Are you looking for healthy eating tips? You’ve come to the right place!!

I recently gave a speech titled, The Good Eater to give parents of junior high schoolers tips and strategies to prevent eating disorders.

Over half of 13-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies, and the number increases to 80% by age 17. These statistics often prompts teenagers to begin dieting or experiment with dangerous methods of staying thin.

Please check out the video and let me know what you think!

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Sal May 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Hello,

I watched/read your information on the WUSA posting. I have a question that I didn’t fully understand.

Would you please further explain the following comment:

Vargas gives a simple test: look for foods in which the milligrams of sodium on the label are an even ration with the calories per serving. Otherwise your sodium intake will be too high.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Vianesa May 10, 2012 at 5:54 am

Several years ago the National Academy of Sciences said that healthy adults should limit sodium intake to no more than 1,200 – 1,500 mg/day–upper limit being 2,300 mg/day. These numbers easily correlate to the maximum number of calories one should have each day (depending on age and activity level). The easiest way to ensure you’re keeping these numbers in check is to look at your nutrition label and make sure that the mg of sodium do not exceed the maximum number of calories per serving. If you have a 200 cal product, your sodium should be 200 mg or less. This is a very important point to remember when purchasing packaged products.

It takes a minute to look, but it is a much better gauge than the % daily value.

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Tish Caldwell May 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Regular yogurt vs. greek yogurt? Oh the confusion on which is better! I usually eat light yogurt mixed with a serving of Fiber One cereal (the one that looks like rabbit food). It’s a low calorie snack and, mixed with the cereal, it keeps me satisfied until my next meal. However, I am confused on which yogurt is better (if there is even a better choice). Greek yogurt has a lot more protein but it also has a ton of sugar. The regular yogurt doesn’t have as much protein and has less sugar. Should I be going for less sugar, less protein? Or focus on the protein even though there is more sugar? Help!

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Vianesa July 21, 2012 at 5:18 am

Hi Tish! Sorry it took so long to get back with you…

Greek yogurt is definitely the better choice because depending on the brand, the sugar comes from sugar, not corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup like some of the more popular brands. It actually sounds like you’re doing the right thing.

Try plain greek yogurt with fresh fruit and the cereal. Despite what the media leads many to believe, most adults in the U.S. get enough protein. Use fresh fruit instead of sugary yogurt. It will cut down your sugar content tremendously!

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