Wake-up call to parents: Children’s fast food meals to avoid


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Hardees Kids Meal (Photo credit: nibaq)

Reblogged:from Huffington Post                                                                                Wake-up call to parents: Children’s fast food meals to avoidLet’s face it: we all love fast food kids’ meals. Kids love them for the toys and packaging; parents love them because they’re easy and convenient. Plus, when they include apples and cheese, they have some nutritional value, right?Well, not exactly, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. According to PCRM, the meals are loaded with sugar and  sodium, and really offer very little nutritional value. They’ve come out with a list of the 5 worst “healthy” fast food kids’ meals. See if some of your favorites are on the list, but remember, the best  advice…everything in moderation.                                                                                                                                                                                           The Committee says that certain fast  food kids’ meals marketed as “healthy” are anything but. “Frankly,  passing off these meals as ‘healthy’ ought to be a crime at a time when 16.9 million American children and adolescents are obese,”  says  PCRM president Dr. Neal Barnard. “The focus on junk food targeted to  kids is important, given how miserably the fast-food industry has failed to live up to its promise of self-regulation.” Here Is a link to the video http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/wake-up-call-to-parents-worst-fast-food-kids-meals-that-will-surprise-you.html  How often do you treat your kids to fast food meals?                                                                                                                           Eating, Fast food, Food, Happy Meal, Health, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Human nutrition, International Food Information Council, Kids’ meal, McDonald, Neal D. Barnard, Obesity, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, United States, Weight, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips

Healthy Diet Essentials


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Healthy Diet Essentials                                                                          According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a healthy diet 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, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.  But just what minerals and nutrients are vital to our health and well-being?  Consider these nutrient-dense foods when you’re looking to improve your vitamin and mineral intake.Vitamin A is needed for good eyesight and optimal functioning of the immune system.  Cod liver oil, dairy products, sweet potatoes and dark green leafy vegetables are all great natural food sources of vitamin A.Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, is imperative to the body’s ability to process carbohydrates.  Whole grain breads, cereals and pastas have high amounts of thiamine.

Riboflavin, or B2, can be found in fortified cereals, almonds, asparagus, eggs, and meat.  It’s used in many body processes, including converting food into energy and the production of red blood cells.

Niacin, also known as B3, can be found in lean chicken, tuna, salmon, turkey, enriched flour, peanuts, and fortified cereals. It aids in digestion and also plays a key role in converting food into energy.

Vitamin B6 can be found in fortified cereals, fortified soy-based meat substitutes, baked potatoes with skin, bananas, light-meat chicken and turkey, eggs, and spinach. It’s vital for a healthy nervous system, and helps break down proteins and stored sugars.

Vitamin B12 is needed for creating red blood cells, and can be found in beef, clams, mussels, crabs, salmon, poultry, and soybeans.

Citrus fruits, red berries, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, red and green bell peppers, cabbage, and spinach are all loaded with vitamin C, which is vital to promoting a healthy immune system, and making chemical messengers in the brain.

Vitamin D can be found in fortified milk, cheese, and cereals; egg yolks; salmon; but can also be made by the body from sunlight exposure. It’s needed to process calcium and maintain the health of bones and teeth.

Vitamin E functions as an antioxidant and is essential to your skin’s good health. Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables, almonds, hazelnuts, and vegetable oils like sunflower, canola, and soybean to get this vital nutrient.

Folic acid can be found in fortified cereals and grain products; lima, lentil, and garbanzo beans; and dark leafy vegetables. It’s vital for cell development, prevents birth defects, promotes heart health, and helps red blood cells form. Pregnant women need to take special care to ensure they are getting enough of this for themselves and their developing baby.

Dairy products, broccoli, dark leafy greens like spinach and rhubarb, and fortified products, such as orange juice, soy milk, and tofu are all loaded with calcium. Like vitamin D, it’s very important in helping to build and maintain strong bones and teeth.

Organ meats, oysters, clams, crabs, cashews, sunflower seeds, wheat bran cereals, whole-grain products, and cocoa products are all high in copper, which aids in metabolism of iron and red cell formation. It also assists in the production of energy for cells.

 Iron can be found in leafy green vegetables, beans, shellfish, red meat, poultry, soy foods, and some fortified foods.  It’s needed to transport oxygen to all parts of the body via the red blood cells.

Potassium can be found in foods like Broccoli, potatoes (with the skins on), prune juice, orange juice, leafy green vegetables, bananas, raisins, and tomatoes. It aids in nervous system and muscle function and also helps maintain a healthy balance of water in the blood and body tissues.

Red meat, fortified cereals, oysters, almonds, peanuts, chickpeas, soy foods, and dairy products are great dietary sources of zinc. Zinc supports the body’s immune function, reproduction capabilities, and the nervous systems.

Protein is the main component of muscles, organs, and glands. Every living cell and all body fluids, except bile and urine, contain protein. The cells of muscles, tendons, and ligaments are maintained with protein. Children and adolescents require protein for growth and development, and adults need it to maintain cell integrity. It can be found in foods like beans, milk and meat.

The primary function of carbohydrates is to provide energy for the body, especially the brain and the nervous system. Complex carbohydrates are the best choice for a stable blood sugar level. Whole grain breads and cereals, legumes, and starchy vegetables are all good complex carbohydrate sources.

Essential fatty acids play a part in many metabolic processes, and there is evidence to suggest that low levels of essential fatty acids, or the wrong balance of types among the essential fatty acids, may be a factor in a number of illnesses. Good sources are fish and shellfish, flaxseed, canola oil, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, leafy vegetables, and walnuts.

Though this list is far from complete, it gives a good base of knowledge on which to build a healthy, well-balanced diet.                                                                                                    Brussels sprout, Dairy product, Eating, Food, Health, Healthy diet, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Human nutrition, International Food Information Council, Leaf vegetable, Milk, Nutrition, Red blood cell, United States Department of Agriculture, USDA, Vitamin, Weight

Eating Healthy On A Budget


Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables (Photo credit: nutrilover)

If you have problems serving healthy foods because of the prices, you’ll find these tips to be just what you need to eat healthy on a budget. 1. Eliminate junk food Doing your shopping on your own is the easiest way to shop, as children and sometimes spouses are usually the ones requesting junk food. Shopping alone will prevent this, and ensure that you only buy the foods you need. 2. Water or milk instead of soft drinks You can still enjoy your favorite drinks at a sporting event or night out, although you should stick with the smallest size when shopping to save money and calories. Children and even adults need milk or milk products on a daily basis. Milk will also help you get strong and provides calcium for healthy bones and healthy teeth. 3. Buy fruits in quantity When they are in season, buy fruits in quantity and freeze any extras. You can buy several pounds this way, and freeze extras to have them when the fruit goes out of season. Wash the fruit well, remove any spoiled pieces, dry thoroughly, than freeze in plastic zipper bags. 4. Meats and beans Meats and beans are the best sources for protein. Lean meat is more expensive than meats with a lot of fat. Canned beans are a great deal as well, as they give you protein at a great price. 5. Beans as a substitute You should use beans a substitute for meat on a frequent occasion. There are several varieties, so you can prepare them in a crock pot, so when you return home they are ready to consume. The USDArecommends eating beans at least 4 times per week. If you experience gas after eating beans you should try washing them, covering them with water, bringing the water to a boil, then draining it off and refilling the pot. 6. If you live in a coastal area or an area where fish are around, make that an integral part of your diet. You can catch them from the lakes or rivers, saving money in the process. 7. Peanut butter is great for those on a budget as it’s popular with almost everyone. You can use it for sandwiches instead of eating hot dogs. It does need to be refrigerated, although bigger jars can last you for weeks. 8. You should fill up with foods that have a high content of water. Watermelon, salads, and even sugar-free gelatin are all great examples. Eating healthy is always something you can’t go wrong with. You can eat healthy for just a few bucks, which makes it perfect for those on a budget. Now, you don’t need a lot of money to have the lifestyle and health you’ve always wanted.

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Gastric Bypass Surgery (Not A Healthy Choice)


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I recently received a comment on this subject,so I decided to check it out a bit more. And no matter how hard I looked I could not find anything good to say about it.I am totally against it,I feel this procedure is as unnecessary as it is unhealthy.If your struggling with your weight, I suggest you stick with the basics.Control what you Eat and stay Active. Gastric Bypass Surgery is offered as a weight loss surgery option, for patients looking to dramatically reduce their weight. Weight loss surgery, also known as barbaric surgery, They want us to believe that it will provide the longest period of sustained weight loss in patients who have tried other approaches of diet and exercise without success.But yet they go on to say something about weight loss surgery will only work as well as the amount of time you invest in adopting a healthy and active lifestyle.

What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Gastric Bypass surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), slows the absorption of food and decreases calorie intake by creating a small stomach pouch. The pouch holds 3 to 5 ounces of food. The remainder of the stomach is not removed, but is completely stapled shut and divided from the stomach pouch.  The outlet from this newly formed pouch empties directly into the middle portion of the small intestine, thus bypassing calorie absorption and the duodenum (the first portion of the small intestine).

Frequently Asked Questions About Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery

What are some of gastric bypass surgery results?

Restricts Eating: During gastric bypass surgery, a small pouch is created with staples which limits how much you can eat and diminishes appetite.

Decreases Calorie Intake: The intestine is rerouted in such a way that calories are not absorbed in a small segment.

Dumping Syndrome: Another effect of gastric bypass surgery is a condition called dumping syndrome. Because the intestine is re-routed after bariatric surgery, certain foods, such as those high in sugar, are emptied quickly into the intestines. Although this does not happen to everyone after gastric bypass surgery, it is a common side effect causing people to avoid foods with sugar and is generally felt to be a benefit of the surgery and not a complication.

This can’t be Healthy,WHY would anyone want to put themselves through this when there’s no guarantee that it will help you at all.You CAN accomplish the exact same goals with a Well Balanced Healthy Eating Plan,Regular Exercise,and of course Portion Control.  Gastric Bypass Surgery is not a solution, So where is the guarantee,It lies within you. because you’re the one that has to commit yourself to a Healthy Eating Plan, A consistent Regular Exercise Routine,and you are the one that has to practise Disciplined Portion Control.Which is actually one of the hardest yet most important keys to your success along  your weight loss journey. It is important to remember that weight loss surgery, just like any other weight loss program or service you only get out of it, what you put into it.Another words it will only work as well as the amount of time you invest in a healthy and active lifestyle.It’s all up to you,you’re the only one that can guarantee your success just like anything else you have to really want to.I know some of you might be saying it’s not that easy, and your right it’s not that is why you need to practice Discipline.If you follow a realistic Healthy Eating Plan,exercise,watch your Portions,be consistent,and you Discipline yourself when and were needed you can succeed. Here is a link to a store about a man who died a few weeks after having gastric bypass surgery http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/21/earlyshow/contributors/melindamurphy/main668323.shtml A study from the  University of Washington found that men are more likely to die than women. However, the study also found that if a patient survived more than a year after the surgery, then the benefits to their long-term health far outweigh the risks of the procedure.I don’t know about that.I don’t think the RISK is worth it!                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Loss Weight, diet, Dieting, Weight Loss Tips, weight loss programs, dieting programs, Top Weight loss, Health, Portion Control, Food, Human nutrition, Eating, Nutrition, Physical exercise, Fitness, Programs, Calorie

THE HUNGER BLOGS


Thinspiration: Pro-Ana & Pro-Mia Website Photo...I found this very important yet slightly disturbing article on aol news. It’s about, A Secret World Of TeenageThinspirationKate leads a double life. Offscreen, she’s a tall, slender, and soft-spoken 17-year-old from Utah, who describes herself as “super awkward” and yet fantasizes about becoming a famous runway model in New York City. Onscreen, she’s the confident champion of a secretive community of teenage girls who celebrate ghoulish thinness, relish photos of emaciated women, and furtively share tips about how to stave off hunger.Kate, whose last name and Tumblr URL have been withheld to protect her identity, is a guru of “thinspo” (short for “thinspiration”). That odd marriage of clever wordplay and disturbing mindset is typical of this underground network of young, female diarist on Tumblr, the image-laden micro-blogging platform popular with teenagers. This codependent sisterhood of bloggers uses Tumblr for one sole purpose: to lose extreme and unhealthy amounts of weight”Most days I feel like what I’m doing could be way too much,” Kate told the Huffington Post. “I know that if I stay on a very dangerous path, that it could kill me within a year easily, if not sooner. But at the same time, I feel like if I set a goal, I have to reach it. I’m pretty torn about it most days, but I’ve never really felt bad enough that I wanted to stop.”Like most thinspo devotees, Kate broadcasts her starting weight (“SW: 151.2″), current weight (“CW: 127″), and ultimate goal weight (“UGW: 115″) at the top of her Tumblr, along with her height (5’10″). These numbers help Kate, and her 5,000 followers, track her weight loss. According to standards for healthy body mass index, Kate’s ultimate goal weight is more in line with a woman 4’10″, or a full foot shorter.Sixteen-year-old Antonia (last name withheld) also runs a popular, photo-based thinspo blog out of her bedroom. “I like images that show skinny, happy girls,” she writes in an email to the Huffington Post. “They look so confident and we can see their bones through their skin. It’s the most beautiful thing ever. I also like tips about food or how to ignore hunger.”Do the authors of these blogs recognize that their work is dangerous and disturbing? Frequently, yes. Travel far enough down the rabbit hole of Tumblr’s thinspo community — which often overlaps with the platform’s blogs devoted to health and fitness, dubbed “fitblrs” and you’ll find cautionary signs advising those prone to disordered eating to venture no further. Look for the words “trigger warning,” thinspo code indicating that you’ve reached a pro-anorexia blog (aka pro-”ana” in thinspo speak).”It’s a huge issue,” says Claire Mysko, an advisor to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), who has seen a large increase in the number of pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia blogs since Tumblr exploded in popularity last year. “Young people who are prone to disordered eating are generally plagued with insecurity and feeling very isolated, so this world of pro-ana provides a community and a sense of belonging, and validates their experiences. But unfortunately, it does so in a way that promotes incredibly unhealthy and dangerous behavior.”Search for “thinspo” on Tumblr, and you’ll find a landing page (www.tumblr.com/tagged/thinspo) with a seemingly endless stream of tagged posts — fashion photographs, food-diary entries, and quotes on willpower and beauty, driven by the thinspo and “fitspo” blogs of thousands of young women. Every word and image posted declares the user’s allegiance to an underweight ideal of beauty.After launching in 2007, Tumblr has shown incredible growth — last year, the site generated roughly 15 billion page views and attracted 120 million unique visitors each month. What draws teens to Tumblr in the first place — the ease of sharing and finding bloggers with common interests, a parent-free environment (now that Facebook has become family friendly), and the diary-like feel of its blogs — also makes the site conducive to health and weight-loss blogs.And where those blogs are prevalent, it’s likely that pro-ana pages that promote disordered eating will thrive, as well. The Tumblr platform is ideal for giving expression to both inspirational and aspirational content — their intimate and frequently anonymous nature make it comfortable for authors to post highly personal information alongside collages of fashion photographs, in an effort to inspire themselves and other girls who are desperate to shed pounds.Although thinspiration sites have been around nearly as long as the Internet itself — as far back as 2001, Yahoo! removed roughly 115 sites (pro-ana was the label used at that time) citing violations of the company’s terms of service — the depth and scope of Tumblr’s teen thinspo community seems unprecedented. Tumblr-based thinspo blogs are a sort of pro-ana 2.0, forgoing chat rooms and message boards in favor of eerily elegant images, sophisticated design, pop-culture references, private messaging, and street-style sensibility. The blogs are reflections of their creators. For millennial girls — uber-connected, style savvy, image-conscious, and concerned about uncertain economic futures — Tumblr offers an intimate, exclusive, and of-the-moment niche community of peers.The pages are both personal memoirs and public bulletin boards. In one corner, you’ll see a “motivational” quote (“I came into 2012 fat but I’m going to leave it skinny,” which was ‘reblogged,’ or shared, more than 1,500 times), and in another, a photo of Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr strutting down the catwalk. Melancholy song lyrics once reserved for the private corners of dog-eared notebooks (“Come on skinny love, what happened here? Come on skinny love, just last the year,” from Bon Iver’s 2008 indie anthem), share the turmoil of the teenage years with thousands of followers. The poster girl for thinspo bloggers is Cassie, the starry-eyed, anorexic pill-popper of the British teen television drama Skins, whose image pops up all over the thinspo blogosphere. The models most frequently featured are Karlie Kloss and Kate Moss. An iconic black-and-white photograph of Kate in an oversized T-shirt that reads “I Beat Obesity” is a recurring theme, perfectly capturing the ethos of the thinspo community.I think as parents it is are responsibility to spread the word about these Hunger Blogs and do what ever we can to put a stop to this. Once again we need to educate our children on the important of Healthy Eating.as well as the damage they are doing to their bodys.My daughter has a tumblr and i will definitely be checking it more often.A nd if you have teenage daughters you should do the same.They need to know how serious this really is.And remember if they get upset about you checking out their sites,it’s most likely because there is something they don’t want you to see.But we are the parents and it is our responsibility to protect our children even from their self. Original post from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/08/thinspiration-blogs_n_1264459.html

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Understanding Foods Labels


Understanding nutrition claims and market tricks will allow the average shopper to make quick, healthy choices without spending hours comparing labels. Certain claims on packaged items are regulated by the FDA. A product with the following statements must abide by several restrictions,Fat Free:Less than half a gram of fat per serving,Low Calorie: No more than 40 calories per serving, Sugar Free:Less than half a gram of sugar per serving,Low Sodium: No more than 140 mg of sodium per serving,High, rich in, excellent source of: 20 percent or more of the recommended daily value of the nutrient,Less,fewer,reduced: 25 percent or less of the named nutrient, Here are some other marketing terms that aren’t standardized by the FDA.Organic: Must meet the USDA standards for organic production, without most synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics and genetically engineered ingredients. Being labeled “organic” has nothing to do with the calorie, fat or sugar content of a food. I recommend going organic for particular fruits and vegetables especially those that are considered part of the “dirty dozen.”Natural: Only regulated by the FDA for meat and poultry products.  This label means “no artificial substances.”  Companies use the term “natural” on their products hoping that it will catch the eye of a health-conscious consumer; the product may not be superior to its competition.Local: Not a monitored claim. Shop at markets and nearby farms to know that your food is coming from a “local” source. Free Range:  A USDA definition for eggs and poultry where chickens have “access to the outside,” no other specific spatial restrictions are given.”Free range” beef and pork labels are not regulated. Know your manufacturer and the company background to be safe about your meat choices. Made with Whole Grains: A general term with a broad meaning.The product may be 99 percent refined grains, while 1 percent is actually whole grains. “Multigrain” is another overused word stating that the food is made with several grains.  At least half of all grains eaten should be whole grains; make sure that “whole” is contained in the ingredient list. Lightly sweetened: Another expression that is not controlled.Lightly sweetened is variable, depending on the size of your sweet tooth! Fiber: A product “high in fiber” may contain the isolated, added fibers such as inulin, maltodextrin and polydextrose; these types haven’t been proven to offer the health benefits from fiber found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.Be wary of packaged foods that claim to be the newest, ultra-healthy solution. Cookies, cakes and snack foods are just that.They won’t ever replace your best choices: whole foods with real ingredients.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Loss Weight, diet, Dieting, Weight Loss Tips, weight loss programs, dieting programs, Top Weight loss, Health, Portion Control, Food, Human nutrition, Eating, Nutrition, Physical exercise, Fitness, Programs, Calorie

Servings and Portions


When we are trying to lose weight the Confusion between “servings” and “portions” makes eating the right amount of food difficult. Serving sizes are standardized amounts of food with specific calorie and nutrient contents. Portions, on the other hand, are how much we choose to eat. To make sure you aren’t overeating, you must know the size of a serving. The following everyday approximations should help.

Approximate Single-Serving Sizes

Grilled fish Personal checkbook
Potato Computer mouse
Meat serving Deck of cards
Hard cheese Four dice
Peanut butter Tip of your thumb
Cup of fruit Baseball
Apple/Orange Tennis ball

Once we see how small servings are, most of us realize our portions are way too big. A typical serving of steak at a restaurant, for example, is the size of four decks of cards, the equivalent of four servings. Obviously, choosing to eat wisely means giving importance both to what and to how much we eat. Serving sizes can be sneaky. You think you’re watching your calories by glancing at the nutrition information on the back of your favorite food or beverage, but beware: If you don’t read carefully, you could be taking in four or five times the calories you think you are. Take, for example, that bag of Bear Naked Banana Nut granola that you like for breakfast. Pour yourself a medium bowlful and you could be eating as many calories and grams of fat as a McDonald’s double cheeseburger. That’s because the actual serving size is only 1/4 cup (a mere 4 tablespoons) and 140 calories. Pour a whole cup’s worth (which is easy to do) and you’re eating 560 calories and 28 grams of fat.

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