by A. Grano on July 18th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Although there is much more hype about how to lose weight, there are actually some people that have difficulty reaching and maintaining a healthy weight! While a high metabolism may be thought of as a lucky ideal for some, it can actually be another person’s health bane.
Self-image is always a very personal topic. Just as someone may not be comfortable being overweight, being underweight (or even appearing to be) can put a damper on a person’s self-esteem and even lead to emotional health issues. For example, a young man trying out for the football team is typically “expected” to be a certain size and stature. A young woman may be faced with accusations of having an eating disorder.
Especially for parents, worrying about their children’s weight is of great concern, as healthy growth is quite dependent on proper nourishment. Parents of picky eaters can likely attest to worrying about their children becoming underweight, as they may hear “I’m not hungry”, no matter what foods are presented in front of their kids.
Healthy ways to build appetite & nutritious ways to put on weight
Natural ingredients such as Ashwagandha, also called ‘Indian ginseng’, is one of the most important Ayurvedic tonic herbs, recommended for supporting growth, energy and stamina. This herb is particularly helpful in supporting appetite. Borage, which has a long history of use for the digestive system, contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a fatty acid that the body converts to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin E1 (PGE1), which plays an important role in nutrition.
Try increasing the frequency of meals, or add snacks throughout the day. For help selecting healthy, tasty, as well as energy-dense foods that will increase calorie intake, try adding the following items to your diet or offer them to your child:
- Whole grain toast with peanut butter
- Oatmeal with granola, dried fruits and nuts
- Omelet with cheese and vegetables
- 2% milk or juices as beverages
- Salads or sandwiches prepared with avocado, nuts and an olive oil dressing
- Vegetables like potatoes and corn
- Brown rice or whole-grain pasta
- Dried fruits and seeds
- Apple slices with peanut butter
- Fruit smoothies with peanut butter, powdered milk, or protein powder added
- Whole-grain crackers with cheese slices
- Trail mix or granola
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