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5 foods you should avoid during pregnancy

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As soon as a woman discovers she is pregnant, there is an awareness that she is no longer taking care of just herself.

This means she needs to avoid whatever would put her and her baby at risk. With this in mind, here are five foods women should not eat during pregnancy.

1) Raw fish
One food a pregnant woman needs to avoid is raw or undercooked fish. This includes the likes of sushi and any other seafood that is undercooked.

This is important because such foods might contain bacteria that is harmful to both the mother and the baby.

2) Raw eggs
While eggs are rich in protein, contain all the essential amino acids needed in the body and are good for consumption by pregnant women, there should be a limit when they are raw.

Eating raw eggs exposes a pregnant woman to risk of Salmonella infection. Some foods which also contain raw eggs need to be avoided by pregnant women. These include the likes of homemade ice cream, cake icing etc.

3) Alcohol
To have a healthy pregnancy and baby, alcohol is one drink every pregnant woman is advised to avoid. According to some studies, the intake of alcohol while pregnant increases the risk of miscarriage and still birth.

Some researchers even say a small amount of alcohol during pregnancy can negatively affect a baby’s brain development.

4) Caffeine
As soon as a woman is pregnant, she also needs to limit her intake of anything that contains caffeine.

This is because caffeine is easily passed on to babies via the placenta when ingested by the mother, and since the babies do not have the enzymes needed to metabolize caffeine, it affects them negatively.

5) Organ meat (Liver)
Another food pregnant women should avoid is liver. This particular food contains high levels of vitamin A in the form of retinol which is dangerous and toxic to a developing baby.

Excessive intake of vitamin A in this form while pregnant can lead to birth defects in the form of mutations and even lead to the development of cancerous cells.

In addition to the above, it is also advised that pregnant women limit their intake of sugary foods and processed junk foods as these can also be harmful during pregnancy.

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5 ways to avoid weight gain during the festive period

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One thing is sure to happen during Christmas period, you will eat till you pop, and while many others have decided to give up on their weight loss goals and journey, there are many ways to ensure you are not overfed and you stick to your fitfam goals.

  1. Eat healthily
    Stock up on carrots, cabbage, lettuce and fruits like oranges, pineapple and bananas. The great thing about vegetables and fruits is that they are quite filling. You can also make salads and smoothies with them.
  2. If you are going out, eat before you go
    One reason people eat a lot is wherever they are during the festive period, they are offered food that’s so high in calories. This can be sorted out by eating healthy before you go out, so you can say no when offered food.
  3. Use a small plate and eat small portions
    This is an unknown hack, but if you must eat jollof rice, plantain, pounded yam and all sorts, use a small plate which would reduce your portion size, so you are not overfed.
  4. Stay away from carbonated beverages
    There are so many alternatives to soda. Like freshly squeezed juice and even yoghurt. Keep your alcohol level to a minimal level because alcohol even has as many calories as soda.
  5. Take long walks
    Don’t just eat and sit down during the holidays, you have got to move around! When you feel stuffed and almost constipated, drink a lot of water and take a long walk.
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5 foods to eat when you have diarrhoea

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Here’s what you need to eat when you find out that you have diarrhoea.

Even though your appetite may virtually disappear between your frequent trips to the toilet, drink a lot of water in your stomach, and stock up on meals that will make your stool firm, reduce diarrhoea and restore regular bowel function.

  1. Boiled potatoes
    One of the healthiest foods available today is the potato. is sweet potatoes especially when you have diarrhoea.

However, be careful not to fry the potatoes; instead, boil them and eat them without anything else. That shouldn’t be too difficult since they are already so sweet.

  1. White bread

Whole wheat bread contains insoluble fibre, which might stimulate digestion and make diarrhoea worse. It is much better to eat white flour-based bread.

  1. White rice
    One of the safest bets when purging is white rice. Don’t add stew or any other type of vegetables to it, just eat it as it is.
  2. Water/Coconut water

You need to drink a lot of water when purging because it keeps the body hydrated. Dehydration from diarrhoea can be harmful because you are losing a lot of vital nutrients like vitamins. Also, drinking coconut water will help you restore strength and nutrients.

  1. Oatmeal
    Oatmeal is incredibly nutritious and offers numerous health advantages. Oatmeal contains soluble fibre, which helps to firm up stools by absorbing water in the gastrointestinal tract. Eat it plainly and don’t add any additives.
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Five table manners everyone is guilty of flouting

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Are you one of those who make all forms of sounds while eating or the type who leans into a bowl/plate while scooping food?

Table manners are rules of etiquette to be adhered to when eating but while one is in the process of devouring a meal, it’s easy to forget manners.

Here are five of the most commonly flouted table manners.

Bending over to eat
This rule simply states that you should not bend over your meal. Bring the food to your mouth, do not take your mouth to the food.

If you walk into any Nigerian restaurant, you’d find majority of those there bending over their plates and concentrating on the food like it’s their last meal.

Instead of bending over your food, why not move closer to the table or better still take small portions to avoid spillage.

No elbows on the table
From the man who has his elbow on the table while doing justice to a bowl of fufu to the lady trying to act “posh” by placing her other arm on the table, many are guilty of this.

It’s almost like we want our elbows to witness the battle between our cutlery and the plate.

No gadgets while eating
Our gadgets are close to our hearts and for many, the thought of missing an important call or mail is very scary, so we tend to reach for our devices after every scoop of food.

Even though the chances of putting food in your nostrils instead of your mouth are slim, taking a short break to eat is not a bad thing.

Keep your hands away from your hair
This is common among ladies who feel the need touch their hair while eating – either to keep the other hand busy or to keep the hair away from the food.

However, this act increases the possibility of your hair falling into your food.

Don’t lick fingers
Anyone who has enjoyed Nigerian foods eaten with bare hands can testify to their sumptuousness.

Hence, those who don’t want to let go of the awesome taste lick their fingers to get every scrap of the food.

If you enjoyed the food so much, why don’t you get a second serving.

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