The Weight is Over

iStock_000012966998XSmallSo, it’s the New Year. With that always comes the resolutions of what to fix, change, better, or delete for myself and my family. For the past 10 years, weight loss is always the first. Always. As you can tell from 10 years of resolutions, it has not happened. Most of the end of December or the beginning of January was filled with me searching out the best diet, the best program, the best supplement, and what will work the fastest. And, most years, obviously, I fail.

However, in 2011, I started something new. Continue reading “The Weight is Over”

Want Your Kids to Eat Their Vegetables? Start Them Early and Give Them Water

As I write this, a can of diet soda sits open on my desk (where I am eating my lunch) and I am fighting the urge to supplement my lunch with a bag of chips out of the vending machine. The reusable, BPA-free glass I keep at my desk for ice water sits neglected, as does the apple I brought in my lunch. So why, if I have an apple sitting right there, am I tempted to visit the vending machine for chips? New research suggests that the blame could lie with that can of diet soda.

The study, made available online ahead of publication (1), found that from a very early age, people associate sweeten drinks with salty and higher fat foods such as pizza and French fries (or chips). Perhaps partly as a result of this association, young people (ages 19–23 years) viewed unfavorably the pairing of a sweetened drink with raw or cooked vegetables. The test subjects showed strong reactions (either positive or negative) to the pairing of sweetened drinks with certain foods. In contrast, water didn’t evoke strong any reactions indicating that it was viewed as reasonable complement to most food. Continue reading “Want Your Kids to Eat Their Vegetables? Start Them Early and Give Them Water”