Weight and body size are not easy subjects to bring up to anyone. In fact, I prefer to just avoid it all together. It’s always been a sore subject with me and I’d just assume no one ever discuss weight with one another, ever. I prefer we send notes without having to see the look of the gut punch on someone-you-love’s face.
I especially NEVER want to talk to my children about being overweight so I prefer to talk to them in general terms before it is ever an issue. I never want to sit down my overweight tween or teen and talk to them about their weight. It just feels like running through a minefield with clown shoes on. So, I have decided that I want to talk to my children about weight and eating habits before it ever becomes an issue.
I know from personal experience that telling a child they are overweight, or anyone for that matter, doesn’t inspire them to lose weight. It only serves to make them feel bad about themselves and probably eat more or embark on some other equally as unhealthy lifestyle choice.
There is a huge difference in feeling like you want to be healthy and feeling like you are fat. Feeling fat feels like being a failure on some social level to most.
In a recent study by the University of Minnesota researchers, appearing in JAMA Pediatrics, it was found that mothers and fathers who engaged in weight-related conversations had adolescents who were more likely to diet, use unhealthy weight-control behaviors, and engage in binge eating.
Overweight or obese adolescents whose mothers engaged in conversations that were focused only on healthful eating behaviors were less likely to diet and use unhealthy weight-control behaviors. Additionally, subanalyses with adolescents with data from 2 parents showed that when both parents engaged in healthful eating conversations, their overweight or obese adolescent children were less likely to diet and use unhealthy weight-control behaviors.
It all came down to the execution. It was the same conversation. Both conversations were well-intended parents worrying about their child’s weight, but in one scenario they discussed weight and size and in the other it was strictly about being healthy.
By making the child focus on the weight, either by calling them fat or saying they might get fat, by making it a failure, the child was more likely to go the unhealthy route like developing eating disorders, go on extreme diets, fast or use laxatives.
But kids whose parents focused only on how to eat healthy and avoided judgmental statements about their weight were less likely to have eating problems. Overweight kids whose moms talked to them about healthy eating had far fewer problems than those whose mothers did not discuss eating in a healthy way.
Don’t bring attention to how your child looks or how much they weigh; instead, talk to them about being healthy and never compare them to others. Never focus on looks because people come in all different sizes and shapes. Just because your child is not a size zero does not mean they are not perfect the way they are.
Get your kids excited to be healthy. At my daughter’s school, they have a 5k program where they pair kids up with mentors. My daughter wants to run, so I told her that we will do it next spring and I will do it with her as her partner, but we need to train. Which means eating right and building up our endurance.
An immediate goal is a great motivator to improve healthy habits. Everybody wants to be and do his or her best to excel.
The study also found a greater effect on changing children’s eating habits when the dad was involved in the discussion, but the focus has to stay on healthy eating habits and not veer off in the direction of size. Most importantly, be the example you want your child to follow. If you want a child who eats right and exercises regularly, do it yourself. If you want a healthy child, be a healthy adult.
How do you talk to your child about weight?
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Back when I was a kid, I bet we ate peanut butter and jelly at least a couple times a week. I liked peanut butter on toast, peanut butter on apples, and peanut butter on celery, too.
I just liked the taste — especially chunky style — and didn’t realize it was a good source of fiber and protein that helped me stay satisfied for longer. It’s also a source of good fat and one serving has 3 mg of vitamin E plus magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B6. Now a new study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment shows that girls who eat more peanut butter could improve their breast health later in life.
The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard Medical School study shows girls ages 9 to 15 who regularly ate peanut butter (or nuts) were 39% less likely to develop benign breast disease by the age of 30. While benign breast disease sounds harmless, it actually increases the risk of breast cancer later in life.
According to Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, associate director for cancer prevention and control at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine,
“These findings suggest that peanut butter could help reduce the risk of breast cancer in women.”
The findings are based on health histories of 9,039 U.S. girls enrolled in The Growing Up Today Study from 1996 through 2001. Follow up when participants were 18 to 30 years old looked at how many girls had been diagnosed with benign breast disease which had been confirmed by breast biopsy.
The researchers concluded that participants who ate peanut butter or nuts two times each week were 39 percent less likely to have developed benign breast disease than those who never ate them. The study also suggests that the consumption of other foods like beans, lentils, soybeans, and corn may also help prevent benign breast disease.
This isn’t the first study to link peanut butter (and vegetable fat) consumption with breast health, but this is the first study to use reports that were actually recorded during adolescence. Colditz recommends girls replace high-calorie junk food and sugary beverages with peanut butter or nuts.
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Today’s link round-up has recipes, brow tips, information on essential oils, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make chocolate chip quinoa cookies.
Cupcakes and Kale Chips shared a recipe for vegetable parmesan quinoa in the slow cooker.
Say It with Cake has the perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert recipe: key lime cheesecake.
A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make a blood orange sangria.
Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her tips for beautiful eyebrows.
Stacy Makes Cents taught us how to use essential oils to treat five common ailments.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Amazon
Today’s link round-up has ab exercises, a St. Patrick’s Day activity, and delicious recipes.
Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for a single serving cinnamon roll.
Blogilates showed us her five best ab moves.
Pint Sized Baker gave us a recipe for Mardi Gras push-pops.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make wooden block mosaic wall art.
Cupcakes and Kale Chips shared a recipe for quick and easy chipotle turkey chili.
Organized Island taught us a gratitude activity that revolves around St. Patrick’s Day.
Bex Life gave us some pointers on shopping for organic food on a budget.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess
Earlier in February, I read about how Subway was removing a chemical called azodicarbonamide (ADA) from the bread used to make their sandwiches.
If you hadn’t heard, ADA is an industrial plastics chemical, but before you go ballistic on Subway it’s worth noting that they aren’t the only ones who used it. It’s in many commercial baked goods as a “dough conditioner” because it makes large batches of dough easier to handle.
In fact according to the Environmental Working Groups Food Database there are almost 500 items that have ADA in more than 130 brands, including some big names like Marie Callendar’s, Nature’s Own, Little Debbie, Kroger, and others!
When I hear stuff like this, I often wonder who thought of adding this chemical to food in the first place!
Concerns have also raised flags about coming into contact with the chemical. According to the World Health Organization, reports have shown some workers who come in contact with the product on a regular basis have developed health issues including asthma, respiratory symptoms, and skin problems.
Now take that information and combine it with the fact that ADA is used with polymer plastic to create a strong, light, spongy and malleable product. It is used in items like yoga mats, slip-on flip-flops, foam insulation and more.
While it is a no-brainer that this synthetic additive should not be in our food, in my mind it raises a flag in general, even though there are no tests telling me that my yoga mat could be toxic. Our skin can absorb the chemical Bisphenol A by handling receipts, so I wonder about those of us who use our yoga mats several days a week. I mean every part of me touches that mat!
Who would have thought we need to read so many ingredients lists just to stay safe? But on the other hand, I guess we can be thankful ingredients have to be listed!
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I keep seeing articles about how choosing happiness turned someone’s life around, helped them get through difficulty, or made sparkly confetti rain down on them from the sky.
That might be an exaggeration but you know what I am talking about, right? Is there anything worse than being in the middle of a personal crisis and having someone go all Pollyanna on you?
I think not.
Let me throw this truth at you. While having a positive attitude is healthy, pretending that everything is fine and you are handling it is not. If you have been crying and upset over the fact that your favorite show didn’t get an Emmy for more than two days, you probably need to suck it up and choose happiness.
If you are struggling to get past the breakup of a long term relationship, maybe you just need time to work through it. Maybe you need to consider counseling. “Choosing” to be happy before you experience healing is unhealthy.
It’s like painting two coats of paint over the wood rot in your house. It looks better, but the underlying problem is going to keep getting worse.
Much better to be honest about how you are feeling. Is it a very temporary thing? Hormonal? A bad day? Then sure, go ahead and push it aside and move on. However, if it is one of those really deep things you need to own it, admit it, explore it, and allow yourself to heal naturally.
A long time ago, my father had hernia surgery. For some odd reason, the skin healed up before the underneath part. It was quite a problem when it was discovered and much more painful when the doctor had to open the healed incision back up and let it heal correctly.
Learn to judge your own emotions with compassion and don’t push yourself to heal before you’re ready. That way, when the healing is over, there won’t be any nasty surprises.
As far back as I can remember I’ve been one to sleep less when I know I have more to do. I also have enough sense to know that getting only 3-4 hours of sleep days in a row is bad for my health. My problem is that my multi-tasking brain has a hard time shutting off because there aren’t enough hours in a day.
I’ve taken steps to get more sleep. To start with, I started going to bed each night about the same time, instead of staying up a little later to get something more accomplished. This seemed to help some nights but not others, and I may have found the culprit.
As a freelance writer and editor, I’m on the computer a lot. It’s so easy to think I can get one more thing done before bed or catch up on Facebook or emails before I call it a night. I feel sleepy when I turn off the light, but my brain doesn’t switch off as easily.
Experts recommend using the bedroom for sleep only. For those who have a problem making the bedroom a tech-free zone, they say we should at least shut everything down an hour or more before lights out. I can understand it, too. Even if I’m not working, each little bleep announcing a new message, or catching up on social media stimulates my mind.
Instead of bringing technology into the bedroom, I’ve gone back to reading a book…a paper book. The nights I read before falling asleep, I tend to get a better quality of sleep.
Though I do admit, if I get to a really good part in the book I have a tendency to stay awake later than I should. However, when I fall asleep I tend to sleep more soundly. If you’re struggling for a good night’s sleep, set a bedtime and ban technology from the bedroom. It might be the trick to flip the off switch for your mind.
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The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) wants you to step away from that pastry, right now.
After reviewing available evidence, the AICR says that simple carbs, especially sweet, starchy foods, probably cause endometrial cancer. Luckily, you can still gulp down that cup of joe to get you kick-started in the morning. The researchers believe that coffee probably protects against it.
But giving up your cheese danish isn’t enough. They reported that 59 percent of endometrial cancer could be prevented in the United States if women were active at least 30 minutes a day and maintained a healthy body weight. There are several reasons for that.
One of the known causes is estrogen, something we ladies just can’t get away from. Fat cells secrete estrogen and so they can be one of the causes in this type of cancer. Obviously, the more overweight you are the more fat cells you have and studies have shown that women who are obese have around three times the rate of endometrial cancer as women of healthy weights.
At the same time, there were eight studies that showed coffee protected against this type of cancer, possibly because it helps regulate insulin, as well as having lots of healthy antioxidants. By being careful about the types of carbs you eat and sticking to unrefined foods, you can lower your risk of endometrial cancer significantly. So, back away from the danish and grab a handful of almonds instead.
Feel free to have coffee, though. You are probably going to need it to get past that week of sugar detox.
source: NBC News
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is more common than most people think. It isn’t necessarily just the affliction of military personnel or people who have been the victims of traumatizing crime.
Different people have different tolerance levels to strong emotions and a toxic relationship, bullying experience at school, or something else that would seem minor to one person may cause PTSD in another.
New research suggests that there might be a way for some sufferers of PTSD to find healing, and it’s so simple they can do it in their sleep. Literally in their sleep.
September 22, scientists reported in Nature Neuroscience fear memories can be blunted during sleep.
Researchers Katherina Hauner and Jay Gottfried of Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine led a study that may change the way phobias and PTSDs are treated.
First, 15 volunteers were subjected to the face of a man, a shock, and the scent of lemon at the same time. The volunteers learned to anticipate the shock when they smelled lemon. Next the volunteers were asked to take naps in the lab. As they slept, the researchers delivered the scent of lemon to them and monitored their fear responses.
After the nap, they were again showed the picture of the man at the same time that the aroma of lemon was delivered. Their responses were much less fearful than before the nap. The control group, who hadn’t been smelling lemon while they slept, had no change in their responses. They were exactly the same before and after.
There’s still a lot of research to be done but this may be a step in the right direction.
source: Science News