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Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 22-7-2016

Happy Kids Eating VegetablesThere are several known ways to get children to eat vegetables. Here’s a list. See how many vegetables your kids are eating right now and how many you could add to their plate…

1. Don’t get emotional when your kids don’t eat their vegetables. By placing more emphasis on them not eating vegetables, you are making a big deal about it. This is similar to parents placing a lot of emphasis on weight – so children then end up being overconcerned about it.

2. Get your children involved in cooking. When they cook, they empower themselves to take responsibility for their nutrition and what they are eating.

3. Get your children involved in making smoothies. Smoothies are a lot of fun. You could add half an avocado, strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries to smoothies, along with chia seeds.

4. Place vegetables on a veggie platter instead of offering processed foods. Veggie trays look fancy – and kids like fanciful foods.

5. Add more vegetables to your pizza. Adding them to pizza makes vegetables more acceptable and practical.

6. Let your children see you eating and loving vegetables. Role models are powerful.

7. Bring out the dips. Vegetables are much more exciting once they can dip them.

8. Bring out the chocolate. Warm up chocolate and dip fruit pieces into it. For example, you could have your children dip in apple pieces, peach or nectarine peaches, even berries and pears.

9. Take your children to the farmers markets with you to help with the selection of vegetables and fruits. Kids will look forward to the farmers markets and start paying more attention to eating vegetables if they are part of the process.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Is Agave Syrup just Table Sugar in Disguise?

Is Agave Syrup just Table Sugar in Disguise?
Posted by Beverleigh H Piepers RN, Dated 14-12-2013

healthy food.Your body can’t avoid consuming some sugars. In fact you need carbohydrates and certain sugars for your very survival because your cells break these down and turn glucose into energy for you. Sugars are a natural part of many of the foods you eat, including fruits and vegetables. Sugars found in processed foods or that you add to your foods are another matter, however. Some are relatively healthy, and others are not so good for you.

Alternative sweeteners to sugar are becoming a common place in supermarkets all around the world. But one that is given a highly regarded reputation, even in natural and organic health stores, is the famous Agave Syrup. But labeling it as a “healthy alternative” to sugar is proving to be a mistake.

What is Agave Syrup? Agave syrup is taken from the blue agave plant, of which there are 300 types of agave plants that typically grow in Mexico, the southern United States and in northern South America.

Traditionally it was used by the Aztec people for healing infections and wounds from the raw plant itself.

Today’s version is quite different. What is typically being sold on the market now is a form that started out as a natural substance from Mother Nature, but after heavy processing and refining the end result is completely different and not so natural after having some of the vital nutrients and components removed. Unfortunately there are many reports that several brands are heated and refined and manufacturers are not designating this on the label. So, you think the product is pure and unprocessed but in fact the product may be be heated to high temperatures for long periods of time. Even more disturbing is the ingredient data shows it contains a lot of fructose.

Is Agave Syrup healthy? The facts are refined and processed agave sweeteners are not really any healthier than sugar and its famous friends – honey, high fructose corn syrup or other sweeteners. Nutritionally speaking, agave syrup acts in the body in the same way high fructose corn syrup and sugar syrup do – which as we know can cause everyone’s blood sugar to rise drastically especially if consumed often.

To be specific, agave syrup can range from 55% to 90% concentrated fructose, (which is a simple sugar that is found in fruit), the other 10% is glucose.

So for a person diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, agave syrup really isn’t any better for them than the other sugar substitutes – or even pure table sugar for that matter seeing as it has the same effect on the body as the others, and that’s what counts.

It should also be noted agave syrup is not safe for consumption during pregnancy due to the large amount of saponins agave syrup contains. The saponins have a possible link to miscarriage by stimulating blood flow to the uterus. So agave syrup is best avoided when pregnant.

Beverleigh H Piepers RN
Type 2 Diabetes Health Coach

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Mildred and Helen’s Decline: What Caused It?

Mildred and Helen’s Decline: What Caused It?
Posted by Beverleigh Piepers RN, Dated 5-12-2012

Now that you’ve had a chance to think about why Mildred and Helen’s health declined, let’s examine what happened on a physiological basis.

Fact: Mildred and Helen had good health before starting to eat out at the family restaurant a few times a week.

Fact: Mildred and Helen did not have any signs of dementia prior to developing their new habit.

What caused their rapid decline? The answer was the advanced glycation endproducts found in the foods they were eating.

Processed foods are high in advanced glycation endproducts, better known as AGEs. These AGEs accelerate aging faster than anything!

A processed food could have thousands of AGEs in it, as compared to a raw apple or orange with less than 30 AGEs in it.

A hot dog could contain 10,000 AGEs or more! The same is true of a slice of pizza! With this very high level, it’s impossible to combat the ravages of aging.

AGEs are responsible for the acceleration of these diseases:

• Type 2 diabetes and diabetes complications
• heart disease
• cancer
• dementia
• arthritis
• other degenerative disorders

The longer food sits under the hot lights, the longer that food is producing AGEs. AGEs are absorbed in your body via your digestive tract. From there the AGEs travel throughout your entire body, selecting any and all organs to cause problems. AGEs combine with DNA and render it dysfunctional.

Slowly by slowly, but consistently, the AGEs destroy major functioning of the body’s organs. With Mildred and Helen, the AGEs went right to their brain, bringing with ithem dementia.

The moral of the story is to never eat foods that have been sitting out under hot lights for a long period of time. Unless food is prepared within minutes of eating it, don’t eat it or you’ll end up like Mildred and Helen.