Getting The Best From Your Body

Written by Kim Beardsmore

The body automatically functions, and we automatically take it for granted! We expect our body to keep going and not complain, however much we abuse it. But it does complain, with headaches, backache, indigestion, colds, skin rashes: just a few ofrepparttar minor warnings. Whether you are running a home business, major corporation or a family if you relate to these 'mild' complaints you just may need to pay attention to protect your most important asset: your health, your ability to think clearly and your emotional strength.

Without paying attention to keeping yourself well, you may slip into more serious warnings of 'self-abuse' and progress to serious conditions like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. A few simple changes can make allrepparttar 150892 difference torepparttar 150893 long-term health of your body,repparttar 150894 clarity of your thinking,repparttar 150895 strength of your emotional well-being andrepparttar 150896 long-term viability of your self-propelled business!

Food is fuel

What you eat and drink provides your body withrepparttar 150897 fuel to carry out allrepparttar 150898 physical and mental activities that get you through each day, including breathing and blinking! Some foods, such as fruit and vegetables, provide excellent fuel, with lots of beneficial nutrients. Other foods providerepparttar 150899 body with poor quality fuel laced with undesirable chemicals, such as over-processed junk foods. What percentage of your current diet is providing fuel-efficient, nutrient-rich food? Find out by keeping a diary overrepparttar 150900 following week - jot down everything you eat and drink and then analyze your fuel source. The better your fuel source,repparttar 150901 longer your life expectancy…

…So improve your choice

Choose meals and snacks that are kind torepparttar 150902 body, i.e. naturally-produced and chemical free. Fresh (preferably seasonal) fruit, vegetables and salads retain their nutritional content - they are 'living' foods. Avoid foods that have been over-processed, stored for too long or stored in contact with metal or cling-film. You could class these as 'dead' foods, with little to offer nutritionally. Variety is also vital, helping you obtainrepparttar 150903 broad range of nutrients your body needs.

Less is more

Eating large meals puts a great strain onrepparttar 150904 digestive tract. Choose smaller, more frequent meals, which help keep your fuel tank topped-up throughoutrepparttar 150905 day. And never forget thatrepparttar 150906 more you eat,repparttar 150907 more your body has to either burn off or store as fat. So eat to live - don't live to eat!

Give your stomach a fair chance

How To Help Your Overweight Child

Written by Kim Beardsmore

Withrepparttar rise of obesity andrepparttar 150891 increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes occurring in children, many parents are now faced with helping an overweight child. This may not be a daunting as first seems and here are some simple, but effective steps to take to help your child develop eating habits and active lifestyle that will assist improve their health.

Be supportive

·Tell your child that he or she is loved, is special, and is important. Children's feelings about themselves often are based on their parents' feelings about them.

·Accept your child at any weight. Children will be more likely to accept and feel good about themselves when their parents accept them.

·Listen to your child's concerns about his or her weight. Overweight children probably know better than anyone else that they have a weight problem. They need support, understanding, and encouragement from parents.

Encourage healthy eating habits

·Buy and serve more fruits and vegetables (fresh, frozen, or canned). Let your child choose them atrepparttar 150892 store.

·Buy fewer soft drinks and high fat/high calorie snack foods like chips, cookies, and candy. These snacks are OK once in a while, but keep healthy snack foods on hand too and offer them to your child more often.

·Eat breakfast every day. Skipping breakfast can leave your child hungry, tired, and looking for less healthy foods later inrepparttar 150893 day.

·Plan healthy meals and eat together as a family. Eating together at meal times helps children learn to enjoy a variety of foods.

·Eat fast food less often. When you visit a fast food restaurant, tryrepparttar 150894 healthful options offered.

·Offer your child water or low-fat milk more often than fruit juice. Fruit juice is a healthy choice but is high in calories.

·Do not get discouraged if your child will not eat a new foodrepparttar 150895 first time it is served. Some kids will need to have a new food served to them 10 times or more before they will eat it.

·Try not to use food as a reward when encouraging kids to eat. Promising dessert to a child for eating vegetables, for example, sendsrepparttar 150896 message that vegetables are less valuable than dessert. Kids learn to dislike foods they think are less valuable.

·Start with small servings and let your child ask for more if he or she is still hungry. It is up to you to provide your child with healthy meals and snacks, but your child should be allowed to choose how much food he or she will eat.

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