Monthly Archive:: August 2013

Russell Foster: Why do we sleep?

Children, sugar, school lunches, etc. have been the topics lately. What about sleep? Sleep is a topic that concerns all of us, not only children. I have written on this blog under Health:

Get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can be a problem for weight loss. A recommended 7-8 hours/night is good for adults, 9-10 hours for teenagers, 9-12 hours for younger children, and in a pitch black bedroom.

Is this true? If we live until we are about 90 years old we spend about 30 years asleep; 1/3 of our lives. What can happen if we don´t get enough sleep? This is a new and very interesting talk by neuroscientist Russell Foster.

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Soda linked to behavior problems!

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A brand new study shows that soda is linked to behavior problems in children.

I´d say that soda and sugar together with other bad carbohydrates and not enough sleep can cause a lot of problems in kids. Even giving gluten or dairy to a sensitive child, can cause big problems.

Read about ADHD and other issues here.

Read more about the study here and here for even more valuable information.

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Sugar Toxic?

This is a new, must-see video from ABC Australia. If you would share one video with your friends, this is the one to share!

People have the power so if we start to change our eating habits, the food industry will be forced to change. I hope Kroger, Wal-Mart, etc. are responsible enough to supply us with more and more high quality foods.

Get more information under Food.

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Ann Cooper: Changing the way we are feeding our children

Ann Cooper has been a chef for more than 30 years including positions with Holland America Cruises, Radisson Hotels, Telluride Ski Resort as well as serving as Executive Chef at the renowned Putney Inn in Vermont. Now she´s a school lunch revolutionary.

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Ugh, Head Lice

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There are many parents around the world who will soon get a paper from the school nurse with information about head lice.

There is no need to use lice treatments filled with bad chemicals. I have tried different combs and this one is by far the best one because it removes both the nits and the lice. It is also the # 1 best seller at Amazon.

You can buy this Nit Free Lice Comb in our shop here, under lifestyle. Good hunting!

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School lunches around the world

As you will see a school lunch can come in many different forms. Some countries/schools are making food from scratch and other countries are serving fast food. In Sweden there is a strong movement to make school lunches from scratch in a proper kitchen, as it used to be, and to get rid of low-fat dairy products and margarine from the meals. All children are eating the school lunch and it´s already paid for through tax. The average total cost for the schools is about 10 Sek (1.50 USD) per portion.

A week in my children´s old school could look like this:

  • Monday: Meatballs, sauce, potatoes, lingonberries
  • Tuesday: Salmon, sauce, potatoes
  • Wednesday: Pasta, sauce with ham
  • Thursday: Italian meat soup with pasta
  • Friday: Chicken Tikka Masala casserole, rice

You can always get gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free meals. Sometimes cooked vegetables were served. There was always a salad bar with ten different kinds of raw vegetables or mixes. Water, milk, and crisp bread were served. Sometimes bread and fruit, never desserts or other sugary treats during the day! Some schools have contests to reduce food waste and do not allow children to celebrate birthdays with something that contains sugar. In Sweden there are about 28 children in a class so there could be a lot of celebrations. I think many schools are aware of not using MSG and artificial sweeteners.

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What´s Public Health to do?

Should the lobbyists from Big Food be invited to the table when deciding about foods that go to schools and hospitals? Is their main issue healthy citizens or to sell their own products? What do you think after watching this video?

You didn´t miss this talk by Jamie Oliver, did you?

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Is Pizza a Vegetable?

How powerful is the lobbying from Big Food and Big Pharma? How much power do they have? Are they controlling the congress? Is pizza really a vegetable? What do you think? Watch this video.

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A broken body isn´t a broken person

Cross-country skier Janine Shepherd hoped for an Olympic medal — until she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. She shares a powerful story about the human potential for recovery. Her message: you are not your body, and giving up old dreams can allow new ones to soar.

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How to starve cancer cells

Lorie Johnson at CBN has provided us with information about diet and cancer, and about a fantastic success story.

Read more about cancer here.

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