When skipping is bad!

skippingNo, not skipping rope. That’s always good.

Skipping meals is what’s bad.

While many began the race with Halloween, the rest of us joined at Thanksgiving. The race of holidays, AKA, eating season. Busy? Over committed? Stressed? Scattered? None of those descriptors portend something positive for your diet.

It’s a fairly common practice to skip meals during the season. For some, it’s a weight loss strategy. Wuuut? It’s probably the most ineffective one to choose.

People who skip meals tend to be heavier and here are a few simplified reasons why:

  • You think you’re saving your calories from one meal and using them at the next BUT people tend to become so hungry they overeat at that next meal
  • Your energy lags, you get a bit cranky, your thinking gets a bit fuzzy and then you make poor food choices
  • You are exposing your body to a “famine”; while you know you’re going to eat later, your body and its regulatory hormones do not; your body turns to survival tactics and begins to store calories (fat) and burns fewer calories (lowered metabolic rate) – both bad for weight management
  • May lead to binge eating
  • May effect your fasting blood sugar levels and lead to pre-diabetes
  • May be associated with belly fat – most unhealthy!

If you’re not hungry, don’t eat. If you’re just a bit hungry, eat just a bit. If you’ll listen to your body, you’ll know just how much to eat. And if you’re not hungry at breakfast, you’ve most likely eaten too much the night before and we’ll need another minute to discuss.

Think before you skip, to be well,



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After the storm…

After unwelcome visitors Harvey and Irma, I’d thought I’d remind you of a few kitchen/food safety rules published by the FDA.

Discard any food  in containers that have been damaged by flood water if:

  • they are packed in plastic, paper, cardboard, cloth
  • foods/beverages have screw cap lids, snap lids, crimped caps, twist caps, flip tops
  • foods were home canned

Discard these specific items if they have come in contact with flood water because they cannot be adequately sanitized:

  • wooden cutting boards
  • wooden dishes and utensils
  • plastic utensils
  • baby bottle nipples
  • pacifiers

Undamaged, commercially packaged foods in all metal cans can be saved if you remove the labels, thoroughly wash the cans, rinse them, then disinfect them with a sanitizing solution of 1 TBSP bleach per gallon of potable water.

Discard refrigerated food if you lost power longer than 4 hours. Discard frozen food is electricity was out 48 hours or if your freezer is only half full, 24 hours is the maximum time suggested.


Wishing all those affected, an uneventful recovery. Be safe to be well,


9/11 we will never forget

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