Infant DIE…t

May Raise Adult Obesity Risk!

breast feedingNew mothers with newborn babies, and sometimes even women who are not first-time mothers, often find themselves at a loss when a baby is still fussy despite being fed and dry-bottomed.  Unfortunately, the first inclination is to feed more, which is often not the answer at all.  In fact, what we feed our babies is very important, and the early introduction of cereals and juices and giving babies high carbohydrate infant formulas may cause an increased risk for obesity in later years.


Feeding our babies in this manner is called “metabolic programming,” and the risks associated with it may carry over into future generations, according to the findings of a recent study.
The study, the results revealed that rats fed with high-carbohydrate diets as infants or early in life exhibited over-production of insulin and permanent changes in their pancreatic cells.  The insulin abnormality is a contributor to human adult obesity.  The children of the high-carbohydrate female rats became obese with high insulin levels as they matured.


“Overfeeding of formula and

early introduction of

supplemental weaning foods …

May be the culprits.”

Mother feeding baby food to baby

We are always looking at what happens later in life.  Maybe we should be looking at the role of early metabolic programming.  Metabolic signals in the body reset in response to high carbohydrate diets, this induces the permanent changes in the rats.

Overfeeding of formula and early introduction of supplemental weaning foods such as cereals, fruits, and juices that are high in carbohydrates may be the culprits.

So what does this mean to us?  Obviously, it means that mothers have to fight the urge to feed fussy infants cereal to get them to sleep.
Instead, try giving them more formula, or changing formulas.  Ask your natural-oriented doctor for solutions before deciding it’s time to add foods and juices to your baby’s diet – if you don’t, you just might be making a fat adult.

Father Watching


It’s every mother or caretakers responsibility to feed your child properly – when you start them off with junk – their bodies become a garbage full of chemicals, toxins, pesticides, etc.  They deserve better – don’t you agree?

Besides, you don’t want to make your child a food addict – let your mistakes be their blessing.

Dr. Rhonda


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What about Nutella?

Answer to Nut Butters


Q: Are some nut butters more nutritious than others?

     What about Nutella?


For those of you who follow my blogs you know I normally answer questions directly to the person who has left me a message, but, I guess the mass advertisement has caused a couple of folks to bring this up.

A: All nut butters – from almond and cashew to macadamia and walnut – have something healthful to offer.  But go easy on Nutella.

Nut butters provide healthful fats, protein, a little fiber, and an array of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.  Their specific nutrients vary somewhat, though, depending on the type of nut.  Walnut butter, for instance, is richest in alpha-linolenic acid an omega-3 fat, while almond butter provides a small amount of calcium (60 milligrams per tablespoon) and the most fiber (2 grams).

Nutella-recipesStudies have shown that all kinds of nuts help improve cholesterol levels and have other heart-healthy effects.  There’s no reason to think that plain nut butters wouldn’t have the same benefits.  One study linked peanut butter consumption in women (a tablespoon most days of the week) to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Many nut butters contain just ground-up nuts.  But some have added salt and sugar.  Some also contain small amounts of partially hydrogenated oil, a source of unhealthful trans fats, to keep them from separating; others use palm oil, whose health effects are unclear (but I wouldn’t consume).  All nut butters have about 100 calories per tablespoon.

Soy nut butter is another option.  It tastes somewhat like peanut butter but is lower in fat and calories and higher in protein.  However, recent research has shown that soy may be in question and I will deal with this in another blog.

Nutella, a chocolate-hazelnut spread, is a different story.  The original recipe was developed in Italy during World War 11 when cocoa supplies were low and hazelnuts were plentiful.  But its main ingredients today are sugar (11 grams per tablespoon, providing about 40% of the calories) and palm oil, followed by hazelnuts, cocoa solids, and skin milk.  If I had a child, I certainly would not give then this and as the commercial is proud to say that mother has sent her children off with a good breakfast.  I can tell you honestly, my cats eat healthier.images

For those of you who follow my online radio shows, you know I say it as it is and even tell what some would be the negative of me, but if it helps just one person – I’m happy.  All this to say, I love peanut butter, but I only buy organic, and I’m grateful to know the difference and share it with all of you.

Replace Canola Oil

bad canolaMost people thought canola oil should be healthy, but in fact canola oil is one of the worst foods available.

When you buy any alkaline cookbooks, you’ll never see canola oil in the ingredient list.  And there is a pretty good reason behind it.

The main reason why canola oil is not healthy is because the canola oil found in supermarkets has been heavily processed.  From the website of a canola oil manufacturer,, they indicated that “The refining process involves degumming, neutralization, drying, bleaching, and deodorization.”  How tasty is this information?  Not!

And this is what really makes it unhealthy.canola-oil

This applies to the rest of the vegetable oils (sunflower oil, corn oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, safflower oil, flaxseed oil).

Due to heavy processing and refining, it creates a high level of instability in the previously beneficial fatty acids.  These molecules become extremely fragile, causing some of these vegetable oils to go rancid very easily, especially when exposed to heat.

what-are-free-radicalsAnd it’s not just when used for cooking that they’re exposed to heat.  When consumed, high temperatures inside the body are enough to cause fatty acids to oxidize, producing free radicals.

Try leaving canola oil out in the open for a week and you’ll notice that it turns rancid.

Having discuss all the bad things about canola oil, you still can use canola oil when it’s unprocessed.  Look for the organic or “cold pressed” canola oil when you do your shopping.

When the oil is cold pressed, it means that the oil is obtained through pressing and grinding fruit seeds with the use of heavy granite millstones or modern stainless steel presses, which are found in large commercial operations.

Otherwise it’s better to use other cooking oils.  So what should you use?antioxidants-and-free-radicals


    *      Extra virgin olive oil –

I don’t recommend cooking with this oil as it has low smoke point.  But it’s suitable as a salad dressing that will make your salad delicious.

   *       Coconut oil –

In my opinion, this is my favourite oil for cooking.  It has higher smoke point than olive oil and it tastes good too.  Besides cooking, it has plenty of other uses as well.

Hey we all like to eat, especially me, but just try to make a few changes, one a week or even a month will start to pay of sooner than you could imagine.  I know you’re worth it!  Do YOU??

Dr. Rhonda

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Try 10 Slimming Foods:

You know how you can put on a couple of pounds by just looking at a cheeseburger and fries?  Well, some foods have the opposite effect, helping you burn extra energy – and keep weight off – just by eating them.BlackBoardSlimming

Better still, these slimming foods don’t all taste like grass or rice cakes (which I happen to like); these are real, delicious and satisfying foods – foods that you might even be craving right now.  So go ahead and indulge.  With food options like these it’s easy to eat right – and lose weight while you’re at it.   But if you need specific help, you know how to find me.

Note: I would suggest if you want the full value of these foods that you buy organic and/or range-fed.

Sweet Potatoes

Swapping out your white potatoes for a sweet potato is a great move, waste-wise, as animal studies suggest that sweet potatoes help to stabilize your blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance, which can help you fight fat.

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Oranges are rich in flavones, and a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who ate the most flavones had a lower increase in body fat over a 14-year period!


U.S. Department of Agriculture, researchers have found that eating one-quarter to one teaspoon of cinnamon with food can boost your metabolism 20-fold, by making your fat cells more responsive to insulin.  So sprinkle cinnamon in your apple cider, tea, on your whole-grain toast or in a bowl of oatmeal … it’s also tasty in coffee and yogurt.

Hot Peppers

Adding red chili peppers to your food “could contribute to the dietary management of obesity,” said Angelo Tremblay, a University Laval obesity nutrition professor.

That’s because capsaicin, the active component in chili peppers, is thought to play a role in curbing appetite and boosting metabolic activity.slim food

“Maybe you can have the same effect with curry, so go to your favorite Indian restaurant,” Tremblay continued.  However, researchers are still trying to determine if this effect, noted in animal studies, applies to humans.


Women who ate red meat lost more weight than women eating equal calories but little beef, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found.  Not only is this protein great for your muscles, your body burns about 10 calories digesting every 100 calories of protein but just 4 calories for the equivalent amount of carbs.  In other words, just the process of digesting protein burns a significantly greater amount of calories, then does digesting other foods.

When it comes to red meat, choosing sources that have been raised in humane, natural ways – which means being raised on pasture, or grass-fed is the healthier choice, according to many experts.  Grass-fed beef has been found to contain less fat and more omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and other beneficial compounds compared to grain-fed beef.


A study from Penn State University found that eating an apple before a pasta dinner helped people eat fewer calories than those who had a different snack.

Part of the benefit likely comes from all the fiber they contain, but apples are also loaded with powerful antioxidants, including quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, protect against breast and colon cancers, prevents kidney stones, and helps to lower bad cholesterol while raising the good kind.  Studies have also found that eating at least 2 apples a week reduces the risk of asthma and type 2 diabetes, and promotes lung health.


This ancient grain contains both fiber and protein, which means it will keep you satisfied longer than other grains like rice.belly fat

Haven’t heard of quinoa before?  Pronounced “keen-wah,” quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green veggies like Swiss chart.  Native to South America, it was once considered the “gold of the Incas” because its high protein content gave warriors stamina.


Avocados have gotten a bad rap for their high fat content (29 grams per avocado), but it’s the fat they contain that will keep you satisfied and feeling full longer.  Plus, avocado is an excellent source of the health monounsaturated fat oleic acid, which has been shown to lower cholesterol and protect against breast cancer.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a healthy fat that increases satiety.  Olives and monounsaturated fats, olives are rich in vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant that neutralizes damaging free radicals, and polyphenols and flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties.

These anti-inflammatory properties are beneficial for your waistline because chronic inflammation is linked to metabolic syndrome.

Mustard and Curry

Tumeric, which lends a characteristic yellow colour to foods like mustard and curry, has been found to slow the growth of fat tissues, according to a study in the journal Endocrinology.

Trans Fats:

Going, going, but not gone!


It has been 6 years since the FDA began requiring packaged foods to list trans fats on the label.  Though animal foods like butter contain tiny amounts of natural trans fats, most trans fats in our food supply are synthetic, created when unsaturated vegetable oils are partially hydrogenated.

This gives the oils a semi-solid consistency that’s more suitable for many processed foods.  Synthetic trans fats raise LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and have other adverse effects that increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

In response to the labeling law, many manufacturers voluntarily reduced or eliminated partially hydrogenated oils – and thus trans fats – from their margarines, baked goods, snacks, and other foods.  Sone fast-food restaurants got rid of trans fats in French fries, while California and New York city banned artificial trans fats in restaurants altogether. cigs

Reassuringly, a 2010 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that most reformulated foods do not contain higher levels of saturated fats, as feared.  Instead, food makers and restaurants have largely replaced partially hydrogenated oils with healthy unsaturated oils.


These government and industry steps seem to be paying off now.  According to a large study from the CDC in the Journal of the American Medical Association in February, blood levels of trans fats decreased nearly 60% between 2000 and 2009, thanks to the removal of trans fats from processed foods.  Such a dramatic drop in blood trans fats “should help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease,” says Dr. Hubert Vesper, the study’s lead author.

That’s good news, but don’t let down your guard.  Some supermarkets and restaurant foods still contain trans fats, sometimes at very high levels.  Here are some examples, cited by the Center for Science in the Public Interest:

*       Jolly Time Microwave Popcorn (some flavors) has 4 grams of trans fat per serving.

*       Marie Callender’s Lattice Apple Pie, 5 grams

*       Long John Silver’s Clam Strips, 7 grams

*       White Castle donuts, as much as 9 grams

Other companies cites include:

Celeste Pizza – Jimmy Dean – Pepperidge Farm – Giant – DiGiorno, and Betty Crocker.trans fat pie_chart

The American Heart Association advises that trans fats provide no more than 1% of your total daily calories (that’s less than 2 grams a day for someone eating 2,000 calories a day.)

Bottom Line:


Check nutrition labels for trans fats, but you have to read between the lines.  Because of a labeling loophole, manufacturers can say their products have 0 grams of trans fat if they contain less than 0.5 grams per serving.  That may not sound like a lot, but the numbers add up if you eat several servings.

trans fat labelTo avoid synthetic trans fats in packaged foods, make sure that partially hydrogenated oil is not in the ingredients list.  If you use margarine, soft (tub) margarines are much less likely to contain trans fats, or at least much less of then, than hard margarines.  Keep in mind that products that contain trans fats tend to be junk foods anyway, often high in calories, fat, and sodium.  Life becomes much easier when you eat organic.

Why Am I Gaining This Weight?


I hear this question almost every day in my office and all day during January and February.

And no wonder.  Despite our best efforts, most women gain weight in peri-menopause – especially around our waist and hips – even if we’re dieting – which of course is not the answer.  Let me suggest you check out my online radio show entitled: Lose Weight PERMANENTLY By Eating – only an ex-311 pounder would be willing to tell you that it’s not your fault!Before & After

Why is this happening to us?  The answer lies in the remarkable links between hormonal balance and body fat.

Before we explore these links, set aside the basic myth behind most diets – that weight control is just a matter of calorie control.  That’s NOT true and it’s misleading, and has made a lot of us suffer unnecessarily.

Weight Loss and Hormonal Balance;


The first and most basic link is between insulin metabolism and body fat.  Most of us eat the conventional low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet, with lots of processed foods (pasta, breads, most snacks, beer and wine, etc.).  Over time this diet commonly creates a condition known as insulin resistance.  When you’re insulin resistant your body converts every calorie it can into fat – even if you’re dieting.  And it won’t let you burn fat when you exercise.

A second basic link is between dis-stress and body fat.  Stress (dis-stress creates illness, pain, disease and often early death) hormones block weight loss.  This is sometimes called the “famine effect”: despite adequate food, the body interprets prolonged dis-stress as a famine, and once again, the body thinks it should store every spare calorie as fat.  Which it does very effectively.  Most women are under tremendous amounts of dis-stress – much of it prolonged and without let-up – which leads to adrenal fatigue and intractable weight gain.  This is the first issue I deal with, always.

These two links work together.  Many of us combine a high-stress life with a low-fat, high-carb diet.  This creates such a powerful hormonal imbalance that weight gain is almost inevitable.  Yo-yo dieting – strict dieting followed by a rebound in weight – will only exacerbate the pattern because it stresses the body and damages your metabolism.

A third link is estrogen loss.  As the estrogen production of your ovaries falls, your body turns to secondary production sites, including body fat, skin, and other organs.  If your body is struggling to maintain its hormonal balance, body fat becomes more valuable.  Of course, if you’re dis-stressed and on a low-fat diet, your body is struggling.  This is a vicious cycle.


A fourth link is the cravings created by high-carb diets.  Because your body can’t readily maintain optimal blood sugar and serotonin levels, you are compelled to have snacks and caffeine to make yourself feel better.  But they only exacerbate your insulin resistance and adrenal exhaustion – another vicious cycle – while adding body fat.

Note that artificial sweeteners are not a solution; they’re part of the problem.  They may lack calorie content, but they mimic sugar so well that the body produces insulin to metabolize them – contributing to insulin resistance.  They actually lower your blood sugar level, which is why most contain caffeine to compensate.

By thinking only of calorie control, we actually starve our bodies of the nutrients we need to maintain health, while signaling our bodies to put on weight.  Neither outcome is desirable!  And you end up feeling defeated and depressed by the whole process – as though willpower had anything to do with it.

My philosophy on weight control is based on what has worked for me personally and my patients for  three decades.  You have to get healthy before you can lose weight.  You can’t lose weight to get healthy.  But if you will heal your body and try to balance your life, you will than find you achieve and maintain your ideal weight and feel great!  Instead of being nutrient deficient, I help you become nutrient sufficient and the body heals itself.   This is the only fight you can lose, and still become a Winner!

Check out my website and listen to some of my online radio shows – you’ll get educated, get tools to help yourself and a lot more.  My shows are educational, often controversial, but always the truth, as I see it.

Dr. Rhonda


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