Archive for March, 2013

Maybe Dennis the Menace’s Parents had it Right

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Over the weekend I read about two interesting studies. 

 First, in one study, on average, for each additional hour of television a child watches on weeknights, their potential for incarceration as an adult increases by 30%. What?!  Yes, 30%. 

 Second, studies of school-age kids have found that regular aerobic exercise can expand their working memory—the capacity that allows us to manage facts and ideas to solve problems.  It improves the ability to pay attention and inhibits disruptive impulses. Regular exercise and overall physical fitness is consistently linked to academic achievement (the same is true for adults and our activities of daily living).

It’s an old-fashioned idea, but maybe playing outside is also a good idea.

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More on Grocery Shopping

Friday, March 8th, 2013

I have a friend who lives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  Whenever he visits Chelsea (his home town) he marvels at the choices in the produce isle of the local grocery stores.  When I saw him at Christmas he said “What an amazing selection of greens!”

This week I read an editorial that started with a sentence something like “Every isle in the grocery store is filled with guilt producing choices.”

Yikes!  Our abundance – real, true abundance, should not be guilt producing.  We should be invigorated by it, like my friend from the UAE.  Embrace our good fortune to live in a place where we can find 2 or 3 kinds of kale, veggie chips, Canadian bacon, chicken raised without additives, milk & multiple milk substitutes, grains beyond imagination, fresh produce, organic produce, dried produce, frozen produce and sliced/diced & pre-washed produce. 

If you do need rules for grocery shopping to help you reduce the guilt, these were my Mom’s rules.

  1. Stay around the edges of the store where the food is real, less manufactured (produce, dairy, fresh protein, whole grain breads).
  2. Look high & low for the healthiest foods.  The more expensive, highly processed foods are often at eye level. 

That’s all there is to it. Happy, hearty, healthy eating.

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