In our last blog post, we shared some resources that may help your nursing assistants ring in the New Year with a healthier outlook on life! As we all know, one of the biggest health issues across America is the obesity epidemic…and those of us in the nursing field are not immune from it. More than half of all nurses and nurse aides in the United States are overweight. This isn’t surprising when you consider that nearly 70% of all Americans weigh more than they should for optimum health.
Let’s look back in time. In the 1950s, about a third of Americans were overweight but less than 10% of them were considered obese. By 1990, more than half of all Americans were overweight and nearly 25% of them fell into the obese category. Today, at least 35% of American adults are suffering from obesity.
While there are many factors that contributed to this rise in obesity, one that has recently been discussed in the mainstream media is our culture’s obsession with low fat foods. For decades, we’ve been told to eat margarine, non-fat yogurt, skim milk…and to ease up on eggs, butter and other “fatty” foods. Now, the experts are changing their tune. Did you see the recent cover of Time magazine, declaring that butter is back?
A well-known nutritionist, Ann Louise Gittleman, has been trying to get across the message about fat for decades. A New York Times bestselling author of 30 books, Ann Louise has this to say:
“For over 30 years, I have maintained my position against fat-free and low-fat eating. I’ve shown how low fat can make you fat and why the right fats are the key to igniting effortless weight loss. Eating the right fats can crush sugar cravings, stoke energy, promote longevity and ensure overall good health.”
In 1999, Ann Louise wrote a book called Eat Fat, Lose Weight. At the time, her work was highly criticized by conventional dietitians, physicians and journalists. Now, the nutrition world is catching up with her and Ann Louise is releasing an updated version of that book. It is NOT a diet book but, rather, a primer that explains how eating a diet high in healthy fats (macadamia nut oil, anyone?) can help resolve health and weight issues.
Ann Louise has a special place in her heart for those of us in the nursing field. Here’s what she told us:
“I have such great admiration for all nurses and nursing assistants. Thank you for being the real health advocates for the people under your care! On a personal note, my niece, Shira, became a nurse recently and I couldn’t be more proud of her chosen profession! And, during the extended care of my parents, the healing hearts and warm smiles of their nursing assistants and nurses filled me with gratitude. All of you in the nursing field are truly unsung heroes and heroines. Please take as good care of yourselves as you do of others!”
While Eat Fat, Lose Weight is not a diet book, it does contain some fabulous recipes. Here’s one that is going on my table during the holidays!
You can get the recipe for Avocado Key Lime Pie by clicking here.
If you would like to know more about Ann Louise’s work, check out her website.
And, if you are interested in reading Eat Fat, Lose Weight, you can take a look at it on Amazon.