We’ve all experienced this: your fingers scrape the bottom of the bag of chips/cookies/pick-your-poison and you suddenly realize that you may have reached into the bag for handful-after-handful and yet you haven’t really “registered” or gotten satisfaction from many of the bites. Maybe you’re watching TV, on the computer, driving in the car, or lost in your own thoughts and/or feelings. Maybe what drove you to snack in the first place was not actual physical hunger, but stress, anger or boredom. Unfortunately, when we’re not “mindful” of the bites we are eating, either because we are not paying attention or because we’re eating for “head hunger,” not for a physical need, extra bites become extra calories, become extra pounds.
Thanks to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Second Annual Summer Food Drive, several local families won’t go hungry this summer. This year’s food drive ran from June 1 to 30, and employees, doctors and patients contributed a total of 1,530 pounds of food (worth almost $2,300) to help feed local low-income kids and their families.
In general, vegetarian diets can be healthful for children as long as there are alternative foods to meet their nutritional needs. However, the question becomes more complicated when one considers a vegan diet for a young child or infant.
Presenting…Healthy Screenings Film Series
We have all heard the saying “you are what you eat.” But did you know that the Palo Alto Medical Foundation has created a free community film series that aims to help you understand what you are eating? This thought provoking series of films and engaging discussions are led in-person by PAMF family medicine physician and former film critic Dr. Ed Yu in Mountain View, and a group of PAMF doctors in Santa Cruz. The movies are shown monthly at the PAMF Mountain View Center and PAMF Santa Cruz hosts a monthly series (at the Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz). We would love to have you join us at one of our upcoming movie nights!