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Are You A Diet Soda Addict?

September 8, 2012

Divabetic SummerOver the years, I’ve tried to give up Diet Coke over twenty times and never succeeded. I can go about two weeks without a soda before I reach for one. Yes, I’m an addict. I know that water should be my number one choice for quenching my thirst, but too often I grab a diet soda instead.

NYC’s proposed Super Size Soda Band has inspired me to  re-think my drink. Here’s some expert advice on kicking the can if  you can’t seem to find the strength to fight the temptation to reach for a diet soda. 

Jillian Michaels admits quitting soda isn’t easy, but it is well worth it. The negative effects facing soda drinkers can range from obesity and bone loss to diabetes — and some studies even suggest links to cancer. In addition, soda is costly. According to the National Soft Drink Association, the average American drinks 600 12-ounce servings of soda a year. That’s roughly three a day at $1 a pop — or about $1,000 a year! Over a decade you will spend as much as $10,000 — not to mention the amount it will cost you in health-related medical issues down the road.

So, where do you start and what do you do? Jillian Michaels says the first step is to admit it’s an addiction — both chemical and behavioral. Second, prepare yourself to feel like crap for a bit until your body has detoxed from soda and broken the chemical addiction. Everyone’s body is different. Most likely you will feel badly for around a month based on Jillian’s personal experience. I strongly agrees with these statements. I’ve never made it to the thirty day mark due to these symptoms.   

The best way to manage the biochemical aspects of your detox according to Jillian Michaels is to make sure to stabilize your blood sugar with balanced meals (some protein, fat, and carbs) every 3 to 4 hours. Hydrate with water as much as possible to help flush out chemicals and boost your energy. 

Next, from a behavioral standpoint try switching to carbonated water and adding some natural flavor to it like a splash of juice. You can do it!

Read all ‘Ask Jillian’ Q&A Columns here.

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Is Your Workplace Making You Gain Weight?

June 9, 2012

Could your job be making you pack on the pounds?

Maybe so, according to a new survey from the folks at The findings not only list the top 10 professions linked to weight gain (hint: it’s bad news for attorneys and, surprisingly, physicians), but also pinpoints what the biggest contributing factors are. Another hint: stress and candy jars both play a role.

Fortunately, experts say there are plenty of tips and tricks you can use to fight the ol’ work-related weight gain — and even use your time in the office as an opportunity to promote good health.

“You have to know yourself, and you have to understand your triggers,” Samantha Heller, a registered dietitian, told The Huffington Post. “I think when you plan, it’s much easier to stick to healthy choices.”

Stress Eating is one of the common factors the survey participants said contributed to their weight gain. To stave off those stress-related pounds, experts say you’ve got two main options…

First, try to get your stress under control.  “Stress is a very common work-place phenomenon. We can’t always change the circumstances that create the stress, but what we can do is alter our response,” experts said. Experts suggest taking five very deep, very slow breaths.

Second, it’s key to have good options on hand for when you do give into stress eating.

“Be sure that you keep healthy snacks at your desk, because when you do resort to stress eating — which we all do now and then — the only choices you have at your fingertips will be good ones,” experts said.

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How Are Your Relationships & Your Weight Linked

June 1, 2012

One of the hidden causes of overeating and weight-gain is relationships: Whether it’s with co-workers, family, friends, or spouses and significant others, both the joy and pain we experience in our relations with others can deeply affect what, when, why, and how we eat. Emotions and stress, particularly in difficult or dysfunctional relationships, can cause us to reach out to food for love, support, and comfort. We may not even understand what is happening at the time we make the food choice.

One of the best ways to gain self-awareness and insight into these connections is by keeping a food diary. Or if writing things down seems too time-consuming, start by just paying attention to how this idea might play out in your daily life. Be open to the possibility that change may have to occur within your relationships in order to see change happen in yourself and with your weight. How do you feel food is affected by your relationships, and vice versa?

Shared by Jackie Thorne, RN, CHC, AADP  in Meals Matter -for good nutrition and health

Eating for 8 Hours Reduces Obesity & Diabetes Risk

May 31, 2012

Salk Institute study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, shows that if you condense the total time you eat each day to only eight hours — say 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. — you can prevent weight gain and reduce diabetes risk, without changing your total calorie consumption.

Again: if you eat exactly the calories you’re currently eating, but squish the total time you eat into eight hours a day, you’ll avoid packing on pounds and lower your risk of all sorts of metabolic badness including diabetes.

“Of course, the foods you eat matter,” says Satchin Panda, Salk Institute researcher and the paper’s senior author, “But we showed that when you eat is just as important as what.”

The seeming magic of fitness without eating less hinges on the function of mitochondria in your liver. Among other things, these mitochondria process food, cycling through a defined schedule of work and rest. While they rest, mitochondria divide. And if you eat while they’re dividing, you force them back to work — disrupting their metabolic cycle and leading to a higher rate of DNA damage than in mitochondria that aren’t bombarded by burritos when they’re trying to get their division on.

At Salk, 8-hour feeding mice used nutrients more efficiently and had more energy than free-feeding mice. Astoundingly, the study writes that these 8-hour mice, were also “protected against obesity, hyperinsulinemia, hepatic steatosis, and inflammation and have improved motor coordination.”

Despite the header of its Wikipedia entry encouraging readers not to confuse it with foie gras, hepatic steatosis or “fatty liver” is no joke.

“Our circadian clock separates functions throughout the day so that our organs stay healthy,” says Panda. But the clock in your liver isn’t a sundial — it doesn’t simply monitor lightness and darkness and click through its organ functions based on time of day. Instead, “it gets information about time by when we eat,” says Panda. Your liver needs to know when you’ve taken your last bite of the evening so that it can tell mitochondria it’s safe to divide. “And if you eat all the time, the clock gets the clue too many times, it tries to adjust too many times, and it never knows when it’s breakfast,” says Panda.

This forced adjustment of circadian rhythm and the resulting mitochondria damage is one reason that shift workers — who are nocturnal on weekdays and then try to adjust to a diurnal schedule on weekends — have 150 percent higher rates of metabolic disease than workers with standardized schedules of eating and sleeping.

And, Panda points out, with people in the United States now averaging more than 160 hours of TV viewing per month, “we have 100 to 120 million people who are social shift workers,” he says. Led by the TV’s silver tongue, Americans have made the social decision to act like shift workers. “And this population is more at risk for every type of metabolic disease,” says Panda.

So don’t be a social shift worker. Your mitochondria will thank you for it. And if you want to lose weight on your current high-fat diet, eat your calories in an eight-hour window.

By Garth Sundem

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Vogue’s New Health Initiative – Underweight Models Are OUT!

May 16, 2012

British Vogue launched a brand-new Health Initiative across 19 editions of Vogue. The initiative aims to address the problem of unhealthy body image and behaviors amongst models, particularly those who pose for magazines.

The new initiative includes a six-point pledge agreed upon by all 19 Vogueeditors-in-chief. According to the Telegraph, these include the following:

* We will not knowingly work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder. We will work with models who, in our view, are healthy and help to promote a healthy body image* We will ask agents not to knowingly send us underage girls and casting directors to check IDs when casting shoots, shows and campaigns.

* We encourage designers to consider the consequences of unrealistically small sample sizes of their clothing, which limits the range of women who can be photographed in their clothes, and encourages the use of extremely thin models.

As British Vogue notes, the stated goals of the initiative hew closely to those of theCFDA’s Health Guidelines, which include a minimum age requirement (16 years) and a commitment to preventing eating disorders through education.

The practical innovation of Vogue‘s Health Initiative, however, is a focus on magazines rather than the runway. The past efforts of the CFDA (and Britain’s British Fashion Council) were only effective to the point of addressing problems during Fashion Week. With Vogue‘s new move, models working year-round in photo spreads will meet the same requirements — and get the same help.

It also extends the impact on viewers, as arguably more women read fashion magazines than watch runway shows.

Of course, as long as Photoshop exists, those over-16, non-anorexic models could still be made to look younger and skinnier than they really are. Perhaps a pledge to limit Photoshop, made by Glamour and other magazines, will be next on Vogue‘s agenda?

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Mother’s Day Weight Loss Tip

May 13, 2012

Divabetic’s Mother Your Diabetes video series presents diabetes wellness advice with a spoonful of motherly love. Listen to Mama Rose Marie on Diva TalkRadio and visit our Reading Room to see more of her tips. For more information go to:

A Mother’s Secret to The Fountain of Youth

May 10, 2012

#motherurdiabetesIn honor of Mother’s Day and National Water Week,  here’s some motherly advice for improving your health.

Water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits. Here’s why: The kidneys can’t function properly without enough water.

On the average, a person should drink eight 8-ounce glasses every day.  Sometimes drinking our eight glasses of water a day can be a real challenge Here a few simple ways to help you accomplish that feat!

Enjoy a glass of water at every transitional point of the day: when you first get up, just before leaving the house, when you sit down to work, etc.  Make it easy – keep a big, insulated water bottle full on your desk and reach for it all day.  Dilute your juice (apple, grape, or orange) fill half the glass with water.

Beauty experts agree that drinking your water is the cheapest, quickest way to look better! #motherurdiabetes

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Diet Advice for Mothers

May 10, 2012

Divabetic’s Mother Your Diabetes video series presents diabetes wellness advice with a spoonful of motherly love. Listen to Mama Rose Marie on Diva TalkRadio and visit our Reading Room to see more of her tips.

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Easy Way To Diet

May 6, 2012

Divabetic’s Mother Your Diabetes video series presents diabetes wellness advice with a spoonful of motherly love. Listen to Mama Rose Marie on Diva TalkRadio and visit our Reading Room to see more of her tips. For more information go to:

How To Slim Down Your Overweight Dog

May 5, 2012

Pet owners dictate exactly how much kibble goes into those bowls each day — yet the majority of our pets are overweight. Perhaps those sad faces and lingering looks weaken our resolve. Whatever tactic your pet uses to score extra treats, a good offense often serves as the best defense.

Dog trainer Sarah Wilson offers this advice to help your dog shed excess baggage. “Feed the dogs in separate rooms and tether the one who finishes first,” says Wilson, author of the book “Childproofing Your Dog.” She also suggests tethering the overweight dog during meal time so it can’t scarf up another dog’s food.

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