Kids Health

Teach Kids about Food


There is definitely something wrong with our society when we need to explicitly teach kids about what food is, which foods are healthy, and which foods to stay away from.

It is essential, in my opinion, to teach children about what our world of food is like today.

Every family is different and has different beliefs about what is healthy for their children and what is not. But there are some basics that we all know as fact:

  1. Processed food is of little nutritional value and can cause harm.
  2. Whole foods, in their natural raw state (fruits and vegetables) do your body good.

Start simple with your kids.

Get more of the good stuff into their bodies, and less of the bad stuff.

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Eating for Health

A Smoothie Start


Did you know you can pack nutrients into a delicious tasting smoothie? Drinking a smoothie in the morning, or as a snack at any time of day, is a great way to keep healthy.

My day started with the smoothie pictured below. It has water, orange juice, spinach, cucumber, pear, frozen banana and berries.

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Even on a cold winter day (-28 degrees celsius) a cold smoothie does the trick.

Mental Strength

Holiday Hangover


I don’t mean from alcohol.

It’s that time of year when I have enjoyed myself by eating food I normally would avoid. For some reason, it seems like no big deal.

Just a few days, right, and then back to normal?

Unfortunately, that’s not the reality when I have left-over food in my house. Cheese. Wine. Chocolate.

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So, the question is. Am I strong enough to just dump the leftovers in the garbage? My spouse probably won’t want to “waste” it.

Whether it is in the garbage or in our bellies, the result is the same. It’s gone. But the food in our bellies lingers on with an extra belt hole being created for extra belly room.

Alas, I continue to work at not being too hard on myself, so… I’ll give in to the holiday feeling of relaxing and enjoying myself…until I feel rejuvenated and ready to get back to reality.

When that magical time of motivation hits me, I’ll probably pull out all the stops (books, recipes, recommitment) and jump into 2014 with a vengeance to lose weight…once again.

 

Eating for Health, Health and Wellness

10 Best and Worst


Need a reminder about what foods are best for you? I know I could use a reminder now and again.

There are many different approaches to good health; the poster below gives you one of those approaches by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.

 

Regardless of how you eat, it’s tough to argue with his philosophy of nutrition.

Click the image for a larger view.

 

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Mental Strength, Personal Growth

It’s Ok Not to be Perfect


My last post was about not being so hard on myself.

This last week was a bit low for me because I didn’t stay on track with eating the way I wish to. I was so hard on myself! I continue to reflect on this idea and remind myself to be kind to myself and notice the good things I’m doing.

All weekend, I’ve been thinking about how I do not do the things needed to change my lifestyle. I decided I need to make changes..I need to move my body! So, basically I’ve been obsessing about it. Today, my daughter and I decided to attend hot yoga each morning this week, at 6 a.m. I know, it sounds a bit crazy, a bit extreme!

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Thank you to Yoga Teacher Journal at http://www.yogateacherjournal.com/can-bikram-yoga-help-reverse-cancer-processes/ for this great image.

We’ve both done hot yoga before, and we really enjoy it. Specifically, we’ve done Bikram Hot Yoga. It is tough at first, but the amazing work out you get, along with the cleaned-from-the-inside feeling is worth it. After you hang in for a while, you start to notice that you can do poses you couldn’t do before and you can go further in previous poses where your movement was limited.

As I was rattling off my goal of going all five days this week to hot yoga (aka…perfectionist talk), to my daughter, I thought wait a minute. Get off that perfectionist train! I then said out loud to her, “We don’t have to go all five days, but that is who I want to be. It’s ok if we go only a few times. I do not have to be perfect.”

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(Source of quote: Craft, Play Love- http://craftplaylove.blogspot.ca/2012/02/power-of-positive-printing.html)

I have a vision of the person I want to become. That person feels vibrant and energetic every day. That person is trim and fit and confident. Ultimately, that person eats well, gets enough sleep and enjoys life. Part of that vision is that this person makes hot yoga a part of her life. I’ve gone to hot yoga off and on, and last year in August, I think I went about 17 times. I was impressed with myself!

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Awesome image from Christart-http://www.christart.com/clipart/image/rejoice

In fact, I have told oodles of people about how great hot yoga is. I really do love it. So, why did I give it up? I don’t know. It’s sort of like Newton’s first law of motion (also called Law of Inertia which is :

An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force.

An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

I’m not sure what the unbalanced force was…well, it was likely just my brain. Or it could have been a distraction that caused me to miss a few days, which led to a few more days. And then, I was at rest. So a disatisfaction of how things are today makes me feel unbalanced. I am my own force and will put my body back in motion!

So, for this week, I am going to take positive steps towards becoming that great person I described earlier. The person I want to be. But….I accept the fact that those steps will not lead me down a perfect path.

I accept that my journey may be bumpy or not move at a consistent pace. I accept me as my imperfect little self.