Category: Health

How to make healthy eating fun for kids

Kids food

I’ve been struggling to get my kids to eat better. They like all of the junk food, and I can’t afford to buy them organic everything at this point in our life. I know it will be a challenge for me as well as for them, but we need to start somewhere. That is why I was so happy when someone told me about the “ABCD Method” of eating healthy!

It turns out that there are four steps you can take with your kids (or even just yourself!) every time you sit down for a meal that will make eating healthy easier and more fun: A-Appetizers; B-Beverages; C-Casseroles; D-Desserts. When you follow these four steps, eating healthy is actually fun!

The A-Appetizer step may be hard for kids since they are used to their snacks. Just about anything would qualify as an appetizer in terms of nutritional value, but if you make it like a game or like magic at dinner time, your kids will love it even more. One idea would be to cut up whole-grain crackers in interesting shapes (hearts, stars, animals) then put vegetables or fruit puree on top of each piece that you serve. You can also do like I like to do and chop up some veggies really small and mix them with your kids’ macaroni and cheese, putting maybe some cheese on top of each serving so they don’t notice.

The B-Beverages section is a big one for kids since they love to drink soda and sweetened fruit juices. If you start out by making homemade lemonade or iced tea, your kids will get used to drinking healthier beverages. You can also experiment with different flavors of sparkling water like coconut pineapple or even just plain strawberry in order to give them something they’re used to, but healthier. Then maybe after a few weeks, you can start giving them carbonated water with fresh fruit juices mixed in!

The C-Casseroles section is important because it is where you can sneak all of those healthy things that your kids won’t eat into their favorite dishes. The best way I’ve found to do this is in the form of a casserole using things like brown rice or whole-grain pasta. You can also add things like pureed carrots, cauliflower and squash into your noodles, bolognese sauce, pizza sauce, etc. Once they get used to it you’ll be surprised how much healthier your family will eat!

The D-Dessert section is where you can make the same kinds of changes without them noticing. Again, use things like pureed fruit instead of sugar in the crust when making a pie, or add whole grain flour and oats to your cookie recipes. You can also leave out the egg yolks and substitute soy yogurt in your baked goods in order to cut the cholesterol and up the protein in each serving. These changes will help them get used to not having sugar-laden desserts all of the time, which is important for their health!

I hope you find this guide helpful. Eating healthy does not have to be hard or boring when you follow these four easy steps.

The 8 best stretches for your back

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Your back is one of the most important parts of your body. Not only does it support your entire structure, but it’s also responsible for movement and flexibility. When your back is healthy and strong, you feel better all over. But when it’s not, you can experience pain and stiffness that make everyday activities difficult.

That’s why it’s so important to take care of your back by stretching it regularly. Stretching not only helps keep your back healthy, but it also feels great. These eight stretches are some of the best for loosening up your back and relieving tension.

1. Child’s Pose

A great way to open up your shoulders and chest, while also stretching your back and legs, is by doing Child’s Pose. Get down on the ground with your hands slightly in front of you and start to slowly bend forward from the hips and lower your head towards the floor. Relax your arms and feel the stretch throughout your back.

2. Wide Angle Forward Fold

Another great pose for your legs and back, the Wide Angle Forward Fold is a deep hip stretch that feels amazing. Stand with your feet wider than shoulder-width apart and touch the floor in front of you with both hands. As you exhale, bend forward from the hips as far as you can. Relax your arms and let gravity pull them down, which will deepen the stretch.

3. Downward Dog

Downward Dog is a great pose for opening up your chest and stretching your back at the same time. Start with your hands on either side of your hips and slowly stand up, bringing your hips towards the ceiling while flexing your feet. Relax your head between your shoulders and extend the stretch through your arms, chest, legs, and back.

4. Pigeon Pose

A great hip opener, the Pigeon Pose is often used in yoga to get deep into the hips. Start on all fours with one leg bent under you while keeping your other leg extended behind you. Slowly sit back into the hip of the bent leg, lowering your chest as much as possible. Relax your arms and let them fall wherever they may – gravity will pull them towards the floor and deepen the stretch.

5. Cow Face Pose

One of my favorite inner thigh stretches, Cow Face Pose is a great way to open up your hips and stretch the muscles in your groin as well as your back. Sit on the floor with both legs extended straight out in front of you, then bend one leg and cross it over the other so that your knees are touching. Bring them as close into you as possible and relax your arms wherever they fall – gravity will deepen the stretch.

6. Wide-legged Forward Fold

Another great hip opener, the Wide-Legged Forward Fold opens up your hips and stretches your back at the same time. Sit with both legs extended out in front of you and start to slowly bend forward from your hips. Take it as far as you can without straining yourself, then relax your arms and let them fall wherever they may. Relax your head between your shoulders and feel the tension release from your back.

7. Low Lunge Pose

Reach one arm up over your head, then bend from the hips into a low lunge position with that same leg forward. Lean-to the side of the bent knee while extending your other leg behind you and feeling the stretch in your chest and shoulder. Relax your head between your shoulders and extend the stretch through your chest, arms, and back.

8. Extended Triangle Pose

One of the best stretches for opening up your hip flexors while also stretching out your groin muscles, this is a great pose to do when you’re done with your workout. Stand up straight with both legs together and take one leg out to the side at a 90° angle, making sure you keep your foot facing forward. Extend that same arm out in front of you while keeping your other arm behind your back for balance. Lean towards the side where your front leg is bent until you feel the stretch all throughout your hips.

“The Brain Is A Separate Universe That We Do Not Understand”

How and why do people interfere with the brain? How effective is this intervention and what consequences can it lead to?

It is known that electrical and chemical processes play a key role in the functioning of the brain. We are constantly confronted with the effects on the brain, whether we listen to music, visit an art gallery, or drink coffee.

Think, why are males usually selected for brain studies? The answer is simple – men / males have a more stable hormonal background, which significantly affects behavior and electrophysiological reactions.

The search for possibilities of directed action on the brain with the help of electricity was carried out by man for a very long time. Even in ancient Rome, doctors prescribed electric stingray discharges to patients with migraines. Much later, after the discovery of Faraday, people began to study the effect of the magnetic field on the brain. Since the 19th century, successful studies have been conducted with invasive and non-invasive brain stimulation, that is, with and without opening the cranium.

Now methods of brain stimulation are beginning to leave laboratories and clinics, devices appear that are available to any interested user. You can buy devices online for $ 200 for non-invasive brain stimulation, and they are popular with enthusiastic gamers. However, what are the long-term effects of their use is not yet clear.

“What is the brain? The brain is not just the most complex organ of our body, not just an organ that consumes much more energy than “supposed” for an organ of its mass. The brain is a separate universe, which we do not understand and will explore as long as humanity will exist.

It is possible to change a person’s habitual decision-making patterns for a short time, but it is impossible to artificially make a revolutionary out of a conformist (or vice versa).

The brain tissue is able to “talk” with the help of electricity. There are billions of neurons in the brain. In some cases, it is enough to stimulate a small area of ​​the brain, containing literally several thousand cells, to significantly change the behavior of a living being. Many people know the experiment with a rat, which was able to stimulate the pleasure center in its brain – and in a couple of hours died of exhaustion, because it could not stop. Deep brain stimulation is currently widely used for medical purposes, for example, to treat Parkinson’s disease or, in some cases, in patients with major depression (electrodes are implanted into deep brain structures).

TMS uses a magnetic coil that generates a magnetic field that travels through the scalp (hence the name “transcranial”) to stimulate brain structures to within a few millimeters. TMS is used to conduct brain studies (for example, mapping the motor and speech areas of the brain), diagnose brain damage (such mapping can be useful before neurosurgical surgery), and attempts are being made to change cognitive abilities in healthy people. TMS makes it possible to influence one region of the brain and watch what is happening at that moment in others, that is, to identify cause-and-effect relationships between areas of the brain, between function and structure. TMS is actively combined with “observational” methods of studying the brain, such as EEG and MRI.