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

A Fun Feeling Exercise for Kids

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Some families are more comfortable discussing their feelings than others.  First of all, be okay with that.  All families are different, each with its own style of operation.  No one is asking that you sit around holding hands all night singing Kum Ba Yah with each other.  Unless that is your thing, then go for it.  I always think it is best to start out simple.  Get the conversation going in a non-threatening way.

I did this exercise time and time again in therapy sessions with children and teens.  I love it because it works, plain and simple.  So give it a whirl at home tonight.

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Can You Pronounce This?

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Methylcellulose.  It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue; does it? I am not a linguist.  Surprise! Surprise!  However, I would like to think I have a firm grasp on the English language especially since it is the only language I know.  And methylcellulose makes me question myself.  For one, why am I having difficulty pronouncing it?  Secondly and most importantly, what the heck is it?

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When to Seek Treatment for Your Child

qtq80-ydp43iI hesitated writing this article.  The topic is truly subjective in nature.  For obvious reasons, there is a great deal of weight to the question of whether or not someone should seek help for their family.  If I am correct in my thinking and you are grappling with the answer then my thought is you already have your answer.  Chances are you have been debating for months or even years before clicking on the title of this headline.  So, I ask you.  What is holding you back from making the next step?

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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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