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7 Shocking Things I Learned From Fed Up

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Fed Up - Childhood ObesityOver the years we have heard a lot about the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States. But Fed Up, a new documentary produced and narrated by Katie Couric, suggests that we’ve been battling this disease in all the wrong ways.

Instead of blaming a lack of will power and pushing kids to exercise more, Fed Up puts the responsibility squarely on the sugary processed foods so many kids and families rely on for their daily nutrition.

The doc follows four overweight children who are struggling with their weight, and, frankly, it’s heartbreaking. These kids desperately want to be healthy and accepted by the other students at school. They are afraid of getting diabetes or cancer or even dying young. But they are confronted at every turn—at school, at home, on TV, and online—by the foods that are making them fat. As one of the kids says, alcoholics don’t have to keep liquor in the house, but everyone needs to eat.

Here are just a few of the shocking things I learned while watching:

A calorie is not a calorie. One hundred and sixty calories of almonds is not equal to 160 calories of soda. One provides healthy fats, vitamins, and fiber. The other is absorbed instantly by the liver and turned immediately to fat. Guess which is which.

Based on lab studies, sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine. For this reason alone parents should go easy on the added sugars given to babies and toddlers. The more sugar kids consume at this age, the more they’ll crave it as they grow up.

In 1980 there were no reported cases of Type 2 diabetes in the U.S. In 2010, that number was 57,638.

There are 600,000 packaged food items in America. Eighty percent of them contain added sugar. As Dr. Robert Lustig recently told Parents, naturally occurring sugars in fruits are perfectly healthy since they come with fiber to balance it out. But most added sugars enter our bodies with little fiber and go straight to our liver where they’re turned into fat.

One can of soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar, and 80% of America’s public schools have a deal with Coke or Pepsi. Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist, calls soda “the cigarettes of the 21st century.”

When it comes to school lunches the federal government considers tomato paste a vegetable; thus a slice of pizza can help meet a lunch’s produce requirement. I love pizza, but it doesn’t look like a vegetable to me.

It is possible to be “TOFI”, or thin on the outside and fat on the inside. Meaning, thin people who eat junk food are still at risk for major health problems.

What does this mean for me and you and our families? The prescription is simple: eat more real food. Cook at home and rely less on processed foods that are typically sugar-laden and nutrient-poor. Home-cooked food doesn’t need to take a long time or be fancy. Here are some of my favorite recipes from Parents.com:

Get recipes for three weeks of easy, weeknight dinners, plus a grocery list.

Try a stir-fry kids will love.

Make ahead parts of your meal for easy family dinners.

Fed Up opens in movie theaters today. Learn more about the film and how we can feed our kids better.

How to Eat Healthy: Raising Nutrition-Smart Kids
How to Eat Healthy: Raising Nutrition-Smart Kids
How to Eat Healthy: Raising Nutrition-Smart Kids

Image via Fed Up

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Can Women Really Have It All?

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoopcan women have it all?

New mom Drew Barrymore was recently asked how she does it all, and replied, “I can’t and I don’t.”

Celebrity Baby Scoop asked some of our favorite celebrity moms on the concept of having it all. Is it attainable or an illusion?

When speaking with Katie Couric at BlogHer in New York City last summer, the proud mom said, “My daughters are my best accomplishment.”

At the conference, the successful broadcast journalist went on to say that women can have it all…with the help of many people, including nannies, and so on.

Actress Lauren Holly is mom to three children – Azer, 12, George, 11, and Henry, nearly 10 – and opened up about the “constant juggling act” of motherhood and her career.

When asked if ‘having it all’ is unrealistic or attainable, the Dumb & Dumber star said, “It is both.” 

She added: “For me it fluctuates between the two, honestly. Some weeks I’m doing it, some weeks I’m flailing.

Journalist and television personality Lisa Ling voiced her opinion on the dilemma, saying:

“I don’t think it is realistic at all. I think women make so many sacrifices, much more than men do. It’s okay to not have it all, it’s okay to ask for help, and it’s okay to say, ‘I need to talk to someone and I need to confide in other people about things.’ I think the idea of women having it all is nice to imagine, but I don’t think it is really possible. I think we can have a whole lot of things and we can be good at a lot of things, but we also should feel like it’s okay to ask for help when we need it. ‘

Actress Elisabeth Rohm relies on the ‘village’ approach to juggle career and motherhood.

“I think that having a strong village makes it all attainable.  A woman’s life is a juggling act, especially when you’re a mom and have a career.  So having a good circle of friends is extremely helpful, whether it’s just for emotional support or the need for a last-minute babysitter.  In addition, I don’t think you should pressure yourself all at once.  Everything has its moment.”

Actress Gena Lee Nolin is mom to four children: Spencer, 16, Caia, 11, Hudson, 6, and Stella, 4.

The former Baywatch star shared her thoughts on the illusion of ‘having it all.’

“I’ve learned how to become a balanced mom, wife and friend,” she shared. “Also, I am learning my own definition of ‘having it all.’ I can tell you this, it’s certainly not about being on the number one show in the world or being on the next magazine cover. It’s about being present in every thing I do. No matter what adversity life throws at me, my children know how important they are and that I can always be depended on.”

Tia & Tamera star Tia Mowry-Hardrict is mom to 2-year-old son Cree.

When asked if she thinks women can have it all, Tia replied, “Yes I do.”

She added: “I think that it’s all about trying to prioritize, and that’s the hardest part about finding the balance. You have to ask yourself, ‘What is my priority?’ There are certain women that have different priorities. It’s all about figuring out what your priorities are, what’s working in the household, and what’s not working in the household. It’s important to have a partner who’s very supportive of women having it all and wanting to have it all. It gets a little difficult if you don’t have people around you that support you. Thank god I have a very supportive husband who encourages me to live out my dreams, achieve my goals, and be a mother. I personally believe we can have it all, it’s about trying to find the balance and prioritizing.”

Tia’s twin sister and costar, Tamera Mowry-Housley, also shared her thoughts on ‘having it all.’

“I think women can have it all, but we have to make sacrifices along the way,” said Tamera, whom welcomed her first child, son Aden, in November 2012.

She added: “I don’t think you can have it all without making sacrifices. If you want to be a mom, wife, and businesswoman, you have to accept that you’re not going to be able to be there all the time with your son. What you can do is really make time on the weekend. There is always going to be that push for balance. Yes, you can have it all, but you’re always going to feel like you have to work on things. You’re never going to have it all in the sense that it is never going to be perfect.”

Actress and author Garcelle Beauvais shared her thoughts on the topic:

“I used to think it was attainable but now I believe we put too much pressure on ourselves. We can have different things at different times.”

Singer Amy Grant talks about understanding the need to choose vs. trying to do and have it all.

“I don’t know if I do balance it all. In my line of work, everything happens in waves. Promotion is the hardest, because it is so crazy and hectic. There is a certain rhythm to touring, songwriting, and everything else. It’s all about simplifying your schedule so you have enough time to sit around and think. When I am stressed out, I enjoy cooking and gardening. Each day this spring, I am trying to have a short amount of time I call my “retreat.” I love riding bikes and I also swim every day that I can. When you’re in water, you move around differently and you feel like a kid again. I try not to speed through life. Instead, I try to take time for myself every day. The only way that is possible is by giving some things up. Over the last five years, I’ve made a concerted effort to simplify everything.

I don’t think anyone can have it all in life, but we do have the freedom to choose. You might not be able to choose your exact life circumstances, but you have the freedom to choose your response to them. I am the most stressed out when I have too many commitments on my plate or when I feel like I don’t get to exercise any of my own choices. That is the most important time to say to yourself, ‘Just breathe. You have the freedom to choose how you react to what’s in front of you.’ This could apply to how you respond to the relationship you’re in or something you’re looking forward to. Even in the worst situation, the freedom to respond however you want is a choice for everybody.”

Champion volleyball player Gabrielle Reece is mom to three girls – step-daughter Izabella, 17, and daughters Reece, 9, Brody, 5.

When asked if women can really ‘have it all,’ the model-athlete replied, “I think you can have it all at different times, but not all at the same time.”

She added: “I always use the analogy where I’m at a party and my kid comes up to me and says, ‘They have cookies, ice cream, and cake!’ To this, I say, ‘You can either have half of two options, or one regular option. You can’t have it all.’”

“In your twenties, you might have a perfect body, a fantastic social life, a killer career, and a clean apartment, and then you go down a different path with a different partner,” Gabby continued. “Something always gives and takes and slides around. It’s about asking yourself, ‘What is the most important thing I want?’ and accepting that the other things might temporarily fall by the wayside. I tell my single friends, ‘Having a husband and kids or just a killer career won’t make a person happy. It’s whatever happiness is to you.’ Some friends just want to have a partner and a great job and that’s awesome! I also had a friend who had kids by herself. You have to define what happiness is to you.”

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Can Women Really Have It All? Celebrity Moms Sound Off

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Gwyneth Paltrow and KidsThis post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.

This is a question all moms struggle with: Can we really have it all? We got the scoop from Hollywood moms.

New mom Drew Barrymore recently opened up about the illusion of having a ‘perfect’ life. When asked how she does it all, she replied: “I can’t and I don’t.”

She added: “It sucks when you’ve worked really hard for certain things and you have to give them up because you know that you’re going to miss out on your child’s upbringing, or you realize that your relationship has suffered.”

Being a new mom to 6-month-old daughter Olive — her first child with husband Will Kopelman — Drew has had to take a break from directing.

“I can’t direct right now because I would miss out on my daughter,” she explained. “It was heartbreaking to let it go, but it was a clear choice.”

“I was raised in that generation of women can have it all, and I don’t think you can,” she added. “I think some things fall off the table. The good news is, what does stay on the table becomes much more in focus and much more important.”

Let’s hear from some of our favorite celebrity moms on the concept of having it all. Is it really possible?

Katie Couric:
Celebrity Baby Scoop caught up with Katie Couric at BlogHer in New York City last summer. “My daughters are my best accomplishment,” the proud mom said.

At the conference, the successful broadcast journalist went on to say that women can have it all…with the help of many people, including nannies, and so on.

Isla Fisher:
Wedding Crashers actress Isla Fisher and her husband, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, are parents to daughters Olive, 5, and Elula, 2. The Confessions of a Shopaholic star recently opened up about the illusion of having it all.

“You can’t ‘have it all – it’s a total myth,” Isla said. “Whatever you are lucky enough to get should be fabulous enough. I have never met anyone with the perfect career and the perfect family life. Something always has to suffer.”

Gwyneth Paltrow:
Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow seems to have it all! With a successful marriage to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and their two gorgeous kids – daughter Apple, 8, and son Moses, 6 – it seems life is perfect for the famous actress.

But don’t be so quick to judge. Gwyneth recently talked about the myth of a perfect-looking life.

“You can’t have it all,” Gwyneth said. “I don’t care what it looks like…. I look for an interesting supporting part about once a year. That’s the most I can manage. Some women can do it and that’s fantastic, but I can’t.”

More Celeb Mom and Baby News:
Angela Kinsey on Motherhood and Life Outside ‘The Office’
Mia Hamm: From Medals to Motherhood
Halle Berry: Premiere Bump in Brazil

CelebrityBabyScoop.com is one of the most popular blogs on the topic and the foremost provider of everything celebrity-baby, featuring baby fashion, baby names, baby trends and up-to-the-minute celebrity baby gossip and pics. Get all the latest news, updates, and photos about Hollywood’s most beloved celebrity moms, dads and their babies. Who’s the latest Tinseltown baby? Who’s due next and who just announced a pregnancy? It’s all on Celebrity Baby Scoop.

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Watch It: @katiecouric Webshow Talks Nurtureshock

Friday, February 18th, 2011

CBS News anchor Katie Couric covers the ever-so-hot topic of how one should praise her child in this week’s webisode of her webshow, @katiecouric. Watch as she interviews blogger Liz Gumbinner and Nurtureshock co-author Ashley Merryman about everything from how to prepare your child for disappointment to the buzzed-about ”tiger mom” parenting philosophy.

Clips from the @katiecouric: Nurtureshock webshow:

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