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Cleaning up our Intake through the Indulgent Summer

Summertime carries with it an energy of excitement, enjoyment and freedom. The days are longer, the weather inviting. For many, we translate this energy into a lifestyle that includes more barbeques, social events, alcohol and often less nutritious food choices. With so few months to enjoy social time comfortably outside with friends, I think switching our mindset from “avoidance” to “improved” is a great way to approach food and alcohol consumption this summer. Many patients come in and ask how to make reasonable improvements to their summer routines and so decided to share a few tips and suggestions in this month’s newsletter:
•    Loading up on creamy side dishes and red meat barbeque is not great for heart health or our waistline. Opt instead to grill vegetables on the bbq and experiment with salmon and fish recipes that cook in a flash and are part of the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet.
•    Alcohol intake is typically a calorie exploder in the summer. Try and clean up your drinking, to the extent this can be true, by using clear alcohol (vodka, gin, tequila) and mixing with low sugar and low sodium options like soda stream water with lemon and lime slices or low sodium San Pellegrino. Remember also that most beer and many vodkas are wheat-based …. so if this is a food group you try and avoid in food form it is typically best avoided as an alcohol also.
•    Most of us are more social in the summer. Try making socializing and connecting with family and friends the “treat” and not use social events as a reason to have two plates of dessert.
•    Bring nutritious and seasonal fruits and vegetables to parties or have them out at your own! Opting to pick at these as snacks between meals is a great way to fill the urge while also being good to your body.

A Word on Blood Services and Our Community:

Many of us know that donating blood can save lives. Medical advancements make it so that today, a number of blood related diseases like leukemia, aplastic anemia, certain metabolic disorders and inherited immune system diseases can also be treated with donated stem cells.
In September, Thrive has decided to have information available at the clinic for patients looking to learn more about donating blood services. We want to offer patients more detailed information on steps and facts about blood donation and registering to be stem cell donor. Keep your eyes and ears open and don’t forget to pick up your fact sheet when in the clinic.
If you want more information today, start by checking out www.blood.ca

By: Dr. Kristin Heins ND, RP (qualifying)

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Guest Post: My Son the Neophobe

The following is a guest post from Aviva Allen, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and newest member of the Thrive Health team! Aviva has authored two cookbooks and completed a health-supportive chef training program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. She specializes in helping children and young families adopt healthy eating practices through nutrition counselling. This article was reprinted with permission from Aviva’s blog.

My Son the Neophobe
by Aviva Allen

I wouldn’t label my son a picky eater.  He loves beans, whole grains, all fruits…even enjoys Indian and Ethiopian cuisines.  Certainly not your typical four year old.  That being said, he is not the most adventurous in the vegetable department.  The biggest roadblock we have been dealing with for the last two years is his stubbornness when it comes to trying new foods.  There is actually a term for this.FOOD NEOPHOBIA: The fear of new or novel foods.  Believe it or not, food neophobia is actually a naturally occurring reaction in humans that protects us from consuming potentially poisonous things.  He’s just following his instincts.

Healthy Eating ChartI’ve had success using my Healthy Eating Reward Chart with my clients for a while now, but only recently have I been able to try it out on my own son, since prior to age four I find they cannot really understand the concept.  While my son has been completing many of the food categories with ease, he had yet to receive any bonus points for “trying something new.” Day after day, I would suggest that he try something new to get those extra points, but he would politely decline.

I am not quite sure how it happened, but all of the sudden he really wanted those bonus points.  Tonight he was determined to get one.  There were two new foods sitting on his plate.  He stared at them for a minute or so and decided on the red pepper.  He popped it into his mouth and slowly began to chew it, although he looked as if he wasn’t sure he wanted to keep in in there.  At last, he swallowed it.  Success!  Well that was just the beginning for him.  He NEEDED to get another point.  In went a piece of sautéed kale.  What??!!  I couldn’t believe my eyes.  Chewed and swallowed….and followed by a huge smile.  He was so proud of himself, as was I, but for me, the best part was actually listening to him brag about what he had eaten to his little brother at bath time.

I can’t wait to see what he tries tomorrow!

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