Be Food Safe – Always

Food safety is one issue that we should always keep top-of-mind. Here are a few basic guidelines to remember during this season of the noshes, nibbles, buffets, potlucks, and office parties that are key to food safety.

Wash Your Hands

Hand washing is essential. Hand washing in warm soapy water will eliminate many of the culprits that can cause food-borne illnesses as well as the common cold and flu. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends washing your hands for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing food. Not sure how long 20 seconds is? If you sing or hum two verses of “Happy Birthday,” as you soap up, that should add up to the required amount of time you need to spend in the suds.

 

Safe Food Handling

In handling uncooked meat, fish and seafood take care to not splash or spatter any juices from the food onto other items in your food preparation area. In being careful to avoid spatter, you can limit the chances of cross-contamination. Cross-contamination occurs when uncooked protein food juices i.e. meat, fish or poultry are splashed onto the cutting board or colander where you will place produce; this will cross-contaminate and may create conditions that will cause a food-borne illness.

Produce

If purchasing pre-packaged salad greens, they have been washed in chlorinated water during processing. However if purchasing loose, unbagged greens, they should be rinsed in tepid or lukewarm water.

Fruits with rinds such as melons, oranges and pineapple should be washed before using to prevent any bacteria on the outside from being transferred to the inside when you cut into the fruit. Sturdy fruits and vegetables should be scrubbed lightly with a produce brush.

Keep Hot Foods Hot & Cold Food Cold

By keeping foods at the appropriate temperatures, you can minimize the risk of food borne illnesses. Hot foods need to be above 140oF and cold foods should be held at temps of 40 oF or below. Most refrigerators are at 40 oF or lower. Letting foods hold at temperatures between 40 oF F and 140 oF is not recommended-this range is considered the “danger zone.” It is considered the “danger zone” because this is the temperature range that will enable bacteria to grow and multiply rapidly. For example if you are using a slow-cooker, it is important to make sure the food you are cooking reaches a temp of 140 oF or above within four hours.

To insure that food reaches the recommended temperatures for doneness, I advise my clients to invest in a food thermometer. They are relatively inexpensive and will provide peace of mind. You’ll know the food has cooked to the recommended done temperature and you will reduce the risk of overcooking. Unfortunately it is a tough task to remedy overcooking.

On the Label

Read food labels and understand the dates on the packages. Sometimes when products are on special or appear to be a great value, that discounted price may be because the product …

The Lifting Technique Is a Good Way to Stop Bedwetting

You are tired of changing the bed sheets every morning. Will your child get out of this habit? Do you need to take him to the doctor? Are you completely confused with what to do? If your child is 5 to 10 years of age there are still chances of him getting out of this habit. However, in case your child has turned a teenager, it is a matter of concern for both of you. We recommend that you consult a doctor to rule out any medical concerns. But, before you go ahead and spend hundreds of dollars in your child’s treatment, you can try out the “lifting technique” mentioned here. Today, we are going to discuss both the positives and negatives of this technique. Read on to know more:

What is the lifting technique?

It is a quite simple technique where one hardly has to spend any money. Few hours after your child has gone to bed, wake him up and take them to the washroom to pee. We recommend that you follow this technique at 10pm every night. This will ensure that he does not wet his bed in the middle of the night.

How to stop bedwetting? OR Is it a solution to look forward to?

It is important to note here that the lifting technique is not a solution in itself. This technique will not instruct the brain to stop bed wetting. But yes, it will instruct the brain to get up in the middle of the night to pee. And when this technique is carried out for a prolonged period of time, your child will stop the urge to wet the bed.

There may be times when your child has stopped bed wetting but then his habit lapses and he starts to wet the bed all over again. In such a situation, the lifting situation helps a lot. Continue this technique for as long as he continues to wet the bed. Once he stops it, you can do away with the technique as well.

For some parents, this technique of lifting your kids in the middle of the night is quite convenient. Instead of changing wet bed sheets every morning, it is better to wake your child in the middle of the night and take him to the washroom to pee. If you are a working parent, you will find this technique all the more effective compared to changing wet and stinking bed sheets every morning. Moreover, your child is a teenager; he too will like this technique than changing of bed sheets.

Note:This technique can help get rid of bed wetting on a temporary basis if not permanently. Along with this technique, you need to take into consideration your child’s eating and drinking habits, lifestyle, medical issues and emotional well being to uproot bedwetting from the basis.

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