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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Day 298

Thoughts: Help your baby; gain less during pregnancy.

This is an article written by a health like minded friend of mine, Peter Springberg.

Dr. Peter Springberg is a retired Air Force Nephrologist now living in Colorado. In 1997 he invented a diet, actually a lifestyle change, which he has followed since. His basic premise was to lose weight and maintain that weight loss over an extended period of time, you clearly had to eat less and do more. The problem for most people who want to lose significant amounts of weight, is they do neither for very long.

As a serving Air Force officer, especially when he became more senior and commanded first a small hospital and then a mid-sized medical center, Dr. Springberg became very familiar with acronyms; it seemed logical to him to center his new lifestyle/diet plan around some easy-to- remember acronyms.

Twelve years later he weighs what he did in eighth grade, twenty-six pounds under his usual weight as an Air Force colonel and sixty-seven pounds under his maximum weight from the late 1960s.

August 13th, 2010

I read an article in “The Wall Street Journal” on August 6th that was a long ways away from my usual areas of interest. But in this case, it caught my attention enough to track back to an article published in “The Lancet” the day befores week and another one an Epidemiology journal from nine years ago.The synopsis of the two articles is that women who gain large amounts of weight during pregnancy have large babies. No surprise there. But large babies often end up as large teenagers.

Why did I do that legwork? Well I’m really concerned about our upcoming generation’s weight. Lots of youngsters are overweight; too many are obese and heading for trouble, medical-problem-type trouble, down the line. We can blame TV, lack of exercise, fast foods, fat and sugar-laden processed foods, families that let kids decide what they’ll eat from early on…all the usual suspects. But here was an idea I hadn’t paid much attention to, do some kids start life with an obesity strike or two against them.

My caveat is this really isn’t my turf; I’m an Internal Medicine subspecialist. I’ve delivered fifty babies, but that’s old history. Nonetheless, I wanted to see the data and decide if it stood the test of time.

The 2001 piece was a Finnish study that looked at nearly 4,400 sixteen-year-old twins and tracked their progress from birth. Not surprisingly, adolescents who were tall at birth and had tall parents, were often tall at age sixteen. The group I focused on were those who were of normal birth length, but high birth weight.

That group was much more likely to be overweight at age 16. That fits with a number of other studies that didn’t focus on twins.

So there’s been some good data indicating high birth weight increases chances of high adolescent weight; the same is true for high adolescent weight foreshadowing high adult weight.

Now how much is nature and how much is nurture isn’t clear to me. What makes sense if to re-emphasize to young women that gaining average amounts of weight during pregnancy is important. Too much gained increases the chance of heavy babies, heavy teenagers and, eventually heavy adults.

Our youngsters have enough factors that can contribute to their becoming obese adults; why add one more?

If you’re a young person planning to have a baby, discuss this one with your own doctor. The life you improve may be your child’s.

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Quotes: We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are. - Thomas Merton

What I Ate Today:

Meal 1: A ginger tea; boiled water with chunks of ginger.

Meal 2: 3 beautiful sweet organic nectarines.

Meal 3: Sweet Potato Pie! Created with walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, sweet potatoes, agave syrup, honey and avocado!

Meal 4: Macadamia nuts while watching 'Eat, Pray, Love'!!!

Meal 5: Chicken Lettuce Wraps! Created with bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, sherry, peanut butter, chilli, garlic, chicken breast, ginger, himalayan, salt, sesame oil, lettuce, green onion and cucumber!

Recipe: The recipe for Sweet Potato Pie and Chicken Lettuce Wraps are available on The Earth Diet website

Exercise: A lot of walking today and some stretching :)

67 days to go!!!

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