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By June 26, 2008 - 4:58pm
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Good Day Ladies, With a PhD in nutrition and 15+ years of experience as a registered dietitian perhaps together we can transform women's healthcare.
Fire away with any questions you may have about food, diet, holistic wellness, weight management etc.
Diet Doctor #1

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Hi Ms. Connie.

This could be any one being on this planet.

i am away from my professional office right now. let me look up this mini exercise for you about triggers.......

Do you work outside the home or inside your home? Do you make the meals?
Do you do the shopping?

if you would describe yourself and your lifestyle a little more to me.

July 1, 2008 - 3:18pm

There has been much talk on this subject, probably with Oprah making it "popular", but I do want to know some tips on how to NOT emotionally eat!

I can eat healthy a few days, especially if I have water throughout the day, and plan on just one snack: I then eat good portions of food, have a small snack, don't gorge on fast-food or sodas..and I feel great that day!

Then, there are other days when I drink sodas, which make me crave salty foods (and not the healthy nuts or pretzels), then I crave something sweet...and decide that if one donut tastes good, then 3 donuts will taste better...and I feel guilty and think about all the calories I'm adding to my diet. I feel fat and then "give up" and keep eating more and more.

How can I stay in the frame-of-mind to eat healthy, be healthy and happy for the day?

June 29, 2008 - 6:39pm

Thank you for offering your experience and expertise to our nutritional questions!

I have an active 19 month-old toddler, who is only 21 pounds (less than 5th percentile on the charts). Granted, he was born 2 months early, and the doctors say it will be another year for him to "catch up". No one is really too concerned.

To help my son gain weight, we've been feeding him higher-calorie foods (whole milk, avocados, cheese, eggs) along with his veggies, fruits and whole grains. What foods are considered "healthier" and still have higher calories? I assume feeding him higher-calorie foods will help his weight gain; are there other methods to help with healthy weight gain (instead of milkshakes and high fat foods). Thanks!

June 29, 2008 - 6:32pm
(reply to Alison Beaver)

At this point in my life here on planet Earth, a compliment such as yours just tickles me pink. Yes, I am a nutrition expert with food savvy.


Let me investigate your concern. Thanks for the information upfront. How is his appetite? Any swallowing issues? Does he appear ill to you?

Any medical diagnosis?

His sense of taste may be geared for these so-called high fat foods which may not be so-wanted in the up and coming teen & adult years.
Allow me some time.

July 1, 2008 - 3:13pm
(reply to DietDr1)

Thanks for any information you can find! :-)

No medical diagnosis; the pediatrician just said to limit his snacks to 2/day plus 3 meals/day (he used to have 4 snacks/day plus 3 meals). This is so that he will eat more food at each of his 3 meals, and this seems to be working well!

He seems to like/enjoy most foods: some days he loves peas; other days he doesn't want to touch them. Normal stuff. He hasn't been offered too many high-fat foods; no foods that are fried or have added sugar (except grandpa will sneak in a few french fries...ha ha).

He has no swallowing issues, and is not ill (just got over a virus), but no chronic illnesses or medical concerns.

I was just curious about any options for his diet. As adults we are not to eat (too much) high-calorie foods, so I didn't know if there were other high-calorie foods that are also nutritious that I am missing (like avocados, nuts, eggs, whole dairy, etc.).

I know he isn't going to gain weight on eating veggies and fruit...or is this wrong? (He likes them, so does it matter more the food or the amount of food? Should we add butter to his veggies to get in some extra calories?).

I guess my real question is: is there a "healthy" weight gain vs. an "unhealthy" weight gain? Strange question, huh?! I don't want him gaining weight rapidly because he is gaining fat by eating butter, milkshakes, cream, etc., but would like to see him gain a few pounds (or not lose weight) in the next few months. Is weight gain primarily fat, or is it also muscle? (muscle weighs more than fat, so should I have him bench press weights..ha ha!) He is very active, so probably uses up a lot of his calories throughout the day!

Thanks again! :-)

July 1, 2008 - 3:28pm
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Hi DietDr1

I'm pretty savvy when it comes to the vegetarian way of life and have some great books on raising vegetarian children. But I still worry that they are getting all their nutrition in adequate amounts.

Can you tell me in what areas parents can make mistakes in raising their children as vegetarians? Are there particular issues children have in this arena that we may be unclear about?

Thank you!

June 27, 2008 - 12:49pm
(reply to Susan Cody)

What age and gender are these children? ht and weight too if you wish to share.
What type of vegetarism do you practice currently
Do you eat eggs, milk or milk products (cheddar cheese from sheep, goat or cow) both or just one. ovo lacto vegetarian.
Do you eat fish pesco vegetarian
Do you eat chicken pollo vegetarian
OR R U true vegan no animal at all?

Any supplements or vitamins given to these children currently?

Provide infor and i will personalize an answer for you and your family.:)

July 1, 2008 - 3:06pm

What type of eating plan would you recommend for menopausal women? I hear a lot these days about low fat diets vs. low carbs vs. whatever else is out there. What makes sense as hormones cause major changes?

June 26, 2008 - 8:24pm
(reply to Tina Tran)

Hi Ms. Tina T
Thank you for your reply. What a contemporary concern!

what age group? it is important.
Any hormone replacement therapy in place? one or several.
Any food disliked that is will not eat? i.e. cabbage, chard.....soy?

Please provide these answers, then I will research the latest info on subject and lastly give you a personalized answer.

Ponder, think about, what our bodies were created to consume for nourishment. Were there a lot of overweight or obese cave women running around.....? Were the early settlers traveling WEST overweight?

July 1, 2008 - 3:01pm
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