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"Diana, just a quick heads up to let you know we are still using your cookbook and the guys will often be heard saying what would Diana say about this or that....really good feed back... I made your potato salad and the oriental coleslaw on Sat. for a family luncheon and had rave reviews so thanks again."

Maeghan Henke
BC Hydro

Nutrition Questions from September 28/99 Noon News Hour

September 28th, 1999

As seen on BCTV September 28/99


1) Jenny from Kamloops: 8-month old son, eating solids, but not interested in breast milk…
If your little guy is ready to wean, it my be time to let this natural process happen. However, to promote breastfeeding for longer, ensure he is not filling up on too many other fluids such as water or juice. Also, consider spacing food feedings and breastfeedings further apart to enhance his appetite.

2) Bill from Barriere: foods that cause skin problems, but what’s good?
Foods to consider to enhance your skin health include foods rich in zinc such as whole grain breads and cereals and shellfish; foods rich in vitamin E such as wheat germ, nuts, vegetable oils and green leafy vegetables; and of course, ensure you stay well hydrated by drinking water and de-emphasizing dehydrating foods and beverages such as overly sweet or salty foods, caffeine and alcohol.

3) Jamie from Kaleden: whole grain diet, lowering cholesterol…
Yes, fibre is critical in assisting the cholesterol-lowering process. Together with whole grain breads and cereals, emphasize lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and reduce your total fat intake. Exercise is also a key part of the process.

4) Pam from Abbotsford: acidic foods, cutting back…
Foods high in acid include all citrus fruits, all tomato products and certain other fruit juices.

5) Mike from Surrey, endurance athlete…40-30-30 diet.
This “zone-style” diet based on 40% of calories as carbohydrate, 30% as protein and 30% as fat definitely has some positive features: it promotes a more balanced approach and encourages regular feedings throughout the day with adequate protein. Critics of the approach are concerned the diet can end up providing too much fat and cholesterol, thereby increasing the risk of heart disease and related problems. The low carbohydrate level may also end up having a negative effect on energy for some people – in particular endurance athletes – due to a lowering of muscle glycogen stores.

Watch for the Eating for Energy segment every Tuesday on BCTV’s Noon News Hour!

Article written by Patricia Chuey and reprinted with permission