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Nutrition For Kids…Overview

It is my desire to help educate my readers in the area of health, by offering  info about nutrition for kids to help raise  healthier children.  By using even some of my recommended tips, many illnesses can be improved and/or eliminated.

It’s more important than ever to provide  kids with healthy diets and teach them good eating habits because it is well known that children across the country are getting sick in increasingly greater numbers from a variety of  illnesses.

They include: allergies, asthma, leukemia, obesity, and learning and behavioral disabilities.  Scientists are searching for answers and many feel that the toxins found in what kids eat, drink and breathe may be  putting them at risk.


NUTRITION FOR KIDS: DID YOU KNOW?

  • That 75% of brain capacity develops between birth and age 3?  By age 5, brain development is 90% complete.
  • Starting at age 2, children should eat moderately low-fat food to avoid health problems later.
  • Between 11 and 16, children often experience a major growth spurt.
  • Conclusion: It is never too early to get your child off to the right dietary start.

NUTRITION FOR KIDS…NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS

  • Excessive sweating                           Fatigue                                 Bed wetting
  • Recurring nose bleeds                      Allergies                               Headaches
  • Poor attention span                          Tongue spots                       Skin paleness
  • Recurring ear problems                   Persistent colds                  Wheezing
  • Dark circles under eyes                    Mouth breathing                Stomachaches
  • Poor school performance                 Twitching                            Diarrhea
  • Leg/muscle aches                              Stuffy nose                          Constipation
  • Chronic winter coughs                      Irritability                           Hyperactivity
  • Puffiness in face                                 Picky eater                                           B. Lagoni

In today’s busy families, we eat on the run, have little time to sit down as a family,  and generally don’t eat well when we do.

We are overly influenced by TV ads and programs, and it takes too much family time away from us.

Day care dependency – our children are fed, taught by, and learn from others who may or may not have the same standards as we do.

The American Dental Association’s study found that although parents think their kids are buying healthy lunches, only 36% of them do.  Instead they’re buying fast food and vending machine snacks.  This practice certainly doesn’t add to the nutritional health for kids.

With the current financial situation,  in most families both parents work outside the home.  In addition to adding to causes of  stress, there is only so much that can get accomplished in a day,  so compromises must be made.

Do You:

  • Eat on the run?
  • Ever go to fast-food restaurants?
  • Use nutrient-poor foods that replace balanced meals?
  • Enjoy nutritionally balanced and relaxed daily family meals?


4 FOOD GROUPS TODAY – THE “4 F’S”

  1. Fast – microwavable, pre-cooked, fast foods
  2. Frozen – not eating enough fresh foods
  3. Fatty – animal and saturated          Linda Rodriguez, M.D.
  4. Fake – ex. margarine…see:Pass the Butter

NUTRITION FOR KIDS…FOOD FACTS

  • Today’s food is different from that of a century ago.  It is:  over- processed; chemicals and preservatives are added;  soil is depleted of essential nutrients.
  • Altered fats create free radicals which damage cells
  • Meats & poultry are injected with hormones and antibiotics.  (This makes the animals larger and more disease free.)  These drugs get transferred into our bodies when we eat them.  How healthy is that?
  • Early harvesting, transporting and storage of food reduces nutritional value
  • In two income families there is often little parental control of children’s daycare diets

Do these take away from the nutritional health for kids; do you see them as additional causes of stress?

All of the above nutrition for kids facts lead to the conclusion that our kids’ nutritional health is sadly lacking, and falls short of recommended standards:

U.S.D.A. reports that 85% of children eat fewer than the recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables daily.

Furthermore, most of the “vegetables”  come in the form of
potatoes (french fries) and tomatoes (ketchup.)

National dietary survey of children showed a substantial number have diets that fall short of critical nutrients such as:  iron, calcium, zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E    B. Helms-Bot

The above food facts give situations that occur in many of our busy homes today.  Much of the time, kids healthy diets just don’t exist. To teach your kids healthy eating habits, simply select from the suggestions below and  use them daily.

NUTRITION FOR KIDS…HEALTHY EATING PLAN

  • Keep the diet as close to natural as possible
  • Eat a high quality protein with each meal
  • Whole grains like rolled oats, brown rice, whole grain pastas & breads
  • Cold pressed oils – olive or canola are best
  • Fresh fruits and veggies – organic when possible
  • Organic meats or those with no nitrites or nitrates
  • Stay away from artificial sweeteners
  • Avoid sugary sweets and refined salty snacks              
  • Limit dairy, especially if prone to allergies or congestion
  • Select a common sense supplement program
  • Read ingredients – anything ending in “ose” is a sugar (ex. dextrose)
  • Exercise
  • Drink pure water
  • Get plenty of sleep

The above nutrition facts for kids when put into practice with your family, will help to raise the level of its health.

Therefore, if your child eats nourishing food and safe, natural supplements –  is active, and gets plenty of sleep – and is exposed only to non-toxic, natural, green cleaning products, they will be sick much less of the time.  Just think how great it would be to have a happier, healthier and less stressed family!

EASE YOUR STRESSFUL LIFE:

I’ve found a great solution for busy moms with hectic lives.  Erin Rogers has created healthy, nutritious  and delicious recipes and snacks that are quick and easy to prepare. Check it out:
Healthy Solutions For Your Busy Life

For great information about dealing with kids with behavior problems or ADHD, here’s
a source for you to check:
How to Improve Your Child’s Behavior

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That brings to mind, when my two younger children were of  pre-school age, we went out for lunch one day with another mom and her two kids.

She was absolutely shocked that mine so easily tried new foods, and wanted to know what my secret was.

I told her about my food rule: “try it…if you don’t like it, you don’t have to eat it, but you must taste it.”

Instead of  “I don’t like it,”  9 times out of 10 they would say, “this is good…can I have some more?”

Not only did I not have fussy eaters, but meal time had become much more pleasant.

More importantly, I knew that my kids were getting the nutrition for kids that kept them healthy.
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There are many areas of our well being that can be made better by  just making a small change here and there.  I decided to reach out to people interested in improving their family’s general health by offering some simple, helpful tips and  intend to cover a wide variety of areas in children’s health.

I hope you find the tips useful and as a result, help improve the health of your family and our planet.  Being involved in the health and wellness field over the past 28 years, I work to make a positive impact on the lives of my clients and their families in the area of wellness.  It is my goal to help make a difference for anyone who desires improved health.

Sincerely,
Sarah

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877-280-4188