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What does a child in current times typically eat? Gone are the days when eating dessert or sweet snacks were occasional treats. We now find it normal that today’s children eat sugar-laden packaged cereals for breakfast and snack on chocolate bars, ice cream or candy. When observing a typical child’s diet, the rising incidence of childhood obesity comes as no surprise.

Why is sugar such a problem?

  1. The body has no mechanism to tell our brain that it has eaten enough sugar. In prehistoric times, when our ancestors found any source of sugar, the body would tell the brain to eat large quantities in prevision of future times of starvation. This is because sugar was generally very scarce and only found in fruits, nuts and root vegetables. Thus, today’s abundant refined sugar is highly addictive, creating problems with binging, obsessing, and withdrawal. What we typically consider a “reasonable amount” is in fact already too much. Our annual sugar consumption was about 4 pounds per person in 1770 and this has risen to 168 pounds! Such an exaggerated sugar consumption is the most direct contributor to diabetes, obesity, hypertension and cholesterol – in both adults and children.
  2. Children in developed countries eat on average 32 teaspoons of sugar per day. Teenagers eat 42 teaspoons per day. We know that our body does best with no more than 6 to 9 teaspoons of sugar per day. When our kids eat sugar, they are not eating other healthier foods. In other words, sugar-containing foods replace other nutrient-dense foods they could be eating in their day. For this reason, sugary foods are called “empty-calories” – they fuel a generation of children that is both over-nourished but unfortunately malnourished. Our children are getting plenty of calories but inadequately small amounts of cellular nutrients such as trace minerals, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants.
  3. Refined sugar creates a sudden increase of blood sugar levels followed by a crash. This means that most people – and especially children – will feel euphoric and energized shortly after eating sugary foods but within 90 minutes, they will experience hypoglycemic episodes, which children experience as mood swings and fatigue.

Most parents find little time to prepare home-cooked meals. Restaurants offer “kid menus” that consist mostly of processed fish fingers, ketchup, French fries and ice-cream. Food colouring and preservatives are often found in processed foods geared at children. This fact is quite alarming in the light of recent research that has established a potential link between food additives and a number of childhood conditions, such as autism, attention-deficient disorder and eczema. These foods have become the common staple of child nutrition, while nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables are nowhere to be seen. It is time to re-evaluate what our children are eating and reverse the trend.

Here are a few tips to help you get started

  1. Keep a diet diary in which you record everything your child eats in one week, and daily observations regarding your child’s behavior. This will help you realize what you child is truly eating – is it mostly chocolate and sweet snacks? Is s/he getting enough vegetables? We often underestimate the proportion of processed foods our kids eat everyday diet.
  2. Remove all sodas and flavoured milks from your child’s diet – they are basically “liquid sugar” whose regular consumption leads to erratic blood sugar control, hyperactivity and obesity or diabetes in the long-term.
  3. Be a good role model! Do not eat junk foods in front of your children. Show the right example by snacking on natural unprocessed foods such as nuts and raisins, apples, or vegetable dips.
  4. Transition your household to “brown” unrefined carbohydrates. Avoid white pasta, white bread, white baked goods and anything made with white flour. Although white flour does not taste sweet, it contains several molecules of sugar bound together. During digestion, large amounts of sugars are released from the flour’s starch. Brown carbohydrates like brown rice, millet, buckwheat, brown pasta and unrefined cereals also contain some sugar contained in their starches – but in lesser amounts and bound to other nutritious substances like fiber and B vitamins. This makes it easier for the body to process sugar in general.
  5. Replace commercial baked items with home-made cakes or cookies – it is then much easier to control the amount of sugar inside and one can then encourage fruit-based treats at home. When baking at home, use unrefined flours like wholewheat flour and natural sugars like honey, apple sauce or even stevia. Use at least 50% less sugar than what most conventional recipes would suggest wherever possible. Most of us – adults included – are addicted to sugar. This means that we will go through withdrawal when trying to reduce sugar in our lives. This is a normal part of the process. It will take some work before children accept a diet that contains fewere processed starches and sugary items.
  6. Work with your child to discourage sugar-laden ‘goodie bags’ at birthday parties – replace the “goodies” with stationary, stickers, balloons or other fun non-edible items.

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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.

how epigenetics and nutrition can affect your kids

We can be aware of foods that are right for us and that improve our optimum wellness. We can stay on track with our fitness and nutrition intake to make sure that we are physically, mentally and emotionally in top shape.

But working out and keeping in good shape doesn’t have to be an individual affair. It can be hard to constantly keep up our own motivation and determination. This is why maintaining your optimum wellness with likeminded people can be more efficient and beneficial. Epi Life Coach’s members are individuals who are interested in being the best version of themselves in all aspects – physically, mentally and emotionally. Members employ various forms of fitness exercises, yoga, relaxation, music, nutrition, apparel and accessories to manage their wellness.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.

eating for your future

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.

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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.