martes, 14 de diciembre de 2010

Food allergies during the holiday season

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Eat, Drink and Be Healthy
The world becomes a different place when you discover you have a food allergy. It's particularly vexing during the holiday season, when potential food allergens lurk at every buffet table.

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Trading comfort food for family activity
The MisFits
Instead of comfort food, one woman has taught her family to dig into what she calls "comfort activity."

In The News
An FDA advisory panel has finally given the thumbs-up to a diet drug. If Contrave receives final approval, it will be the first new pharmacological treatment for obesity in more than a decade.

In an effort to help curb childhood obesity, General Mills is reducing the amount of sugar in its sweetened cereals to no more than 10 grams per serving.

I just stumbled across some of your early "Me Minus 10" campaign articles. I am a very athletic teenager who is aiming to do the same thing. My doctor told me (nicely) yesterday that I need to drop about a dozen pounds to remain in the "healthy" weight range for my 5'4'' stature. Everything I eat is so healthy; no junk at all. Yet after I workout I can't seem to resist overeating. My goal is to fuel my body so I can stay strong and exercise hard but lose weight at the same time. Any suggestions about how to get in the "weight-loss mindset" would be much appreciated. -- Emma
A: First of all, Emma, it's a great idea to get a handle on maintaining a healthy weight while you are young. So, good for you! I wasn't able to start shedding my weight until I set the specific goal of losing it before I turned 50. I would suggest you set a similar goal. Then talk with your doctor again and get his or her help in devising an eating and exercise regimen that will meet your nutrition needs in a healthful, energy-balanced way. He or she may well recommend a program such as Weight Watchers. You might also get the inspiration and support you need from the on-line group SparkPeople, which has a special section for teens. And do stay focused on being active and healthy. Good luck, and please let me know how you do!
People are often misdiagnosed with food allergies, leading them to eliminate the presumably offensive foods from their diets when they really don't need to. That's because the process for pinning down a food allergy is more complicated than many physicians appreciate. That situation should improve soon, as the first official guidelines for diagnosing and treating food allergies were released last week.
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