Food: An exciting endeavor. Food is such a powerful part of our culture almost all of our important meetings involve one form of food or the other: Reunions, business meetings, going out, hanging out, treating someone, caring for someone, etc. Well, you get the idea. Although we are a culture that likes to invite people over to our homes, more often than not, we end up eating out. When that happens, we are faced with a whole new set of rules. For those of us trying to lose weight or may have a medical problem (diabetes, heart disease…), dining out may be more dangerous than enjoyable; maybe more stressful than relaxing; maybe more troublesome than it is worth. After all, eating at home,we control the ingredients and how we cook our meals. Eating at home means we can measure, we can pick and choose and we control our destiny (a bit dramatic but again, you get the picture). Dining out does not have to mean a change from who we are, what we can or cannot eat or putting our ...
Perhaps no where is this more important than in the food and nutrition area of our lives. I know, you would probably say I am biased given the line of profession I am in. However, I would like a moment of your time to explain.
A few questions to ponder:
1-What is the first source of nutrition and food for us as fetuses?
2-What is the first source of food for us as babies?
3-What is the first source of food for us as children?
4- Who prepares the meals for us as teenagers and young adults?
5- Who teaches us what we know about our food and food habits?
6- Who instills in us the «dos» and «don’ts» of foods, eating and
the «know how» when it comes to nutrition?
If your answer to the above questions is: our mothers, then I have made my point. For the first two to three decades of our lives, it is our mothers that are primarily responsible for our nutrition. Int...
By definition, thinking is a process that is both instinctive and learned. Think about it (Pardon the pun). When you think, you are doing what exactly? Not to get too philosophical but thinking is a complex process that can be mostly driven by instinct, hence the expression: “I did it without even thinking about it…pure instincts”. Or it can be purely cerebral and driven by mental steps and processes that are factual and devoid of emotions. So you see the spectrum of thinking is so wide. If you analyze every time you think about something, you would be amazed at the actual process. It is the “learned” process of thinking that we, as coaches, are interested in. What exactly do I mean by that?
I am going to ask something of you. It is an exercise so to speak. Think about the way you approach a problem, any problem. Which one of the following are you?
Wrinkles: some of us are obsessed about them, and some could care less. Most of us are somewhere in between. Wrinkles are inevitable. They are the lines on our face and everywhere on our body that, for most of us, are a reminder of not only our age, but our inevitable end. I have seen patients and clients absolutely terrified of their wrinkles. There are some who are disgusted by them, and some who were them with pride. I have an 85 year old lady in the emergency room the other day, and she was talking about her thin skin and her wrinkles. With a smile she said: You know, I worked hard for these wrinkles and this skin. Be careful with it. It is my life and my legacy.
Wrinkles are skin folds, or creases along the skin that reflect the outline of the muscles beneath them. They follow the contours of the muscles, as is evident by the ones on our forehead, around the eyes, and around the mouth. Wrinkles are present always, but they are evident and become more appare...
By now, you have probably heard, read and seen enough information to last you a life time about your health and the holidays. Food, alcohol, smoking, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure…There is an obsession with this period, so much so that studies have been made for just the period of Christmas and New Year. So, what is the conclusion then? What is the bottom line? Do we have to worry about our weight, our health, our illnesses? Is there anything special we need to do in this time of year to make it really enjoyable and not stressful, as if we need more stress? Do we need to pay extra attention to what we do?
The answer, I am afraid, is a complicated and simple yes and no. There, now that you are confused, allow me to detangle…
The holidays are described by many people as a stressful time of the year: Many year-ending work-related issues, many health-related issues, many-family-related issues and an increase in financia...
Can we live healthier, lose weight and save the world?
You have heard of dieting, you have heard of weight loss plans, you have heard of protecting the environment and you have heard of global warming and disastrous consequences. Have you heard of the green diet? And what does it mean to combine dieting with being environmentally savvy and protective? Is it of any benefit? If yes, to whom? Does it make us lose weight faster? Does it help the environment only: So many questions for a concept that seems strange and for two ideas that seem unrelated. Well, allow me to answer these questions and introduce a concept.
The concept of a Green Diet is a fairly new concept. It is a diet that aims at making us live healthier; lose weight and protecting the environment. It is gathering momentum and significant interest worldwide.
Eating green means a few things and is focused on a few things:
1-Eat organic: Organ...
The last article I wrote, I discussed the foods that we do not eat and how they
may harms us. Picking up where I left off, I hope you are now fully fed on calcium and ready for the next ingredient. Today’s article will be about another mineral: Iron. Iron is one of several micronutrients that are essential to our bodies. We do not need large amounts of it, only enough! These amounts are small in comparison to other foods, but no less important. Iron is important in all phases of life and all age groups. The most common “disease” people associate with iron deficiency is anemia. True, iron is extremely important for our blood. However, its functions go way beyond those of just producing blood. I need to also emphasize that iron can be extremely toxic to our body if we over consume it. It is just as important to take in and maintain adequate amounts of it as it is not to over do it. There is a certain population of humans who are more susceptible to iron defici...
Some urge us to take them on a daily basis to help boost our immune system and protect against cancer and heart disease. Whereas the last part is true, there is, to date, no scientific evidence that we need to supplement ourselves with these two vitamins if we are eating right. As a matter of fact, excessive amounts of vitamins, especially E, can be dangerous to our health; even fatal! So, what is true and what is not?
How important are these vitamins and what exactly is their role? To answer these questions, I will give you a brief outline of both and talk to you a bit about each. What is a vitamin? A vitamin is an organic compound required as a nutrient in small amounts by the human body. There are many types of vitamins and are generally divided into water soluble and fat soluble. (Dissolve in water or in oil). Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin, vitamin E is an oil soluble vitamin. I mention this fact because fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E, and K) are extremely dangerou...
I was walking my German shepherd the other day when he saw three kittens. He began to growl and within a second, this cat came from no-where and stood between him and her kittens. She was one tenth his size but she raised her hair and did not give a second’s thought about going to battle-a battle she would not take had her own life depended on it. I was so proud of her and just moved my dog along knowing that the amazing part of this story is how she and I and all mothers share the very same and basic instinct: we protect our children, with our lives if we must. And there is no hesitation!
In this situation, the obvious danger was my dog. And all of us expect to do the same if a stranger were to threaten our children. No matter how big or how many, no one will have a clear path to our children. But what about the not so obvious dangers? What about the dangers that we do not see?
We all know what a blessing it is to give and help others, but are we really teaching that to our children? Compassion is to feel for someone who is in need or suffering and to have the desire to do something to help. Children by nature are selfish and want their every need to be fulfilled when they want it and how they want it. Here comes the role of the parents in teaching their children not only to empathize with others but also to take initiative to help them.
By learning compassion children can understand that with one little act of kindness they can make a difference. And what better way for children to learn compassion than through our actions. As parents we are the greatest role models for our children, and as we know “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”
When you raise your kids with love and compassion, they are more likely to become compassionate people themselves. Here are some tips to teaching your kids compassion: