“Long-term effects of early nutrition on later health”

While I have a very busy day myself, I wanted to share an incredible website from Europe:

http://www.project-earlynutrition.eu/

Their “Project Title: Long-term effects of early nutrition on later health”  

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Times are Tough – and this fact should only make us tougher!

Times are Tough – and this fact should only make us tougher!

If you desire to exercise yet have a million excuses or just plain are so overwhelmed you do not know where to start, I have an idea for you…

Let’s assume times are tough and affording a dog and dog food is out of reach but something you desire (dogs need walking!!) – my idea is to take your family to the nearest pet shelter and volunteer to walk a dog or two!

This does some wonderful things:

1. You get exercise – walking is a great exercise to start with.
2. You are volunteering in your community and teaching your children invaluable lessons about volunteerism and giving back, not to mention how good that feels.
3. You are making a dog’s day brighter.
4. You are creating quality family time outdoors.

Here is yet another thought:

I’m going to call my local humane society and ask if it is less expensive for them to keep pets per month or to offer a low income family free pet food per month if they adopt a pet. If shelters were able to save money by doing this, I’d bet they would be willing to create such a program. It’s a win -win for everyone involved: dogs get a loving home, a walked hopefully daily, the shelter saves money, you just adopted a friend for life. I’m just sayin’ ….it’s worth a call!

Good luck everyone…I’m in this with you!

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Connecting with Nature

Connecting with Nature.

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Throw away the cereal (i.e. sugar) and Feed your loved ones oatmeal or steel oats!

Throw away the cereal (i.e. sugar) and Feed your loved ones oatmeal or steel oats!

Reuters put out an article:

Fat and getting fatter: U.S. obesity rates to soar by 2030
Tue Sep 18 19:52:42 UTC 2012. By Sharon Begley

which says that it’s projected that ALMOST HALF of the US population will be obese by 2030 (that is just under 12 years away!!!!!!!!) the article starts by stating:

“NEW YORK (Reuters) – If Americans stick to their eating and exercise habits, future historians will look back on the early 21st century as a golden age of svelte. …report highlights the current glum picture of the U.S. obesity epidemic, in which 35.7 percent of adults and 16.9 percent of children age 2 to 19 are obese, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported earlier this year.
But for the first time, the report builds on state-by-state data from the CDC to project obesity rates. In every state, that rate will reach at least 44 percent by 2030. In 13, that number would exceed 60 percent.

Obesity raises the risk of numerous diseases, from type 2 diabetes to endometrial cancer, meaning more sick people and higher medical costs in the future, the report said.”

Please help me in the fight against obesity!

While driving my child to school this morning I heard a woman speak about the misleading front covers of cereal boxes and how the cereal isle should be labeled the “sugar isle”. I completely agree. While we have cereal in our pantry, it is Whole Grain Cheerios, which my 2 yr old loves. Yet this morning (before the drive to school) I made us oatmeal. I Usually give her Cheerios because it is easy and what she wants. Well, I’m officially on a NO MORE BOXED FOOD kick.

It is an easy step in health to stop buying box food for breakfast – the most important meal of the day. Make it real and fresh – healthy options:

-steel oats or oatmeal with fresh fruit
– poached or steamed eggs with fresh veggies
-yogurt ( low in sugar if you can find it) with fresh or frozen fruit
-fresh squeezes OJ from real oranges

It is most important and imperative in the supermarket to READ YOUR LABELS. Do not look at the front packaging – just simply so not believe the front package claim!

What to look for in a food label;
1. First, if there is anything listed in the ingredients other than the item itself as the first item (or at the top) then it is not real!! Think about it…
2. Bread for instance: As FEW items as possible is best – make your own – even better. I will add the easiest no knead bread recipe in the world (if you have an easier one, please pass it on to all of us!!)
No 2. Repeated: I cannot emphasis enough – the less ingredients listed (usually) the healthier (however if ANYTHING has sugar or fake sugar – high fructose ….anything; listed first THEN IT IS NOT HEALTHY OR REAL). I’m just sayin’…

Be a smart shopper please!! It’s for your health, for your good, and it’s your best defense against the marketing miss-information!!

Good luck everyone…I’m in this with you!

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Laura cycling in Lucca, Italy, 2008

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Our Obese Nation and speaking out

Taken from the CDC.gov “In 2009–2010, over 78 million U.S. adults and about 12.5 million U.S. children and adolescents were obese.” It is HARD to lose weight, at any age and at any weight. Use me for example, I exercise with my heart rate above 145-165 six days a week (for 60-90 mins), I watch closely (by logging) what I eat, and I strength train – I still only lose 1/2 pound on average a week (when I really try) which is healthy; yet my body fat percentage is still HIGH 28%- 30% or more is considered by some, obese (my test was done with calipers which isn’t completely accurate, but still a baseline). I am fit and strong but yet have what is considered an almost obese/high body fat percentage for my age/weight.

If it is hard for me to lose weight….I cannot begin to fathom how hard it is for others who are in the “obese” category.

I want to do all I can to help because I have read that the current young generation of children will not outlive their parents. This is outrageous! Drastic measures should be taken NOW to turn this spiral around … And it can be accomplished! We need the nation’s help! Actually this is such a global issue, that really we need the world’s help. This is everyone’s issue — absolutely everyone!

I believe these two options are a darn good start:

1. Educate yourself and your children on the harmful affects our current media (and what they do and do not say) has on your body. One instance, the claim that Emergen-c is healthy (it comes in a package that is chemically produced = not real food (and contains aspartame) which is known to kill brain cells (maybe so we become so dumb and then believe this crap is good) …get my drift! Explain to our kids that what the media says is healthy is most likely incorrect. They are just trying to sell you something. Eat real food! Pick up an orange if you want vitamin c!

Tell our kids how wrong the media can be and that they DO NOT HAVE to be fooled. Our children’s (and our) best defense is to NOT buy their products.

2. Real weight loss is about a change in lifestyle – change in the foods you buy, (each meal should have more fruits and veggies then anything from a box or carton) eating “real foods” is always a wiser choice. A change in the activity level you currently have is just plain necessary. The quickest way to change is through strength and cardio – you tube has a plethora of great free workouts – Julian Michael’s (of the biggest loser) has quick, doable, and realistic options as do many others.

Good luck everyone…I’m in this with you!

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