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Food And Health Choices

When faced with this question we all automatically and emphatically answer “Yes”! We love our children, right, so of course we are all making the right choices to provide them with the healthiest life they can have, aren’t we? But if we think about it carefully, are we really?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I regularly give my child fast food or takeaway food?
  • Do I rarely give my child meals that are fresh and cooked from scratch? So no pre-packaged foods like fish fingers or tinned foods.
  • Do I give my child sugary food or drinks most days? This includes ‘fruit straps’, ‘muesli bars’ and poppers.
  • Do I give my child dairy desserts (ice cream, etc.), grain desserts (cookies, cake, doughnuts, etc.) or whole milk most days?
  • Do I give my child the same food every day for breakfast, lunch or dinner?
  • Does my child often see me eating unhealthy foods?
  • Does my child eat alone or at a separate time from me?
  • Does my child hear me talk about dieting because I want to lose a few kilos?
  • Do I give my child antibiotics immediately when they are sick rather than waiting to let their body fight the illness?
  • Do I give my child medication when they have a mild temperature?
  • Do I drive my child from A to B when we could easily walk instead?
  • Did I wean my child early?
  • Did I eat high-fat or sugary foods when I was breast-feeding?
  • Is my child exposed to environmental contaminants i.e. pesticides on fruit and chemicals in their shampoo and soap and laundry powder?
  • Do I feed my child predominantly organic food?
  • Have I ever had my child tested for food intolerances?

Of course we don’t intend to make you feel inadequate as a parent; what we are trying to do is to raise your awareness of some of the things that will have an outcome on your child’s long-term health! What you feed your child will not just affect their health in the short-term but also in the years to come. Diets high in processed foods, fat and sugar result in children with lower IQs, and set the scene for obesity, behavioral problems, asthma, eczema, inflammatory conditions, and auto-immune diseases like arthritis plus illness like diabetes and cancer.

You need to be conscious of what you feed your child because the types of foods that you regularly give them when they are young will influence what they choose to eat as they get older since repeated exposure builds taste preferences that will stay with them. Also be aware of the impact your behavior around food will have on your children. You will not create children who enjoy healthy food and have a balanced mindset around food and health if they see you eating unhealthy food, doing fad diets, or even talking about diets, self-image and food in negative ways.

When your child is sick try to delay the antibiotics unless it is absolutely essential! The same applies to all medications – obviously you must use them if essential and if directed by your doctor but do not get into a habit of using them routinely for a mild headache, sore throat or fever. Remember, medication just deals with symptoms but does not ‘kill’ the bug. Antibiotics and other medications increase the likelihood of your child developing food intolerances. Repeatedly feeding your child the same foods further adds to this risk. If your child suffers from unsettled sleep, frequent regurgitation of food, colic, hiccups, excessive crying, poor appetite, flatulence, stuffy nose, frequent ear infections, watery eyes, frequent colds, noisy breathing, scratching, diarrhea or constipation, eczema, ADHD or concentration problems or stomach aches, then you should get them tested for food intolerances.

Take on board the fact that food intolerance is a rising problem in our world and it is no coincidence that it is rising fast alongside rates of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. Why? Because most of us aren’t making great choices in terms of nutrition, lifestyle and medications taken. This leads to leaky gut syndrome which is basically a damaged gut which allows food proteins to get into the blood stream and food intolerance then occurs.

As a parent, one of the best gifts you can give your child is a strong nutritional start. Your child will not know which foods are healthy unless you teach them. Give them a varied diet, based on fresh whole foods, where meals are cooked from scratch. Don’t beat yourself up over the occasional treat. To truly look after your child’s health your must first value your own health! Lead by example to help your child develop a love for whole fresh foods that will last them a lifetime.

I recently visited with a friend who I always thought was a healthy eater and she openly states that her children eat a great diet. However, I realized that she, along with a lot of other people, have the wrong idea about what is healthy. For instance, wheat is not a health food. It is highly processed no matter what the weetabix box says or how strong your muscles will be if you eat Nutrigrain. Dairy is not a health food – the calcium molecules are too big to be absorbed by the human body and pasteurization has killed any nutrients left in the liquid. Orange juice is not a healthy drink. Pasteurisation has killed the vitamin C and it’s usually got a lot of sugar in it. Even natural sugars are not great in large amounts. That’s not to say you can’t consume wheat or dairy sometimes, but many parents will give their children wheat 6 or more times in a day – cereal, muesli snack bar, sandwich, flapjack afternoon tea, pasta dinner, cheese and biscuits pre-bedtime for instance. These foods are all processed and unhealthy and eating them so regularly triggers food intolerance. The usual culprits are wheat and dairy but once food intolerance starts, the body can become intolerant to healthy foods like broccoli and pineapple.

Her children suffered from regularly blocked sinus, stomach aches and eczema. I’m certain that they have food intolerance which, when cured, would reverse the symptoms.

Here’s an example of what my family (children under 10) regularly eat:

Breakfast of Scrambled egg with ‘hidden’ zucchini & cauliflower, organic yogurt (probiotic) followed by apple pieces (remember protein is what fills them up, not carbohydrates)

Snack of gluten free crackers with cashew nut spread

Lunch of organic, wholemeal sandwich with tuna and lettuce plus a mango hedgehog

Snack of frozen grapes, almonds and cucumber dipped in homemade avocado dip

Dinner of organic chicken casserole using pureed carrot, broccoli & red peppers as the ‘sauce’ over a bed of mixed brown and basmati rice (yes, they find pure brown rice a bit chewy still).

I promise you, armed with advice and recipes, you can do it too! But first, check for food intolerance because if it’s left untreated, you or your child’s current symptoms will remain and more severe symptoms will develop over time.

Disclaimer: The use of this information is not a substitute for health advice. Please consult your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider for specific medical advice. The information should be used in conjunction with guidance from your medical practitioner as he/she will be aware of your unique personal medical history.

Alkaline Foods and Health Drinks

Bouncing back from a cold by consuming more alkaline foods and health drinks can give you an energetic fresh start. This year’s cold and flu season seems to be hitting harder than usual. The good news is that when it’s over, your body is cleaner, leaner and should function better, assuming you don’t start piling in the junk again. Here is a good way to get back your energy and create better health than you had before the cold hit.

First, let the cold run its course. It is really your body’s way of eliminating toxins that have built up over time. Don’t try to stifle the runny nose and coughs with antihistamines or other drugs that only delay the inevitable. If you slow the process down, then you are only prolonging the pain, and you may not get the full benefit of a natural cleanse. In my experience, a good, cleansing cold lasts about 7-10 days. Think of it as a natural cleanse. Then, get more out of the recovery with alkaline foods and natural health drinks.

When you feel like the cold is starting to disappear, you will probably feel that it is time to start some fresh, new healthy habits. One of the best things you can do after a cold is develop healthier eating habits. A good way to do that is by including more alkaline foods and health drinks in your diet. This means, consume more foods that form an alkaline ash in the bloodstream after they are digested and burned for fuel.

  • What are alkaline foods that help you bounce back from a cold?

Think about fresh fruits and vegetables, natural foods that are lower in animal protein, health drinks without sugar or artificial sweeteners and food grade herbs, not medicinal herbs.

  • Some of the more common acid forming foods can be caffeine, chocolate, beef, pork, fish, alcohol, soda, even beans and rice.

Experts recommend that your daily alkaline food intake should be about 80% of your diet, compared with only 20% acid forming foods. The theory is, and I think it does hold water, that it is harder for illness and disease to take hold in a more alkaline environment.

Through a great deal of research, and personal experience, I have discovered numerous health benefits with more alkaline foods in my diet. By maintaining that 80/20 ratio, I have experienced fewer arthritic pains and digestive problems. Also, by adding health drinks that are less acid forming, I feel better knowing that my body has the tools it needs to work on other issues such as eliminating toxins, rather than constantly struggling just to maintain internal pH balance.

Sunrider Health Foods and Health

Sunrider International is a company that has taken the concept of health foods and health drinks to an entirely new level. They work to combine the best of both science and nature in order to develop health foods and drinks that really pack the biggest nutritional punch. Their products are concentrated and surpass the nutritional value of what you find in the supermarket-even the organic section!

Sunrider has been making their health food and health drinks right here in the United States since 1982, and many of those products have won a variety of awards. The company itself was even recognized as the Business of the Year by the City of Los Angeles, Harbor City/Harbor Gateway Chamber of Commerce in 2008. Sunrider International is guided by Drs. Tei-Fu Chen and Oi-Len Chen, who work with a team of scientists to create their life-altering projects. From the research phase, through development, and even into manufacturing, this team oversees the process to ensure the highest quality results.

The Sunrider Difference

Sunrider products are able to surpass the nutritional quality of other foods for multiple reasons. First of all, the health foods and health drinks developed use concentrated whole foods. Rather than creating chemical versions of nutrients, Sunrider health foods come from naturally occurring plants. In fact, some of those plants are so “natural” that they are harvested right from the wild.

The ingredients that are farmed, such as certain herbs, are done so under strict guidelines and parameters. Sunrider does believe in the importance of organic farming, although they believe that these practices alone are not enough to boost nutritional value. Therefore, they implement additional strategies to attain the significant differences that their health foods and health drinks can make.

Another difference between Sunrider and many other food and drink manufacturers is that Sunrider does not rely heavily on only one ingredient. Instead, they strive to provide a blend of nutrient sources, allowing for a more natural balance within the body. Compare this to so-called “miracle” health drinks like acai berry juice, and you’ll see why the Sunrider approach is so much better for the human body. Rather than overdosing yourself on one particular vitamin or nutrient, you are introducing a variety of healthful components that work together naturally.

Sunrider Foods and Drinks Promote Better Overall Health

  • Some of the most commonly reported benefits of using Sunrider products include:
  • An increase in energy directly caused by high levels of concentrated nutrients
  • Even blood sugar levels, which leads to consistent moods
  • A lack of cravings for less healthy foods
  • Clearer thought processes and a better ability to concentrate
  • Healthy weight loss and maintenance
  • Better digestion of the natural nutrients found in the products
  • Support for the immune system for better resistance to illness

In addition, Sunrider health foods and health drinks have anti-oxidant properties that help to slow down the aging process. Those who use the products find that not only do they feel younger on the inside, but they start looking younger on the outside, too. Softer skin and more restful sleep are just two of the benefits that so many Sunrider users are experiencing every day.

Is It A Good Place To Find All Natural Foods and Health Drinks

The holiday season was over and people were making their healthy new years resolutions when I decided it was safe to make a trip to the mall. It was easy to find a parking space right in front of what seemed to be the biggest health food store on Earth.

With some time to kill while the wife shopped for exercise clothes, I started reading a few ingredient labels to see what was really in all those flashy looking, low carb food formulas, protein blasters and so-called health drinks. OK, so that sounds really boring, but let me tell you it was an eye opening experience. It really helped me appreciate the all natural foods and health drinks at my online health food store. Maybe this little trip to the big health food store at the mall will help you avoid some of the ingredients that are anything but all natural, or healthy, in many of the foods and drinks being sold there.

The first thing I noticed is that this big health food store at the mall really loves to sell those enhanced vitamin water drinks. The brightly colored bottles were stacked high, enticing shoppers with the low prices, the pretty colors and the dream of a natural health drink that actually tastes good. Well, I have tried some of that “enhanced water”, and I thought it not only tasted awful, but the crystalline fructose (concentrated sugar)content was more than enough junk food in one bottle for me. Oh, and if your body could actually absorb the isolated vitamins infused into the water, you might get your $1.50 worth of nutrition. Isolated vitamins that are not attached to all natural, whole foods typically break down before the body can use them for fuel. On my trip to the health food store I could see there were no whole food ingredients listed on those pretty bottles of enhanced vitamin water beverages.

Here are some other ingredients I saw on the labels that I choose to avoid when searching for healthy, all natural foods and drinks:

  • Crystalline fructose, high fructose corn syrup, and basically, anything with sugar.
  • Artificial sweeteners, especially Aspartame and Saccharine. Instead, I use stevia, the 0 calorie all natural sweetener.
  • Modified corn starch. Almost all corn grown in the USA is now GMO (genetically modified organisms). Any time I see the word “modified” I get suspicious about its true nature.
  • Isolated protein – The body cannot easily digest most protein drinks because they are usually made from “isolated” protein, which clogs the lymphatic system. Many athletes searching for nutrition who are working to build muscle up are guzzling protein drinks without understanding the consequences, or the real needs of the human body. They are being seduced by pictures of wash-board abs and bulging biceps into thinking more protein is good. However, many experts agree it is a myth that anyone needs the high levels of protein offered in some of today’s muscle building drink mixes. In fact, all that protein may be doing more harm than good.

Those are just a few of the ingredients I try to avoid in my constant quest for all natural foods and health drinks that are truly healthy. Are there ingredients that you wonder about? I hope you’ll have as much fun reading labels as I did at the big health food store. Until then, look online for all natural foods and health drinks, and stay away from the mall. It’s scary there!

Alkaline Foods and Health Drinks

When searching for health drinks, all natural foods or hard to find alkaline foods it just doesn’t pay to shop in traditional stores any longer. Famous actors, world-class athletes, and millions of other healthy people around the world use superior products that you simply can’t find in the usual places. This is their secret to perfect health, and when you read this you will know the secret, too.

Health is Wealth Many of us baby boomers now realize that we have to take care of our bodies for financial reasons and to enjoy a long, healthy life. When you focus on better habits, eating all natural foods, guzzling health drinks instead of sodas, or researching things like alkaline foods, the advantages are profound. Among the benefits are that we get to keep our youthful hearts and minds for as long as possible.

When you take control of your health and fitness you make conscious choices that really do improve your overall well being.

  • Your self-esteem grows each time you give your body the most nutritious alkaline foods or health drinks.
  • You wake up with a smile, feeling alive, alert, awake and enthusiastic.
  • You find the energy to exercise.
  • Your joints, bones and muscles begin to feel more supple and strong.
  • You hear friends saying, “Wow, you look great, what are you doing?”
  • You become part of something bigger by consuming all natural foods and using products that are better for the planet.

Here are 5 steps you can take today to be in control of your health:

1. Eat more alkaline foods-Experts recommend a balance of 80% alkaline foods to only 20% acid forming foods for optimal health. Do you know how your diet weighs in on the pH balance scale? Take the Alkaline Food Test at an online health food store to find out.

2. Drink natural health drinks-Avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners and caffeine. Load up on antioxidants, live enzymes, real flavor and nutrition. There is a beverage mix used by world-class athletes, celebrities and millions of other healthy people. This all-natural formula was recently named to a list of Top 100 Health Products in the World. However, not that many people in America are familiar with it, yet.

3. Use environmentally friendly household products-You can’t get them in stores, but on the Internet you have access to all natural soaps, shampoos, laundry detergent, multi-purpose cleaners and natural toothpaste without harmful chemicals. Look for an online health food store instead of shopping for the usual mass produced items at a grocery store.

4. Keep your diet closer to nature-All natural foods are considered to be minimally processed and do not contain artificial ingredients. They are not “enriched” with man made, isolated vitamins and minerals. All natural foods do not include ingredients such as refined sugars, refined flours, milled grains, hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners, artificial food colors, or artificial flavorings. Proponents of natural-food diets argue that refined ingredients promote obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

5. Buy from responsible manufacturers-Stop giving your money to corporations that are making products filled with trans fats, hydrogenated oils, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, too much sugar, genetically altered ingredients or toxic chemicals. Shop differently from a company that uses all natural ingredients and environmentally responsible manufacturing processes. Again, you won’t find them locally, but you can easily find an online health food store that carries products made by responsible manufacturers.

If you’re like me, you are not waiting for the next president to fix health care in America. Instead, you are taking responsibility for your own health by first and foremost, taking care of yourself physically and financially. Just remember, shopping in the same old places for nutritional products will give you the same old results. Instead, do some searching for an online health food store. You will discover excellent choices for all natural foods, alkaline foods and health drinks that the average consumer has not yet stumbled upon.