7 WAYS FOR WEIGHT LOSS MOTIVATION

1.     Make A Promise

Have you ever made a commitment to yourself and not stuck to it, or thought it was too hard and failed? Everyone has! It is extremely hard, however, to blow off a promise or commitment that you make to a friend or family member, so maybe this could be your answer? Whether it’s downsizing your plus size clothing in your wardrobe, or just wanting to shed a few kilos to buy that sleeveless puffa jacket, making a promise or committing to a sports team could get you on the right track.

2.     Enlist Fido

Studies have long shown that owning a furry friend can actually help you shed those lingering kegs you have been carrying on your body. By adopting a little pooch, you are committing to walking under the street lighting your little mate at least once every single day, meaning that indirectly you are losing weight while keeping your new friend happy.

3.     Rock Out

Another study we have been reading has suggested that women actually are more inclined to stay motivated exercising when they are rocking out to their favourite tunes. Thank god there are a few music platforms that offer song playlists for people who are working out or doing similar activities, so when you are working out or doing a group pilates session in Melbourne, be sure to rock out to the tunes you enjoy the most.

4.     Get Out Your Sexiest-Skinny Outfit

Remember that bikini that you haven’t been able to wear for years? Take that out of your closet and use it as a visual reminder of what you are working towards. Many personal trainers tell their clients to do this and use a piece of clothing to serve as a reminder of their goal they want to achieve.

5.     Lift The Weight You’ve Lost

An excellent way to motivate you to continue to lose that weight is to use dumbbells that equal the total weight that you lose every week. It may feel like your lifting custom showcases, but this will surely be enough of a deterrent for putting another five chocolate bars in your mouth.

6.     Become A Class Regular

The best way to help you stay committed to losing that weight is to join a regular personal training class, whether it is a weights session or yoga moves class in Melbourne. Making friends with the regulars will push you to make all of the classes and when you do miss a class, everyone in the class will know, bringing on that guilt of not attending the class. This is a genius way of making sure that you commit is a great way for you and your bodies health.

7.     Get Rubbed

Getting a rub by someone else has actually been proven to increase a women’s confidence in herself. Even when the person is not their ideal weight and dress plus size, having someone else give you a massage can dramatically make you feel more comfortable with their bodies and in those trendy womens jackets.

Are You Using Cosmetic Products That Have Been Tested On Animals?

If you haven’t thought about this already, then chances are that your answer to this question is yes. A lot of the well known companies test their cosmetic products on animals and so the odds are that you will probably find yourself using their products.

Although there are bans on animal testing for cosmetics in numerous countries around the world, there are still a large number of countries that allow product testing on animals, with Australia, United States and Canada being among those countries.

Many people still believe that the practice of animal testing for cosmetics ended years and years ago, but that isn’t true at all. There are still heaps of cosmetic companies that do their product testing on animals by forcing innocent hamsters, rabbits, mice, and many other animals, to undergo horrific practices such as having deadly chemicals rubbed into their skin and poured into their eyes or breathing in poisonous fumes.

As consumers, it is up to us to make sure we support cruelty-free cosmetic companies and stop purchasing products from cosmetic companies who are non-cruelty-free.

So what does cruelty-free and cosmetics mean?

Just to justify these terms for you before continuing on with the article, cruelty-free means that the individual ingredients of a product, the finished product, and at no point during the production, have been tested on any animal. Cosmetics means a range of things like makeup, perfume, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, soap, nail polish, skin care products, etc.

So why choose cruelty-free cosmetic products?

The beauty industry makes people feel and look beautiful but it’s disgustingly ugly when it comes to the treatment of animals behind the scenes. Thousands of animals go through unnecessary torture and die from testing annually all over the world. According to Humane Society International, cosmetic animal testing is still legal in 80% of the world and in just China alone, an estimated 300,000 animals die each year due to cosmetic product testing. There is no pain relief given to any of these animals. The only time they are relieved from the torture is when they die.

Many people are “animal lovers” according to themselves, and perhaps they are when it comes to their pets, but why doesn’t this love extend to all creatures? Would you allow your family pet to be put through the torture of being tested just so you can enjoy a new and more effective deodorant? I’m certain that the answer would be a massive “NO”. Cats and dogs feel pain, and the rabbits, mice, and hamsters that are forced to be tested upon in laboratories feel pain too. So why is one species loved and protected more than the other?

Alternatives to cosmetic animal testing

There have been scientific advancements in numerous alternative testing methods, which are cost-effective and provide a quicker and higher accuracy rate than animal testing. Some methods include artificial tissue testing and test tube testing. Both of those methods eliminate animal testing.

What action can you take to make a difference?

We are consumers. It is up to us to make our voices heard very loud and clear, and in this case, one of the most powerful ways we can do this is to change the way we spend our money. We need to focus spending our money on cosmetic products that are cruelty-free and who have a strong stance against animal testing and demand that all cosmetic brands stop testing on innocent animals. Do some research as to what brands participate in animal testing, and if you use any of the products that are animal tested, then reach out to that company and state that you will no longer be purchasing any of their products unless they change their policy on animal testing.

Lets show support to the organisations working towards ending cosmetic animal testing

Humane Society International has come up with a really good global campaign called #BeCrueltyFree, and it is the largest campaign in history that is working towards ending animal testing for cosmetics. There is a petition for every country so head over to their site and make sure you sign the petition for the country you live in. Every signature counts and they are what helps Humane Society International prove to the governments that people are fighting make sure there is a change. So lets continue to make an impact and try and stop animal product testing in Australia next at least. The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) and Cruelty-Free International work towards helping to end all animal testing for cosmetics and they are behind the Leaping Bunny program that provides a global cruelty-free certification to companies by making them undergo a strict certification process.

Transitioning to cruelty-free cosmetics

Now is a great time to choose to switch to cruelty-free cosmetics because there are a lot of cruelty-free brands that are available. With the amount of products available at various costs, you are sure to find your everyday basics or luxurious and high performing products.

Transitioning may seem daunting at first, but it doesn’t have to be such an intense process. Do the research on which brands are cruelty-free or not, and then go through all of your beauty products and divide them into the appropriate category. If you have ones that are tested on animals, to feel the need to throw them away at that very second (unless you really want to). Continue to use that product but just before you have finished it, go out and purchase a cruelty-free alternative. If you leave it till after you have finished the product, you will possibly become desperate for some more that you will bypass looking at cruelty-free options and go with the same one you have been using because of the familiarity of it and because you don’t have time to search for anything else. So keeping that in mind, make sure you do your research and buy new cruelty-free products as you are coming to a finish of your old products.

Things you should keep in mind

Just because some cosmetic products are labeled as ‘natural’, does not necessarily mean that they are cruelty-free and vice versa. Make sure you are careful of the natural ingredients that are derived from animals. The product you are using may not have been tested on animals, but the ingredients that are animal derived are usually not obtained in a cruelty-free manner. Visit the Logical Harmony’s Animal Ingredient List to find out some information about animal derived ingredients.

Consumers have the purchasing power and so we have the ability to make a difference and put a stop to cosmetic animal testing and save the lives of innocent animals if we purchase our products in an ethical and informed way.

Justin Mendez once said…

“If you do not want oranges, do not plant an orange tree.”

The same goes for this topic of cruelty-free cosmetics. If you do not want companies to test their cosmetics on animals, then don’t purchase from the ones that do.

To read more, visit http://www.life.ca/naturallife/1508/cruelty-free-cosmetics-101.htm

Places To Purchase Rebel Wilson’s Plus Size Spring Collection

The exciting new clothing collection released by Rebel Wilson is still very fresh in some people’s minds as we wave Christmas goodbye for another year. To help relieve the anticipation of waiting for the refreshing season of spring to finally make its way around, Rebel Wilson has just released her highly anticipated clothing range for Torrid. This exciting online shoes and clothing range exhibits a range of lace, quirky prints and light colours, proving that this old-time brand still has its flame. And do you know what is even better? All of these refreshing items of clothing are now on sale! Check them out now on their website.

 

The commitment from Wilson evidently goes far beyond the nice looking designs and directly to the celebration of plus size clothing brands. Keeping in mind that plus size fashion still has not progressed to the point that women can walk straight into a number of stores of their choice and be able to walk out with a piece of clothing that they are happy with and satisfies their needs, Wilson is aware of this and is eagerly trying to fill this void.

 

When asked about her new clothing line, Wilson explains that she is not only designing clothes for her own pleasure, but is creating trendy plus size clothing for every woman like her to feel comfortable in every day. Wilson explains that the support and feedback has been overwhelming and positive. She said that it is amazing to see women from around the country wearing her clothes and feeling confident and showing some love for themselves. Wilson describes that just like the many different personalities in her different roles that she plays, her second line of clothing shows a slightly different side of her fashion tastes.

 

If you ask Wilson, she would say that it is absolutely brilliant to see plus size women’s clothing that look beautiful on ladies instead of looking all doom and gloom with unsatisfactory colours. This trendy plus size clothing line is a means for all plus size women to be able to express themselves through what they wear and be proud of it.

 

Wilson’s collection consists of a total of 24 items of clothing, all ranging from jackets to accessories and amazing heart print co-ord sets, which are all very affordable. By producing trendy and fun clothing to plus size women, Wilson says that this is exactly what the plus size market is screaming out for, and she is delivering just that along with fresh shoes online Australia.

 

For the full article, please click the link below.

http://www.bustle.com/articles/140185-where-can-you-buy-rebel-wilson-x-torrids-spring-collection-its-a-must-have-for-any-fatshionista

Does Being Plus Size Pose Health Risks?

Recently there was a very interesting article doing its rounds on social media about plus-size women and pregnancy, and the kinds of health risks that it poses, if there are any. This very interesting read written by Ellie Krieger is sure to open some eyes.

Plus-Size and Pregnant: The Health Risks

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If you’re overweight, you may face increased health risks during your pregnancy. Here’s how to turn that around.

Sharon Biddinger, 24, now pregnant with her second child, was almost 50 pounds heavier going into this pregnancy than she was the first time around. She attributes the weight gain after her first child to a lack of exercise and eating whatever she wanted. The extra weight really took a toll on Sharon emotionally. She would often inspire insensitive comments like, “When are you going to lose that baby weight?” “It was a horrible and depressing time,” she says.

Sharon has since come to terms with the emotional side effects of her weight gain and the fact that her larger size has very real medical implications. Having to resort to buying and wearing plus size clothes, Sharon had to face the reality of her situation. At 198 pounds and 5 feet, 3 inches, Sharon is clinically obese. That diagnosis means this pregnancy carries a lot more risk than her first one.

A Growing Problem

You might think a diagnosis of obesity is reserved only for extreme cases. But according to the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 3 of 10 women are clinically obese, meaning they have a body-mass index (BMI) of 30 or above. BMI, which is a measure of your weight in comparison to your height, is the tool doctors use to identify obesity. Sadly, the percentage of women entering pregnancy obese parallels the national statistic.

But while most women are keyed into the emotional and aesthetic aspects of being plus-size and pregnant, few really understand the medical reality of obesity. “You can be shapely and healthy, but it is not possible to be obese and healthy,” says Laura Riley, MD, medical director of labor and delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston. “We are talking about a medical disorder that has major implications for 1) your pregnancy, 2) your fetus, and 3) your life,” she says.

Risks to You and Your Fetus

According to a recently published article from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, during pregnancy, obese women have a higher risk for miscarriage, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and hypertension.

As a result, many also are more likely to need a cesarean delivery. When you have gestational diabetes, you are more likely to have a larger baby. “There is definitely an epidemic of babies getting bigger, and bigger babies mean more c-sections. It carries down,” says Jacques Moritz, MD, director of gynecology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, in New York City. Hypertension and preeclampsia also increase the chance of cesarean section. If the mother’s blood pressure rises during delivery, she could suffer a stroke, and the baby could be deprived of his blood supply. To prevent these consequences, the doctor has no choice but to perform a cesarean, says Dr. Moritz.

Cesarean surgery also can be more complicated for an obese woman. Extra fat under the skin makes it more difficult to find the right placement for spinal anesthesia and harder to find a vein for an intravenous line, says Naomi Torgerson, MD, assistant chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Kaiser Permanente, in Richmond, California. It also is harder to transfer a heavy patient if she needs to be moved, a real problem in an emergency.

There also are serious risks to the babies, including a greater chance of neural tube defects, stillbirth, large-for-gestational-age, and higher rates of childhood obesity. The higher rate of neural tube defects may be due to poor nutrition, says Dr. Moritz. It is possible to be overweight and undernourished if you eat a lot of empty calories. And, he says, bigger babies are more likely to be stillborn.

Making a Difference

If you are overweight or obese and have been making half-hearted attempts to change your habits, this may be just the motivation you need. “Pregnancy is the perfect time to make an effort,” says Dr. Riley. “Many women have their child’s best interests at heart.”

With time, Sharon’s desire to be there for her children ultimately motivated her to change her habits. “I’m now more active, I’m eating right, and my blood pressure is stable,” she says. “I try to take care of myself, not for the vanity of it but because I am not doing right by my son if I can’t push him on the swing without running out of breath.” ”Even though these days plus size fashion is much better, nothing beats the feeling of fitting back in your old jeans”.

Medical complications also can give you the insight you need to change. Gestational diabetes gives you a taste of what it is like to live every day as a diabetic – constantly monitoring your blood sugar and facing a multitude of possible medical problems. After dealing with that, you may be ready to do whatever you can to avoid diabetes. Dr. Torgerson has seen many patients inspired this way. “It’s a wake-up call that gives women the opportunity to change things,” she says.

What You Can Do

If you’re thinking about making a change, start small by taking sensible steps toward habits that will lead to gradual weight loss.

Start with your diet. Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products. Cut out sugary soft drinks and fried foods. Try eating several small meals throughout the day rather than one or two large meals, and forget about eating for two. After all, you need no extra calories in your first trimester and only about 300 additional daily calories in your second and third trimesters – about the number of calories in a yogurt and a banana.

Get active. This is perhaps most important. One of the best things you can do is to start walking regularly and get into weight training. Walking 20 to 30 minutes a day is something you can do safely throughout your pregnancy, says Dr. Riley. You can even do fitness courses around melbourne so you can become educated in core strengthening which will help a lot with back pain. Make sure that you get those niggles looked at, whether it be a sports physio or a chiropractor, so that you have no excuses. In pregnancy, the goal, according to the Institute of Medicine’s guidelines, is to gain 25 to 35 pounds if you are normal weight, 15 to 25 pounds if you are overweight, and 15 pounds if you are obese.

In Dr. Torgerson’s experience, “any gain over 25 pounds is the amount you need to work off through diet and exercise over the next year or so. But a lot of women don’t do that.” Her advice: Ideally, you should gain the appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy and make every effort to lose any extra before you get pregnant again.

A Weighty Subject

You might be surprised to know that many doctors feel uncomfortable bringing up the issue of weight. They’re concerned you might feel judged, says Dr. Riley, and choose another practitioner. But she stresses how important it is for patients and doctors to communicate about this topic: “Obesity is a touchy subject, but this is not about looking good or bad. This is about health,” she says.

If you talk freely with your doctor about your weight, and you keep diabetes and hypertension under close control, chances are you and your baby will be just fine. “Obesity might increase your risk, but remember that even so, the vast majority of babies and mothers are healthy and happy,” says Dr. Torgerson.

To read more articles from this author, visit http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/fitness/plus-size-and-pregnant/

3 Reasons to Drink Red Wine Instead

3 Reasons to drink red wine InsteadIts that time of year again! New year celebrations have come around and with it, lots of alcohol is going to be consumed. In Victoria no doubt, all wineries in the Yarra Valley are going to be pouring many liters of wine. The wineries in the Barossa Valley in South Australia, I dare say are going to be even busier. Most of us however enjoy a good drop of wine or two. The reason that it can help ward off some serious health issues is an added bonus but it is non-the less, no reason to consume it by the barrel. On the upside, here are three excellent reasons to say cheers to the coming new year and to your good health.

Recent studies have shown that drinking a glass or two of red wine together with a meal, could quite possibly decrease your chances of having a heart attack, stroke, bowel and aero-digestive cancer as well as a whole plethora of other diseases. They say it might also be good for your brain and quite probably even increase your life according to some experts.

A clinical pharmacologist named Stockley has 20 years experience at the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) says by drinking red wine in moderation has even greater benefits.

“People that drink a moderate amount of wine regularly, particularly with food, have a 30 per cent reduced risk of heart diseases. When you drink more than that, the risk of heart disease increases,” she adds.

“Red wine is good for you in moderation – with one- to two-glasses a day there is a reduced risk of heart disease. When you drink more than that, the risk of heart disease

She says, “Alcohol is a risk factor for certain cancers, but we also know wine reduces the risk of other cancers like bowel and lung cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.”

It has also been proven recently that it to reduces the risk of several different types of cancer.

3 Reasons to drink red wine Instead

Recent studies have also shown drinking red wine (in moderation off course) can likely reduce the risk of lung cancers, aero-digestive tract cancers and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by up to about 20-40 per cent. It can also reduce bowel cancer by around 20 per cent Stockley says.

“Phenolic compounds [found heavily in red wine] work by preventing the initiation, progression and growth of cancer cells”

Some Canadian and US analysts recently studied 84 alcohol studies. They came to the conclusion that by drinking a small amount of alcohol, it actually reduces the overall risk of death from diseases such as cardiovascular causes by up to 15 to 25 per cent.

Contrary to popular belief, having a drink doesn’t kill brain cells, if drunk in moderation. Red wine can actually improve a persons cognitive function like flood lighting, so say the experts.

It appears that drinking red wine reduces or prevents the decrease in your ability to think, reason and remember. Interesting fact because most people thought the opposite is true, including me.

Research indicates that it may also reduce your risk of developing certain dementias such as Alzheimer’s. However, if you are finding your clothes size rising into the plus size clothing range, maybe you are nurturing a young one inside and should be safe and stay off the red stuff.

David Sinclair, who is a professor and co-director of the Glenn Labs for Molecular Biological Aging at Harvard Medical School simply agrees: “We believe resveratrol [found heavily in red wine] protects from aging and disease.”

The old saying in the industry rings true. Not all grapes are created equal! Research has shown that white wine contains resveratrol. But not as much as red. Scientists now believe Pinot Noir grapes appear to have the highest concentration of the necessary compound. So, sit back tonight, grab a bottle of your favorite wine from the Yarra Valley or wherever you are and enjoy a good glass or two in good conscience.

 

7 Tips Of How To Help Children With Autism At The Table

7 Tips Of How To Help Children With Autism At The TableIf you have a fussy eater with autism spectrum disorder, know that you’re not alone. A recent review of scientific studies discovered that youngsters with autism are 5 times most likely to have mealtime difficulties such as exceptionally slim food choices, ritualistic consuming behaviors (e.g. no foods can touch) and meal-related tantrums.
Researchers are still trying to totally comprehend the autism-picky eating connection. And Autism Speaks is presently funding a study concentrated on expanding food choices by addressing underlying stress and anxiety, inflexibility and sensory issues.
At the same time, the lead scientist of this new project – psychologist Emily Kuschner, PhD, of the Children’s Hospital Facility of Philadelphia (CHOP) – recommends the following strategies to gently broaden the diet plan of fussy eaters with autism. (CHOP belongs to Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network).
# 1 Discard Medical Problems.
If your youngster is clamping her lips shut when presented with a certain food, it might be that they understand it will make their stomach hurt. Intestinal distress is common amongst children with autism, a number of whom can’t easily explain their distress. Your child’s doctor can help you find out if this is the case and ways to deal with it.
# 2 Stay Calm.
Numerous young ones have to taste a food more than several times before they want to eat it without a hassle. Kids with autism-related sensitivities can take longer. Be patient as your youngster explores and samples new foods. If they continue to turn down a food even after a dozen attempts, it is also possibly that they just don’t like it. Think about trying various foods. Above all, do not let mealtime end up being a family battlefield. Rather, get creative.
# 3 Take Steps Towards Tasting.
Lots of people with autism hesitate when it comes to trying new things. Help your youngster explore a new food by taking a look at it, touching it and smelling it. When he’s ready for a taste, he can try giving the food “a kiss” or licking it before putting an entire bite into their mouth. Sometimes, blending a new food with a preferred one can help.
# 4 Tune into Textures.
Autism frequently has hypersensitivity textures. So bear in mind that it might be how a food feels in the mouth, instead of its flavour, that produces a food aversion. The squishiness of a fresh tomato is a traditional example. Try chopping or blending such foods to smooth out the undesirable texture. That tomato, for example, can be chopped into salsa or mixed and prepared into pasta sauce.
# 5 Have fun with New Food.
That’s right. Having fun with a newly introduced food is another method to develop familiarity and reduce mealtime stress and anxiety. Together, attempt painting with pasta sauce. Use veggies to make faces on pizza. Use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into exciting shapes. While you’re playing, let your child see you taste – and take pleasure in – the food.
# 6 Offer Options and Control.
Your loved one with autism might have to feel some control over what they take into their mouth. It’s also okay to not like some foods. So aim to offer a broad range and allow choices for the young one. For example, you might choose that your kid has to have one serving of vegetables and one of protein for supper.

So put 5 types of these foods on the table and allow your kid to pick a minimum of one veggie and one protein. Along the very same lines, if you’re making a preferred meal such as pasta, ask your kid to add one mystery active ingredient for the other members of the family to discover during the meal. They get to choose: broccoli, chicken or corn? There are many websites that offer fantastic advice regarding services for autism, and many more examples of helpful hints and tips to help your child enjoy new foods at mealtime.
# 7 Take care with Rewards.
In the long-run, it is very important to reward and reinforce your kid’s versatility with food and determination to attempt to try new foods. But outright bribes can backfire. Your kid may consume the food, however, won’t learn to enjoy it or understand why it’s important to eat a well-rounded diet – which is the objective. Let treats and dessert be part of meals and snacks, but do not use them as carrots to try and get your child to eat … carrots.

Ignore These Beauty and Makeup Myths

I came across this article the other day and I just had to repost it on my website. I have always thought  there were way too many beauty therapy myths out there that always made me laugh with disbelief. This article by Andrea Romanojul sums up what I have always believed to be beauty myths. Read on and enjoy!

22 Useless Beauty Tips That You Should Ignore

 

Everyone had different tastes, but some beauty hacks really need to disappear from our routines.Playing with your look and finding new ways of keeping your skin fresh and clear can be fun. However, some tips you might get from your mom, best friend or even the Internet are not completely proven to work — and some are downright bad for your skin.

Start looking your best by gaining a little knowledge about what you’re putting on your face — and you don’t even need to throw out that blue eyeshadow.

Alkalizing Your Raw Food Is the Key to Health

raw-food-capsicums-300x225Right here are the basics, in a nutshell, though streamlined for easy understanding. A raw foodist is somebody that eats 75-100 % live, nutritionally-dense organic raw and unrefined food (and beverages as well as pure live water), tasty meals that optimize your health by alkalizing your body. At that rate, your detox system can eliminate the contaminants created. However when you consume more cooked food you are eating acidic toxins much faster than your body can remove them so they  interrupt your body’s delicate acid/alkaline balance, a significant reason for excess weight and bad health conditions. Heating food above 118 degrees F. triggers the chemical changes that develop including the carcinogens, acidic toxins, mutagens and free-radicals related to conditions like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Food preparation also damages the live enzymes that help in food digestion and health.

Your body is really sort of an alkaline battery, operating on electrons. All life-giving chain reactions  occur when electrons or energy streams interact  between atoms. Food preparation or processing causes food to lose electrons – the source of the energy your body requires. Things that are healthy ‘contribute” electrons/energy, and are called alkalizing or “decreasing.” Things that are unhealthy take electrons/energy, and are called acidic or “oxidizing” (meaning to burn up, rust, break down or decay).

Your body is alkaline, just like the battery! Because the pH scale is logarithmic, even a portion of a point can produce big modifications to your health! One hydroxyl molecule (-OH) in 550 million is enough to make water conductive. To be more precise, the most important processes in your body just work within an extremely narrow pH range. For example, if the pH of your blood is up to the low end of its normal wide range (~ 7.35-7.45), a. 10 difference, it might decrease the oxygen levels in your blood by as much as 300%!

Two common misconceptions are that eating raw is costly and that it takes a great deal of time to prepare. Nothing could be further from the truth! When you do it correctly, a raw food diet plan is actually one of the easiest, if not the most convenient and cost-effective methods you can have! Bear in mind, raw foodists consume mainly organic food, which is 80 % to 300 % more nutritionally  packed with readily available electrons/energy. As your body learns to absorb this extra nutrition and energy, you’ll be less hungry, getting more energy from exactly what you do eat, and at the same time, consume less. This eventually can minimize your food costs, along with your health care costs, far below what it was when you were consuming empty calories filled with the acidic toxins. Raw, live food and water is the supreme healthcare plan!

 

Just What Are Alkaline Foods?

fresh-vegies-and-fruit-300x225Exactly what are Alkaline foods? When the foods we consume are absorbed, either an acid or alkaline ash remains and has an influence on body chemistry and physiology. This ash is absolutely nothing more than alkaline or acid minerals, with the majority of health foods consisting of both. The dominance of either in a particular food identifies whether it is an alkaline or acid forming food. The foods that leave an alkaline ash are called alkaline, and the foods that leave an acid ash, acid. Occasionally this can cause a bit of confusion. Take the citrus and some tomatoes for example; they taste acid, but, in fact, leave an alkaline ash so are categorized alkaline. The minerals that make up an alkaline ash are generally calcium,  iron, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. The minerals that make up an acid ash are mostly sulfur, chlorine, and phosphorus.

Foods with high protein content produce high levels of uric acid during metabolic process, which likewise contributes to high acidity levels called acidosis. Take cow’s milk for instance. It’s loaded with calcium, an alkaline mineral, nevertheless the high protein level and associated uric acid levels make it extremely acidic. On the other hand, raw goat and home grown organic cow milk is somewhat alkaline forming.

Most of the world’s population today consumes a lot of acid foods, and this is having a major influence on worldwide health and all associated concerns. Foods like meat, dairy products, grains, and processed foods whose usage is on the increase are extremely acidic and can do great damage to the body, whereas the majority of veggies and fruit are alkaline and support good health.

Advice on How to Get a Child With Autism to Eat Real Food

Advice on How to Get a Child With Autism to Eat Real FoodRecently a friend of mine mentioned in passing conversation that her son who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, is very fussy when it comes to his food and that he has lots of trouble getting him to eat proper and nutritious foods. Eating junk food is not a problem but he is now at a stage where that’s all he will eat. Off course I had no idea what to advise her so I did some digging on the net and came across this article from the Autism Speaks website (www.autismspeaks.org).

It’s a very insightful read about just this particular issue:

“This week’s “Food for Thought” answer is from occupational therapist Moira Pena, of Toronto’s Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. The hospital is one of 14 centers in the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network.

Thanks for your question. First, let me reassure you that many parents of individuals on the autism spectrum will identify with your situation. In fact, a recent comprehensive review of research on the subject confirms that children with autism are five times more likely to struggle with eating issues compared to their typically developing peers.

The first step in addressing these issues is to recognize that feeding problems and unusual behaviors around eating are a common symptom of autism. Try not to feel guilty about your child’s eating patterns. It’s not your fault that your daughter isn’t eating healthy foods. Your role as a parent is to offer nutritious options. Then it’s up to your child to eat.

Second, it’s important to consult with her doctor and/or a registered dietitian to ensure that taking away her chips and crackers is a medically sound option at this time. You want to make sure that she’s not underweight or undernourished before taking away food. The doctor or dietitian might recommend a nutritional supplement if there are concerns along these lines. You’ll also want to make sure that the doctor or dietician continues to monitor your daughter’s health as you introduce the more nutritious diet.

If possible, I strongly recommend enlisting the help of a feeding therapist familiar with autism-related eating issues. He or she may be able to identify what’s contributing to your daughter’s refusal to eat other foods. This may include medical conditions such as chronic abdominal pain, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), constipation or food intolerances.

Many kids with autism also have postural issues that interfere with eating. Low muscle tone, for example, can make it difficult to maintain an upright seated position. Autism-related sensory aversions are another common reason for eating problems. (For related advice, see “Child with Autism Won’t Eat Foods that Smell.”)

As you may well know, another common symptom of autism is an insistence on “sameness.” This can cause extreme anxiety when the individual is presented with new foods. A behavioral therapist experienced with autism can help address such issues.

Finally, some individuals with autism need help developing chewing skills. (See my previous blog post on this issue.) However, the fact that your daughter is eating hard candy tells me that chewing skills aren’t likely to be a problem.

Ten strategies to try at home
As for ideas to try at home, I have ten strategies to share. But first, take a deep breath and remember that change will take place in small increments. I want you to give yourself at least a full month to consistently try the following strategies for helping your daughter become more comfortable around a broader range of healthy food:

1. At every meal and snack time, offer a protein, vegetable or fruit, and a starch along with a small amount of her favorite chips. This may sound like a lot. But when a child is struggling with eating, we want to use every opportunity to provide a variety of nutritious options. Offer smaller quantities during snack time, but still offer options. If your child doesn’t eat her lunch, you will feel better knowing that she will have a full range of snack options coming up. And those familiar chips? They can give your daughter the signal that it’s okay to start eating. They will also encourage her to come to the table and sit with you.

2. Make food fun! Look at it from your daughter’s perspective: Food has become something that causes friction at home. Try to think about ways to make food enjoyable again. I’m not sure how old your daughter is. If it’s age-appropriate, consider playing “grocery store” together with plastic foods. Or take her grocery shopping and encourage her to touch different foods. Talk about the smell, color and feel of foods. Make up songs about foods. And yes, invite her play with food. If she doesn’t like touching food with her hands, show her how to use a spoon or dull knife to shape food into interesting forms. Involve her in snack and meal preparation as much as possible. The idea is for her to begin viewing food in a positive way. What better way to do that than through play?

3. Review your mealtime routines. Many families lead very busy lives. This makes it easy to let “family dinners” go by the wayside. But “family mealtime” can include just the two. The idea is to sit at a table together for at least 15 minutes. Your daughter may not eat anything at first. That’s okay. As she watches others eat, she’ll be exposed to the smell, sight and sounds of food being eaten. These are positive steps toward her tasting and eating the foods.

4. Don’t wait for hunger pangs. Many parents of children with autism have told me that their kids don’t feel hunger pangs or cravings like other children do. This observation deserves follow-up research. Meanwhile, I recommend against waiting for hunger to strike or asking your child if she’s hungry before offering food. The answer will probably be “no.” Instead, simply offer foods on schedule.

5. Offer a meal or snack every 2.5 hours. To avoid the temptation to continually snack, try to offer a meal or snack every 2.5 hours throughout the day. Keep the times as consistent as possible. It’s important for your child to have a routine around eating meals at definite times.

6. Introduce a visual schedule. Remember that children with autism tend to do best with clear routines. Use a written list and/or pictures to indicate the day’s meal and snack times. Post this in her room, in the kitchen and other places where she spends time. You can use a timer to let her gauge that mealtime is approaching. The idea is to give your daughter as much preparation time as possible prior to meals. This has the added advantage of helping her manage food-related anxiety.

7. Try some movement before meals. In occupational therapy, we often use movement to “wake up” a child’s body and senses. You may find that it helps to have a little physical exercise – if only marching around the table to music – before sitting down to a meal. Remember to make it fun.

8. Take the mood out of the food. I think this is a useful mantra for parents. By it, I mean that it’s important to monitor your own anxieties around your child’s eating. I understand that your child’s poor eating may be a constant cause for concern. Try to consciously reduce your anxiety or other negative emotions. Try to maintain a positive atmosphere around meals. Believe that your child will eat and celebrate every success!

9. Try serving food family style. Put foods on serving plates, and let your child serve herself. If your daughter is able, ask her to pass the plate on to the next family member. The idea is to give her as much control as possible over her eating. At the same time, you’re exposing her to the sensory aspects of the food each time she passes the plate.

10. Offer your child the same food as the rest of the family is eating, even if you think she’ll refuse it. Allow her to sit at the table while the rest of you eat. As I mentioned earlier, the look, smell and proximity of the food can help her make progress to eating more foods in the future”.

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Original article can be found here: https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2014/10/31/parent-seeks-advice-child-autism-eats-only-candy-chips