Eat Healthy, Live Healthy!

Parents believe that the more they accommodate to their children’s wants, the more the children will listen to them. False. Yes, giving your kid candy might prevent an “I am tired from school” tantrum, but it will not benefit them at all.

This week Finkl’s Sisters 4 Science learned about healthy eating. Our incredible guest was nutritionist Iris Berry! Iris told the girls that a healthy meal doesn’t take long to prepare. She gave us a delicious demonstration using mangoes and strawberries. Iris also used salt, peppers, and lemon which she said were only used as additives and preservatives. Additives and preservatives should not be used as much because they sometimes intervene with our digestive process. That is why we should smell our food before eating it: Smelling begins the digestive process and it also prevent the excessive use of additives like salt.

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Iris told us to, “Pick foods for what you’re going to do during the day. ”

Jennifer, Lesly, Denise, and Jade enjoying the mouth watering mangoes and strawberries.

She also mentioned how people choose bad food such as the abuse of caffeine. For instance, if we need a lot of energy  we can choose to eat fish that gives us plenty of energy without any after effect. Then Lesly added, “Not coffee because it’s bad. It’s like a drug that gives you energy but then it gets you tired.”

Iris  spoke about the importance of … “poop and pee.” She explained that we should pay attention to what our body tells us because it’s always right. She said that sometimes our bodies need more than just healthy food. Drinking 8 ounces 8 times a day was of extreme importance for the well being of our bodies. She said that drinking 8 oz of water before a meal can help digest it better. In addition, chewing your food right can help as well. She also told the curious girls how food went from “yummy” to “yucky.” Iris told them that there were ” acids and enzymes that break down their food which then went to be extracted, absorbed, and last but not least, eliminated.”  However, paying attention to what your body gets rid of is as important as paying attention to what goes inside of your body. Iris told us that a normal stool should come out easy and in a shape of a banana. Normal pee shouldn’t be yellow, transparent, or blue. It should be pale and if its something like blue then it’s because we ate a candy with strong food dye.

I think it’s safe to say that the girls learned that  a healthy meal can be done as fast as opening a bag of hot cheetos.

Drink water, chew well, and eat healthy!

Thank you Iris!!!

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Sisters 4 Chromatography – Nov 5 at Reavis

By Reem

ReavisThis week, to celebrate the beginning of November, the Sisters at Reavis learned about the components of a leaf, and how leaves change color in the fall. First, we all answered the question: What makes a human? If you had to describe a human to an alien, how would you do it? The girls had interesting answers, ranging from “humans eat” to “humans speak to each other” to “humans have fun!” Then, we turned our attention to our next question: what makes a leaf? We learned about pigments, and how chlorophyll (which is necessary for photosynthesis) makes the leaves green. In the fall, chlorophyll wears off, and the other pigments in a leaf are exposed, making the leaves look red or yellow.

20131105_172752 (1)To investigate this phenomenon, each Sister took a leaf of a different color, poured nail polish remover on it, and used a coffee filter to absorb the pigment from the leaf–this technique is called chromatography. The girls had a lot of fun, and learned something neat about pigments and leaves, too!