Tips to Start Eating Healthy for Life September 26, 2007Posted by Wen in : Healthy Eating , 2comments
Healthy eating is important for maintaining bodily functions and living a disease-free life. If you’re conditioned to unhealthy eating habits it can be difficult to change them. However, if you truly want to live the best lifestyle possible, it’s important to follow some tips in order to start eating a more healthy diet.
A good first step to start eating healthier is to rid your home of all foods that are not healthy. Keep junk foods and beverages out of your house so you aren’t tempted to snack during the day. Instead, keep healthy snacks like carrot sticks, yogurt, fresh fruit and whole-wheat crackers on hand.
If you find that you just can’t bear to toss out the sweets, try keeping something small in the pantry, like chocolate chips. Eating a few of these won’t ruin your diet but it will give you that little sugar fix you crave.
Watch what you are feeding your children with March 23, 2007Posted by Wen in : Healthy Eating , 2comments
Awhile ago, I was watching one of the episode of “Super Nanny” on TV. The particular episode is showing a kid who doesn’t like to eat his meals at all. He doesn’t eat his rice, vegetables, meat, fruits, or anything else. So what does he eat then? Well, potato chips and chocolates are his “usual” food he eat everyday. Goodness, how can he survive on these junk food?
It is definitely important that children get a well balanced diet. Children really need to eat the right food and avoid eating too much junk food. And the parents are the one that educate the kids on the right diet. (more…)
5 Healthy Alternatives To Candy This Halloween November 1, 2006Posted by Wen in : Healthy Eating , 1 comment so far
Editor Note: Happy Halloween everyone!! It’s once again the season of merry with scary. While you and your family are having great fun, do watch what you eat, especially the children in your family. Now kids definitely love sweets and candies during festive seasons. But too much is definitely bad for health. Here’s an article to show what you can do this halloween season to prevent the children in your house from eating too much sweet stuffs
With childhood obesity on the rise, kids really do not need additional calories from a bag full of candy. Chocolate candy bars, suckers, and gum are not only adding to our childrenâ€™s waists, but also attributing to tooth and gum decay. With so many healthier options available, consider these alternatives to giving candy this Halloween.
Stickers â€“ All children love stickers! You can get boxes of 1000 stickers from local dollar stores and split them among hundreds of children. With many different styles, you can offer a wide variety of sticker designs to each child. You can buy 10 boxes of stickers for what you would buy an extra large bag of candy, so you can offer kids a whole strip with the cost of a candy bar!Bagged snacks â€“ Most popular crackers, nuts, dried fruits and seeds come in individual serving bags. Cheese crackers with peanut butter filling and sealed bags of raisins are great alternatives to sugary offerings. With less sugar, less fat varieties, you can be giving children healthier snacks with much needed protein.
Coloring books or crayons â€“ You can buy these items in bulk at local stores and online for a very reasonable cost. When the school year begins, you can purchase 24 count crayon boxes for as low as $.10! If you go to dollar and discount stores, you can find whole packages of coloring and activity books for very little cost, as well. Offering these items will expand a childâ€™s imagination without expanding their waist.
Party favors or craft kits â€“ Several online companies offer bags of 100 party favors and craft kits for a very low price. Everything the child needs to play a game, make some noise, or create a craft is included! Many times you can find these items at craft stores and discount retailers, too.
Mini Books â€“ Paperback books can be cheap! Give the gift of reading this Halloween.
The amount of children you have knocking on your door will determine the above option you want to choose. However, any way you look at it, these ideas will give the kids more enjoyment than the few seconds they get from candy.
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organic food the only option for a healthier you October 21, 2006Posted by Wen in : Healthy Eating , add a comment
In our everyday life we are often in contact with lots of artificially created products and agents. Be it pollution in the air we breaths in, or the food we eat, we are always taking in chemicals into our body. And do you know that these manmade agents can potentially do lots of harm to our body? When we look around us, we see more and more people contracting cancer, more people having health problems, more people relying on vitamins and minerals products to maintain their fragile health. The main issue here is in fact due to the fact that we are harming our body again and again with too much usage of artificially created chemicals in our lives.
Let me show you some hard cold facts. (more…)Healthy Eating , 1 comment so far
Walking into any of your neighborhood supermarket, you will see rows and rows of fresh, nice and colorful vegetables and fruits for sale. They all look fresh and in healthy bright colors, no holes in vegetables, and you might be saying ”wow look how fresh these vegetables are!” Happily you bought some of them home, thinking how healthy you can be eating all these vegetables. But do you know these vegetables might not contain as much vitamins and minerals as you thought? In fact, you might still suffer from malnutrition even though you got vegetables and fruits in your diet.
Indeed, current vegetables and fruits you buy may not be as nutritious as it used to be many years back. For economic reasons, farmers have to harvest their crops many times a year on their farm without giving the land resting periods. Over a certain time, the exhausted land lost the minerals required for the growth of the vegetables. Due to over-cultivation on the same piece of land, farmers have no choice but to put barely enough minerals back into the land using lots of chemical fertilizers.
These fertilizers may be able to produce beautiful crops using fertilizers. On the outside your vegetables may look good, but in actual fact it lacks a lot of natural nutrition from the infertile soil. Now we would need to eat eight oranges to get enough Vitamin C for our daily needs. No wonder lots of people have to take vitamin pills to replenish their body with enough nutrition!
So what can we do about it? Perhaps taking vitamin pills is a good and fast way to acquire enough vitamins for our body. But before going on a shopping spree for pills, you need to take note what kind of ingredients are in the pills.
There are hundreds of different kinds of nutrition supplement products out in the market. Most of them contain artificially produced chemicals, which may not be desired by your body. It is shown that synthetic chemicals can have long term health effects on our body. You have been consuming chemical fertilizers from your vegetables, so you definitely not want to take in more chemicals into your body.
Hence, when you go for your bottle of vitamin C, remember to choose those that are made from natural ingredients, free from artificial preservatives and additives.
A better option is to go for organic fruits and vegetables. Organic farmers care for the environment without relying on chemical fertilizers, artificial pesticides, herbicides, or growth hormones. Rather than using pesticides, farmers prevent pests by planting a diverse range of crops together to ward off pests. Farmers also use a rotation system on the land in order to give the land sufficient rest to replenish the nutrients in the soil.
This results in crops that are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxide. By eating chemical-free food, we stop adding more toxins to our body and this will maximize body immune. In the long run, our body becomes healthier by eating organic vegetables, enabling us to reduce the chances of getting illness such as cancer and heart diseases.
Organic vegetables not only make us healthier, it is also great for our taste buds. Organic vegetables are tastier and sweeter. Your dishes taste great even without adding a lot of flavorings in your cooking. Organic vegetables are also crunchier, and they remain their freshness longer than non-organic vegetables. You can even keep your organic carrots for 3 weeks, instead of 3 days for your usual carrots.
Be it taking vitamin pills or eating organic food, we should be aware of what we eat and how we can get the maximum benefits out of what we eat. Choose wisely, eat wisely, and you are on your way to a healthier you.
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