Mom Dishes It Out

So with heightened nerves, I have entered two new worlds. One being the MAC Book Pro and the other, the world of Twitter. You can follow me at @MomDishesItOut. I will be tweeting about Mom things concerning raising our kids and food. My new mommy blog is useable www.MomDishesItout.com but not too pretty yet. Give me a few days and the new blog will be as yummy as a Magnolia’s cupcake. Cheers!!

The Best NYC Bites

The experience of eating can be more than fulfilling a basic need. Eating is a sensory experience that can be admired and appreciated whether it is touch, taste, sound, smell and or sight. Eating in moderation is more attainable when being mindful of the five sensory experiences. Dining at a 3 star or even one star Michelin rated restaurant is an experience to be slowly savored. The new NYC restaurants rated by Michelin include Daniel and Eleven Madison Park.  Rouge Tomate with Chef Natalia Hancock (a registered dietitian) has received one star. Go ahead, practice mindfulness and delight your senses while truly experiencing the art of eating at one of these restaurants. I recently enjoyed my culinary adventures at Marc Forgione, and Gotham Bar and Grill (my husband’s fav).

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: .

Are you at risk for CMR?

CMR is cardiometabolic risk. These risk factors help one to assess their overall risk for developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

The markers include the following:

  • Obesity
  • High LDL cholesterol
  • Low HDL cholesterol
  • High Triglycerides
  • Physical inactivity
  • Inflammation
  • Hypertension (aka high blood pressure)
  • Smoking
  • Insulin Resistance

The presence of the markers alone and or with multiple risk factors increases your chances of disease. If you have one or more of these risk factors, identify what you can do to make a small realistic change. For example, can you start a walking regimen of ten minutes four days a week during your lunch hour? Another possible change to implement could be to decrease your saturated fat by choosing prepackaged goods with less than 2 grams saturated fat/serving. Making just one change can decrease multiple risk factors. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, feel empowered.

If you feel you need additional support, check out programs like BMIQ (www.BMIQ.com) that provide evidenced based nutrition and lifestyle online group education. If you prefer to work with an expert in a private setting, consider consulting a registered dietitian. Visit www.eatright.org and www.LauraCipulloLLC.com to choose a registered dietitian. You can even work with a RD individually online at www.youronlinedietitian.com.

TTM Stages of Change – What stage are you at?

TTM is the transtheoretical model of change. TTM identifies 5 stages of change:

Precontemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action and Maintenance.

Have you ever wondered why you know all of the latest nutrition trends, read food labels and know how many points each food is, yet you can’t seem attain your health goals? The stages of change can help to explain what stage you are in and help you understand the process of change you must endure before moving to the next stage. If you fit the example above, you are most likely stuck in the preparation stage. Now you need to identify how to proceed to the action phase.