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Feeding Your Children Right!

     Teaching your child healthy eating habits when they are young can help provide a basis for healthy eating when they are older. But how do you feed your child healthy? First, you need to become educated; start by reading the ingredients of the food and drink, then put what you have learned into practice.

     Water, after oxygen, is the most important substance. Juice should be reserved for once in a while and in its place water should be given. Juice is just like straight sugar, because the whole fruit is not eaten there is no fiber to slow the release of the sugar. When you give juice only give pure, natural, 100% juices and watering them down is a good idea. Purified water or mountain spring water is all that should be given, not tap water. Pop, especially colas, should be saved for when the child is older and can decide for himself what to drink. Pop can cause loss of bone density. Many drinks contain artificial colors and flavors, aspartame, vegetable oils and other chemicals; read the label to see what you are really drinking.
     If you give your child milk at least give him an organic one as milk contains antibiotics and hormones. Many children, especially ones with ear infections, have an allergy to dairy products. If you take your child off dairy products for a week or two, you may find conditions like: ear infections, ADD, tonsillitis, asthma, and digestive disturbances clearing up. Alternatives to dairy products include: soya milk, goat’s milk, rice milk and almond milk. Check the label to make sure the ingredients are not genetically modified and that there are no artificial flavors and little if no sugar. There are now many cheeses, yogurts and ice creams made out of these products. Some children cannot tolerate milk or cheese, but can have a little good quality natural yogurt; the friendly bacteria makes the yogurt more digestible.
     You can make your own baby food by cooking and pureeing vegetables and fruits (try to get organic produce). Then freeze it in ice cube trays and thaw as needed. For older children, there are many healthier choices for meals and snacks.
     Make sure their meals include raw and steamed vegetables, brown rice and free range meats and eggs, if you so choose. For a good healthy complete protein meal, cook some brown rice and some frozen peas, after they are heated, mix in a little flax oil or a homemade flax dressing. Homemade soups are also a good choice, along with stir fries on rice. Make sure to use a MSG free broth or soup base. Get your child used to healthy meals from the start and save the fries, chicken nuggets and other fast foods for occasional treats. Hot dogs have been linked in studies to Leukemia.

     For snacks: fruits, whole grain, naturally sweetened cookies, brown rice cakes with nut butters, raw veggies, organic raisins and fruit leathers are better choices.

     Breakfast should be a good nutritional start to the day. Whole grain natural cereals from companies like: Nature’s Path, Erewhon, and Barbara’s, use less sugar, no artificial colors and flavors and more whole grains. For a treat put fruit on top. Also use whole grain pancakes or waffles topped with maple syrup, fruit, and yogurt. For a change, a blender drink consisting of protein powder (check for aspartame and artificial flavors), flax oil, your milk of choice, a little green powder (Nugreens, Greens +), and bananas and strawberries, tastes great and is filling and nutritious.
     Before you buy prepared foods, check for aspartame, Msg (hydrolyzed vegetable protein), hydrogenated fats, Bha, Bht and other preservatives and of course artificial colors and flavors. There are many alternatives available now all the way from soups, drinks, cereals, mixes, cookies and candies. They may cost a little more but you’ll find your child to have a better appetite and stronger health when he/she is fed this way.
     Fats and oils are an important part of the diet; stay away from anything hydrogenated. The only healthy oil you can buy in a regular grocery store with out a Natural Food section, is Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Fry with butter or coconut oil, they can be heated to a higher temperature before turning into a bad fat. If you cannot use butter, there are a few margarines on the market that are not hydrogenated. The proper fats are important for the brain, immune system, skin, hair, cardiovascular system, to name just a few. ADD, allergies, constipation, eczema, autism and other learning disabilities, are some of the problems helped by essential fats (EFA’s). Products like Flax oil, Essential Balance Jr., Udo’s Oil and Focus, can be given to your child.
     Make sure if you choose Vegetarianism, the child gets enough protein. Peas, beans, brown rice, tofu, nuts, seeds and their butters, are all good sources of protein.
     This is just the beginning to feeding your children right, so start now and remember everything takes time. The first step is to become aware of what you eat and drink and in time you will become knowledgeable about nutrition and how to feed your children healthy. Their future is in your hands.

How to Get Nutrition Into Your Child

     We all want what's best for our children, including good health.  Giving your child the gift and knowledge of good health is priceless in a world with ever increasing sickness.  Getting nutritional foods into your child is challenging as the world around them advertises fast and denatured foods.  Friends and family can also be an unhealthy influence. Starting them on the road to health when they are young gives them a great beginning, but health at any age is better than not starting at all.

  So how do we go about this complex goal?  Studying and changing your health patterns are the first step; children learn best by our examples.  Educating yourself on a more natural diet, drinking more pure water and then eating that natural diet, are the places to start.

    As you begin to lead your family into the world of health, you will find you might have to get creative in getting the nutrition into your children. Forcing nutrition on a child might make him rebel more, especially if he sees you are not doing it.  Explain, in terms he can understand, why this way of eating and living is important and how it will benefit him and the whole family.  Talk about eating the whole fruit or vegetable as opposed to the juice.  The whole food contains fiber and other important nutrients that juice does not; juice, even natural juice, will raise the blood sugar, as there is no fiber to balance the release of the fruit sugars into the blood stream.  Make sure you get them used to reading the label to see what is really in the foods we eat; juice is often only partially from fruit and the rest of it from sugar and chemicals.  As you get more educated yourself, it will become a way of life and will get easier to make healthier choices and to explain them to your children.   

     Water, is the first substance to get into your child.  Some symptoms  that show you are deficient in water are:  fatigue, constipation, unable to handle the heat, confusion and finally thirst.  Remember that young children become dehydrated so much faster than adults; fever, diarrhea, vomiting and sweating can seriously dehydrate a child in a short time.  So how do we get them to drink more water?  Their own water bottle seems to help a child to drink more water, just make sure to clean properly between uses and buy new bottles periodically. Try these tips to liven up the water:  a squeeze of lemon or lime, some watered down natural juice, ice cubes and cooled down fruit teas.  Playing the Cheers Game is a great way to make water fun.  After you have filled everyone's water glass, gently clang them together and says Cheers, then have a drink.  Fruits and vegetables have high water content, so eat foods like: cucumber, lettuce, melons and others.  Drink very little while eating; most fluids should be consumed in between meals as water slows down the digestion with meals.  Never drink tap water, it is full of Chlorine and other chemicals always drink purified, reverse osmosis and spring water.        The next challenge is fruits and vegetables, especially vegetables Give them variation, cook the vegetables in different ways:  stir-fry, grilled, steamed, soups, stews and in sauces.  Also give them raw vegetables; my daughter mostly prefers raw over cooked vegetables. Use dips to make the raw vegetables more fun. Also getting creative with the vegetables:  radish roses, carrot curls, etc, is another great way to make vegetables fun. Ask your child what he/she wants to try, to give them the decision making power that they love.  Take them out for Chinese Food and order Chop Suey, just ask for no MSG; Chop Suey is full of vegetables. Juicing your fruits and vegetables is also healthy; carrot juice is actually quite sweet.  Making appealing salads with either fruits or vegetables is also a good idea, you just never know what your child will like and at times it seems to change from day to day.  There are now fruit and vegetable bars on the market; Rebars have become so popular because they contain two cups of fruits and two cup of vegetables in one little bar. A good portion of our diet should be fruits and vegetables, with raw being the healthiest way to eat most of them, so start to include more in your family=s diet.

    Whole Grains are also important because of the fiber and other nutrients they contain.  When the grain is refined, the fiber and most, if not all, of the vitamins and minerals are removed.  White flour products turn into sugar in the bloodstream, once again, the fiber is not there to slow the release of the sugar into the bloodstream. Sprouted Grain Breads are becoming more and more popular because they are more easily digested for most people and they are good. Buy whole grain pancake mixes and frozen waffles and cereals, remember to read the ingredients.  Beware of sensitivities and allergies to wheat and other grains; have your child tested if you suspect these problems.  There are many wheat-free and gluten-free products on the market now.

     Never underestimate the importance of Fats; good fats surround every cell of your body and they make up 40-60% of the brain. These EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids) will nourish and calm the brain, nerves and body.  They are needed for all children, especially for children that are hyper and have learning problems.  So how do we get them into our children?  Older children can swallow the capsules containing:  Flax, Salmon, fish, Evening Primrose and other oils.  For younger children you can put the oil in a protein blender drink; mix it with milk (or Soya milk), bananas, berries, protein powder and any other healthy substance that can be given to children.  Please make sure the protein powder is not a weight loss product, as the herbs are not appropriate for children.  Read the EFA bottle for the amount to give each child or follow these directions:  1 tablespoon for an adult a day, half this for a child half the size of an adult (5-10 yrs), 3 the dose for a child 2-5 yrs old and half this again for a baby. A breast feeding mother can consume the oils in her diet.  Never heat or cook with these oils, as the heat will turn them into a bad fat and remember to keep them in the fridge or freezer. Other sources of EFAs=s are:  raw nuts and seeds, nut butters, extra virgin olive oil and avocadoes. 

    Proteins are also very important, but they are much more than meat.  Other sources of proteins include: beans, peas, legumes, eggs, dairy, Soya products, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Peas and brown rice make a nice complete protein. Add a natural soup cube to the water when you cook your rice to give it great flavour.  Make sure your child is getting some form of protein every day.

    Give your child the gift of health; by teaching them about health you are empowering them with knowledge for their futures.  This knowledge will last them a lifetime and they will pass it on to their children.  Do not expect to change things overnight and to learn what's best for your family in a few days.  Make a goal to learn and practice one new thing a week, mark your progress and goals in a journal. Each accomplishment will lead you and your family to a new level and soon in time, you will find you have succeeded in becoming healthier. Remember every family and every person  is unique, so what works for one family, or for one person, may not work for another. Reward yourselves and your children when you reach a goal; don't be too rigid on always eating healthy.  A child will rebel if they are totally kept away from junk food, so everything in moderation.  Just teach them that cake, fries and pop are not an everyday menu item, just a treat once in a while.

     Eating in a stress free, happy atmosphere is as important as what we eat; digestion is greatly inhibited while the body is stressed.  The latest studies say that laughter after the meal greatly improves digestion. So start teaching them by our healthy example and you will prepare them for a promising future.

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Anne Arsenault’s book “Real Solutions to Children’s Health” is an absolute must for all parents. It is a very informative health guide, in an easy to read format. I highly recommend this book. Every household should have a copy on hand as a reference for any health concerns that may occur. Following her easy food and supplement recommendations will pave the way to a healthier lifestyle for all of us.
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I would highly recommend this book! As a concerned mom about my child's health, I think that this book is great. This book provides natural health soultions for many conditions including ear infections, colic, autism and much more and provides very comprensive information about essentail fatty acids, supplements, allergies/sensitivities, feeding and more.

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Weight Release for Your Children

What is more important than the Health of your Children? A
Healthy Child is one who is NOT overweight, but what do you
do if your child is overweight?
First, you look at the reasons he/she is overweight, then
you make a plan with one goal each week, in order to help
your child lose weight. You encourage him or her, you DO
NOT put them down or be-little them about their weight.
Keep a journal to document the reasons and the progress of
the weight loss.
So what are the reasons children (and adults) are
overweight these days:
*not enough exercise
*too much sugar (white flour also turns into sugar)
*too much soda pop (even one a day is too much, including diet)
*too much fruit juices
*not enough pure water
*too much flour products, especially white flour products
*too much baked goods, donuts are the worst
*too much bad fats, fried fats like chips and fries

For the first week, look at the drinks that are consumed.
How much soda pop is drank in a day? How much juice do they
drink; is the juice even 100% real juice, or 10% real
juice? What is the other 90%? How many glasses of purified
(not tap) water do they drink in a day? Reduce the soda pop
and juice and add more water. Water will help not just with
weight loss, but also with temperature regulation (they
will handle the heat better), cleansing and energy.

For the second week, get more exercise! Even going for a 20
minute walk will provide movement that is beneficial for
the body. It will help the body to cleanse and the blood
sugar to regulate. When doing homework ,watching TV or on
the computer, get up and stretch every 15 minutes or so. If
you make a point to go for a walk with your child, you can
also use that time for a little communication. 
The third week, look at the sugars and white flour they
eat. Add more fiber; use a Sprouted Grain Bread, eat more
fruits and veggies, eat more low fat proteins. Read the
labels, there is a lot of sugar in processed foods. Cut
back on the sugars gradually, as if you go cold turkey, you
will experience head aches and other symptoms because sugar 
is a drug. White flour turns into sugar in the body,
because the fiber is removed and fiber slows the release of
sugar into the blood stream.

For the fourth week, look at the fats they consume. How
much of their diet are hydrogenated or fried fats? Our
bodies desperately need fats, but we tend to eat mostly the
bad fats. Good fats that we should feed our families are:
olive oil, fish oils, raw nuts and seeds, flax oil and coconut oil

How do we get these fats into our children and keep the bad
fats away? When you consume enough good fats, the cravings
for the bad fats start to diminish. The good fats feed the
brain, protect the organs and keep the hair and skin
healthy. Use olive oil to make salad dressing (Greek salad
is good), buy some raw nuts and seeds, cook fish more
often, and make protein blender drinks with a spoonful of
flax oil in it. (1 tablespoon per 100 lbs).

When you start to change the diet, reduce the unhealthy
foods and incorporate the healthy foods, the body will
start to lose weight on its own. It is a slower process,
but this is the healthy way to lose weight. Remember to
read those labels on foods and drinks, drink more pure
water, be aware of what is consumed in a day, be the
example to your Child and don’t forget to get more exercise.

Children and TV

TV has become an integral part of society, but what does it do to the health of our children?  The latest  studies link conditions such as childhood obesity and ADD with watching TV.  Watching TV is a sedentary activity.  Commercials advertise health-damaging junk foods that are geared towards children.  Watching TV does discourage interaction with others, and goes much too fast for the child’s developing brain.
When children spend time on the computer, watching TV and playing video games, they tend to eat more.  Usually the food they consume is junk food.  The leading beverage consumed is soda pop. This  lack of exercise combined with consuming extra empty calories can lead to childhood obesity.  

Soda pop is worse for the  body than many junk foods. The child will focus in on the TV show or the computer game. They will lose track of how many cans of pop  they drank.  Each can of pop contains up to 12 teaspoons of sugar, zero nutrition, phosphoric acid, artificial flavors and artificial colours.  Some contain Aspartame. 

Sugar weakens the immune system and leads to Diabetes, heart problems tooth decay and  more. Excess sugar also contributes to weight gain.  Zero nutrition leaves bodies crying for more nutrition, which will increase  hunger and junk food cravings.  Pop also takes vitamins and minerals from the body to process the sugar.  
Phosphoric Acid causes bones to weaken, which means the bones will be more likely to fracture when children exercise.  This effect is magnified  if the pop contains caffeine, (www.mercola.com).

Aspartame is known to kill brain cells and can set off seizures, (“Excitotoxins, The Taste that Kills”, Russell L. Blaylock, MD).   Aspartame is also sweet, which increases cravings for more sweets.  This how the pop affects children’s bodies, and does not begin to take into account other junk foods.

Watching TV overloads children’s brains with information in a short period of time, causing developing brains to be over stimulated.  This can cause permanent damage in the baby’s developing neural  pathways.  When the child starts school, they often have trouble paying attention.  For every hour a day of TV watched between  the ages of one and three, the risk of ADD goes up by10%. “Studies show that ADD has increased with  the introduction of children’s television in the 1950’s, then spiked higher in the mid 1980’s when VCR’s and home video became commonplace.” (It’s Official:  TV Linked to Attention Deficit, Jean Lotus).  Scientists have long since guessed that there was a cause  for ADD other than genetics, as it has spread through every social class. 

Children should watch a maximum 2 hours a day of TV,  computer or videogames.  Between the ages of one and three, less than two hours would be better.  Children tend to watch more when the TV is in their bedroom, so take the TV out!
Children’s health is greatly at risk; it’s time to limit the amount  of TV, computer and Video games they watch and to also view the content.  Monitor how long children watch TV or play on the computer  by showing them on a clock.  It gives them empowerment. It doesn’t always work, as children are easily distracted, but at least  parents are making children aware of time limits.  Explain to children what a TV does to them; make them aware of consequences,  but still keep an eye on the time they spend on their video games, computer and their TV.

Creative Ways to Get Fruits & Vegetables into Your Child

*Leave a container of veggies and dip in the fridge for them to eat when they feel hungry.
*Cut the veggies in fun shapes, get a book on vegetable garnishes.
*Have a "make your own pizza" night, provide lots of veggie toppings.
*Take them out for Chinese food, order "Chop Suey" (make sure to ask for no MSG)
*Health bars made with fruits and nuts

*Make a Fruit Salad, have an older child help cut it up with a plastic knife.
*Create Fruit Garnishes.
*Give them Juice Plus Gummies.
*Cut up chunks of fruit and place on a wooden skewers, or put on toothpicks and stick then into a cut up melon. Let the children make their own masterpiece.
*Make fruit Pizza, use a yogurt for the sauce and do not bake.
*Make a fruit smoothie, start with a banana, add frozen berries, milk, or even protein powder.
*Keep a few choices around and let them decide which one they'll have; would you like bananas or grapes, etc. 

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