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Nutrition Information Overload

Have you ever experienced the following situation?

- Your doctor just told you that you have diabetes or hypothyroid or arthritis and you research the internet to see what foods to eat or not eat.

- Your friend just told you about someone they know who went on a gluten free/dairy free diet and feels so much better. You decide to read up on this .

- You decide to go on a weight loss diet and do some reading to see what approach you should take.

After visiting  " Dr. Google" , various web sites, blogs and on line stores you end up more confused then ever.  You now have Nutrition Information Overload.

Nutrition Information Overload is defined by the inability to make basic food decisions. The presence of too much information results in decreased understanding of nutrition and that causes a difficult time deciding what to eat.

 

A large portion of nutrition information on the internet is what I call Nutrition White Noise. White noise is defined as random and uncorrelated signals of sound with zero meaning and relevance. Nutrition white noise is a little more complicated. The health information is random, irrelevant to the issue at hand, uncorrelated, poorly documented BUT is said by someone with such authority and certainty that you can't help but question your own sound decision making.

 

Before you decide to eliminate a food group or buy a new food product , please go through these 3 step.

1) Do not trust web sites that sell food, dietary supplements or books.  These sites are masterful at marketing but not a reliable source of nutrition information. Move on

2) Before you decide to change your diet, see if you can find the same nutrition recommendations on a web site from a college ( .edu ), the national institue of health (.gov) or a well known American hospital (.org)

3) Nutrition is a science and any good scientist will tell you that a truely great and  meaningful experiment must be replicated by other scientists.  Make sure your diet recommendation has been studied by different institutions, tested on different groups of people

 Understanding Nutrition News

588 blog- nutrition studies

 

 

Body Image

Body Image is how you feel about your physical appearance. It is very subjective- which means it is based on your  own opinions.   Body image is what you think you look like. Body Image is what you think other people think you look like. Body image is what you think other people think you think you look like.  The new Dove Real Beauty ad  campaign does a great job of presenting the difference between how we perceive our body as compared to how others view our physical appeareance.

Real beauty

Body image is not based on objective  numbers like the number on the scale or your BMI or you % body fat. It is really based on feelings and your thoughts.

Body image is influenced by what you looked like in the 5th grade, what you looked like last year.  It is influenced by what people said  about your size and or weight.  It is influenced by what they said about your weight when you where little or what they said this morning. Body image is affected by the magazines you read, by the people that are in the same room with you and what those people say about their own weight and body.

How to improve your body image

Start working on your body from the shoulders up - that is start working on your thinking .

To change your body image become aware of how it changes from day to day or even from hour to hour.  Start to identify what causes these shifts in body image.  You can also start by doing the following:

Step 1

Give up the mirror

Step 2

Stop the fat talk

Step 3

Give up beauty magazines

Step 4

Stay off the scale

Step 5

Stop trying to be perfect

 

 View Caroline Rothstein performing her poem  FAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Media is here -- some of my favorites

 

well.blogs.nytimes.com/

www.iwillnotdiet.com/

weighingthefacts.blog

 www.foodpolitics.com/

Best eating disorder blogs 2015

 

 

My Favorite Recipes

Granola

 

15 cups oatmeal ( 1 large box old fashioned oats + 3 cups)

  2 cups wheat germ  (located in cereal aisle)

  2 cups non-fat dried milk powder (located in baking aisle by canned milks)

  1 cup flax seed meal (Bob’s Red Mill )

   1 cup sesame seeds ( located in asian food aisle)    

  1 bag slivered almonds ( 1 2/3 cup)

  1 bag finely diced walnuts  ( 2 ½ cups)

 

Mix all ingredients in very large bowl

 

  1  1/2  cups canola oil

   1 1/2  cup honey

 

Wisk together honey + oil, pour half over oat mixture and stir well.  Pour remaining honey/oil over oat mixture and stir again. 

 If you have time, let sit for 1 hour and stir again.

 

Preheat oven to 275 degrees

Place approximately 1/3 of mixture on large baking sheet.

Cook 30 minutes, stir and cook for 15 more minutes

Move to another baking sheet to cool.

Store in covered container

 

¼ cup is 150 calories, 5 grams fat ( monounsaturated)

 

 

Possible additions :

  Sunflower seeds, cinnamon

 add after cooking raisins, craisins, coconut

 

           
 
 
 
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