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shirawinget posted a topic in Good FoodSo many things to do, so little energy. If these words sound familiar to you, then you are not alone. “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food” There is truth in what Hippocrates, the “Father of Modern Medicine”, once said. Let what you eat be your medicine because if you choose healthy food, then you are already taking steps in protecting your body from ailments. In this busy world, there are so many things that demand your attention. However, there are times when you easily feel exhausted. Sometimes it does get too hard to deal with your things-to-do when you’re already tired in the middle of the day. That is why it would be good to make a habit of choosing to lead a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and proper diet. Here are some of the healthier choices when you want to bulletproof yourself from sickness: Health Bars If you are living an on-the-go lifestyle, you really do not have much time to spend poring over recipe books and cooking up healthy food. As much as you’d want to, you simply do not have the luxury to leisurely eat at home. For those who have to usually dine and dash (or for those who just want to have a quick healthy snack), health bars are heaven-sent solutions. These quick energy foods provide a much-needed boost of power that helps keep you stay full and focused. For example, Bulletproof’s Fudge Brownie Collagen Protein Bars are made from carefully sourced ingredients that make this handy treat power-packed with protein. This versatile snack can also be a good ingredient in quick treats like a Fudge Brownie Berry Crumble. What’s more, it has collagen that helps in giving you smoother and more hydrated skin, stronger joints, and aids in faster recovery. These bars also contain quality fats like Brain Octane® which is a brain-powering, high-octane fat extracted from a coconut’s most potent parts. Other flavor choices are Choco Chip Cookie Dough, Vanilla Shortbread, and Lemon Cookie. There are also chocolate fuel bars that come in Original Dark and Himalayan Sea Salt. Cold Brews Some people cannot get on their day without having their cup of coffee. Hot or cold, they must have a cuppa to fuel the day ahead. Some prefer the convenience of cold brews, however, as there is no waiting to brew. Simply open and pour, and they get the daily dose of their power drink. However, unknown to many, good old coffee can also contain energy-sapping mold toxins. This robs you of mental agility, which is the opposite of what you need. With Bulletproof Coffee Cold Brews, you get clean coffee that has gone through small-batch brewing. The brewing process also uses triple-filtered water and low-temperature extraction so you can enjoy a smooth and bold drink with low acidity and almost no bitterness. Aside from containing Brain Octane® oil, this delicious cold brew also has butter sourced from grass-fed cows. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids like ALA and EPA which are good for your heart, muscles, and other organs. They serve as building blocks for cell membranes as well as your body’s energy storage. It also has zero sugar so there’s no worry about having a sugar crash. Best drink when chilled, these cold brews come in dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla, vanilla latte, and original flavors. FATwater Water is said to be one of the best drinks you can take to hydrate your body. Bulletproof takes it a step further by coming up with FATwater, a refreshing drink that powers you up. When you want to have a cool, tasty, and refreshing thirst quencher, grab a bottle of grapefruit, lemon, or pineapple FATwater. This bottle of pure, deionized water has micro-droplets of Brain Octane® oil for fast energy production. It is easily absorbed by the body and is converted into a unique energy source called “ketone bodies”, that, unlike excess energy from most fuels, cannot be stored as fat. FATwater is also fortified with B vitamins, nutrients that support energy production at the cellular level. It is also sugar-free and has only 20 calories per bottle. Keep It Up With the responsibly sourced ingredients, nutrients, proteins, and healthy fats in these bars and beverages, you can eat and drink without feeling guilty. If you are pressed for time, keep in mind that there are handy snacks and drinks that can keep you fueled throughout the day. Even better, with all the healthy ingredients they contain, you can be confident that you are, indeed, bulletproof from sickness.
Quite often teens, especially young girls and women, face body image problems and eating disorders. For the most part, the roots of these issues go as far as to childhood and grade school – negative associations, painful memories, taboos on certain food – everything works against positive body image. Here we will talk about ways to prevent eating disorders with younger children. Starting from breastfeeding or formula nourishment everything has a certain effect. Mother’s attitude towards food and eating establishes kid’s perception of food and can cause a whole set of eating problems. It is especially visible in preschoolers – children mimic mother’s behavior and copy habits, so when the mother is obsessed with good look and diet, the child will copy it. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), more than a half of girls aged 6-12 are worried about becoming too fat and refuse to eat food that seems too fat-laden to them. Where does it come from? Obviously, it is the influence of their home, friends, and commercials. When constantly hearing that fat is bad for the body, children start to fear it. Behavioral therapists state that in the majority of cases, patients complain about the behavior and attitude of their mothers who controlled the shape of kids’ bodies or had personal body issues and restricted children from certain products. Later on, such children start to rebel and eat unrestrained. It is a mother who becomes the first role model for daughters. Think what kind of example you set counting each calorie in your meal or dreading certain products. Here are some tips that can help mothers to develop good eating habits and positive body image in their children. Your bad attitude to your own body models negative body image in your child Forget about words "fat" or "diet" at home. Make your kid feel comfortable about her developing body – do not wreck her self-esteem by constantly stating that something is wrong with her body. On the contrary, always tell that she is beautiful, body and soul. Do not impose your negative body image on your child. Yes, it is difficult; however, change your language and expressions when you talk about your own body. Do not divide food on good and bad The same goes for healthy and unhealthy product groups – forget these words. There are products that can be consumed sometimes or always. This is the best way to explain to your kid that some products are better to eat in smaller quantities and not frequently. So divide products in such that can be eaten every day like vegetables or dairy, and that are allowed in small portions and not every day. What is more important, allow a kid to eat as much as she wants until she is satisfied (not full, mind it!). Do not force a child to eat everything that is on a plate. Of course, sugary soft drinks, and trans fats lead to excessive weight and can seriously damage the liver, calling for drastic measures. However, when you forbid them and brand them “bad”, you make those foods even more attractive to your children. This may lead to guilty binge eating in the future. Promote "self-attuned eating" model This means that you have to explain how not to mix the feelings of fullness and satisfaction in eating. Start to do so from the early years, and it will help children to develop a healthy attitude towards food and eating and prevent eating disorders. Explain when it is necessary to start and stop eating Talk about hunger and fullness and why it is essential to start eating when feeling hungry and when to stop. Tell your kids to listen to themselves – whether their stomach is empty or feels full and heavy. Help children to feel the connection with their bodies and allow them to eat whatever and whenever they want – believe it or not, it will boost their self-confidence. Allow children to help you with cooking Let them, for example, make their lunches and give them an option of picking the food they want. Take them food shopping with you so they can participate in selecting the groceries and explain which vitamins and nutrients help them to be strong and grow.