Monthly Archives: March 2013

How often should kids get treats?

We all spoil our kids.  We love seeing their little faces light up when presented with a special treat. We are happy that they are happy – so everyone is happy. I am not averse to the occasional treat for my kids but I do struggle with defining “occasional”.  It just seems like the opportunities for my kids to receive sugary snacks are at an all time high.  Here is my list : Read the rest of this entry

Diet drinks can make you fat

diet sodaTo be honest – I do enjoy an occassional can of  Tab or Diet Coke. I know I shouldn’t – but I do. Sometimes water is just not that appealing and a glass of wine would be inappropriate because either I am going to be driving or it is only 11:00 in the morning!

There you go, a perfect example of consuming a product which I know is not good for me but I do it anyway.

But the more I read about the dangers of artificial sweeteners the more I am realising that it just might not be worth it, especially if like me you are trying to lose weight. Read the rest of this entry

We need to get back into the kitchen

Time is a very valuable commodity which none of us ever seem to have enough of.  Thank goodness for all our modern conveniences and time-saving devices. They enable us  (especially us busy moms and some dads) to run around all day like maniacs being the driver, grocery shopper, homework facilitator, negotiator, counsellor, mediator, snack offerer, dinner maker, cleaner, income earner and I am sure you could come up with a few more .

The reality is that because of the busy-ness of our lives there is always the temptation to opt for food items that are quick and easy to prepare and serve. What a bonus – I don’t have to actually make the meat balls myself, I just have to buy them cooked and ready-made (even though they are probably full of all sorts of nasties and then fried in trans fats). Read the rest of this entry

Stuff you need to know about sugar

YogurtStrawberry yoghurt, bran muffins, granola bars, tomato sauce and fat-free salad dressing. These are just a few examples of foods that many people consume in the name of a following a “healthy diet”. Would you believe it if I told you that all the foods listed above contain more sugar than a Twinkie, according to Dr. Mercola.

The sad reality is that sugar is hidden in almost all processed foods,and most often it is the worst kind – high fructose corn syrup. In America, food and beverage manufacturers began switching their sweeteners from sucrose to corn syrup in the 1970s when they discovered that HFCS was not only far cheaper to make, it’s about 20 percent sweeter than conventional table sugar.

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