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The End of Overeating
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  From the Editor

(Icons/Graphics) Lady_with_tape_measure.jpgHealth and weight have become such large issues for so many of us.  Listening to debates over health care, I began realizing that too many of us are not taking responsibility for our own health.  Is that not what it ultimately comes down to, taking responsibility for ourselves.  Is that not one of our primary goals for our children -guiding them to take responsibility for their own actions?! Are we practicing what we preach?  I am guilty of not taking responsibility!

For many of us November signals the start of a two month food/holiday season.  I got through Halloween without consuming any candy.  Yeah!  But the most dangerous times are ahead in November and December. Oh heck, the most dangerous times are all day, every day.

Time was when I was a slim 5"2" 120 pounds, keeping up with three lively children, active in tennis, well toned, eating what I wanted and burning calories with ease. 

(Icons/Graphics) Lady_with_Veggies.jpgSince I could do with a lot more veggies, smaller portions of lean protein, etc. and more activity, I decided to be proactive and put my health/looks at the top of the list, even before my favorite activity -building this website for parents.  In my "former" life, I  have been getting up about 6 am, turning on the computer, grabbing a cup 'a and starting work.

No more!  Get up, get dressed, walk briskly for 15-20 minutes, drink a glass of water, eat a small meal and then start work.  Telling you this is scary!  I can't quite bring myself to tell anyone my weight but I am willing to commit to a program and to tell  inches lost.  I have a notebook for recording everything: my goals and why, the rules I'm making for myself, water and food consumption, cardio, resistance exercizes, waist measurement, etc.  I know better than to give up entirely on the "comfort" foods, but I am going to make some rules for myself about when and how much I can have.  Coming up: stuffing or pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving?  I choose stuffing, but only three tablespoons.

What do you do to stay healthy and keep that weight gain at bay?!  Please share!

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My daughter and I just found the best daytimers for busy moms! We're both the kind of people who have to see our schedules laid out! This daytimer is designed so you can see the daily activities of each family member on any given day.  Click on the momAgenda ad in this newsletter and cruise around the site. You can get a good look at layouts in their "printables" section. Good news!  The momAgenda offers a 17-month calendar that runs from August 09 through December 2010 and is on sale right now.

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If you are job-seeking, be sure to go to Mary Jeanne Vincent's workshop at Capitola Book Cafe (see calendar below).  She is a talented coach!

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Whether you've been there or are there, moms and dads need a break from the demands of the greatest job on earth, parenting!  Two local parents who've had experience in all aspects of "nannying" from being nannies to working in nanny agencies, have started a new service for parents in Santa Cruz County.  Amber Jones and Michelle Turner welcome your inquiries at SantaCruzNannies.  We suggest visiting with them!

Parmalee

  The End of Overeating

by Machelle Lee, co-owner of the highly successful and very popular The Invisible Gym

(Site Photos) Machelle.jpgCertain foods are powerful.

They cast a spell over the most well-meaning dieter, and cause logical people to overeat until their sides hurt.

They occupy your thoughts to the point of obsession as you try to ignore a plate of cookies.

And when it's all said and done, they accumulate on your body in the most obtrusive way as a result of dozens of unused calories.

Why does food hold such power? And, most importantly, how can you control your eating?

The End of Overeating

David A. Kessler, MD set out to answer these pressing questions in his instant bestseller, The End of Overeating. Despite being a pediatrician, a former FDA commissioner, and former dean of the medical schools at Yale and the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Kessler struggles with his weight.

Observing the current obesity epedemic, he knew that he wasn't alone.

Dr. Kessler, with the insight of some of the brightest minds in medicine and science, discovered the following three reasons that most of us are compelled to overeat.

An Irresistable Combination Rewires Your Brain: Think of your favorite treat - most likely it can be broken down into the basic building blocks of sugar, fat and salt. This combination is known of as the "three points of the compass', a combination that has been shown to literally alter the biological circuitry of your brain.

Sugar, fat and salt give food a high hedonic value which gives you pleasure. This pleasure reinforces you to return to your favorite foods time and time again.

The Food Industry Targets You: Everywhere you go you'll see the clever work of the food industry, tempting you with highly palatable creations. Food has become a science, and your taste preferences the guiding light.

The food industry has one goal - to get you hooked. By constructing food items that are high in sugar, fat and salt they know that you will come back time and time again.

Conditioned Hypereating Becomes a Way of Life: Humans are conditioned to seek more reward. When readily available, hyper palatable food become our reward a pattern of hypereating quickly emerges. Dr. Kessler describes the cycle:

"Foods high in sugar, fat, and salt, and the cues that signal them, promote more of everything: more arousal...more thoughts of food...more urge to pursue food...more dopamine-stimulated approach behavior...more consumption...more opioid-driven reward...more overeating to feel better...more delay in feeling fulll...more loss of control...more preoccupation with food...more habit-driven behavior...and ultimately, more and more weight gain."

Read more about how to Break the Cycle>>>>>

  Suki's Blog: Brainy Kid Fun

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I subscribe to a rather unusual newsletter for kids. It's called the Neuroscience for Kids newsletter. I heard about it through some mailing list or other. It seemed to fit my little scientists well. (Did I tell you about her Halloween costume? H1N1, of course! She said, "I want to be something really scary!")

The cool thing about the neuroscience for kids newsletter is that it assumes that kids would be interested in neuroscience. Something that homeschooling has taught me (that I already should have known, and I suppose I did in some sort of subconscious way), is that kids are never really too young to learn anything. You just have to figure out what they are ready to hook into.

There's this weird part of our culture that tries to tell us......  continued>>>>>>>>

  This Week

Event CalendarBelow is only a partial list of upcoming events and activities so be sure to click on our EVENT CALENDAR so you do not miss anything.

Is your organization putting on a holiday event open to the public?  Be sure to list it on our calendar! Go to our homepage and under Current Highlights, click on Submit Your Event.

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11/4 Santa Cruz Montessori
Junior High Information Night
11/11 Gateway Open House
11/14 York Open House
11/15 Mount Madonna
Open House
11/15 Santa Catalina
Visiting Day
11/15 Spring Hill
Middle School Information Night

See Events Calendar

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It takes time and hard work.

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 Raising Responsible Children

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11/12/2009 at 6:30pm, Tech Center, County Office of Education, 400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz

Free.  Please bring a can of food for the Food Bank

In this encouraging workshop for parents of young children, tweens, teens and young adults you'll learn:

* 3 keys ensuring your son or daughter's lifetime capability
* the magic formula you now have for your IMMEDIATE use
* the right attitudes to support his or her growth
* your secret ingredient to EMPOWER him or her
* what your son or daughter REALLY wants from you
* AND you'll have an action plan for your success!

RSVP: Please call 466-5820 to reserve your seat today! Space is limited!

Spanish translation will be provided

LORRAINE PURSELL, MA, BCET, Raising Responsible Children Expert, has her master's in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and is a board certified educational therapist. Since 1995 she has empowered children, parents and educators.  Get Lorraine's FREE monthly Parent Power Pack. Sign up now: LorrainePursell.com

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