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Food is healthcare & medicine is sick-care

it is the simple reason why chronic and deadly diseases continue to grow at an alarming rate despite the fact that we live in the most affluent country in the world with top notch physicians.

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Medicine is not health care and will never be.

 We need to try our hardest to train our kids to love foods that sustain health, it could be a battle with some kids but it is worth the effort. So many illnesses and chronic diseases are preventable.
 Let’s continue to support each other, life is worth living vibrantly not always in a sick bed.

Feeding our kids fresh organic foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains beans etc along with grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish that are minimally processed prevent cancer and even block cancer growth. It also strengthens their immune system, protects them from diabetes, heart disease, obesity and maintains vibrant skin and strong bones to list a few. Healthy wholesome foods shouldn’t be an option at our homes, it should always be the first choice. We have to start believing in the old adage that we are what we eat and our kids what we feed them.

I know  jar/can  foods are so easy and convenient but our kids are paying a huge price with their health for this type of convenience , it just cannot sustain health.
Love, light and good health
Chief Yummy Officer

 

Starting the Day off with Fresh Orange Juice

There is nothing like having a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning to start your kids day off with a great start. In fact, getting the kids involved in the making process will be create a fun morning exercise that will have them excited throughout their day. Exposing your kids to real food at an early age helps them fall in love with the taste of clean unprocessed food and sets a better eating habit for their life. Join us and make freshly squeezed orange juice with your little one(s):

  1. Carefully rinse Organic Oranges
  2. Tightly squeeze, roll the oranges firmly with the palm of your hand across the counter or table to soften them up.
  3. Slice the orange in half and remove the seeds
  4. Grip one of the orange halves tightly and squeeze it by hand, using a plain juicer to coax all the juice out or use a juice machine.
  5. Enjoy a yummy, cold glass of freshly squeezed, orange juice.

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Kids weren’t born wanting processed food..they were taught to want it!

As parent we have the ability to train our kids to either love fresh wholesome foods that are good for them or overly processed junk foods that have the potential to harm them, we train them either way.

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Contrary to popular belief there is no child born with a sweet tooth or detest for vegetables, they end up with the preferences cultivated by us parents over time.

Whatever eating habits our child ends up with good or bad is not accidental. Training start from the very first spoonful- give your baby the opportunity to sample what fresh taste like, if you can’t make yours we are always here to help – remember that your baby just like you will not like the taste, smell or look of 2 year old cooked purred food.

Chief Yummy Officer
Yummy Spoonfuls 

Study shows giving babies antibiotics before the age of six months could cause #obesity

 

As we prepare for September which is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we will bring to you important articles, blogs, and tips to prevent your child from becoming a statistic and live with optimal health! Read this study.

Giving babies antibiotics before the age of six months could cause them to be chubby children, according to a study published Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We typically consider obesity an epidemic grounded in unhealthy diet and exercise, yet increasingly studies suggest it’s more complicated,” said co-author Leonardo Trasande of the New York University School of Medicine.

“Microbes in our intestines may play critical roles in how we absorb calories, and exposure to antibiotics, especially early in life, may kill off healthy bacteria that influence how we absorb nutrients into our bodies, and would otherwise keep us lean.”

The study adds to a growing body of research warning of the potential dangers of antibiotics, especially for children.

Read full article here

I think on a personal note what is so sad about the excessive use of antibiotic is the simple fact that a lot of the issues like ear infections, recurring running nose can easily be corrected by a change of diet, it can be an allergic problem or that child is not getting adequate nutrients from food, change of diet usually make these go away.. Until we begin to connect the food we are feeding are kids and their health we will continue to have issues and quite honestly it has been proven that antibiotics doesn’t fix the problem, if it did you won’t have the same child come back with the same issue over and over.. what are your thoughts?

Taste The Rainbow

Scientific research and nutritional health studies have overwhelmingly proven the importance of maintaining a diet including a variety of fruits and vegetables with vibrant colors across the rainbow spectrum each and every day in attaining and maintaining a state of optimal health. In addition, a colorful diet has been shown to decrease risks of chronic diseases like some cancers, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and Types I and II diabetes, to name just a few. To read the entire article please click here

West Virginia becomes the battleground for a food revolution

Chef Jamie Oliver goes to Huntington, one of the most obese cities on the planet, to launch war on processed foods on ABC’s Food Revolution.
Wed, Mar 31 2010 at 11:36 AM EST
TIME FOR CHANGE: With Oliver’s help, Huntington may change from the nation’s most obese city to its healthiest. (Photo: jonnyvelvet/Flickr)
A 2008 report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that Huntington, W. Va., was the most obese city, in the most obese region, in the most obese country in the world. West Virginians in the area lead the nation in frequency of heart disease and diabetes. The release of this statistic was devastating to a culture already stereotyped as “backwards” and “ignorant,” and was hardly welcome publicity for the state. It was this statistic, however, that drew the attention of British chef and health advocate, Jamie Oliver. In 2005, Oliver started the “Feed me better” campaign, which gained government support to help English schoolchildren to make better food choices. He plans to undertake a similar food revolution in the United States, and Huntington is his battleground.
Two weeks ago, ABC launched the premiere of Oliver’s reality TV show, Food Revolution. Oliver sets up base in Huntington to launch an attack on processed foods in elementary school lunches. His theory is that if children are trained early to eat healthy food, they will maintain a healthy lifestyle for the rest of their lives.
As can be expected, Oliver faced a great deal of opposition initially. He was stepping on dangerous territory, and many West Virginians felt that by pointing out the flaws of their food culture, Oliver was implying that they were dumb or ignorant. Oliver, on the other hand, wants this area to be proud that the food revolution began in their town. Huntington, he says, is more than just a statistic, it is a “town, a community, a family,” and he hopes to plant a seed of change that will spread far beyond the setting of the reality TV show.
I admit I was nervous about how the community of Huntington might be presented, but I was incredibly pleased and even inspired by the show’s first episode. Though the show takes place in Huntington, it is very clear that the revolution is aimed at American food culture in general and not just West Virginia. Oliver’s war is not against the habits of one town in particular, but against America’s continued reliance on and acceptance of processed foods. As Oliver goes through a Huntington elementary school’s kitchen, where frozen pizza, frozen chicken nuggets and instant mashed potatoes dominate the menu, he actually begins to get emotional about how far we have removed ourselves from the elements that nourish our bodies. Oliver refers to the school’s freezer as, “an Aladdin’s cave of processed crap.” The sad thing is, elementary school freezers across the nation are probably practically identical to the one in Huntington.
Jamie Oliver’s revolution is a bold social statement that begs us as a nation to take control of what we put into our bodies. What is most brilliant about his initiative is that Oliver meets with individual families and people to start a sort of grassroots revolution. One by one, he is making people understand that although processed foods are accepted by our culture, they are not healthy.
I hope that one day in the near future, Huntington, W. Va., will stand as a proud example of health and vitality. Food Revolution is more than just a reality TV show; it is a social experiment that you don’t want to miss. You can catch new episodes Friday evenings on ABC, or check out the website for episodes that have already aired.

What is a Pesticide and should you be eating it?

Source

A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended for:

  • preventing,
  • destroying,
  • repelling, or
  • mitigating any pest.

Though often misunderstood to refer only to insecticides, the term pesticide also applies to herbicides, fungicides, and various other substances used to control pests.

Under United States law, a pesticide is also any substance or mixture of substances intended for use as a plant regulator, defoliant, or desiccant.

What is a pest?

Pests are living organisms that occur where they are not wanted or that cause damage to crops or humans or other animals. Examples include:

  • insects,
  • mice and other animals,
  • unwanted plants (weeds),
  • fungi,
  • microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses, and
  • prions. (578 kb, 8 pgs, PDF)

Do household products contain pesticides?

Many household products are pesticides. All of these common products are considered pesticides:

  • Cockroach sprays and baits
  • Insect repellents for personal use.
  • Rat and other rodent poisons.
  • Flea and tick sprays, powders, and pet collars.
  • Kitchen, laundry, and bath disinfectants and sanitizers.
  • Products that kill mold and mildew.
  • Some lawn and garden products, such as weed killers.
  • Some swimming pool chemicals.

What is the balance between the risks and benefits of pesticides?

By their very nature, most pesticides create some risk of harm – Pesticides can cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment because they are designed to kill or otherwise adversely affect living organisms.

At the same time, pesticides are useful to society – Pesticides can kill potential disease-causing organisms and control insects, weeds, and other pests.

Are some pesticides safer than others?

Biologically-based pesticides, such as pheromones and microbial pesticides, are becoming increasingly popular and often are safer than traditional chemical pesticides. In addition, EPA is registering reduced-risk conventional pesticides in increasing numbers.

What about pest control devices?

A pest control “device” is any instrument or contrivance (other than a firearm) intended for trapping, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest. A black light trap is an example of a device.

Unlike pesticides, EPA does not require devices to be registered with the Agency. Devices are subject to certain labeling, packaging, record keeping, and import/export requirements, however. In addition, the establishment where a device is produced must be registered with EPA who will assign an Establishment Number.

For more information on devices, see Pest Control Devices.

What substances are not regulated as pesticides?

The U.S. definition of pesticides is quite broad, but it does have some exclusions:

  • Drugs used to control diseases of humans or animals (such as livestock and pets) are not considered pesticides; such drugs are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Fertilizers, nutrients, and other substances used to promote plant survival and health are not considered plant growth regulators and thus are not pesticides.
  • Biological control agents, except for certain microorganisms, are exempted from regulation by EPA. (Biological control agents include beneficial predators such as birds or ladybugs that eat insect pests.)
  • Products which contain certain low-risk ingredients, such as garlic and mint oil, have been exempted from Federal registration requirements, although State regulatory requirements may still apply

Happy Earth Day

With so much fanfare going on about Earth Day I can’t help but reminisce about my child hood days. Growing up, Earth Day was every day; we were taught to give back to Mother Earth what she so graciously gives us on a daily basis. Everything came from the earth, so we knew we had to treat Mother Earth with some reverence. We had an innate ability in giving back to the earth without even thinking about it, it was an endless efficient circle of reusability. During my last visit home I watched a young boy take  rinds from the food that the mother was preparing in the kitchen to feed the animals that were in the courtyard, and it hit me; gosh these healthy chickens, goats etc running around strive on nothing but the leftovers from the kitchen, the natural grass. Even their waste is naturally going back to the very earth as organic manure.

As Parents, we face many issues, however diet and health remains a fundamental issue for us that needs to be elevated on our list of priorities. After all, feeding our kids is the first, most basic thing we do to nourish their bodies and their minds. Recent research from world renowned Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia confirmed what many parents instinctively know – an organic diet is better for children. The study showed how pesticides used on conventional products show up in children’s blood.  Although the long term effects of these pesticides are unknown, who want to take a chance with their child’s health?

Processed foods contain sugars, salt, additives, and preservatives in an effort to extend the shelf life of products. That’s great for the big food conglomerates but it is horrible of the consumers that purchase these products. Beyond the excess sodium, the massive amounts of high fructose corn syrup, and the dehydrating sodium that fills these foods, the chemical additives are unnecessary evils that serve our bodies no purpose. Why would you ever put anything into your body or your child’s body that doesn’t serve a positive purpose?

Earth Day also reminds us that when we embrace green living we are proactively doing our part to take care of the planet. There are so many people who are living testaments to this fact. Someone who immediately comes to mind is Laura Turner Seydel.

Last week Yummy Spoonfuls had the honor to participate in an Eco Trunk Show at the home of Seydel, Chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation. Laura’s home – known as EcoManor.  EcoManor (http://www.ecomanor.com) is the first Gold Certified LEED Home (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in the Southeast. Serving as an educational tool, EcoManor has reached builders, architects, designers, landscapers, vendors, educators and homeowners to promote green living, conservation, and improved residential building practices.  

Laura has been a long term advocate for the environment. She has founded, co-founded and holds various leadership roles in environmental organizations locally and nationally. She acts as Chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, an organization that focuses on educating children about the environment. “The Captain Planet Foundation has impacted over 625,000 youth around the world from a wide variety of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.” 

Being part of the Eco Trunk Show, touring EcoManor meeting Laura was an amazing way to kick off the upcoming Earth Day festivities! One thing we must always remember is that Earth Day is every day.  No matter how small we think our contribution is, every small act counts.

 

Yummy Spoonfuls wants to share some ideas on how to kick off your Earth Day and start making some simple changes you and your family can slowly implement and continue throughout the year.

 

1.       Learn more about the environment – Visit one of the many websites and read up on current issues. Planetgreen.com is a great place to begin. Decide which issues you are most concerned about; maybe you can join a local group to help protect the environment in your area.

2.       Recycle – Start a recycle area in your garage, and get the kids to help with the project.  It is simple; just get 3 large containers and label them accordingly. Your kids could create the artwork to label them.

3.       Reuse – Invest in a couple of cloth bags to take with you shopping instead of using plastic bags

4.       Make your plastic bottled water a reusable container

5.       Switch to high efficiency light bulbs

6.       Plant a tree to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

7.       Support local farms and food producers, start visiting your local farmers’ market for fresh, ripe veggies this summer or start your own garden.  It is amazing what $10 in seeds can do for your family.

8.       Get creative in the kitchen and plan a special Earth Day feast using local organic products.

 

And remember Every day is Earth Day. Anything you do to help our environment is a great thing to do on Earth Day and every day.  Involve your kids in the process and don’t restrict yourself to just one day a year; put it into practice – every day!

 

 

Childhood Obesity: The Preventable Threat to America’s Youth

The majority of American youth are sedentary and do not eat well. The resulting poor nutrition and lack of physical activity has created an epidemic of childhood obesity that is preventable, yet shows no sign of decreasing. Here are some statistics cited by the Action for Healthy Kids organization.  For more information, visit their site at www.healthykids.org.

Prevalence and Trends 

Overweight and obesity impairs or threatens the health of millions of 
Americans.

Poor diet and inadequate physical activity are the second leading cause of death in the United States and together account for at least 300,000 deaths annually.

Nine million American children are overweight, triple the number in 1980.

Childhood obesity among ages 2-5 has increased 35% in the past 10 years.

There is no indication that the incidence of overweight among children is decreasing.

Contributing Factors

Poor eating habits and lack of physical activity are root causes of overweight and obesity.

Only 2% of school-aged children consume the recommended daily number of servings from all five major food groups.

More than 80% of children and adolescents eat too much fat (more than 30% of total calories from fat). More than 90% eat too much saturated fat.

Ninety-eight percent of 6-18 year olds report eating at least 3 snacks per day, and more than 50% report 5 or more snacks daily.

More than 38% of students watch television 3 or more hours per average school day.

Fewer than 25% of American children get at least 30 minutes of any type of physical activity every day. 
  

Health Consequences

Childhood obesity is a medical concern, not a cosmetic issue.

The vast majority (between 70 and 80%) of overweight children and adolescents continue to be overweight in adulthood or will become obese adults.

Childhood weight problems can lead to complications such as elevated blood pressure and cholesterol, joint problems, Type II diabetes, gallbladder disease, asthma, depression and anxiety.

Severely overweight and obese children often suffer from depression, anxiety disorders, isolation from their peers, low self-esteem, and eating disorders. 

Of overweight 5 to 10 year-olds, 61% have at least one risk factor for heart disease.

Academic Consequences

Because multiple variables must be controlled when examining the relationship between weight and achievement, it is difficult to draw definitive conclusions. Further, a correlation between the two doesn’t necessarily imply causation. However, several studies have examined this link.

Severely overweight children and adolescents (those above the 95th percentile for weight) were four times more likely to report “impaired school functioning”. 

Severely overweight children tended to have abnormal scores on the Child Behavior Checklist, and were twice as likely to be placed in special education or a remedial class setting.

Overweight kindergartners had significantly lower math and reading test scores at the beginning of the year than did their non-overweight peers, and these lower scores continued into first grade.

Economic consequences 

Severely overweight children miss four times as much school as normal-weight kids.

Obesity-associated annual hospital costs for children increased more than threefold from $35 million during 1979-1981 to $127 million during 1997-1999. 

National health expenditures related to adult obesity range from $98-$129 billion annually.


Source: Action for Healthy Kids helps schools make changes that will make their students healthier, which in turn will improve their achievement.

Parents accused of killing obese children with kindness

Britain’s parents will be accused this week of “killing their children with kindness”, as the government embarks on a new campaign aimed at the growing and deadly problem of  childhood obesity

Graphic examples of children dying early from diabetes, heart disease and cancer will be publicised and the Department of Health will reveal “shocking” levels of ignorance and complacency among parents who are failing to accept responsibility for their children’s health.

The campaign will be based on an unpublished DoH report, seen by the Observer, that has been sent to senior NHS managers. It says that three million families with young children need to be better informed to prevent their children becoming dangerously overweight.

In a section entitled “Killing with kindness”, it says: “It’s hard to say no to your kids, but if you give in every time you’re not being kind, you’re killing with kindness. Kids who eat the wrong sorts of food and sit around all day are more likely to get heart disease, cancer, diabetes and to die young. Some will die younger than their parents.”

Beside a photograph of three young children, it adds: “One of us will die of heart disease or diabetes when we’re older because of the foods our parents let us eat now.”

The document, a briefing on the government’s Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives strategy, details how parents are helping to establish bad habits in their offspring.

“Parents do not value physical activity or accept responsibility for children’s activity levels. Parents believe their children are already sufficiently active at school. Sedentary activity (TV watching and computer gaming) is encouraged by parents. Parents believe it is too unsafe to play outside. Mums lack the confidence to take part in physical activity with their children.”

Obesity experts last night endorsed the DoH’s uncompromising assessment of parents. Jack Winkler, professor of nutrition policy at London Metropolitan University, said: “The government is right to point up this uncomfortable truth. Almost a quarter of kids are already overweight by the time they arrive at primary school, which is the parents’ responsibility. So we need to do something about parents, too.”

Tam Fry, of the Childhood Growth Foundation, which monitors’ children’s weight, said: “We’re really concerned that parents are using sweets, chocolates and fizzy drinks to reward their children. Those less than healthy foods are the last rewards they should turn to, because they are storing up problems for their children’s future health.”

The document classes 1.6 million families with children aged between two and 11 as “high risk”. It states: “Food has become an expression of love in ‘at risk’ families. Parents are prioritising filling up their kids over feeding them the right foods. Snacking has become a way of life.”

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  Denis Campbell, health correspondent  The Observer, Sunday 28 December 2008