Saturday, November 26, 2011

November 27-December 3, 2011

Be on the lookout for food additives that may trigger an allergic reaction. That means reading food labels and avoiding those foods that contain certain food colorings. 

You might be feeling tired and rundown after a hectic week, preparing for family and friends. Take time off to relax. It might be a good idea to have your hemoglobin checked at this time as well.

Keep in mind that your immediate goal is to get enough calories to keep you at a healthy weight. This may require a little ingenuity on your part. If necessary, ask your doctor about prescribing a commercial nutritional supplement.

You might be tempted to use artificial sweeteners in place of regular sugar. But you should know that there are certain risks involved in the use of these artificial sweeteners. So, think before you eat.

Heart Disease
You can improve your health by making simple changes to your diet. Start by adding more fruits and vegetables to increase your fiber intake. Aim for at least 5 servings a day.

High Blood Pressure/Hypertension
Aim for a healthy ratio of sodium to potassium in your diet. This can easily be achieved by consuming less salt and eating more potassium-rich vegetables.

You might have to resort to a liquid diet if you are having difficulty chewing or swallowing solid food. Unless otherwise restricted, simply puree or liquify foods for greater ease in swallowing.

Infants and Children
Your infant will thrive well on breast milk alone for the first 6 months of life. Try to introduce him to add a small amount of pureed or strained cereal to his diet after that. Keep an eye out for any food intolerance.

Pay close attention to your diet if you are prone to developing kidney stones. Take medicine as prescribed to dissolve the stones. This should bring some relief.

Make a special effort to avoid foods made with white flour. You are likely to fare much better if you eat more whole grains. 

Give your unborn baby a healthy start by eating lots of vegetables. Choose dark, leafy greens often to boost your folic acid intake and reduce the risk of birth defects.

You could be exposed to certain health risks when dining out. This is especially true if you are prone to heartburn. So, plan ahead and try to avoid greasy foods or other foods that could spell trouble.

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