Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Difficult Child At The Table?


Is your home becomes a combat zone at mealtimes? "Eat! - "No! - "Taste-z-y, at least! - "No, I do not want! . Small arms crossed that rely strongly against a chest that rises and frowned stubbornly you say, "You Cannot force me."

"But what has it ever happened to my sweet little baby? "You ask. "But what may well make such disgusting broccoli? "

If you recognize this picture, do not worry: many children have diets selective, safe and sufficient, while having food neophobia (fear of trying new foods). Here are some mistakes that parents should be aware of and avoid, plus some tips for getting your child to not be afraid to try new foods.

Stay calm. You'll sometimes find it hard not to find your child's behavior offensive, especially when you have made significant efforts to prepare delicious meals you serve to a guest uncooperative who can not even enjoy it. When this happens, try to avoid any ultimatum or attempted bribery to force him to eat his meals. By not giving free rein to your emotions and remaining impartial to the refusal of your child, you will prevent the situation, and every meal, to degenerate into confrontation. It is also important to understand your child being difficult at the table because he made his first attempts at making decisions.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

How to Make Healthy Food Choices?


Grocery stores are great because you can find everything you need under one roof, their aisles are wide and there is even a quick cash.

But as there are many choices, how to distinguish good food not so good? The key is knowing what you need to plan meals. There are various ways to choose foods that offer the best nutritional value for you and your family.

* Go first to the radius of fruits and vegetables. You will be able to make a
bad choice because they are all good for you.
* Always buy bread and pasta containing whole wheat or whole grain mixtures
rather than mixtures of bleached or enriched flour.
* Avoid soft drinks and replace them with water, milk, juices low in sugar
and tea.
* Choose salad dressings and low fat condiments. They contain large quantities
of sugar and additives harmful to health.
* Prefer cooking oils are better for health. The walnut oil, canola and olive
oil can substitute vegetable oils and fats.
* Avoid foods and processed meats that contain preservatives and a lot of fat.
Meats, spaghetti and ravioli, canned a lot of salt, fat and additives harmful
to health.
* Resist pizzas and frozen dinners and other frozen entrees.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Food & Fitness


Calorie intake varies greatly depending on individual physical activity, age, gender and availability. In general, here are the average calorie intake recommended: for seniors, children and sedentary women, about 1600 calories per day for active women, children and older sedentary men, approximately 2000 calories per day, and for young men and adolescent boys, about 2400 calories per day.

The macro minerals include calcium, phosphorus, sodium, chloride, potassium, and magnesium, our bodies need every day from about 1 to 2 grams of each of these elements. Water is another macronutrient that we need 1 ml for each calorie of energy we spend, in other words 2 500 mL (2.5 L) per day.

Essential fatty acids include linoleic acid, linolenic acid, arachidonic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid. Linoleic acid and linolenic acid are present in vegetable oils. Eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid are essential for brain development and are present in fish oils.

Micronutrients include vitamins and trace minerals, elements of which our body needs to metabolize macronutrients. Only a small amount of micronutrients is necessary to milligrams or micrograms. Among the essential trace minerals include iron, zinc, copper, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, iodine and fluoride. With the exception of the latter, all these minerals activate enzymes that help our bodies metabolize food.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Nutrition: Overview


Our bodies need to be replenished regularly a certain amount of nutrients to function. In order to provide these nutrients, we need to feed a balanced way. A healthy diet allows us to nurture the body, allowing us to perform demanding physical and mental activities and stay healthy.

Everyone has different caloric intakes, which very probably vary from one day to another. But it is essential that we provide to our body what it needs to function. To this end, governments, universities and health centers around the world have developed guidelines and food pyramid food to help the public understand the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.
What are the elements of a balanced diet?

Although a large number of nutrients can be synthesized by the body, including some essential nutrients can be. Therefore, we must provide our body through our food - what we eat and drink.

Key nutrients include 9 of the 20 amino acids that are present in proteins, certain fatty acids in oils and fats, and a number of minerals and vitamins. In general, there are two categories of nutrients or macronutrients and micronutrients.

Other substances, such as fiber, are recommended by doctors and dietitians to improve bowel motility, smooth fluctuations in blood sugar and cholesterol levels after meals, and help eliminate carcinogens (cancer causing) produced by bacteria in the large intestine.

Macronutrients include fats, proteins, carbohydrates and minerals. Our body needs daily in large quantities. They constitute the largest part of our diet, supplying our bodies energy and building blocks needed to grow, and perform various activities to continue. Once digested, these foods are converted into their basic units, namely sugars from carbohydrates, fatty acids and glycerol from fats, and amino acids) from protein. The resulting energy content of each food is measured in calories.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Eating Habits


Persons wishing to change their eating habits can begin to make some adjustments to the plan they currently have, for example by reducing the consumption of fatty foods and taking smaller portions (about 20% less). It will also be beneficial to eat more vegetables, fruit and fiber.

Physical activity is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle because it helps increase metabolism (the rate at which your body uses food energy or burns calories). The addition of work in a fitness exercise program further increases the energy consumption. The muscles have a higher metabolic rate (ie d. They burn calories faster) than fat. Also, people who increase their muscle mass will burn calories faster. Furthermore, regular exercise will help increase energy levels and self confidence. People who want to become more active should first choose a form of exercise that they prefer and consult their doctor before starting the program.

Here are some helpful tips for healthy living:

* Do not put yourself in the plan. Accept your body.
* Concentrate on measures of success other than weight, such as having more
energy, feel more confident, have a low level of stress and sleep better.
* Make gradual changes, avoid drastic measures.
* Start your day with a nutritious breakfast. People who skip breakfast actually
eat more during the day compared to those who eat a good breakfast.
* Try to eat something every 3-6 hours. If you extend the interval between meals
or snacks, you may overeat later.
* Take time to eat. It takes 15-20 minutes for the brain receives the signal
"full stomach".
* Do not do other activities while eating. You can become so insensitive to the
internal signal and overeat.
* Try to understand how emotions and feelings can change your diet and timing of
your meals.
* Eat more fruits, vegetables and fiber.
* Do not be fooled by foods low in fat. Although they contain less fat, sugar
content is often increased, manufacturers wishing to compensate for the loss
of taste due to the removal of fat.