Thursday, May 15, 2008

Teach Kids to Eat Healthy!

by Denise Austin
Denise Austin is a long time favorite of both Sue and Mike
Instead of passing on bad eating habits, aim to teach your kids how to eat right with this advice from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases:
  • Eat breakfast every day. Don't let your child learn the habit of skipping meals, which leads to overeating later in the day.
  • Reduce the amount of fast food you eat as a family. When you do eat fast food, stick to the healthier options available.
  • Don't promise dessert if a child eats their vegetables. Using one food as a reward for eating another sends the message that some foods are more valuable than others, causing kids to favor the "valuable" foods.
  • Instead of loading up their plate, start with small servings and encourage your kids to ask for more if they are still hungry. This helps them recognize their natural hunger cues.
  • Allow your child to choose how much he or she eats from the healthy, balanced options you provide at mealtime. Don't focus on getting children to "clean their plate."

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Friday, May 2, 2008

Sticking to Success!

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Which diet works best? According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the answer is "The one you stick with!"

Experts followed dieters on various plans — low-carb, low-fat, and low-calorie — for a year, and found that each had a dropout rate of about 50 percent. But those who stayed the course of the diet all lost weight — ranging from 4 to 7 pounds on average. When the plans were evaluated to see which one provided the greatest health benefits, the balanced low-calorie plan won out! This plan — like mine! — contains plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and lean meats.

In short, the experts say that successful dieting isn't as much about eating a magic combination of foods, but more about staying the course. And remember that eating well is not just about weight loss, it's also about improving your health! So keep going! Your persistence will pay off in pounds lost and health benefits gained!

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