Monthly Archives: January 2016

Study: Mashed Potatoes, Potato Chips Contribute to Higher Risks of Gestational Diabetes Among Pregnant Women

Enjoying a potato-rich diet, involving the consumption of potatoes and potato by-products (ex. scallop potatoes, au gratin potatoes, mashed potatoes, potato chips, tater tots, hash browns and french fries), could be bad for you if you’re pregnant, according to new research published by The National Institutes of Health. The report asserts that potato-rich diets contribute to a higher risk of gestational diabetes.

Gestational diabetes generally develops during the 24th week of pregnancy, and it’s associated with high blood sugar and high glycemic index food. The British Medical Journal published the study, and it concluded that consuming potatoes more than five times a week increased the likelihood of developing gestational diabetes by 50 percent. The 10-year study examined the health records of 15,632 women between 1991 and 2001. The researchers proceeded to track and evaluate the subject’s consumption of potatoes and other foods, checking in every four years. They tracked incidences of diabetes, verified by medical records and reported by patients. That lengthy study yielded interesting results.

The research authors found that pre-pregnancy consumption of potatoes fundamentally contributes to the increased risk of gestational diabetes, regardless of adjustments to other major risk factors (weight, age, and diet). When following up, it was discovered that 854 women developed pregnancy diabetes. Women who consumed two to four 3.5-ounce servings of potatoes per week were 27 percent more likely to develop pregnancy diabetes, and those who ate five servings of starchy vegetables each week were 50 percent more likely to face a greater risk of developing the condition.

Women who eat fewer potatoes, and consume legumes, whole grains, and other vegetables instead, are 12 percent less likely to develop gestational diabetes.  The study was the first to examine the impact of potatoes on pregnancy.

It’s important to recognize that correlation doesn’t not necessarily equal causation.  Eating potatoes in moderation is fine, but what’s most important is maintaining a balanced diet. It’s the absolute best way to have a happy and healthy pregnancy.

from Dr. Lori Gore-Green | Gynecology and Obstetrics http://ift.tt/1REN6nV

3 Beautiful Resolutions for Your Baby

The “New Year, New You” mantra can extend to beautiful newborns, as well as joyful new moms. The arrival of the new year marks a chance for new opportunity, new creation and new adventure. That can be the same for babies, toddlers and older children. Adults aren’t the only ones who benefit from a little change in their lives.

Smile, Laugh and Make Friends

It may seem that newborns should be held closely, fed, cleaned and adored… and that’s about it. However, young children benefit from social interaction with their peers. If they get into the habit of enjoying themselves with others in the same age group, they may develop lasting friendships and they’ll learn the importance of social interaction. 

Sleep!

It may seem that young babies are getting enough rest because they’re always dozing off, but that doesn’t necessary mean that they’re getting a lot of restful sleep. Blocks of sleep should last 6+ hours. But, naps are really nice, too.

Be Confident, Be Happy, Be You

Some babies have a natural inclination to explore the world and take on an adventure. While other babies enjoy music, quiet time or playtime. Encourage your baby to do all the things that make it happy and confident as long as it’s safe and responsible. 

Learn about some addition resolutions here

from Dr. Lori Gore-Green | Gynecology and Obstetrics http://ift.tt/1J2HjFM

Bright, Fun Ideas for Maintaining a Healthy Weight in the New Year

The deliciously creamy desserts and savory dishes consumed during the holiday season stay with us well after the moment it touches our lips. Unfortunately, this influx of sugary and/or salty items translate to weight gained. The good news? There are a number of fun and simple ways to shed those new pounds, which should encourage you to maintain a healthy weight in the new year and years to come!

Brighten Up Your Diet

Perhaps you’re feeling sluggish and underfed after devouring a salty or sweet snack? It’s not a secret that processed and packaged foods are filled with empty calories and other things you don’t necessarily want in your body. Instead, try leafy greens and other fresh foods. Access to organic food may or may not available depending on your location or your economic situation, but most individuals should live in fair proximity to a market, facilitating the purchase of brussels sprouts, collard greens, kale, grapefruit, pears, sweet potatoes, passion fruit, papaya, grapefruit and dates. There are plenty of delicious choices!

Zumba and Hula Hoops

Zumba is a fun, Latin-inspired aerobic workout that’s gained popularity over the last decade. It incorporates elements of hip hop, soca, reggaeton, flamenco, mambo and so much more. Many swear by it, but others enjoy other activities, such as yoga, hula hoop sessions, skating, frisbee, kickboxing, badminton, swimming and trekking. These exciting activities can be adjusted to different limitations or skill levels, and they burn hundreds of calories.

 Buddy Up!

For every individual experiencing difficulty losing weight, there are countless others struggling with the same issue. Why not work together to lose weight. Finding a partner who wants to weight loss as much as you do isn’t just fun, it brings accountability into the equation. Collaborative 2-hour treks through the park and partnered trips to the gym sound much more exciting than going it alone. It’s particularly rewarding when you push one another to go a little farther each time.

Become Julia Child

The American-born French chef didn’t just cook, she loved food. The 6-foot tall aficionado loved the smell of food, the taste of food and preparing quality food. 

If you truly fall in love with food and the preparation of food, you’ll come to create food that truly speaks to your palate, not just your unhealthy cravings. Also, preparing food at home will help you avoid the numerous additives added to restaurant food. When preparing food at home, you’ll know the name of each ingredient going into your dish. Also, you know how much salt and seasoning is added to it.

Know that weight loss isn’t instantaneous, it’s a journey. It’s a gradual process. Improving your diet, exercising and eating healthy items regularly will nourish your body, and it will provide you the energy needed to take on the day.

from Dr. Lori Gore-Green | Women’s Health Professional http://ift.tt/1OKBr4w