Tag Archives: nutrition

Have You Hopped on the Meatless Monday Bandwagon Yet?

If you are considering going meatless, even for a day, this article will give you some answers to very common questions people have.  It also discusses the health benefits of eating less meat and more legumes. Click the link to read all about it: Have You Hopped on the Meatless Monday Bandwagon Yet?

7 Common Diet Mistakes Moms Make (And How to Fix Them)

If you have been struggling with your weight loss efforts, you may be falling into some of these common diet pitfalls. It’s not easy to lose weight when you have young children, but it can be done if you know how.  Click here to read the full article: 7 Common Diet Mistakes Moms Make

Childhood Obesity: The Facts Behind the ‘Epidemic’

Officially, obesity in children is defined as a body fat level that is more than 30 percent for girls and 25 percent for boys. Unlike adults, children are measured on the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale according to their age and gender, as their height is frequently changing. For children between two and 19 years-old, Centers for Disease Control Growth Charts define those with a BMI at or above the 85th percentile and below the 95th percentile for children of the same age and sex as overweight; those with a BMI at or above the 95th percentile are classified as obese.

It isn’t easy to pin down exactly what caused this, well, trend. For Deborah Levy, the answer is twofold.

“First, these kids are less active,” she explains. “Years ago, kids would ride bikes to go to friends’ houses; today they are driven everywhere. Kids also used to have a gym class at school almost every day of the week. Now, gym classes are only a couple of days a week. Our tweens and teens spend more time on the computer, cell phone, playing hand-held games, and watching TV than playing ball or jumping rope outside. Next, portion sizes of the foods kids choose to eat often are growing in size. For example, bagels are twice the size of what they used to be and pizza slices are much larger as well.  So, when kids don’t realize what portion sizes should be and think they can enjoy a bagel or two slices of pizza, what they don’t realize is they may be taking in the equivalent of two bagels or four slices of pizza in calorie and fat content.”

Click here to read this article on The Daily Meal looks at the causes and effects of the childhood obesity issue and potential actions to help children and their parents who continue to struggle with this.

 

Flip-Flop Ready Feet

Let’s face it. This has been a very long winter. In fact, our feet have been shoved into our snow boots for way too long. But, that all begins to change now. The snow is melting and its time to dig out our shoes without shearling. Reach deep into the closet and you will find that your open toe clogs, sandals, and flip flops are still there, waiting to be worn.

But, the question is…are your feet flip-flop  ready? If the answer is “no”, there’s one beauty must-have for the season: coconut oil.
Why coconut oil? 
Coconut oil is ideal as a lightweight, non-greasy, pleasant-smelling moisturizer for your skin. Unlike  moisturizers on the drugstore shelves which are mainly water or petroleum based, coconut oil is a natural remedy that conditions, hydrates and moisturizes our skin cells. You can use it as an all-over foot conditioning treatment (including the cuticles which benefit from the additional moisturizing too) or mix it with sugar or sea salt for a heavenly foot scrub.  What better way to get rid of the dry, scaly, flakey skin on your feet before stepping out into the warmth for the world to see?
 Even more amazing is that coconut oil can protect your feet from those dreaded fungal infections  that can occur during the summer months when your feet are exposed. How? The anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties come naturally from the medium chain tryglicerides in the oil. Coconut oil also has been shown offer some protection of UV rays during the long, sunny days and, when mixed with tea tree oil it can be used to keep those pesky mosquitos away during the warm, humid nights.
So…what are you waiting for? Grab a container of Carrington Farms Extra Virgin  Coconut Oil, warm some between your hands, then apply generously to feet and become “flip flop ready”. You’ll be glad you did.