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Colic

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Healthy Eating Tips

nutritionWe are what we eat, and our size is determined by not only what we eat but of how much of it we eat and how often we eat. Follow these tips and teach them to your family too.
Choose lots of fresh veggies and fruit. And if you have the time and inclination, why not start growing your own veggies? It is wonderfully therapeutic and children love to be involved. Reduce your consumption of processed and refined foods.
There is a wonderful acronym called FLUNC that will remind you what foods to reduce:
F – Frozen
L – Leftovers
U – Unnatural (highly processed)
N - Nuked (microwaved)
C – Canned foods.
Try to eat a variety of foods during the day. Listen to your body’s signals of hunger and satiety. Think of it as a petrol tank. If there is no petrol, the car cannot go. And the car runs much better with the right type of fuel. Our bodies are much the same and we need the energy derived from quality, nutritious food. Only fill up when nearly empty. Teach your family about the appetite gauge.
10 – full to the point of feeling unwell
9 – uncomfortably full
8 – rather full
7 – satisfied
6 – almost satisfied
5 – no hunger awareness
4 – could eat
3 – definitely hungry
2 – very hungry
1 – hunger pains
0 – ravenous
Only eat at level 2 or 3. Stop at level 7. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Use food to fill the emptiness in your stomach, not your heart. Make meals that are delicious, favour ingredients that are natural, use herbs and spices liberally and eat with awareness. Avoid eating in front of the TV. Eat together as a family and keep conversation light. Teach your children to engage their senses when eating and to chew slowly.
References
Chopra, D. ( 2011) The Chopra Centre Cookbook: Nourishing Body and Soul. Hay House.