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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.”

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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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SmartforLife® Diet Cookie Found To Be Most Filling Cookie

Smart for Life® Diet Proclaimed Most Filling Cookie by Chatelaine Magazine

June 2, 2010 – BOCA RATON, FL – The trailblazing company whose Smart for Life® weight management products featuring the cookie diet component was recently named the “Most Filling Cookie” in the May Health Spotlight of Chatelaine Magazine, Canada’s leading women’s media brand read by 1 in every 3 women in the country.

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Smart for Life® continues to receive multiple awards including an 87% User Rating on the website DietsInReview.com.

In addition, Doctors Scientific Organica (DSO), the baking facility where the products are manufactured, meets the rigorous requirements from a variety of certifications including NSF’s Cook & Thurber, audited to the highest food safety standards in the industry. Also, DSO was recently awarded a perfect score during an inspection from Randolph Associates, an independent auditing company.  The Smart for Life® Cookie Diet bakery achieved a perfect score for remaining pest-free for the last 12 months, thus earning this prestigious recognition.

“The Smart for Life® team continues to strive to maintain the highest of food safety standards since we manufacture products that people eat.  Our team understands how the foods we make improve people’s health while helping them to lose weight.  This dedication makes us the leader in our industry,” said Dr. Sass Moulavi, Founder and Medical Director of Smart for Life®.

 

Smart for Life® cookies are made without toxic preservatives, are 60% organic, and include a proprietary Super Fiber blend known as HeroFiberTM.   HeroFiberTM is also used in a drink its sister company Better Health Beverage launched called underWAYTM.  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.

 

“You don’t often see a food or beverage company that has a board certified medical doctor, who is also a weight loss specialist, on staff and involved in developing products. Our company does, and because of this we continue to develop great products that win us praise,” added Richard Kayne, COO of Smart for Life®.

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Smart for Life Continues to Support Charitable Organizations

Company Sponsors 3rd Unicorn Children’s Foundation Event in Boca Raton, FL.                                                                                                                                                 

Smart for Life Supports Unicorn Children FoundationThe trailblazing company whose Smart for Life cookie diet products have become the fastest growing weight management company in America, and its sister company Better Health Beverage with the new appetite suppressing beverage underWAYTM, are proud to announce its ongoing sponsorship of the Unicorn Children’s Foundation, a local charity.  The most recent event, “2nd Annual Denim, Diamonds and Dice Casino” in April raised over $50,000 in donations for Unicorn.  Along with other functions, in December 2008, Smart for Life® was the event’s presenting sponsor of Unicorn’s “The Fabulous You!” which raised over $250,000 at Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach.

The Unicorn Children’s Foundation is dedicated to assisting children and young adults with developmental, communication and learning disorders through education, awareness, and research.  Over the last decade, there has been a steady and startling increase in the number of children diagnosed with developmental, communication, and learning disorders. Approximately 1 out of every 5 children is impacted by challenges associated with these disorders (i.e., autism and ADHD).

“We feel honored to continue to support such an important and worthy charity in our area,” said Richard Kayne, CEO of Better Health Beverage and Smart for Life®. “Seeing the impact our donations make to the Unicorn Children’s Foundation is not only heartwarming but necessary as the children affected by these disorders increases every year.  We also believe healthy eating and avoiding obesity contributes to overall health and wellness.”

In addition to Unicorn, Smart for Life and Better Health Beverage have also contributed to various other local charities including the March of Dimes Palm Beach Division, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Tour de Broward, Jacob’s Run, Walk & Roll to Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Habitat for Humanity, The Young Dancer Foundation of South Florida, Brandon Flowers Youth Sports Camp and many more.

UnderWAY’s key ingredient HeroFiber was developed by Dr. Sasson Moulavi (Dr. Sass), M.D., a Board Certified Bariatric Physician and graduate of University of Toronto and McGill University, who has dedicated his life’s work to finding easily palatable solutions to help Americans curb their hunger. HeroFiber helps to fill the stomach and reduce hunger pains, allowing dieters to consume less.  In addition to all the healthy appetite suppressing fiber in every 16oz. naturally flavored underWAY bottle, the three all-natural flavors – Acai-Pomegranate, Grape and Orange – have consumers raving about the taste.  With a mere 10 (low glycemic) calories per serving, and no hidden sugars, sodium or caffeine, underWAY™ is truly the healthy way to put hunger on hold.

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Double Calamity Of Childhood Obesity Ignored By Parents

childhood obesityThere are many pitfalls to childhood obesity. Health and emotional problems plaguing the next generations must be addressed now. Millions of kids who are obese will likely suffer from verbal abuse, societal ostracism, stigmas, health problems and eventually die at a young age. The double calamity will occur if parents continue to avoid the problem and ignore the cries for help from our children declares Dr. Sasson Moulavi, M.D., founder of the Smart for Life® Cookie Diet and its children’s lifestyle program THINADVENTURE™.

“I am amazed by the lack of concern I see from parents about childhood obesity,” said Dr. Sass. “They have either given up or push the problem to the back of their minds. Instead, they should be shouting from the rooftops for help.”

Dr. Sass is constantly shocked by the amount of parents who ignore their own weight problems instead of losing weight as a great example. Being obese has become normal in our society; notice the size increase in transportation seating, furniture, even caskets. Dr. Sass equates it to walking around with a 40-pound tumor in your abdomen and not seeking help.

The Parents Control The Childhood Obesity With The Food they Provide

Most overweight adults have a choice when it comes to food. Kids do not. They are obese due to circumstances beyond their control. Adults, who are also parents, working in the food manufacturing industry (formulator, manufacturer, supermarket merchandiser, etc.) start a chain of unhealthy choices. Poor quality foods are everywhere – on store shelves and in school cafeterias providing poor quality snacks to fill children’s bellies but not meet nutritional requirements.

Overweight and obese kids will not only die younger from childhood obesity but suffer from more diseases than if they were at a healthy weight. Dr. Sass explains, “This is our first calamity – Global Warming and the War on Terror will be a small mosquito bite compared to this growing cancer.”

The second calamity is the emotional suffering overweight kids experience as teens. A collective body of research clearly indicates that obese children are stigmatized and subject to discrimination by their peers. This emotional suffering is very intense and severe. (Schwartz and Puhl, 2003; Strauss and Pollack, 2003).

To start correcting these childhood obesity problems, parents need to take a stand with their kids and then with all channels involved in the food manufacturing industry. Enormous as the problem is, it will only increase in size as it becomes the norm in our society. Eventually, these generations will become adults who fall victim to our neglect.

Dr. Sass urges adults to correct the problems first with their own kids. “If you work together as a family, it’s easier. Seek advice from your pediatrician, school, and companies such as ours who have plans that not only work but are easy-to-follow. Commit to this plan – not just for a week or two, but for long term. Giving up will only show you are weak and your kids will suffer.”

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Dr. Sass Featured In March-April 2010 Parade’s Healthy Style

We are pleased to share that Dr. Sass is featured in the March / April 2010 issue of Parade’s Healthy Style Magazine.

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Let’s Move! Creating Awareness Of Childhood Obesity

Dr. Sasson Moulavi, M.D. Commends the First Lady And Puts The Childhood Obesity Blame On The Parents.

Boca Raton, FL – February 16, 2010 – First Lady Michelle Obama has announced her new campaign against childhood obesity -Let’s Move!  And that’s just what she wants children to do.  And just because she knows the big man in the White House, do not expect the government to fund this initiative.

Boca Raton DoctorBariatric physician Dr. Sasson “Dr. Sass” Moulavi says, “I commend the First Lady for making people more aware of childhood obesity.  It’s an epidemic, an epidemic that was created by irresponsible food companies, parents and government.”

The first lady’s campaign has four parts: helping parents make better food choices, serving healthier food in school, making healthy food more available and affordable, and encouraging children to exercise more. Nowhere in her campaign does she mention that any government aide will be allocated for this initiative.

What parents need to realize is their child’s weight is their responsibility.  The first item on Mrs. Obama’s agenda is helping parents make better food choices.  This puts the problem right in the parents’ laps.  The government is not making these food choices for your child.  You are the parent.

Dr. Sass expresses his concern:  “My worry is some parents will sit back and wait for the government to come up with a magic plan.  It is not going to happen.  Although First Lady Michelle Obama may create awareness, parents need to realize they must take the initiative now.  They have to stop waiting for a solution to fall from the sky.  That’s just magical thinking.

“Unfortunately it comes down to money.  We all understand that your local municipal, state and federal governments are all underwater financially when it comes to school lunch programs.  It is cheaper to provide an eight cent doughnut than a healthy meal.  This is a budgetary choice without your children’s health and nutritional needs in mind.  As for the parents providing healthy nutrition in the house, the same food choices confront them in the supermarket and unfortunately the unhealthy, artificial foods are less expensive than the healthy foods”

As parents, you need to take the first step in helping your child have a strong and healthy future free of childhood obesity.  

About Smart For Life

Smart for Life® 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 is the hallmark of the business, providing an accessible weight-loss management program to consumers across the country.  In addition, over 30 weight-loss centers provide in-person counsel to consumers supporting the e-commerce program as well as the in-center medical weight loss program.

Get started on the Smart for Life weight management system today!

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