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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. 


Surviving the Holidays
11/15/2012 3:58:18 PM

The holidays are approaching and many people are looking forward to joyous celebrations with their friends and family.  For you this may be carving the turkey, dining around the table, finding that perfect gift, wrapping the presents, or decorating the tree.  For many people with this excitement also comes much apprehension. On one hand the holidays are a festive celebration and on the other hand there’s the holiday weight gain followed by the New Years weight loss resolution.  I’m sure each year everyone vows that this year will be different- that visions of sugar plum regret will not dance in your head.  Let me assure you that it is possible to navigate the holidays, enjoy the celebrations, and maintain your normal weight. 


Tricks To Enjoy Your Halloween Treats
10/30/2012 1:31:44 PM

Happy Halloween! Halloween is celebrated by millions of people and is a fun time for dressing up and for kids to go door-to-door trick-or-treating resulting in large amounts of candy!  For the kids this is great, for the parents sometimes Halloween can turn into a nutrition nightmare.  As a parent you work all year long to try and instill good nutrition and healthy eating habits with your kids.  It might feel like this one-day of the year comes around and ruins it all.  Let me assure you that one day of splurging on candy- even one week of eating candy will not ruin years of work on healthy eating.  The same is true for you too!  However, if you find yourself reaching for the candy bowl too frequently, or if you are concerned about you kid’s candy consumption then read on for some tricks on how to enjoy your Halloween treats.


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.” 


Food, Weight, and Dieting- Oh My!
9/30/2012 11:48:13 PM

People like to talk about food, weight and dieting.  It’s accepted.  It’s easy.  It kind of creates a bonding experience when you share battle stories of previous diets or when you start a new diet and a friend or co-worker joins you.  What happens though when that diet goes too far, or when things get out of hand?  There are some things attached to dieting that nobody likes to talk about.  Things that are difficult and uncomfortable and very personal.  It’s much easier to focus on the surface issues and not consider the deeper issues.  However, this week three individuals decided it was time to talk about it.  What do these individuals: Stacy London, Lady Gaga, and Katie Couric all have in common? 

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?

BMI Part Two: BMI & Children
6/28/2012 2:32:18 PM
When we were children we never once thought about BMI. Chances are, you had probably never even heard of it. Sadly, this is not the case anymore. If you ask your children what BMI is, they may not be able to give you a precise definition, but they will know what you are talking about. They may even say something along the lines of, a high BMI is bad, you shouldn’t be fat, or fat is bad. 
BMI Part One: Uncovering the Truth About BMI
6/13/2012 2:27:39 PM

I was asked to write a post about BMI (Body Mass Index).  It is popping up everywhere and we are hearing more and more about it.  Students are getting sent home with their BMI on their report card, states are conducting statewide screening and surveillance using BMI, health care facilities use it, and it is prevalent in research.  That’s great, but what does it really mean?  What information can you really get from knowing someone’s BMI?  To find out let’s play a game!  Think of the following individuals- their body shape/size- maybe even google them- and try to guess their BMI:

George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, President Obama, Michelle Obama, Beyonce Knowles, Kirstie Alley, Cameron Diaz, Tyra Banks, Serena Williams. Go ahead, don’t be bashful.  I’ve included the BMI categories below to help you make your guesses.


When "Healthier" Is Not Better: Orthorexia Nervosa
5/31/2012 11:01:12 AM

Have you ever heard of orthorexia nervosa?  Most people have not.  In simple terms it is an extreme focus on eating healthy foods to the point that it interferes with daily life.  The old adage says that you can never have too much of a good thing, however this is one area where that statement is simply not true.  Even with healthy behaviors such as exercise, diet, and nutrition there becomes a point where they go too far, where “healthier” is not better.


Healthy Food vs. Healthy Eating
4/23/2012 10:30:51 AM

If I asked you to make a list of healthy food, most people would likely be able to do this pretty easily.  You might even list something like fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, fish, etc.  If I asked you to list or describe what healthy eating was, most people would recite the same list of healthy foods- fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, fish, etc.  However, healthy food and healthy eating are not the same thing.


Good Food & Bad Food
4/9/2012 11:27:34 AM

Normally when you read an article about good and bad food you will find a list of which foods are good and which foods are bad, or maybe which foods you should or should not eat.  Dividing foods into these categories to create a “healthy diet” may seem like an easy way to select foods, however this way of thinking can negatively impact your relationship with food and potentially your overall diet.  In truth there is no such thing as good food or bad food.


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. 

Time Spent Thinking About Food
3/15/2012 3:12:07 PM

How often do you talk about food and weight with others?  Or even more, how much time do you spend thinking about food and weight in a given day?  Did you know that food and weight are some of the most frequently discussed topics?  And, according to one clinical finding the amount of time you spend thinking about food, and weight directly correlates to your personal relationship with food.   This study recently came to mind when my husband and I were out to eat at two local establishments.  


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?


Welcome!
2/8/2012 3:19:59 PM

Welcome to My Signature Nutrition Blog!  Thank you for joining us.  In this inaugural post I really hope to lay the groundwork for what you will find here in the future.  As you know, nutrition is an integral part of your daily life.  Each day you make choices about what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat, where to eat, and perhaps even whom to eat with. 

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