Posts Tagged ‘weight gain’

Holiday Foods

Marie Browning, Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Holistic Life Coach, recently sent out these helpful tips for making healthy food choices during the holiday season.  We like her suggestions so much that we’re passing them on to you word for word:

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. . . the holiday grazing has begun!  The average person will gain 3-6 pounds over the next three weeks, and most will keep the weight permanently.  Having some effective strategies for holiday eating can make it easier to avoid this and can help you feel better in the process.  Below are some tips I hope will be useful for you.

Shopping and errands

Always have a meal plan for the day. Decide ahead of time if and where to stop for lunch. Natural food grocery store cafes are great places to try new foods while enjoying salad, soup, and hot food bars. Sitting down for a real meal gives everyone a break and encourages wiser food choices.

Keep an insulated bag in the car pre-packed with crackers, nuts, nut butter packets, and water. My bag also holds small paring knife, a cloth napkin (to protect clothing), and a spoon & fork.  By grabbing cheese, fruit, or yogurt as I go out the door, I avoid getting too hungry between meals.  I take along my favorite tea in an insulated mug, too, which saves money and avoids temptation.  You know how it goes, you stop for coffee, buy a mocha latte, and the muffins smell good, and you’re tired, and … before you know it, you’ve spent $15, and a day’s allotment of calories! An hour later, you’re crashing and cranky. Or, the kids are fussy and you pull into the nearest junkfood-land joint.  Planning ahead eliminates these scenarios altogether.

Park as far away from store entrances as possible to slip extra steps into the day, and take the stairs whenever you can.  All those 1 minute jaunts can really add up.

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Massage Increases Weight Gain in Pre-Term Infants

This month’s Journal of Perinatology published an interesting study by the Department of Neonatology at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. The study found that massage with is a relatively simple and inexpensive intervention that can improve weight gain in selected preterm infants.

None of us would want to be the any of the babies in the control group! (The ones not receiving massage.)

Read more at PubMed.com:
“Massage with kinesthetic stimulation improves weight gain in preterm infants.” Journal of Perinatology: official journal of the California Perinatal Association 2009 May;29(5):352-7. PMID: 19148112