It may not surprise you that when it comes to our food, many of us want and need guidance. Front of package (FOP) labels like the one created by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Food Marketing Institute (Facts up Front) or the beverage industry (Clear on Calories), are attempting to better inform consumers by putting certain details about a product on the front of food packaging for easy viewing. This saves shoppers time and makes the facts about a product as clear as possible for individuals who don’t have time to read every label. The Facts Up Front label must include calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar per serving. A manufacturer can also choose to include two positive attributes, such as fiber and protein.
A quick Google search of “winter weight gain” reveals 28,700,000 results with link titles like “Winter weight: Surprising Reasons,” “Avoid Winter Weight Gain” and many more. It’s enough to make you believe that it’s an epidemic, spreading like the flu. Of course, with related searches that include “fall weight gain” and “summer weight gain,” you have to wonder just how real winter weight gain is.
There are people that enjoy the winter and then there are those who dread every moment, fear every weather report and loathe the cold. While on the surface this may simply seem like a matter of opinion, I believe that there is something greater that separates these two groups. Winter lovers tend to get out and appreciate the season for what it offers–crisp, cool air and a chance to enjoy a landscape that looks so very different than it does in the warmer months.
I know what you’re thinking…what about the holidays isn’t kid friendly? Or possibly, what about the holidays is at all adult friendly? I mean, while we run about in chaos, our kids simply get to celebrate all month long with cookies and juice at ballet class and tree-shaped pancakes in Pre-k.
If only the holidays were actually like the way they look in movies. You know the ideal scene with just the right amount of snow, perfect decorations, beautifully prepared food and relaxed friends and family connecting to enjoy the season. In reality, the snow starts to fall just when you were heading out to shop, the decorations barely make it up, the food doesn’t look like the picture in the cookbook and in spite of all your best intentions to connect, you and your friends are all just too busy.
Thanksgiving is a time to slow down and think about all that we are thankful and grateful for and to reflect on the many good things in our life. It is a time to share a delicious meal with loved ones and dear friends…and if we aren’t careful, it can be the meal that keeps on giving as we work our way through days of leftovers.
Possibly you have heard that you need to eat more whole grain…and possibly you haven’t known how to do that. I’ve got you covered with a list of foods, from game day snacks to quick breakfast options that are made with whole grain. Of course, they also earn Guiding Stars so they are also the “good, better and best” choices for you too! Substitute these options for the one’s you currently choose and you add more whole grain to your day. Yes, it’s that easy.
I was recently asked about my top ten pieces of nutrition advice. You might be surprised by a few of my suggestions, but I promise you: I’m telling the truth. I have a lot of experience working with individuals and families, and if you’re looking to improve your nutrition, start here: