The leaves are turning, the air is a bit cooler, and the sun is starting to set earlier and earlier. This, of course, means that we are well along on our descent into the darkness of winter. It also means that it’s time to undertake our biannual international moment of temporary insanity when we collectively change our clocks and pretend that astronomical circadian rhythms will accommodate our insanity. In other words, the clocks are about to change.
Life 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
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
I 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
I am a big fan of memes. I don’t know how to pronounce the word correctly but there’s something about the ability to capture a complex idea in a well written but brief statement packaged together with an interesting graphic. For those of you who do not know what a meme is, according to Webster it is an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture. In the context of the internet age, the term commonly (according to wikipedia) refers to an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the Internet. Continue reading
Is there any place in the world where one feels more judged than in the dentist’s chair? You’re sitting there in a relatively compromising position as the hygienist probes the depths of your mouth exposing all of your deepest lies. “Sure I floss regularly” (regularly but not daily). “I wear my mouth guard all the time” (all the times I feel like it which is not so many times). You can’t lie to the dentist or her minions. The truth is written on your gumline like a signed confession. And speaking of confession time, I have a cavity. It’s not a big one, if there is such a thing, but a failure in oral care nonetheless. I am so ashamed. Continue reading
There are expected to be changes in the upcoming reset of the government’s dietary guidelines that come out every 5 years. These are the guidelines that inform the public on the healthiest way to eat. You may remember the food pyramid or the most recent choosemyplate.gov. It has a strong influence on the food industry and school lung programs. It also has a strong influence on our waistlines. Continue reading