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Calories VS Nutrition

There are many different opinions about what is more important in an emergency: calories or nutritional value. Ideally, you want to consider both in your food storage plan. Quite a few storage kits ignore proper nutrition and emphasize calories to sustain life. Sugars, that are made up of empty calories should be kept to a minimum. A great many of these products give you mostly powdered fruit drinks, potatoes and other sugars. Just like in your daily diet, you should have a balanced food storage diet that includes: vegetables, fruits, protein and carbohydrates. Make sure you know how to use your food storage. A bucket of wheat might make you feel good, but if you don’t know how to use it, it most likely will not be used.

Nutrition is the science of foods and the nutrients they contain. Nutrition includes the study of the actions of the nutrients within the body, including ingestion, digestion, absorption, transport, metabolism and excretion. There are seven major types of nutrients which are: carbohydrates, fats, fiber, minerals, protein, vitamins, and water. Fats, carbohydrates, and proteins provide energy but minerals, fiber, vitamins, and water do not. However they are vital for other reasons that promote health.

A calorie gives us an indication of the energy that a food possesses. 1 gram of fat = 9 calories and 1 gram of protein = 4 calories. The amount of calories an individual needs to stay healthy changes according to weight, gender, age, genes, and activity level.

The types of food storage that would be best to sustain ones self or family in an emergency situation, even though having been stored for an extended period of time, should provide the highest amount nutrients possible. The amount of fuel provided is important, but if the bulk of the calories lack protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables youre just taking in empty calories which are not easily digested and dont provide your body with nutrients. In addition, most emergency situations sanitation decreases in a big way. When an individual is under high stress, exerting more than usual physical activity, and getting less sleep, they will need nutritious meals to provide their bodies with the energy needed to continue through the circumstances they face.

Your diet, for food storage and everyday life should be based on food quality not quantity. You should store nutritious, quality meals. You can always add extra calories if needed. One way is by adding high calorie emergency food bars. They are compact, lightweight, require no cooking and are easy to use and eat. They are designed for high intensity, survival situations and are non-thirst provoking. You may want to consider adding a few of these food bars to your food storage if you feel more calories are necessary.

The bottom line is that you need to balance your calories with nutrition. Food Storage doesn’t just have to be there to help you survive, but also to maintain your health in stressful emergency situations.

Better Nutrition With Homemade Soup

Many of my clients tell me how much they like having soup for lunch in the colder months, but most of the time, they name off various brands of soups bought at the store. Don’t get me wrong: many commercial soups are great options for the calorie conscious. The problem with canned soups, of course, is the sodium content. Some products have an excess of 1,000 mg of sodium per serving. To my way of thinking, this is far too much salt for one simple food item. So while it’s easy to turn to grocery store shelves for your lunchtime soup, consider making your own soup.

The beauty of homemade soup is that you can literally take any basic soup recipe and modify it based on ingredients you have on hand. You can make adjustments and get the sodium content reduced without foregoing good taste. Most soups start with a stock, broth, or a vegetable base. You can make your own stock if you have the time, but starting with a ready made broth can cut down on preparation time. If you buy ready made soup broth, I recommend that you read the labels carefully. Regular broth will make your homemade version of soup just as high in sodium as canned soup. The low sodium versions of broth have sodium too! I found that most of the “low sodium” brands of broth had close to 500 mg. sodium per serving. This is still too much if you are sodium conscious. I found several organic low sodium stocks with just 140 mg. per serving, so it pays to look around.

If you want to try making homemade soup for your lunches, here’s an idea: make one batch pot of a different soup every week. Keep enough of the soup on hand for one or two meals, and then freeze the rest in smaller containers, preferably 1-2 portion containers. If you make a different kind of soup each week, you will soon have a “selection”of different soups in your freezer that you can choose from for a quick lunch or dinner meal. Take a single serving of frozen soup to work and you’ll have a nice healthful meal ready to heat up.

Here is my favorite vegetable soup recipe:

Vegetable Barley Soup

2 Tb. olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup diced carrots 12 oz. fresh mushrooms chopped 1/2 cup barley (use pearl or hulless barley) 6 cups low sodium beef, chicken or vegetable broth 1/2 tsp coarse salt 2-3 cups chopped spinach, kale or Swiss chard

Heat oil in large pot and saut onions and carrots until tender. Add mushrooms and cook for another 2 minutes. Add barley, low sodium broth and salt. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer until barley is done. (Pearl barley takes about 40 minutes; hulless barley takes about 60 minutes to cook). Add chopped greens and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Serves 6.

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Gretchen Scalpi is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and Certified Wellcoach. Gretchen is the author of “The Quick Start Guide To Pre-Diabetes”, “The Quick Start Guide To Healthy Eating”, “The Everything Guide to Managing and Reversing Pre-Diabetes, 2nd ed.”, “The Everything Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd ed.” and “Pre-Diabetes Your Second Chance At Health”. You can find her products at http://www.nutritionxpert.com/products.

3 Learning Tips from Someone With Experience

How to Manage Classroom Behavior

It is the dream of numerous people to wind up as teachers with the objective that they can teach and guide kids in the right way to ensure they are recognizably sagacious and supportive people in the society, but often they tend to indulge in various repulsive behavior which will aggravate instructors thus it is very vital for an educator to know how to manage classroom behavior. A classroom that behaves well in like manner will provide a sufficient space for effective learning and in case you happen to be an educator and you are encountering significant troubles controlling your class, there are different procedures you can use to ensure that the children behave in a conventional reasonable manner as they should.

Various students have a short concentration span along these lines it is crucial to reliably be straight to the point at whatever point you are teaching with the objective that they can give you their total thought because if you divert from what you ought to instruct, they will get easily distracted and start doing usefulness activities inside the classroom. If on the other hand you are a class teacher, you should have a meeting with your understudies to talk about some crucial norms of the class that all understudies should follow, thus anyone found revoking them will be subject to a particular kind of punishment which can in like manner be discussed at the meeting.

You can also appoint a classroom prefect who will always keep the class in check whenever you are not around and point out the most cheeky students to you, this way the other students will develop a mature and responsible behavior even in your absence thus increasing their general moral conduct in class whenever a teacher is present or absent. At whatever point you are teaching, it is good have an instructing aid to completely get the attention of the class and strolling around the class while teaching will likewise hold the understudies conduct within proper limits particularly the ones that like sitting in the back of classes who are typically wicked if no consideration is given to them.

Likewise, consequently keep the conversation with your students in the classroom positive to Foster good behavior and also try to assign different roles to each one of the students so that no one feels left out and in that way you will be compelling them to be responsible which will improve the behavior in class. When you have entered the class to instruct after a break, it is typical to find the understudies taking part in discussions and doing underhanded stuff, therefore as opposed to hushing every one of them on the double, have a go at utilizing all the more well disposed techniques to motivate them to calm down for instance using a countdown which will give them enough time to rapidly settle down and get ready for the lesson.