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Tips – to become Healthy:

 

Healthy eating is not about strict nutrition philosophies, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, stabilizing your mood, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible– all of which can be achieved by learning some nutrition basics and using them in a way that works for you.

 

Tips 1: Prepare for success

  1. To set yourself up for success, think about planning a healthy diet as a number of small, manageable steps rather than one big drastic change. If you approach the changes gradually and with commitment, you will have a healthy diet sooner than you think.
  2. Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories or measuring portion sizes, think of your diet in terms of color, variety, and freshness. Focus on finding foods you love and easy recipes that incorporate a few fresh ingredients. Gradually, your diet will become healthier and more delicious.
  3. Trying to make your diet healthy overnight isn’t realistic or smart. Make small steps, like adding a salad (full of different color vegetables) to your diet once a day or switching from butter to olive oil when cooking.  As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add healthier choices to your diet.

 

Tips 2: It’s not just what you eat, it’s how you eat

  

  1. Eat with others whenever possible. Eating with other people has numerous social and emotional benefits—particularly for children—and allows you to model healthy eating habits. Eating in front of the TV or computer often leads to mindless overeating.
  2. Take time to chew your food and enjoy mealtimes. Chew your food slowly, savoring every bite. We tend to rush though our meals, forgetting to actually taste the flavors and feel the textures of our food. Reconnect with the joy of eating.
  3. Listen to your body. Ask yourself if you are really hungry, or have a glass of water to see if you are thirsty instead of hungry. During a meal, stop eating before you feel full. It actually takes a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it has had enough food, so eat slowly.
  4. Eat breakfast, and eat smaller meals throughout the day. A healthy breakfast can jumpstart your metabolism, and eating small, healthy meals throughout the day (rather than the standard three large meals) keeps your energy up and your metabolism going.

 

Tips 3: Load up with colorful fruits and vegetables

  

Try to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day and with every meal—the brighter the better. Colorful, deeply colored fruits and vegetables contain higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants—and different colors provide different benefits, so eat a variety. Aim for a minimum of five portions each day.

 

Remember one thing, Eat your fruit on an empty stomach, or before your meal! You’ve heard people complain: Every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc. This will not happen if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. Fruit mixes with the putrefying other foods and produces gas. Hence, you bloat!

 

The importance of getting vitamins from food

The antioxidants and other nutrients in fruits and vegetables help protect against certain types of cancer and other diseases.

The health benefits of fruits and vegetables come from numerous vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals working together synergistically.

 

Tips 4: Have healthier carbohydrates and whole grains

 

Choose healthy carbohydrates and fiber sources, especially whole grains, for long lasting energy. In addition to being delicious and satisfying, whole grains are rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants, which help to protect against coronary heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes. Studies have shown people who eat more whole grains tend to have a healthier heart.

Wholegrain foods such as brown rice, brown pasta and brown bread contain more fiber and nutrients than white rice, pasta and bread.

 

Tips 5: Facts about Fats

 

Good sources of healthy fat are needed to nourish your brain, heart, and cells, as well as your hair, skin, and nails.  Foods rich in certain omega-3 fats called EPA and DHA are particularly important and can reduce cardiovascular disease, improve your mood, and help prevent dementia.

 

Add to your healthy diet:

  1. Monounsaturated fats, from plant oils like canola oil, peanut oil, and olive oil, as well as avocados, nuts (like almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans), and seeds (such as pumpkin, sesame).
  2. Polyunsaturated fats, including Omega-3 and Omega-6fatty acids, found in fatty fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, and some cold water fish oil supplements. Other sources of polyunsaturated fats are unheated sunflower, corn, soybean, flaxseed oils, and walnuts.
  3. Reduce or eliminate from your diet:Trans fats, found in vegetable shortenings, some margarines, crackers, candies, cookies, snack foods, fried foods, baked goods, and other processed foods made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.

 

Tips 6: Maintain protein daily

 

Try different types of protein. Whether or not you are a vegetarian, trying different protein sources—such as beans, nuts, seeds, peas, tofu, and soy products—will open up new options for healthy mealtimes.
Downsize your portions of protein. Many people in the West eat too much protein. Try to move away from protein being the center of your meal. Focus on equal servings of protein, whole grains, and vegetables.
Focus on quality sources of protein, like fresh fish, chicken, eggs, beans, or nuts. When you are having meat, buy meat that is free of hormones and antibiotics.

 

Tips 7: Maintain Calcium daily

 

Calcium is one of the key nutrients that your body needs in order to stay strong and healthy. It is an essential building block for lifelong bone health in both men and women, as well as many other important functions.
You and your bones will benefit from eating plenty of calcium-rich foods, limiting foods that deplete your body’s calcium stores, and getting your daily dose of magnesium and vitamins D and K—nutrients that help calcium do its job.

Good sources of calcium include:

  • Dairy: milk, yogurt, and cheese.
  • Vegetables and greens
  • Beans

 

Tips 8: Control sugar and salt

  

If you succeed in planning your diet around fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and good fats, you may find yourself naturally cutting back on foods that can get in the way of your healthy diet—sugar and salt.

 

Sugar
Sugar causes energy ups and downs and can add to health and weight problems. Unfortunately, reducing the amount of candy, cakes, and desserts we eat is only part of the solution. Often you may not even be aware of the amount of sugar you’re consuming each day. Large amounts of added sugar can be hidden in foods such as bread, canned soups and vegetables, pasta sauce, margarine, instant mashed potatoes, frozen dinners, fast food, soy sauce, and ketchup.

 

Salt
Most of us consume too much salt in our diets. Eating too much salt can cause high blood pressure and lead to other health problems. Try to limit sodium intake to 1,500 to 2,300 mg per day, the equivalent of one teaspoon of salt.

 

Childs – Physical & Mental Development:

 

II Child’s physical Growth II

Growth is usually predicted by genetics, but can be influenced by nutrition and other factors. So, while your child may never be pro-basketball-sized if you and your spouse are petite, it is possible to help your child grow to his full potential by working to build strong bones and muscles. The MAGIC Foundation for Children’s Growth reports that children should grow at least two inches per year, prior to puberty. Height is usually set by age 18 in boys and 16 in girls, but growing can continue until age 24 when the body’s growth plates are fully fused. Growth is measured at annual well-visits, so it’s likely you’ll know if your child is not keeping pace with his peers or if his growth has slowed significantly.

 

Step 1

Ensure that your child gets enough calcium in her  diet. Quality nutrition prior to puberty is essential in making sure a child reaches her growth potential. Milk is a great source of calcium, adding powdered milk to recipes can increase the amount of calcium your child consumes in a day.

Step 2

Get enough sleep. It is during sleep that the body repairs itself and during which growth hormones are produced. Sleep requirements include 16 to 20 hours per day for babies up to six months, 15 hours for babies up to a year old, 10 to 13 hours for children ages one to five years, 10 hours (usually at night although naps are still fine) for children ages six to eight, and eight to nine hours per night through age 18.

 Step 3

Incorporate stretching and weight-bearing exercises into your child’s daily routine to maximize his growth.

Step 4

Consider underlying causes, if your child’s growth seems to be lagging, check with your child’s doctor about kidney disease or other disorders or medications that may be impeding her growth. If the underlying cause is treatable, or a medication can be switched, your child will grow.

 

 

II Child’s Mental Growth II

kids go through distinct phases of physical and cognitive development, each of which have their own specific functions and characteristics. Understanding your child’s current phase of development may provide you with valuable insight into her behavior and emotional needs.

Age 4-6

During this time, your child will begin to reach out to the world outside your home, and may begin to make friends his own age. The preschool years are a time for cultivating independence and preparing to meet the academic and social challenges that wait in school.

Age 6-11

During the six- to eight-year-old period, children begin to focus more on friendships, developing confidence at school, and extracurricular activities such as sports. There is significant cognitive and physical development during this time. Between nine and 11, also called the “twin” years, children may begin to experience peer pressure. During this time, you can encourage responsibility in keeping with their increased independence. You should also make every effort to boost your child’s self-esteem.

Age 12-16

Between the ages of 12 and 16, your child has begun to enter the phase of adolescence. This period is marked by dramatic physical changes, such as the onset of menstruation and secondary sexual characteristics. In addition, children at this age are grappling with the question “who am I?” During this time, parents should be supportive, patient and encouraging. You can also model morals and character. While it might not seem as though your teen is watching, she still looks to you for emotional and moral guidance.

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