Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
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How can skipping breakfast contribute to weight gain?
Skipping breakfast may lead to overeating later in the day. Excess calories is stored as fat in the body. In the absence of physical activity to burn the excess calories, it will lead to weight gain.
Can someone diagnosed with diabetes eat dasheen and rice?
Dasheen, rice and other starchy foods can be problematic for persons living with diabetes. However, it is not entirely forbidden but suitable amounts can be included in the meals. The amounts will differ for each individual based on their caloric need; so persons are encouraged to seek professional assistance in deciding how much of these foods to consume.
Should a person with diabetes give up rice and eat provision (also referred to as starchy vegetables) instead?
Than can be a good option due to some of these foods having resistant starch that is more slowly broken down and since many people tend to eat white rice, that will be more easily broken down by the vegetables) contain carbohydrate as well and if eaten in larger amounts than the body can handle you will see an undesired rise in your blood glucose level. Moderation is key. Same as Norma’s above.
Can someone use homemade herbal remedies instead of blood pressure medication?
Homemade remedies, herbs or botanical supplements should not be used without first discussing with your doctor or health professional, to avoid potential harmful side effects and interactions with food or drug.
What if I want to lose weight but don’t want to exercise?
The truth is you may very well lose weight; however, exercise plays a pivotal role in losing weight and keeping it off. A minimum of 150 minutes of moderate activity (walking briskly) or 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week (running) is recommended. You should make sure to balance your diet, by eating from most food groups and keeping well hydrated.
REMEMBER! Talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise program.
Should I be taking a nutritional supplement?
Generally, if your diet is balanced including most food groups most days of the week and you are eating a variety of foods, you are likely getting all the vitamins and minerals your body need.
Getting your nutrients from natural food sources are beneficial in so many ways; you get the benefit of fibre, antioxidants and useable forms of nutrients in the right amounts. More doesn’t always mean better; taking mega doses of some nutrients can be harmful. If you are a “picky eater” and feel you may need to take supplements, be sure to discuss with your doctor, Pharmacist or Nutritionist.
Do I need to drink 8 glasses of water every day?
While water is important to health and helps with our digestion and absorption of the foods we eat, not everyone needs the same amount and there are sources of fluid other than water. Fruits and vegetables, teas, milk, soups will provide some fluids. While a general rule is that adults should aim for 6-8 / 8oz cups of fluid a day and children about 4-6 cups, the hot weather and physical activity such as athletics or sports will increase your fluid needs. Beverages that contain caffeine can cause you to loose water from your body, so be careful.
If you are overweight or trying to lose weight you should be cautious about drinking your calories, especially through sugar sweetened beverages. Take a look when you pass urine it should be pale yellow. If it looks dark brown or highly coloured, you may not be doing a good enough job in keeping yourself hydrated. If your urine is crystal clear, you may be having too much water. Try to make water the main source of fluid in your diet.
My child never eats the foods I prepare, what can I do?
Sometimes it takes creativity to get some children to eat. If what you are preparing is not accepted, changing it up a bit. Think about varying the types of foods or how they are prepared. So instead of a boiled egg, try boiling and mixing the yolk with some onions, mustard and a bit of milk or mayonnaise to loosen it up and refill the empty egg whites with the mixture, try making egg salad, peanut butter, tuna or cheese paste with grated carrots and/or bell peppers sandwiches; cut them in different shapes or use crackers sometimes.
Offer vegetables or fruits like carrots, celery, apple or banana slices with bit of peanut butter. Popcorn can be a good snack for older children (can be a choking hazard for very young children), freeze grapes (cut in half for young ones), make fresh juice ices and add bits of fruit. Add small cut vegetables to mixed dishes like macaroni and cheese and soups.
Get your child involved in making snacks he/she will eat. Avoid packing foods laden with sugar and salt into child’s lunch box.
Is Milk good for human consumption?
Evidence shows that eating a variety of foods is important to maintaining good health. Milk is a main source of Calcium for many persons. As children we get it from mothers’ supply. Some adults may choose not to have milk for various reasons.
Calcium is important in building and maintaining strong bones and teeth. Milk is also an excellent source of protein that children need for growth and we all need for repair of body tissue and can help with weight management as it helps with feeling of satiety or satisfaction. For some, milk can be a major source of energy, and important vitamins like A and B12. After age two a low- fat will a better choice, especially if the child has a good appetite otherwise. You can get sufficient of these nutrients from other foods like green leafy vegetables, sardines or fish with fine bones and legumes.
You should speak with a Nutritionist if you are concern about not getting sufficient Calcium.