Being the father of four kids (one of them an extremely picky eater) I know how hard it is to find foods that everyone will eat. I can say that I know from experience but my knowledge is second hand as its my wife that bears the brunt of this challenge so gracefully. If you throw on top of this the challenge of finding healthy options for your kids to help them develop and prevent you from feeling always guilty, you’re in for it. Continue reading
Google news alert! Twitter is blowing up ! Facebook is on fire! The news is spreading like wildfire that low carb diets have now been proven to be the best way to lose weight, melt fat, and light your metabolism on fire! Well, at least that’s the way the word has spread. Continue reading
I was sitting in my office with a patient of mine the other day having a conversation I find myself having frequently. She was a long time smoker who I had diagnosed with severe COPD (the lung disease caused by damage from smoking). She had been hospitalized and was close to needing oxygen. Yet, in spite of my warnings and castigations, she had broken her brief period of abstinence and was back up to “only a half pack a day”. She was staring at the floor unable to look me in the eye like a child caught misbehaving by their parents. Continue reading
But what about my genetics?’ she asked me somewhat exasperated. This was towards the end of a discussion I was having with a young overweight lady who had a long, frustrating, and typical experience with yo-yo dietieng, fads, gimmicks, and an overall unsuccessful dieting history. She was fed up, frustrated, and tired. This was understandable so. She wanted to know my opinion on the cause of her struggles. Why is it so hard for her to lose weight when many of her friends have no issue at all. Continue reading
It’s been a while since I posted a recipe I like from out in cyberspace. I decided to find a recipe using zucchini boats. This recipe is a great example of using healthy food as a foundation for flavor. Too often, heavy carbs are used to support a dish – pasta, breads, etc. This adds unncessary calories and all the carb heavy diet drawbacks. Using zucchini or squash or other bulky vegetables as the foundation you get the bulk you need to feel full without losing any of the flavor. Enjoy!
I was playing with my youngest son the other day and I couldn’t help but worry about the world into which he’ll grow. Will it be safe? Will it be healthy? Will he be able to afford all of the wonderful comforts that I am blessed with? I was watching him play with such an innocence built upon having not a clue about what may or may not be. I felt a heavy responsibilty at that moment to do my very best to build a financial future that I can give over to him and his sisters to help them get a little boost in the difficult task of charting the seas of adulthood.
Recently I made an attempt to create a four week workout program for the staff at the hospital where I work. I called it the 4×4 fitness challenge (you can check it out by clicking here) because it was four workouts each week for four weeks – clever, huh? The reason for the challenge was to emphasize the importance of setting clear goals that are measurable in order to be successful with exercise. I have gone into more detail about this in a prior post that you should check out called The Importance of Measuring. I think that my experience with this challenge illustrates why having clear, measurable goals is so important. Continue reading