Is it a matter of choice?

It turns out that San Francisco banned most of McDonald’s Happy Meals as they are now served in today… of course this is a subject that stirs a lot of controversy, different opinions and discussions…

Some people feel very strong about the matter because they believe people should be able to make their own choices and once the government comes and take control of it you are being “dominated” and your freedom of choice is being taken away. I get it and I am all for freedom of choice.

My problem with this situation is:

1) We are dealing with kids! They don’t know what’s best for them. Yes, the parents should be the ones making the choice for the kids but are they really? Parents are too tired after a day of hard work to argue with their kids about good nutrition, for putting up with temper tantrum and for arriving home and cooking a home made meal. Sorry, I know it’s not ALL parents etc but if parents were in control of their kids nutrition we would not be dealing with such a big problem with kids obesity and diabetes!

2) Are we really choosing our food our are we just addicted to it? It’s become more clear everyday that the junk food is engineered to make us eat more of it, the power of addiction of these food are compared to any other drug! When you are dealing with addiction you are not giving the addicted person choice, you are giving them opportunity to make better choices and creating ways for them to stay away from their weakness. (read this interesting article about food addiction)

The way I see is that this so called ban is being exaggerated (as always) and if you read into what they’ve done I see them taking away the incentive (the toy) from the junk food and instead adding the incentive into the better choice (that includes the fruit and the veggie) in the hopes to make it attractive and maybe, finally making it a “Happy Meal”!

“forbid restaurants from offering a free toy with meals that contain more than set levels of calories, sugar and fat.”

“also require restaurants to provide fruits and vegetables with all meals for children that come with toys. restaurants may include a toy with a meal if the food and drink combined contain fewer than 600 calories, and if less than 35% of the calories come from fat.”

Here to articles for you to read, the one reporting about the ban

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-happy-meals-20101103,0,5438230.story

and another one with a different opinion than mine “Hands off our Happy Meals”

What’s your opinion about it? I would love to hear it 🙂

In closing I want to mention a great point that our CEO at Herbalife, Michael O. Johnson made to us at the L.A. Extravaganza…

“On my desk, I have a small plaque with the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, “The first wealth is health.” In terms of health, half the world is dieting and half of it is starving—we can help with both. Tell me why a shake full of good proteins, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy carbs is called a “meal replacement,” and a burger, fries and soda is called a “meal.” The world is upside down about what qualifies as nutrition but becoming more educated over time. “

Interesting standards we have nowadays, is it? Gives you something to think about…

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Food Cravings and Your Body

By susanb, September 2, 2010

Are food cravings really the body’s way of telling us we’re lacking certain nutrients?

The belief holds that nature creates these strong and specific food cravings so we’ll consume the necessary foods to make up the deficit.

It seems like a logical connection – that pregnant women, for example, must crave ice cream because they lack calcium, or pickles because they need sodium. Or that we turn to chocolate to cheer us up because it supplies us with compounds that are supposedly lost during a crying bout.

But scientific studies discount these notions and instead say that cravings – specifically, the intense desire for a particular food, drink or taste – are triggered not by nutritional shortages, but by a more complex set of circumstances.

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Childhood Obesity

This week Herbalife is sponsoring a two-day Conference in Orlando that Physicians and nutrition scientists from around the world are gathering in order to discuss emerging trends and grass roots solutions to the global obesity epidemic employing balanced nutrition and teaching healthy active lifestyles.

The focus has been Obesity Prevention and yesterday they talked about Childhood obesity. This is a subject that touches me, and truth be said, makes me very sad.

In the United States, obesity rates in children have quadrupled in the last 25 years. (exact the same in Canada)

When we talk about childhood obesity (and overweight) many people will get mad about it, as they perceive it as a “pressure to look good”, or they think it will create an “eating disorder”, “it’s too early to teach about dieting”, etc. But the point here is not appearance, it’s HEALTH. It’s not dieting, it’s living a healthy lifestyle.

As a result, children are experiencing the same obesity-related diseases as adults – such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. But the difference between children and adults is that, in children, there is a shorter time interval between the onset of obesity and the development of obesity-related diseases. “Obesity-related diseases that may take 10 years or more to develop in adults can appear as early as 3-5 years after the onset of obesity in children,” adds Greene.

Scientists say that prevention tactics are critical, since obesity can set in firmly as early as age five. In fact, research suggests that the most critical period for prevention of obesity may be during the first two years of life.

“If we could prevent childhood obesity, this generation would witness a 50 percent reduction in obesity as adults,” said Greene.

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Is it safe?

Many many times people will ask me what’s the difference between Herbalife products and a “shelf product” that you can buy at your grocery store/pharmacy, I am very careful when answering this question because:
I not only sell Herbalife products but I USE them, so they are what I chose for myself because I believe they are the best.
I don’t like to generalize anything and I don’t like to make it sound as I believe Herbalife is THE only good product in the market because that would be very stupid on my part 🙂

With that said, I do believe you get what you pay for (well, most of the times) and I have a hard time understanding why people want to buy “the best house” their money can buy, “the best car” their money can buy, “the best vacation” their money can buy but when it comes to supplements and food products they want the cheapest. Does it make any sense?!

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Time for a Snack?

Protein Snacks

By David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.N.
Chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition and Scientific Advisory Boards

It is well established that the typical person eating a western type diet consumes more daily calories than he needs. High-calorie snacks filled with fats and sugars contribute to these extra calories. Protein packed bars, drinks, soups, and nuts are far superior to other snacks because of the inherent differences between protein and sugars and fats.

First off, protein is more satisfying than the other two macronutrients because of specific signals it sends to the brain. When we snack on protein instead of sugars and fats, the body feels more full which helps people control their appetite between meals, thus cutting calories and controlling their weight. Recent clinical research has supported this physiologic phenomenon.

A second reason for choosing protein as a snack is its thermogenic effect. This refers to Continue reading