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Holiday Enjoyment Guide
11/13/2013 11:08:13 PM

I’m tired of all the blogs and articles on surviving the holidays.  It makes what is supposed to be a very exciting, joyous time of the year sound like a horrible experience that you just need to get through while barely hanging on.  People survive cancer, wars, famine, and natural disasters.  How does surviving get attached to the holidays?  Yes, I know that there is a lot of stress around the holidays, and I realize that it is a difficult time of year for many people.  I acknowledge that there are certain life events that make the holidays harder, however when there’s a holiday survival guide for everything under the sun, it has to make you wonder what is so bad about the holidays that we just need to survive?  I can’t help but wonder- what would happen if we shifted our focus from surviving the holidays to actually enjoying them?    What if changing the way we think about the holidays affected the way we felt and reacted too?  With that in mind here is my Holiday Enjoyment Guide (it sounds better already):


The Diet Dance
5/7/2013 5:53:51 PM

Do you know the diet dance?  It goes like this: buy a diet book, buy some supplements, go on a diet, lose five pounds, gain it back, plus 3 pounds more.  Go on another diet, with different rules, lose 10 pounds, gain it back, plus 5 more.  Go on another bigger, stricter, more severe diet, lose 20 pounds, gain it back, plus 10 more!  Over and over this cycle repeats with weight continuously creeping up not down.  This is a familiar dance and a costly one too.  In 2012 Americans spent 61 billion dollars in the weight loss market alone. 


New Years Resolutions
1/3/2013 12:49:34 PM

Happy 2013!  As we begin the New Year many people resolve to make changes for a better future.  Resolutions can be quite broad but according to research anywhere from 40-80% of Americans make a similar resolution.  I don’t think it takes much guessing to figure out what that resolution is, but if you guessed weight loss, getting fit, or getting toned- then you would be correct. 

Weight Loss Confusion
12/14/2012 10:58:33 PM

If you are looking for information about weight loss you are probably overwhelmed by all of the choices and conflicting information available to you.  I think this is true for pretty much everywhere, but I see it first hand with weight loss in Tyler, Texas. 


Clarity About Health At Every Size
10/23/2012 1:59:14 PM

I recently attended the professional conference for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Philadelphia.  This conference, known as the Food & Nutrition Expo and Conference (FNCE), hosts about 10,000 dietitians annually.  This year in Philadelphia it was no different and a large group of dietitians converged on the area for the opportunity to network, increase our knowledge, hone our practice as dietitians, and- let’s not forget the expo- pick up some nutrition related swag.  Now the purpose of this post is not to write about this conference; the purpose of this post is to address a question presented in a session that I attended.  The topic of the session was something along the lines of the importance of happiness and satisfaction with your diet.  The comment that spurred this post was:  “I am a dietitian for the depart of health and human services and I am really concerned about the fat acceptance movement.  I am concerned that if people feel too good about themselves that they will not try to lose weight.” 


Freshman 15: Fact or Fiction?
8/23/2012 12:07:41 PM

As colleges and universities across the country are gearing up for the start of the semester there are many excited and anxious freshmen ready to embark on their college experience.  One thought that may be pressing on their mind is the concern over the freshmen 15- the infamous fifteen pounds that freshmen gain their first year in college.  Is this concern fact- something college newbies should be concerned about, or fiction- something not to spend much time worrying about?


BMI Part Three: Real Measures of Health
7/31/2012 4:11:49 PM

Just since I have been writing this series on BMI more information and research has been presented.  On one side a recently published Plos One article proposed lowering the BMI categories for obesity to 24 for women and 28 for men!  (You should be outraged!  At that point practically everyone would be obese.) On the flip side a new study was recently published from the University of California Davis that found it is better to be overweight than underweight. The study found that a person is at lower risk of mortality while in the overweight BMI category rather than the underweight BMI category. In fact, risk of mortality did not increase until a person’s BMI went above 35. So what does all this mean and what should you really consider when you are concerned about your health or the health of a loved one?

Health At Every Size
3/26/2012 8:30:43 AM

I remember when I first heard about the philosophy of health at every size.  As a graduate student in exercise physiology and a dietetic intern I was first very skeptical of the philosophy that a person could be healthy at any size.  Coming to believe in the Health at every Size (HAES) philosophy was an evolution for me.  I was familiar with the literature of how obesity impacted health parameters including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer (to name a few).  I understood as a person lost weight their risk for the disease went down.  However, what I did not fully understand at that time and what many people, including medical professionals, still do not understand is that health and weight are not synonymous. 

Intuitive Eating
2/27/2012 12:08:44 PM

At My Signature Nutrition Intuitive Eating is a core component to our nutrition philosophy.  This sounds great, but you may wonder, what exactly does this mean?


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