Moods and Foods: What No One is Talking About

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I’m no scientist but I am going to take a leap and say your brain is attached to the rest of your body.  Crazy, I know. Now, I am really going to go out on a limb and say that the brain is a vital organ we ignore, better yet, shun.  If our brain isn’t functioning; let’s say, up to par; we simply write it off.  We dismiss illnesses of the brain.  We shame the poor health of the brain.  We take a diagnosis of the brain and we call it, “crazy.”

Last time I checked, no one called an illness of the heart, “psycho.” No on one has ever labeled an illness of the pancreas as “nutso.” In this day and age, most people, mildly agree to the notion that the way they live and the foods they eat influence their health. But not if that health is above the neckline.  Nope, that is where we stop dead in our tracks.

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Suit Up! Parenting Can Be an Emotional Battle

I know I am stating the obvious.  Parenting has exhilarating highs and bone crushing lows.  And just when you think you might have a clue as to what you are doing; reality takes one look at you and gives a nice, big, bellowing laugh.

I am a morning person.  I wake up most mornings around 5:30 am feeling energized and excited about the day. I happily make my way down the stairs and start to make my obligatory cup of hot green tea.  I envision how the day is going to play out as I gather the food for breakfast.  I think to myself, “today is going to be the day I nail this parenting thing!” I start to heat the oven and prepare my favorite meal of the day.  I can’t wait to eat! “Really, today is going to be awesome,” I am telling myself.  And then my children wake up.

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Go Ahead. “Get Egg on Your Face.”

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If there is one whole food most children love; it is eggs.  For good reason, they are delicious.  What you may not know is how nutrient packed these little gems are.  Eggs contain vitamins B6, B9, and B12.  Without these essential vitamins, your child’s brain begins to feel agitated and sad. He/she may have trouble focusing while feeling lethargic throughout the day.

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Good News About Your Child’s Anxiety

Good news! No, great news! Anxiety won’t kill you! Bad news! It just feels like it will.  Anxiety can rear its ugly head in countless ways.  Your child may frequently complain of stomachaches, headaches, and dizziness.  They may have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.  Little Susie may grab her chest and cry that she feels short of breath.  Her heart may feel like it’s racing.  Her body drenched in sweat may begin to shiver as she experiences a sudden onset of chills and you as a parent may be at a loss as to what to do.

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Might Your Kids be Feeling “Hangry” on Black Friday?

Hangry? Yes. Hangry! The term that so clearly defines your child’s expression of their innermost demons brought forth from a deep, dark cave of insatiable hunger.  You know the feeling yourself.  It’s 3:00 p.m. and your kids are arguing in the car.  You realize you have to gear yourself up for homework, making dinner and after school activities and a feeling of hanger starts to creep up into the driver’s seat.  Suddenly, you open your mouth and you sound like Darth Vader, “Kids…I am your MOTHAAA!!!”

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