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Who’s Bag of Chips are Those?

Salt & sugar are just evil! The older I get, the more I realize my eating is tied to my emotions. It’s completely crazy. I am a healthy eater, work out regularly and yet realizelays wavy1 how challenging it is to eat ONLY what is good for you. Here’s an example: diabetes runs in my family, hypertension too. I know this and changed my diet many years ago to eliminate meat and carbs like bread and potatoes. For years, I watched what I ate, and all was good. But as I have gotten older, my taste buds take over! I love French fries! See that’s what I mean. I can be minding my own business and a commercial with pizza or French fries comes on, and now I’m thinking about where I can go to get some, because there is nothing like that in my house! Yesterday, I worked out, ate fruit, salad for lunch, veggies & fish for dinner. On the way home from a meeting, my car drove itself to the local grocery store, so my wallet could buy a bag of potato chips. Yum! No! Yum!

Okay so today, the chips go in the garbage and I’ll start over. No TV commercials are going to make me purchase that delicious chocolate from Portillos. Once on the lips, forever on the lips. WHATEVER!

C. Lynn Williams, #MsParentguru
Author & Speaker

My Books: Trying to Stay Sane While Raising Your Teen (St. Paul Press, 2010)
The Pampered Prince: Moms Create a GREAT Relationship with Your Son (St. Paul Press, 2012)
Raising Your Daughter Through the Joys, Tears & HORMONES! (soon to be released – 220 Communications)

September 17, 2013 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Is Your Teen Hormonal or Food Addicted?

Hormones-and-acne2Teaching puts me in touch with a lot of people – the young & not so young. What I found is that there is not much difference in the dietary habits of students. While teaching my high school students, it was pretty common to see bags of flaming hot Cheetos and red punch for breakfast. Could all of that burning red colored junk food be good for them? What was even more interesting was the number of overweight kids, those who had high blood pressure, diabetes, AD/HD or were autistic. That data got my complete attention and prompted this blog topic.

When I was growing up (light years ago), most of us kids were healthy and skinny. There was no local McDonalds was just starting and Burger King had just introduced the Whopper. We rarely ate out and potato chips were eaten with burgers (occasionally). Has it ever occurred to you how much of our food is genetically modified? I mean can a chicken wing actually be the size that many of them are without the help of growth hormones (additives). I read an article over the weekend by a person identifying herself as ‘the Food Babe’ where she talks about food that is manufactured for Americans is vastly different from food manufactured for Europeans, Chinese and other countries. food

According to the ‘Food Babe’, food manufacturers are allowed to produce genetically modified (GMs) foods and many of the processed foods that we eat contain products that contain preservatives and synthetic food dyes that are banned in other countries. As you read this, we still eat seven foods that have been banned in Europe, like chlorinated chickens, bovine growth hormone, pesticides, food contact chemicals like phthalates & bisphenols (products found in plastic that makes them soft & moldable), food dyes (Red 40, Yellow 5, etc.).

Now think about those wonderful teens of ours who are already hormonal. Hormonal changes that make them love you one minute and hate you the next. I was a hormonal teen, you probably were too! However, classroom control issues, anger management issues, or worse yet, depression, suicide and physical health issues may be easily avoided if we put ourselves and our children on sugar-free, GM free, dairy-free alkaline diets. Still interested in those ‘flaming hots’?

C. Lynn Williams, #MsParentguru
Author & Parenting Coach

Trying to Stay Sane While Raising Your Teen (St. Paul Press, 2010)
The Pampered Prince: Moms Create a GREAT Relationship with Your Son (St. Paul Press, 2012)
Raising Your Daughter: the Joys, Tears & Hormones available in late summer, 2013

July 9, 2013 at 5:16 am 173 comments

Healthy Eating Is NOT More Expensive..

Yes I admit, I believe there is a link between bright, alert kids and healthy eating habits. Healthy kids are usually much more alert than kids who have potato chips and soda for breakfast or lunch. However, we have always been told that it is more expensive to eat healthy foods instead of junk foods.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed it.

“A study, recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service, found that healthy foods like beans, carrots, milk, and yogurt are actually less expensive than ice cream sandwiches, cinnamon buns, and soda.” 

Here’s the link to read more:

C. Lynn Williams

June 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm 1 comment

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