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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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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Juicing Fruits and Vegetables

Now the battle is making the right food choices.

Since the emergence of fast food chains, more and more people have chosen the fast-serving avenue in exchange for the time that they can use right now for something else than preparing healthy food.

When the fast food chains became popular, it also became the beginning of our health decline as more people embraced the idea of literally having food served fast. And we bought the idea with happy faces.

More often than not, it was the Western diet generally invented food packed with harmful ingredients. Although they taste good when eaten, these ingredients do a lot of harm in our bodies. These bad things make people obese and even depressed. Even the generally healthy Japanese who habitually drank tea started to go overweight when the famous McFastfood entered their country. Sadly, the habit resulted to several different complications and many people are dying of cancer.

It is really time for us to take our health seriously. We should get good nutrition back into our diets. Eating fruits and vegetables is very good but when one is already sick, it is not enough anymore.

That is where juicing comes in. Fruits and vegetables have to be juiced so that the body will not have to break them down into small particles just to get the nutrients. By juicing, it is easier for the body to absorb even the smallest nutrients. And by doing so, the sick body parts get healed faster.

But it is not a one-time thing. Juicing should be a lifestyle so that the immune system will be strengthened and our agility will be restored. You will find that you can bend your knees with ease.

We can also splurge on a little junk food from time to time, but take note that every time you do, you weaken your body. So restore your body with health fruit and vegetable juices for better health.

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