Food Is Not Your Enemy

“Banana Thing”: Best Breakfast Ever
March 26, 2010, 9:48 am
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My younger daughter does this thing where she eats the same breakfast every single day for six months. Luckily her current favorite is one of the healthiest breakfasts I can imagine. We call it “Banana Thing,” and here’s how to make it …

Peel a banana and slice it in half length-wise. Spread some natural peanut butter (or other nut butter) on one half, and put the other half back on top, like you’re making a sandwich. Spoon some plain yogurt (we use the 0% Fage Greek yogurt) on top of the banana. Drizzle with pure maple syrup or honey. Sprinkle your favorite muesli cereal on top.


Nut Butters: Safe or Scary?

If your kid is like most, chances are she eats a lot of peanut butter. And that’s generally a good thing: PB is rich in monounsaturated fats, which helps keep cholesterol down, and studies have shown that people who regularly eat peanut butter or nuts are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes or heart disease. And, while somewhat counterintuitive since they’re pretty calorie-dense, eating nuts can help with weight control.

But are all peanut butters created equal? And what about almond butter, or those chocolate hazelnut spreads — are they a good choice for your family? Read my latest column on AOL’s ParentDish to find out.

One-Week Detox Program Now Available
March 23, 2010, 10:00 am
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Thanks to everyone who joined me for my free spring detox teleclass! The one-week detox–using real food, not powders or pills–is now available as a regular program offering.

A terrific way to kickstart weight loss, easily identify potential food sensitivities/allergies, and put an end to your caffeine or sugar addiction, my weeklong detox program is just what you need if you’re looking to hit the reset button and potentially lose between 5 and 10 pounds quickly. During the detox program, you’ll be focusing on foods and drinks that will help you regain balance and shed the toxins in your system, and you’ll eliminate the things that are placing stress on your digestive system and therefore your whole body. This is nothing like the “Master Cleanse” or similar programs that require you to fast or subsist on powders or pills. You will be eating real food. Contact me today for more details and to sign up.

Last Chance to Sign Up: Free Spring Detox Teleclass March 22 at 8 p.m. ET
March 22, 2010, 11:29 am
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Tonight, Monday, March 22 at 8 p.m. ET, is my free spring detox teleclass. During the detox program that I’ll be outlining in my teleclass, you will be focusing on foods and drinks that will help you regain balance and shed the toxins in your system, and you’ll eliminate the things that are placing stress on your digestive system and therefore your whole body.

There’s still time to sign up: If you’d like to get on the call, simply click here and provide me with your full name, e-mail address, and phone number. I will then e-mail you the call-in information.

Should Doritos, But Not Homemade Carrot Cake, Be Allowed at Bake Sales? Parents Stage Protest

In an effort to tackle the rampant problem of childhood obesity, New York City officials have decided that homemade baked goods should no longer be allowed at school bake sales. Bwuuuah?

Even weirder, what IS allowed are such processed, unhealthy foods as Reduced Fat Cool Ranch Doritos and Stacy’s Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips. Why? Because these products have nutrition labels and meet city Health Department guidelines on calories, fat, and sodium.

By banning homemade products, the city is, perhaps unintentionally, endorsing junk food made with such suspect ingredients as MSG and high-fructose corn syrup, ingredients you won’t see in any cupcake or muffin made by a parent at home. The fact that these foods come with a nutrition label does not make them any better for our kids.

Laura Shapiro, a food historian and author, told The New York Times that the city’s argument was “exactly the kind of thinking that sent us down the road of packaged, industrial junk food in the first place.”

Many parents are outraged by this new regulation, and are staging a “bake-in” at City Hall on Thursday in protest.

New Jersey Woman’s Fantasy Is to Weigh 1,000 Pounds
March 17, 2010, 9:21 am
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Donna Simpson of Old Bridge, New Jersey, currently weighs 604 pounds. But that’s not enough for her. Or her boyfriend.

The 42-year-old mother is aiming to get into the Guinness World Records book by becoming the fattest living woman in the world, according to a report in the New York Post.

To achieve that goal, she downs about 12,000 calories a day–six times more than an average woman should.

Simpson claims she can eat 70 pieces of sushi, her favorite food, in one sitting. To help defray the costs of her $750-a-week food bill, she will allow people to watch her eat on the Internet, for a fee.

Simpson’s boyfriend is completely supportive of her goal to gain another 400 pounds, she says.

She has a 3-year-old daughter, and weighed 532 pounds when she gave birth.

Reminder: I will be running a free spring detox teleclass on March 22 at 8 p.m. ET. If you’d like to get on the call, simply register here.  You will then be e-mailed the call-in information.

Best and Worst Foods to Eat on the Subway
March 11, 2010, 12:36 pm
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While subway riders in New York City are technically not allowed to eat anything on the train, we all know that many of us do. Sometimes it can be tough avoid, like if you have a job interview during your lunch hour and need to cram some calories in before you arrive. But there are smart ways to eat, and gross ways to eat while riding the rails. Here are some tips:

4 Worst Foods to Eat on the Subway:

Cheetos/Doritos/potato chips/French fries. For the sake of your health, but more importantly, the sake of your fellow riders, avoid eating anything that will leave orange powder or grease all over your fingers. Because you know it’ll all end up on the pole.

Complicated sandwiches. Lettuce and tomato and veggies on a sandwich are usually a good thing, but on the subway, this is a no no. The last thing you want to be eating while the car is lurching up Broadway is a sandwich that will inevitably dump some of its ingredients onto your lap or the floor. Bacon strips on a sammy can be a problem for this reason too.

Hot meat or fish. New York is full of vegetarians. Full. As well as people who just about gag at the smell of fish in close quarters. To avoid stinking up the car and inducing nausea in others, save the burger or tuna run for later.

Soda/Snapple. Soft drinks are not a good choice ever, really (empty calories), but on the subway? We can really all do without your bottle rolling to and fro and hitting people in the feet when you’re done. The only thing worse than a runaway empty on the subway is the person who cuts their nails during the morning commute.

4 Best Foods to Eat on the Subway:

Dried fruit and nuts. Healthy, easy to eat, not messy, filling.

Cut veggies. Pop open a Tupperware of pre-cut veggies, maybe even with some hummus in there for dipping, and you’ve got another non-messy and healthy snack.

Peanut butter sandwich. As far as sandwiches go, peanut butter, either plain or with jelly or honey, is the way to go. No runaway condiments.

Smoothie. Pack a homemade smoothie into a thermos or commuter cup and you’ve got a filling and very quick-to-consume mini-meal.

Happy riding and eating!