eating for your future

How epigenetics and nutrition can affect your kids

As the common saying goes – “We are what we eat.” And with more knowledge and information about health, diets and nutrition, one would be more aware about what they put into their mouth. Whether it is low-fat, gluten-free, organic, pesticide-free, or whole-range, we would want to consume what would be the best for ourselves and our bodies (though, whether it tastes good or if it is easy on the wallet, is a separate matter).

For a family person, one would be choosing the best food for his or her family to consume – giving the best to their loved ones, in order for them to be healthy and nourished. But, what if our children’s well-being does not begin when you start feeding them the right food since they are young… or even if they are properly fed when they are in their infancy stage? What if, it starts with us, way before your kids are conceived?

 Epigenetics is the study of how individual genes can be activated or deactivated by life experiences.
Through this study, scientists have discovered that the biochemical process of the genes occurs not just during gestation and early development but throughout adulthood, switching genes on or off and altering our mental and physical health.

What one eats can directly affect the DNA through epigenetic modifications – altering the genetic expression. These changes are not limited to one’s own self; they can and are passed onto your children. For example, prenatal diets that are low in folic acid, vitamin B-12, and other nutrients containing “methyl groups” have been linked to an increased risk of asthma and brain and spinal cord defects in children.

By joining Epi Life Coach, we would be able gather information on your Epigenetic features – which could help provide better alternatives to improving your health – hence optimizing your well-being.

We have specifically and consciously chosen products which have proven positive results. Many of these products are available exclusively for our members – from body care, skin care, and modern day anti-pollutants to e-books that will allow you to understand how to optimize your wellbeing.

In order to complement and synchronize your wellness, Epi Life Coach has chosen to also promote stress reducing, downloadable music for workout, relaxation, meditation which can help you to achieve your goals.

Explore the Epi Life Coach web app to find out more about your epigenetic mapping information.

sarah O'Connor

Sarah is part of the Team ELC and she helps people discover what makes their life happy, meaningful, and full of ease. She is a writer, meditator and loves painting, an art she happily gets to practice a lot in her spare time.

Home made popsicles and….how to enhance your kids intake of vitamins and make them happy.

I recently started to make home made popsicles as a “fun activity” with my kids and soon realized that not only I had achieved on the fun but also increased the intake of vitamins for them as their popsicles are made in essence from fresh fruit juice.

The all thing started when I was out for shopping and I found a popsicle making kit for home users and thought of bringing some fun to the weekend as my kids where having some of their friends at home.

As per any other new activity, I normally see references online and I was surprised to notice that most of the sites I had visited showed how to make “proper” popsicles but also included in the recipe large amounts of sugar and other ingredients such as corn syrup.
This alone to my opinion was a bit of a bummer as I am teaching my kids to try and avoid sugar whenever possible so we all sat down and discuss the matter, finally we decided to substitute sugar with fresh home made honey and everyone was happy with it.

The home making is a great activity for the kids because they get together and they can have fun, we found out that most of them agreed for our trial to go for orange, lemon and watermelon. All three are quite easy to source and very refreshing once ready. The activity included a trip to the local market, showing the kids how to search for the best fruit shops, and of course bargain in prices without compromising quality.

Once back home there was a great deal of washing and peeling, and another learning curve on how to safely peel the fruits skin using a “sharp enough” knife.

Here is a quick how to make

"As written by the kids"

What you need

  • Fresh fruits (in our case oranges, lemons , watermelon)
  • Popsicle Mold
  • Fruit juice presser
  • Fruit processor
  • Fresh Honey

How you do it

  • Wash fruits
  • Peel
  • Cut in small pieces, (watermelon)
  • Remove seeds, (watermelon)
  • Combine ingredients in a processor (watermelon)
  • Squeeze juice using a presser, (orange and lemon)
  • Add warm water
  • Mix fruit / juice and honey with the processor
  • Fill the popsicle mold
  • Freeze for 6 / 8 hours

In the weeks following this event we have now started to make popsicles regularly, we have tried as many different fruits as we can, to our surprise, orange and lemon remain everyone’s favorite.

There you have it, the results are great, incredible taste and lots of fun.

Do you have a secret ingredient?, or do you prefer your popsicles made with yogurt and other creamy ingredients?

Let me know in the comments below.

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As always, thanks for popping in and see you soon.

about the author

Apart for being a busy IT executive, Tito has a passion for cooking for friends and family and is a first class wines connoisseur.