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“Oh no…Sugar Makes me Dumb?!”

Friday, May 18th, 2012

It turns out that too much sugar not only makes you fat…it can also adversely affect your memory and ability to learn.  According to a study conducted by scientists at UCLA, too much fructose interferes with insulin’s ability to regulate how cells use and storehigh fructose corn syrup “Oh no…Sugar Makes me Dumb?!” sugar in the body.  Your body’s ability to use sugar efficiently is necessary to effectively process thoughts and emotions.  It can be argued, therefore, that sugar has as much of an impact on your mind as it does on your body.  

I have never been much of an extremist when it comes to nutrition.  My wife and I do not keep a lot of sweets in the house but I cannot say that we don’t have the occasional scoop of ice cream.  With that said, I have always believed that for a diet or fitness regimen to be successful and sustainable, it has to consist of a relatively simple lifestyle change…one that can be maintained for a lifetime.  This is why I have argued against diets such as the HCG Diet.  These diets offer effective short-term results; however, unless you are willing to change the way you eat after the weight is lost or after you have reached your fitness goals, you will eventually revert to your starting point (if not worse than you were to begin with).  

Therefore, I would never suggest that you should not have anything with sugar in it again (unless you have the willpower to pull it off).  Most likely, you would throw up your hands in frustration and say, “I just can’t do that!”  What I am suggesting is that your sugar intake should be reasonably moderated.  This is critical for our kids since we are establishing the patterns and habits for their future.  Maybe we can all be a little smarter in the process!


As a Mom…

Monday, January 16th, 2012

On April 2, 2008 Former Surgeon General Doctor “Doc” Richard Carmona gave a speech to the Commonwealth Club of California.  In that speech Doc Carmona made some provocative claims.  The speech was primarily focused on the topic of the childhood obesity epidemic.  The provocative part was that he claimed the childhood obesity epidemic was one of the greatest security threats to our country.  Essentially, if we coninue to produce obese children, where are we going to get our firemen, policemen and military in the future?  If a large number of the candidates for those positions are incapable of passing a basic physical fitness test where will are public safety personnel going to be found?Finding Happiness as a Mom As a Mom...

I use a video of this speech in a presentation I give on health and nutrition, so it was fresh in my mind.  It made me start to think about my responsibilities as a mom.  I am not only thinking about my responsibilities as an American patriot but also the responsibilities I have to my children to ensure I maximize their opportunities as they move on into adulthood. 

I have always been concerned about my children’s health and well being even before I turned my passion for good nutrition into a successful business.  I have come to realize, however, that the fitness level of my children can either limit or broaden the opportunities available to them in the future.  If I have an obese kid, it will have a negative impact on them on several levels.  The obvious implication is that there are professions that require a level of physical fitness or health to perform.  Less obvious is the discriminatory stigma attached to people with obesity.  Regardless, a lack of positive health and physical fitness will mean struggle and challenge for my children throughout their lives.  I am sure that as a mom you would want a healthier life for your children from the time they are born until the day you no longer have influence over them.  It is for this reason that I want to be a positive influence and good role model for my kids.  Who is ready to join me?

That Evil Electronic Box and Type One Diabetes

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

It never ceases to amaze me how often I find how much television can adversely affect our lives and the lives of our children.  There are studies that show excessive exposure to television can limit a childs capacity to learn and assimilate information.  Most recently it was suggested that the frequency of scene changes in the popular show Sponge Bob Square Pants may contribute to incidences of people with ADHD.  Who knew that some Sponge Bob fun could cause issues for kids! 

Beyond the potential for for causing mental deficiencies, it is not a great secret that  too much television is a432732 15412 25 That Evil Electronic Box and Type One Diabetes contributing factor to the juvenile obesity epidemic.  For obvious reasons, the longer a child sits in front of a television screen the less they are engaging in necessary physical activity.  If kids aren’t moving, are not challenging themselves physically, and are eating junk food, they are most likely destined to fall under the obesity definition starting at an early age.

Now scientists have determined that kids with type one diabetes who spend hours in front of the television have greater challenges in controlling their blood sugar.  It would seem to be easy to blame this correlation on a lack of physical activity and obesity associated with that lack of activity.  Despite that easy assumption it was determined that this connection was not proven and there was more to the blood sugar/television equation. 

Although it was suggested that a lack of excercise plays some role, it is also believed that kids have a tendency to snack while sitting in front of the television.  Since kids suffering from type one diabetes have to inject insulin around mealtime to control their blood sugar, it is believed that more than 4 hours of daily television viewing can interfere with a childs ability to track what food they are consuming.  As a result their blood sugar becomes imbalanced due to a lack of attention.  This may also go along with the belief that television affects a childs ability to learn and think properly.  

My kids have been on break for the last week.  I think we will be kicking them out of the house tomorrow to go play.  How about you?