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How can I help my ADDICTED TEEN?
Will being ADOPTED make adolescence harder for my child?
How can I deal with the ANGER
in our family?
Is my teen's BEHAVIOR just normal teenage rebellion?
What do parents and teachers need to know about BULLYING?
What is EMOTIONAL ABUSE?
How can I help my OVERWEIGHT
Help! My teen is a RUNAWAY!
My teen is cutting. What do I need to know about SELF-INJURY?
What is 'normal' teen SEXUAL BEHAVIOR and what is cause for concern?
What makes a STRONG FAMILY?
Good Food and Healthy Eating
for the Whole Family
Part of your responsibility as a parent is to ensure that your family has the best diet for their health and well-being, and to teach your children how to lead healthy lives now and when they are adults.
Adolescence is a period of rapid physical, emotional, intellectual, and social maturation. Teenagers need lots of calories to support this rapid growth. Girls need approximately 2200 calories, while boys need 2500-2900 calories. Teens also need calcium-rich foods (such as broccoli, greens, cabbage, salmon, corn tortillas, calcium-fortified orange juice) as nearly half of all skeletal growth occurs during the teen years.
However, teenage eating habits are influenced less by parents and family, and more by peers, media messages, and body image issues. So it's important to have at least one meal together as a family and to keep delicious nutrient-rich foods in the house.
We know that good nutrition is linked to good health. But, did you know that for virtually every major mental illness, studies exist showing that there are significant nutritional influences?
Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, said that "all food is medicine, and the best food is the best medicine." He was right.
Behavioral problems in children and teens are quite often due to adverse reactions to food and, more often than not, to a lack in certain nutrients. Researchers believe that children who have a poor diet are more likely to become aggressive and anti-social, as nutritional deficiencies and imbalances can impair brain function. This sets the stage for delinquent and criminal behavior.
ADD/ADHD has been linked to allergies to food additives, preservatives, chemicals, and inhalants.
Whole Foods for the Whole Family
The USDA and agribusiness groups continue to emphasize that organic food is no healthier than conventional food. This is simply not true! Eating organic whole foods and drinking pure water can have profound effects on your family's health.
Your family's diet should be based on organic whole foods -- foods in their most natural, unaltered forms with no pesticides or chemicals used in their growing. These are foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and beans, foods unprocessed and free of chemicals. Organically-grown and organically-raised whole foods simply tastes better than conventional, chemical-laden, processed foods.
The term organic refers specifically to how something is grown or produced. Organic farmers do not use chemical pesticides or fertilizer, and their crops are minimally processed to maintain product integrity without using artificial ingredients, preservatives, or irradiation.
Organic meat and dairy products come from animals that are fed only organic grain and are not given antibiotics, hormones, or supplemental medications. Synthetic chemicals are not added to organic foods.
Fruits and vegetables grown without synthetic pesticides have higher levels of cancer-fighting nutrients than produce treated with the chemicals, according to a study by University of California-Davis researchers.And organic foods are environmentally-friendly, since organic farming promotes the use of renewable resources, as well as soil and water conservation.
Pesticide contamination -- and the overuse of antibiotics in animals -- has also contributed to the growing problem of human drug resistance.
Empower your family by making the conscious choice of providing whole foods free from chemicals, pesticides, and growth hormones. The benefit will be your family's good health and well-being.
If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as the souls who live under tyranny. -- Thomas Jefferson
Use this website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainable grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
Food manufacturers and chain restaurants use aggressive and sophisticated marketing techniques to influence children's and teens' food preferences and encourage them to manipulate parents in buying them. Read Sweet-Talking the Kids: Not-So-Hidden Persuasion
by George Mateljan
Having the same government agency charged with educating Americans about healthy eating and also promoting industry interests is an obvious conflict of interest. Read The Politics of Meat and Dairy
Genetically-altered foods are great cause for concern. To be classified as genetically engineered, genetically modified, or genetically altered, at least one gene from an organism is intentionally introduced into another organism, usually of a different species -- such a pig gene placed in a tomato plant.
According to the Grocery Manufacturers of America, between 70 to 75 percent of all processed foods on the shelves of supermarkets contain genetically modified ingredients. Genetically-altered crops and other foods are sold in stores without labels, even thought health risks still aren't known. Under federal law, genetically-altered foods do not have to be labeled in grocery stores.
Are genetically-altered foods harmful to humans? We don't know. There have been very few studies, although it is thought that genetic engineering may trigger allergies, create new and harmful toxins, lead to antibiotic resistance, and create unpredictable health effects, including potentially pre-cancerous cell growth.
Irradiation damages the quality of food, produces toxic byproducts, is an environmental hazard, and doesn't solve the problem of providing clean, sustainable food.
Food additives, such as sodium nitrite, saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, caffeine, olestra, acesulfame K, and artificial coloring, are also cause for concern. Additives have been linked to mental and behavioral problems.
The consumption of sugar contributes to deteriorating dental health, digestive problems, drug and alcohol addiction, and mental disorders. There’s no doubt that Americans are addicted to sugar. We consume an average of 150 lbs. per person per year.
Cows' milk and dairy products are not nature's perfect food, although the powerful dairy industry would make you believe it is so.
Dairy products are contaminated with viruses and bacteria (including bovine leukemia, bovine tuberculosis and cow immunodeficiency virus) and frequently with pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and dioxin. The consumption of dairy products is linked to allergies, constipation, obesity, heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.
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