The Gift We All Want To Give…

 

Do you ever find yourself studying pictures of people?  I could get lost for hours thinking about individuals in old photographs.  Did they think like me?  Were they happy with their family?  Was life everything they wanted it to be?  I don’t think I have ever looked at a photograph of a material object and had it pull at my heartstrings.  No, things don’t really make my soul sing.  I am sure that is true of most people.

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The High Cost Of Cheap Food

Whole Foods. Whole paycheck.  Or so the joke goes.  The misconception that organic, whole food is too expensive is a convenient excuse to make ourselves feel better for the choices we make.  We all have different incomes, budgets, and life circumstances.  I know when I speak; I speak from a place of white privilege.  I do not live in a food desert.

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We Don’t Keep Secrets

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Secrets isolate your children.  Secrets harm your children.  I was a year out of college and living in Boston when I got my first “real” job working for an agency that housed teenagers, who were aging out of the foster care system.  During my first training session, I listened to a grandmother who told her story of working with children who had suffered sexual and physical abuse.  Over time, these children became adults and the adults remained silent; living and breathing in their abuse without ever sharing a word.  Afraid if they told their “secret” they or their family members could be harmed or torn apart, at the very least, by their truth.

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Write Away Worry

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Write away your child’s worry!  If your child is dealing with a great deal of anxiety; grab your paper and a pencil and let them start writing.  They can write about anything.  It is the act of writing that pulls the brain out of worry mode.  Keep writing until the anxiety subsides.  Each time the anxiety re-emerges; get out your notebook.  You are helping your child’s brain switch gears.  You will be happy to know it works just the same for adults. Happy journaling!

The Brain Boosting Benefits of This Breakfast Bowl

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Try saying that title 5 times fast!  If you follow me on Facebook (by the way, I would love it if you did) then you are well-aware that I attempted to write this post approximately 3 days ago.  An article filled with glamorous nutritional content was swiftly derailed by my three little bears.  Not one to be easily deterred, I have set out to write the article you are longing for in the quiet hours of your evening.  Here we go.

The base of this delicious breakfast bowl is created by simply pouring kefir from the jar into a bowl.  Rocket science, I tell you! The type I purchase is  Maple Hill 100% grass-fed, whole fat and organic kefir.

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Kefir and Three Little Bears

 

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Don’t worry! This is NOT a post about kefir. It was GOING to be a post about the health benefits of this delicious breakfast bowl but my children thought otherwise. No, this post is about the struggles we all face feeding our children something weird like REAL FOOD.

Who does that? Who buys and then puts together actual food for their children to eat in the morning? I suppose a lunatic because that is how I was treated when my three baby bears woke up this morning and made their way into the kitchen.

It Doesn’t Have To Be All Or Nothing

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Jamming in the mini-van with tired and cranky children, you suddenly realize you are about to face the dreaded second shift.  Overwhelmed by the thought of taking a turkey, plucking the feathers, and cooking from scratch; you veer off the road at the quickest stop-McDonald’s.  You reason it is a justified evil.  “It is this or Hell when you get home,” you tell yourself.  Frankly, who wouldn’t pick McDonald’s over Hell?  So you roll into the drive-thru and buy your Hell-avoiding Happy Meals.  Now you can leave with the peace of mind that you have just gained back two hours of your life from torturous cooking methods.

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Food Hack for Fish

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If your kids don’t eat salmon but you want them to enjoy it for its brain healthy Omega-3 content, try this: Buy a can of canned salmon and add it to your child’s mac n’ cheese, bed of rice/quinoa, salad or a bowl of spaghetti with olive oil, salt, pepper and a little grated parmesan.  They won’t be overwhelmed by the new taste when it is mixed into a food they already love and you won’t be overwhelmed by spending the money and time on buying the fish whole and serving it as a filet.  With time, they will love it and then you can make your move to serving it freshly caught!  Let me know if this food hack works for you. Enjoy!

Helpful hint:  Be mindful of your seafood consumption.  Please check this website for guides and regulations: www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm393070.htm