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 Milk Alternatives

=> I am 14 and i haven't drank milk since my mother breastfed me. I need some alternatives, but anything that tastes like milk to me, I won't eat. People say my bones will be weak when I'm older and now I'm scared. Please Help!!!!!!

 Bottom Line: Calcium is a must for healthy bones and good health. Good News! Calcium can be obtained from a wide variety of foods, not just milk. The Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences recommends 1300 mg of calcium a day for children between the ages of 9-18 years of age. That's about 4 servings of calcium rich foods a day. Here's
more information on calcium sources and a video on milk alternatives.

Let's take a look at some foods high in calcium that one could eat throughout the day to reach that recommendation. Be sure to check food labels for calcium amounts.

Dairy: Cheese, yogurt, milk shakes, eggnog, fortified soy milk, tofu
Fruits: Fortified orange juice, rhubarb
Vegetables: Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, turnips, and collard greens, okra, broccoli, peas, brussel sprouts, bok choy
Cereals and Grains: Fortified cereals such as Total, Raisin Bran, Corn Flakes, Golden Grahams (They have a lot of calcium in one serving), soybeans, enriched breads, instant oatmeal, calcium-fortified bread or English muffins, white beans, baked beans, sesame seeds, almonds
Fish: Salmon, sardines
Drinks: Calcium-fortified drink mixes such as Pediasure or Carnation Instant Breakfast

Calcium supplements can also be taken but it is always best to get nutrition from foods first. Don't forget, regular exercise is also important for healthy bones and good health. Here's to CALCIUM!!!

 Body Image Issues

=> I am 11 almost 12 and I way 182 lb. nobody knows I way that much because I only tell my best friends (I want to way 105-90 lb.) I lie to everybody else I way 120 lb. but I don't want to lie.What should I do!?

=> i need help losing weight. Today in class we were testing, and my friend had some gum. I asked him for a peice. He said no . I said why. then a girl said come here and wispered something in his ear. I asked what she had said she said nothing. he said your a mini Kelen (she is a larger girl in class). i thought she was my friend and i am now 140 pounds im ready for change how do i loose weight

=> Hello I'm 12 years old and I'm concerned over my weight I have a holiday in 3 more months and I want to be skinny enough to wear a bikini and feel comfortable with my size please help me x

 Being overweight can be difficult. Kids at school often tease or make fun of us which makes us feel bad. We can then sometimes feel alone, sad or depressed. How can we feel better about ourself?

First, believe in yourself! You are a special person with many unique talents and beauty. Learn about Self Esteem and thinking positive. This can help us to be more realistic about our weight loss goals and work toward them in a more positive way. Try building up your self confidence, you’ll feel so much better about yourself. Once your new found self confidence starts showing, others will see you in a new light. They will want to be your friend and spend time with you.

Be honest with friends and parents and ask them for help. You’ll be amazed at how willing they are to support you if you just ask.

 How to Talk To a Parent

=> How to talk mum

 You should be very proud of yourself that you want to discuss your weight problem with your parent even though you might be afraid to do so. It might be that your parent wants to discuss this topic with you as well but doesn't know how to approach the subject with you either!

Many kids say it is easier to lose weight when they have the support and encouragement of their parents. Here are several things you can do to help talk to your parent about your weight:

First, use the Weight Calculator to see how much you are overweight. Then show these results to your parent. If you feel more comfortable with another adult, you could also ask your school nurse or doctor to discuss your weight with you and your parent and discuss the best weight loss strategy. Sometimes your parents just need an adult in the medical profession to talk to them about your health situation before they become convinced that they should support your desire to attain a healthy weight level.

Once you have talked with your parent, try to arrange some family activities that don’t involve food. Go for a hike through a nearby park, take a spring bike ride, go swimming together or play some outdoor games. Not only are these great ways to lose weight, it is fun to do activities together as a family! You can do it!!

 Calories, What They Are

=> What is a calorie? What happens when you eat something high in calorie?

 A calorie is the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of a liter of water 1 degree. All foods have calories and different foods have different amounts of calories.

Become a Label Reader! Check the nutrition facts label on packaged or processed foods to determine how many calories are in a food. The label also shows the number of calories per serving and the portion size per serving. Remember, portion size is important too!

The label also describes the food make up and amounts of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. There are 4 calories in a gram of carbohydrate; 4 calories in a gram of protein; and 9 calories in a gram of fat. Watch Out! Fats have more than twice the calories!!

If you know how many grams of carbohydrate, protein or fat are in a food, you can calculate the total calories. To find the calorie amount in a food, multiply the number of grams by the number of calories in a gram of that food. For example, if a serving of potato chips (about 20 chips) has 10 grams of fat, 90 calories are from fat. (That's 10 grams x 9 calories per gram.) Here's more information about calories.

Every body needs calories for energy. But, if you eat more calories than your body needs, the leftover calories are converted to fat causing weight gain. Reading labels can help you to chose foods wisely and help you to maintain a healthy weight. Get Smart! Become a label reader.

 Losing Excessive Stretched Skin After Childbirth or Fast Weight Loss

=> im 20,i have a 2year old, i was abot 140lbs before getting preg and wen i had my child i was 250lbs , i have been "sorting my life out" for 6munths now, and have lost 40lbs just from eating well and walking, will the stretched skin go back in to place or do i need to do more for that to happen ?? thanks

 Congratulations on your successful weight loss! As you have discovered, stretched skin takes time to resume its former level of tautness. The fact that you are losing weight at a healthier rate now can help avoid the formation of saggy skin.

Here area few things you might try to help your skin return to it's previous condition:

1. Continue to exercise. Adding some weight training to your routine will help tone the muscles beneath the skin, which may make the skin appear more firm.

2. Drink lots of water. Water is an essential part of maintaining skin elasticity.

3. Eat enough protein. The ingredients that help keep skin elastic are collagen and elastin. Foods such as cottage cheese, milk, beans, seeds, nuts, and fish all contain collagen and elastin forming components, as well as oils that are needed help maintain healthy skin.

4. Take Care of Your Skin. Daily exfoliation with sea salts can help to remove dead skin cells and increase skin circulation, thus improving skin tone. Stay away from harsh chemicals and too much sun exposure. They can decrease your skin's elasticity.

5. Above all, be patient. Waiting 1-2 years after reaching a healthy weight is often encouraged before considering more drastic measures such as surgery. Surgery is expensive and is not covered by most insurance policies. It also carries health risks of it's own and can lead to scarring. Good luck on your path towards a healthier you.

 Big Bellies - How To Reduce

=> im 17 years old im 5'2 and my belly is buldge. what can i do? thanks :))

=> if I lose wight will I get a flat stomach or do I need to tone it befoe it is flat?

 If you have extra fat to lose, you may have already realized that spot reduction (concentrating on losing fat in one area) is not possible. But any exercise or weight loss should help your problem areas in proportion to other areas of fat. In addition, toning, or strengthening the muscles in a certain location can help give the body a better appearance if the fat layer is not too thick to hide your improvements.

Many people find that they can lose weight when they start walking or jogging regularly as long as they don’t increase the amount of food they eat. Most kids (and adults) tend to eat lots of foods that are high in fat, sugar, or salt. The key is moderation and gradually making better food choices.

Head on over to the Healthy Weight School for more answers. The section on How Do I Lose Weight is a great place to start.

 Teased About Being Overweight

=> i am nearly 12 and i am FAT at school people call me fatty fat arse and stuff like that plz help

 I hope it helps you to know that you are not alone in being teased. This is one of the topics that gets brought up often by other kids here too. Unfortunately, teasing is something many of us deal with when we are growing up and it makes us feel bad.girl attempting to tease boy It helps to talk to someone you trust (a teacher, parent or other adult) and let them know how you feel. You will feel better and they may have good ideas to help you.

Kids (and even adults) get teased for many different things, but someone who is overweight is often a target. While this feels very hurtful, try to remember that someone who makes fun of others actually has low self-esteem (doesn't think very highly of themselves.) They may put others down to try to make themselves feel better. Their main goal is to get a reaction from you, so if you don't react the bullying will likely stop.

Here is a great tip to help you Learn to Deal with Bullies. Make sure to practice your response to the bullies so you are ready when the time comes. You can do it!

 How to Stop Being Tempted To Eat Junk Food

=> I exercise all the time but I get so tempted into eating junk how do I stop myself from getting tempted to eat fattening foods?

 Craving food is a common problem. High calorie, fatty, and junk foods like donuts, chips, pop, cookies, ice cream and pizza are often the most problematic. People often turn to these foods to comfort themselves or to avoid feeling emotions such as boredom, anxiety, sadness, or to relieve stress. They find it difficult to stop eating the junk food much like a drug addict finds giving up drugs difficult. You can feel "addicted" to the food.

Getting in touch with your emotions and learning how to substitute other activities for eating might be a good first step. Here are several tips to help avoid "mindless" eating.
Saying Goodbye to the Food Drug
Foods to Help You Fight Through Cravings
Are You Compulsively Overeating?

Once you understand why you are reaching for the junk food, you can learn to do something about it. You can overcome "mindless" eating. It just takes practice!

 Picky Eaters - Learning To Eat Healthy Foods You Don't Like

=> I am 11years old .I have a very huge problem since I was 4 I stopped eating vegetables whenever I try to eat them I vomit I really need your help.Everybody makes fun of me since I am fat I feel very bad!

 It sounds like you would like to eat veggies, which is great! Eating plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains creates a healthier you. You first might want to visit your doctor to make sure that you don't have any underlying health problems.

Have you been successful in eating vegetables when they are in other foods? Lots of cookbooks or food sites on the Internet have recipes that use vegetables hidden in foods that kids already like. Do you like smoothies, muffins, pancakes? All of these foods can have veggies pureed (use a food processor or blender to cut the vegetables as finely as possible) and added to them.

Here are other ideas:
1. Carrots and zucchini are great shredded and added to muffins.
2. Cauliflower works great added to mac and cheese or mashed potatoes.
3. Ground meat (chili, meatloaf, hamburgers, sloppy Joes, meatballs) can benefit from having grated or chopped carrots, peppers, or onions added.
4. Broccoli, carrots, peppers, carrots and spinach can be added to pasta sauces or pizza sauce.
5. Veggies can be chopped very fine and add to pizza, under the cheese.
6. Some food companies add veggies to some of their packaged foods. Ask your mom to look for these items when she is shopping.
7. Check out Veggie Tip from Lucy for some more tips and recipes. It even includes a recipe for cake!

Don't worry if you have some vegetables that you intensely dislike. Sometimes you grow out of your dislikes as you get older, and you may find in time that you can easily eat some of these vegetables in their raw form. The bottom line is don't give up! Lucy used to dislike brussel sprouts, and now they are one of her favs!

 Safe Weight Loss

=> Is it bad to lose 5lbs in one week? I have but without really trying to. I just ate a lot less, but I'm not even hungry? I thought you could only lose 1-2 lbs? I am very confused.Please gelp

=> im 15 years old and i weight 179 pounds and im trying to lose weight... is their anything i can drink to lose atleast 10-20 pounds?

=> I am 12 years old. I am healthy (according to the website) but i have 3 big fat rolls on my stomach. HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM please help !!!

=> how do i lose weight besides eating healthy like what exercise should i do to help my abbs and my fat please help me lose weight! i am doing this thing where every day and every week i do an exercise and i have been doing it for two days so i just started it so should i start seeing results right away? so my goal is to lose 10 ponds by two months do you think i will or that it will work?

=> Is it possible and healthy to lose 50 lbs. in 6 months

 Safe weight loss takes time and effort, so be patient with the results. In general, losing 1 to 2 pounds per week is considered safe, and gradual weight loss tends to stay off longer. There may be weeks when you lose a little more weight than that, and weeks when you lose less than that.

If you have extra fat to lose in one area, you may have already realized that spot reduction (concentrating on losing fat in one area) is not possible. But any exercise or weight loss should help your problem areas in proportion to other areas of body fat. Toning, or strengthening the muscles in a certain location can help give the body a better appearance if the fat layer is not too thick to hide your improvements.

Visit the Healthy Weight School when you are ready to learn more.

Good luck on your journey towards better health!

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