Why this blog on personal health reform?

Hello! I’m Mary, a registered dietitian living in Southwest France for the last seven years.  I have a Masters of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Exercise and Sports Science.  I have worked in England as a dietitian for the National Health Service and was employed in America as Co-Coordinator for the Women, Infants and Children Public Health Program, clinical dietitian at a rehabilitation hospital and HIV clinic.  I have four children who complain sometimes that it is “a pain to have a mom who is a dietitian because we have to eat healthy a lot!” 

My main reason I started this blog is because I think I have something important to say!  That sounds quite ambiguous and egocentric, I know.  I think the niche that sets me apart from other health professionals is my experiences living in Europe. I am American, but I do embrace the European lifestyle of a more slower pace , longer meals, more physical activity, more focus on homegrown foods or foods from local markets.  Can I add that I worry about Americans, every time I visit America, thinking that we are too overstressed, overworked, overweight?  Could people avoid devastating health issues by adapting their lifestyle back to their cultural roots:  European, Latin, Asian, African?  I would love to help readers to either continue on their personal journey to good health or change their lifestyle to a more healthy well balanced one.  From personal experience, I know that when someone close to us gets sick, it is never just the person who is sick who suffers, all those in the circle suffer too! 

In my blog I hope to bring ideas on how we can all live a longer, healthier, more productive life, from birth to elderly. I hope to help people who don’t know why, how or where to start. Or to encourage those already on a health journey to continue.  Let’s each of us take control of our own health!  There will be a focus also on health issues that are currently in the news and address questions that readers may have.  My personal passion is to help children and educate parents on starting good eating and lifestyle habits for children. I know it isn’t easy! I have four kids, they are all different, all prefer different types of food.  Living in France helps, because in France the eating structure is very disciplined, even for children. 

I hope , you the reader, will feel comfortable leaving comments, offering suggestions, perhaps giving your personal views that you will share!  You can always email me directly.  I wish everyone a healthy 2010!

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15 Responses to “Why this blog on personal health reform?”

  1. Jim Brighton January 2, 2010 at 18:55 Reply

    Congratulations and good luck on your new blog!

  2. Looking forward to lots of good advice! Happy new year and a healthy one too.

  3. Sharon Jones January 2, 2010 at 21:39 Reply

    Hey, well done Mary on this exciting new venture! I shall look forward to reading all your posts especially since I really, really want to become fitter, healthier and slimmer this year and need all the help and encouragement I can find!

  4. Mare,
    You are an inspiration to all of us who know you. I think it’s awesome that so many more people in the world can now benefit from learning who you are and being a part of your life.

  5. Very impressive, and very informative. I look forward to checking in regularly and getting great advice from an old friend. Best of luck and good helath in this new year to you and your family, both those in the States and with you in France! I’ve set some goals for myself and my family in this new year with regard to a better diet and more regular exercise and this blog may just be another tool to keep us on the right track! Thanks, Mare!

  6. Carol Pranschke January 3, 2010 at 16:44 Reply

    Hello, Mary! We met many years ago when my husband Mark and our two boys and I visited you for a day. Meeting you remains a bright spot in my memories. I wish you much success and many blessings with helping others achieve good health; holistic health, eating local, living a simpler lifestyle is a big component of living here in Lyons, Colorado. And it’s so much fun! I am looking forward to reading much more from you and your French experiences! I recently read that French women don’t use a gym; they incorporate exercise into their day. What I want to know is, do they really carry baguettes on the back of their bikes? :-) Love and peace, Carol Pranschke

  7. Kevin W. Anderson January 3, 2010 at 17:10 Reply

    Hey Mary, great site. How about having the french eat some whey protien and do a couple pushups. They look a little skinny :)

  8. Mary, I know success is just around the corner. I will track your progress.
    As always,
    P.S. Hi to the kids and Mr. L. Dad.

  9. Mare, I love the site – let’s get started….I have a little one who believes there are only two food groups: peanut butter and chicken (not together though, thank goodness).

  10. Hi commenters! Thanks for the encouragement! Of course, I believe I have a lot to say..and I won’t shut my mouth just yet!!!
    Will address my views on how Europeans “live” , especially the French and English (with a part on Italians too).
    No, I don’t see many French eating whey proteins to pump up, although they love their cheese!
    And , haven’t seen many baguettes on backs of bikes for awhile..but have seen the French berets around!!!
    Thanks again, keep posting, especially if you have anything you want an answer on..

  11. Awesome!
    i want to give up white flour, but how. i love bread. help!!!!

  12. Christina and other interested readers…! You want to give up white flour? And possibly also white sugar? Good idea(s), but not easy. There is flour (and sugar) in just about everything. I’m writing a post in the next day or so EXACTLY on this subject…so tune back in! Mary

  13. Debby Dutilh January 6, 2010 at 19:08 Reply

    Congratulations on your new blog which I know will be informative and amazing and authentically Brighton! I’m looking forward to your blog helping to nourish my French soul, too, here in sunny L.A.. That being said, I’m making a couple of Galettes des Rois right now. All the best to you all in Pau for a Happy Healthy New Year and Successful blog!

  14. I was wondering what you thought about this.


  15. Christina, Dr. McDougall is a reputable doctor with valid points but I don’t agree completely with his thoughts that we are ingesting poisons and should switch to a plant/starch based diet. First, his words, poisons are quite scary, inticing the reader to read on…wrong words to use I feel-it makes it sound that all animal foods are full of poison. Not true. But I do agree that people, in general, overeat proteins and these proteins are usually from animal based foods. We are ingesting about twice the amount of protein that we need on average, per day.
    However, switching to the plant, low fat diet he proposes is something very difficult to follow long term and has its own share of “poisons” as he calls them-in the pesticides they put on plants. Diabetic persons need to be careful also using a full plant based diet that is low in fat, because this type of diet can lead to high blood sugars.
    If I was following the diet he mentions to use, I would be hungry all the time! Couldn’t last on this..I am sure some could, but it would take a lot of planning. In addition this diet may not be ideal for children who are in a growth pattern that they need more protein than a middle aged person, for example.
    If I chose to follow this diet I would add more plant based fats to it, such as adding oils to vegetables and grains.
    If you have specific questions concerning what he says, let me know and I will answer them.

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