Category Archives: Health Information

Food Restriction is Not the Solution

A recent study showed that parents of overweight/obese kids were more likely to restrict food while parents of normal weight kids were more likely to be in the “clean plate club.” While I personally don’t agree with either, this is a very useful insight – while the parents of heavy children have good intentions, there is a chance that these actions are actually hurting their child more. As this summary article states, the best solution is to make healthy foods available and empower children to make good choices. Kids spend A LOT of time outside of the home. If food is outwardly restricted at home, they are more likely to eat whatever they want outside of the home.

Interested in learning more about good nutrition parenting skills? Read Ellyn Satter’s Child of Mine book; hands down one of the best child nutrition books around.


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National Health Care Decision Day

Tuesday, April 16th is National Health Care Decision Day. Do you have your advanced directive? If not, now is the time! You never know what will happen and this is the only want to ensure your wishes are carried out if something were to happen to you. Here are a few resources:

Newspaper article on this topic

National Health Care Decision Day Website

Advanced Directives

“Advanced directives might curb end-of-life costs”

Wisconsin Medical Society Initiative – Honoring Choices

“Why do we avoid advanced directives?”



180,000 Deaths in a Bottle

An early release of a study on deaths associated to consumption of sugary drinks has suggested that over 180,000 deaths are occurring each year due to consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. Many news sites are covering this, so here are a few places you can read more about it: Forbes, Bloomberg, and CNN.

Be sure to keep in mind that there is no way to directly PROVE that sugary drinks increase death, since the deaths are due to chronic disease (i.e. people aren’t dropping dead solely b/c they are drinking a soda). However, many chronic diseases occur due to poor dietary choices – for example, sugary drinks increase calorie and sugar consumption which increase obesity and diabetes rates. These chronic conditions can lead to many problems that result in death.

Also, I think juice should be included in this study as well – 4 ounces of juice is one serving. Who drinks only 4 ounces? While it is 100% fruit, it is basically just sugar and it having 16 ounces is the same as drinking 16 ounces of soda.



Artificial Pancreas??

It looks like researchers are getting ever closer to finding an effective treatment for type 1 diabetes. A small study published in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at the use of an artificial pancreas in a small group of campers.  They found that when the campers used the artificial pancreas they had fewer low blood sugars over night. Hopefully this is a big step forward!

You can read more in this medpage article.


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Posted by on February 28, 2013 in Health Information


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Gluten Free Pantry List and Helpful Blog!

Have you recently started eating gluten-free? Finding out you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance makes many people feel completely lost. All of the foods that are ingrained (no pun intended) in our culture seem to contain gluten, so many people following a traditional American diet feel like there is nothing they can eat. This couldn’t be further from the truth! While grains can be delicious, it usually isn’t the grains themselves that are delicious  but the things we put in or on them. For instance, when was the last time you ate plain pasta? Probably never. If it is the stuff that we put on top that we like so much, this new diet becomes much easier and more manageable.

I stumbled on Keep it Simple, Keep it Fresh, a gluten-free, a blog about cooking gluten-free for an entire family. Check out this post on a gluten-free pantry to get you started!

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Posted by on February 5, 2013 in Health Information


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