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Our Lady of Weight Loss

Our Lady of Weight Loss

Back to School: Hungry and Cranky Kids

Love Your Inner Chubby Child.jpgIf you had lunch at 11:30 a.m. (or even earlier) and the next time you had access to food was 3:00 in-the-afternoon, wouldn’t you be hungry and cranky, too?
We can’t blame our children for wanting to hit those devil-filled vending machines, can we? What can we do to help put and keep our children on the healthy path? Here are some thoughtful tips from Our Lady of Weight Loss.

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How to Keep Your Kid Happy and Healthy in the Face of School

1. Ask. Listen. Talk. Sit down with your child and, together, come up with a list of healthy snack options. Respect your child’s wishes. Keep the door to healthy living open. Be sure to include some fruits and veggies.
2. Read. Whether your child accompanies you to the grocery store or not; do spend some time reading the nutrition labels and comparing products together. Pay attention to the ingredients, and of course, portion size. Steer away from ‘enriched’ products and foods that have ‘high fructose corn syrup’ in them. (Enriched means that everything good has been stripped out, and the manufacturer had to put something back into it less it has no nutritional value and HFCS is simply unhealthy, in my opinion.)
3. Get Real. You don’t think your kid, at any age, is going to cut up veggie sticks, make pretty little packages of apple slices (squeeze lemon juice on it to keep fresh), did you? If you want your child to eat healthfully, you are more than likely going to have to make pretty, appealing little packages of food for them to have readily available. (In their lunch boxes and at home, for after school arrival.)
4. Make It Fun. As long as you are in charge of the packaging and promoting of the healthy foods, do so with a touch of humor and creativity. And be age appropriate, please. The younger set might enjoy ‘ants on a log’ (celery topped with cream cheese and raisin ‘ants’), whereas the teenagers might like something more sophisticated like cheese and pear slices.
5. The Swap Meet. Kids often swap snacks, or lunches for that matter. “I’ll trade you my healthy ‘ants on a log’ for your Twinkie.” Again … ask, listen and talk. Find out with whom he or she is trading with and ask permission to call the other parent to discuss trading options.
6. Always Ask Permission. Do you like it when people tell you what to do? I sure don’t. No one does. So, ask permission to call the other parent. Don’t embarrass your kid. It’s worse than eating unhealthy snacks.
7. Feel Good. You did your best to provide healthy foods. As the days, weeks, months and even years pass, you will have effectively provided enough nutrition and healthy living guidance to make a difference.
Healthy Kids!
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Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

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NYC Health Department Kicks Sugary Beverage Industry in Tush

It takes both chutzpah and cojones (both indigenous to NYC) to roll out a campaign that takes on the beverage industry. And that’s just what the New York City Department of Health has done with its “Pouring on the Pounds campaign,” that effectively highlights the anti-health impact of sugary, sweetened drinks. 2009-09-02-ARTpouringpounds2.jpg
The cost of the multi-lingual ad campaign is about $277,000. It will run in 1,500 subway cars for three months.
Its signature image is a bottle of soda (or sugary substance of your choice) that is pouring into a glass. As it reaches the glass, the liquid turns to fatty globules. A stunning reminder of how these high-calorie products are empty calories that lead to obesity and other related health problems and diseases, particularly diabetes and heart disease, stroke, arthritis and cancer.
The ad queries, “Are you pouring on the pounds?” And it warns, “Don’t drink yourself fat.” Needless to say, one can quench their thirst with water.
According to the American Heart Association, Americans now consume on average 22 teaspoons of sugar per day or 355 calories. The NYC Department of Health found that more than 2 million New Yorkers drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage each day, averaging 250 calories per ‘pop.’2009-09-02-ARTpouringonpounds.jpg
Sweetened beverage consumption is highest among 18-44 year old and among adult blacks and Hispanics.
How We Learn:
If you consider the research conducted by Child Development Theorist Linda Kreger Silverman, which indicates that approximately 75% of the population learns from visual cues and 65% from words (25% exclusively), then utilizing visual campaigns that are heavy in images and words, makes perfect sense.
My only question is this: $277,000 seems a small amount of money to pay to deliver such an important message. Why only 3 months? Why only in New York City?
To the rest of the nation, I say, “Hey, ramp up the chutzpah and get some cojones.” And to the NYC Health Department, I say, “Super-size this campaign and count me in!”
More things that you really do want to know! YES, you do!
How much is fat costing America?
End Overeating: Diet Doctor Kicks Tush
Diets don’t work … a kick in the tush does!
Spread the word … NOT the icing!
Janice
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Write Janice Taylor, Weight Loss Coach, Certified Hypnotist, Author and 50-pound big-time-loser for an introductory one-on-one coaching session.
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Senator Ted Kennedy: Tremendous Humanity

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Maeve Hickey, photographer for the “America In Ireland” project, was kind enough to share one of her photos of Senator Edward Kennedy with us and her remembrances of this most historic photo shoot.
“This photo, in which Senator Edward Kennedy’s tremendous humanity is so evident, was taken on a blistering summer morning in Washington two years ago.
“Our meeting was without doubt the high point in a fascinating photo project – “America in Ireland,” which explored the multifaceted manifestations of America, its people and culture, in Ireland.
“The project brought me into the presence of remarkable and sometimes surprising places and people. Among the latter were the dancers Michael Flatley and Jean Butler, the novelist JP Donleavy, two Choctaw Indians who come every year to the wilds of County Mayo to commemorate the Irish Famine, and, of course, Senator Kennedy.
“I met the Senator in his Washington office and was touched by his warmth and generosity, and moved by his genuine dedication – a dedication that was going to keep him on the floor of the senate that night for a filibuster!
“He offered to sit for his portrait at his desk alongside his brother’s presidential flag and the flag of Ireland and again on the sofa, the wall behind him a mosaic of poignant family and national memories, including portraits of his lost brothers and nephew.” ~ Maeve Hickey
Spread the word … NOT the icing!
Janice
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The Fat Fight: Are you pouring on the pounds?

A Serious Sugar Shout-Out from Our Lady of Weight Loss. According to the American Heart Association (AHA) the average American will munch through, chow down and/or guzzle 22 teaspoons, or 355 calories of sugar today (and tomorrow and the next day)!
For those of you who are thinking, “Not me, I only put 2 teaspoons in my one cup of coffee in the morning,” think again!
Sugar is added to – geeze – just about every packaged food out there. Take a look at the labels and word up – if any of these words appear – you are ingesting sugar, big time!
corn sweetener
corn syrup
dextrose glucose
high fructose corn syrup
honey
maltose
malt syrup
molasses
sucrose
syrup

The biggest problem is that we are, on average, consuming 355 calories per day of empty calories that do absolutely nothing for us but rather work against us vs. nutrient rich calories that help us to burn bright and happy throughout the day. Sugar is associated with obesity, having high blood pressure, high levels of triglycerides, and oxidative stress and inflammation.
What to do?
Read labels! At the very least, own up to what you are doing to yourself!
Eliminate soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Just one can of soda contains 130 calories and 8 teaspoons of sugar.
Steer clear of process foods! Go Fresh!
The Outer Limits!
The AHA suggests that women consume no more than 6 teaspoons per day (about 100 calories or 25 grams) of added sugar; and men no more than 9 teaspoons (about 150 calories or 37.5 grams).
More Life-Changing Food News:
Give Kraft a Kick in the Tush: Harmful chemicals in your mac & cheese?
Cooking Off the Couch: 3 Scrumptious De-Lish Recession Proof Recipes
Belly Fat Cure
Spread the word … NOT the icing!
Janice
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Required Reading:Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal an OPRAH BOOK CLUB pick: Summer 2009 – Buy NOW!
Join the Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
Write Janice Taylor, Weight Loss Coach, Certified Hypnotist, Author and 50-pound big-time-loser for an introductory one-on-one coaching session.
Visit Our Lady of Weight Loss.
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