Feeding children well has been a hot topic amongst parents for at least the last fourteen years. That’s when I was pregnant with my first baby and began paying keen attention to the matter. “Back then” organic was a little known concept out of California, micronutrients were a mystery, and no one had heard of Omega-3’s. Even so, at playgroup, school pick-up, and on the ball-field, chat often turned to nutrition.
Over the last decade, science has supported the fact that feeding children well is essential. Studies have shown over and over that children who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains have the brain function to achieve academically, have the energy to perform well in sports, and the focus that allows for creativity in art and music. Kids who eat well feel great and do their very best.
With so much information now out on the subject, many parents need guidance. I recommend reading Dr. William Sears’ “Family Nutrition Book” as well as “Nutrition Deficit Disorder.” These thoroughly, yet simply, explain exactly how to keep your child’s daily nutrition optimal. Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s “Disease Proof Your Child” is also excellent. Web MD has a great top 10 foods list that serves as a quick reference guide. http://children.webmd.com/child-nutrition-8/brain-foods-for-children?page=2
I have just reviewed a great new book by William Sears MD and his wife Martha Sears RN called Prime Time Health. Dr. Sears is an internationally renowned pediatrician who has authored over 30 books. He has been referred to as “America’s Pediatrician.”
Why would a pediatrician be writing about health in mid-life and healthy aging? When Dr. Sears was 57 he battled colon cancer. This made him determined to avoid what he calls the “three D’s” (disease, disability, and doctors) for the rest of his life. Now at age 70, after a great deal of research and making health his hobby, Dr. Sears has the blood chemistry of a much younger person and is enjoying Prime Time Health. The Sears’ book explains simply and clearly how to enjoy mid-life and prime time.
I’d love to share his “Nine Simple Steps” with you all! They are the following:
- Make health your hobby – It’s time to hike, bike, and go to farmer’s markets.
- Keep your arteries clean – Avoid “sticky stuff” with added sugars /saturated fat. Sticky in your mouth is sticky in your arteries.
- Reduce your waist – Belly fat is a factory for disease-causing processes.
- Eat more seafood and less meat – Yes- more positive news about omega-3’s; give yourself an “oil-change!”
- Eat more fruits and vegetables – Oxidation is biological rusting that wears and tears your tissues and organs. Oxidation is the culprit in everything from wrinkles to major diseases. The anti-oxidants in fruits and vegetables fight this process beautifully.
- Take Juice Plus – After Dr. Sears’ colon cancer, his wife Martha made him start eating JP. He read all the published research and papers, started eating it, and takes no other supplements, vitamins, or prescription drugs.
- Graze on good foods – As we age, our bodies become less efficient in absorbing nutrients. Dr. Sears even blends himself a “green drink” and sips it throughout his day.
- Practice the “Pills/Skills” model of health care and self-care. Instead of asking “What can I take?”- ask “What can I DO?”