"Mommyrexia" – Eating disorders before, during and after pregnancy.

The NY Post reports “Mommyrexia Takes Manhattan

Unfortunately, this is true and especially evident as I walked to a meeting on the Upper East Side this morning. Pregnancy and motherhood should be about our baby’s health and being a positive role model for tots as they grow into self feeders. Not gaining enough weight during pregnancy has consequences that can lead to miscarriage, pre term delivery and or respiratory problems. Read these 2 links to get the facts on EDO’s and pregnancy: www.americanpregnancy.org and www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

If you are a mom to be don’t fall prey to society’s pressure to be super skinny with a bump in front. If you are a new mom super skinny super fast is not realistic nor is healthy for your metabolism. Instead, enjoy pregnancy and savor your time as a new mom, bond with your baby. The baby weight comes off slowly and consistently by eating a balanced intake and resuming exercise 6 weeks post partum. Being a mom is better than being a size double zero.

Pass the Peanut Butter

We have all read that peanuts are a heart healthy snack, but the literature speaks of peanuts not peanut butter with addded oils and added sugar. Read your peanut butter ingredient list. Are there more than 2 ingredients? If so, consider switching to the real thing to get your dose of peanuts.

1. Try making your own peanut butter at the health food store. You just put the peanuts in the machine and get peanut butter made of peanuts only!!!

2. Whole Foods 365 Brand Peanut Butter (ingredients are peanuts and salt).

3. Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter (ingredients are peanut and salt).

Let The Grilling Begin!

Happy hot weather!! Summer is here and that means BBQ time. Have you noticed every BBQ sauce you pick up shares the common first ingredient of high fructose corn syrup? Here are three RD picks to get your grilling groove on without the HFCS:

1. Bull’s Eye Guinness Draught Beer Blend Barbecue Sauce No High Fuctose Corn Syrup

2. Organic Ville Tangy BBQ Sauce

3. Frontera Sweet and Smoky BBQ sauce