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Active Kids Eat Healthy
Yes!: Yes! the only danger is if the pieces are so small a child could inhale them accidentally. Usually by age five it isn't so much a concern but if you are worried, just mash them. ...Read more
Pregnant women should eat a balanced, nutritional diet and increase their calorie intake to meet the needs of the developing fetus and their changing bodies. Eating a range of wholesome and nutritious foods during pregnancy is one of the most important things that women can do to ensure the normal development and growth of the fetus, and it can help to prevent prematurity and low birth weight. For the mother, good nutrition helps to prevent anemia, ...Read more
Fruit and Veggies: Almost any fresh fruit or vegetable should meet your criteria. ...Read more
Probably not: There is a huge promotion for "organic" foods that are produced without fertilizers or insecticides and therefore cost much more. Despite the emotionally-based and politically-correct rhetoric, nobody has been able to convince most of the scientific community of the physical (in contrast to emotional) benefits, especially since organic-eaters tend to have healthy lifestyles generally. ...Read more
Why do healthy people (athletes, vegetarians, etc) who eat nutritious foods and exercise regularly still get heart attacks?
Multiple causes: Great question! a healthy diet & exercise significantly reduces risk of heart attack but not entirely. Young athletes who die suddenly usually have genetic/congenital causes. There are many genetic factors in heart disease. Inflammation, heavy metals & other environmental toxins, infection & stress are common causative factors. Diet & exercise may not be enough to always counteract these. ...Read more
Good luck trying: The balanced diet is an adult idea, & a good one to practice for your lifetime.However it is a bit impractical when you deal with kids. Breast milk is balanced, but get past weaning & you must deal with a kid with his/her own ideas about eating. I like to look on kids from the vantage point of a balanced week rather than meal or day. Before school age their brain directs their cravings & does ok. ...Read more
Great Question!: Here are some ideas: http://1.usa.gov/1DQBu7f Snacking is a favorite pastime of kids, and that's not necessarily bad. However, keep in mind that it's best to lead by example--it's gonna be hard to push healthy foods if you're noshing on the cheetos at the same time. Also, I always suggest broadening the menu and offering several choices, all of which are healthy. That way they feel more in control ...Read more
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Craving: When you eat junk food it decreases your desire for snack in between. ...Read more
Better for body: Our body was designed to run on glucose, not on high fructose corn syrup. We eat healthy to help our body run right, to provide the right nutrients- which may be removed in processed foods. In natural foods, we get high amounts of nutrients, and fats and proteins, that our body needs. A can of soda with 150 calories fand caffeine is not what I would consider a health food. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Losing weight: A good breakfast is important and the best way to keep weight (w) off is by behavior modification (b). People who lose w without b have more than a 90% chance of gaining back their lost w in 1 year. Find out what causes you to overeat and see if you can engage in activities to avoid doing so. If you can if you can do this you can not only lose w, you will be successful in keeping it off long term. ...Read more
Could I still lose weight/fat just by counting calories not necessarily eating healthy balanced diet?
To lose weight...: In order to lose weight you have to burn more calories than those that you consume. Yes, you could do that. However, by not eating healthy you are putting yourself at risk of other health problems, like for example: anemia, constipation, acid reflux, even some type of cancers down the road. It is always good to eat as healthy as possible along to practice exercise. You will definitely good. ...Read more
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