“One Big Happy Family”

December 23, 2009

On any one given day, millions of Americans are trying to lose weight or change their habits to live healthier lives.  As anyone who has tried this would know…it’s not easy, especially while maintaining a job, keeping up with household duties, and not to mention spending time with family and friends.

Well, starting next Tuesday night (9pm EST), December 29th, TLC will be introducing the Coles family, a morbidly obese family of four from North Carolina on a new show called, “One Big Happy Family”.

The show depicts the Coles, (who together weigh over 1400 pounds) and follows their everyday struggles with losing weight.  Without the help of a professional trainer or dietitian, the Coles unite as a family to work toward making changes on their own in an attempt to save their lives.

In the US, approximately 65% of adults are either overweight or obese.   Excess weight can lead to several physical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.  Being overweight may also impact one’s mental well-being due to low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety.  The Coles are at risk for all of these conditions, even the teenage children.  The show portrays the journey of this family’s physical and emotional struggle towards better health, with no one else to count on but each other.

One Big Happy Family” is a reality show that actually represents the real challenges of many people in this country.  In my opinion, it’s definitely one to watch!

Holiday Eating Tip #3

December 21, 2009

Research shows that dining with a group of people may lead to overeating since it’s natural to lose track of what and how much you’re eating.  Holiday gatherings may increase this tendency even further since there are even more distractions.  This year, practice staying mindful of your eating and your environment in order to reduce overeating.

This year, pay attention to self-talk such as “I’ll skip breakfast and lunch today and make up for it later at the holiday dinner/party”.  This type of thinking usually leads to less healthy food choices and overeating later.  Instead, have healthy, well-balanced meals leading up to a party such as whole grain cereal, low fat milk ,and fruit for breakfast; and a turkey sandwich with lots of veggies for lunch.

Continue  healthy, well-balanced eating during the holidays to keep your energy levels high and your immune system strong.   Put an emphasis on lots of foods with color and probiotics for an extra boost!