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 …
Workout is stress for the body. When we load the bar and lift it, we are stressing the muscles, joints, bones and CNS (Central Nervous System). To help the body recover from stress, we have to replenish what we have spent and provide the body with nutrients that will help in regeneration.
If you are on a strict diet, your lifting will suffer in both sets and reps. Carbs do wonders to strength and stamina (even if you are on keto diet, carbs loading is best on training day and vice versa). Caloric deficit makes body burns more calories than we consume. Since our bodies are made for survival and not beach look, our lovely bodies will rather keep fat for rainy days and not muscles. If we are stressing muscles enough even on low calorie diets, our bodies will have reason to keep those muscles and burn fat. Of course, balance in this situation depends on calorie deficit, body type, nutrition, age and many other things that are often very individual.
On the other hand, if you don’t workout with intensity and volume as before, you will not send a signal to your body that you want it to keep all of the muscles (or at least as much as possible) and lose fat.
So what do we do? We trick the body with proper nutrition before, during and after the workout. Thus, in the long run, we are in caloric deficit, but around workouts we have enough energy for good workout and enough nutrients to start muscle regeneration or even muscle growth.
Example of nutrition before, during and after workout would be:
– ~2 hours before workout, eat some complex carbs and protein, for example whole wheat pasta/veggies and fish/meat. Endomorphs should avoid even whole wheat pasta and eat only veggies with fish/meat. If you are feeling lightheaded, feel free to eat maybe even 1g of carbs per 1kg of LBM (Lean Body Mass). This meal will give you energy for next few hours – not that you will be able to set new personal records (PRs), but you should not feel lightheaded when going to the gym
– ~15 minutes before workout some liquid meal or supplement. Liquid meal would be one scoop of whey (based rather on whey concentrate then hydrolyzed whey; add some BCAA if possible) with some guarana, or just take some pre-workout energy booster supplement. This shake should give you energy boost for first few exercises. Energy levels could drop sharply if you don’t take next meal.
– Between 15th and 30th minutes of workout, drink slowly shake consisting of one scoop of whey and maybe 10g of glucose (dextrose); add some BCAA if possible. You need this nutrients to stay sharp and strong. It will give you energy to continue through the workout.
– After workout drink proper shake – one to two scoops of whey, 50-100g of glucose (dextrose), creatine, BCAA, C vitamin… glutamine if you find it useful (many people don’t, me included). This meal will increase nutrients levels in your blood, hormone insulin included. It will strongly promote muscle regeneration and recovery. Be aware that after 80-100 minutes, levels of nutrients fall sharply and you could feel really weak.
– ~1 hour after last shake, eat meal similar to last solid meal before workout – complex carbs with protein. This meal will help you stabilize blood nutrient levels. After this meal, eat you regular food according to your diet.
Is this all necessary? Not all, but both solid meals are simply must eat meals, with shake after workout (Post Work Out – PWM) highly recommended. Some people think that this is just too complicated for average trainee, but if you are serious about your diet and serious about losing fat and keeping or even gaining muscles while dieting, than this is simply something that you have to do. And if you managed to achieve beach look without this kind of pre, during and post workout nutrition, just think for a moment, what would you do if you did follow this kind of nutrition. With time passed, you will learn enough of your body, and you will be able to decide what is best for you in what situation – getting rid of the fat, peeking strength, putting on some muscle mass.
Some people don’t like meals right before and during workout – if you are one of them, then – don’t take them.
If you are ectomorph or even mesomorph on mass cycle, then by all means – eat regular food and forget gainers – they are after all just combination of some protein (mostly whey protein) with plenty of fast or moderate carbs (mostly sugar). But, be sure to always have PWM after workouts to promote muscle regeneration …
Diabetes or diabetes mellitus is a disease tormenting many these days. The advent of modern technology and craze for high profile life style is the root of several serious ailments including diabetes. The patient suffering from diabetes has an increased glucose level in blood. Our food intake supplies us with carbohydrates which get converted in to glucose. The hormone insulin secreted by pancreas breaks down the glucose and aids the metabolic process by making the glucose enter in to body cells and energizing the body as a whole.
When the cells of the pancreas become incapable of producing sufficient insulin or when body cells become resistant to insulin, glucose collects in blood and soon the level shoots up resulting in diabetes. There are three major types of diabetes: Type1, Type2 and Gestational diabetes. Type1 diabetes occurs when the amount of insulin produced by pancreas falls short of the body’s requirement of insulin. Type2 diabetes occurs when body cells become non-responsive to insulin or do not take in insulin in the amount they should have taken in.
Gestational diabetes is the result of pregnancy. Glucose levels in blood rise during pregnancy in some women. Heredity, obesity, stress, over-intake of carbohydrates, nutritional deficiencies, and any other disease causing damage to pancreas are diabetes-triggering factors. Diabetes needs timely diagnosis and treatment, or else it may cause serious damage to heart, kidney, eyes, liver and nervous system.
1. Frequent urination2. Increased hunger3. Increased thirst4. Fatigue5. Loss of weight6. Blurry vision7. Palpitation8. Constipation9. Yellowish urine with a sweet acidic odor10. Itching around genitals
Herbal treatment for diabetes
Nature gives us a wide range of herbs that may be used to treat diabetes the natural ways. Some of the herbs may be listed as follows.
1. Onion and garlic have excellent sugar-reducing properties.
2. Bitter melon or balsam pear juice supplies the body with insulin like polypeptide-p and thereby lowers blood sugar.
3. Fenugreek seeds, rich in nicotinic acids and alkaloid trigoneline, prove very effective in treating diabetes.
4. The holy basil is a highly beneficial herb in treating diabetes.
5. Ivy gourd leaf extracts are quite effective in treating retinal disorders due to diabetes.
6. Fully grown curry leaves are an effective cure for congenital diabetes and obesity.
7. Indian gooseberry juice is a pancreas stimulating drink. It stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin.
8. Butea leaf extracts are useful in lowering sugar levels in blood.
9. Cinnamon is an effective herb for managing diabetes.
10. Powdered, dry mango leaves may be taken in empty stomach for controlling diabetes.
11. Indian plum seeds regulate the metabolic process and also stimulate pancreas.…
Irrespective of the way ducks get their food whether by scavenging or consuming a full ration, duck nutrition must contain all the required nutrients which are vital for growth, maintenance and reproduction. Their feeding practice partly depends on the total number being raised, in case only a few are being kept and are able to access areas they can forage they may survive, grow and be able to lay eggs by feeding on available foods like insects, frogs, snails, table scraps and green plants.
However, they will grow very slowly and the number of eggs they will lay will be low. Therefore, for increased performance it is essential to practice good duck nutrition by providing them with complete nutritional commercially made duck feeds or alternatively you can give them either chicken feeds or poultry feed concentrates mixed with grains.
Good duck nutrition needs to contain similar nutrients as chickens’, but the amount slightly varies particularly in regard to the ratio of every nutrient to the energy present in the diet. Just like other poultry, ducks do not really need protein but require the individual amino acids present in the dietary proteins.
During digestion, the proteins present in the diet are usually broken down to amino acids which the duck absorbs and uses it to make its own proteins that are used in the body for instance those in feathers and muscles. Some of these amino acids usually, the essential amino acids have to be provided in the diet since the duck is not able to make them from any other sources.
Therefore when formulating duck feed, the main attention is given to meet their requirements of essential amino acids. The level of protein that meets the amino acid requirement for the duck can vary slightly depending on the content of the amino acid of the ingredients employed in each formulation.
Good duck nutrition also includes clean drinking water, and this must be available in plenty at least for around 8-12 hours in a day. For market ducks or breeder ducks of over the age of 3 weeks, it may be essential to shut off water and feed at night to assist in maintaining a dry condition of the litter inside the building. If properly done, the practice will not be harmful and does not have any effect on the performance of the ducks during moderate temperature periods.
For the period when the temperature rises to above 90A?F, water must be available during the evening until a time when the temperature drops to below 80A?F otherwise water must be available throughout the night.
Ducklings must be given fed on a starter diet from the time they are hatched up to when they are 2 weeks old. The starter diet must be pellets of diameter 1/8 inch or 3.18 mm or crumbles. When they are 2 weeks old, you can feed them on a grower diet of pellets with a diameter of 3/16 or 4.76 mm.
To promote good duck nutrition, the quality of ducks’ feed ingredients is very essential. Grains that have been contaminated with dirt, weed seeds and molds should not be used. In addition, old vitamin or mineral packs must be avoided because their effectiveness is lost with time especially when they get exposed to heat or sunlight.…
Most people today are concerned about getting cancer. All most everybody knows someone who has some form of cancer. Maybe even someone who has died from cancer.
The American Western medical industry deals with cancer mainly after someone has it. Works great for the insurance, hospital, pharmaceutical and other industries that make huge profits from cancer.
If people were to prevent cancer from even getting started, these cancer for profit industries would be out of business.
It is no wonder many people have come to believe that cancer just happens, its genetic, it just bad luck, the luck of the draw. Basically out of our control. The way the western medical industry deals with disease and illness including cancer, it makes it easy for people to not have to be responsible for their own health.
Changing Perceptions and Facts
More and more people today are starting to understand that this is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
People into natural functional medicine and the holistic natural health movement have know for years that cancer can be prevented and even cured. A lot of the natural preventative strategies, cures and remedies for many different forms of cancer have turned out to be less complicated than we might think. In fact it is often fairly simple and can cost very little.
Greed and pursuit of profit, is why the mainstream western medical and drug industries won’t tell you the truth, why they do all they can to suppress the natural therapies and strategies that are out there successfully working to prevent and to cure cancer. There isn’t the kind of profit they want in natural simple solutions, like nutrition, antioxidants, herbal therapies etc.
Unfortunately the other industry that is part of this cancer epidemic is the food manufacturing industry. The production of processed refined foods, high fructose corn syrup along with industrial meat production and farmed fish all fed nothing but GMO corn, soy and corn like substances, is causing cancer and many other diseases.
Our bodies need the correct kinds and levels of nutrition to be balanced and to function normally. Homeostasis is a term used when the body is functioning normally. When our bodies are functioning normally we don’t have illness and diseases.
When we are eating mostly foods that have been adulterated and changed so much that the food does not really nutritiously resemble its original whole natural makeup, it is impossible for our bodies to enjoy “homeostasis”..
One of the most common results of eating these kinds of foods with low or non existent nutritional value is cancer. Unfortunately it’s hard and getting harder to avoid these foods and get the levels of nutrition our bodies need to function normally, so our bodies can repel and fight cancer growth.
Eating concentrated unadulterated organic whole super foods is one way to supply our bodies with the nutrition and antioxidants we all need to be healthy and cancer free.…
Many pregnant mothers are shown bizarre illustrations of fetuses at different stages during development. I imagine that many of them wonder about exactly how the miracle of birth can happen out of such a small and strange-looking fetus.
More importantly, many mothers wonder at how important this small collection of cells is, and how it seems to also be exposed to all of the hazards of nutrition even before it is born.
Even miracles need to eat, and the things that a mother eats directly affect the life of an embryo, a baby, and an adult.
Nutrition during pregnancy is a really big deal, as you well know, and we’re going to briefly discus some basics here, if you have a minute for healthy motherhood.
So, we know that it’s important to take steps in ensuring the quality of a baby’s diet. Luckily, nature has taken many of these steps for us and inflicts ladies with irresistible urges for foods high in the nutrients their babies need.
This is why it’s so hard to resist fish sometimes, even we know that getting seafood poisoning could be disastrous and that violent stomach upset may threaten the baby’s life at certain stages.
The problem of getting the nutrients found in fish during pregnancy is not really a problem since the advent of fish old supplements. In fact, many of these supplements contain more than enough essential fats for the development of the baby’s mind, and although these cannot completely replace the nutrients found in a good helping of well-cooked fish, they will go a long way to achieving the peace of mind you’re looking for.
Check out the dosage of DHA in your fish supplement, and make sure it’s the recommended amount, at least 250 mg, for a healthy baby brain and body. If you’re taking fish oil, junior is going to get the ratio of omega nutrients that mommy is eating.
Be careful about vegetable oil, because it has way too much omega-6 in general.
There’s nothing like knowing that one’s child is getting everything they need for a long, loving, and successful life.
I know my mom is constantly affirming the virtues of prenatal vitamins and the role they play in healthy children and adults.
So, when you’re astonished that the cells in your fingers and toes are receiving many of the same ingredients to life as your fetus, remember that the way you treat your whole body will affect the life of the child to come, and that pregnancy nutrition is a hot topic for a reason. Of course, you don’t need to be told that whatever measures you would take for your own mind and body should be taken for the sake of your child as well.…
One of the most common debate bodybuilders have among themselves is the issue about egg. How much egg do you eat or can you eat in a day? Some say they only eat one while others say they eat as much as a dozen per day!
On the other hand, there are extremists who say that they don’t want to eat egg everyday fearing that it will raise their cholesterol levels. Here are a couple of facts you should know about the almighty egg and why it is safe to eat it everyday.
Egg is the best source of quality protein in the world. It has more than 90% of quality amino acids you need to make your muscles grow, other meat and protein supplement set the egg as their standard or benchmark for protein quality.
Egg contains good cholesterol components that is necessary for your body functioning. Some prefer to eat only egg whites fearing that the yolk contains too much cholesterol. It isn’t too much my friend, if you’ll eat 2-3 whole eggs per day and coupled with exercise, nothing will happen to your cholesterol levels.
Egg is a great source of choline (one whole egg contains 112mg) similar to b-complex vitamin this helps brain development, prevents brain deterioration and cardiovascular diseases. Our body only produce a little Choline and thus we need to get it from external source.
Egg is common and can be bought cheaply at your local stores and grocery shops. You may not find a top sirloin in your local meat shop but for sure there are eggs waiting in line.
Look at the good stuff eating an egg everyday could potentially do to your body. Instead of getting heart disease, the egg has components to prevent it! Don’t readily believe what you hear, instead try to research for facts and prove if it the rumors are true or not.…