Sunday, December 9, 2007

Episode 36 Positively Pittsburgh Live: Holiday Health in the Burgh,

Judy P. Masucci, Ph.D., A Mother's Boutique: Mother's Health, Suzanne Froelich, the Nexagen Weight Loss Patch, Cleansing Consultant: Annette Ziemba, Paula Franett, Meta Fitness
Tips and tricks from show notes on this outstanding show with 4 phenomenal women giving tips on Holiday Health.

About A Mother's Boutique: When it comes to nursing your baby, A Mother’s Boutique is here to help. We carry everything you need to nurse - breastfeeding clothing and bras in a range of styles and sizes as well as breast pumps and accessories. Best of all, we offer in-home visits in the greater Pittsburgh area and on-line ordering for all locations, so moms can shop from the convenience of their own home. Call or visit our on-line store to find out why our selection and service are exactly what a busy mom deserves!

About Judy Masucci, Ph.D.: Dr. Masucci received her Ph.D. in Genetics from Columbia University. After two careers – her first as a scientist and her second in Biotech Business and Marketing, she was inspired to help other new mothers with breastfeeding and has embarked on a 3rd career to do this. Dr. Masucci was inspired to help other mothers after becoming a mother herself with the birth of her son in 2005. Dr. Masucci has been a stay-at-home mother, a work-out-of-the-home mother and is now a work-at-home mother. She has published breastfeeding articles and is the owner of boutique designed to help other new mothers breastfeed their babies. Her boutique, A Mother's Boutique, was designed with busy moms in mind.

Helpful Links:
Breastfeeding Tips for new mothers:
Working and Breastfeeding: Tips for Success: vs. Bottle - a sumarry of the benefits of breastfeeding:

Judy P. Masucci, Ph.D.President/Owner/MotherA Mother's Boutique, LLCP.O. Box 219Wexford, PA 15090724-934-8795724-965-4085 (fax)judy@mothersboutique.com

From Annette Ziemba, Cleansing Consultant
To navigate the party landmines with your healthy diet intact, you need a strategy. Experts agree: Having a plan in place will help you handle night after night of eating and drinking.
"Think of your appetite as an expense account, and figure out how much you want to spend on drinks, appetizers, entrees, and dessert," advises Michelle May, MD, author of Am I Hungry? What to Do When Diets Don't Work. She suggests giving yourself permission to enjoy your favorite foods -- in sensible portions.

To help you survive the seasonal parties without packing on the pounds, WebMD consulted diet gurus across the country for their best holiday diet tips. Here are their top 10 recommendations:
1. Trim back the trimmings. Go all out and deck the halls with boughs of holly, glitter, and lights, but when it comes to holiday food, accessorize with care. To shave calories, go easy when adding nuts, cheese, cream sauces, gravy, butter, and whipped cream -- additions that don't add much to the meal, but can add plenty to your waistline. Trim calories wherever you can so you leave the party feeling satisfied, but not stuffed, recommends Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, author of The Dish on Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous.
2. Wear snug clothes and keep one hand busy. When you wear snug-fitting attire, chances are you'll be too busy holding in your stomach to overeat. While you stand around looking posh in your holiday finery, hold a drink in your dominant hand so it won't be so easy to grab food, recommends obesity expert Cathy Nonas, MS, RD.
3. Chew gum. When you don't want to eat, pop a piece of sugarless gum into your mouth. This works well when you're cooking or when you're trying not to dive into the buffet, says Nonas.
4. Be a food snob. If you don't love it, don't eat it, says American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Melinda Johnson, MS, RD. Scan the buffet for foods you truly treasure and skip the everyday dishes that are available all year long. And don't think it's your responsibility to sample everything on the buffet. Go ahead and indulge in your personal holiday favorites, then find a seat and, slowly and mindfully, savor every mouthful.
5. No skipping meals. Always eat normally on the day of a party. "People who skip meals to save up calories tend to overeat everything in sight once they get there," says Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, author of Diet Simple. "Eating sensibly throughout the day will take the edge off the appetite and empower a bit of restraint." Start with a nourishing breakfast, have a light lunch, then a small snack or salad shortly before the event.
6. Check it out. First things first. When you arrive at the party, grab a sparkling water with a twist, and wait at least 30 minutes before eating. This will give you time to relax, get comfortable in your surroundings, and survey your food choices on the buffet before diving in, says Tallmadge. A buffet is an invitation to eat all you can, and unless you carefully scrutinize it and make wise choices, you're likely to overeat.
7. Add fun and games. Cynthia Sass, MPH, MA, RD, co-author of Your Diet Is Driving Me Crazy, proposes taking the focus off food and getting family and friends more active during holiday parties. Think horseshoes, badminton, sledding, ice skating, or building snowmen. Indoors, try a spirited game of charades, or rent an instructional dance video followed by a dance-off. "The best parties include dancing, so why not make dancing after eating a new holiday tradition for a great form of fun and recreation?" asks David Katz, MD, MPH, author of The Flavor Point Diet.
8. Alternate alcohol with nonalcoholic beverages. Alcoholic drinks are loaded with calories -- especially holiday favorites like eggnog. "Cut your alcohol calories in half by alternating water or seltzer between alcoholic beverages," Katz advises.
9. Skip the appetizers. "Eschew the appetizers rather than chewing on them," says Katz. If you need a little nibble before the meal, go for the veggies, fruit, salsa, or a small handful of nuts.10. Limit the variety. Brian Wansink, PhD, author of Mindless Eating, suggests putting only two items on your plate when you go to the food table. Return as many times as you like, but only take two items each time. "Variety stimulates appetite, and if you limit your choices to just a few items and stick with these, it will be easier to control than eating a little bit of 20 different dishes," agrees Katz.
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About MetaFitness

MetaFitness is a metabolism-based fitness/health/lifestyle management company founded by Paula Franetti, MS, MES, CPT, in direct response to the growing need for reliable weight management solutions.

MetaFitness is passionate about teaching and training individuals of all ages how to successfully manage their weight and care for their bodies for a lifetime by using the most effective skills and techniques.

About Paula Franetti

Paula Franetti, MS, MES, CPT; founder and president of MetaFitness, has more than 20 years experience in healthcare as an exercise physiologist, fitness coach, rehab specialist and a wellness educator.

Ms. Franetti has a teaching degree in Health, Physical Education and Coaching; worked eleven years as a Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist; earned a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology, Cardiac Rehab; is a Certified Personal Trainer and Lifestyle & Weight Management Counselor. She holds certifications with the American Counsel on Exercise, the American Academy of Health & Fitness Professionals, and the Cooper Institute and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Paula is a motivating speaker and regularly appears on television, radio, in written media and in corporate settings and has taught wellness courses for Highmark’s Health Place and Chatham University.

In addition, she has started and/or co-owned three businesses one in Orthotics & Prosthetics and two in fitness training. Paula is also a physically active baby boomer and recently represented Pennsylvania in the June 2007 Senior Games in Louisville, Kentucky where she competed in women’s basketball.


1. How do you measure someone’s metabolism?
By using the technology that was once only used in laboratories and hospitals
Will explain oxygen consumption and body heat monitoring

2. How does a person keep from gaining weight over the holidays?
Have to have a strategy
Have a way to track what you are doing and eating

3. What do I have to do to keep my metabolism going?
Understand what the metabolism is
Eat often and the proper amount
Know “how to” be physically active

4. What’s the best metabolically active exercise?
It depends on what your goal is
You want to know how to control where your body is getting the fuel for your exercise
You have to do it on a consistent basis for your metabolism to stay active

Paula M. Franetti, M.S.
Meta Fitness
1036 East End Ave
Piittsburgh, PA 15221

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