Nov 20, 2008

Preventing Diabetes In Children

If you who follow my website and this blog, you know that my husband is a diabetic. He didn't develop diabetes in his childhood, but in his late 30's. It is a difficult and challenging disease to live with, one that requires a great amount of discipline as far as eating, and keeping track of sugar levels, but for many who do not inherit the disease, lack of discipline is the cause.

Children are going to be our next victims of this disease, and in record numbers, if we aren't careful to teach them, and be examples for the. Please take time to read the following for more information.
Another new study shows that obesity is taking a serious toll on children and young adults leaving them to face a lifetime of diabetes and related health challenges. The study’s lead researcher was Dr. Joyce Lee, M.D., MPH, a pediatric endocrinologist and member of the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit in the University Of Michigan Division Of General Pediatrics. The research was published in the journal, Diabetes Care, December 2007, Vol. 30, No. 12.

The study found significant increases in hospitalizations among children and young adults age 29 or younger due to diabetes. The number of children and young adults with diabetes who were hospitalized increased 38% between 1993 and 2004. During that period, hospital charges for diabetes care provided to children and young adults more than doubled, from $1.05 billion in 1993 to $2.42 billion in 2004.

“The number of young adults hospitalized with diabetes in the U.S. has increased significantly over the past decade, along with the rate of childhood obesity,” says Dr. Lee. “Today’s young adults experienced childhood and adolescence in the leading edge of the childhood obesity epidemic in the 1970s and 1980s. Our findings suggest that we may now just be beginning to see the first manifestation of a related ‘diabetes epidemic’ among these young adults.”

In short, children who learn an unhealthy lifestyle and become overweight while young, continue that unhealthy lifestyle into adulthood. Before they are 30 years old they become obese and stricken with Type 2 Diabetes. The countless hours of TV and computer game time have crowded physical activities out of the picture. The junk food, fast food, chips, candy, trans fats, milk shakes, energy drinks and sodas might put a smile on their face for now – but what about tomorrow? As parents, we really need to take this seriously and start making some changes.

When your children are 30 years old, slim, healthy and leading a happy, vibrant lifestyle they will thank you for guiding them in the right direction when they were young. The research is crystal clear – children who learn healthy lifestyle and eating habits while young carry those good habits into their teen and young adult years. As they become parents, they pass these healthy habits on to their children creating a life of health and happiness for future generations in your family line.

Wholefood Farmacy foods offer parents everywhere a convenient way to teach their children healthy eating habits at a young age. Having healthy snacks on hand at all times is the first step to weaning them off junk food and allowing them to learn how delicious and satisfying healthy whole foods can be. Leading by example is the key to success.

Updated 3/18/16

Nov 4, 2008

Is All Candy Bad for Children and Adults?

Halloween has finished, and I had to wonder how many noticed that their children were more "hyper" than usual? Halloween being on a Friday this year meant the little darlings were home, and not in school either too busy to eat candy, or burning off that excess energy away from home.

Children and adults alike tend to develop a sweet tooth if they eat to much candy. That can be a bad thing for your teeth and your body since it has to do a lot of work to keep the sugar levels even in your body (to much sugar in the blood leads to failure in various much to explain in one post).

But if you eat certain sweets, like chocolate, not to much, but in moderate amounts, it can be healthy for you, especially dark chocolate. Here is a study that proves my point:

A study at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine was focused on blood platelets and blood clots. The study participants, some of whom were fond of eating chocolate, were given a list of foods to avoid - the list included chocolate. It seems that some of them ended up indulging their cravings for chocolate during the study.

Amazingly, their indulgence led to researchers to an important discovery which is believed to be the first of its kind. Through biochemical analysis, the researchers are now able to explain why just a few squares of chocolate a day can reduce the risk of heart attack death in some men and women by almost 50%.

It turns out that the chocolate decreases the tendency of platelets to clot in narrow blood vessels. "What these chocolate 'offenders' taught us is that the chemical in cocoa beans has a biochemical effect similar to aspirin in reducing platelet clumping, which can be fatal if a clot forms and blocks a blood vessel, causing a heart attack," says Diane Becker, M.P.H., Sc.D., a professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Becker cautions that her work is not intended as a prescription to gobble up large amounts of chocolate candy, which often contains diet-busting amounts of sugar, butter and cream. But as little as 2 tablespoons a day of high quality dark chocolate - the purest form of the candy, made from the dried extract of roasted cocoa beans - may be just what the doctor ordered.

You may also be interested in a page I did entitled Finding Dairy Free Chocolate for the Lactose Intolerant.

Updated 3/18/16

Nov 3, 2008

Feeding Animals and Birds That Come to Visit

I am headed out to do some food shopping, and on my list there is almost always some food for the birds that we feed. They come to the feeder outside my window, where I have fed them for years. In fact they are so spoiled and tame, that if I forget to put the feeder out, they sit in the branch very close to the kitchen window where the feeder hangs, and when I come into the kitchen to prepare a meal, they will chirp at me, or do a "fly by" or two in front of the window then land and just stare at me. So cute!

We also have plenty of squirrels, like the fellow you see pictured here. I didn't used to mind their visits to the feeder as everyone seemed to eat in their own time, but recently, one chewed the little perches off the feeder where the birds would stand, and I had to purchase a new feeder. So far, everything has been fine, and I haven't yet had to purchase squirrel proof feeders, but may have to if we run into trouble again.

It's time for me to start thinking about fixing our dinner, and I got the feeder out early this morning (we have to bring it in each night until the bears hibernate, they LOVE bird seed and have destroyed many a feeder I've forgotten) so the birds are very happy. We plan to keep a steady supply of bird food out all winter long, remember, if you feed birds, keep your feeders full during the cold months, and especially when the ground is snow covered.

Next post it will be back to the usual "people" nutrition, but it's been fun to talk about our outdoor friends, the squirrels look FAT this year, does that mean we're in for a cold winter? We'll see!

Nov 2, 2008

A Nice Recipe for Life

I was sent the following by a friend today by email, and as I read through it, it made a lot of sense, I found it inspiring and hope you do to, my friend put "Recipe for Life" in the subject line.

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God about what is going on in your life. Buy a lock if you have to.

3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose is to __________ today. I am thankful for______________'

4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli , almonds & walnuts.

6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does. (LOL!)

12. You are not so important that you have to win every argument. agree to disagree.

13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

14. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

16. Frame every so called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'

17. Forgive everyone for everything.

18. What other people think of you is none of your business.

19. GOD heals everything - but you have to ask Him.

20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch!!!

22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.

24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

25. When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings. you'll be smiling before you know it.