This past week I gave a talk to a small group of high school students in an elective class on nutrition. Relating to teenagers is not my specialty, especially since I was so shy during high school. Yet, with some advice from a dear friend on how to relate to teenagers by talking about how eating real food would allow you to "take a selfie without a filter" or "go to prom looking great" or "kick ass on that math test" or "improve your ability to compete against your schools rival" it actually went....um...ok?
It's hard to read these kids. One fell asleep. A couple watched me. A few did homework. I rallied, and engaged them enough with a few activities,....I think.
In the end, I think I made them more aware. I focussed on why the SIMPLE choice is always the best and that packages are tricky. We focussed alot on sugar as well which is why the photo above. Yes, I purchased those things to make a point about how our food is often loaded with added sugar, and if it doesn't have added sugar, it is made with chemicals.
Many of you already know about my lazy tendencies (I had listed 20 of them before here). Turns out, I am lazy about Halloween too. The cool thing is that my inadvertent laziness turned into something pretty awesome.
Here is the interview from the Katie Coombs show Uncommon Sense. I am primarily in Segment 7 and 8. I wonder how many "ums" I actually said?
Hopefully this sparks questions for you. Please share and ask. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Special thank you to Katie Coombs for the opportunity.
I have many fond memories of my grandparents. What I remember the most is my grandfather's affinity to sweets. I have vivid memories of playing in their backyard in San Jose and picking fresh blackberries and raspberries off the bush. I never waited to wash them before I ate them, because even then I had little patience.
Another sweet treat my grandfather would have is a grapefruit cut in half with a dash of maple syrup. At the time, the tartness of the grapefruit simply made me pucker my lips, despite the maple syrup. Yet somehow, since transitioning to whole foods-paleo inspired, I have revisited this little trick, and guess what?.....I love it.
I use it as a refreshing lateral shift maneuver when my sweet tooth strikes.
As I embark on this journey to complete my Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition, I am continually reminded of this. I recently worked on an assignment related to fluoride. I am not here to discuss health pros and cons of fluoride that is for you to discuss with your dentist but fluoride is a “BANDAID” for prevention and control of dental caries (aka cavities). The real source of the problem is SUGAR.
One of the studies I came across looked at the relationship between sugars, dental caries and fluoride use. To no surprise, they concluded that the current recommendation that sugar intake should be ≤ 10% of energy intake is no longer acceptable. Regardless of fluoride intake, ≤2-3% of energy intake is optimal for prevention of dental carries in children thru adulthood.1
Let’s correct that sweet tooth with a “lateral shift”!
Let me introduce you to the “lateral shift” technique.
In Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT) terms the lateral shift is used to describe spinal deformities when the hips and shoulders are not in line. Shoulders are often shifted over to one side making you look crooked. This is generally an indication that you need a manual mechanical correction to essentially get straightened out. The “lateral shift” generally has a negative connotation. But correcting it allows you to become straightened out.
In discussions regarding sugar, many people notice it everywhere. So, the question is how much is ok if you can’t avoid it 100%?
That’s a tough question to answer. It’s really a personal answer. Perfection is never the key in life, but thriving thru life is the goal.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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