Sunday, May 16, 2010

Healthy Tips for Your Family This Summer

Eliminate All Products Containing Partially Hydrogenated Oils.

Eliminate all skin products with parabens or mineral oil, including sunscreens and moisterizers. They are highly toxic.

Give Adequate Time for kids to eat breakfast: Allowing children enough time for a proper breakfast can prevent transient hunger that leads to mood swings and digestive disorders which compromise childrens immune systems.

Eliminate High Fructose Corn Syrup: Americans consumed on average 62.6 pounds of HFCS in 2001 according to the USDA. Many of the products on the market containing HFCS are geared towards children.

Support Local Farms: Locally grown foods are are beneficial for a number of reasons... fruits and vegetables sourced locally are fresher so they taste better, resulting in kids eating more of them. The purchase of locally grown foods support the local economy and strengthens the local food system. In addition, many children are consuming more calories daily than needed, as well as choosing foods and snacks that are low in nutrients.

Pay Attention to Portion Size: Oversized packages can be especially confusing to children, who may not look at nutrition labels regarding varying portion sizes - especially worrisome because children and teenagers are getting a greater percentage of their calorie intake from snacks.

Serve More Whole Grains & Beans: The body needs good carbs and fiber to keep hunger at bay and create proper elimination and provide good B vitamins for energy. Eating whole grains may also make kids feel more satisfied for a longer periods of time so they are less cranky during those long camp days. My favorite carbs are brown rice, millet quinoa and oatmeal.

Decrease Refined Carbohydrate Foods & Snacks: Highly refined carbohydrates are rapidly absorbed into the body much like ingesting simple sugars, resulting in a spike in glucose levels. This causes individuals to still feel hungry or to become hungrier sooner, only to consume even more food. This repetitive pattern is believed to contribute to the obesity epidemic. It also increases the risk for Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

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