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September 13, 2010

Creating Healthy Snacks – A Fun Time With Food

Filed under: EATING DISORDERS,Parenting — admin @ 9:44 am

By Lynn Bakken

What is a healthy snack? Something eaten not at a regular meal time. Do we need snacks? Do kids need snacks? Snacks are fun, and at times can be lost in junk food and eaten in mindless inattention. What if snack time could be something totally fun AND nutritious? Check it out!

What if a healthy snack was a time for presence, full focus of the food being eaten. What if, since a snack is small and eaten faster than a “meal” you and your children could play a game of the senses. What does the food smell like? Is it savory, sweet, minty? What does it smell like? How about the colors, the brighter the foods the better, especially with fruits an vegs. Really spend some time here before you and your child bite into the food. Then take a very small bite and roll it around in the mouth. What is the texture and finally the taste. Oh, the outstanding taste, salty, sour, sweet, yummy, yucky, allow for all and any responses. Kids don’t have to like every thing that you offer, but keep offering new options. Snacks are a great time to make these offerings since it s not a big deal if the child doesn’t eat them. It’s not like their entire food for the day depends on them eating this food. It’s a snack for God’s sake! Have fun at snack time.

So now that you have spent time with the senses and the food, next time try different foods with the eyes closed and no touching, feed each other a food, kids feed parent and parent to kids, the can guild trust and a new game. See if you each can get the snack into your mouth without touching it.

Snacks can be the funnest thing in the world. What about going to the store and seeing what new snack you can create that takes nothing other than your hands to eat. No needing for tableware,like any fruits, OK most fruits and vegs. Go beyond the fruits and vegs to other nutritious foods that can be a hands only snack. Get creative! Try some interesting sauces on snacks, try making humus with new ingredients, let your kids pick the new ingredients for the humus or salsa, that way then can learn what things taste good together and what things they don’t like.

Remember what you ate as a snack as a kid and share those experiences with your kids. Talk about those that were great and great for you and those that were so yummy and not so good for the tummy. Discuss what makes one snack better than another. Perhaps it’s the taste, texture, the nutrition or not. How about making a new snack that no one has ever had before. Create a new mix of granola rolls with new and exciting grains. Again anything can be a snack and it’s a great time to play with food, do you allow your kids to play with their foods, snack time is play time.

Can you take these suggestions and begin to use them at your snack time at work? Take the time to truly experience the foods that you eat. Know them intimately then you can be more open to your kids playing with their snacks.

Snack: what is a snack but a time out with food. Make snacks fun and healthy. Time out of the rush and stress of the day to play and enjoy the foods we are eating and knowing that.

Author is passionate about nutrition in children and how it effects their physical bodies, emotional and energetic health. With many years as a pediatric nurse practitioner skilled in nutrition and health counseling, she is now bringing her expertise to the wide world of the web. In addition the author is an independent USANA Health Sciences associate, offering the opportunity to provide the best in nutritional supplements to complement her nutritional counseling.

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August 11, 2010

10 Myths about Swine Flu

Filed under: EATING DISORDERS — admin @ 12:01 am

There are myths floating around world about this epidemic that might as well become the next pandemic. So I thought to compile some of the myths floating around the internet about swine flu. They are as follows.

  1. Pigs need to be avoided
  2. Eating pork can be dangerous
  3. Flu is dangerous just for the elderly
  4. Young, healthy people shouldn’t worry
  5. Face mask offers complete protection
  6. Swine flu cannot recur
  7. Family pets may be at risk, too
  8. Go back to work once you feel better
  9. Swine flu is much worse than seasonal flu
  10. Taking vitamins protects against the flu

Now let’s see what are the truth behind these myths.

  1. Swine flu does not spread from the pigs only. It is contagious in nature and is transmitting from human to human, not from pork to humans.
  2. There is a myth surrounding the swine flu that eating pork can lead to swine flu. However, there is no truth in it. Whenever you eat pork, it should be well cooked and that would kill the virus.
  3. It is a myth that only the elderly people are vulnerable to flu. The fact is that anyone can catch flu, be it young or elderly, including children.
  4. Recent studies have shown that even young and middle aged healthy people can catch the infection. So, everybody needs to be cautious against it.
  5. Face masks do offer some amount of protection against the flu, but they do not offer guaranteed protection. Washing your hands frequently and wearing face masks
  6. After recovering from swine flu once, it does not mean that you won’t get the infection in future. Swine flu virus is notorious for mutating; so a recurrence is possible.
  7. Viruses rarely pass between human beings and cats or dogs.
  8. Both kids and adults who have had suffered from swine flu need to stay at home for at least 24 hours after fever goes away without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  9. Swine flu doesn’t seem to be more virulent than seasonal flu as symptoms of the disease are largely the same like fever, cough, throat infection etc., but H1N1 is slightly more
  10. While it is important to eat well and healthy, adding vitamins cannot help to strengthen the immunity. More important for the immunity is a sufficient amount of

All of these Myths and their answers are compiled from all over the internet.

Proper education is the biggest weapon any disease or natural calamity.

August 9, 2010

Activated Defensio

Filed under: EATING DISORDERS — admin @ 11:04 am

I am growing tired of the comment spams I am getting. This blog is my personal take on the different health conditions and their available treatment options available. I am trying to go real pro on its quality level. We are calling upon different experts as authors to contribute articles for the enrichment of knowledge. We are not there, but surely we are on our way. But this kind of blog attracts a lot of spammers. They want to sell different things. Well I am not against them any way. But if the comment is totally rubbish and outright vulgar, then how can somebody accept it. As all of my readers know that I am not that much software savvy, still I have tried to manually remove the spams. But then it has been becoming a herculean task.

So today I have installed Defensio. I hope it works. It is a plugin. I did not tried Akismet as it says if you are using the blog for professional use then pay. Well I am not against paying,  and Defensio has this option built into too. But in Defensio they are yet to make an announcement and this blog is yet to earn on a professional level.

So bye for now and get going with your healthy habits.

April 20, 2010

How to treat blackheads

Filed under: EATING DISORDERS — admin @ 3:57 pm

This is about blackhead treatment. Blackhead, usually known as open comedo, is a type of acne vulgaris. That blackish bump or plug on the skin is caused by a hormone named testosterone which stimulates the sebaceous glands of the skin to enlarge, produce oil, and plug the pores. Testosterone is a hormone which is present in males and females, increases during puberty.

Actually, the body often removes blackheads itself without any complications. But if you feel not comfortable with your blackheads because of its bad looking and that make you up set, you need blackhead treatment. Untreated acne can develop to be permanent scars; these cause you need your dermatologist help in the future. So come to your dermatologist and ask for his/her advises.

These are about your blackhead treatment you may have according to its severity:

1. To help unblock the pores your dermatologist may give you prescribe topical cream/gel/lotion contains Retinoid, Benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid. They all called chemical peels.

2. Plugged pores can become a place where bacteria growth. To reduce bacteria your dermatologist will give you antibiotics.

3. If you have just a little area of blackheads like an area around your nose that blackheads can remove with a pore cleansing strip. It is a blackhead strip – an adhesive, tape-like strip which is adhered to the nose and removed about ten minutes later.

4. Acne surgery is a special treatment that may be used by your dermatologist to remove your blackheads. To extract blackheads, dermatologist uses a sterile pen-sized device.

Besides your dermatologist help, these are some tips for you to become your ongoing process in your blackhead treatment so you can prevent new acne breakouts:

1. It is not true if many people believe that blackheads primarily caused by dirt or poor hygiene, but blackhead or other acne treatments do not work without washing your face! So it is best to wash your face with a mild cleanser and water daily. Do not washing too often or too vigorously. Your acne may worse.

2. It is better to wear as little cosmetics as possible. Choose oil-free, water-based, moisturizers and make-up. Use non comedogenic products, because they should not cause blackheads. Do not forget to remove your cosmetics every night with mild soap or gentle cleanser and water.

3. Most people believe that some food can cause acne. Truly, acne is not caused by foods. But if certain foods seem to make your acne worse, try to avoid them.

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4. Do not squeezing or picking your acne it can lead to worsening of the acne, scarring and infection.

April 4, 2010

Why health sites are coming up like anything?

Filed under: EATING DISORDERS — Tags: — admin @ 10:13 am

Health is by far the most common concern of the people. It appeals a lot of people,hence its demand in the virtual world is high.
Virtual world or the internet is very much popular because of its anonymity. Hence it is easier to ask or look for symptoms as well as cures on-line, without getting embarrassed. Internet is the biggest database of all. Hence it is very understandable that starting from common men to people of high qualification in medicine wants to learn more in the internet. New things are coming up like anything, these days. People want to try newer remedies that promise a better result.
The most important topics on line are basically looks oriented. The basic reason for this is simple. The main bulk of people on-line are cosmetically oriented. Accept it, more young people are on-line than off-line. Young wants to remain young. Old people want to become younger. Internet provides or at least gives people hope about how to become younger. How to look attractive, is by far the most common reason. For serious diseases many do look to internet, but as I said their percent is less. They are a relative minority. People want six pack abs. Yeah, we reviewed a course for getting six pack abs in our last post. You can check it out.
People have real personal health problems. By personal I mean REALLY  PERSONAL problems. Well we have an excellent review for Premature Ejaculation Control.
As we all know people from time immemorial have been trying to get better, look better in order to live and feel better. Hence in this quest we believe if our little endeavor is somewhat helpful to some people even then it will be our good fortune indeed.

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