Calorie Consumption

All calories are not metabolized equally in the body. Sugars and starches are metabolized with insulin, when it is working properly. If insulin resistance has developed due to overconsumption of carbohydrate calories, insulin is not able to deliver glucose to the cells for energy effectively and instead stores it immediately as fat. If you carry excess body fat, a sign of insulin resistance, consider cutting back on sugars and starchy carbs and increasing exercise to bypass ineffective insulin response and subsequent fat storage.


Like your Wine?

Like your wine? I do to! But, here are some negative aspects of it.

Wine, however, is not for everyone. Certain medical conditions are worsened by the consumption of wine, so it’s vital you seek the advice of your personal physician.




White Wine

Here’s a few things to know:
High Triglycerides: One downside to wine consumption is that it can elevate triglyceride levels, which is associated with health problems such as diabetes. Those who already have high triglycerides should, therefore, avoid or dramatically limit their wine (and alcohol) consumption.

Breast Cancer Risk: Studies have shown alcohol can increase estrogen levels and raise tumor progression in women with (or at high risk for) estrogen positive breast cancer.
Migraines: Wine is often a big trigger for people who suffer with migraine headaches. Although white wine contains more sulfites than red wine (sulfites are added to white wine to preserve its light color), red wine seems to be a much bigger migraine trigger. That’s probably due to the accumulation of histamines and tannins from prolonged contact with the skin.
Weight Gain: People who drink alcohol also consume empty calories, calories that lack nutrients and can lead to weight gain.
Wine Benefits
Red wines have most of the health benefits of white wines, and they can contribute to your health in other ways as well. Since they contain the skins of grapes, red wines have a powerful type of antioxidants called resveratrols. Resveratrols offer excellent protection for your blood vessels, and they can eliminate blood clots as well. They are also effective in inhibiting the activities of enzymes that stimulate the growth of cancer cells and slow down immune response. Red wines also contain polyphenols, which are excellent antioxidants that can perform a wide variety of tasks, including reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improving the immune system, combating against harmful bacteria and preventing cancer. There is also a significant amount of flavonoids in red wines, and these antioxidants are known to be able to lower risks of cancer.

Moving your Body!

Ancient rituals for the passing of elders included sitting perfectly still for extended periods of time, which doesn’t allow for the movement of lymph and results in death of the body. To avoid a slow death from sitting in front of TV’s, computer screens, and in cars, consider getting up and moving around at least every hour to keep that lymph moving!


Responsibility: Is it a factor for Preschoolers?

Taking out the Recycling

Ever wondered why today’s generation of kids lack basic manners, etiquette and discipline? One of the factors that encourage this type of behavior is the lack of exposure to the concept of responsibility and chores.

As parents, you want to give your children everything and sometimes your efforts end up spoiling them.  This ends up doing more harm than good because it makes our children too lazy and completely dependent on us.  They don’t see how their actions have an effect on other people and they feel entitled to get anything they want, when they want it.

It’s never too early to start teaching your child to become responsible, and a good place to start is by giving them age-appropriate household chores.  A preschooler may not be able to do much around the house but by giving him small tasks, he starts to see how his actions and his place in the household affects the family.  Small tasks like setting the table or sorting his laundry shows him that as part of the family, he has to do his share in order for the family to function well.

You have to remember though that preschoolers are playful by nature, so don’t be surprised to see the canned goods you bought stacked up like a pyramid. You have to remember that they are in fact a young child, so just gently remind them how to properly stack canned goods or turn the task into a game which encourages them to properly do their chore as though they’re playing.

Also, try to incorporate learning into their chores by asking them for the color of the plate they are holding, or to count how many shirts they’ve folded.  This makes learning fun and effortless for your child.

Another way to teach your child to become more responsible is by giving them a little bit of independence.  Let them pick out their own clothes or comb their own hair. By letting them do these simple things, you’ve already planted the seeds of discipline that they would need as they grow up.

Being a parent isn’t just about taking care of your child’s needs.  It’s also about guiding and teaching them to become good people and it starts by teaching them responsibility.  Once they see how their actions affect the people around them and they understand that they are responsible for their actions, it becomes easier to teach your children manners, respect, and empathy.


Educating young Children

As educators, what do you think about the word “Play”? What comes into your mind when you hear the word “Play”? Play is fundamental for young children’s growth in their development; it is the way young children learn. Play is essential to early learning. Play is the main reason why children learn and develop ideas about the world. It helps them build the skills necessary for critical thinking and leadership while giving them the ability to solve problems and feeling good about learning.

We all know every child is different in they way they learn, grow, and develop, however, play builds a foundation for later learning in children and in children with special needs. Most child development experts agree that play is an essential part of a high-quality early learning programs. Play is not a break from learning—it’s the way young children learn.

Nowadays, parents believe Play isn’t necessary for their child’s development because they believe Play means the opposite of productive work, however, that isn’t the case. Play is very much productive and necessary to every child’s development.