Fit Mommy: A clean refrigerator is a clean slate for a New Year

As I looked into my refrigerator post New Year's, I had to make an overhaul of change. "New year, new fridge" is my new mantra (at least for this week). I couldn't even see the good healthy stuff because the bad food stuff was in front. Goodbye half eaten cream-filled casserole! Goodbye spinach dip! Goodbye to that moldy unidentifiable sludge! ...more

Optimism: How an Outlook Can Change Your Success Rate

Being optimistic about your healthy living goals for 2011 could actually be the catapult you need to reach success. You see, if you make a New Year's resolution to eat healthy in 2011, but you feel certain it will only last for a few weeks before you go back to old habits, then that is exactly what will happen. That's why optimism is so important when (at anytime during the year) you decide to make a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. ...more

Hi Melissa. You'll have to let me know it works out for you.
:-)

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"Get Better Soon" Carrot and Ginger Muffins

When two of my children, my DH and all my daycare "friends" came down with scarlet fever this winter, I made a dedicated effort to include foods rich in vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories into their diets.  I came up with this great comfort food style recipe full of natural healing foods, like honey, cinnamon, ginger and carrots.  I make them mini muffin size for my wee ones, and they gobble them up.  With all whole wheat flour and no refined sugar, I don't care how many they eat while they're on the mend....more

Pregnant? Take iron (and folic acid) to have a smarter baby

Most of us already knew to take folic acid when we were pregnant, but new research says that taking folic acid AND iron before and during pregnancy will make your kids smarter. In the study, kids whose moms took folic acid and iron showed: • higher reasoning skills • stronger cognitive ability • better motor skills • enhanced inhibitory control (I'm guessing this means a lower chance of ADHD) The theory is that iron deficiency during pregnancy can alter neurotransmitters in the baby's brain, which ofen impacs how fast they can process information....more

Are You and Your Family Getting Enough Vitamin D and Calcium?

How much vitamin D do we need?  A recent report calls for a small increase in the daily recommendations of vitamin D, but does not go as far to recommend the much higher levels thought to possibly prevent chronic illness (such as cancer and diabetes).  The US-Canadian report from the Institute of Medicine reviewed nearly 1,000 published studies along with testimonies from scientists and other experts. It concluded that there is not strong enough evidence (at least at this time) that vitamin D can prevent chronic illness. ...more

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Will You Be Trying To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain This Year?

Is it possible to eat healthy during the holidays?  Do you really want to? For me, the answer is yes and no. Yes, I know it's possible to continue to eat healthy during the holidays.  But no, I really don't want to.  So instead, I'll try to find a happy medium. ...more

For me, sticking with whole (real) food helps me to not overeat during the holidays. I try to ...more

Don't Let the Size Fool You

Is it possible that as a society we can't tell the difference between a small and a large soda?  Or a small and a large order of fries?  And could our lack of serving size comprehension be giving way to guiltless gluttony?  Well, a new study suggests that size labels are tricking us into consuming more fat and sugar. ...more

The men's section! That's where my old jeans are hiding! Thank you thank you thank ...more

Preschooler's Diet

like most moms of preschoolers, I have this constant niggling doubts about whether my son is eating enough? is he getting adequate nutrition? To my eyes he seems to be growing thinner and thinner, although his Docs assure me he is fine and that its just a phaseAlso, how do you coax a child who refuses to eat, Do you reward him for eating or threaten him with consequences? Do you divert him with TV  so you can feed him on the sly without him even noticing it? Do you force food into his mouth along with a barrage of  criticism about what a bad boy he is for not eating?...more

6 things you can do to (possibly) prevent Alzheimer's

Unlike other diseases and ailments, Alzheimer's has long been thought to be an inevitable - and uncontrollable - ending for those who have the early symptoms or the predisposition to it....more

6 things you can do to (possibly) prevent Alzheimer's

Unlike other diseases and ailments, Alzheimer's has long been thought to be an inevitable - and uncontrollable - ending for those who have the early symptoms or the predisposition to it....more