Get Moving

Exercise is a vital part of good health.  Ideally we should exercise for at least 30 minutes per day.   Looking for workout tips to tighten and strengthen muscles you sit on?  Here’s a great ABC News workout.  Additional workout videos are available  under the exercise tab.  Whether you take a class or exercise on  your own, be consistent.  If you haven’t exercised for awhile, visit with your physician before beginning an exercise program.

Making Nutrition Fun for Kids

If you are looking for a way to introduce healthy nutrition for your child, start with an interactive game.  It is important to  make your child feel comfortable and part of their own decision making where nutrition is concerned.  You can offer them choices:  “Would you like green beans or strawberry spinach salad?”  Making good choices begins with good options.

Childhood Obesity

The Center for Disease Control has published alarming statistics regarding childhood obesity.  The percentage of children who are obese1 has more than doubled, and among adolescents the rates have more than tripled since 1980. Obesity is a risk factor for health conditions such as diabetes and is associated with problems such as poor self-esteem. The good news is that schools can help students and staff adopt healthy eating and physical activity behaviors that are the keys to preventing obesity.

Download this helpful brochure if you want to make a difference in your child’s overall health, but implementing a more positive lifestyle.

Test Yourself–Are you addicted to food?

Dopamine and food addiction?  Don’t rely on a pancake house to tell you the truth about Dopamine.  Here’s what you should know:

We all experience cravings.  We all give in to cravings.  What is the difference between a food craving and a food addiction?  Here’s a simple test that might help you determine if you are going over board.

Decode Your Cravings and Your Personality

Cravings and personality types go together.

Chocolate.  Dark chocolate.  Milk chocolate. White chocolate.  Krispy Creme donuts.  Pepperoni pizza.  Mac ‘n’ cheese.  Mashed potatoes.  Fried chicken.  Potato chips.  Are you salivating and planning your next binge?

“Cravings definitely have a physical component, but they also give some insight into the type of person you are,” says Alan R. Hirsch, M.D., head of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago and the author of “What Flavor Is Your Personality?” Hirsch should know: He’s studied the cravings, food choices, and personalities of more than 18,000 people for over 25 years. Here’s something to take away from your midday vending-machine runs or late-night fridge raids besides extra calories.

Dr. Hirsch says certain personalities are associated with certain cravings.  What kind of person are you?  Go here to find out.

Your Moods and Your Cravings

Are you an emotional eater?  Have you ever caught yourself grabbing for that chocolate bar after a quarrel with a boyfriend or buying a pint of Ben and Jerry’s after reaching an important goal at work?  If so, you are just like millions of other Americans who respond to strong emotion by eating comfort foods.

Different emotions trigger different food cravings and vary for men and women.  Whether it’s pasta, pizza, chocolate, ice cream, casserole, or cookies, your emotions can override your logic, even when you are already full.

For helpful hints on how to say not to cravings, there are a host of websites with plenty of advice,but Steph Gariano gives down-to-earth advice that won’t cost money.

The best way I have found to avoid food cravings is to eat nutrient dense foods, drink plenty of water, get enough rest, and exercise every day for 30 minutes.

You can substitute those fattening choices with healthier ones.   The United States Department of Agriculture  has great suggestions for avoiding the “no” foods.

What you miss, you can have once in awhile.  Moderation and smaller portions are the keys to success.