Month: July 2011

Senior Nutrition: What the Body Requires

Seniors could immediately feel better and remain healthy for the long-term by incorporating healthy foods into their diet.  Physical activity and a balanced diet contribute to an improved quality of life as well as enhance independence while aging. Food Pyramid Guidelines for Senior’s Fruit – Concentrate upon whole fruits instead of juices for more vitamins and fiber and try to get about 1 ½ to 2 servings per day. Break the banana and apple routine and try color-rich selections such as melons or berries. Vegetables – Color will be your credo within this category. Select rich, dark, anti-oxidant, leafy greens like broccoli, spinach and kale as well as yellows and oranges like yams, squash and carrots. Consume 2 to 2 ½ vegetable cups per day. Calcium – The aging bone health will depend upon enough calcium intake to avoid bone fractures and osteoporosis. Seniors require 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day through sources such as cheese, yogurt or milk. Non-dairy foods involve kale, almonds, broccoli and tofu. Grains – Be wise with your carbohydrates and select whole grains instead of processed white flour because it has more nutrients and higher fiber count. If you aren’t certain, search for breads, pasta, and cereals which list “whole” within the ingredient listing. Seniors require six to seven ounces of grains per day. For reference, 1 ounce is around one slice of bread....

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Tips To Tempt Fussy Eaters

Those children that are somewhat destined to become fussy eaters usually begin to show such signs around 18-24 months, often signaling the beginning of a long and arduous battle for the poor parents. Young children who were once all too keen to eat a whole world of foods, including vegetables and fruits, may suddenly begin to reject foods without explanation. Others with open minds and willingness to try anything may begin to exhibit almost phobic behavior when it comes to new foods. Needless to say, all such behavior can be stressful and tiring for parents, leading to an array of approaches and efforts to turn the problem around. However, many such approaches can prove entirely redundant or perhaps even counterproductive, according to a number of studies by leading psychologists and nutritionists the world over. Those involved have urged parents never to become overly worried at what is essentially a completely normal response – something of a survival mechanism that kicks in around such an age that forces children to question what they eat subconsciously so as to avoid poisoning themselves. Such in no way means that the child is a poor eater by nature and is something that the vast majority will grow out of over time. However, this does very little help parents intent on introducing new foods to their child’s diet. Don’t let it backfire However, the...

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True Emotional Freedom

Most people seem to be sold on the idea that emotional freedom means being happy all the time. But as the poet Rumi pointed out, joy and sorrow go together. As a human being, you can expect to experience the whole rainbow of emotions throughout your life. I would say true emotional freedom means not being the slave to your emotions. I am not implying that you should attempt to become like a Vulcan and deny emotional experiences. Emotions are meant to be experienced. However, what many of us try to do is to hang onto the “good” emotions and resist the “bad” emotions. If you have an issue with anger or depression, clenching your fists and trying to not feel the emotion, in my experience, just leads to that emotional state persisting. At best you can just shove it down into your subconscious where it will manifest in unpredictable ways throughout your day (probably longer). Likewise, if you have a joyful experience, trying to hang onto it past its natural length tends to make the experience sort of hollow, and stifles further joyful experiences. In both cases we need to be willing to fully experience an emotional state, and let it go when it has run its course. A simple way to do this is to be a curious observer. When I get angry, I’ll just sit with...

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