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Archive for September, 2006

Is eating out getting healthier?

Posted by Dr. Susan on September 27, 2006

I think that health officials are finally beginning to see the light. In both N.Y and Chicago they are talking about laws that would stop restaurants from cooking with artificial trans-fats (the proposed N.Y. law is stricter.) Trans-fats are REALLY BAD for your health. On food labels they are called PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED OIL and you should avoid them as much as possible when you buy all packaged foods. They are so bad that doctors even think they are toxic and believe they are linked to heart disease and death. Denmark has already banned trans-fats in processed foods and so should we! Banning them in restaurants would be a great start.
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Are super skinny models history?

Posted by Dr. Susan on September 16, 2006

For the first time in history, a fashion show has banned skinny models!! Wow, how cool is that!! The Pasarela Cibeles, Spain’s most important fashion event, which is in Madrid and starts this week, decided that it is more important for models to promote a healthy body image than for them to be super skinny. GO SPAIN!!

The Spanish government realizes that while it is important for girls not to be overweight, the opposite–being super skinny, like runway models, is dangerously unhealthy. And when girls watch those models show off clothes, it sets a bad example and also makes girls frustrated. Some girls even try to get that skinny and develop eating disorders like Anorexia and Bulimia. I hope that the Milan, New York, Paris and other fashion shows follow Madrid’s really great example. In fact, I wish that all the TV shows, movies and clothing companies would also support Spain’s decision. Let’s all support a healthy body and lets support Spain!!

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diets can break your bank!

Posted by Dr. Susan on September 6, 2006

A recent survey of popular diets shows that losing weight can be expensive if you’re not careful!! This survey looked at the menus from the ten most popular diets on the market (Atkins, Jenny Craig, Ornish, NutriSystem, Slim Fast, South Beach, Subway, Sugar Busters!, Weight Watchers and Zone) and found that they cost an average of about $85 a week which is about $30 MORE than most people spend on food each week. So, here’s my advice to you…stick to making healthy choices from the foods that are already in your fridge and pantry, eating smaller portions and finding time for exercise. Sign up for my newsletter at I’ll give you lots of tips for making the right eating and exercise decisions without spending all your cash on fancy diets that you don’t really need.

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