Celebrating the Olympics With Chinese Tea, Chinese Food and Drink

The summer 2008 Olympics are quickly drawing near. The events are scheduled to take place in Beijing, China, and begin on August 8, 2008 (08-08-08). The preparations in China have been underway for at least the last six years; the hopes before they clinched the bid in 2001 going back even further. Now that the time is almost here, people all over the world are gearing up for the spectacular. The Chinese national drink, tea is at the center of preparations.

“Vegetarian food”

With the recent Sichuan earthquake occurring less than three months before the start of the Opening Ceremonies, many are wondering how it will impact the games. For starters, Beijing is approximately 960 miles northeast of Sichuan, the province where the epicenter of the May 12 quake occurred. Though tremors were felt in Beijing, there was no structural impact that will affect the games. The emotional impact is certain to make its presence known, but there’s also a good chance of this being a healing event.

With final Beijing preparations occurring still, China’s Vice President Xi Jinping recently reassured his nation, as well as the world, that equal attention will be paid to both the Sichuan earthquake relief and finishing everything in time for 8-8-08. The world will be converging on China at a time when it will need its support emotionally, financially, and spiritually.

Even if you cannot attend the games in person, there are numerous ways to keep the spirit of the games alive in your own home. Watching the Olympic Games on television is a traditional event for many families, with network coverage showing the most-desired events during primetime viewing hours. Taking from the official theme of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, “One World, One Dream”, there are great ideas for keeping interest and excitement alive in your home clear through until the closing ceremonies on August 24, 2008.

Food and drink concessions are popular complements to any sporting event- baseball games with hotdogs and beer, football games with nachos and beer, Super Bowl parties with, well, everything. Hosting a big party for family friends might be appropriate for the Opening of Closing Ceremonies of the 29th Olympics, but chances are you aren’t going to be able to sustain that level of celebration and gluttony every night! Instead, consider highlighting a different snack, beverage, or food course each night or even once a week. A good place to start is with the national beverage of China, tea!

Worldwide, tea is the second-most consumed drink, behind water. Along with India, China is the world’s greatest producer of tea. While there are four main types of tea–black, green, white, and oolong-oolong is a great tea for everyone in your family. The caffeine in tea is less than half that of coffee, it is said to aid in digestion, and is full of healthful antioxidants. Oolong tea is the smoothest tasting of the four types of tea, lacking the slight bitter of black tea or the grassy taste of green tea. There’s even a slightly fruit-infused flavor that is sure to appeal to people of all ages. For more on tea’s healthful benefits, see the numerous articles listed here: Tea health benefits

Another night, you could focus on a menu of red foods. Red is considered to be a very lucky color in Chinese culture, seen in artwork, traditional clothing, and anywhere luck and fortune are desired or being celebrated. Try incorporating foods with red beans, radishes, seasonal red fruits, or red meats such as spare ribs. In China, there is a strong emphasis on fresh foods. Chinese people rarely use canned or frozen foods when preparing their meals, but that’s not to say you cannot take some short cuts! Check out this link for an online Chinese Microwave Cookbook: Chinese Microwave Cookbook. It may even be fun to get the family involved in planning the menu and preparing the red food feast.

Another way to incorporate Chinese cuisine into your Olympic activities is to focus on a different Chinese region each night. There are said to be eight main regional cuisines: Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Sichuan, and Zhejiang. These are sometimes referred to as the Eight Great Traditions. Other times, two additional types of cuisine are included-Beijing and Shanghai-known then as the Ten Great Traditions. Follow this link to a page full of links that go in greater detail on the types of cuisine: Chinese Cuisine.

Even if you have no interest in exploring the different types of Chinese cuisine, recipes, or traditions, there are simple things you can do to bring the spirit of the Beijing Olympics to your family’s meals and snacks. One fun idea that the kids will undoubtedly love is to make all of your food into finger foods! Chinese people once thought using forks and knives at the table were barbaric, so foods were cut into bite-size, ready-to-eat pieces. Another reason for the small portions of foods was that fuel was once very hard to come by. By cutting food into small pieces, the individual pieces were able to cook more quickly, using less cooking fuel or using smaller cooking fires. Another idea is to serve fresh fruit for dessert or for a snack. Again, the emphasis on Chinese culture is to use fresh foods, so pick what is in season. Strawberries, for example, are both red and in-season!

However your family decides to enjoy the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, it is a great opportunity to learn about other cultures. Television and cable network coverage will no doubt highlight some of the traditions and experiences of the Chinese people, as well as what visitors are experiencing. Chances are, you’ll see that while Beijing seems worlds away, the Olympic spirit resides in each and every one of us, wherever we may reside.

Food and Nutrition Guidelines For Weight Loss

One of my clients just told me that, in the 3 months we have been working together, she has lost 24 lbs!

That’s incredible! I am so proud of her for her dedication, her hard work, and her commitment to the program.

I asked her, of all the things she was doing to reach her fat loss goals, what one thing did she think was the key to her fat loss success?

She answered very quickly:

“It’s all about nutrition.”

Ding, ding, ding! By golly, she’s got it!

In fact, there was a few weeks between the second and third months we worked together that she had an issue with her shoulder she had recently had surgery on and she could not do some of the workouts.

So, she was losing weight, without working out consistently, because she was doing the right things in the kitchen.

If I’ve done nothing else for this client, I will feel extremely satisfied that she has learned this one important point – that when it comes to fat loss, nutrition is key.

Here are 29 Food and nutrition guidelines for you to follow if you are looking to lose weight:

1. PLAN your menu out for the week each Sunday. Use the list of ingredients as a grocery list and shop for those items only. Do NOT add anything else to your cart that was not on your list (just make sure there was no junk on your list!).

2. PREPARE any food you buy that day so that when you need to use it it is ready. i.e. wash and chop veggies for snacks, cook chicken for future meals, separate snacks into portion controlled bags, etc).

3. COOK meals that day that take a long time to make and may inhibit actually cooking them the day you have them planned for. Freeze anything that is more than a day or two away.

4. RECORD all food consumed into a daily food journal (you receive a Success Journal with the UHW Fat Loss System)

5. ASK nutrition related questions and get healthy recipes from an online weight loss support group.

6. THROW AWAY all junk that you currently have in the house. If you do not have it in the house, you cannot eat it.

7. AVOID crackers, cakes, pies, cookies, candy, prepackaged foods, processed foods, fast food, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, fried foods, refined flour and sugar, and trans fat.

8. CONSUME fruits and vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats, and 100% whole grains, volume according to that order.

9. CALORIES count. You must eat enough calories to maintain the vital systems of the body but not more than your body needs to complete the activity you ask it to do.

10. EAT lean protein at every meal. Not only does protein make you feel fuller longer but it can counteract the insulin response set in motion from any carbohydrates you eat during that same meal. We also need lean protein to build muscle tissue.

11. INCLUDE healthy fats in your diet each day.

12. DO NOT fall for any scam fat burner bills or any diet gimmick that claims you will lose weight if you use it (i.e. Slim fast, Ali, Special K Diet).

13. INCORPORATE a weekly fasting session into your regime to balance blood sugar, help build lean muscle, and curb sugar cravings. **The Best of all the food and nutrition guidelines!

14. STRIVE to eat at least 10 fruits and vegetables each day. Smoothies and soups are a great way to do this.

15. FREQUENCY of meals (increased) has been shown to lead to a decrease in overall calories consumed for the day. Eat the proper # of calories each day but feel free to spread them out in 3 meals or consume 6 smaller meals throughout the day.

16. BREAKFAST is still the most important meal of the day, in my opinion, in terms of providing energy for a stressful and active day. However, if you aren?t a breakfast person no need to force yourself. Eating breakfast doesn’t boost daily metabolism as much as previously thought either.

17. DO NOT be a late night snacker. Eat dinner no later than 3 hours before bed. The circulating blood insulin levels that are associated with ingesting carbs will interfere with the release of growth hormone, an important hormone for fat loss and lean tissue building that is secreted about 1 hour after you fall asleep.

18. PURCHASE organic food when possible. It is a little more expensive, however, all the money you will be saving on crap can be used to get the good stuff.

19. GO vegetarian, unless you eat meat from free range, grass/vegetarian fed animals who are killed humanely and are not given any growth hormones or antibiotics.

20. TRUTH about what is in a product is on the back of the box, not what is claimed to be true on the front. Know how to read food labels and ingredients. Do not fall for claims of “fat free”, “reduced sugar”, ” high protein”, or “low cholesterol” unless you verify it from the list of ingredients (these claims always imply added chemicals to the ingredients list).

21. ALWAYS carry a healthy snack with you in case you get hungry. This will prevent you from caving and stopping for fast food or going overboard when you do finally make it to a healthy spread. **Probably my favorite of all the food and nutrition guidelines.

22. DO NOT drink your calories. Avoid soda, diet soda, alcohol, energy drinks, and fancy coffee drinks.

23. DRINK water, lots of it. Aim for half of your bodyweight in oz each day. (i.e. a 160 pound person should consume 80 oz of water each day). The only other beverages you should be drinking is unsweetened green, white, or yerba mate teas. No fruit juice, alcohol, soda, diet soda, fancy coffee drinks, or energy drinks.

24. REWARD yourself once each week with a reward meal.

25. FALL of the wagon? Realize what happened and why and then move on. Just do no further damage.

26. WATCH your portions. In my opinion, most Americans chronically overeat. In reality, it does not take us very long to get the nutrients we need from food and to be satisfied by what we are eating. When eating meals, pay attention to how you feel and eat until 80% full then stop. When eating dessert, have one or two bites only and see if that amount satisfies your sweet tooth.

27. EAT reward meals and other indulgent food that you shouldn’t be eating, shortly after a workout.

28. LIMIT the frequency of which you eat out at restaurants. Restaurants are in the business of making money and to make money, they need to make the food taste incredible so that you keep coming back. To make the food taste great they have to add a ton of ingredients that are not fat loss friendly.

28.5. AVOID all fried foods. They contain copious amounts of trans fat that has seeped into the food being fried. Especially avoid french fries!

I hope you enjoyed these food and nutrition guidelines. Everything you need to know to lose fat by improving your nutrition.

Should I Consider Organic Foods Over Snack Or Conventional Foods

Organic foods are regulated by the USDA and feature crops that are grown without pesticides, artificial fertilizers, irradiation or biotechnology. The animals are raised on a healthy diet of organic food, without being confined 100% of the time, or “free range,” and they are not given antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones. About 70% of Americans find it worthwhile to pay a little extra to encourage farmers to adhere to these more ethical standards. Research suggests that these healthy foods that are grown organically have more nutrients and that livestock raised organically is more ethical.

Many people are often confounded when standing in the produce section, looking at the organic foods, conventional foods and healthy snack foods. For instance, both tomatoes may look plump, juicy and red but one is labeled “organic” and the other is not. They both provide vitamins, antioxidants and nutrition, but what are the differences? Conventional farmers use chemical pesticides to keep pests and plagues away from their vegetables. They use chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth, and manage weeds using chemical herbicides. They may also give their animals antibiotics, growth hormones or medications to prevent illnesses and encourage growth.

By contrast, organic foods farmers strive to encourage soil and water conservation, not to mention reduce pollution and treat animals ethically. Organic farmers also use other insects, birds or traps to deter pests, use manure or compost to encourage plant growth, rotate crops or mulch to manage weeds, give animals a healthy diet of organic feed and allow rotational grazing, free range mobility and clean housing to prevent disease and to encourage healthy growth.

When buying organic foods, there are some things to consider. Buying raw foods, like fruits or vegetables, should be done in season to get the best quality. Shopping on the day when a new shipment will be arriving can also ensure freshness. All produce should be washed thoroughly to remove dirt and bacteria, using a small scrub brush for any item where the skin gets eaten. Removing the skin from fruit and vegetables, as well as refraining from eating animal skin can also reduce exposure to pesticides.

Tips to Help You With Successful Snacking

Diet and snacks seems to be one of the most asked about topics of concern when it comes to losing weight. We all have our favorite snacks. Some love the sweet stuff, such as chocolate or cookies, while some of us crave salty, savoury snacks. Unfortunately, whether sweet or savoury, these snacks can slowly but surely add inches to our hips!

Here are some good tips to help you with your diet and snacks.

* 1. Don’t think of snacks as “extras”. Plan ahead and make them a part of your daily diet regime.

* 2. View snacks as “mini-meals”. Think of them in terms of “snacks to fill the cracks”. When you plan your daily menu, use snacks to use up those serves you don’t eat at normal meals. For example, a complex carbohydrate and a fruit.

* 3. Plan your snacks ahead of time – this will prevent you from grabbing the first thing you see.

* 4. Only snack when you are hungry try not to nibble on foods when you are bored or anxious. Chances are, you won’t even taste it. Rather find something else to use up that extra energy, such as taking a brisk walk.

* 5. Pay attention to your snacking. Focus on what you’re eating, and enjoy it. Savour the flavor and texture.

* 6. Be prepared. Keep healthy items such as ProVita, Knorr Cup-a-soup Lite, and fruit in convenient places like your briefcase, desk drawer, and fridge at work. Identify the times and places you are more likely to snack, and have something healthy on hand for those moments.

* 7. Reach for the fruit – these are the perfect solutions for when you’re feeling peckish. Remember to count them as part of your diet serving, and where possible, have whole fruit, rather than fruit juice, to increase your fibre intake.

* 8. Don’t try to be perfect. Denying yourself rarely works. Cutting back on how much you do snack on, is the way to go.

Sweets and Snacks

Breads, Cereals, Rice, Pasta, and Other Grains

Generally foods such as pasta, rice, cereals, breads and other grains and dry beans and peas are higher in fiber and starch and pretty low in calories in saturated fat than other foods. Except for some bakery breads and sweet bread products made with high fat butter, eggs and high cholesterol milk, these foods have no dietary cholesterol which make them great for a low cholesterol diet. Also, some good food choices are fruits and vegetables, naturally low fat low cholesterol breads and other foods in this group.

Foods from this group should be eaten in 6 to 11 servings every day. Remember to keep your carbohydrate intake below the maximum of 60 percent of total calories if you have high triglyceride levels and / or low HDL level. You can choose a diet where you substitute unsaturated fat for saturated fat, and has no more than 35 percent of fat.

When buying foods from this certain group there are certain things you should remember:

Choose whole grain rolls and breads often because these have more fiber than white breads

Remember that dry cereals are low in fat. Also, avoid or limit the high fat granola, muesli and oat bran
types that are made with nuts and coconut or coconut oil because this increases the saturated fat content. It is very important that you add fat free milk or at most 1 percent milk instead of buying whole or low fat (2 percent) milk to save cholesterol and saturated fat.

Use pasta and rice as entrees. Always hold the high fat sauces such as cheese, butter, and cream.

Limit sweet baked goods such as croissants, biscuits, muffins, pastries, butter rolls and doughnuts, since they are made with lots of saturated fat mostly from whole milk, eggs and butter. These are also high in cholesterol

Snacks

Baked goods such as cakes and cookies, but also snacks like cheese crackers and some chips are often high in cholesterol and saturated fat. The best thing to do is limit the intake of sweets and snacks. Some low fat sweets and snacks to buy and use only now and then are listed below:

Angel food cake topped with either fresh fruit slices or fruit puree

Fat free or low fat pastries, cupcakes, cakes, brownies and cheesecake

Fat free or low fat cookies. This includes animal crackers, lemon or vanilla wafers, fruit or fig bars, devil’s food cookies and ginger snaps.

Frozen low fat or non fat ice milk, sherbet, sorbet, ice milk and fruit ices

Gelatin desserts – be careful at the whipped cream

Graham crackers

Dieting and Snack Time

Ok, we know dieting or watching what you are eating is easy on paper, but not so easy in real life.
And snacking is probably a very large part of your dieting plan, right?

Let’s see if by making just a few changes in the way you do things we can make it a lot easier for you to pick better snack choices. Let’s face it, better snack choices can definitely make a difference as to if your diet will work or not.

One of the first points to ask is…

How do you shop? Do you impulse buy as you are going up and down the aisles of your grocery store or do you have a list in your hand and you pretty much stick to it?

If you are an impulse buyer, you may want to make some changes starting right now. Impulse buying equals more fat content, more sodium on that label, more processed sugar, and overall less of the good stuff that you want to put into your body. I don’t think I’m very far off here, am I?

MAKE A LIST before you get inside of that grocery store!

Do you have fresh fruit and vegetables, yogurt, whole grain crackers, low fat cheese, and low-fat or skim milk on that list?

If the items you have on your list fit easily in a food group such as fruit, vegetable, dairy, grain, or protein, you should be good. Avoid the chips, the items with processed sugar, the JUNK food you probably already have waiting in your cupboards at home to entice you off of your diet.

Beware of the drinks you down every day. They can make up a very large part of your calorie or fat intake each day. Are you drinking lots of water, natural fruit juices (like apple juice) and sports drinks or are you still drinking a couple cans of soda a day? Maybe you like sweet tea or fruit punch and consume those by the gallon? Be careful as this type of liquid can be very high in calories but very low in nutrients. Try to choose drinks that will supplement a healthy diet, not sabotage it! Also, try to stay away from alcohol as, again, it will sabotage your diet.

Now once you have that food on your grocery list bought and paid for and you bring it home…

Do you still have all of that junk food sitting on the counter or in your cupboards waiting to be consumed?
After all, you bought all of this good healthy food that’s going to help you keep to your diet, but do you think you are going to make good choices if the “good stuff” is sitting next to the “bad stuff”?

Let’s get real! When you open the refrigerator and look inside, are you going to choose that juicy red apple or the fattening empty calorie cream horn sitting right next to it? Hmmm…

Get rid of the junk food in your house! If you don’t have someone to give them away to, throw them away! You really are only going to help yourself by getting them OUT OF YOUR HOUSE!

Ok, so we’ve covered the list and we’ve covered getting rid of the junk food. The third point I have for making good snack choices is how often you eat them.

Are you eating the typical three times a day and wanting to snack like crazy in between meals? Or are you already eating 6 small meals per day spreading out the calories and your levels of energy?

If you are still on the regular three meals per day plan, you may want to rethink that.

By eating more often, but less, you will cut down on the hunger cravings as you won’t be giving your body a chance to be hungry and will be maintaining high energy levels. This is optimal for your health and your diet success.

Vegetarian Food

Gujaratis are by far the largest Indian community overseas. So, it is no wonder that an increasing number of people are becoming aware of Gujarati food and dining. In fact, the general curiosity is not just about Gujarati meals, but has also spilled over to Gujarati snacks. The people of the region love their snacks and have a more diverse variety in them than anywhere else in the country.

Various Kinds

Gujarati snacks consist of a remarkable range of tastes and cooking styles, and it is safe to say that there would be something to suit everyone’s palette. Some of the snacks like dhokhla and khandhvi are wet and spongy; then there are cooked snacks, which are light and crispy, like khakhra; fried snacks such as kachori; and even those that have a rice-like consistency, like chevra and poha. Of course, there are the ubiquitous sweets, like the biscuit-y naan khatai, and the tempting jalebi, which is deep fried in boiling sugar syrup. There are several steamed Gujarati snacks as well, and these would delight health conscious people.

Range of Tastes

As far as tastes go, khakhra, chevra, poha and a lot others are savory, and can be made mild or spicy according to taste. Dhokhla and khandhvi, arguably the most popular of all these snacks outside Gujarat, both have a very unique tangy-spicy taste. They both are made from sour yoghurt and gram flour, along with a range of spices and seasoning. Chevra andpoha, on the other hand, taste very similar to flavored or vegetable rice, much like the famous Indian Pulao.

If you actually visit Gujarat, you will not be able to miss dabeli and vada pav, which are both preparations involving buns and pungent fillings. If it helps, visualize vada pav as an Indian burger. And yes, it is not too healthy or light in terms of calories!

A Vibrant Snack Culture

If you are thinking right now that Gujaratis are obsessed with snacks, you are not wrong. They typically call their snacks Nasto, and that is a word that features at all times of the day, from breakfast to bed-time. To give you an idea, Chevra, poha and dhokhla are popular as breakfast items, khakhra and khandhvi maybe eaten as appetizers before lunch or dinner or as munchies between meals, whereas kachori andvada pav feature as evening treats.

Since a lot of these snacks are portable and easy to store, people commonly carry them to work, pack them for train journeys and even send them overseas! In Gujarat, all these snacks are available on street-side stalls that are generally parked together in long rows in market places. However, the scope of the market goes way beyond that.

Exporters these days are doing business worth millions of dollars every year, catering to the snack needs of Gujaratis living abroad. As a result of this, a lot of foreign people have also got exposed to the concept of Gujarati snacks.

The good thing is that if you have the right ingredients and utensils, some of these tasteful Gujarati snacks are fairly easy to prepare at home. Indian food is as diverse as its people and culture.

Junking Junk Food and Switching

Many people worldwide consider snack food and junk food synonymous. But snack food doesn’t have to be junk food. In fact, you can choose alternatives that are healthier than junk food being passed off as snack food.

“Junk food” commonly refers to food items lacking nutritional value, or containing ingredients that negatively affect health when ingested regularly, or simply containing unhealthy components. However, the UK Food Standards Agency avoids using the term and prefers a more neutral label instead: foods that are “high in fat, saturated fat, salt, and sugar” (abbreviated to “HFSS food”). The Agency acknowledges the subjective and relative importance of such a category of foods, since HFSS food can actually complement balanced nutrition. However, special care must be taken not to mistakenly believe that such snack and food items can replace healthier alternatives in anyone’s diet.

The secret to ensuring that you are getting the right amount of nutrients from your snacks lies in knowing what your food contains. This means that avoiding “junk food” is simply a healthier choice, unless your special nutrition requirements demand higher fat, saturated fat, salt, and/or sugar content in your snacks and meals.

Here are some useful tips to help you make a healthier choice and avoid the temptation of junk food.

Check your kitchen cupboards and cabinets. Take out all the HFSS food items and throw them away. If you don’t see junk food, you will less likely give in to temptation. By making junk food difficult to access in your home, you will have to exert extra effort to go the grocery to buy some. That can be a discouraging factor.

Stock up on fruits, nuts, and vegetables. The easier you can access these healthy alternatives, the less likely you will fall for unhealthy options (e.g., chocolates and confectionery) to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Hydrate yourself with either plain water only or fresh fruit juice. Surely, sodas, colas, other carbonated beverages, and artificial fruit juices give your tongue a joyride and can actually provide your body with essential fluids. But, do you really need the extra sugar and preservatives? Besides, fresh fruit juice does not throw away the fruit’s natural fibers that can aid in digestion and improve metabolism.

Cook your own meals. That is, if you can and if you are willing. Homemade meals are enjoyable. You can also control the ingredients that you throw into the pot or pan.

Exercise daily. Thirty-minute aerobic exercises done five times a week can help you stay in good shape and can actually help you shed off excess calories. The metabolic lift produced by aerobic exercise also gives you that healthy feeling which can motivate you to eat only healthy food.

Quit gradually if you are a junk food addict. Gradual lessening of HFSS food intake tends to produce more success than abrupt stopping does. As you lessen your junk food intake, complement your plan with an increase in healthier snack options.

With HFSS food products flooding our supermarkets and groceries, you may find it difficult to distinguish between healthy and not-so-healthy snack foods. In many cases, examining the nutritional info printed on the packaging will help a lot. A little effort on your part can go a long way towards avoiding junk food and switching to healthier snacks.

The Difference Between Alkaline And Acidic Foods

Cancer and other auto-immune diseases are at an all-time high in our nation. One in four Americans will get cancer in their lifetime, and one in three will die from the disease. These are staggering statistics and it has the medical field looking for answers that can slow down the spread of cancer, and other diseases like it. An autoimmune disease affects the “engine” of our system so it cannot put up defenses when a disease comes into the body and because of the damaged cells, ‘free radicals’ multiply in the system and damage entire areas. In cancer, it shows up in breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, etc.

In recent years science has made some interesting discoveries concerning how to prevent these immune diseases, including cancer. One area that was researched is the relationship of your diet to cancer. We all have heard that if you eat well, cutting out junk foods that you’ll be healthier, but we didn’t know why, so we continued eating all these ‘bad’ foods. Using the Pyramid levels of food groups only separates the foods, but creating and maintaining an alkaline system to prevent disease uses the food that you eat to maintain the ph level, and that is different.

When food is eaten, it is taken into the body and digested for its nutrients. There are only two categories of foods when you look at food this way, and junk food is still on the undesirable list because it is all empty calories and has very negative results in your body. This group of foods is the acidic foods, and the list includes all fried foods, foods made with white sugar, white flour, chemicals, and preservatives. These are actually the highly acidic foods, and should never be eaten because they are so toxic to the body. They set the alkaline level in your system to dangerously low numbers, and a high alkaline system is what you want your body to have

it is a system with high ph levels. There are some more acidic foods that can be eaten in moderation, and they include the rest of the acidic foods – lean meats, dairy products, pastas, cheeses, beans and legumes, oils, coffee, soft drinks, fructose and honey. All of these foods are acidic producing, so they should be eaten sparingly in organic or natural form.

The bulk of an alkaline diet should come from the alkaline-producing group. They are vegetables, preferably fresh or frozen, most fruits, nuts and seeds, oats, millet, barley, eggs, organic chicken which has no steroids, herb teas and oriental vegetables. As you can see, this list is full of foods that are healthy for the body, and produce an alkaline environment when digested. A typical diet would include 80% from the alkaline list and only 20% from the acidic list everyday, and this is hard for a generation that has been brought up on the high acidic fast foods and snacks. If we are going to fight cancer and other diseases that come against us, raising the ph level with alkaline foods has been proven to stop the disease cells from multiplying.

Summer Foods and Summer Snacks

Once summer starts and school is out, the number one thing to look forward to is the relaxed schedule you’ll have with no worries about getting the kids ready for school, making lunch, picking them up and dropping them off at their after school activities and what not. But it also means planning summer activities for kids and for those moms who rely on schools to provide a healthy lunch there is the added task of finding healthy food and snacks for the kids. Most kids are likely to turn to pretzels, chips and fizz drinks because they aren’t given a better option.

A lot of people never really plan for a separate kids meal or kids snack and that either means that the kids are running around the supermarket picking whatever has the most sugar or getting snacks from vending machines. Then there are all those summer parties that kids will definitely go to, whether they’re kids’ parties or grown-up ones, the chances that there’s something healthy to eat are small. At parties, there’s either champagne or soda or both and while you can let food like that slide on parties it doesn’t work for everyday summer snacking.

The best thing to do of course is to try and give kids a good menu at their parties at the very least. Instead of soda and fizz drinks serve fresh fruit juice. In summer you have so much fruit available that buying boxes of juice or serving carbonated drinks just isn’t smart. You have a whole world of smoothies and juices out there that’s great not just for parties but for ordinary everyday drinks. Summer is when kids love to play outdoors, it’s the baseball season or some other season and juice and smoothies are the best way the kids can stay hydrated.

Similarly fruit itself can also be a great snack and should be at the top of your menu for parties. Most people find it somewhat tiresome to have to cut so much fruit for a party and just putting it out there doesn’t really give it a wow factor but they can always go for fruit bouquets. Fruit bouquets are fresh fruit arrangements that look like flowers, the fruit can be dipped in chocolate (dark or white). The Peanut butter chocolate bouquet is a good choice, especially for a kids party, the fruit is dipped in peanut butter and chocolate and that gives it that bit festive taste the kids will love.