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Pregnancy Nutrition Guide

Eating for two doesn’t mean eating twice as much! A good diet during pregnancy is not just better for you but better for your unborn baby. Making the right food choices for your baby’s well-being and development as well as your own is all part of a fit and healthy pregnancy.This is a time when it’s more important than ever to make the right choices, eating a range of healthy, nutritious foods. Opt for whole, fresh foods and as much variety as possible. Cut back on refined and processed foods, sugary snacks and big fat fry ups and do yourself and your baby a favour by eating lots of fresh fruit and veg, fresh meat and fish, wholegrain bread and vitamin and mineral packed grains, seeds and pulses.

Healthy eating during pregnancy doesn’t need to be complicated, here are some easy for an easy to follow guidelines for your pregnancy nutrition!

1. Every meal should include a portion of energy giving carbs. Bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, chapattis, breakfast cereals or yams all provide energy for you, and for your baby. Opt for wholemeal, wholegrain or high fibre versions whenever possible.

2. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Aiming for ‘five a day’ is even more important for a healthy pregnancy. Make sure you include a wide variety and go for ‘the rainbow’ – choosing different increases the range of vitamins and minerals. Fresh, frozen, canned, dried and juiced into delicious drinks and smoothies all counts.

3. Don’t miss out on protein -aim for 2 moderate portions each day. Include lean meat, chicken, fish, eggs, beans and nuts. These foods are also great sources of iron.

4. Don’t skip breakfast. Breakfast provides a vital boost to energy and nutrient levels, so make sure you get every day off to a great start for you and your baby.

5. Eat plenty of dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yoghurts. Dairy foods are a major source of calcium, important for the mother’s and baby’s teeth and bones. Choose low fat varieties when you can.

6. Make snacks nutritious. Too many indulgent snacks will pile on the pounds but you may find snacking helps ward off nausea in the first trimester. Healthier snack choices include: fresh or dried fruit; low-fat yoghurts or milk drinks; bread sticks, vegetable sticks and dips; breakfast cereals; fruit smoothies or maybe a slice of malt loaf. Check out our energy boosting snacks that will help you to maintain a normal pregnancy weight gain.

7. Aim for two portions of fish each week, including at least one portion of oily fish such as salmon, trout, sardines or pilchards. These are so important for your baby’s healthy brain development.

8. Get active and try to maintain a healthy weight. The average pregnancy weight gain is 10-12 kilograms or 22-28lbs. Gaining too much weight is not good for your health and blood pressure. Being active not only helps to moderate weight gain, but also prepares the body for birth.

9. Drink plenty of water and other fluids. You dehydrate more quickly than normal when you’re pregnant – drinking plenty of water and other fluids is important, especially when exercising or if the weather is hot. 10. Don’t be tempted into eating for two. You don’t actually need extra calories during pregnancy until the third trimester when the baby grows rapidly and even then your need for extra calories does not increase by a great deal, only 200-300 calories a day equivalent to a single sandwich (without the mayo!), or a small jacket potato with 30g of cheese.

Healthy Low Carbohydrate Foods To Start Your Weight Loss Success

Eating a low carbohydrate diet can be great for weight loss but make sure you are also eating smart for your health. You need to think about weight loss for short term and long term success. The tips below have helped many of my clients lose weight and keep it off and if they do not work, then you simply are not overeating carbohydrates and need to take a different approach.

To make these tips more useful I would suggest writing down everything you ate yesterday so that you can make notes as you read through the suggestions.

The first carbohydrate to assess is the sweets. This includes any desserts and also beverages with added sugar. Do not count diet or sugar free foods or beverages. Circle or highlight all of those sweets you had yesterday. Then try to reduce that intake down to one serving daily. Examples of a serving could be one small to medium cake or brownie, 2 cookies, 1 regular 12oz soda, or 1 regular size candy bar.

Carbohydrate cravings are a common problem, especially chocolate cravings. Try planning one serving into your day instead of cutting them out completely and you will tend to feel less deprived. If you find you are eating large amounts of sweets try gradually cutting down the amount more gradually. For example if you are eating 10 servings daily try first reducing to 6 servings and gradually work your way down.

Next, look at your starch intake. Sweets and refined starch carbohydrates are generally low in nutrients and fiber, and often do not satisfy our hunger for long. Check to see if any of your starch foods are whole grain. Look at some of the starch foods in your kitchen such as the breads, pasta, crackers, and cereals. Check the ingredients list below the Nutrition Facts label for whole grains. The word whole needs to be in the first few ingredients. Examples would be whole wheat, whole oats, or whole grain.

Why is whole grain important? Whole grains still have all 3 parts of the grain (bran, endosperm, and germ) after milling. This keeps all the natural nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants intact rather than being lost in processing. Now – practice substituting whole grains for your refined starches over the next several weeks and try to make at least half of your starches/grains whole grains.

Don’t cut your fruit intake. In fact, you really want to increase your intake of fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables because you will get more fiber and nutrients for very little calories – and they help satisfy hunger and often that sweet craving.

You can also continue drinking milk even though it has natural carbohydrate. It is still a calcium source – just keep the portion to about 8 ounces.

Make sure your overall carbohydrate intake is not too restrictive. If you are feeling weak with no energy for exercise then you have cut back too much. Some fad diets will suggest you completely eliminate carbohydrates for a while but this is not necessary and definitely not a healthy long term solution.

One last tip – try to also spread out your carbohydrate intake over the day and not load up at any one meal. Small snacks are often necessary for hunger control. These tips should help you jump start your weight loss and I wish you well on your healthy carb-controlled eating

Thanks Goodness Dog Nutrition Is Not Always So Confusing

A new puppy in a new home will be wanting lots of affection from you, his new owner, and will be worrying where his next meal is coming from. Dog nutrition is an important issue for pets and their owners. A healthy eating programme at the puppy stage of a dog’s life is the springboard to strong bones and muscles to help him grow into a strong adult dog.

Nutrition in the form of a pet diet for a new puppy helps to avoid unwanted health issues later on in life. A puppy food product that has ingredients and quality proteins, the right carbohydrates, plenty of minerals and vitamins, lowers the worry for pet owners who want the best for their pet.

At Hill’s Pet UK we are proud of our range of puppy, adult and dog food, each one catering for essential health requirements, according to the size and breed of dog. While loving you for his yummy dog food your pet will also crave for your attention, but more than that he will be craving for that special bond between owner and pet.

Sometimes dog owners tend to confuse their pet with their commands and actions. If you have a problem with your dog jumping up at you when you come home from work, or if you are sat down and having ignored him for a while, he jumps up on to your lap, that is him seeking attention.

When your pet jumps over you and you command him to �get down’ and he does not respond, your next action, is you decide to remove his paws off your lap, pop him on to the ground, pat him on the head, at the same time saying �good boy’. The result is your dog thinks you are telling him he is a good boy for jumping up on your lap and he can do it again, see it from his point of view.