Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"An Extra 20 Pounds"

This article is also available on Nutrition in Motion's blog NIM Dish

"An Extra 20 Pounds"
Sarah Reid, RHNC

We all know that extra weight has consequences - both cosmetic and deep beneath the skin. A "mobile lab" put together by a company called CIGNA demonstrates just what an extra 20 pounds can do to an average person's frame - for example, adding 80 extra pounds of stress on the knee joints, winding even the fittest participants, and altering the body's centre of gravity so that general mundane tasks become difficult to manage.


Yet more evidence to support the fight against childhood and adolescent obesity has come about in the field of cancer prevention. Young girls with as few as 15 extra pounds also bear the burden of higher breast and ovarian cancer risks, and for boys, that risk is the same for prostate and testicular cancer. Sleep apnea, snoring, respiratory and cardiovascular problems all correspond with high weight, and the longer you keep an extra pound or two sitting around - especially if it's on your waist - the harder it is to lose and the worse it strains your system.

So go and drag out the scale from the back of your closet and take a look at the numbers. It may only be an "extra few pounds", but it could be an extra few years off your longevity.

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I started my "working life" as a holistic and allopathic nutritional consultant with a love of cooking. Teaching the value of wholesome meal choices to families became close to my heart after I battled a long history of struggles with weight and health, and the passion for teaching led me into where I am now. My blog, which focuses on "bringing good taste to healthier food" through creative use of whole grains, fresh produce and acknowledging the importance of the occasional treat, also features a wealth of "specialty diet" friendly recipes for gluten-, egg-, dairy- and sugar- tree nut-free items that everyone can enjoy without alienating those who need them.

Overall, I want to bring back the desire for good quality, homemade, (mostly) healthy food into the hearts and kitchens of families so that the next generation will be less box-reliant than mine. I firmly believe that any “homemade” food, even when labelled as "naughty", is a more wholesome treat than pre-packaged, cookie-cutter junk. With the knowledge of good food (and how to cook good food) as a base, a healthy lifestyle can follow, and then anything is possible!

Today, my love for teaching is branching out even further - I'm in Montessori training to solidify my love for the system and working with children and families!