A Book for Children About Healthy Eating

Larvie Learns a Lesson is written by Mickey Seger, MD.; Melinda V. Gonzales, PA-C; and Terive Duperier, MD. Illustrated by Joshua Allen.

A couple of months ago, I received a book for children called Larvie Learns a Lesson. That day, we were set to go on a visit to Balay Bato–a stone house that was designed to blend in with nature. There were no walls and no gates. It was a product of bio-engineering.

On the way out of our house, my mother-in-law handed me the package containing this book and my five-year-old daughter Dindin was so happy to have a new book to bring to our outing. She read it while we were traveling. While at Balay Bato, she enjoyed the scenery and the explanation how the house and the fixtures came to be, but when the adults kept on talking she continued reading her book. She even showed the book to one of my blogger-friends and told her the story.

The bloggers group tour at Balay Bato with Dindin carrying her Larvie book.

You see, Dindin has always been concerned about healthy eating. She doesn’t eat candy, hotdogs, and other junk food. When I give her something, she would ask if it is junk or under what food group it belongs (go, grow, or glow food). When we go to the grocery, she refuses to get chips for us. She also deliberately exercises in order not to be overweight. She has that mindset even when she was a toddler that she would make her rather heavy aunt exercise whenever she comes to visit us. That is why this book is such a hit for her. Up until now, she remembers Larvie and uses that name whenever she sees a caterpillar or imagines playing with a caterpillar character that turns into a butterfly. The book has such a huge impact on her, primarily because she is health-conscious to the point of putting our health practices as parents to shame.

A couple of inside pages of the book.

Larvie learns a lessons is a concise and well-written book by Mickey Seger, MD.; Melinda V. Gonzales, PA-C; and Terive Duperier, MD and illustrated by Joshua Allen that brings a simple message–if you do not watch what you eat and do not engage yourself in physical activity, then you will become overweight and will suffer health problems. It is a great book that brings this powerful message to young children in a simple yet interesting manner because of colorful illustrations. With many young people in America having health problems because of bad diets and lack of physical exercise, this is an eye opener.

Larvie Learns a Lesson is surely an interesting reading material for young children ages 4 to 10 years old. For younger children, parental supervision might be necessary. For advanced readers like Dindin, she did not need it. Hopefully, this book will reach a wide readership so that the problem of obesity in young children will be corrected early on.

Adults may benefit from this, too. If you read Larvie Learns a Lesson, you will realize that there is really no need for fancy diets, diet pills, and expensive treatments just to lose weight. Just eat healthy foods in moderate portions and exercise so that you can prevent a lot of lifestyle diseases.

Thank you for this book,BMI!

Dindin is one kind who has always been concerned with healthy eating and exercise at a very young age. She seems to self-regulate her eating habits when she feels she is gaining weight. While we feel it is too early for her to be concerned with such things, we are just happy that well, she will never be overweight. She dreams of becoming a doctor someday.

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Tan Time Coming

G.P. — The summer months are coming. And naturally, it is tan time! Yeah, it is time to take off those heavy pieces of clothing, show some skin, and soak in the rays of the sun for a healthy glow.

But other prefers a deeper color. So, lugging their rel="dofollow">non woven tote bags, they hit the beach early in the morning and stay on the sand under the heat of the sun until it finally sets. haha

It is a wonderful and liberating feeling to just stay there under the sun but we have to be careful because of the diseases that can come out of it. Some people, like me are allergic to the sun, so it is really frustrating. A few minutes of exposure can cause me some rashes. If I stay too long out there, then I would itch all over, including my scalp. And this sun rash does not go away for a long time, like several weeks. They say that the prevention of a sun rash includes wearing a rash guard and some thick sun cream, but hey, I can’t go out like a ninja! Yeah, it is the exposed areas that get rashes.

In some cases, people are so engrossed with lying and relaxing on the beach that they make the mistake of applying sun cream only once throughout the day. And they do not re-apply even if they go swimming. That is a big no-no. The higher the SPF means that is how long you can expose yourself under the sun without having to re-apply sun protection. So, if your lotion is SPF 45, it’s okay to stay for about 45 minutes. Then re-apply your lotion. If you go swimming, then you will have to re-apply, too.

Stay safe under the sun and avoid getting skin problems by using a high SPF sun cream or lotion. Have fun!

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Health Benefits of Jackfruit

I love jackfruit! The sweet, succulent, and aromatic fruit is just soooo yummy, whether eaten fresh or candied. Back at my parents’ home, I remember growing up with these fruits because we have several of these fruit trees in our backyard.

But while I enjoyed eating them, I did not really about its health benefits…well not until today. I read this in a Facebook article and I am sharing the important parts here. I do not really know who originally wrote the article, but I am just happy that one of my favorite tropical fruits is actually very healthy.

The edible part of jackfruit. Photo from wikipedia.

1. It strengthens the immune system because jackfruit is a rich source of vitamin C.
2. It is rich in antioxidants like lignans, isoflavones and saponins, so it protect the body against cancer.
3. Jackfruit aids in digestion and contains anti-ulcer properties that help cure ulcers and digestive disorders.
4. It is rich in Vitamin A that is good for the eyes and skin.
5. The sweetness in jackfruit comes from its high fructose and sucrose content that gives the body ample energy.
6. Jackfruit has high potassium content that is supposed to help lower blood pressure.
8. Jackfruit is also rich in magnesium, iron, copper, and microminerals.

Woohoo! How cool is that! Jackfruit–you’re the fruit!

But I have one problem with the jackfruit though. While it smells so good (I know, the aromatic smell is subjective) when ripe, I don’t like how its smell affects my pee. As in my urine smells so bad after eating jackfruit and it permeates the whole toilet! Well, it does pass but you just have to endure it because despite spraying the toilet with air freshener, the smell seems to linger. But well, if jackfruit is good for the health, then for sure I will keep on eating it. hehe

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