educateyourwaytohealth

May 1, 2011

Blog Location change

Filed under: Uncategorized — cindy624 @ 6:27 pm

For anyone that may have followed this blog, I am moving it to my new website.  Please go to http://www.educateyourwaytohealth.com

I am working on some new blogging topics for my city website, I am not allowed to post the same articles on my site until they have been up on the city website for 2 weeks, thus the hiatus from writing.  Please check out http://www.southlakemoms.com for my new blog there.  My first post will be sometime this month.

Thank you!

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April 15, 2011

Friday Quote

Filed under: Uncategorized — cindy624 @ 8:17 pm

“To preserve health is a moral and religious duty, for health is the basis of all social virtues.  We can no longer be useful when we are not well.”

-Samuel Johnson

April 13, 2011

Too much refined sugar is a threat to our health. How much refined sugar is your child eating each day?

Filed under: Uncategorized — cindy624 @ 5:54 pm

I have read countless articles demonizing refined sugars;  white, brown, or liquid form (High Fructose Corn Syrup).   There is no doubt that too much sugar is a threat to our health, and contributes to our nation’s current obesity and disease epidemics.  But how and why is sugar so bad?  And how do we know if we consume too much?  There seems to be very little information on what a “healthy” amount of refined sugar is.  However, I have read that some experts recommend limiting our individual sugar intake to 10% of our daily calories.  Let’s put that into perspective, for an average 2,000 calorie per day adult diet, that is 200 calories of sugar.  For say, a 10 year old growing child, who may consume approximately 1,200 (this is a general number) calories a day, that would be 120 calories of sugar.  There are 4 kcals/gram of sugar, so 200/4=50 grams, 120/4=30 grams.  Four grams of sugar is equal to 1 teaspoon.  In one 12 oz can of Sprite there are 38 grams of sugar, 3/4 cup Fruit Loops are 12 grams, 1 Krispy Kreme Donut has 10 grams, Vitamin Water 20 oz bottle has 33 grams.  Here is a fun idea!  Analyze your child’s diet by reading labels and calculating the amount of sugar in grams they are ingesting for just one day!

Read the attached article to see the link between excess sugar and cancer…..

Avoid Refined Sugar: Prevent Breast Cancer Recurrence

April 8, 2011

You can do wonders for your family’s health, by cooking at home.

Filed under: Uncategorized — cindy624 @ 5:17 pm

Reclaim Your Health:  Learn to Cook
Please read the short article above.

It is terribly easy to blame the food industry for our nation’s current obesity, and disease epidemic.  After all, we are constantly given tremendous, fattening portions at restaurants.  But once again, we are the consumers, and we are getting what we ask for!  I believe that the number one issue facing our country is lack of personal responsibility, and this does not only pertain to our health.   You can begin the process of  reclaiming your health by spending more time in your own kitchen!

April 6, 2011

Another article about the 8 potentially harmful and cancer causing dyes…

Filed under: Uncategorized — cindy624 @ 10:02 pm

CSPI Says Food Dyes Pose Rainbow of Risks

In case you need further evidence to convince you to read labels carefully.  The 8 FDA approved dyes in the foods we feed our kids are: Citrus Red 2, Red 3, Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3.  Found in many foods like fruit roll ups, candy, soda and juices, macaroni and cheese etc…

 

 

 

April 3, 2011

Cancer causing Toxins that you may be feeding your kids!

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Toxins in Our Kids’ Foods: Where Is the FDA?

If you are worried about cancer causing toxins, look no further than your own pantry, your child’s snacks, and their Halloween and Easter candy.  Actually, some of your children may be consuming these toxins multiple times a day.  Any bright colored packaged food items should be viewed as potential hazards to your child’s health.  If you find this hard to believe, just remember, there was a time when cigarette manufacturers said there were no health risks associated with smoking….

April 2, 2011

The Wellness Revolution

Filed under: Uncategorized — cindy624 @ 3:15 pm

“Wellness:  A Revolution Whose Time Has Come”

You see, I am on to something!  Please read this extremely important article.

Below, please find my quotes for the weekend, incidentally, they come from the above article.  These Greek philosophers set the stage for some very healthy eating habits.  The typical Mediterranean diet is rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and monounsaturated fats like olive oil.  In a Wall Street article, published March 2011, Greek researchers offered evidence that this type of diet improved several risk factors linked to diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

“One should eat to live, not live to eat.” Socrates

“Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food.”  Hippocrates

April 1, 2011

Food Is Our First Defense!

Filed under: Uncategorized — cindy624 @ 2:29 pm

Sorry, I have not been blogging this week, I have been working on my website!  More on that at a later date!

I am constantly frustrated with people, as I go around trying to preach of the importance of food.  Most people make me feel like an extremist, looking at me like they cannot be bothered, with my nutrition and food “education.”  Seriously, I am just trying to help!  But there are days, where I feel completely defeated by it all.  It is a constant battle, and I am alone.  But then I meet people, like in the organic section of the grocery store, and we share stories, and I feel better, not quite alone anymore.  That gives me strength, and a sign, that I need to do this.

Anyway, I digress.  The article attached below is excellent, and really all that I am trying to explain to people.  We have our genetics, and we are predisposed to certain diseases, and conditions.  We are surrounded by a world with toxins, and carcinogens that do affect our health.  But these environmental factors exist because we demand a certain lifestyle, we are part of the problem, and complaining about things like drilling in our area, construction, fuel tanks, airport fumes, pollution, chemicals and pesticides on our foods, is a bit hypocritical of us.  These companies are making money off of these things because we consume and demand them!!!

It is said that 61% of the American population is considered obese.  That means that 61% of Americans eat, and consume far more food, and drink than they need.  So food companies, and farmers are trying to produce more to meet the demand.  Thus feedlots, GMO’s, fisheries, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, processed foods, pesticides, chemicals…the list goes on and on.  We also have seen a huge increase in preventable disease like cancer, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Our children are being diagnosed with more chronic illness as well.  Yet, people still neglect to consider the connection between our food, and our health.  It is not a theory, it is a fact, but the American people are more interested in finding a cure, than prevention.  Why, because it is easier to just take a pill, than to change your life.  Make no mistake, eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains WILL change your life, for the better.  You will feel younger, and more energetic.  You will lose weight, have better skin, better hair, less common illness.  You will be happier.  Your kids will do better at school and in sports, they will be healthier, happier, and grow to their full potential.  So yes, changing the way you eat and live, will change your life.  And maybe then, you will understand my need to educate and inform!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katherine-leiner/food-is-our-bodys-first-l_b_836679.html

March 25, 2011

Quote of the Week

Filed under: Uncategorized — cindy624 @ 9:35 pm

“In health there is freedom.  Health is the first of all liberties.”

-Henri Frederic Amiel

March 23, 2011

Family Dinners

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Of utmost importance is the family dinner!  Long gone are the days where everyone sat around the dinner table eating real food, and talking about their lives.  There are so many reasons to bring your family back to the dinner table, read this article, then realign those priorities!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/family-dinner-how_b_806114.htm

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