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Childhood Nutrition – Taking a Closer Look at the Mixed Messages We Send Our Kids

Children’s nutrition is a loaded subject. At no other time in our lives is building a solid foundation for health more important. Yet, at no other time in our lives are we so completely at the mercy of others making decisions for us.
That means it’s up to the grown-ups in a child’s life to understand the importance of healthy food (and beverage) choices in order to introduce healthy habits to their children.
Easier said than done! It seems as though, in the case of children’s nutrition specifically, the simplicity of healthy choices becomes muddled with strange connotations of what a “happy childhood” should be and what our oftentimes skewed views of food are as adults.
Our society is familiar with the concept of an early window of opportunity to teach children things like foreign languages or a skill, like playing a musical instrument. We’ve heard that children are at peak developmental stages very early in life, and therefore we should maximize their opportunities by teaching them these advanced concepts at early ages.
Whether you agree or not, have applied it with your children or not, it’s a socially acceptable concept that seems to make sense to most people. It’s peculiar that, as a society, we don’t yet understand that the very same principles apply to the health of a child.
The early developmental years are a critical time for creating a solid foundation for nutritional health, as well as movement and mindset. What we feed our children (or what we passively allow them to eat or others to feed them), and what we teach our children about nutrition NOW will impact their health for the rest of their lives.
Our family is certainly not perfect in any way, including our nutritional choices. But, we stick to a few basic principles overall in an ongoing, concerted effort to make the healthiest choices possible. We apply the simple Wellness Formula to all of our lifestyle choices, including the nutritional ones.
The Wellness Formula describes how health is created and how sickness is allowed to develop. In order to create optimal health and function, we must make pure and sufficient choices. As described by Wellness expert, Dr. James Chestnut, these are things that meet our body’s innate genetic requirements for health. The two types of choices that move us unequivocally away from health are toxic and deficient ones. Toxic choices are things that work against our body’s efforts to create health – they are not requirements for health.
In applying this to children’s nutrition, we simply talk about what food choices the body truly needs in order to build a strong, healthy body and a brilliant mind, as opposed to which choices are interfering with our body’s efforts and are leading to a loss of health. Kids get this. There are building blocks for health, and then there are things that come by and destroy what you’ve been building. You get to choose.
Another concept that works around here is, “fill up with health first”. It’s not about saying you can “never” have that cookie or that birthday cake or that less-than-healthy food choice. It’s about making sure you’ve given your body what it needs first – the raw materials for building health. If you know you’re going to be eating something more toxic later in the day, then make sure you fuel up with lots of healthy choices first, that’s all.
It’s also about teaching responsibility and accountability to kids when it comes to their health. There are limitations to matter! They can’t fill up with health first, then choose toxic garbage every single day. That’s too much for our physiology to overcome. A toxin is a toxin, no matter how much broccoli preceded it!
As grown-ups, we sure do pass on some odd beliefs and customs to our younger generation regarding food. One example is how we talk about food. When a food choice obviously doesn’t create any health, and in fact moves us away from health, should we really be calling it a “treat”? Isn’t that completely mixed messaging we’re sending our children (and ourselves)? It’s not a treat if it’s contributing to chronic illness!
Let’s call it like it is. How about a “tasty toxin”! (Thanks to Dr. Chestnut for that little gem!) Sure, it tastes great… and you should go ahead and enjoy it in that moment once you’ve made the choice. But let’s be perfectly clear – it’s not good for you and making that choice with any regularity has devastating consequences over time.
That’s the crux right there. If we truly understood the consequences of the choices we’re making on behalf of our children, we’d choose differently. If we clearly understood the consequences of that toxic choice, maybe we’d pass on it. If we clearly …

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My Relationship to Food

Last week I realized that some of my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) vegetables had come to the end of their life before I could use them all. It was a sad day when I had to throw out some things that I fully intended to eat and didn’t. No excuses. I just had not made time to prepare all my veggies. Even if I couldn’t eat all of them in a week, I certainly could have thrown together a pot of soup and frozen it.
Physician, heal thyself! I’ve kind of lost touch with my food and my kitchen lately. If I don’t spend enough time preparing the food I eat and keeping my refrigerator and cabinets cleared of anything unusable, I don’t eat as well as I would otherwise.
So, I spent some quality time thoroughly cleaning out the frig and getting back to square one with what was there and could be used this week. The feeling of accomplishment and completion after that kind of task is one I relish. It took less than a half hour and the return on that investment of time was huge!
The concept of Primary Food™ is that career, spirituality, physical activity and relationship(s) are primary to the nourishment of our whole being, and what we put into our mouth is secondary. When I began thinking about the relationship part of Primary Food and my relationship to food itself, it was kind of an a-ha moment for me.
During the cooler months of the year I spend much more time preparing food. It makes me feel warm and cozy to have the stove and oven going and just spend time in the kitchen. The more time we spend with anyone or anything, the closer the relationship. Therefore, the more quality time I spend with my food, the better my relationship is to it.
This quality time has gone begging lately and I feel it. Just grazing on whatever is handy, even if it is healthful, doesn’t satisfy the need for really nourishing myself with food that is lovingly prepared and eaten mindfully.
Of course, one could go totally overboard with this theory. Like everything else, there has to be a balance. Hanging out in the kitchen all day, cooking and eating, would soon lead to an unhealthy relationship to food. The challenge is always balance! But when we find it, it’s so satisfying!
As I study dietary theories I am struck by how amazing Joshua Rosenthal’s idea of Primary Food™ really is. As I visit with clients, this is an area that I focus on with individuals who may be struggling with their relationship to food. I know how much this concept is benefitting me and so I am eager to share it with others.
This week, invest 30 minutes of your precious time in yourself by connecting with your food. See what’s really in your refrigerator, toss unusable items, and create something delicious with what is remaining. If you want to play that game where you tell someone the ingredients you have and they tell you what to do with them, shoot me an email! I’ll play!
Many Healthful Returns, Kay…

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Choosing the Best Whitening Toothpaste for Your Image

Choosing the Best Whitening Toothpaste for Your Image

People these days are spending more time in front of cameras than ever before. Family members are increasingly staying in touch through the magic of video chat, and office workers are communicating more and more through the same means. Additionally, the surge in social networking means that peoples’ faces are on display everywhere throughout cyberspace. As people see more of themselves, they are becoming more aware of possible improvements to their images. Some people have resorted to expensive cosmetic procedures, but you do not have to spend much money to make yourself look your best. In fact, the ideal way to improve your image is to find the best whitening toothpaste. By using such a product, you can make your smile shine and ensure that others see the best possible version of you.

You might be reluctant to use whitening toothpaste because you have white teeth questions. Like many people, you are probably skeptical about the effectiveness of whitening toothpaste. While some such toothpastes promise more than they deliver, there are products available that can give you the results you desire. Many people also have questions about the safety of whitening toothpastes. If you are concerned about the health effects of whitening your teeth using toothpaste, you can rest assured that toothpaste designed to make your teeth whiter is just as healthy and safe as conventional toothpaste.

When it is time to purchase the best whitening toothpaste, the choices can be overwhelming. Every popular brand has jumped on the whitening bandwagon, it seems. Most of the products contain similar ingredients, while others offer whitening in a combination with ingredients designed to freshen breath or fight tartar. Most whitening toothpastes work by simply removing stains from the surface of your teeth. When used in combination with bleaching products, these toothpaste options can be somewhat effective after you use it for several weeks. However, if you require the absolute best whitening paste, you should select a product containing a chemical known as blue covarine. This chemical is safe, plus it can make your teeth appear whiter after just one or two brushings.

As your image becomes more prominent across the web and elsewhere, you need to ensure that your smile looks its best. Although many people are engaging in expensive and complicated methods as a means to brighten their smiles, you do not have to strain your wallet in order to achieve the look you desire. By choosing the best whitening toothpaste containing blue covarine, you can improve your appearance immediately.…

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Choosing the Right Toothpaste

Choosing the Right Toothpaste

As consumers, we’re influenced by all the dollars spent on advertising. As for toothpaste, all the advertising is focused on pushing gum care toothpaste to prevent gum disease, whitening pastes to give you whiter teeth and of course, tartar control toothpaste. As consumers, do we really know the difference? Well, let’s find out!

Tartar control toothpaste is used to help prevent the accumulation of tartar. Unfortunately, studies do not show that these pastes actually remove tartar.

The build up of tartar below the gum line is one of the main reasons why gum disease is developed. These tartar pastes do not reduce tartar below the gums, which is a problem. The best way to solve this problem is by visiting your dentist 2x per year to remove the build up. Many companies are working on a solution for this.

We all wonder which are more effective as toothpastes; gels or pastes. Oddly enough, gels are more abrasive due to a substance included in them called silica. Silica is similar to sand like substance. Both gels and pastes are effective cleaners, so this is just based on preference.

Stannous fluorides are used in gum care pastes, while most pastes use sodium fluoride. Sodium does a much better job at protecting against cavities, so there’s a bit of a concern regarding gum care pastes.

We’ve all probably tried toothpaste with baking soda and thought it was much more effective. However, there’s no proven results showing it’s better than other pastes. Many people tend to brush longer, since it has a flavor, which helps. Baking soda pastes often include peroxides which can be harmful. Canada has banned these products that include peroxide in them.

Another abrasive paste is whitening pastes. Since they’re so abrasive, it’s not recommended to use this as your sole toothpaste. It can be worked into your routine and used every other day or so. If it includes sodium pyrophosphate, then it’s extremely abrasive.

I hope this has helped you understand the products we’re using to clean our teeth on a daily basis. Since we only get one set of teeth, it’s imperative we take great care of them!…

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Cooking and Eating Heart Healthy

Some of the factors that you will most want to consider if cooking heart healthy is to limit the amount and considering the type of fat you cook with. There are, of course, additional ways in which you can cook heart healthy, but following these guidelines will help you to keep your cooking flavorful and low-fat.
First, you want to limit the amount of fat you cook with. If you are sauteing something in a pan, instead of melting a stick of butter in the pan, spray a non-fat or low-fat cooking spray on the pan or use a non-stick pan and just heat the food without oil or butter. If you find that the food has less flavor, experiment with water and spice mixes. You can also use a small amount of oil to heat and brown food and then add water and spices and cover the pot, allowing the food to steam.
Be careful what type of fat you are using. Some fats, called monounsaturated, are better for you than others. As a rule of thumb, if a fat is solid at room temperature, try to avoid or moderate its use in your cooking.
Avoid adding fat to your food. If you enjoy salads, minimize the amount of salad dressing you use. Salad dressing adds a great deal of fat to any meal, and counteracts the health benefits of the fruits and vegetables in your salad. Likewise if you enjoy bread and butter, be careful how much butter you add to your bread. Using apple butter, made from apples, instead of regular butter, is a good way to have a tasty meal and keep your food heart healthy.
Another way to cook and eat heart healthy is to remove any existing fat from the food that you are cooking or eating. For example, meat often has fat in it. If you trim, or remove, this fat, you are reducing the overall fat content of your meal. This may also make the food taste better.…

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How To Improve Your Smile

Everybody wants to be able to be at ease when smiling and smile with confidence. Unfortunately, there are many reasons why someone might feel nervous, uncomfortable or stressed about smiling in front of others. These feelings can hinder your ability to demonstrate and/or experience the joy you have the right to feel. Thankfully, there are options available to you to resolve whatever concerns you might have about your smile.

What To Do About Missing Teeth

Perhaps you feel self-conscious about your teeth because you are missing one or more of them and you do not want people to see any gaps in your smile. This is common because there are so many ways for people to lose teeth, such as due to injury, old age or bad oral hygiene. However, you can easily solve this issue by asking a dental professional about the different types of dental implants Happy Valley. These implants can replace your missing teeth and give you the confidence and freedom to smile again. Plus, you will not have to worry about them looking out of place in your mouth since they will be created to match your other teeth.

What To Do About Unhealthy Gums

Having healthy gums is also critical to having a beautiful smile. If you think your gums do not look their best, there are several things you can do to improve your situation. Of course, you should seek the advice of a dental professional. Aside from that, you should also improve your oral hygiene. Make sure to floss once a day, brush your teeth and gums for two minutes twice a day and use mouthwash twice a day.

You can improve your smile if you want to. Two easy ways to do so are by replacing any missing teeth and having good oral hygiene.…

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Choosing a Good Quality Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Choosing a Good Quality Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Currently there exist two types of toothbrushes to choose from, manual where you do all the work or the electric kind which does all the work for you. Dental treatment is usually expensive so it makes a whole lot of sense to focus on good oral hygiene and proper brushing techniques with good quality toothpaste.

Manual toothbrushes are a great choice as brush design is a lot better now than some years ago. Brush heads are small so that all teeth can be brushed easily. Bristles have varying lengths and strengths so a better clean is achieved. The manual toothbrush handle has also changed over the years to designs that make it more comfortable to grip. Obviously manual toothbrushes cost less than their electric counterparts but there are pros and cons to each type.

Electric toothbrushes are a lot more accessible to people these days as the price of these gadgets has dropped over the years. It is possible to purchase an electric toothbrush for under ten dollars but the less expensive of these brushes often aren’t the best.

Using an electric toothbrush is much easier than a manual so this type of brush maybe suited to people who aren’t able-bodied. They might also be a good idea for children who have a poor brushing technique with a manual brush.

The high-end electric toothbrushes have all the bells and whistles such as varying speed and the ability to use interchangeable brush that serve different purposes. It has been shown in studies that the brush head size and shape can have a significant impact on keeping teeth clean.

Brushing with an electric or a manual toothbrush will both yield great results if done correctly and research until now has not shown definitively whether the manual or electric brush is better for removing plaque.

So in the end the decision on choosing the right brush for you comes down to cost, comfort and most importantly how well it cleans your teeth.

The next thing you need to decide on is what toothpaste should you use? There are a lot of poor toothpastes on the market which don’t do a good job of getting your teeth nice and clean and some may even harm the surface of your teeth. Many toothpastes claim to whiten your teeth but may end up staining them so look for warnings about staining as these toothpastes should be avoided.

The best toothpaste would be one that contains natural ingredients which will whiten teeth as well as killing the bacteria in the mouth.

Avoid using toothpastes which use artificial compounds such as saccharin and sodium lauryl sulfate as these can damage teeth, feed bacteria and have a negative effect on health.…