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

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. I was wondering what you thought about this.

    http://drmcdougall.com/misc/2010nl/jan/poison.htm

  5. 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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