Are you worried enough about your Kids’ Future Health?

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For the most part, even today, children and vibrant healthy creatures.  They run, they play, they seem to stay slim not matter what goes in them.  They seem resilient.  And their parents seem to agree that there is nothing to worry about.  The most caring, loving education people in the world seem to think nothing about giving their kids soda, Doritos, Gatorade, artificial sweeteners, and lots and lots of store bought baked goods.

And it bothers me.

I don’t like to say it bothers me out loud too often,because I don’t want to offend anyone or make them feel bad.  But I do want their kids to feel good.  I see the logic –  they feel kids will just burn it all off.   Or they feel it’s a treat and they love their children and want them to be happy.  And there are many parents who run to the doctor every time their children have a runny nose, yet if their child is overweight, they don’t consider it a major health concern.

Well why isn’t it?  Have we asked ourselves why we don’t worry about this? My son’s school has an event at least monthly where a lot of sugary snacks are sold.  Why is this ok?  Why have we kept this, even increased this, as part of our culture when so many kids are overweight or obese. Is it just because it makes us feel good?

We have a major health crisis where no research, no drugs, no funding is needed to cure everyone afflicted.  All we need to do is eat better.  And we don’t.  Is it because we consider being overweight merely a social stigma and therefore unimportant?  Surely most people are cognizant of what will happen to our bodies if we continue that pattern.  But it’s a long term problem, and therefore somewhat easy for us to ignore.

As the costs of healthcare rise, and the incidence of diet related diseases increases, where do you want your child to fall in the spectrum?  What coping mechanisms will you give them for dealing with cravings, poor body image, diabetes, heart disease, aches and pains, fatigue, low mental capacity and the myriad of other health issues they may face in 20 years?  Over-consumption of sugar alone can cause all of this.

You may think it isn’t very serious or that your child is fine. But given our current cultural predisposition to obesity and related illnesses, do you really think the socially accepted “norm” is ok?

Children need love, affection, basic nutrition.  Do they need junk food to be happy?  Have you questioned this lately?  There are healthy lifestyle alternatives that are not limiting and are very practical.  Are you ready for a change your kids will thank you for for years to come?

 

Lynne Bloom is a Health Coach who graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  She works with families to improve their lifestyle, health and nutrition. For more information go to www.coachmyfamily.com

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What’s with all the Anger at Gluten Free people?? Are you Gluten Intolerance Intolerant?

About five years ago, I was packing away fiber one bars (gasp!) and wondering why I had so many digestive problems.  Then I changed my diet drastically and started eating cream of wheat for breakfast every morning.   In fact, I was eating a variety labelled as having extra protein.  Essentially, a bowl of gluten.  I ate it every day, first thing in the morning, before I ate anything else.

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It wasn’t long before recurrently, I was doubled over in pain, with numerous other gastrointestinal assaults happening after I ate my cream of wheat.  At that point, I had no knowledge of the gluten free world,  I didn’t even know what Celiac’s disease was really, other than what I had heard on the TV show House.  I hadn’t read “Wheat Belly” or read any articles on the internet about gluten.

But I did research then to figure out what warranted these morning ambushes.  And thanks to the isolation of what I was eating, there was no other conclusion for me besides gluten intolerance or Celiac’s disease.  And sure enough, when I switched to oatmeal and eliminated wheat, the attacks stopped.

I retested twice that same year.  Once with a pretzel cone once with a giant cookie. The results were different than the cream of wheat had been and much worse.  It started with no immediate effect and escalated to days of stomach burning, migraines, diarrhea and depression.

After adopting and refining my gluten free lifestyle, I began to see glimpses of intolerance and dubious looks from friends.  I understood from several that my self diagnosis was in question.  It was mildly annoying.  When my GI doctor told me there was no way they could test me since I was off gluten, I just sucked it up.  I knew I would never put myself through it again regardless.

At some point I realized that a gluten free lifestyle was becoming a trend.  On balance this was good, because I had more options for food.  However, it did create the situation where restaurants jumping on the bandwagon didn’t really know what they were doing.  And in those cases, I would get sick.

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But now I see articles and posts with things like “why does gluten free have to be in our face?” “Why should restaurants have to cater to these people? ” (umm they don’t have to). And of course the ever popular study that says it’s all in our heads. (http://www.gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085%2813%2900702-6/abstract) and that it is really FODMAPS.  That study was conducted by the same researcher who proved gluten intolerance a year prior. And there is a definite, in your face attitude towards proving it all wrong and unnecessary on the internet.  Which is, of course, to someone like me, incredibly annoying.

Then there are the internet commenters, who don’t hold back on their scientific assertions and arguing in nasty, nasty ways.  I even read an article by a Chef tearing up his own customers for being ignorant. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-vetri/im-gluten-intolerantintol_b_5614463.html)  That came off as really intolerant!  Excuse me, what I have done to you besides maybe be a potential customer that you don’t want?  (and now I never want to be a customer).  Just tell people you can’t handle gluten free requests and let us all move on, separately.

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Sure, maybe you are saying, in my case, I have good reason to not eat gluten.  But those trendy people, they don’t.  WHAT?   Honestly, Paleo and Atkins are trendy as well, and don’t take half the heat that gluten free people do!  And Paleo people can’t eat wheat, or any grain whatsoever.  So what is it about people trying, for WHATEVER reason, to improve their health by eliminating gluten that annoys people so much??

Well I don’t know.  But I came up with two potential reasons.  One is clear, I notice the gluten free haters more, because I take it personally.  Two, is maybe because people are defensive when maybe, just maybe they don’t want to hear about what else they should be doing about their health.  I can sympathize with this. The internet is often a TMI place and it can be confusing, conflicting and irritating how much has to be said on all facets of nutrition, which is one of the most misunderstood sciences there is, even for the experts.  I get wanting to shut it out.

But honestly those who choose gluten free, for whatever reason, tend to stick with it. Which hasn’t been my observation with other diet trends.  If I had a dime for all the people that swear by atkins, but fall off the wagon after the first week every time . . . So maybe that irritates people, our resolution.

My observation is that people will rationalize eating what they want to eat.  Especially foods like pretzels and pizza and cookies.  Anyone who insists gluten free people are being fussy or making it up should reflect on human nature.  If something, in form of feeling better in some way, were not driving us to stay gluten free, we wouldn’t.

Lastly, many articles and negative opinions of gluten intolerance, tend to leave this new development out (http://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/gluten-intolerance-from-roundup-herbicide-zw0z1402zkin.aspx).  The use of round up on wheat is the most plausible explanation for the change in reactions I have heard.  To me it explains a lot.  And why, before I even knew there was such a trend, I jumped on the bandwagon.  It’s not a coincidence. When there is smoke, there is a fire!  And it just affected a lot of us at the same time.

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I’m sorry for the controversy this creates and the need that is felt to make people question what makes them feel better!   And hey, if it affects those in doubt in five years, I’ll be here to help them out!

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Looking at What You Don’t Want to See

We all have pictures ourselves that are hard to look at.  We don’t like what we see.  Here is my before and after pic from 2010.

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Coach Lynne Marie 2010

Now here is the incredible part.  After losing 37 pounds, my life didn’t miraculously get better.  In many ways, I had only suppressed the symptom of what I really hated to see. There was still an inner fat girl feeling not quite good enough.

Working on the outside can be a great booster to working on the inside, but if we neglect that part, we end up back where we started.  I did.  In 2012 I went back to first picture. Sure I blamed my new boyfriend and all the snuggling with ice cream that replaced work outs. But I knew it was time for real change and got myself back on track.

When we focus on our overall balance, peace and health, we get more attractive on the outside but we also gain the confidence in who we are to make it last.  It becomes time to treat the inner fat person with a little dignity.  Look at the before picture and realize, that was just a person with bad habits, not a {insert your own derogatory word here}.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel great, and there is nothing wrong with not being at the place at every moment of your life.  It is important to recognize what you need to work on and move on in a positive light.  Start that bad picture in the face and accept it is part of you.  And look forward.

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