Take more steps
Of course we’re not suggesting that you mentally record each step that you take throughout the day. Let a pedometer do the work for you – clipped to your waistband, it not only counts your steps but can measure the calories you’ve burnt off and the distance you’ve walked.Click here to order. If your little ones started smoking, you’d be horrified. But what most of them eat is just as damaging to their health in the long run. And it’s in childhood that the habit starts! Feeding your children a vegetarian diet is the safest way to provide all the nutrients they need.
You are what you eat – and so are your children
More than three-quarters of young people aged between four and 18 have a terrible diet of white bread, savoury snacks, biscuits, chips and chocolate confectionery – according to a national nutritional survey. They are eating too much sugar, salt, fat and animal protein and are lacking in fibre, fruit and vegetables. Cholesterol levels are too high in one in ten and about a third don’t poo regularly. Does it really matter? Yes! Young people are basing their diet around meat, dairy products and junk processed foods and many lack the vital vitamins and minerals needed to help combat disease. Today’s children are eating an even worse diet than their parents did as children. Their risk of developing diseases is even higher than today’s adults. Kids are developing ‘adult’ diseases earlier on in life. Take control – provide the cure You can improve your children’s chances of a healthy life right now by what you give them to eat. The younger you start, the sooner healthy eating habits will be developed. A child who eats healthily is likely to grow into an adult who eats healthily. What the experts say about a veggie diet:
- “It reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some types of cancers... ”
- “It lowers morbidity and mortality rates ...” (you get less disease and live longer).
- “Vegetarian diets offer disease protection benefits because of lower saturated fat, cholesterol and animal protein and often higher levels of folate, antioxidants and plant nutrients...”
- “Successful in arresting heart disease.”
American Dietetic Association. How a veggie diet improves children’s health Arresting Allergies One of the major causes of childhood allergies is whole cow’s milk. Vegan diets avoid milk. Foiling Food Poisoning Children are at high risk. Animal products are responsible for 95 per cent of all cases. Healing Hearts Heart disease begins in childhood. Vegetarians have a 25 per cent lower risk of dying from heart disease. Tackling Toxins Half of under-five’s may be exceeding safety limits for toxins in food – and it is meat, dairy, eggs and fish which are the worst affected. Watching Weight One in ten kids are overweight – but veggies are leaner than meat-eaters. And when they grow up… Building Bones Losing calcium from the body is a major cause of fragile bones (osteoporosis). Vegetarians lose up to 50 per cent less than meat-eaters. Challenging Cancer Vegetarians have an up to 40 per cent lower risk of dying from cancer than meat-eaters. Dodging Diabetes A vegetarian diet can reduce the risk and improve control of diabetes. Helping Hypertension A meat-free diet reduces the risk and can lower blood pressure for those who suffer. Living Longer Vegetarians have a 20 per cent less chance of dying prematurely.