15 Best Free Apps For Healthy Eating On A Budget

We have all been warned at the dinner table to eat our greens and vegetables, or else. Even though you might not have been the biggest fan of finishing your salad or green peas, your parents wanted to provide you with the most nutritious meal possible so you can grow to be big and strong. 

 

We all know that you’d prefer to fill your belly with meatloaf, steak, chicken strips or any other processed foods, but our parents knew that those foods weren’t going to promote a healthy life. Our parents knew what was best, even though eating all your greens and veggies seemed like torture, they kept your best interest at heart. If they had access to the resources that we have today, they probably would’ve used various healthy food apps to get inspiration to create healthier and more balanced meals.  

 

In retrospect, we should give our parents credit for not only feeding us balanced meals but also finding innovative ways to mix up what they were making for dinner. They didn’t have an infinite number of resources to pull recipes from. They only had a few cookbooks, family recipes, and their creativity to keep us wanting more. It’s 2019, we have the ability to access an infinite amount of resources to utilize to not only make flamboyant dishes but also to ensure that we don’t have to eat the same thing twice. 

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Car Seat Safety

Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries shared with Rise and Shine some car seat safety tips.  For example:

What are the rules for car seats? At what age can my toddler be forward-facing?

All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat manufacturer.

Use a rear-facing seat until age 2 or more

Most convertible seats have limits that permit children to ride rear-facing for 2 or more years. As your child grows, you might have to switch from using a smaller rear-facing-only car seat to using a bigger rear-facing convertible car seat that can hold a larger child, first rear-facing than forward-facing. After you turn the seat forward, adjust the harness, make it more upright, and attach the top tether.

Why keep your child in a rear-facing seat for as long as possible? If you are in a front-end crash (the most common type of crash) a rear-facing car seat allows your child’s head, neck, and spine to move evenly into the seat, not away from it. It’s the best!

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THANK YOU APPLE CRUNCHERS!

Dr. Cerone and Associates                         St. John’s First Graders.                                             St. John’s Cuties!

 

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North Elementary school/tri-town YMCA kids                  SJ 3rd grade students enjoying some apples at snack break

 

 

 

 

Check out more photos on our addition blog for today.

TY Village of Lombard for supporting AC Day!

 

 

Acid Reflux / GERD – The Ultimate Guide

David Gray had big problems with LPR(Laryngopharyngeal Reflux) sometimes known as silent reflux and pretty much all the symptoms in the book.

The problem for him and many others was getting healthcare assistance that actually helped my problem – so he spent over a month creating a resource that goes in massive depth about everything acid reflux because believe it or not, 15-30% of Americans suffer from some form of acid reflux.

For some, it will be minor only affecting them on rare occasions, whereas for others it could be much more troublesome. Acid reflux is due to acid refluxing up out of the stomach and into the esophagus and even the throat where it shouldn’t be.

If you didn’t already know GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease which is basically the bad form of acid reflux. Typically speaking someone who has more severe acid reflux may be deemed to have GERD.

One of the more common symptoms that affect people with acid reflux is things like heartburn and chest pain but you can also be affected with things like hoarse voice or sore throat which is usually more related to another form of acid reflux called silent reflux which in fact should be treated differently than regular acid reflux and GERD.

I will be covering everything about acid reflux and GERD below – including what causes acid reflux, the symptoms you may have, how to diagnose it and how it can be treated both naturally, medically and even surgically in more extreme cases. Read more

Paleo Diet Meal Plan

Alex from WellnessCaptain.com, a blog about how people can optimize their body, feel great and look better, shared with Healthy Lombard that right now, Paleo is one of the most popular diets worldwide – and for good reason. It’s simple, versatile and it can be adopted by mostly everyone regardless of age or gender. But what are the real benefits of this diet and how can you actually implement it into your lifestyle?

What is the Paleo diet?
To understand the philosophy behind this diet, let’s think of our ancestors: the cavemen. They hunted for meat and ate whatever fruits and vegetables they could gather. Almost every meal they ate was raw and dairy, grains or legumes didn’t exist yet (as farming only appeared 10,000 years ago).

The Paleo diet, or Stone Age diet, claims that people would be much healthier if they returned to the very beginning of humanity and its eating habits. A theory known as discordance hypothesis suggests that we aren’t genetically made to eat processed meals or foods resulted through farming (dairy, grains, and legumes). Recently, more and more studies proved that these foods may contribute to today’s most common physical conditions: diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Most of the times, a paleo diet should come with an active lifestyle; once again, think of our ancestors who put in plenty of effort to hunt, build shelters and travel. Aside from this reason, practicing sports is particularly important because paleo diets may be high in calories (depending on how you design yours).
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3 gluten myths you need to know

Siva Krishnan, MDSpecialty: Family Medicine shared in Edward-Elmhurst Healthy Drive blog that Gluten is seriously misunderstood.

Some people think it makes them fat. Some think it makes them sluggish. The truth is, gluten is not a problem for most people.

Have you heard these myths about gluten?

  • Gluten saps your energy. It’s probably not the gluten that’s slowing you down. When you stop eating white bread and eat fruits and veggies instead, you’ll have more energy. But that boost comes from healthy food, not the lack of gluten.
  • Gluten-free diets can help you lose weight. If you lose weight after removing gluten from your diet, it’s likely because you’re eating healthier, whole food.
  • Gluten is bad for you. Gluten is no worse for you than peanut butter. It’s simply a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley that some people’s bodies cannot tolerate.

There is a small population of people with celiac disease who should go gluten-free.

Celiac disease affects 1 in 100 people worldwide. It’s an autoimmune disorder, so when someone with celiac disease eats gluten, his body ends up attacking and damaging his small intestine. Read more

Lombard Senior Fair

Lombard’s Jewel Osco will be providing free blood glucose screening at the Village of Lombard Senior Fair, taking place Wednesday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This year’s event will take place at a new location, the Park District’s Madison Meadow Athletic Center, at 500 E Wilson Ave, Lombard, IL 60148.

Vendors at the event focus on providing services or genuinely helpful information to Lombard’s Senior Citizens.

You can find representative there from organizations, community groups, and businesses that provide services to Lombard seniors.

In addition, the Senior Man and Senior Women of the Year Awards will be presented at the Village’s Senior Fair.  The awards will be presented at 10 a.m. All nominees will be recognized and the winning seniors will ride in the 2020 Lilac Time Parade.

Nominees must have an incorporated Lombard home mailing address and be 65 years of age or older. Nominations must include a brief statement, 50 words or less, on why the nominee should be considered, as well as a short biography of the nominee. Read more

Can your weight really be affected by periods?

Dr. Ahmed Zayed wrote for the  PhenClinics Network,  a health resource that’s making evidence-based and fact-checked health and body composition research more accessible,  an article that stated weight can be quite a concern for women as they are found to be more susceptible to obesity in comparison to men (1). Being obese or overweight is not the main problem — the issue is basically with its underlying outcomes that can be the development of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t be underweight either as it also has its effects such as heart palpitations, osteoporosis, and low blood pressure. Not only that — but your body’s reproduction system also relies on body weight.

Among other factors that can impact your weight that include fluid retention, psychiatric disorders, consumption of excess sugar, feeling tired, drugs, stress, aging, and changes in diet (23), periods are another factor that can result in affecting your weight.

Before looking at how your weight is affected by periods, it is necessary first to have a general look at the mechanisms of menstruation. Read more