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    Catering Tips for a Perfect EventGood Drinks

    Even if they are nonalcoholic, need to be spruced up. You would be surprised how the quality of drinks will increase the quality of any party or event. People LOVE to drive and they love to size up the party based on the availability of the drinks available.

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      Food for Diabetic Patient

      Chronic diseases like diabetes are related to what we eat and how we lead our lifestyle. The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the world has recently been increased than ever before. Food selection and exercise are the two most important thing for diabetic patients to control the disease. Along with the proper exercise diabetic patients should be aware of what they are eating are really healthy for them.

      If you are diabetic estimate your total daily calorie needs against your daily activity level. You can consult a physician or dietician to know your daily calorie requirements. Patients who take insulin should also be careful about the appropriate timing of food intake to avoid low sugar reaction. Health experts and physicians prefer low sugar, low salt, and complex carbohydrate versions of traditional dishes that can provide the special dietary needs for diabetics. Salt is as harmful as the sugar because more than 50% diabetic patients have hypertension. The diet should contain lots of vegetables, fruits and grain products. While preparing the dish you should be choosy about the food so as to they don’t release sugar into the blood abruptly. You should serve moderate portion size because large portion may release sugar abruptly.

      Start your day with a healthy breakfast. When you skip breakfast you actually overeat at the end of the day because you are then hungrier at other foods. It’s always better to eat small protein rich breakfast than skipping a breakfast. If you have skipped the breakfast, don’t worry – have a quick meal. Smoothie could be the right choice as they can be prepared instantly and packed with vitamins, minerals, nutrients and fibers.

      A well balanced meal plan is essential for diabetic patients to keep their blood sugar in a steady state. You can take a snack between the breakfast and lunch. Select the snack that satisfies your hunger and nutritional needs. Avoid snacks with high sugar content. Eating 2 -3 snacks throughout the day is a healthy way to keep the sugar level steady. Research found that people who take three moderate portion main meals along with 2-3 snacks each day are less likely to overeat and weight gain. The snacks should be made up of complex carbohydrates such as whole grain and cereals that contains fibers. Complex carbohydrates with protein rich low-fat foods could be a satisfying snack.

      You should remember that whatever you eat exercise is very important to good health. Exercise along with proper food selection decrease the incidence of diabetes and weight gain. Exercise also increases the experience with the food intake as many diabetic patients complain loss of appetite in diabetes. If your appetite doesn’t return to normal, you might suffer from malnutrition and circulatory problems that may damage your eyes, kidneys and nerves.

      Most people don’t know how to cook foods for diabetic patients suffering from loss of appetite. Even if they know they fears about what to eat, what shouldn’t eat. Most of the diabetic cookbooks available in market are loaded with unfamiliar recipes that are not so easy to make. While I was searching for a good diabetic cook book for my elder sister I found The Ultimate Diabetic Cookbook very helpful where I discovered the cooking art for diabetic patients. This book is different from other books in that it reveals the secret how a simple recipe can be turned into strong and pleasant in taste.

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      Healthy Drinks for Kids

      Kids’ drinks work best if they up kids’ energy levels during those times when they feel lethargic or worn out. However, because regular energy drinks contain stimulants we have to be very careful what we allow our kids to take. Some ingredients like caffeine, sugar, amino acids, and sweeteners are a necessary part of the energy drinks and are even healthy in small doses. Nevertheless one has to be very careful to stick to safe limits for kids. There are many soft drinks in the market today that can be safely used by kids for physical and mental stimulation. Three of the best and healthiest with safe ingredients are as described below.

      Amazing Grass Kidz Superfood

      This is an all-natural Drink Powder with a chocolate flavor. The powder contains easily soluble nutrients from organic wheat grass and a variety of fruits and veggies. While kids will normally frown at the thought of being served fruits and vegetables, this tasty drink will encourage them to get their daily intake of necessary nutrients. A single glass of the healthy drink provides an equivalent of three full fruit and vegetable servings. The wheat grass in the drink is grown organically and provides kids with much needed vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and chlorophyll. These are very important natural nutritional supplements especially for growing bodies and additionally they contain curative properties. The good news to parents whose kids suffer from coelic disease or are gluten-sensitive is that this drink contains no gluten. It also contains very little sugar and no caffeine. It is a vegan drink that supports the body’s optimal alkalinity and boosts the immune system. The powdered drink comes in 15 count packets for easier serving.

      Amazing Grass Kidz Superfood

      Amazing Grass Green Superfoods

      Another Amazing Grass product, this is a drink powder for kids and adults alike. It is composed of 80% organic ingredients with very little preservatives. The 240g (8.5 Ounces) jar contains 30 healthy servings or portions with each serving containing the equivalent of three full fruit and vegetable servings. The energy boost received from this product has been so successful that it is fast gaining popularity with coaches, athletes, and body-builders. While it was at first hailed as a choice health drink for kids, it is also recommended for adults in search of a cleaner and healthier dietary supplement. This is especially so for those in professions that requires pro-longed physical activity. The health drink is delicious and is a natural detoxifier that boosts one’s immune system. The enzymes and probiotics contained within also help in digestion and the absorption of crucial nutrients.

      Amazing Grass Green Superfoods

      Yoo Hoo Chocolate Flavored Drink

      The infamous Major League Baseball icon, Yogi Berra, is one of the popular faces associated with this health drink which was widely hailed as the “Drink of the Champions”. Kids all over the US and the rest of the world have counted Yoo Hoo as one of their favorite drinks. Yoo Hoo chocolate has a truly refreshing taste with a rich chocolaty flavor. Apart from the renowned chocolate flavor, you can also get it in strawberry, double fudge, or lite chocolate. Nevertheless, there has been some criticism on the ingredients. The most recurrent is that most parents think the drink is made up of milk which has been flavored to make it easier to serve to kids. In contrast, the ingredients contain no liquid milk and only have a few milk by-products such as sodium caseinate, non-fat dry milk, and whey. The good news is that the drink contains zero caffeine and has less than 1% fat. The 8 oz bottle contains 2 servings which makes it ideal for kids to carry with them to school.
      Yoo Hoo Chocolate Flavored Drink

      Nowadays, kids are spoilt for choice when it comes to health drinks available in the market. However, parents need to be extra vigilant to ensure they only stick to drinks that contain healthy ingredients. Some health conditions can be avoided by choosing your kids’ drinks wisely and this will greatly help their natural growth and development. Additionally, parents should regulate how much commercial drinks the kid consumes per day and ensure that no such drinks are taken within three hours of bedtime.

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      Healthy Food for Teenagers

      Teenage food habits are inspired by friends and media but less often by parents and family. Parents should inspire their children to eat healthy diet to build up their future health and wellness. Unhealthy food consumption makes teens overweight, which is associated with early onset of diabetes and heart diseases. Healthy food for teenagers is balanced diet that has all food groups in order to lead a healthy life. In the United States, Food and Drug Administration has warned food manufacturers to avoid labeling with “healthy” on food packaging when they contain high sugar, salt, or fat contents. That suggests that healthy food must not contain high sugar, high salt, and high fat that have detrimental effects on teen’s health.

      Teenagers often have morning rush for school – skip their breakfast, have high calorie fast food in lunch, and grab whatever is in the refrigerator for dinner after getting home. Although these foods contain high calorie but they don’t add nutrients in your body. Nevertheless healthy lifestyle, such as taking right food and regular physical exercise, may help you meet the challenges of your life. Your healthy lifestyle with healthy foods makes you feel re-energized, learn better, stay alert in class and lower your risk for diseases such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and some forms of cancer in the later life. Major diseases such as heart disease, brain stroke, diabetes are directly linked to bad food habits.

      One single food group cannot supply all nutrients you need to maintain good health. Healthy food choices for teenagers should include several food groups from carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables, protein, diary, and fat & sugar.

      Carbohydrates

      While taking carbohydrate source choose wholegrain varieties whenever possible. Unlike the refined grains, the whole grains contain the bran and germ attached on their surfaces which are rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins. When you make foods at home buy wheat flour which is slightly darker than refined flour. When you buy food from a shop, read the label if it contains the word whole or wholegrain. Whole grain products include breads, biscuits, corn flakes, pastas and cereals. According to the USDA, our daily food should contain at least 3 ounces of whole grains.

      The Institute of Medicine recommends teenagers with moderate activity eat at least 130 grams of carbohydrates per day that constitutes 45% to 65% of their calories. Athletic teens with high physical activity can consume higher percentage of this range.

      Fruit and Vegetables

      Fruit and vegetables are rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants with high fiber content. Vitamins and minerals need for your body’s vital function while fibers help in proper functioning of your digestive tract. When you eat fruits, try to avoid fruit juices because frits juices don’t contain adequate fibers. Eat a variety of fruit and vegetables, usually 5-7 portions per day. Remember that potato contains high starch content and is thus categorized under carbohydrates. One portion refers to one whole fruit or three tablespoons of vegetables. Newer studies recommend that teens and adults increase by seven portions per day to reduce the risk of early dying.

      Protein

      Protein is a very important building block for teenagers’ body. They need proteins to meet the growing demand muscle mass. To meet the growing demands of proteins teenagers should consume about 25 percent of the total calorie equivalent to 5.0-6.5 ounce-equivalents of protein-rich foods each day. One ounce equivalent of protein may consist of a whole egg, 1 tbsp of peanut butter, one-half-oz. serving of nuts or a 1 oz. serving of poultry, fish or meat. Here are the Top 10 Protein Rich Foods you can try.

      Dairy

      Although the “bad” fats or saturated fats are found in dairy foods they are very important food in teens for their growing bone mass. Teens need dairy foods for calcium that is important for healthy bones and teeth. Teenagers should consume 3 cups low fat dairy each day. A cup of dairy is equal to 1 ½ oz. of natural cheese, 2 oz. of processed cheese, one cup of yogurt, one cup of soy milk or one cup of milk.

      Fats and Sugars

      Most teens love fast food because high fat and sugar content make them tasty. They are highest source of calorie and daily calorie requirement from fats shouldn’t constitute more than 30%; 10% of it should come from saturated fats such as, vegetable oils and fish oils. Other foods that contain high fat and sugar include chocolates, cakes, sweets, biscuits, jam, butter, margarine, mayonnaise, non-diet sodas, etc. Today soda and other sugary drinks have replaced healthy drinks such as milk and water. Whenever possible, drinks containing high sugar should be replaced with water or low fat milk. Fats and sugar containing foods have extra calories that add extra body fat in your belly. To cut you extra belly fat read more on How to Remove Belly Fat by Proper Dieting.

      Along with proper maintenance of healthy foods for teens, they should determine their daily calorie requirement. It’s easier to control the desired body weight when you know your required calorie. If you are overweight read this useful article, How many Calories Should I Burn to Lose Weight. On the other hand, picky eaters should concentrate more on increasing body weight. Picky eaters usually suffer from loss of appetite to food. Appetite can be increased by applying some smart techniques. To learn how to increase appetite, read this article Two Ways to Increase Your Appetite.

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      Healthy Breakfast

      There is nothing that requires us to eat certain foods in breakfast. But today we live in an addiction-prone society. We are addicted to unhealthy foods for everyday snacks and sometimes we skip breakfasts with an effort of losing weight or because we’re busy with the morning rush. Sometimes it’s easier to use preserved and stale foods to avoid suffering pangs of hunger during the day. But it is recommended to start your day with a heavy healthy breakfast because it is the most important meal of the day. A healthy sandwich can be an ideal pick among other healthy foods which can be the best solution for your breakfast because they are easy to make quickly, there are many types and you can take them with you.

      Most of us are upset about our waist line and we avoid proteins to lose some inches. But we normally end up with extra inches instead. Consuming fewer proteins is not healthy at all, because our bodies need enough proteins in conjunction with exercise to build more muscles than to lose our muscle mass as we age. Check out these 7 healthy breakfast ideas.

       1-Make a Healthy Sandwich

      You can make many kinds of healthy sandwiches using eggs, chicken, fish, baked potatoes, vegetables, and mushrooms. Eggs and whole wheat bread make the healthiest sandwiches because they provide instant energy with more proteins and carbohydrates. A grilled meat or grilled fish with baked potatoes is also an excellent tasty meal for a healthy breakfast. Mushrooms have many healthy benefits. They have proteins which are essential for body building elements. You can also use vegetables because they have a lot of minerals, vitamins and other nutrients which can make a healthy sandwich. It is recommended to avoid mayonnaise or cheese with eggs and chicken because they are high in calories. This can no more be counted as a healthy sandwich.

      2- Try Yogurt and Fruit

      A yogurt and fruits can be good breakfast item especially to the calorie conscious people. They are quite healthy and refreshing. In a morning rush, you can have a yogurt that doesn’t even require a spoon; eat and go.

      Yogurt and Fruit

      3- A Breakfast Smoothie

      While you may be busy, without enough time to sit down and make a healthy breakfast, you can take few minutes and make a healthy smoothie. The fresh fruits, greens, water and juice can provide essential nutrients to start your day.

      4- Breakfast burritos

      Well, if you want to spend more minutes, breakfast burritos can be the best for your family. Go for ham or eggs, sausage biscuits and other ingredients of your choice and make it ahead of time. You can use more ingredients to have a variety of nutrients and make a healthy breakfast.

      5- Protein Shake

      You can make your own home-made protein shake. All you need is a blender, common sense and imagination as you add your desired ingredients to have the taste you like best as long as you avoid using too many calories.

      6- Spinach and Tomato Omelet

      This is another healthy breakfast that provides both fiber and protein you need to start your day.

      Spinach and Tomato Omelet

      Photo Courtesy : this gal cooks

      7- Pancakes

      Pancakes are for sure tasty but what to add to make them healthy is the only question that must be answered. You need to lower their calorie without sacrificing any flavor. Do not choose the egg yolks because they have more fats and cholesterol. Choose white wheat to increase fiber and lower the calories count. You may not add sugar because one teaspoonful has 15 calories and it goes straight into the blood stream causing swings in blood sugar. Therefore by avoiding sugar you can have a more healthy breakfast.

      Now, we must acknowledge that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and be aware of the benefits of having a healthy breakfast. It is like a priming pump that gives energy to your body for the long day’s activity. You need to establish the appropriate balance between proteins and fats every day because we need them too. For example, if you are a vegetarian, a healthy sandwich will give you the required proteins that you need for building muscle mass.

      Unhealthy diets coupled with skipping breakfast have also been linked to obesity and many other health problems. Studies shows that the rise of technology is surprisingly one of the underlying causes where America is one of the most top 10 obese countries in the world. Here is a presentation you can check

                        Top 10 Obese Countries in the World from NewsTipsTricks

      As much as technology is good, it should not simplify healthy breakfast and everything else you do. Be a better person and always compete with yourself against all addictions and pressures that restrict you from having a healthy breakfast.

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      Two Ways

      When should you worry about your decreased appetite? Appetite is not always blessing as increased appetite is a common problem of gaining weight and get obese. You should only worry when your Body Mass Index (BMI) is less than 18.50. When your BMI is less than 18.50, you are underweight.

      Two Ways to Increase Your Appetite

      Decreased appetite to food is not as common as you may think. Decreased appetite to food is a major reason of being underweight. Let’s discuss about two method of boosting your appetite.

      Way 1:  Increase Appetite by Changing Your Bad Habits

      1.  Be an early riser: You shouldn’t fast more than 8 to 10 hours. Fasting may lead to increased acidity on your stomach. Increased acidity may ultimately lead to decreased appetite. If you are a late riser, try to get rise early. Do some light exercise. It’ll increase your appetite especially to those who can’t have their breakfast in morning even if they are hungry. Some light examples may be Pull-ups, Push-up, Sit-ups, Squats etc. Take a short break and within few minutes you’ll feel hungry and a better appetite than the previous days.

      Two Ways to Increase Your Appetite

      2.  Don’t Skip Your Breakfast: Always take your breakfast as soon as you feel hungry. Don’t skip your breakfast; skipping breakfast is an unhealthy habit that must avoid for the people who don’t have appetite.

       3.  Do some exercise: Doing some light exercise can really help to stimulate your appetite.Our body is designed to crave more energy from food after burning calories, so exercise make always feel hungrier than before. If you are underweight you shouldn’t take vigorous exercise because even if you will feel hungrier but ultimately you will burn more energy than you consume.

      4.  Eat faster: Research has shown that when you eat too fast the brain can’t catch that you have eaten enough. Scientists say it takes approximately 20 minutes from the time you start eating for your brain to start sending out signals that it’s full.By eating faster, you can prevent your body to send satiety signal into your brain. So choose a food that takes little time and effort to eat and doesn’t take longer than 20 minutes.

      5.  Avoid watching TV while eating: Many will say watching your favorite TV show while eating distracts you and make you have much food! This is wrong while you are particularly lack of appetite. Never watch TV while you are eating because it will delay your meal time and ultimately prevents you to take enough food for your body.

      6. Drink less while eating: Drinking too much while taking your food increase satiety and decrease appetite to the food. You should drink as less as you can during meal time. However you should drink enough water a day. Drinking can help with digestion and ensure that there is not too much food in the stomach at any given time.

      7. Avoid fiber rich food: Fiber rich food is considered as a healthy diet for normal persons. However they are not easily digestible and can be extremely filling. Fiber rich foods take longer for your body to process them than other types of food.For this reason people who are trying to eat less take fiber rich food.  You should take fiber rich foods only in moderation especially when trying to increase your appetite.

      8. Avoid certain foods before taking the main mean: Frequent meal is good to build towards a healthy appetite but you should identify and avoid those foods, for example apple, that help promote a feeling of fullness.

      Way 2: Increase Appetite with Appetite Stimulants

      Appetite is a strong desire for food. It differs from hunger in that the hunger is an uncomfortable sensation caused by lack of food. Appetite is not always associated with hunger. You may have appetite even if you are not hunger, similarly you may not have appetite even if you are hunger.

      Appetite Stimulants

      Loss of appetite may lead to a type of malnutrition known as under-nutrition where food intake falls below a recommended daily allowance of calories. So if you have persistent loss of appetite you should see a physician. Your physician may prescribe you with one of the following drugs.

      Mirtazapine: Loss of appetite may be a cause of depression. If you are diagnosed with depression the physician may treat you with drugs,for example mirtazapine,that regulate serotonin level in your brain and/or stomach. Mirtazapine is a very potent drug, so you must consult a physician before taking this drug. You may feel weakness and dizzy when you take this drug.

      Cyproheptadine: Another widely used drug to treat loss of appetite is Cyproheptadine. It is an antihistaminic drug that you usually take to relieve the symptoms of common colds, nasal allergies, and pruritis. You may feel weakness and dizzy when you take this drug. Consult your doctor before taking this drug.

      Prokinetic Agents: Occasionally you may feel full stomach even if it’s your next meal time. Prokinetic agents such as metoclopramide, domperidone etc help you empty the food in your stomach and hence improve your appetite to food.You should see a doctor or pharmacist and ask if you need a prokinetic agent to treat your condition.

      Megestrol acetate: It is a derivative of female sex hormone progestin. This drug is used in patients who have loss their appetite due to life threatening illness such as AIDS. You should consult a physician before taking this drug.

      Vitamin/Mineral supplements

      Certain B vitamins such as, B12 and Folic acid are also used to increase appetite. You can take themes tablet or through injections which your doctor can prescribe. It is recommended that you take 1 cc. of each, two times a week.

      Zinc is a very widely used mineral that can be taken either in tablet form in adult or as syrup in children to increase their appetite. Zinc is also believed to stimulate testosterone production. Some foods which contain high levels of zinc include: oysters, chicken, beef shank, pork chops, wheat bran, cashew nuts and pumpkin seeds.

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      Poor Diet

      Food provides essential building blocks for our body necessary for supporting life. However, having too little or too much of particular foods can lead to serious health complications. A diet that is high in processed foods and fats and low in natural foods such as fruits and vegetables is likely to cause many adverse health effects in your body, some of them chronic. Any diet that may prove harmful to your well-being is a poor diet.

      Risks of a Poor Diet

      It is commonly (and truthfully) said that you are what you eat. The nutrients you get from your food dictate how active you will be, how sharp your mind will be, and how often you will fall ill. If you eat more than what you need, your body will store the surplus as fats and this will increase your Body Mass Index (BMI). A high BMI leads to being overweight and obese and can result in the following health complications:

      • High Blood Pressure (HBP)
      • Coronary Heart Disease
      • Constipation
      • Non-insulin dependent diabetes
      • Cancer
      • Obesity
      • Tooth decay

      How Poor Diets Affect Health

      A poor diet will increase your risks and susceptibility to most common ailments and also chronic conditions such as heart disease and cancer. This will be due to:

      • Increase in Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) which is bad cholesterol.
      • Increase in blood pressure
      • Increase in risk of thrombosis
      • Increase in the risk of developing diabetes
      • Degradation of the functioning of blood vessels (arteries and veins)
      • Decrease in the functionality of the immune system

      Ingredients of a Poor Diet

      Almost everything we eat is good because almost every kind of food has some nutritional benefits for our bodies. However, what makes some ingredients bad for us is the amount of the particular ingredient. Consider the following food groups:

      Animal Fat

      Our bodies require a little bit of animal fat for optimal performance. However, meat from cows, sheep, pigs, and most other animals contain high levels of saturated fats which may cause obesity and coronary heart disease. Limit your use of meat products such as bacon, beef, sausages, beef burgers, and meat pies to only small portions per meal. When shopping for beef and other meat products, opt for lean meat rather than fatty meat.Animal fat

      Unsaturated fats are much better for the human body compared to saturated fats. These are found in eggs, chicken, fish, duck, and turkey. They are also found in plants such as beans, pulses, and lentils. Liver is also highly advisable since it increases your iron intake. Avoid using cooking oil or just use very little and avoid the ones made out of animal fat. Avoid spreading butter on your bread.

      Dairy Produce

      Milk and most other dairy products have a high concentration of animal fats. Nevertheless, they are also very good sources of essential proteins, minerals, and vitamins necessary to keep us healthy and strong. If you can get skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, that will be more beneficial to your body. Babies and toddlers need breast milk and that should be a main part of their daily diet until they are at least 6 months old.

      Starch

      Foods such as bread, rice, potatoes, and cereals are great sources of proteins, starch, vitamins, and minerals and are high in fibre. They are not fattening unless cooked in fat and should form a major portion of your meals. They prevent most bowel disorders, especially constipation. Potatoes are a very good source of vitamin C especially when they are unpeeled and thus, help prevent anemia. A poor diet is one that lacks a good portion of starch.

      Fruits and Vegetables

      Fruits and Vegetables

      Most people have a poor diet since they do not eat as much fresh fruit and vegetables as they should. These are our main sources of vitamins and minerals. Green vegetables are especially important due to their high iron content. A good diet will consist of at least 5 portions of fruit every day.

      Salt and Sugar

      Sugar is sweet and makes some foods delicious. However, it adds no nutrients in our bodies yet fattens the body and causes tooth decay. Avoid sugar as much as possible. Limit your salt intake too and only use iodized salt.

      At Last

      A good healthy diet will keep away common ailments, boost your immune system, and reduce risks of chronic diseases. Avoid poor diets as they are not only unhealthy, but in the long run they are very expensive in terms of the care and health management services you will require.