By Carmen Staicer - Chief Mom at DietsInReview.com
My son's allergy to peanuts is severe and life threatening. We learned of his allergy when he was two-years old, when we couldn't figure out why his asthma was so severe, requiring multiple emergency room visits, steroids, and the like. He also randomly developed enormous hives all over his body and had difficulty breathing when the hives occurred. We met with an allergist who tested him with both a skin test and a blood test, and we learned of the severity and breadth of the allergies.
Food allergies and food intolerances are not the same. A food intolerance can cause stomach upset, gastric distress, and possibly digestive issues in the form of diarrhea and constipation. Many people claim they have a food allergy when a food does not agree with them, and this diminishes the severity for those with a true, life threatening allergy. A food allergy is defined as an abnormal response to a food triggered by your body's immune system, and
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By Carmen Staicer - Chief Mom at DietsInReview.comRead More »from One Mom's Method for Managing her Child's Peanut Allergy at School
By Jason Knapfel for DietsInReview.comRead More »from Fatty Foods Make Us Feel Happier
When you're feeling a little down, do you reach for your favorite junk food, like ice cream or chips? We all know about comfort food and how great it makes us feel when we indulge. Now Belgian researchers are shedding some light on what's going on at the molecular level.
The study, led by Dr. Lukas Van Oudenhove, a psychiatrist from the University of Leuven, suggests that it's the fatty acid in comfort foods that improve people's moods.
"Eating fat seems to make us less vulnerable to sad emotions, even if we don't know we're eating fat," said Van Oudenhove.
The researchers got 12 healthy subjects to participate in the study. After a 12-hour fast, each person underwent a 40-minute brain activity scan called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). They were then hooked up to a gastric feeding tube that administered 250 milliliters of fatty acid or a saline solution. Three minutes before being fed either solution, the people were played 11
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By Maris Callahan for DietsInReview.comRead More »from Pregnant Mother's Diet May Shape Child's Food Preferences: Real Moms Weigh In
Not only is it important to be mindful of nutrition during pregnancy to help nourish your baby, but according to an article on NPR, what a woman eats during a healthy pregnancy may shape his or her food preferences later in life.
"Things like vanilla, carrot, garlic, anise, mint - these are some of the flavors that have been shown to be transmitted to amniotic fluid or mother's milk," Julie Mennella, who studies taste in infants at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, told NPR.
Additionally, babies whose mothers ate a lot of a certain type of food while pregnant were said to be less likely to reject that food when fed it as an infant. "This makes a lot of evolutionary sense," says Mennella. "Since mothers tend to feed their children what they eat themselves, it is nature's way of introducing babies to the foods and flavors that they are likely to encounter in their family and their culture."
However, the jury is still out for most moms on
- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Mon, Aug 8, 2011 10:17 PM EDT
By Lacy J. Hansen - DietsInReview.comRead More »from 10 Effortless Ways to Cut Calories, Not Taste, from Breakfast
Try as we might, there's no way to escape the science of calories. Every calorie counts and unfortunately lots of our favorite foods have too many calories. But don't fret, life doesn't have to be lived eating flavorless celery and lettuce. There are lots of great ways to cut calories without feeling like you're being deprived.
Here are 10 ways to reduce breakfast calories. We've actually tried these and can attest that you'll get through the most important meal of the day with fewer calories, and best of all, you won't sacrifice any flavor!
1. Replace honey with maple syrup
Just a little honey will go a long way. You can use much less honey than you would use in syrup and get more than enough sweetness.
2. Use egg whites
One egg has about 70 calories. If you ditch the yolk, you cut 50 of them. Granted, you'll need more than one egg's worth of whites for most dishes, you still get lots of protein and miss very little flavor in your morning
- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Wed, Jul 27, 2011 7:25 PM EDT
By Jason Knapfel for DietsInReview.comRead More »from Improved Grades Correlate to Improved Fitness for Children
A sedentary lifestyle has many health implications for children. For instance, nearly ten percent of all U.S. children have diabetes. Now this sedentary lifestyle is also being connected to a child's performance at school, which makes the fact that gym classes are being cut from curriculum even more destructive.
Researchers have found that when sedentary, overweight kids begin exercising, their performance in math and overall thinking and planning capabilities improve. Experts also correlate exercise to increased activity in the "executive function" part of the brain.
Researchers evaluated children using their standard achievement tests. Some even completed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. The MRIs revealed that the children who exercised had more activity in the "executive function" area, which is where self-control, planning, reasoning and abstract thought are managed.
"We know that exercise is good for you, but we didn't have very good
- DietsInReview | Healthy Living – Mon, Jul 25, 2011 6:25 PM EDT
By Lacy J. Hansen, a two-time Boston Marathon finisher, for DietsInReview.com.Read More »from Joining the Plank A Day Challenge is a Great Ab Workout
If you're on Twitter, you've probably caught the #Plankaday hashtag that's become popular this summer. For those haters of ab workouts, as I admit to being, this is a fun, competitive, and simple way to get one little exercise off your to-do list.
Dr. Sherry Pagoto, a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and her friend Mike Bauman created Plank A Day as a way to lessen the pain of ab work.
"Hate ab workouts? I hate them MORE. I hate them so much that I have never been able to do them for more than a few days without quitting," shared Dr. Pagoto on the movement's web page. "As a result my back and abs are weak and pitiful. My friend Mike has the same problem. To get motivated, [we] started Plank A Day."
"A plank is a great isometric exercise designed to strengthen the core muscles," DIR's resident fitness expert, Kelly
- DietsInReview | Back To School – Mon, Jul 18, 2011 5:44 PM EDT
By Brandi Koskie - DietsInReview.comRead More »from Healthiest Brands for Traditional Lunch Box Snacks
For a lot of moms, packing lunches is something they could do in their sleep with both arms folding the laundry. But even the most talented lunch-box-stuffing parent could learn some new tricks, especially when it comes to making those lunch box meals even more nutritious.
That mid-day meal at school is supposed to recharge and refuel their young bodies and minds to get through what is often the most sluggish part of the day for kids and adults alike. So rather than fill their bellies with junk food they'll burn through before recess is over, give them something they can use.
Yogurt, crackers, and granola bars are lunch box staples, but they don't all deserve a place next to your handwritten "Have a great day!" note. We spoke with a few dietitians and tracked down some of the best brands so that you can give your kids their favorite snacks that you can feel good about.
Portion control is built-in when you buy yogurt cups, however,
By Carmen Staicer - Chief Mom at DietsInReview.comRead More »from Mom-Approved After-School Snack Ideas for Kids
The book bags have been bought, everyone has new sneakers and fresh haircuts, and bedtimes have been rolled back. What time is it? Why, it's back to school time! The most wonderful time of the year!
OK, so maybe that's an understatement for the kiddos, but most parents I know look forward to the return of the school year with a mixture of excitement and dread. Excitement because the kids are back in school, and dread because the return to school brings with it a large concern: what will those kids eat? School lunches are fairly easy, but the after-school snacks create quite a dilemma for many parents. It's easy to toss a sleeve of cookies or a bag of chips in their general direction, but many school-aged children are in need of a substantial snack to fill in the cracks and refuel them for after-school sports.
Second to breakfast, after-school snacks can be one of the most important parts of a child's nutrition routine. What your
By Brandi Koskie - DietsInReview.comRead More »from 6 Tasty, Healthy Treats for Kid Lunches
It's almost impossible to believe that in a few short weeks the kiddos will be headed out the door for school. Backpacks, tennis shoes, and sharp #2 pencils are always obvious must-have back-to-school items, but we often overlook lunch. What they're eating at school during the day can be one of their most important supplies, because it's that food that fuels them to read, write, count, and play.
Instead of fighting one another on what to put in their lunch boxes, meet in the middle with some snacks and treats that are good enough for everyone to feel good about. We've found a few snacks worthy of being called mom- and kid-approved!
Baby Carrots. Not just any baby carrots though, cool baby carrots! That's what the baby carrot industry is trying to make consumers feel about their healthy food. Their neon orange color is natural and full of vitamins, while the neon orange cheese doodles your kids might be used to are nutritionally void. Last fall
By Jason Knapfel - DietsInReview.comRead More »from Yo-Yo Dieting is Better Than Obesity
Lose the weight, no matter what! That's the take away from a new study that says even yo-yo dieting, which has always been frowned upon, is better than staying obese. Nobody wants to see their weight go up and down; i's immensely frustrating and can eat away at your self-esteem. But even with all of the negatives, being obese all of time is much worse.
A study presented at an annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Boston compared mice who were fed a low-fat diet with those who were intentionally given a yo-yo diet regimen. What they found was the yo-yo diet group lived just as long as the low-fat diet group. There was also a group of mice fed a high-fat diet (more on that later).
This is certainly not an endorsement of fad diets or extreme weight fluctuations.
"People should not stop trying to lose weight if they are, like I am, a person who gains weight frequently and tries to lose it," said study researcher Edward List, a scientist at Ohio