The ‘Busy’ Trap

I read this N.Y. Times article today that really hit home called “The ‘Busy’ Trap.”

While I don’t feel like I’m someone who always immediately responds that I’m ‘so busy,’ when asked how I’m doing, it’s certainly something I hear a lot — even people I just met at the conference I attended talked about this.

Like the article said, it’s like a badge of honor in some circles to be ‘so busy’ — and I sometimes feel guilty for not being as busy as others; as though by not being ‘so busy’ my work isn’t valued. But that isn’t true, either. Continue reading “The ‘Busy’ Trap”

Weight Issues Around the World

I’m copying Tara Parker-Pope’s New York Times/The Well blog post (Weight Issues Around the World) verbatim because there was no use in rewriting something like this.

Clearly, the U.S. isn’t the only country obsessed with weight (or struggling with it).

And that news doesn’t exactly make me happy to hear.

Sadly, obesity is a growing global epidemic, and much of it is fueled by inactivity and over-eating, coupled with economic hardships — a trifecta for disaster. Continue reading “Weight Issues Around the World”

NYTimes — Goal for the Obese: Zero Weight Gain

Check out my latest blog post over at WeAretheRealDeal.com, “NYTimes — Goal for the Obese: Zero Weight Gain.” You can also read it here after the jump. Continue reading “NYTimes — Goal for the Obese: Zero Weight Gain”

2 Great NYTimes.com Articles to Share

Friends have shared these two articles with me recently that I wanted to pass along. Since I still have zero energy and my brain cells seem to be dying by the day here as I sit here and try to get better … I’m not going to analyze them but rather just share them, verbatim. I’d love to know what you think, though!!

The first, courtesy of Allison, is “Training the Mind to Run Right Through Winter.”
-The premise here is that while some people stop their exercise routines in cold weather, there are also people who continue to push through. I know I tend to prefer indoor workouts when it’s really cold out, but then when it’s a nice-ish winter day, I love to squeeze in a bike ride, run or walk–it can feel invigorating. I don’t mind the cold, so much as snow/ice. How about you? Do you run or exercise outdoors regardless of the weather?

The second, courtesy of Yasmin, is “Why Exercise Doesn’t Lead to Weight Loss.”
-The premise here is that exercising can help with maintenance but doesn’t necessarily boost weight loss. I agree with that assessment; I know eating less is really what helped me lose weight and that if I didn’t work out the way I do (when healthy and not with H1N1, that is) I’d probably have gained it ALL back vs. just some of it. How about you? Do you think exercise helped you lose or maintain better?

Thanks, girls, for your contributions. How did you know these would come in handy? 🙂

“Pregorexia”

Reading about pregorexia (a term often used to describe preoccupation with weight control through extreme dieting and exercising while pregnant) in a recent New York Times blog post Cathy shared with me, “During Pregnancy, Starving for Two” just made me want to cry.

Part of the reason I’m on this journey to be past my disordered eating behaviors is so I can someday 1) get pregnant and 2) carry and deliver a healthy baby and 3) be a good role model of a mom to my children.

I know every day I don’t engage in DE behaviors makes me one step closer to this someday being a real possiblity: that this will be in my past. Every day I choose to be kind to my body, fuel it well, work it moderately … I’m doing my body, mind and soul a favor. Continue reading ““Pregorexia””

Good Read

A friend passed this article on to me from Sunday’s New York Times, called Bingeing On Celebrity Weight Battles.”

Definitely a good read that speaks to pretty much the cover of every celebrity rag out there. The article made some really valid points.

I know that I fall victim to reading the celebrity rags for entertainment, but I am so sick of seeing every celebrity moaning about their weight, or going on some crash diet and then “reappearing” looking thin again, saying they felt “massive” or “huge” at their former weight (i.e., often my weight, or worse, my weight when I was at goal, which was not maintainable for me anyway!!) Continue reading “Good Read”

Breaking Bread

Kind of off-topic post, but interesting nonetheless for our foodies out there.

The New York Time’s food critic, Frank Bruni, wrote this blog post today, Our Nightly Bread, which explores a positive side to restaurants charging for bread and butter these days.

As someone who loves, loves, loves warm crusty bread dunked in deliciously-herbed olive oil at good Italian restaurants (but could easily pass it up if it’s sub-par) I thought it was worth sharing.

Take a read and let me know what you think about charging for bread during tough economic times.

As for me, I’d rather pay for it and get the good, good stuff, then see a stale, wasted basket taking up space on the table!

Kids and “Bad” Food Anxiety?!

26food_1-6501I found this recent New York Times article that piqued my interest, called, “What’s Eating Our Kids? Fears About ‘Bad’ Foods.”

I want my kids someday (when I have them) to have a healthy relationship with food. I want them to know fruits and veggies and whole grains and low-fat dairy are yummy, but I also don’t want them to freak out if someone offers them an ice cream cone. I want them to be able to enjoy the special treat without another kid (or mother) commenting.

I’m not a mom yet, but I still have an opinion on this: it’s one thing to encourage healthy eating habits (recently Michelle Obama’s been talking a lot about how her family find that balance between health and pleasure with respect to food), but it’s another thing to ban foods altogether — which can lead to binge eating behavior later in life or an unhealthy relationship with food (like I’ve experienced). Continue reading “Kids and “Bad” Food Anxiety?!”

The Health Halo

20078I found a great article in Tuesday’s Health section of the New York Times, titled “Health Halo Can Hide the Calories”.

The article’s author (John Tierney) and Pierre Chandon, a Frenchman who has been studying what researchers call the American obesity paradox, conducted an experiment in New York City (which banned trans fats in restaurants) to discover “Why, as Americans have paid more and more attention to eating healthily, have we kept getting fatter and fatter?”

Dr. Chandon’s answer, which was derived from laboratory experiments as well as field work at Subway and McDonald’s restaurants, is that Americans have been “seduced into overeating by the so-called health halo associated with certain foods and restaurants.”

So what is a health halo exactly? It’s certain restaurants touting their low-fat entrees or sandwiches that delude consumers. The authors argue that this “health halo” ends up cushioning us from the realities of what lies beneath the surface. Continue reading “The Health Halo”