In Case You Missed It (2/16/16)

Why Poor Children Can’t Be Picky Eaters Instead of defending these moms’ choices, Ms. Daniel should advise them that they are being incredibly shortsighted (the contributor only touched on this point toward the end of the article). Waste in the short term, will lead to healthy habits and healthcare savings in the long term. Also, why are foods being wasted to begin with? If a child doesn’t eat the rice, beans and greens prepared for dinner, the mothers should serve the rejected food for breakfast or lunch the next day. The child will eventually be hungry enough to eat the healthy food. Mothers, junk food is slowly poisoning your children! Highly processed foods are packed with calories but have the nutritional value of paper.  You are doing your children a grave disservice by giving in to their immature, uninformed food preferences. 

Disparity in Life Spans of the Rich and the Poor Is Growing This should not be surprising to anyone who read the previous article. Bernie Sanders can go on about universal healthcare all he wants, but he is missing the point. All the healthcare in the world will not save people from poor lifestyle choices. 

Fat Cats on a Diet: Will They Still Love You? "[A] new study in The Journal of Veterinary Behavior suggests that owners need not fear rejection if they restrict their cats’ calories. After an eight-week diet, the cats actually demonstrated more affection after they were fed, their owners reported." That's right, your cat (and your kid) will love you more in the long run if you take good care of them nutritionally. 

Yes, I’m Fat. It’s O.K. I Said It. and How We View Obesity We should not make overweight individuals feel bad about themselves because it only compounds the problem. However, putting shame aside, overweight people should not be complacent about their weight, which is likely to have significant negative health implications. Also, there is a huge difference between carrying a few extra pounds and being obese or morbidly obese. I urge individuals who are 30+ lbs overweight to find a workable weight loss and maintenance regimen. My advice would be to get active and eat whole foods. I guaranty you will see results with moderate, low-impact activity, like walking, combined with a mostly whole foods, plant based diet. I'll say it a million times if I have to - you cannot eat too many vegetables. You will get full before you eat enough to get fat. 

How to turn a fitness goal into a lifetime of good health (fluctuating weight included) "[E]nvision a journey to good health — complete with numerous peaks and valleys. That means being mentally and emotionally prepared and having behaviors in place to deal with the myriad changes and challenges that come even after the finish line. It’s not about goals or measurements but rather establishing the right mind-set to change your life for the better."

Organic Meat and Milk Higher in Healthful Fatty Acids “Organic meat and milk differ markedly from their conventionally produced counterparts in measures of certain nutrients” but scientists are not willing to say that “these differences are likely to translate to better health in people who eat organic meat and drink organic milk.” Remember the duck test?

Getting People to Exercise Requires the Right Incentive "'There’s a presumption that tracking your activity will help you change your behavior,' said the lead author, Dr. Mitesh S. Patel, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania. 'But it typically doesn’t work unless it’s combined with behavior change strategies. Our study shows that the design of the incentive is critical to its success.'” I told you that well-tech is hogwash

A parental primer for kids’ nutrition questions This is an amazing resource that explains basic nutritional concepts. Great read for people of all ages. 

Tired of treadmills? Don’t underestimate the elliptical. Check out my 10-20-30 Elliptical Training Sesh.

How to get your kids on the bean bandwagon Beans/legumes/pulses are affordable sources of fiber, protein, healthy fats, and micro-nutrients. Check out my Instagram (@healthyyuppie) for some great pulse-filled recipes. Also, review my tips for integrating legumes into your diet

Why it’s so hard to cut back on sugar (and what to do about it) Sugar is addictive. That's a fact. Like any addictive substance, sugar is hard to give up once you are hooked. I have had success in significantly decreasing my consumption of processed sugar by transitioning to naturally sweet foods (fruits, dried fruits, agave nectar, maple syrup, etc.), staying hydrated, and getting enough healthy fats. Sometimes people misinterpret thirst for hunger and fat cravings for sweet cravings.