Halloween-Themed Weight Loss Plan for Brave Parents

Have you seen Hershey’s newest Halloween treat? The Screme Egg is a twist on the chocolate giant’s popular Easter sweet, the Cadbury Creme Egg. The shape is the same, as is the egg’s white filling, but the Halloween version features a green yolk-like center instead of yellow. If that doesn’t make you scream, perhaps the nutritional value will. A single Screme Egg contains 150 calories and five grams of fat. While that may not seem like a frightening amount, consider that the average adult can fit roughly four of the eggs in his or her mouth at one time. Add … Continue reading

Lack of Appetite

Some women experience a lack of appetite during pregnancy especially the first trimester because of morning sickness. It’s difficult to find the will to eat when you are plagued with nausea and perhaps many other morning sickness symptoms. Nonetheless, it is important to try to eat a healthy balanced diet despite the non-existent appetite. As my pregnancy slowly progress (I’m approaching week 7) my appetite seems to decrease more and more. The nausea persists. When I am nauseated I don’t want to eat. Food doesn’t sound good to me at all. The mere thought of food is mentally unpleasant, even … Continue reading

HCG for Weight Loss? Yeah Right!

I read the strangest piece of news tonight. Apparently people are rubbing a cream containing HCG on their wrists and cutting their daily calorie intake down to 500 in an effort to lose weight rapidly. It’s called the HCG diet. HCG is the same pregnancy hormone that is detected by home pregnancy tests. HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin. It is first produced by the growing embryo and later by the placenta. The theory is that the synthetic HCG tricks the body into thinking it is pregnant and needs to pull nutrients from the body’s fat stores. It should be … Continue reading

Pain and Appetite

Pain can be hard on your body. Sure, it’s a good indicator that something is wrong… but pain can really mess with your body’s normal function. Maybe you have trouble sleeping, or maybe you lose your appetite. It seems like pain is one of those signals that overrides some of the other noise going on in your body — like the rumble in your tummy that says you’re ready for another meal. To be honest, I hadn’t thought much about it until it became a personal problem. I’ve been experiencing a lot of pain lately from the region of my … Continue reading

Apples and Weight Loss

A well-known phrase is “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” There is great truth to that not only in terms of your health in general, but in truth because eating apples are a great way to aid in weight loss. Apples are a great diet food. They contain no fat, sodium, or cholesterol. Apples also have a small bit of potassium, which is an asset in terms of your heart and your blood pressure. There is no doubt that apples are good for you. The apple is the second most sought after fruit in the United States not … Continue reading

Foods That Promote Weight Loss

The whole idea of a diet is to not only decrease the amount of weight that you are carrying around, but also to develop new and healthful eating habits. If you just work to get your weight down and do not concentrate on a new eating lifestyle as well you will lose the weight, but you will most likely not keep the weight off. Millions of people go on diets each year in order to rid themselves of weight and they are successful a good part of the time. However, many also go back to eating the same way that … Continue reading

Weight Loss: Jean Nidetch, Weight Watchers Founder

Jean Nidetch, founder of the well-known Weight Watchers, was born Jean Slutsky in October of 1923 in New York. Weighing only 7 pounds and 3 ounces when she was born her weight quickly soared. An overweight child, she states that not fully remembering, but she thinks that whenever she was sad, she was given food to comfort her. Not without friends, she had an outgoing personality. Her friends were also overweight, however. Intending to finish college her plans were halted in 1942 when her father passed away. She went to work for the Internal Revenue Service instead and remained there … Continue reading

Inflammation and Your Appetite

Are you suffering from inflammation? Inflammation is a condition where your immune system is kicked into overdrive by stress, lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet, or exposure to toxins. Your body wants to fight something off. Inflammation can lead to weight gain, arthritis, and heart disease. Why? In a healthy, normal weight person, the body produces a hormone called leptin to control appetite and metabolism. When body fat increases, leptin levels rise to tell the brain to decrease appetite and speed up metabolism. In an obese person, the body isn’t getting the message from leptin — it may not be … Continue reading

The Pregnancy Blog Review for October 30 – November 11

A wide range of topics have been covered recently in the Pregnancy Blog. This review is a good place to catch up on any you may have missed. Fill your water glass, sit back and enjoy. As always, I love hearing from readers with requests for future blogs. Your breasts undergo changes throughout pregnancy. There is a good reason for these changes; your body is preparing to feed your baby. Learn more in Breast Changes During Pregnancy. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a condition that affects a large number of women. This includes pregnant women. Some experience symptoms for the first … Continue reading

Loss of Appetite

Pregnant women may experience loss of appetite periodically during pregnancy. In most cases, this is only temporary and doesn’t pose any risk to the mother or child. Only in extreme cases when nutrition is affected is it a big problem. Morning sickness can be responsible for loss of appetite. When you are feeling nauseated, food is the last thing on your mind. Fortunately, for the vast majority of women morning sickness is a temporary issue and not severe enough to cause nutritional deficits. If you are experiencing loss of appetite due to morning sickness, there are a few things you … Continue reading