Your Health is Under Attack

The video, “Hungry for Change” will forever change the way you look at yourself, the way you look at food, and your concept of  diet and good health. If possible this week-end, set aside time to watch this free video at It may well be the most influential video you will see. It may even be the turning point in your life.

Get ready for an “a-ha” week-end,

Lee Jackson
Nutrition advocate and author

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Is this the Year for Weight Loss?

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January is almost over and I haven’t said anything about one of the most challenging resolutions: losing weight. Every year we say this, perhaps, but will this be THE YEAR? This might be a goal to consider not only for adults but for children, too.

If you as an adult set your goal very high, it may not be very realistic. Make it reasonable. Think how much better any amount of weight loss will make you feel.

What are some of the simple ways to do this? Here is a start:

Eat only half a sandwich or slice of toast. Choose half a serving of pasta and cut the potato in half. Cutting down on carbs really works. If dessert is being served, cut that in half, too. If eating out, share a serving with another member of your party, if the establishment allows. Most restaurants serve way too much food.

Are you still hungry in the evening? First drink a glass of water and see whether that helps. Exercising and staying busy also helps to occupy the mind and turn it away from food.

I would be happy to hear of other ways you found that keep you focused on your goal.

Best to you,

Lee Jackson
Food and Family Living

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Obesity Prevention $4.9 Million Grant for Research Development of Programs for Head Start

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The $4.9 million grant received by the University of Michigan will try to figure out how to eliminate behaviors leading to obesity before a set pattern begins. The funds will be used for research and obesity prevention programs in Head Start. This federally funded program focuses on school readiness for low-income children ages 3 to 6.

This is a huge amount of money to spend on this project. If it, indeed, helps children control their weight, it will be priceless. We know that an obese young person is much more likely to be an obese adult. And people who are overweight are more likely to have more medical problems.

My hope is that the results of this project will be concerned with the health and nutrition of children and not used to develop drugs, supplements, and other products for the benefit of the food industry and pharmaceutical industry. This must be child/family based.

Reducing calorie intake and increasing exercise and activity are the main ways of staying in shape. It’s the “doing” and/or “not doing” part of this equation that causes the problems. Let’s hope the grant will shed some light on this as well.

Many studies have indicated the solution to losing weight and keeping it off is to have a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet combined with a reasonable amount of exercise. This lifestyle is consistent with weight loss and long-term health.

What we eat does make a difference.

To you and your family’s health,

Lee Jackson, CFCS

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Eating Healthy Goals

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Top on the list of most person’s goals this year are to eat healthy, lose weight and stay more active. When we look at the whole picture, this is a pretty daunting list. How can we do everything and still have a life?

Today let’s focus on eating healthy. What we eat has magnificent powers. Food can give us health and vigor, protecting us from disease and minor discomforts. Food can also make us sick and miserable. We are in control of what goes into our mouth and stomach. We can’t always control noise factors, pollution, or other detriments to our health. What we eat and how much we eat is totally up to us.

Where to start?

Use food for the mind and the body. Food is not something to quickly gulp down when there is a gnawing feeling in the stomach. It’s to be enjoyed and appreciated. Therefore, take time to sit down and really sense what it is you are eating. Perhaps you can even visualize where the food was grown, who picked it, the landscape of the area. Think: I want to eat foods that will feed my body. Make this a positive mind-set.

Set up  conditions conducive to this mind-set. Is there still a supply of high-sugar holiday goodies around the house? Eliminating these, as well as any junk foods such as chips, crackers and soft drinks will help keep you from hearing them call you. The “cupboard cleaning-out” process may even include cake mixes, chili mixes, and other pre-prepared foods. None of these are necessary for good health. They do not provide any nutrients for keeping the body at its best.

Plan family meals. Look in your kitchen to see what foods are available. Do you have high quality protein foods such chicken, turkey, eggs, fish or lean meat? What vegetables could you prepare? Are there any fruits available? Any legumes, nuts, seeds or whole grains?  Your meals should revolve around these types of foods. It is best to write out possible meal suggestions. Consider your family’s ages, as well as likes and dislikes. Look in your cookbooks for any new and interesting ways to prepare what you have or want to prepare. This will save you time when you do your grocery shopping. Planning nutritious and tasty meals is a skill which is developed through practice. See for more suggestions on meal planning, as well as how children can help you in the planning and preparation.

I’ve included three good practices that will help get the year started with you and your family’s health and well-being in mind. What are some ways you will implement “eating healthy” this year?

To your success,

Lee Jackson
“Healthy Eating for Your Family”

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