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Sweet Tooth - Not a Problem!

Permalink by Tikal, Categories: Health, Food, Drink and Eating , Tags: diet, food, healthy eating, sugar, sweet tooth

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Having a child with a sweet tooth, is not necessarily a problem, if you handle it well; the secret is to handle sweets, chocolate and all things sugary not as a rare treat, a reward or something exciting, but instead treat it as something just like all the other food groups you offer your child.

  • To start with, introduce your baby/toddler to unsweetened foods and postpone offering sweets until they are older.  Offer sweet fruits and yoghurt for dessert rather than sugary things.
  • Sweeten food with honey or fruit.
  • If your child is old enough for sweets, and if a relative comes round to visit with a bag of sweets, allow them to have one or two and save the rest for later.  Try not to allow them to eat them all.
  • Keep a note of how much sugar your little ones has in a day.  It should be no more than 1-2 teaspoons each day and this includes all sugar in foods.
  • Read the labels on prepared food - even toddler food.  There is often a great deal of sugar in pre-prepared meals.
  • Talk about sugar and the harm it can do if eaten in excess.  Talk about fruit, vegetables and other great tasting foods that are also so good for you!
  • Allow your child to choose which fruit and vegetable to buy at the shop.
  • Drink water before bed and never sugary drinks.
  • Try not to use sweets as a bribe.
  • Lead by example and avoid snacking on sweet things yourself...


Could Eating Healthily Prevent You Getting Pregnant?

Permalink by Tikal, Categories: Babies, Health, Food, Drink and Eating , Tags: conception, diet, fibre, health, pregnancy, research

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New, and slightly worrying research, suggests that having a healthy diet containinging plenty of fibre has a detrimental effect on your chances of having a baby. This is something women trying for a baby will be horrified to hear.

Wholemeal bread, brown pasta and brown rice when eaten in large quantities seem to effect the hormone levels of women and therefore may impact on fertility levels.  The more wholemeal food women ate, the lower the levels of vital hormones that influence the reproduction process.

The research was carried out in America, using a sample of 250 women of childbearing age, over a two year period.  They made two important discoveries when looking at the women and their fibre intake:

  • Hormone levels were less in those with a high fibre diet
  • There was an increase in something called anovulation (which is when a women goes through her menstrual cycle but her ovaries fail to release an egg)

Anovulation is known to occur when hormone levels drop due to anxiety, stress or extreme exercise.

This is the first time that a healthy diet has been deemed to impact on a person in a negative way.  Serious claims!



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