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Sugary Drinks Linked to Diabetes

Consumption of at least 1 sugary drinks per day is significantly associated with the development of diabetes, according to a report by Vasanti S. Malik, ScD and his colleagues with the Harvard School of Public Heath, as reported in Diabetes Care.

Sugar-sweetened beverages were defined as soft drinks, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy and vitamin water, sweetened iced tea, punch, cordials, squashes and lemonade.  Not included were 100% fruit juices without added sweeteners.

Dr. Malik notes that although consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks has been associated with weight gain, their role in the development of diabetes has not been reviewed.  According to Dr. Malik and the researchers, the high content of rapidly absorbable carbohydrates in sugar-sweetened drinks may increase risk of diabetes not only through obesity, but also by increasing glycemic load, leading to insulin resistance and inflammation.

How About One Sugary Drink?

One single extra sugary drink has about 200 calories.  That is equivalent to a 20 pound weight gain per year.

This study further supports my reasons to stay away from sugar-sweetened beverages and switch to healthy alternatives, such as water. Get started with SmartforLife® today and lose weight fast.

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Poll Shows Obesity Top Threat to Children’s Health

obesityA new poll shows that adults consider obesity the number one threat to children’s health in the United States and many believe the problem is getting worse.

Almost 40% of the adults polled cited obesity as the biggest threat to youngsters and teenagers, followed by drug abuse, smoking, Internet safety and stress.

Dr. Matthews M. David, director of the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll says, “If we’d done this poll four years ago, obesity would not have been at the top of the list.”

Obesity rates among children and teens in the U.S. have skyrocketed in the last 30 years.  A 2008 study by the Centers for Disease Control showed nearly 1 in 5 children aged 6 to 11 and 18% of 12 to 19 years olds were obese.

Obesity is #1 Concern

The top 10 overall health concerns for U.S. children in 2010 and the percentage of adults who rate each as a “big problem” include:

1.  Childhood obesity – 38%
2.  Drug abuse – 30%
3.  Smoking – 29%
4.  Internet safety – 25%
5.  Stress – 24%
6.  Bullying – 23%
7.  Teen pregnancy – 23%
8.  Child abuse and neglect – 21%
9.  Alcohol abuse – 20%
10. Not enough opportunities for physical activity – 20%

Fifty-seven percent of adults that rate childhood obesity as a big problem for kids say it is “getting worse.”

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Study: Most Obese Moms, and Their Kids, Underestimate Their Weight

They underestimate their weight…With obesity and weight issues affecting nearly 2/3 of adults and 1/3 of children in the U.S., it seems to be changing our perception of what’s considered heavy.

Those who are carrying unhealthy extra pounds are more likely to see their weight as normal, and are therefore unlikely to feel the need to drop some of those pounds.

The latest indication for this was presented recently at an American Heart Association conference.  Columbia University researchers reported the preliminary results of a study that found that overweight mothers and children tend to underestimate their own – and each other’s – weight.

“A lot of their misperception has to do with the fact that overweight and obesity is becoming the norm,” says the lead author of the study, Nicole E. Dumas, M.D., an internal medicine resident at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York.

The study included 222 mostly Latino mothers and children who were recruited at a children’s health clinic in an urban setting.  The research team interviewed the participants about their medical history and social background and also measured their height, weight and BMI (body mass index).

Almost 2/3 of the mothers were overweight or obese.  Nearly 40% of the children, who ranged in age from 7 to 13, were also overweight or obese.  The vast majority of the overweight people weighed more than they thought they did — and the heavier they were, the more likely they were to underestimate their weight.

82% of the obese women underestimated their weight, compared with 43% of overweight and 13% of normal-weight women.  Likewise, 86% of overweight or obese children failed to correctly estimate their weight, compared with just 15% of normal-weight children.

“There was a trend that showed that as women became more and more overweight, and then obese, the larger the misperception of true body weight was,” says Dumas. “Unfortunately, we found this was the case with the children as well.”

The participants’ misperceptions were not limited to how they viewed themselves.  Almost ½ of the mothers who had an overweight child believed their child’s weight to be normal.  And even though more than 80% of the women were overweight, only 41% of the children thought their moms needed to lose weight. So you see it was very easy for them to underestimate their weight.

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MotherTalk Product Review of SmartforLife®

Many of us constantly strive to reach our “ideal” weights, while navigating soccer carpools, business trips and bedtime stories often get in the way of our achieving results. Healthy eating on the go and exercising suffer when schedules become busier, and sorting through the plethora of products and services in the market proves an overwhelming, time-consuming effort in itself.  Now with the help of innovative products from  Smart for Life, we may finally achieve those ever-elusive weight loss goals.

The SmartforLife cookie diet bars are infused with a special HeroFiber and heart-healthy vitamins, works naturally to suppress your appetite. The soluble dietary fiber helps maintain normal levels of cholesterol, glucose and insulin and promotes slower absorption so we feel fuller longer.

Smart for Life Cookies offer great snacking on the go, containing necessary nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids and HeroFiber, with zero trans fat and making you feel fuller quicker. Adopting a new 7-meals-per-day schedule featuring 6 cookies plus a balanced dinner allows your body to maintain steady blood sugar and glucose levels, and to burn more fat for a longer portion of the day. For variety, Smart for Life also offers soups, shakes and bagels.
You can learn more about the Smart for Life products, developed by physician Dr. Sasson Moulavi, at www.smartforlife.com.

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Here’s what MotherTalk reviewers are saying about Smart for Life:

Motherhood Moment says: “The concept of Smart for Life is simple: eat cookies and lose weight. They are specially formulated cookies that are high protein and fiber to keep you feeling full. The products are all natural and are made with 60% organic ingredients.”

OTC Soukii says: “My result: I lost 5 pounds the week I tried the products and included 4 workouts at my gym.”

kirida reviews says: “The cupcakes were very tasty and much bigger than I had imagined. They were little cups that had a warm and rich taste. Often cupcakes are more flighty, tasty but without the substance that keeps me hungry for more. They were filling and sweet, a perfect way to introduce anyone to this diet.”

The Plus Size Mommy says: “I can DEFINITELY say that in my experience I have noticed my need to eat has been a lot less. Also, I can say in my experience this past week I have lost 4 pounds!”

Hip Mama’s Place says: “I have trouble controlling my eating these days and underWAY supplement drinks could be my answer to naturally suppress my appetite! And, it’s really a thirst quencher too. I love the Acai-Pomegranate flavor the best!”

Dagmar’s momsense says: “The drinks work to naturally suppress your appetite, and I have to say that I was skeptic but they did seem to curb my appetite and I liked the flavors.”

Life is like champagne… says: “I tried the Grape and the Acaci-Pomegranate drinks and both flavors were refreshing and did not have that sweet after taste that you often get with supplement drinks.  My favorite was the Acaci-Pomegranate as it was light, and a nice flavor.  I was surprised how it did make me feel full for a long time.”

Dragonflies ‘n Daydreams says: “I fell in LOVE with the Chocolate Mountain Cupcakes. Can you spell Y-U-M-M-Y? Oh just thinking about them make me wanna go in there and eat one. ”

KatyShops says: “Conclusion – these are a great way for a busy person to keep their diet in check.  They do all of the thinking for you – you just eat.”

Fictionary says: “What’s more, its unique ingredients stimulate your stomach, telling your brain you’ve consumed more calories that you really have which, with underWAY, is almost zero!”

Mommy’s Must Haves says: “All of these products are designed to work together, with the solid foods being interchangeable in the diet to provide some variety.”

1stopmom says:  “They are made to satisfy your hunger while helping you gain control over your cravings throughout the day. They did that for me.  Six cookies come in a package that you eat every two hours or when you feel hungry. I am a big snack person so this is perfect for me. Just remember to warm them up in the microwave.”

MommyMandy says: “I do like the idea of the products have a normal lever of glucose and insulin because I know how important it is to not consume too much because your body can’t handle too much glucose and insulin.”

Everyday Linasea says: “One of the great things about the cookies and the cupcakes is that they’re very portable. I threw a few in a baggie, stuck them in my purse and ran off to gymnastics and swimming lessons. Kept me away from the snack bar!”

Lille Pumkin’ Reviews says: “My favorite is the carrot muffin — they were like a tiny carrot cake.  A little dry right out of the package, the directions recommend that you microwave it for a few seconds for the best flavor, and I agree.  With 10 seconds in the micro, they came out soft, warm, and the frosting very gooey.  These were delish!”

Gloria’s Place says: “The Acai-Pomegranate drinks were absolutely delicious. So were the Smart For Life chocolate chip cookies. I really enjoyed eating these for a late night snack and having one between each meal or instead of a meal.”

The Champagne Living says: “…if you tend to overeat from hunger, these can be a great way to help lose those extra pounds.”

Musings from Me says: “We liked that the products were packaged in small packs. The size of the package was small enough for me to eat in 2 days or the whole family to eat in one sitting.”

Watch Us Grow! says: “Now, I didn’t follow the cookie diet program. But guess what? I still lost 2 lbs over the course of time I was testing these products! Made me wonder what would happen if I really did stick to the diet.”

Mom of 2 Dancers Reviews says: “I took one to drink on the way to working at a Tigers baseball game yesterday.  If the games are busy, it is really hard to find the time to take a break to eat something.  Since we are near food at all times, it is really hard not to want to eat!  The Underway drink totally took away my hunger.  It was pretty cool!  I also tend to get hungry around 10 or 11 at night.  I’m more of a night person, but have heard eating late is bad for you.  The Underway takes away those night cravings!  This product is really cool.”

Dana Reviews says: “My husband tried the Momma’s Chicken Noodle soup and loved it! He said it was the best “diet” soup he’d ever tasted. And the Smart Bagels are so darn good. I wish I had two packages of those!”

ECing and Attachment Parenting says: “My favorite of all of them were the chocolate chip cookies.  They were soft, and when eat them and drank one of the under-WAY waters at the same time, they were not only edible, but pretty yummy.”

Homeschool Parent says: “I have never found “diet food” to be particularly yummy, but so far everything I’ve tasted has been super yummy!  I especially liked the shakes and the carrot sunshine cupcakes.”

The Parents with Style says: “Easy for a busy bee who feels they don’t have time to make healthy food from scratch. While I was taste testing all of these foods, I figured that they would all taste like cardboard. Well, I was wrong they actually had a nice flavor and were easy to eat.”

Cuddle Cottage says: “Before you start feeling awful for me and my endless cycle of failed diets, let me tell you about a breakthrough in this sad cycle. I’ve shed a several pounds over the last week and a half! I am so excited! My will power cannot take all (actually any) of the credit. I have had help in the form of some great products from underWAY and Smart for Life.”

Brain Shrinking, Overeating and Weight Loss

Overeating and Weight LossIn an overeating and weight loss study done at the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, Department of Neurology,  (LONI) has shown that people with body mass index (BMI) in the obese range have a shrinking of brain size in older age of about 8%.  People who are just overweight have a 4% decrease in size later in life.

Although these changes are measured later in life, the changes begin in midlife.  This association was also seen with people who had type 2 diabetes.  It is important to note that it has been reported that overweight people have a higher frequency of cognitive pathology later in life.

Overeating and Weight Loss Comparisons

I urge all of you who are overweight and obese to realize what your habits are doing to your brain.  I am also worried that we will see a similar affect in our obese children but at much younger ages, possibly a shrinking of 10% by the age of 45 if the child was obese starting at age 10, for example.

This study, which has been largely ignored by the media, was well done and very relevant, in my opinion, but the media would rather talk about the latest celebrity scandal.  I urge the media to talk about this study and sensitize the public to this very important fact.

I have had many clients tell me they feel depressed and less sharp when they are having overeating and weight loss  struggles.  Remarkably many patients tell me they  “think “ better when they lose weight and eat healthier.

Lose weight.  Save your brain

Dr. Sass Moulavi
M.D., LMCC, ABBM
Medical Director
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Another Reason To Keep Your Kids Away From Soda

keep your kids away from sodaYou’ve heard me talk about it before but there is yet again another study that shows how bad soda is for your kids and that you need to keep your kids away from soda.

Besides adding to childhood obesity, a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics shows 75% of children aged 5 to 12 consume caffeine and it may be keeping them up at one night.  And what is the primary source of their caffeine?  You guessed it – soda.  And the more caffeine the children had, the less they slept.

“I would suggest that parents simply be prudent and regulate the amount of caffeine their children consume,” says study author William J. Warzak, PhD, a professor of psychology in the department of pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical in Omaha. “They will not be the worse for wear if their caffeine consumption is restricted,” he says. The caffeine in the children’s diet came mainly from soft drinks.

So what is a moderate amount of caffeine in a 5-year-old or 10-year-old? “I don’t think we know the answer to that question,” he says.

“Most of the research into the health effects of caffeine has been with adults [and] there really is very little pertaining to children,” he says. “The FDA has not established recommended amounts of caffeine consumption in children, although the Canadian government has issued such guidelines and our respondents indicated that quite a few children push those limits.”

Avram Traum, MD, a pediatric nephrologist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston, tells WebMD.com that the amount of caffeine children consumed in this and other studies is “shocking, staggering, and disturbing.”

Other Reasons To Keep Your Kids Away From Soda:

The new study looked at how caffeine may affect sleep and bed-wetting, but drinking so much soda may also have an effect on obesity and diseases associated with obesity, including high blood pressure in children, he says.

“There is no reason that school-aged children need caffeine. Period,” he says. The occasional cup of soda on a special occasion is OK, but children should not drink caffeine on a daily basis.

“Sodas are junk food and have no nutritional value,” says Charles Shubin, MD, director of pediatrics at Mercy FamilyCare, a division of Family Health Centers of Baltimore.

Ihuoma U. Eneli, MD, medical director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, is surprised at the amount of caffeine that children in the new study took in.

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Is Being A Junkie Making You Chunky?

Does Junkie Equal Chunky?

junkie and chunkyA new study by researcher Paul Kenny of the Scripps Research Institute has found that those fatty foods you enjoy so much may be as addictive as cocaine and heroin.

The scientists allowed lab rats to stuff themselves round-the-clock on foods such as bacon, sausage and sweet treats and found that it caused addiction-like responses in their brains similar to the reaction rats addicted to cocaine and heroin exhibited in previous studies. These responses can lead to bad eating habits and you getting chunky.

They suspect these same chemical changes that occurred in the rats when they were overeating may also occur in humans.  Paul Kenney explains, “People know intuitively that there’s more to [overeating] than just willpower.  There’s a system in the brain that’s been turned on or over-activated and that’s driving it at some subconscious level.”

Food addiction, like any other addiction, is a challenge to overcome.  Treat it as seriously as you would any other medical condition or addiction.  Eating a Smart for Life cookie instead of the fatty meal will keep you in check and keep you from getting chunky.  You cannot cure it, but you can certainly control it.  It could save your life. See Our Products

Racer Wins After Losing 70 Pounds on SmartforLife Cookie Diet

Summer of 2008, Dominic Aubrey of Quebec, Canada, weighed over 300 pounds and could barely fit into his motorcycle racing suit.  In December 2008, Aubrey began the Smart for Life Cookie Diet losing 70 pounds in five months.  This month, Aubrey’s racing season has improved bringing in a 4th place on the first race this year and winning the Class Championship in 2009.

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Smart for Life cookie diet is proud to sponsor Mr. Aubrey during his 2010 Racing Season,” said Dr. Sasson Moulavi, M.D.  “His dedication to improving his weight has also earned him a healthy body, confidence and determination to win.  Many of our clients experience this same transformation and I couldn’t be happier to encourage and support Dominic’s winning season – both on the track and off!”

Aubrey continues to eat the Smart for Life products in order to reach his goal weight. In addition, he incorporates into his day 2-3 appetite suppressing underWAYTM beverages made by Smart for Life’s sister company Better Health Beverage.

“Before losing the weight, I was happy to just finish a race without fainting,” says Aubrey.  “I now perform well thru the whole race weekend and even won my class championship, no doubt due to my new, healthy lifestyle.”

SmartforLife® cookies are made without toxic preservatives, are 60% organic, and include a proprietary Super Fiber blend known as HeroFiber.   HeroFiberTM is also used in a drink its sister company Better Health Beverage launched called underWAY.  Many people use the cookies not just for weight loss but as a healthy meal replacement that is easy, convenient and actually costs less than they currently spend on food.

About SmartforLife Cookie Diet

SmartforLife cookie diet is a comprehensive weight management approach to health and wellness which utilizes natural, hunger-controlling foods to deliver visible results. The company was started by Sasson Moulavi, M.D., “Dr. Sass,” on the principle of improving people’s lives by providing a quick, safe, easy and affordable means of weight control. Smart for Life’s e-commerce program provides an accessible weight-loss management program to consumers across the country.  In addition, the over 30 weight-loss centers each staffed with a medical doctor and provide in-person counsel to consumers supporting the e-commerce program as well as the medical program.  Over the past 7 years, Smart for Life Cookie Diet has helped hundreds of thousands of people lose millions of pounds – improving their health, appearance and happiness.

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Junk Food Is Everywhere

potato-chips-junk-foodJunk food is now everywhere on our planet.  High in calories but low in nutritional value, junk food is available in the most unlikely places:  museums, cruise ships, city parks, and school hallway vending machines.  It is inescapable in grocery stores and fast-food restaurants.

In all children 12-18 years old, critical growth, bond building and amassing of nutrients such as calcium are taking place.  Your grandchild’s body will never be as efficient at performing those functions to ensure a healthy future as it is while they are teens.  Eating large amounts of junk food has far-reaching consequences.  Here are just a few:

 

  • Teens have greater access to junk food and more control over how they spend money than your younger grandchildren.  Teens who fill up on empty calories will have less appetite for a nutritious main meal, and it’s unlikely they are taking in all the nutrients necessary for growth and development.  Key nutrients such as calcium from dairy and protein from meats help bones and muscles strengthen and grow.
  • Teens who don’t consume enough of the needed nutrients tend to feel fatigued.  This can lead to poor concentration and test performance.  Instead, encourage them to eat “brain foods” such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables and dairy foods that are rich in vitamin D and calcium.
  • Weight gain is a consequence of regularly consuming high-fat, high-sugar and high-calorie junk food.  Kids who become overweight or obese during adolescence are likely to maintain an unhealthy weight as adults, with associated healthy consequences that include heart disease, diabetes, joint problems, poor self-esteem and even cancer.  By encouraging healthy food choices during your grandchild’s teenage years, you can give them a higher chance of a healthy adult life.

 Tips to help your teen eat more healthy with less junk food:

  1. If you must have fast-food, choose a fast-food restaurant that offers healthier choices.  And no matter where you are, opt for food and beverages that are high in nutrients.  Avoid sweetened beverages and fried foods.  Good choices include: freshly squeezed orange juice, whole-wheat bagel, bean burrito, pizza topped with veggies, grilled chicken sandwich on a whole grain bun.
  2. Look for products low in sugar, high fructose corn syrup, refined grains and partially hydrogenated oils.  Choose a 100 percent whole-wheat cracker made with canola oil, for example or snack on a cheeses and fruit plate instead of a bowl of cheese puffs.
  3. Limit TV viewing when the grandkids visit.  Certain shows seem to attract more junk food commercials than others, so you might want to discourage your grandkids from watching these shows.  Get them involved in outdoor activities!

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