The current issue of Time magazine has a very interesting article about how parents’ experience early in their lives might somehow alter the traits their offspring inherit. The article deals with a new science called epigenetics. Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene activity, brought about by environmental factors, which get passed down to the next generation. A great read for parents interested in how their diet, stress, and prenatal nutrition can make an imprint on their children’s genes.
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Many people suffer from ongoing gastrointestinal upsets without ever finding the cause of the problems in spite of numerous trips to the doctor. If you suffer from abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, weight loss, lactose intolerance, and malnutrition often accompanied by skin problems and fatigue, you may be having a reaction to the gluten in your diet. Approximately 1 in 7 people are gluten sensitive. Gluten is found in products containing wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats. More information on a gluten-free diet can be found on the celiac website.
Eating out in today’s world requires planning and the ability to choose carefully from the menu. A few tips help keep your caloric intake within a healthy range and improve the nutrition content of your meals:
- Keep your portions small: choose from the child’s menu; split the meal with your dining partner; ask for a take home container and put half the meal into the container before you start eating.
- Watch the freebies: ask the server not to bring fried tortilla chips, breads and butter, and oils for dipping.
- Avoid high calorie ingredients: request salad dressing on the side and dip the salad ingredients; skip the cheese, oils, creamy sauces, and fatty meats like pepperoni; watch for words like “fried” and “crispy.”
- Don’t drink your calories: free soda refills add hundreds of extra calories; coffee creamers and flavorings, smoothies, and sweetened teas are all calorie rich.
- Plan ahead: check out the menu on line and choose your meal before you leave home; eat at restaurants at which you know the menu and know you can order healthy food happily; stick to your choice when you order and congratulate yourself on your wise choice.