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Childhood obesity carries with it chronic-low grade inflammation. If an overweight or obese child does not stop gaining weight or lose weight the side effects start to occur. The side effects of childhood obesity have direct affect on the child’s organs and internal structures. Read More

#1: ‘Saturated fat does Not cause childhood obesity or heart disease’ Saturated fats from animal sources provide the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances, without which your body cannot function optimally. Read More

Recommended Healthy Weight Loss for Children

Monday, April 22, 2013 @ 10:04 PM

Portion Size Matters acknowledges that many parents get caught up in the convenience of life when feeding their children, and advertisers spend millions of dollars creating ads that feed into kid’s desires. Read More

Differences Between Type I and Type II Diabetes

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 02:03 PM

Type I diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes, is caused by a shortage of insulin in the body. Type II diabetes is caused by the body’s inefficient use of insulin due to a condition known as insulin resistance.

Insulin is an anabolic hormone that moves not only sugar, but also amino acids, electrolytes and fatty acids into the cells of the body. A lack of insulin or inefficient use of insulin will cause these substances to remain outside the cells, starving them of the vital nutrients they require. Read More

Babies grow at different rates, and at times, you may wonder if your baby is getting enough nutrients daily.

Stages of how much your baby should be eating:

  • Newborn- on average consumes about 1.5-3 ounces (45-90ml) every 2-3 hours. This amount increases as your baby grows and is able to take more in at each feeding.
  • 2 months- your baby may be taking in 4-5 ounces (120-150ml) at each feeding and feedings may be every 3-4 hours.
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PROBLEMS WITH PLASTIC: In the past few decades more than 5,000 papers have been published on whether or not BPA from plastic is harmful for people’s health. One study by the U.S. National Toxicology Program in 2008 found that BPA may in fact have negative effects on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland development in fetuses, infants, and children. In fact, fish and mollusks living in rivers that have been polluted with BPA have been known to change their sex because of the hormonal effects the chemical can have. Read More

Children Eating the Wrong Types of Fat: Omega 6

Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 08:02 PM

How to Balance Your Omega 6:3 Ratio

Primary sources of Omega-6 fatty acids that you would benefit from by reducing include:

Corn oil Canola oil Soy oil
Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats Margarine Shortening

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Children’s Daily Meal Pattern Guide

Thursday, February 14, 2013 @ 03:02 PM

Food Group                            Daily Servings           Portion Size per Meal

 1-2 Years old–  This is the transition from liquid diets to the addition of complementary foods.

 Milk and Dairy (Whole Milk )   5                         ½ cup or 4 ounces

Meat/Beans                                         2                           1-3 Tbsp.

Vegetable                                               3                           2-3 Tbsp.

Fruit                                                         3                          2-4 Tbsp.

Bread/Pasta/Cereal                         4                          ¼ – ½cup, ½ slice

Fats/Oils                                                 3                           1 teaspoon

 

3-4 Years old– This is the transition from complementary foods to the addition of table foods. Read More

Differences between Probiotics and Prebiotics

Monday, February 4, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

Probiotic bacteria must be live and able to reproduce in order for it to be beneficial.

  • Beneficial bacteria have a lifelong, powerful effect on your gut’s immune system and your systemic immune system as well. The bacteria play a crucial role in the development and operation of the mucosal immune system in your digestive tract. They also aid in the production of antibodies to pathogens.
  • Friendly bacteria train your immune system to distinguish between pathogens and non-harmful antigens, and to respond appropriately. This important function prevents your immune system from overreacting to non-harmful antigens.
  • Probiotics can even help to normalize your weight. One study found that obese people were able to reduce their abdominal fat by nearly 5 percent, and their subcutaneous fat by over 3 percent, just be drinking a probiotic-rich fermented milk beverage for 12 weeks.

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5 Reasons Not to Feed Your Kids

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 @ 11:01 AM

1. Eating to cure boredom: food – when used to solve non-food problems – kids learn that eating is the solution to boredom. You can suggest solutions that will help with boredom like completing chores, playing with a certain toy or working on a project. Or you can ask them what they think they should do.

Soon they will learn the skills to combat boredom.

2. Rewarding behavior with comfort foods: Studies  show that making certain foods accessible only after completing a specific task, increases children’s preferences for that “reward” food.

A child who engages in this reward model of eating may become an adult who searches for reward-type excuses to eat comfort foods.

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