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

Does food matter, or is it the attitude of health, that makes the difference?

This question is addressed to the millions of people who live their lives in disordered eating patterns trying to lose weight fast.

Disordered eating means you follow diet trends that are not right for your body and particular situation. Or, you follow whatever seems cool from people like Gwyneth Paltrow who speak of disordered eating one day, then tout healthy eating recipes the next.

Disordered eating is the age we live in, and it’s made us fatter, unhealthier, and has taken the joy and community away from food.

Disordered eating starts pretty early in childhood, where we serve kids nonsensical “Kids foods” with googly-eyed characters, and colors not found in nature, only to stare at the doctor in disbelief when he/she tells you that your child needs to lose weight and follow a healthy eating diet plan.

Girls become ashamed of their growing bodies and begin to mirror the harmful words their mother uses when she begins another diet.

A growing body needs nourishment, not poison which is found throughout the pages of womens’ magazines which tout unhealthy eating plans and female starlets pushing unhealthy lifestyles for their own political purpose.

The multi-billion dollar diet industry, which has the worst success rate is glad to step in and help and get you on the addictive diet roller coaster that becomes the way of life for so many people.

Unfortunately, they fail.

Many women spend their 20’s following diets, or disordered eating lifestyles in their favorite magazines, only to find themselves researching liposuction doctors in their 30’s because they haven’t come to understand food; only food science.

And this brings me to the current obesity epidemic…

Obesity is such a mis-understood condition. Most nutritionists, personal trainers, nutrition enthusiasts, food companies, etc. cannot begin to tell you the cause of obesity, but will gladly “Treat” the condition which is thinly veiled as a diet.

Many Americans are disgusted by obese people. But the people who are charged with helping the obese only make their condition worse by pushing fad diets!!

Obesity is more complicated than a calories in vs. calories out discussion. It includes understanding physiology, psychology, endocrinology–intertwined sciences that get lost in the discussion of obesity…and what many nutritionists simply don’t understand. SURELY not Hollywood stars!!

I say it’s time for a new way of thinking about food and leave the obesity prevention tips to the pros.

The new paradigm should be about the enjoyment of food; cooking, community, family. Losing weight fast, diet plans, and flavorless, fat-free cooking is so ’90s.

If you happen to be an athlete, or someone who needs a bit more science behind what you eat, then nutrition should be your aim.

This is my manifesto.

Please ask any questions below. I’ll be answering them personally all month long!

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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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