I had no idea

I support a ban to eliminate poor self-esteem in young girls.

Did you know that:

• girls as young as 6 and 7 are struggling with body image?

• 80% of 10 year old girls are afraid of being fat?

• by middle school, 40-70 % of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body?

If you answered the above questions with, I had no idea, you’ll understand why it’s an appropriate  2014 theme for  National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb 23-March 1). Sadly, indiviudals suffering from poor self-esteem and body image often resort to unhealthy tactics to ‘improve’ their appearance.  Believe it or not, dieting is one of these unhealthy measures and is often a  trigger for an eating disorder. Thirty-five percent of normal dieters progress to pathological dieting,  and of those, 25% progress to partial or full syndrome eating disorders.1

More bad news on dieting: young girls who dieted had three times the odds or being overweight five years later compared with girls not using weight control behaviors.2

Is there really a campaign to help girls understand their value comes from character,  skills, intelligence, kindness.. and not appearance?

Yes, and Mayor Bloomberg’s office is rolling it out – the NYC Girls Project. Images like the one here will brighten up buses, subways, and phone kiosks.

I'M AGIR. NYC Mayor's campaign to reduce poor self esteem in young women

What do you think about the Mayor’s most recent ban? 

1 Shisslak, C.M., Crago, M., & Estes, L.S. (1995). The Spectrum of Eating Disturbances. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 18 (3): 209-219.

2 Neumarksztainer, D., M. Wall, J. Guo, M. Story, J. Haines, and M. Eisenberg. “Obesity, Disordered Eating, and Eating Disorders in a Longitudinal Study of Adolescents: How Do Dieters Fare 5 Years Later?” Journal of the American Dietetic Association 106.4 (2006): 559-68. Print.

 

Recipe Redux: A Healthier Drink

High Protein cappuccino

Much of February’s news has been trumped by stories of the weather. I won’t bore you with my weather woe’s, but let me say, I do hope you’re feeling comfy and warm by now! Speaking of warm,  beverages are hot (as in swanky)! Yep, and this month’s Recipe Redux is right on top of the trend, showcasing a healthier drink…

Today I can’t seem to get  peptides and amino acids out of my head! No, not literally… it’s just that I have been immersed in studies on protein while putting together a PowerPoint, on the subject to present next month at the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association. Consequently, my mind’s preoccupation is influencing the beverage I’m posting;  high protein cappuccino, anyone?

This coffee house staple actually dates back to the 17th century, when a Franciscan monk  invented the drink and named it after his order, Capuccini. The combination of espresso, steamed milk and foam are a winning combination and make for what I call a very cozy drink. (Something that should be sipped while culred up in a chair with a good book!)  This one is made with strong coffee, skim milk, and some whey protein.

The reason for the coffee instead of espresso is simply because I lack have enough  cooking paraphernalia, just not an espresso machine. But the addition of protein is 100% intentional. Let me explain. You see, in America, our protein intake is skewed. We tpycially skimp on protein at breakfast, eat a little more a lunch, and then overload at dinner. A rule of thumb for healthy individuals is to distribute protein throughtout the day and consume 20 – 30 grams of protein at  each meal- breakfast, lunch and dinner. So if your protein intake is a little shy of the 20-30 grams recommended, and you agree that caffeine is a decent drug, enjoy this hot cuppa and  meet your needs for maximum protein synethsis!

Please check out the links at the bottom of this post for more ways to rethink your drink!

High Protein cappuccino

High Protein Cappuccino

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients (one serving)

  • 1 cup double strength coffee
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 2Tablespoons whey protein
  • cinnamon

Instructions

Pour strong coffee into a favorite mug. Add skim milk to a frother and process until foamy. Holding back the foam, pour off milk into a separate container and mix with whey protein ; stir well to combine. Add protein milk mixture to coffee  and top with  frothy milk. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!

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