Health and Wellness

One Meal a Day Challenge

The assumption you must eat at least three meals a day just might be misguided. If you dislike eating breakfast and rarely find time for lunch at work, a one-meal policy makes outward sense – after all you still get to eat heartily late in the day, reducing three or more time-wasting rituals to a feast with possible weight-loss benefits.

One of the most visible practitioners of the one-meal diet, who started eating one meal a day while a stay-at-home dad in 2011.

“Being the full-time carer to four kids under six years old is demanding and stressful, and being around food all day makes comfort eating all too easy. I felt fat and miserable and it was affecting my relationship with my wife and kids. I knew I had to take control of my eating so I decided to give the diet a try. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made,” says Fowler.

Eating one meal a day can really help you achieve your weight loss goals and maintain your ideal weight. It’s not a starvation diet (you still eat your recommended calories for weight loss), you just eat during one time a day instead of throughout the day. While weight loss is one of the main benefits of this way of eating, there are many more.

Continue following My 30 Day – One Meal a Day Challenge Here!

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Pregnant Nutrition

Wic a Women Infant Children Program

My first time back after having my First Son, was like a re-familiarizing myself with the benefits but now,  I was more interested in really paying attention to the Tips and Nutritional Guides given.

So, there are Many of us out there that may be using WIC, but haven’t publicized the extra help. Some May be too Proud and Some May truly enjoy the Benefits. I happen to be one that likes the program and What it stands for and offers Women. Pretty much any Pregnant Woman can get  the benefits that WIC offers.

So What is exactly is WIC?

WIC is a Supplemental Nutrition Program  for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) that Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for  pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

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The Benefits one can gain are:

  • Supplemental nutritious foods
  • Nutrition education and counseling at WIC clinics or online.
  • Screening and referrals to other health services.

So I’m sure you’ve been Grocery shopping  and have seen a Sign like the one below, next to some of the food:

wic signThis means it is apart of the WIC program of Authorized Food.

Wouldn’t it be great if you were given a nice amount of extra benefits to get any kind of food you wanted? YES !! However, the best part about WIC in my opinion is  they teach Nutrition and try to help you be as healthy as possible.  So No, running to grab  too much fast food, or to cook not the healthiest of   meals.

WIC assures that  you will be able to purchase and have all the most important areas of Nutrition that you need for health. wic nutrition

WIC foods include infant cereal, iron-fortified adult cereal, vitamin C-rich fruit or vegetable juice, eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter, dried and canned beans/peas, and canned fish. Soy-based beverages, tofu, fruits and vegetables, baby foods, whole-wheat bread, and other whole-grain options  as well as a few other that were recently added to better meet the nutritional needs of WIC participants.

 

Before getting Pregnant this time, I was as healthy as I could be, but of course I would slip and not care as much as now , subconsciously thinking of my baby inside of me, and my responsibility of helping develop strength and health ! 🙂

At My very First WIC appointment, I had to fill out a form and survey, giving my information on how I currently ate and give feedback of the choices of food I would be most interested in. This is how your program nutritionist chooses the proper program for you. One program choice could be soy milk and  tofu and another regular 1% milk and cheese.

Then I was taken in a room for Orientation, where they read My rights, taught about the program, their mission, what they offer, how to use the program and what I can expect.

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They showed  a copy of the checks that are given, to show at the time of purchase.

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Which in several states and different parts of CA, they don’t give checks, they give you debit cards to access your benefits, it just depends, but the area of Ventura County checks are offered. Slowly they will evolve to offer the cards instead of checks. All States will  have to within the next coming years.

It is a really good program and for those that need a little bit of assistance to help stay on track with nutrition, it is excellent for you. Seek out the program in your local area.

Here is a number to contact to set up your appointment with WIC for

California 1-888-942-9675

If you are from another states, you can google WIC and your local area, some contact information will come up.

 

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Renetta Artmont

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