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Nutrition, diet and health blogs by CalMWM Head Nutritionist Elaine Murphy (BA, CNS). For our patients.

This might actually be one more warning to make sure both you and your children manage your weight:
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:02

The Real Need for Vitamin D - For Weight Loss Too!

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Past research has shown that a relationship exists between increased body mass index (BMI) and vitamin D deficiency. 
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 09:02

NOT Healthy Snacks!

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As a nutritionist I am always on the lookout for tricks that food manufacturers employ. Today I'm discussing a few of those foods that trick consumers all the time.
This is probably no big surprise, but did you know more than 23 million children and teenagers in the U.S are obese or overweight? Hence, September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. But obesity isn't the only problem because being overweight is related to so many other health concerns.
To me it's obvious that healthy habits are just naturally linked to better overall wellbeing and mental health. According to the BMC Public Health, August 2018 study with a group of obese school children, researchers observed that being active, and eating more fruits and vegetables each day is associated with a lower risk for poor wellbeing and depression. The data shows that participants who engaged in 60 minutes of vigorous play three times a week and ate at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day were more than 60% less likely to experience either poor wellbeing or depressive symptoms. Go here for more tips on how to support your child with healthier eating and being more active.
So, all this being said, just remember again, it's all the other health risks related to being overweight (heart disease, diabetes, etc.), both physical and emotional, that we want to avoid by keeping our weight, and our children’s weight, normal. And note, even if your child might be thin, if he/she is still eating an unhealthy diet it still affects the body in negative ways.
When I think of unhealthy eating with children and adolescents my mind goes to all the mass school shootings going on. Could unhealthy eating/lack of exercise be another link to all this? I think so. Wouldn't it be interesting to know what these underage shooters ate on a regular basis.
For additional information, and a simply great resource to get you kids off on the right track with healthy eating and exercise is an older book of Dr. Sears called L.E.A.N. Kids, for children ages 6-11, although anyone (regarless of age) interested in basic nutrition can really benefit from it. It supports parents in how to help their kids eat right to be healthy children, and it's not exclusive to weight loss, it's about gaining real health benefits. Read the reviews on Amazon as it tells you just how great the book really is.
"We need to encourage our kids to love to eat real food - Less fast food. Less junk food. And they need to see US eating healthy by example." -Karen Salmanschan
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:51

Hazards of Consuming Processed Meats

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Do you really want to eat healthy foods? Then you need to limit the amount of all processed foods you eat as much as possible. And, among processed foods, processed meats may get the prize for biggest health risk.
Monday, 13 August 2018 12:58

Controlling Weight After 50

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Most people over 50 and especially women, struggle more with weight gain than when they were younger.
Prevent Blindness is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. This month of August, observe Children's Eye Health and Safety Month along with Prevent Blindness America. 
Wednesday, 01 August 2018 10:28

Summertime, Dehydration and Electrolytes

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We are well into summertime and along with it, the heat it brings in most areas. You not only have to watch for sunburn, but you also have to be aware of dehydration or even heat stroke. It may be more serious than you think once you know the symptoms.
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 10:57

What Helps Reduce Sugary Drink Intake?

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Hopefully by now as patients of CMWM you realize how much sugar is contained in most 12 ounce sodas, right?
Thursday, 12 July 2018 16:45

Probiotics and Sodium

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We've all heard that too much salt is not good for you, potentially leading to high blood pressure and health risks for cardiovascular conditions. Nothing new there, but it can also lead to
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