Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Recipes and Reform

Boy, do I have a treat for you all today! Go to Gina's WW Recipes for some WONDERFUL and EASY recipes to try! My patient load is light today and I was able to spend some time perusing her blog this morning, saving TONS of recipes I'd like to try! If you enter your email address into her FeedBurner, you'll never miss a great recipe delivered right to your inbox!

Today for lunch I ordered take-out from Chili's Guiltless Grill (our microwave at work is still on the fritz)...the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich to be exact. It was really good! I was feeling great about my "Guiltless Grill" selection until I learned of the sodium...over 2,300 milligrams! Ahhh! At least the sandwich was only 386 calories, 7 grams of fat, and contained 9 grams of fiber??? :-/ Disappointing, Chili's! Very disappointing! I've also been reading Gina's blog, which has probably made me hypersensitive about sodium levels...which is a good thing!!!!!

Today for a snack I tried the Kay's Naturals Honey Almond Protein Cereal (gluten-free). I love the crunch of a cereal, but would be interested to see if the crunch held when served with milk (I ate the cereal plain). Most gluten-free products are "airy" in taste, weight, and texture...and the Kay's Naturals products are no exception. Though I should mention, I am a fan of the "light-weight" nature of gluten-free products...less bloat, I feel. The Honey Almond Protein Cereal is lightly sweetened, nothing over-powering which I prefer. Again, the portion size is excellent and one serving contains 100 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and 9 grams of protein! Nice work, Kay's Naturals...I am LOVING your products! Thank you!!

And in the news...a feather in the caps of those like myself in prevention...
A new poll for American's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows the majority of Americans consider disease prevention the MOST important element of health care reform.

The US Department of Health and Human Services aimed to reduce obesity rates to 15% in every state before 2010 (baaahahaha!). However, the trend is showing movement in the opposite direction -- obesity rates continuing to rise. As of 1991, no US state had an obesity rate over 20%. Today, only Colorado has an obesity rate under 20%.

In playing devil's advocate I have to propose...DO we (as a nation) want to change, or are we just sick and tired of our ill-fate if trends continue? 

If you had to take a side in this debate, what do you feel is consensus for the nation as a whole
a) improve health through prevention (nutrition, exercise, and preventative health care)

b) continue Western medicine of treating the disease and not the problem


  1. Thanks for the website link! This looks like a website I will enjoy, especially because we share a name :)

    As for the question, I think you know my answer, A! I love your BAAAAAHAHA to the "goal to reduce obestiy rates to 15% in all states by 2010" I second that. In order for that to happen we have to have a SERIOUSSSSSS society change. As in, get rid of all fast food restaurants, make all healthy food cheap and all unhealthy food expensive. IN other words, YEAH RIGHT!

  2. I have a friend who is the producer of the show :) Yeah, it worked out in my favor! I got lucky on this one, for sure. I also get a lot of opportunities through being on the Columbus Dietetic Association board! I am doing an interview with Columbus Parenting magazine this week. I'm excited!

  3. Definitely a)! I also think that once a disease has been diagnosed a lot of doctors today are too focused on prescribing medication. When I developed high blood pressure, I was put on medication, and my doctor said my chances of getting off the meds were very slim. In fact, he basically said there was no chance. However, with serious lifestyle changes (different job, meditation, yoga, weight loss), I was able to get off the meds. Looking back, I am really disappointed that my doctor didn't encourage/support me more to live a healthier life. I have since switched doctors, but my new doctor is also recommending meds (for a different problem) without even considering natural/alternative remedies. So I think I'm looking for a new doctor again...

    Wow, the amount of sodium in the chicken salad is insane!

  4. Hey Nicole! Thanks for the link. Check out my Twitter page and you'll see that I tweeted about it earlier! I got so excited when I saw it, I just HAD to share it with others! Thanks for thinking ofm e :)

  5. nice healthy meal there and wow love this soup i like weight management the best