My five point approach
The world is different from when we were kids. As soon as you turn on the TV or go outside, food filled with sugar, trans-fat and preservatives is being shoved at you. Our children are targets for marketing of this food as well as video games and TV. The odds are stacked against the health of today’s children. So if we want to raise healthy children, we’re going to have to be smart about it. We have to use our position as parents to our advantage by being good role models and creating an environment where healthy choices are easy.
One of the questions I get most from parents is how to teach kids to eat healthy. As parents we worry about our child becoming overweight and we worry even more about causing some sort of eating disorder. To help you navigate the waters, here is my five-point approach to children’s nutrition.
POINT ONE: No more “food rules.” This includes amount of food. Strict rules like no sugar, no preservatives or rules about intake can cause you child to fear their food and create conflict. General guidelines such as favoring whole foods and avoiding processed ones are helpful and good for teaching how to make healthy choices.
POINT TWO: Do not label foods as “good” or “bad.” Instead relate them to things your child is concerned with like school or sports. For example, tell your child that turkey will help them grow muscles and be strong and that eating a good breakfast will help them do well in school. This also applies when your child makes a poor choice. Instead of nagging the next time your son grabs potato chips, redirect him by offering baked tortilla chips and salsa. Eventually, he will make better choices on his own and you can praise those good decisions.
POINT THREE: Never reward with food. This can lead you child to associated emotions with food and can lead to problems with overeating and weight later on. Rewarding with food also teaches your child to value the reward food (usually ice cream, cake or candy) above other foods like fruits and vegetables. Reward with experiences and play such as a game of catch or going to the museum.
POINT FOUR: Have family dinner and make it about family and dinner. That means no TV, no cell phones and no toys. Dinner is a great time to be a nutritional role model for your child. Research shows that children whose families have meals together are less likely to be overweight and more likely to have high self-esteem and get into less trouble as adolescents. Additionally, being distracted by TV or email while eating decreases satisfaction and therefore increase food intake.
POINT FIVE: Make healthy food readily available. Your child cannot choose to eat an apple if he cannot see it. Placing fruits in a bowl on the counter makes them seem attractive and more likely to be eaten. Or take a page out of the grocery store’s playbook: put food you want your child to eat at their eye level in the fridge or pantry. Keep unhealthy choices out of sight and out of mind.
I take raising my children to be healthy eaters very seriously. I know that being a good role model and creating an environment where healthy choices are easy will support my children growing up to be healthy adults.
Dr. Bhatia M.D.
Medical Director and
Integrative Health Expert
Treating ADD and ADHD
By Jessica Gross
The heart is a widely recognized metaphor for love, personality and spirit. When a heart becomes “broken”, there is generally a direct correlation to the loss of love, one’s personality is affected and their spirit may be low. Chinese Medicine uses a similar theory when assessing behavioral disorders. It is thought that our spirit actually rests within our heart and it is the responsibility of the heart energy to contain in there. When the heart energy is weakened or becomes disturbed, our spirit is no longer bound by the confines of our heart space and is free to do as it pleases. This can present itself initially with a mind that tends to wander, excessive thoughts at night or dreaming. For some, symptoms can be more serious such as an inability to focus, trouble staying still, impulsivity in speech, behavior or movement, etc. Acupuncture is used to strengthen the energy of the heart to contain the spirit so that it may illuminate appropriately and to its fullest potential rather than being scattered and distracted. The heart energy can become weak due to many different factors.
Often times, the origin of the deficiency is one or more of the following:
- Weak digestion
- Emotional stress
- Liver energy not moving freely
- Internal accumulation of phlegm
- Internal accumulation of heat
ADD and ADHD treatments are for patients of all ages. For children, needles are not the only option for treatment. Laser probes, magnets, adhesive seeds, tens unit and massage are all options for treatment. Parents are also given ideas of things that can be done at home.
This particular theory for behavioral disorders refers to the energetic property of the heart, not necessarily the function of the heart organ itself. All organs require a specific energy that can easily become out of balance; Acupuncture is a wonderful tool to bring that energy back into balance. Please call 404-814-9808 to schedule an appointment.
One of the most effective approaches to treating ADD and ADHD – without drugs – is the use of pure,therapeutic-grade essential oils. Because many pure essential oils contain small chemical components, they are among the few molecules, natural or synthetic, that can cross the blood-brain barrier and directly heal the brain. This makes essential oils a powerful tool to treat brain disorders and emotional issues. – Dr. Terry S. Friedmann
Mangoes taste so good that people forget they are also healthy!
Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Lowers CholesterolThe high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff) Alkalizes the Whole Body The tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid found in the fruit help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body.
Improves Digestion Papayas are not the only fruit that contain enzymes for breaking down protein. There are several fruits, including mangoes, which have this healthful quality. The fiber in mangoes also helps digestion and elimination.
Back to school immune support
It’s time to go back to school. That also means it is time to go back to classrooms full of sniffles and runny noses. There is nothing worse for an attendance record than getting sick. A strong immune system can increase your child’s chances of staying healthy and in school.
You can give their young immune system the support it needs with the right diet and a couple of supplements. Serving your child more fruits and vegetables will give them vitamin C and carotenoids which increase production of infection-fighting cells. Omega-3 fatty acids will also give the immune system a boost; they are found in cold- water fish like salmon, nuts and as a supplement.
Probiotics are one of the best ways to boost your child’s immune system. They provide good bacteria to the gut and these good bacteria fight off potential pathogens. School can put stress on a young person’s immune system; astragalus root is an ayurvedic adaptogen, which helps stimulate the immune system. It has antiviral,antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Astragalus can help prevent and shorten colds or the flu. Another way to stay healthy is to avoid potential sickness. Make sure your children go off to school with good hand-washing habits.
Back to school with Ayurveda
By Gedalia Genin
I remember how difficult it was as a Mom getting children back into a daily routine after the summer. I researched and learned about pure essential grade oils twenty-fiveyears ago as a way to help my own kids not only with focus and sleep
but also with fevers, flus, rashes and building immunity. Aromatherapy is a big part of Ayurvedic healing. I invite you to explore the world of essential oils.
AYURVEDA FOR KIDS
30-minutes of Marma therapy with essential oils for balance. $45
BACK TO SCHOOL RELAXATION FOR MOM
Four marma therapy sessions to help you feel balanced for the new school year. $450
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