An explanation of my craziness!!

(The first of my Healthy Challenge Posts)

I have to start by telling you that by no means am I a perfect eater.  I too indulge in things like ice cream, pizza, takeout chinese and of course WINE!!!  However I have to say that my normal everyday diet is pretty good.  I eat a ton of veggies, fruits and whole grains.  I may be the only person I know that actually will crave a bowl of brussel sprouts.  (Strange – I know!)

My chosen career has caused me to do a lot  of research on nutrition and childhood obesity.  I can’t tell you how heart breaking it is to see kids who are 10 or 11 years old and already are suffering from Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and elevated triglyceride levels.  It is really upsetting!  There seems to be little emphasis put on nutrition and activity.  Parents need to remember that kids learn by example.  So if you are not up off your butt being fit it is highly unlikely that they will be either.

I also am a firm believer in eating organic.  I don’t think that everything in your diet needs to be organic but there are a few things that are directly linked to precocious puberty (early onset) and cancer.  The hormones in US milk, chicken, meats and eggs are known to be contributing factors in girls getting their periods under the age of 11.   It’s even happening to girls as young as 7!  Imagine that!!  Even before the birth of my daughter Avery I had already made the switch to Organic Skim Milk, Organic eggs, Organic Chicken and beef.  In addition any of my “soft” skinned fruits have now become organic.  Things like apples, pears, plums etc. 

I also have made an active attempt at eliminating xenoestrogens within my household.  Xenoestrogens are man-made compounds that when absorbed by the body mimic natural estrogen.  They are found in things like plastic baby bottles, plastic food storage containers, shampoo bottles, cosmetics, pesticides, sunscreens, etc.  Here are a few known xenoestrogens that you should stay clear from:

  • Phthalates – (substance that is used to make plastic softer)- found in everything from baby bottle, toys, liquid cosmetics, food storage containers etc.
  • Bisphenol A- (BPA) also found in toys, food storage containers, water bottles, tin cans – it’s shown that it leaches into the food and liquids at unsafe levels, especially when heated. This is why so many things are now labeled BPA Free
  • Parabens – preservatives found in many cosmetics and toiletries.  The most common are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben.
  • BHA / BHT – Common food preservatives.
  • DEHA – A plasticizer found in some cling wrap and other soft plastics.

I know there are many people thinking to themselves as they read this that I might be a little crazy.  Well yes I am.  However if you understood not only what I see everyday working with my clients or if you knew the amount of cancer that runs in my family you would understand.  As I write this my own mother is fighting her 3rd form of cancer.  I have seen her go through the most invasive tests and treatments.  I know she is a fighter and a strong woman so I have nothing but a  positive outlook when it comes to her prognosis.  I am in awe of everything she has had to handle and how she does it all with such grace.

I will now leave you with a few of my favorite organic products. 
Stonyfield Farms Organic Skim Milk
Horizon Organic Eggs
Trader Joe’s Organic Peanut Butter

Currently my daughter is eating this – ( I will be making homemade soon)
Earth’s Best Organic baby food

Besides just spreading knowledge I am hoping that many of you will take a good look at your own diet and maybe make a few changes.  It really doesn’t take much effort to start getting healthy!!


A Healthy Challenge to All!

Every morning I log into my google reader and check out all the new posts in blog world.  I love seeing all the new creations and combinations.  However I would have to say that well over three-quarters of the posts I read are of guilty pleasures or just straight up unhealthy.  I am not saying that I am not guilty of this very thing.  In the past I to have “unhealthy” things on my blog.  I just really want to see people putting more emphasis into their health.  We only get one body- one life so let’s make it the best we can.  Even  just small substitutions in our regular recipes will make a huge difference.

So here is my challenge (if there is anyone left reading):  Try to post something at least once a week that is a healthy post.  It could be a recipe, an exercise post or even your future goals. 

Now get thinking and get back to me on this.  I’ll leave you with a few links of my favorite “healthy” blogs:

Now let’s get fit people!!!

Training for the Half Marathon and other stuff!!

I had promised myself last year that I would do the LI Half Marathon.  I figure it would be a great goal for me after just giving birth last year.  Well this week started my training and all is good so far.  You would think that it would be easy for me to fit the training in being that I own a gym and have one in my garage also.  However things aren’t always that easy.  I am making this a priority though.  Here is just a sample of  my training schedule!

I also am working very hard at instilling a healthy lifestyle for my daughter Avery.  People make think I am out of my mind as she is only 5 1/2 months old.  I truly believe that you can never start to young.  In my line of work I get so frustrated at how little parents teach their children about being healthy and active.  I know as a  child we were always outside playing.  We had VERY little tv/computer time.  I thank my parents everyday for keeping me active.  I now understand how much work it was for my mother running us around from sport to sport.  Coming from a family of 4 kids and each one of us played something different it was pretty hectic at times. 

This weekend was my first real “Mom” weekend!  Saturday I had Gymboree classes with Avery and Sunday we had Mommy and Me swim classes.  I think I may have enjoyed them more than she did.  Avery did really enjoy the water.  Hopefully she takes after me as I was a “fish” from a very early age!!

This week I am also trying to get started on making my own baby food.  I’ll let you know how that goes and post a few pictures soon. 

Off I go to run!!!!

Stay Healthy!!!