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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #31 -- May is International No Diet Month
May 12, 2006


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Kindy's Musings....

International No Diet Day (INDD), celebrated every year on May 6, was established to challenge the cultural attitudes and values that contribute to chronic dieting, weight preoccupation, eating disorders and size discrimination.

No Diet Day confronts the symbols of our culture that are ruling peoples’ lives such as the numbers on the scale, the calorie or fat content of food and the thin clothes/fat clothes lurking in the closet.

Celebrated worldwide, INDD events are held in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Norway, South Africa and Russia.

They have included scale smashing and recycling, a diet relics museum, picnics, street theatre, protests at weight-loss surgery centers, official proclamations, educational forums, art and photography exhibits, size-friendly fashion shows, diet-free dances, closet recycling, and petitions and demonstrations in support of size rights legislation!

As a parent or someone that is involved with teaching children in some aspect -- what a great way to celebrate size acceptance and diversity -- and what a concept to get through to our kids!


Try the easy recipe below:

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

Mermaid Nut Mix

Prep time: 10 minutes

Yield: Makes 5 cups

There's something wonderful about the combination of crunchy nuts and moist dried fruits that makes this nut mix rich and satisfying.

3 cups lightly toasted, organic nuts and seeds such as almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup organic currants or raisins

1/2 cup chopped organic dried fruit such as apples, pears, mangos, cherries or figs

2 sheets nori seaweed or 1/4 cup dulse flakes (ask for these ingredients at a natural food store)

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate in a covered container until use.

Source: Rebecca Wood www.RWood.com


Celebrate and embrace these healthier alternatives:

Listen to your body’s signals for when to eat and when to stop. Eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full.

Take foods off the “good” and “bad” lists. Taste, savor and enjoy all foods to their fullest.

Enjoy a variety of foods and preparation styles. Be creative. Try something new. Have fun making changes.

Take time out for yourself. Rejuvenate yourself through exercise and/or relaxation to bring balance back into your life. Find an activity you enjoy and make time just for YOU.

Source: www.hugs.com


What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?

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Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Kindy --Your Family Dietitian


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