Ice cream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Part of weight management is learning how to balance your energy in with energy out while not totally depriving yourself. A few of my dietitian friends and I took a long walk (nearly 1.5 hours) to Salt & Straw, a local ice cream shop with some interesting flavors like Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper or Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon (pictured here). That long walk = energy out! On our long journey we passed Providence Park, home of the Major League Soccer team Portland Timbers. I tried to persuade my friends to check out the game going on inside, but I wasn’t convincing enough.
- Sleep deprivation is associated with weight gain. It can increase ghrelin, a hormone that causes hunger. One study found sleep averages amounts < than 5 hours per night were associated with weight gain over 7.5 years.
- Be creative to get children more physically active. A perfect activity recipe for kids = make friends, learn something, have fun.
- Take a gentle approach to motivate someone to undergo weight loss. Shame and blame for those with obesity does not help, it can actually make the disease worse.