether they're from the margarita or the chips and guacamole you had with it—will likely be stored as fat. And the more fattening the foods you eat, the easier the calories are to store. (Bear in mind that research published in Physiology & Behavior found that alcohol makes us focus on immediate pleasure and ignore the consequences, which often results in eating junk food.) Unlike protein and carbs, which require some energy for the body to break down and store, fat can directly deposit itself, so those chips are first in line to be plastered to your thighs.

Researchers found that women who had one or two alcoholic drinks a day were actually less likely to gain weight than those who shunned the sauce.

Researchers believe that the bodies of long-term moderate drinkers somehow adapt to metabolize alcohol differently than heavy or occasional drinkers. They use more energy, burning the calories in the drink—or even more than that—while digesting it, says Lu Wang, M.D., Ph.D., the lead researcher of the study and an instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Evidence suggests that moderate drinkers also tend to practice healthier habits than teetotalers. If you're used to having three or four drinks every week as part of your diet, you're probably compensating for them with fewer calories elsewhere. "These women know how to moderate how much they drink, so it makes sense that they'd moderate what they eat as well," says Robert Klesges, Ph.D., a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. The Archives study found that these women also exercise more, which knocks off additional calories.


Ladies, weigh in here: does drinking promote or prevent weight loss for you?