Teaching Children To Be Road Conscious

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By Pauline Griggs

familywalk2Keeping your children safe all the time is not an easy task. You can’t be with them every minute of the day, and everywhere they go. As a parent, you can ensure the safety of your children when they’re at home. And you’re assured that when they’re at school, their teachers are responsible for taking care of them. But when they’re outside, who will keep them safe? Even if your children are old enough to take care of themselves, you should teach them how to stay safe while on the road. Follow these key tips on teaching your children to be more road conscious.

Accompany your children.

No matter how independent you think your children are, you need to guide them while they’re still developing. Walk or ride with them, until they’re old enough and are ready to do things on their own.

Put away any distraction.

When you’re driving or walking on the road, you shouldn’t use your mobile devices, so your children will follow your example. While on or near the road, take away the video games, headphones, and toys, to instill to them the significance of paying attention.

Choose low-speed roads where there’s less traffic.

If you want to make your children learn faster, use the least intimidating roads. They’ll be able to understand you when the environment is calmer and safer. Use residential streets and community roads when walking with them.

Wear colorful clothing.

When the surrounding is dark, it’s no doubt that the road is a scarier place. Make your children wear bright clothing, so they’ll be easily seen at night. Tell them that it’s more essential for them to follow traffic rules at night.

Explain street signs as much as you can.

Consistently point out street signs and explain their meanings to your children. Make it fun by asking them what each means and rewarding them for every question they’ll answer correctly. Regular reminders and rewards will help them remember it quickly.

Teach your children to stop and look both ways at all roads.

Teach your children that the road is not a playground; explain the danger of being on the road. Tell them to stop, look left and right and wait for the road to become clear before crossing the street.

Walk with your children facing the traffic when there’s no sidewalk.

Teach them that they should be able to see the incoming danger, and react to it. Tell them to keep their eyes on vehicles, and they can only do it when facing the traffic.

Walk on the side of the road when there’s no sidewalk.

Tell your kids that if they can’t see any sidewalk, they must go away from the road as soon as possible. Teach them that the safest way to avoid getting hit by a vehicle is by distancing themselves from the road.

Teach your children awareness of obstacles.

Driveways, alleys and street corners are particularly dangerous spots, even for adults like you. Remind your children that drivers can’t easily see in these blind places, and they need to be extra careful and be ready to respond quickly. Be sure that your children are also aware of ditches or flooded areas that may cause a slip and fall accident.

Keep your instructions short, precise and fun.

If you want to make your children remember everything that you’ve taught them about road consciousness, avoid giving long lectures. Make your time with them fun and turn your lessons into games. Making it fun will not only make them learn faster but will also make the time enjoyable for you and your children.

Teach by example.

familybikeridetogetherDo you know the expression, “Monkey see, monkey do?” The same principle applies when you’re teaching children, you need to teach them by being an example. Not following road safety will only show them that it’s okay to break road rules. If you want them to be road conscious, you should be road conscious as well.

Learn when to let them go.

Your children won’t always be kids; one of these days they’ll grow up and won’t need you as much as they needed you before. When this time comes, you should learn to let go. But always be ready to help and guide them when necessary.

Children tend to copy what they see in adults. This is why, you, as an adult, should be an excellent example to your children. Practice road safety in front of your children so that they will learn and grow. By being a good example, you’re ensuring the safety of your children outside of their school and your home. Make your children cautious, not scared, when on the road. Hopefully, whatever you’ll be telling them will help keep them safe.

– Pauline Griggs is an experienced law and automotive writer currently writing on another large project. Her know-how on the law for more than 10 years has allowed her to insert nuggets of useful wisdom for her readers. Pauline is not just a lawyer, she is also an artist. She loves painting nature when she has free time.

Strengthen Your Back With Weights

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By Laura Billings

weightsPart of strengthening your core is to strengthen your back as well. Strengthening your back is essential if you don’t want to suffer from nagging back pains. It also helps in improving your balance, stability, and posture. So if you don’t want to be slouching all the time, we suggest that you strengthen your back while you are lifting weights by following the tips below.

1. Do weight training exercises that put emphasis on strengthening your back.

If you prefer to lift weights while at the gym, there are a couple of weight training exercises that work efficiently in strengthening your back muscles. Try one of these exercises to strengthen your back muscles:

● Barbell Deadlifts: This particular exercise can help in building up your total-body strength by focusing on the lower and upper back, glutes, traps, hamstrings, and quads. The exercise can also increase your core strength and stability while also helping to build good-looking back muscles.

Step-by-step Instructions:

➔ The goal here is to lower the barbell while keeping your chest up and your back flat.

➔ Bend your hips and knees and then grab the bar with an overhand grip.

➔ Stand up without rounding your lower back. Pause for a second, and then lower the bar back to the starting position while keeping it as close to your body as much as you can.

➔ Repeat the exercise for three sets while doing 4-6 reps for each set. Also, don’t forget to rest for 2-3 minutes between each set.

● T-Bar Row: The T-bar row is an excellent exercise that involves multiple joints in your upper body. It emphasizes on strengthening your back and shoulders. The T-bar row exercise focuses on the middle of your back by putting the resistance through the center of your body.

Step-by-step Instructions:

➔ The goal here is to do the exercise by pulling the barbell to your chest while maintaining proper posture.

➔ Stand and position the one end of a barbell between your legs. Push your hips back until your back is at a 45-degree angle to the floor. Grab a V-handle and hook it to the bar and then grab it with your two hands.

➔ Pull the bar towards your chest by squeezing your shoulder blades together and driving your elbows back. Pause, and then return to the starting position.

➔ Do this exercise for three sets while doing 4-6 reps for each set, just don’t forget to take a quick 2-3 minutes break between each set.

womanweights● Dumbbell Row: Dumbbell row is an easy exercise that does an excellent job of strengthening your shoulders, biceps, and your back while keeping your core active throughout the routine. Dumbbells also allow you to achieve stability and balance on both sides of your body.

Step-by-step Instructions:

➔ Stand with both of your feet shoulder-width apart from each other and hold a dumbbell in each of your hands.

➔ Bend your knees slightly and then bend your waist while keeping your back straight. Avoid rounding your upper back and be sure to keep your head steady.

➔ Extend your hands fully, so each dumbbell is just above the floor. Contract your back and pull the dumbbells up to your ribcage.

➔ Be sure to pull through the elbow and then hold for one second at the top position before you lower the dumbbells back to the starting position.

➔ Do this exercise for three sets while doing 8-15 reps for each set.

2. Observe correct posture while lifting weights.

Remember to maintain proper posture as you are lifting weights. This could be a bit hard to do, but you should be able to do it eventually. Remember that poor posture is one of the major causes of back pain. So if you don’t observe proper posture as you lift weights, it will put more stress and pressure on to your back muscles which results in nagging back pain.

3. Learn how to lift weights correctly.

Although there are weight training exercises that focus on strengthening your back muscles, chances are that they can still injure your back while doing these, especially if you misuse the weights. You need to know how to lift weights correctly and follow the step-by-step instructions of the weight training exercises you are trying to do.

4. Remember to give your back muscles some time off.

Strength training can cause tiny tears in your muscle tissues. These tears might not be harmful, but they are crucial to making your muscles to become stronger as the tears recover. Always give your back muscles a time off and let them recover for at least 48 hours before you start doing weight training exercises again.

We hope that these tips can help you strengthen your back muscles while lifting weights. Once you follow these tips, you should be able to create strong and sexy back muscles, and you will no longer be vulnerable to back pains.

– Laura Billings is a law enthusiast and budding writer. She makes it a habit of making sure her pieces are informative enough to help even the common person understand important aspects of the rules of law. Laura likes to read books and write creative pieces during her free time.

Eye Cancer On The Rise: Reasons Prevention Is The Key To Saving Your Vision

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By Matthew Lynch

eyeMelanoma of the eye is one of the more common types of eye cancers and develops in melanocytes (the cells that produce melanin, which produces our skin colour). Whilst it is more common in skin, it can develop in the eye leading to eye cancer (sometimes referred to as choroidal or uveal melanoma).

In most cases, this type of cancer will develop in a part of the eye that isn’t visible from the outside, making it difficult to notice. It can start in the eyeball, the conjunctiva or the eyelid, but the most common starting point is the eyeball, or more specifically, the choroid, which creates the middle layer (the uvea) of your eye.

Treatments are available for these melanomas and depending on the case and the severity of the growth, vision may be unaffected. However, some larger melanomas can cause some vision loss.

The Symptoms of an Eye Melanoma

As mentioned previously, this type of cancer can go undetected due to the location of the melanomas and may only be noticed when someone has an eye test or undergoes laser eye surgery. It is not uncommon for companies to identify more underlying issues in their patients who come in for simple corrective surgery. Early warning signs include loss of peripheral vision, blurry or poor vision in one of your eyes, specks of dust (floaters) in your vision, a change in the shape of your pupil, flashing lights or a dark spot on your iris.

Should you find any of the above or you are concerned about your eye health, seek professional advice immediately.

Diagnosis Eye Melanoma

If your doctor is concerned about your eye health they may recommend further tests are carried out to establish whether or not you are suffering from an eye melanoma. They may conduct eye examinations, which involve looking for enlarged blood vessels on the outside of your eye; if these are present, it could indicate that a tumour is growing inside your eye. They will then look at the inside of your eye using specialist equipment that generates a bright light.

Ultrasounds of the eye may also be used to detect any growths. The eye specialist will place a transducer on the front of your eye or closed eyelid and the high-frequency soundwaves will enable them to spot any anomalies.

Angiograms can also be used in these cases, which involve injecting a dye into your bloodstream. This will enhance the blood vessels of the eye and will allow the doctor to take images of these around the affected area.

Available Treatments for Eye Cancer

How your doctor treats your eye melanoma will depend on the size and location of it. If it’s small and isn’t affecting your vision, they may choose to closely monitor it in case it grows. Or, if it is causing complications, surgery to remove the tumour may be considered. In severe cases where the tumour is particularly large, the eye may be removed (enucleation). Radiotherapy and laser treatments may also be offered as an additional precaution.

If you are concerned about your eye health or you’ve noticed some changes in your vision, get in touch with your eye specialist today to arrange an appointment.

– Matthew Lynch has wanted to be an optician ever since he was 15 years old. Now well on his way to his dream career Matt wants to share his passion with more people. He doesn’t feel there is enough awareness of eye health and hopes his articles will help on that front. Visit Laser Eye Surgery Hub if you’re interested in learning more about laser eye surgery options.

Balancing Diet, Physical Activity Key To Combating Obesity Epidemic

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Submitted by Matt Raymond

New Article Makes Recommendations for Public Health Strategies

joggerIs it possible for experts from the leading nutrition and sport medicine professional organizations to come to consensus on how to strategically address obesity? The answer can be found in a peer-reviewed paper, Energy Balance at a Crossroads: Translating the Science into Action, which provides specific recommendations for biological, lifestyle and environmental changes that will successfully guide children and families toward healthier weights.

The paper, published jointly in the July editions of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® and in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, outlines steps to incorporate energy balance principles into public health strategies.

The recommendations include:

* Integrate energy balance into curriculum and training for both exercise science and nutrition professionals and strengthen collaborative efforts between them.

* Develop competencies for school and physical education teachers and position them as energy balance advocates.

* Develop core standards for schools that integrate the dynamic energy balance approach.

* Work with federally funded nutrition programs like the Cooperative Extension Service and school lunch programs to incorporate energy balance solutions.

* Develop messaging and promotional strategies about energy balance that American consumers can understand and apply to their lifestyles.

* Map out and support existing programs that emphasize energy balance.

“We have been discussing and analyzing the obesity epidemic for years. I am ecstatic to see actionable steps toward realistic solutions,” said Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA, the IFIC Foundation’s senior vice president of nutrition and food safety and co-author of the paper.

“Addressing obesity prevention through sharing best practices with consumers and community leaders, in addition to undergraduate and graduate level training, is a comprehensive approach that works.”

The paper is an outcome of the October 2012 expert panel meeting titled “Energy Balance at the Crossroads: Translating the Science into Action,” hosted by ACSM, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Agriculture Research Service.

The IFIC Foundation, along with ILSI North America, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American College of Sports Medicine, held a webinar for health professionals Aug. 28 on the same subject as the paper; it can be viewed here.

In addition to Smith Edge, the article’s co-authors are Melinda M. Manore, Oregon State University; Katie Brown, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation; Linda Houtkooper, University of Arizona; John Jakicic, University of Pittsburgh; John C. Peters, University of Colorado, Denver; Alison Steiber, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation; Scott Going, University of Arizona; Lisa Guillermin Gable, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation; and Ann Marie Krautheim, National Dairy Council.

saladplateIn a related vein, the IFIC Foundation’s Food Insight newsletter published an article in its September issue about a new study in the American Journal of Medicine that suggests that decreased physical activity is a bigger culprit in our nation’s expanding waistlines than increased calorie intake. The story is accompanied by an infographic summarizing key findings.

For interview requests and any other questions, please contact the IFIC Foundation media team at 202-296-6540, Raymond@ific.org.

The International Food Information Council Foundation is dedicated to the mission of effectively communicating science-based information on health, food safety and nutrition for the public good. The IFIC Foundation is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries. Visit foodinsight.org.

Zero To Hero: How Your Mindset Can Be Your Key To Healthy Living And Good Health – Part 2

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By Kamala Appel

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

girlhulaAfter that fiasco, I made a promise to myself never ever to experience that level of pain again- never ever. (Even though several of the various other ladies were 6-12 inches taller and had actually played 2 to 4 years longer). I educated myself about kids health, how to be healthy, how to eat healthy, and constant with my exercise program: I ran 3-5 miles each and every day, rain or shine, and paced at a 7 min rate per mile.

Even with all this hard work, I was cut from the team when I tried out that fall. But I still played club during the play off-season but only as a bench warmer, yet I stuck with it.

But after that went on to letter in two sports at the Division I level in university. And I also coached a college level team shortly after college.

Then 8 years after that initial camp, I ran in to one of my first volleyball coaches, who was there at the first horrific training camp I went to, and I informed her I was coaching. And her reaction reminded me of my wellness and health quest and exactly how the choice to be a great pal altered my life.

If you had actually asked me when I was 15, if I would play competitive sporting activities, I would certainly have assumed you were higher like my stoner papa and my good friends’ moms and dads. If you had asked me when I was 15, if I would commit myself to being healthy and genuinely delight in playing sporting activities and exercising, U.C. Berkeley, I would never have imagined how my life would unfold.

However, if you ask me now, I would certainly inform you, that I could possibly not picture my life without fitness and sports. I was not a natural athlete by any means. I did not acquire any type of reassurance or awareness from my buddies and household.

boygirlplayNow I am a weekend warrior, as we are called, and do triathlons and aquaterras (splash and touches). If you have actually never ever attempted a mix endurance race, I urge you to give one a shot. Possibly you could convince a pal into going with you.

I have actually never ever been sorry for being dedicated and making the sacrifices I have made over the years to be healthy since they are second to the perks. I have actually found out that a dedication to diet plan, exercise, and a healthy mindset will certainly make you really feel happy and others respect you.

Moral of the story: Even if you start off as the worst one there, even if you suck royally, and if you assume you are a complete loser- anything is possible.

– Sports, exercise and fitness have been a huge part of my life and led me to be more health-conscious than I probably would have been otherwise. Sports have even helped me conquer an eating disorder. However, even though I have played competitive sports and, as a result been an advocate for health and fitness for more than half my life; I am far from a natural. In fact, I am a bit of a zero to hero story. I didn’t even start playing sports until a friend dragged me to a volleyball training camp when I was in high school because she did not want to go alone. Now I am hooked on healthy living and a supporter of eating healthy (I enjoy reading First for Women because they have tips about emotional and physical wellness). I stick to an anti-inflammation diet about 90% of the time- the other 10%, well I’m human. (Check out the free IF calculator at http://nutritiondata.self.com/help/inflammation, I am not affiliated). Find out how you can live a healthy lifestyle with ease by visiting: ReasonsForBeing.com/reasonswp/

Zero To Hero: How Your Mindset Can Be Your Key To Healthy Living And Good Health – Part 1

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By Kamala Appel

exerciseI stated briefly that I went from absolutely zero to hero when it concerned sporting activities. OK, so most likely not hero like an Olympian, however a minimum of all my effort settled and I didn’t draw. Right here is my scrub back tale:

Although I have actually played competitive sporting activities and, consequently been a follower of Health and Fitness for majority my life; I am much from an all-natural. If I were a guy, I would certainly be cast in the part of the ninety pound coward as I was constantly smaller sized compared to my schoolmates. Being small for girls does not have the same baggage that it does for boys, however it is a disadvantage for either gender when it involves competitive sporting activities.

When I went to a training camp at U.C. Berkeley, I had a nervous bladder from stress and anxiety stemming from the reality that I would certainly have to play a sporting activity that I had no idea how to play. I fell down a lot, and also though volleyball involves hitting the flooring a great deal, not as much as I did and not in the awkward way that I did. I also could not get my hand around the ball for warm ups.

Every person was looking at me and I was not imagining it. Once during a break when I was in the washroom, I heard several of the big-hair valley b-s ragging on me.

“I can’t believe she stays,” one of them said loudly.

“I know what you mean,” one more added. “She is so sorry, I can’t even bare to look at her”.
“Yeah,” yet another chimed in, “it was kind of funny at first, but now it’s just sad.”

As if making eye contact with me would transform them to rock. Evidently, I was the Medusa of volleyball and they was afraid that my clumsiness was contagious.

healthillustratedI was dejected mentally and physically. I had actually made a promise to a buddy, so I sucked it up and I completed the camp (likewise I paid for it myself and I do not like to waste money).

I was in so much discomfort after the 3 day experience that I could barely move. My buddy and I essentially dragged each other up to Strawberry Canyon.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Sports, exercise and fitness have been a huge part of my life and led me to be more health-conscious than I probably would have been otherwise. Sports have even helped me conquer an eating disorder. However, even though I have played competitive sports and, as a result been an advocate for health and fitness for more than half my life; I am far from a natural. In fact, I am a bit of a zero to hero story. I didn’t even start playing sports until a friend dragged me to a volleyball training camp when I was in high school because she did not want to go alone. Now I am hooked on healthy living and a supporter of eating healthy (I enjoy reading First for Women because they have tips about emotional and physical wellness). I stick to an anti-inflammation diet about 90% of the time- the other 10%, well I’m human. (Check out the free IF calculator at http://nutritiondata.self.com/help/inflammation, I am not affiliated). Find out how you can live a healthy lifestyle with ease by visiting: ReasonsForBeing.com/reasonswp/

7 Steps To Find Your Master Key To A Better Life – Part 2

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By Kathleen O’Keefe Kanavos

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

ontopStep 4: Follow the sound of your angel’s voices as they whisper to you from your heart.

Crisis, like a nightmare, is only as bad as it is perceived to be and often contains important life-saving information presented in a manner that is impossible to ignore. These are pearls of wisdom from the sands of time that worked their way beneath the layers of life. Wear your pearls with pride. They are a commodity.

My favorite mantra is, “Mind over matter.” If you don’t mind it (embrace it in consciousness) then it won’t matter (manifest). Perception directly affects the outcome of a life challenge. We do not see things as they are, but rather as we are. My life challenge and Ah-ha moment all rolled up into one big Wake-up call was overcoming breast cancer three times.

According to the United States Cancer Statistics (USCS) the number of adults who have ever been diagnosed with cancer is 18.6 million and currently 2.6 million women are living beyond breast cancer. Many are Thrivers who recognize death but choose to celebrate life.

Although breast cancer can be the vehicle to deliver a message of thriving, any personal pearl of wisdom can help to overcome your life crisis.

People eager to be helpful can offer their keys as answers. They may be right. But, for whose question? Having a key is only half the solution. Finding the correct lock to the corresponding door is a big step.

The perfect Master Key that fits all your locked doors is closer than you may imagine. So, who are you?!

Step 5: Look in the mirror. Reconnect through the windows of your soul; your eyes.

Mirror therapy can help you discover and embrace yourself. No one knows you better than you know yourself. You have all the questions and all the answers you will ever need. Access them through dreams, prayers and meditations. Connect with your inner-selves; your Physician-within and your Eternal Teacher-within. You are made up of more than id, ego and super-ego. Your Eternal Teacher exists beyond the physical body.

Our Eternal Teacher (ET) contains innate information that allows us to connect with Guardian Angels and Spirit Guides during times of strife. Dreams are the phone line by which our ET phones home. Someone always answers the call. Do you listen? A dream journal can help.

Step 6: A dream journal beside your bed can help you connect with yourself and your guided information.

The ancient writing of the Talmud from the 2nd -3rd century BC states, “A dream not interpreted is like a letter to the self unread.” Ding, ding! You got mail.

Step 7: Know Thyself.

Yes! Discover yourself and find your answer. You are the key and the lock you seek. Open your door to endless information

Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is an author, inspirational speaker, Radio Host, and three-time breast cancer survivor who penned SURVIVING CANCERLAND: The Intuitive Aspects of Healing.

7 Steps To Find Your Master Key To A Better Life – Part 1

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By Kathleen O’Keefe Kanavos

keysuccesssmallWe spend so much time seeking answers to questions that rule our life. Why are there so many keys to missing locks of hidden doors that contain THE perfect answer?

There is an easy way to find the answer, key, lock and door.

Above the entrance to the ancient Oracle at Delphi the phrase, “Know Thyself” was inscribed in stone—a key to life.

That key is an answer. But, do you know the question? What good is a key without a lock? What good is the answer, if you do not know the question? You need both, especially during crisis. The real answer may be the question, “Who Are You?”

Here are seven steps to help you find the key to answers you seek in life.

Step 1: Self-discovery; Baptism by fire….

A crisis is a decisive moment in life. It can be an emotionally, physically or psychologically significant event or a radical change in a person’s status. Webster’s dictionary defines it as an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs whose outcome will make a decisive difference for better or worse.

Crisis can be a blessing in disguise that takes you to the heights of your human potential where only true perfection exists. Imperfection is not our true nature. We naturally return to perfection. Cut your finger. Watch it heal. Perfection in action.

Step 2: Anytime healing takes place there is change. Change is the flow of life and an opportunity for emotional growth. Look for your silver lining.

Change happens during life challenges or enlightenments; Ah-ha moments. The depth of the change reflects the emotional reform. The challenge can be divorce, illness, bereavement, financial loss, and spiritual and emotional shifts. These require healing.

Healing is a job. Thriving is a career move. If you are reading this article, welcome to the first day of the rest of your career. Here is a key to your success. It is up to you to figure out how to unlock the door to your future. But, here is a hint: Know yourself.

Let me also introduce you to a couple of your corporate directors who will be with you every step of the way; Ms. and Mr. Life and Death.

Life and Death go together like inhaling and exhaling. They are celestial fraternal twins. In order to fully celebrate life, we must embrace death as a friend because someday that friend will come for us. That is the law.

Step 3: Realign your perspectives. What does death mean to you? How does it affect your life?

Dare to live because worrying about Mr. Death is a waste of time and energy. Celebrate each moment with Ms. Life.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is an author, inspirational speaker, Radio Host, and three-time breast cancer survivor who penned SURVIVING CANCERLAND: The Intuitive Aspects of Healing.

4 Key Elements Of The Japanese Food Culture

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By Andrew Black

riceLike many other Asian countries, Japan is a rice eating nation. To the Japanese, a nutritious and healthy diet is not a choice, but a part of their culture. The Japanese cuisine is so intrinsically healthy that some people are campaigning for it to be included in the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. A traditional Japanese meal has twelve parts, not necessarily courses. These are appetizers, clear soup, steamed food, grilled food, simmered food, salad course, miso soup, pickles, rice, sweets, and fruits. The first part of the meal is accompanied by Sake, since the Japanese do not take Sake along with rice. The meal is followed by a leisurely tea.

Rice Centered Food:
Rice cultivation is believed to have begun in Asia about 2000 years ago. Taken in limited quantities, rice provides the essential starch for our bodies. The rice consumed in Japan is particularly rich in starch, and hence, more sticky. Even the national drink of Japan, Sake, is a wine made from rice. Rice is intrinsic to many Japanese dishes, including the world famous sushi, which is rice, and raw fish seasoned and wrapped in Nori.

Japan celebrates healthy food. Japanese food is cooked fresh and consumed right away. Due to the Buddhist influences in the 15th century, most Japanese eat more vegetables and less red meat or fowl.

Freshness of Ingredients:
Japan celebrates healthy food. Japanese food is cooked fresh and consumed right away. Due to the Buddhist influences in the 15th century, most Japanese eat more vegetables and less red meat or fowl. Meals consist of fresh vegetables and sea food, and prepared and presented to be aesthetically appealing. Japanese cuisine is also considered healthy because of its fermented sauces, like Miso and Natto which contain natural yeast. Many ingredients are procured fresh, including sea food. In sushi; the fish goes from the sea to the plate in less than a few hours. Such fresh food brings rich nutrients which are lost in other cultures where food is processed and stored for days and weeks, if not months.

Artistic Presentations:
One of the truly unique characteristics of the Japanese cuisine is the artistic presentation of food. Though most Western cuisines follow the idea of garnishing and presenting food, it is elevated to an art form by the Japanese. The Geisha tea ceremony, with its chakaiseki ryori cuisine, the aristocratic court style called honzen ryori, and the kaiseki ryori. These distinctive styles of cooking each have their own presentation styles and ceremonies. Aesthetic presentation and courteous service are the hallmarks of a Japanese meal. Special tableware, utensils, and silk tablecloths are just essential elements of the visual feast that teases all your senses.

Japanese restaurants typically specialize in a single type of food, like tempura or sushi or sukiyaki or soba or udon or unagi.

Eating Out:
In the recent decades, with Westernization, the Japanese have started eating out at French or Italian restaurants. Japanese restaurants, however, still carry on the traditional methods of serving food, including the conveyor belt style sushi restaurants. Unlike restaurants elsewhere, the Japanese restaurants typically specialize in a single type of food, like tempura or sushi or sukiyaki or soba or udon or unagi. Whatever the style of cooking, the Japanese cuisine is famous for its unique flavor, the ‘umami’.

– Andrew is a passionate advocate of Japanese food culture. After several trips in Japan, where he tried some of Japan’s best food, Andrew started to blog about Japan food. Aside from blogging, Andrew trains Western chefs on how to properly use Japanese ramen noodle machines to achieve the best results.

Parents Are The Key In The Battle Against Childhood Obesity

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obeseboyvectorbellyFrom Your Health Journal…..”I had to promote an article I recently found on the Toronto Star web site written by Patrick Luciani entitled Parents Are The Key In The Battle Against Childhood Obesity. It is a very important article for you (as a parent) to read, so please visit the Toronto Star web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. We have read here on many accounts how the government may be trying to regulate soft drinks and implement what they call a ‘fat tax’ on various items. A recent report suggests that that obesity costs society billions of dollars in rising health costs, and will only get worse if we do nothing. There is something truly upsetting seeing children who are obviously overweight and struggling with a range of health problems. So, if the government intervenes, they feel they may be able to reduce obesity, thus reduce health care costs in the future. But, the article in the Toronto Star suggest that parents be held accountable for their children’s weight, and this can make the difference needed to reduce health care, and most importantly, produce healthier children. I encourage you all to visit the Star’s web site to read this well written and informative article.”

From the article…..

Government regulations are no substitute for effective parenting.

What are we to make of a recent report entitled No Time To Wait prepared by the Ontario’s Healthy Kids Panel released last week? It has nice pictures of happy healthy kids along with the appropriate number of visible minority adults smiling and cooking with their kids. As with all these reports about health, it makes endless recommendations for government to solve rising childhood obesity numbers.

The report argues that obesity costs society billions of dollars in rising health costs, and will only get worse if we do nothing. There is something truly upsetting seeing children who are obviously overweight and struggling with a range of health problems. And because of this need the report lists about 35 recommendations for government action, from more prenatal care and breastfeeding, to banning low-nutrient foods and sugary drinks to children under 12.

It also wants the Ontario government to provide incentives (read more money) to food growers to “support community-based food distribution programs” and all restaurants to list calories on all menu items — a program that didn’t work in New York City, and won’t work here in reducing obesity levels. And of course it calls for more spending, about $80 million annually to reduce childhood obesity levels.

To its credit, the report doesn’t recommend new taxes on selected food products and sugary drinks probably because the committee couldn’t agree on which foods to tax and whether those taxes would do much good.

On this point, most economists are in agreement. A wise decision, especially in light of Denmark’s disastrous experiment with a similar fat tax as consumers found endless ways to avoid it. After only 18 months, the Danes chucked the whole mess. But there are other problems with the report.

The charts in the report make it clear that childhood obesity rates have been rising for the past few decades, but the study doesn’t break down the data by income levels, ethnicity, education or whether there is a higher level of obesity among children from single parent families.

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