Call Me Bessie …

First of all, Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful time with your family and friends over the holiday and look forward to what 2011 has to offer. My mom, dad, brother and sister were here visiting us in Michigan and it was an amazing weekend–I was SO sad when they left!

But anyway, no time for shmoopiness. On to today’s post …

So … after five days of pumping, nursing for longer durations/more frequently and supplementing formula, Maya was up a whopping 9 ounces to 6 lbs 3 oz at her doctor’s appointment today, just one ounce shy of her birth weight!

To say we were elated would be a grand understatement.I felt like I had accomplished the goal myself, even though it was all Maya’s doing.

She’s eating like every two to two-and-a-half hours now — which is pretty exhausting — but it’s worth it to see her gaining on the scale! Most babies are back to their birth weights by two weeks, and so we are a little behind (she’s 16 days old today) but the nurse wasn’t too concerned so neither are we. She was very pleased with Maya’s big gain!

The downside of her weight gain — I honestly feel like Bessie the cow!

While I’m happy to be able to do it and think breast feeding is a beautiful thing — and feel it can be quite soothing/relaxing at times — I have to be honest; I don’t LOVE it. Continue reading “Call Me Bessie …”

Lose Weight While … Sleeping?

200140664-001This month’s Glamour features a cover story called “Lose Weight While You Sleep.”

The results are pretty surprising and, when looked at holistically, seem to make sense — in that if someone is getting 8 hours of sleep, they are likely not noshing late at night and likely have more energy to exercise and therefore are likely eat better … and so it goes.

I have to say, I’ve been focusing on more sleep lately and I even posted about sleep and exercise a couple weeks ago … but I’ve not seen any results on the scale. But I also haven’t been giving it a conscious thoguht, either.

And though I usually think “diets” like this are a crock, I think the article makes some good points that any of us could benefit from. Continue reading “Lose Weight While … Sleeping?”

Diet: A Dirty Four-Letter Word

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There are many words in the English language that I don’t like.

Topping the list is the word “diet.”

In its truest form, “diet” simply refers to what we eat.

From the Webster’s: diet –noun 1. food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health: Milk is a wholesome article of diet.

2. a particular selection of food, esp. as designed or prescribed to improve a person’s physical condition or to prevent or treat a disease: a diet low in sugar.

I know I use the word in both those ways.

However, one could also argue I also use it in the third sense of the word: 3. such a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight. Continue reading “Diet: A Dirty Four-Letter Word”

Green = “Go” Foods

Everything I needed to learn about food choices, I learned in the first grade through a creepy E.T.-looking creature (but with pointy ears and a skinny tail) called “Juno”.

In my rural, northern New Jersey elementary school, part of our health curriculum from 1st through maybe 3rd grade (if my memory serves me right) was this fun program called Juno’s Journeys: Adventures in Health. Juno lived in the forest and by following his interactive workbooks, we students were taught basic health principles.

(I have been Googling Juno for days in preparation of this entry, and have come up with very little, but I assure you, the program did indeed exist and, if you are so inclined, you can buy used copies here.)

What stuck in my mind then and throughout my life, actually, has been the notion of Juno’s Red (“Stop”), Yellow (“Think”) and Green (“Go”) foods. It was a more exciting way of learning about nutrition than the lame food pyramid, that’s for sure! And today, his classification still rings true. Continue reading “Green = “Go” Foods”