Three small bites

stretchingPIXRan across a study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health reporting that exercisers eat FEWER veggies and MORE dessert after working out. What? Better read that again.

It appears as if those who are more active feel really good about themselves and tend to reward themselves by eating poorly! If one of your goals for increasing physical activity is weight management, Houston, we have a problem.

Think you can encourage your child to eat well while you do not? A Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics article says “share and share alike” holds true with food. If you have a questionable diet, your child will too – regardless of your words.

This last bite comes from a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.  While it had few participants, the randomized crossover study (that’s a good one) suggested more fiber in your diet improves the quality of sleep.

While many of us recognize the effects caffeine and alcohol have on sleep patterns and some realize eating too close to bedtime can disrupt sleep, the actual content of the food you eat may influence how well you sleep. The authors specifically looked at saturated fat and sugar and recommend additional research in the area.

So it’s no use hiding that hot fudge sundae from your kids before bed with which you were rewarding yourself for walking around the block. Be smart to be well,





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Soda and candy and fast food – OH MY!

sodaPIXYou know the statistic: two-thirds of American adults fall into the category of “overweight” or “obese”. How did it happen? Well, everyone knows it’s the soda and candy and fast food that puts on those pounds, right?

My favorite researcher, Cornell U’s Dr. Brian Wansink, along with his collaborator Dr. David Just would like to challenge EVERYONE.

With a survey study covering the entire US, they debunked the link between junk food and weight. In most people, 95%, the number of junk calories in the diet is pretty much the same. (Published in Obesity Science & Practice.)

Wansink and Just explain people at either end of the weight continuum DO eat more junk. Extra thin (fewer than 125#) or extra heavy people (greater than 310#) are consuming more sugar and fat calories but everyone in between those weights consumes a comparable amount.

While they’re not encouraging a nutrient-deficient diet, they’re pointing out those foods are not THE reason a majority of us are overweight. We’ve long discussed that weight management or mismanagement is complicated by hundreds of factors…restaurant portions, mechanizing everything, cheap food, lack of recess…but at the foundation of all the talk, in most settings, is that junk food is THE major contributor to our weight woes.

Since we’re making no progress in the “war” against obesity, maybe we should question our aim. We won’t hit the bullseye if we’re aiming at the wrong target! Wansink and Just suggest we look at all of our foods and not just pick out the guilty pleasures….

Good advice to consider the whole diet to be well,




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