We live in a fast-paced society which interferes with many important aspects of life. We don’t get enough sleep, exercise, or leisure time and we rely on processed/fast foods. Indeed, this pace may cause us to lose touch with what our bodies really need for optimal health, and that can include losing touch with how, when, what and why we eat.
When was the last time you grabbed a fast food meal, or ate in front of the computer, television, or in the car? Have you ever skipped meals because you were too busy? Have you ever let yourself get so hungry that you ate too much? On the other hand, do you find you overeat at buffet restaurants or find yourself dialing for pizza after seeing the television advertisement? Have you ever eaten because you were angry or sad?
It is a great opportunity to write a blog – not only to inform readers but to put into words things one feels passionate about. The “division of responsibility” is such a topic for me.
I learned about the division of responsibility many years ago from its creator, Ellyn Satter. Satter, a dietitian and family therapist, crafted this simple message which I passed on to my clients over the years and now have been using very successfully with my own children.
The idea is simple. Parents provide the right food at regular times and children decide whether to eat, and how much. It is likely not the strategy your parents used with you so this message may surprise you and challenge your beliefs. Let’s look at the rationale for the division of responsibility and see how to put it into practice. READ MORE
Even though we are fortunate to have a variety of fruit available all year ‘round there is something special about local summer fruit. Whether you have your own garden, or you visit the farmers’ markets or fields, the abundance of peaches, apricots, nectarines and jewel-toned berries is really a sight to behold. READ MORE
It’s a topic that many doctors don’t want to touch: Fraught with political incorrectness, the subject of body fat is just too sensitive for many health professionals to mention. As a result, most people remain unaware of just how detrimental excess fat (especially around the midsection) can be to the health.
When excess fat accumulates, it begins to secrete toxic chemicals known as adipokines. These are believed to contribute to the development of many health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
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Can exercise strengthen and grow your brain? Recent research says yes—that regular endurance exercise, such as running or powerwalking, positively affects the hippocampus, a seahorse-shaped, curved structure of the brain associated with memory and ability to learn.
Using technologies that examine the workings of individual neurons (nerve cells), and the makeup of brain matter itself, researchers have discovered that physical endurance exercise appears to prevent shrinkage of the brain, while enhancing cognitive flexibility. The hippocampus seems to be especially receptive to new neuron growth in response to exercise.