Entering a Dialogue

Entering a Dialogue

This post comes to us from our friends at Natural Path Health Center.

There has been a disturbing trend emerging over the past months, and especially in the past several weeks that, I believe, fundamentally undermines our ability to act in a humane manner – the ability to communicate and discuss our differences. We don’t talk and listen, we just talk, with underlying agendas and a “I’m right and your wrong” undertone that works only to increase hostility and misunderstanding. (more…)

Picky Eater Problems? Try Family Style Dining.

Picky Eater Problems? Try Family Style Dining.

If you have a picky eater in your family you know that mealtimes can be very stressful. There are lots of ideas out there on how to get your picky eater to eat, from sneaking veggies into chicken nuggets and pizza to just letting them go hungry. If you’ve tried it all, family style dining might do the trick. (more…)

Skim Milk Does Not Protect Against Weight Gain

Skim Milk Does Not Protect Against Weight Gain

Low Fat, fat free and diet food and beverage products do not have a very good track record at helping people lose weight or keep it off. At Optimal Body Balance, we know this. We believe that healthy fat must be part of a well-balanced diet. You have to eat fat to lose fat. You also have to eat fat for your brain to function effectively, to create necessary hormones, to absorb fat-soluble vitamins and to be a happy person. Fat free dairy is a huge thing in our society. Almost any doctor or dietitian you talk to will say that fat free dairy is the way to go — never buy the full fat version. Recently though, there have been a few interesting studies about fat free milk vs whole milk and weight gain in children  (more…)

Three Minutes a Day Could Help Your Kids Maintain a Healthy Weight

Three Minutes a Day Could Help Your Kids Maintain a Healthy Weight

Does your family eat meals together? I know between school, extracurricular activities and social lives it can seem like it’s more trouble than it’s worth to get everyone sitting down at the same time. But new research shows that perhaps you should try a little harder — just three extra minutes a the dinner table can significantly improve a child’s chances of maintaining a normal weight.  (more…)