Tips to Avoid the Winter Exercise Doldrums

617604_600Our house has recently commenced the journey from post-baby to nomal schedule. This is good for many reaons. People are getting (a little) more sleep, the siblings are adjusting to the new arrival, and my wife is getting back to good health. This means better eating and more exercise for all of us. Even the kids are breaking a sweat (not the baby, he’s a bit lazy thus far, but it’s a bit early to pass judgment). Continue reading

The Trouble with Comparisons, Losing Baby Weight, and Spousal Communication

tumblr_nesw67nCrA1rphtnfo1_500Life in my home has started to settle into a routine after the recent addition of our newest baby Grove to the family. Schedules are starting to be consistent (no he isn’t sleeping through the night), hormone levels are stabilizing, siblings are adjusting. My wife has even started her post-partum exercise plan which has been very successful for births past. Continue reading

30 Minute Sesame Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sesame-Roasted-Sweet-Potatoes-31Fall is upon us and this means my wife is looking for recipes with her favorite potato, that being the sweet kind.  She found this recipe and has been cooking it up regularly so I can attest to its yumminess.  It’s a good healthy option as well.  This one comes from Continue reading

Raising Healthy Children…


I am very happy to announce the arrival of my fifth child! With the hectic schedule and lack of sleep that goes with a newborn in the house, I have been a bit lackadaisical about updating the blog. While my wife was at the hospital I was responsible for the other four which was quite a task – much respect to all the mothers out there, especially my wife. All gratitude aside, I was sitting in the hospital holding my new son when I got thinking about the heavy responsibility of parenting. I thought about all the things that we as parents can do to positively impact our child’s future health. I have an entire section in my book explaining all the evidence for the impact of development on future risk of obesity so I thought I would post a snippet on the topic to show you how important it is. Continue reading

The Obvious Weight Loss Trick You Already Know…

water-diet-2I frequently find myself staring at an open refridgerator with an empty stomach and an even emptier mind. I stand there in a fugue-state not knowing how I got there or how long. I know its been too long because I can feel my nose getting colder and my electric bill getting higher. At some moment I remember a piece of wisdom I think I heard from my grandmother that staring at the fridge will not create new food options. The problem is that my brain is paralyzed in a ping pong match between higher and lower brain centers. My hypothalamus groans “I’m hungry” while my higher cortical regions are busy considering recent publications on macronutrient composition while doing a quick estimation of my caloric intake for the day. It is both frustratingly common and annoyingly repetitve and usually ends poorly. It was this conundrum that was in the back of my head when I was alerted to an interesting new study about a strategy to decrease caloric intake that was so simple and obvious that it cannot be ignored. Continue reading

Low Fat Diets are Better Than Low Carb Diets and the Source of Media Nonsense

diet69This just in! Its blowing up the news and social media! A new study has just found that low fat diets are better than low carb diets for weight loss. Wait, what? Low fat is better than low carb? But haven’t these eggheads been saying that low carb is better for a few years now? Why can’t they make up their minds? Continue reading