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Facing the Facts of Childhood Obesity

As childhood obesity rates continue to rise worldwide, we are now approaching the level of a major public health crisis. While that is common knowledge among experts, the alarming news doesn’t seem to reach millions upon millions of parents who keep overfeeding their offspring with unhealthy meals and fattening treats. In fact, many of those whose children have been diagnosed as overweight or obese insist that there is nothing wrong with a little chubbiness at a young age.

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Seasonal Detox That Is Right for You

Spring is an ideal time to detox. When I say “detox,” I am not referring to fasting, juicing, or mixing a concoction of maple syrup, lemon juice and cayenne that has you running to the bathroom. I am referring to eating in a way that supports your body’s ability to detoxify effectively and eliminate consistently, so it can function optimally.

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Lessons in Positive Thinking

For most of my career as a dietitian and health counselor I have paid much attention to the deficiencies in my clients’ diet and lifestyle choices and how these could be changed for the better. Over the years, however, I began focusing more on what went right in their lives and how their strengths could be utilized in order to overcome their weaknesses. You may say I applied (unknowingly) what is now known as “positive psychology.”

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What Happens When Stress Gets the Better of You

While much research has been done on the health effects of stress, surprisingly little is known about what happens when people are no longer able to cope with the challenges life throws at them. Yet, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a phenomenon commonly known as ‘burnout’ affects ever-growing parts of the population.

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Food and Wine Pairing Made Perfectly Simple

Too much ado is sometimes being made about matching the right wines with specific foods, which can be intimidating and unnecessarily off-putting. Some critics say there is a ridiculous amount of snobbery around wine to begin with, and all the talk of what goes with what is no exception. While there may be some truth to that, it is also a fact that a well-chosen wine does indeed have the ability to enhance the enjoyment of almost any dining experience.

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Not One ‘Plus Size’ Fits All

When it comes to treating weight problems, even experts believe that similar methods can be applied almost universally: Put your patients on a diet, have them engage in regular exercise, and, if all else fails, recommend some surgical procedure. What gets rarely looked at are the differences between overweight individuals that may have led to their unhealthy weight gain in the first place. Only one such study has recently been published, and the results are eye-opening.

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Why I Recommend Eating More Whole Grains

I recently spoke at a conference sponsored by the food and nutrition non-profit organization Oldways and the Whole Grains Council. Of course, the conference was something of a pep rally for whole grains, and that was fine with me. I eat them routinely, and think the case for doing so is very strong.

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