Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Lose Weight with Ruth: Look! It’s Judy Carter! She’s so Funny!: Judy Carter with THE MESSAGE OF YOU I keep running into Judy Carter, humorist, author, coach and keynote speaker, at meetings an...
|Judy Carter with THE MESSAGE OF YOU|
I keep running into Judy Carter, humorist, author, coach and keynote speaker, at meetings and conferences. After the third time, I had to get her book, THE MESSAGE OF YOU. Very glad I did. Have you ever gone to a meeting and almost fallen asleep? Speakers! Don’t let this happen to you. Judy’s book will help turn your ho-hum speech or presentation into a standing ovation. She can help you find your message, so that the audience wants to hear more. With some very easy steps, you will also learn how to add humor to your talks.
Judy’s FAVORITE physical activity is snowboarding, and her favorite food is fried matzo. I like matzo ball soup, but I have never had fried matzo. Sounds interesting. I will put it on my bucket list.
Looking for a worthwhile blog to read? I highly recommend subscribing to http://blog.judycarter.com/ . She always has useful information with a great story. Check her out: www.Facebook.com/JudyCarterComedy or on Twitter @judycarter. It was a pleasure meeting Judy, and I look forward to hearing more of her funny yet inspiring words of wisdom.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Do you believe in miracles? Do you take weight loss supplements to melt away belly fat? Americans love miracles or at least love to spend BILLIONS of dollars every year on weight loss cures.
Recently, Congress put Dr Oz in the hot seat. It seemed like his show was promoting diet supplements without much scientific proof. It turns out he just tries to motivate people and give them hope. For my clients, if Dr Oz has a supplement on the show, most of them think it works and are willing to spend the money to try it.
How should I say this? Supplement marketing tactics can be misleading. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently compiled a list called “The 7 Gut Check Claims” to help the public weed through weight loss claims. It’s important to remember that diet supplements are not tested for safety by the FDA. They get involved, if adverse effects are reported. Why take a chance at getting liver failure or dying?
Day 12 – Lose 10 Pounds a Day! in The Food Is My Friend Diet talks about Harvey Wiley, MD, who wrote an article in 1914 called “Swindled Getting Slim.” The article exposed misleading and fraudulent diet products. Fast forward 100 years. Americans are still spending money on magic.
Spoiler alert: There aren’t any magic pills or foods to dissolve unwanted muffin tops no matter how much we want to believe in them. Eat healthy. Watch your portions. Go for a walk.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Are you scared? You should be. Or should you? As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I am not afraid of food. I know what to eat and how much to eat to be healthy. I am not here to discuss the inaccuracies of the documentary Fed Up. To clear up the misinformation, the International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC) wrote a six-page commentary, which can be viewed here.
I am concerned about the kids. As someone, who helps kids lose weight, it was heart-wrenching to see the children in Fed Up struggle with excess weight. When I started my private practice 25 years ago, kids needed to lose 10-20 pounds. Now it is common to see kids with an extra 50-100 pounds.
Who and what is to blame? There are two sides to every story. I would like to offer my solution to the problem. Parents want their children to lose weight, but very few of them want to pay for it. When parents are told my services probably aren’t covered by their insurance, I usually don’t hear back from them.
For over 20 years I have been saying that if insurance companies had been better about reimbursing the services of registered dietitian nutritionists, we would not have the current obesity “epidemic”. We are the nation’s leading nutrition experts, and it’s all about prevention. We offer accurate, science-based nutrition, along with accountability, support, encouragement, and inspiration. No gimmicks. No special interests.
There will always be food manufacturers to tempt you with mouth-watering goodies to increase their profits. There will always government policies that may not have your best interests in mind. BUT armed with the right information, you have the power to make the right choices. You can choose NOT to buy high-sugar, high-fat, or high-sodium foods. You can balance your meals and limit the calories. Diets don’t work. It’s more about living a healthy lifestyle with plenty of fruits and vegetables and incorporating physical activity.
Is it really necessary to avoid all sugar, as suggested in Fed Up? No. There are 4 calories in a gram of sugar. If a food has 4 grams of sugar, that’s only 16 calories. Moderation is the key. On the other hand, lead and arsenic are toxic and should be avoided. Are you willing to never eat a box of whole grain cereal, a can of tuna, or a glass of wine in order to avoid processed food? After working all day, is opening a jar of pasta sauce for dinner the end of the world? Let’s be realistic and practical. Can you eat fewer cookies, cakes, and chips? Probably.
Obesity is a complicated issue. Overall, if I were to fault only one thing, it would be big portions. When I grew up, a bottle of soda was a treat on Saturday nights. Today, there are bountiful amounts of high-calorie treats on a daily basis. To a certain extent in the war against obesity, it’s not what you eat - it’s how much you eat that matters the most. Knowledge through nutrition education is crucial.
Problems don’t magically disappear. To be effective, everyone needs to take action, including kids, parents, schools, communities, the food industry, and the government. Are you willing to eat smaller portions? Walk every day? Write congress to stop marketing unhealthy foods to children? Call your insurance company for dietitian coverage?
Registered dietitian nutritionists have to be used to their fullest capacity in schools, industry, government, and wherever decisions are made about food and nutrition to protect our children’s health and to make a difference.
Are you Fed Up? What are you going to do about it?
Disclaimer: I consumed and enjoyed chocolate while writing my comments.
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