Healthy Kids

Breast feed your babies. Human milk and cow’s milk are different in their protein make-up and antibody make-up. Breastfeeding provides protection against infections and provides closeness for mother and child.

When we go to a salad bar or buffet, my children have to get at least six “colors” on their plates; one must be red (tomatoes or bell pepper) and two have to be shades of green (for ex., spinach and kiwi); the colorful candy options are not allowed.

Provide your children with a nutritious lunch rather than depending on the questionable menu at their school. My kid’s boxes are filled with among the following:

A small, reusable ice pack to keep food cool

½ to whole sandwich of whole wheat bread with either peanut butter and a thin layer of plum jelly, or slice of lean turkey or chicken breast with slice of cheddar cheese and mustard

Fruit (an apple, pear, peach or banana; cut up in small plastic container)

Small baggie of pretzels

One “Squeeze-it” yoghurt

Baggie of cut-up carrot or celery sticks with a small side of no-fat ranch dressing

Small container of low-fat milk

Small container of apple or orange juice for after-school snack

LUNA bar for after school snack

They never get soda, candy, or donuts. Occasionally they might get a bag of tortilla chips, but they split a small bag between the two of them.

University students must beware of the “freshman fifteen,” that is, the average amount of weight a freshman gains after their first year at school. Keg parties, high carbohydrate and fatty foods such as chips, cookies, breads, fast foods and sweets are the main culprits. Walking to classes and eating a salad instead of French fries and fruit instead of cookies each day can hugely improve a student’s health