The All Inclusive APP

My new and most favorite iPhone app is dLife Diabetic Companion. Not only can you easily log your blood sugar, carbs and insulin units, but you can easily click on added notes. Examples of the notes include but are not limited to the following: skipped a meal, drank alcohol, missed exercise, changed infusion site, and feel hypo. You just click/tap, no typing needed. This makes logging and multitasking easy. 5 Stars!!

In addition, the dLife app includes 25, 000 foods and their facts. You can access 9,000 recipes easily categorized for most nutritional needs. This app may be beneficial for anyone in need of free nutrition education and healthy recipes. You don’t have to have diabetes to benefit from this app. Take a look for yourself because it is free. http://www.dlife.com/dlife_media/mobile

 

Are you trying to lose weight?

If you are trying to lose weight by restricting during the day, be aware that this causes binging. This is a constant theme that unveils itself regularly in nutrition sessions with my clients. Instead of sabotaging your efforts, work slowly and in phases. Go from A to B to C. Do not attempt to go from A to Z. Work on health promotion and adding filling food. Avoid a negative mindset and daily weigh – ins. Be mindful, patient and accepting.

Are you game for September 17th?

Don’t forget to register for Women’s Health “Are You Game?” on September 17th. Laura Cipullo RD, CDE and Martha McKittrick, RD, CDE will be offering free nutrition counseling that day in addition to all of the other cool wellness events. Get the details and register at: .

Defy Aging with the ABC's of Youth

Defy Aging with the ABC’s of Youth

A is for anti inflammatory foods. Almonds and avocados contain monounsaturated fats that help to increase our good cholesterol, HDL. HDL functions as an anit inflammatory agent in our body!

B is for brain food. Fight aging with omega 3 fatty acids like salmon or cod liver oil. The omega 3 fatty acid known as DHA has been shown to improve memory as reported in the Chicago Health and Aging Project.

C is for cereal grains. Cereal grains like whole wheat berries, rye berries and quinoa are low glycemic grains. Prevent blood sugar and insulin peaks by choosing these grains. This can help you to decrease your risk of high insulin levels, diabetes and ultimately Alzheimer’s disease.

Move over TV dinners and say hi to this microwave meal.

It’s the end of August and we are all scrambling to get everything ready for the new school year. Sometimes meals become second priority. If you are lacking time and want something tasty, try Kashi’s Pesto Pasta Primavera. Add one half cup of beans (rec. no added salt) to this microwave meal and you have a balanced vegetarian lunch option with 18 grams of vegetarian protein and 14 grams of fiber.

Are your food issues causing your child to have an eating disorder?

Read my nutrition article on feeding your children at citibabes blog:

1. If you struggle with your own food issues and fear they may alter your child’s relationship with food.
2. Need guidance feeding your children a balanced intake.
3. Are confused if a donut is okay to offer your child.
4. If you are a parent, caregiver, teacher, politician or want to make a difference in our youth.

Big Butt Campaign

From one of my clients: “I get what they are trying to do here…but this really bothers me.  First off this girl doesn’t have a big butt…and second why do you have to justify having a big butt…even though I don’t think she does…to me it’s coming off a little more defensive than accepting. I feel like there is a mixed message here. ”

What do you think??
“Big-Butt Debate of 2010 Inspired by Fake Nike Ads”

100% Juice is okay

In a study reported in the Archives of Pediatrics, children age 2-11 who consumed 100% juice about 4 oz daily also had a higher intake of whole fruits. There was no difference in weight status or the likelihood of being overweight among the 100% juice drinkers. Theresa A. Nicklas; Carol E. O’Neil; Ronald Kleinman
Association Between 100% Juice Consumption and Nutrient Intake and Weight of Children Aged 2 to 11 Years
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008;162(6):557-565.

TAKE HOME MESSAGE FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS:

100% juice is okay in moderation. Be sure the juice you give is 100%.

Parents of picky eaters…

Below is taken from Smart Brief:

Pureeing may be key to make children eat veggies, data suggest
Children ages 3 to 5 almost doubled their intake of vegetables on days when they were given meals that included regular vegetable servings and dishes with pureed veggies versus days without the pureed veggies, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found. Children appeared to like the doctored recipes as much as they liked the standard meals, but researchers noted that this is not the only strategy parents can use to make children eat vegetables. Reuters (7/26).