Nutrition is a science that is advancing at a dizzying pace, as scientific studies are emerging that show that some recommendations that have been made over time (yes, including nutritionists in some of them) are not this or that other options may exist. Therefore, in the field of nutrition, it is extremely important to stay updated so as not to fall into certain recommendations that may not be true and may harm the person who puts their health in the hands of professionals to improve their nutrition.
Essential to making five meals a day:
This was a widespread recommendation by nutritionists, and by the general population, since it was believed that the metabolism could act more quickly and that fasting was not a good ally. Nowadays it is known that it is not better or worse to make many meals a day, but simply to adapt to the needs of people, in such a way that a person only has the time or only has an appetite for three meals a day, while that another person needs to do seven. The set of kcal that we consume are those that determine if I’m going to get fat or not.
Nowadays it is known that this affirmation remains very brief, since the foods are something more than calories, and that much depends what type of foods are and what is the matrix that composes them, because the calories of an avocado are not equal that of a box of ultra-processed cookies, nor are the calories of white bread the same as that of wholemeal bread, since the former has a much higher glycemic index that is related to the formation of fat.
To eat well, you have to invest a lot of time in the kitchen:
This belief was perhaps justified many years ago where we did not have easy access to information, and the number of foods in the supermarket was much more limited and therefore to eat healthy dishes without falling into monotony, it took a long time in the kitchen. At present, the resources we have to learn new simple recipes, with foods unknown until now, are unlimited, so with some ideas and a little imagination, you can carry out a healthy and very rich food from the point of nutritional and organoleptic view in a very fast and simple way.
It must be breakfast yes, or yes, it must also be composed of a dairy, cereal, and fruit:
Breakfast is a custom deeply rooted in society, since it is the time when we break the fast after a few hours of sleep, and we get up with the appetite so that it is a meal that usually we feel like. But all the above does not mean that it is mandatory because there are people who for various reasons, cannot or do not want to eat food in the morning and can start their meals at any other time, without there being any problem. Also, the composition of our breakfast has been accompanying us throughout our lives: dairy, cereal, and fruit, when it is common sense to think that other civilizations use other types of food to start the day and are perfectly healthy. So, to take a healthy diet should take into account the balance of rations throughout the week and that everyone distributes the food the way you want.
Carbohydrates at night get fatter:
This idea has been extended for a long time, and perhaps one of the most expressed in nutrition consultations because previously it was believed that when consuming carbohydrates at night, the body did not have time to “burn” them, as there was no activity, and body fat was generated faster. Nowadays it is known that the metabolism does not act in this way and that there is no reason to suppress carbohydrates at night.
Today, most people prefer “Little person/ little people” or “Dwarf” to describe themselves and others of smaller size. More often than not, “Little person” or “LP” is the better term for most people. However, many LP (little people) get called the “M” word all the time. People laugh at LP because society has taught them that little people are entertainment. In fact, there are still some LP in the circus and similar industries to make spectacles of themselves. Although the world is slowly realizing that this word is not okay to use, public use of the “M” word, coupled with LP being portrayed poorly in the media, doesn’t help the word loose popularity.
There is one more common occurrence that doesn’t help the matter. Many people who aren’t necessarily lp but who consider themselves short often refer to themselves as the “M” word among friends. This teaches everyone that they’re around that the word is okay to use. Truth is, people who are just a little shorter than normal will have to find a better word for themselves because they shouldn’t keep going around calling themselves or others the “M” word.
The “Give your word to prevent the word” or “M Word” Campaign was started in june of 2013. Its aim is to educate people about the “M” word and why it’s considered derogatory. More information can be found on this subject and on dwarfism throughout this page.
The idea is that by reading this information, people will become better informed on the preferred language in the little people community. Afterall, it’s not about being politically correct, it’s about being respectful of a group’s ideals.
If you have read this information and/or don’t condone the use of the “M” word as it relates to a little person, you are invited to take the “M Word Pledge” Linked to from this webpage. It is hoped that by doing so you will help educate others and share what you learned with others so they can do so too. Education can only come by informing, not forcing the issue, which is why this page has been created, for those who want to be educated. I have learned a lot and no longer approve of this language. How about you? If you’re with me, join our cause. All it takes is a simple sign and share.
October is fast approaching. And what does that mean? Halloween? Fall? Closer to christmas? Well yeah, that’s true, but it’s also… Dwarfism awareness month. More specifically, the 25th of October is world Dwarfism day. So what does all this mean?
It’s quite simple really. Dwarfism awareness month and World dwarfism day were created to raise awareness about and celebrate little people and dwarfism in general. To celebrate, you buy presents for all the fabulous little people in your life… Just kidding. No seriously don’t do that, save it for the holidays.
The truth is that celebrating Dwarfism awareness is about as simple as explaining what it is. You can celebrate by holding events to raise awareness, posting a message about the month of october at work, school, or even online, and telling all your friends about the importance of the month. Include general information about dwarfism and point them to websites where they can learn more. Oh, and ask them to join us in preventing the use of derogatory language towards LP by taking the M-word pledge.
This year I’m also holding a dwarfism awareness fundraiser for LPA, so I encourage taking a look at that page as well. Even if you can’t donate you can share the link so that perhaps others can.
I’m doing my part to raise awareness by holding events at school, posting online, and of course I’ve taken the pledge. What will you do? share your awareness efforts on facebook and twitter and they just might be shared on this page.