Tell me a little bit about your background and family?
My husband and I have three little boys (7, 6, and 3) and live just outside of Chicago. I am a former middle school/high school teacher who eventually went into educational publishing and software development. I recently left my full time job and took on a freelance role so that I can be at home more and have a little more involvement in the day to day happenings at our house and in the kids’ school! We are a very active family! My husband and I are both runners and he played hockey through college. As one might expect, our kids now play hockey several days a week, and my husband and I do our best to stay in shape with regular workouts. We are out and about in the town we live in as well as in the city. And we enjoy traveling immensely…even with the kids, believe it or not! We believe strongly in teaching by example and living a healthy lifestyle so that we can continue to explore and adventure for many, many years to come! Keep on reading>
We can make up all kinds of reasons as to why it is easier to feed our kids processed food. But I am here to tell you we have been sold a bill of goods by real fine advertisers and the general population at large. Please humor me for 3 minutes of your precious Friday and read further as to why I think they are just plain ole’ wrong. When you buy real food from a farm and not a factory there is so much you don’t have to worry about.
Returning to school can be a trigger for many children, teens and even parents. The flexibility of the summer gives way to the rigidity of the school year and with it comes an increase in anxiety, acute and chronic stress and depression. Whether your child struggles with a clinical diagnosis or not does not take away from the impact the beginning of an academic year can have on a child’s thoughts, feelings and behavior. Make sure your child gets off to a good start when the school bell rings. Try out my ideas below:
Nothing says summer like a nice, big slice of sweet watermelon; however, you can enjoy the health benefits of watermelon all year long. Comprised of nearly 91% water this delicious fruit helps detox the body by flushing the system of toxins and excess fluid. Particularly love the juicy pieces of pink flesh? Go ahead and swallow the seeds and rind too! All is edible with the rind containing more chlorophyll and citrulline than the core. Dr. Mercola informs us that “citrulline is converted to arginine in your kidneys, and not only is this amino acid important for heart health and maintaining your immune system, but it has been researched to have potential therapeutic value in over 100 health conditions.” No need to list 100 health conditions. Just eat watermelon and know you pretty much have it all covered.
Most people would equate healthy eating with the notion that it will take heaps of time and money, therefore, they glide through a drive-thru in an attempt to avoid the inconvenience of cooking and the expense of shopping. But I think that is where the Western mentality gets it absolutely wrong. It is cheaper to cook at home. It is healthier to cook at home. And it does not have to take an inordinate amount of time to do it.
I thought it was time for a summer P.S.A. Your little camper might not have a happy tummy with these Happy Camper Cakes. And while the taste of pure sugar may momentarily make your child smile, his or her mood will soon turn sour from the effects of disregulated blood sugar levels and the hormonal shifts it creates. Not to mention the artificial ingredients seem to outnumber the real ingredients. Actually, I was hard pressed to find any real ingredients. And as a parent, I like to steer clear from items which represent food but are, in fact, not actually food. Maybe it’s just me but I want my food to rot. But I will leave it up to you to decide what you find to be acceptable. For now, read along.
I wish the garden could be my medicine cabinet. But it can never be my medicine cabinet. Because I kill gardens. Even when I try not to kill gardens. I under water my pots. I go three, four or five days without watering my pots. Then I realize I have neglected my garden. So I over water my pots. I over water to compensate for the poor decision to under water, which in fact is just another poor decision.
Everyday we are given hundreds of choices. We are not conscious of the impact each microscopic decision makes in our lives because they seem to be so small. But one choice leads to another and those pocket-sized choices create the change we see in our lives whether it is for the good or for the bad.
Kale is all the rage these days. It’s touted as a super food for its superior nutrition but the average kid isn’t going to bring a wilted piece of kale within five inches of his or her sweet little lips for two reasons usually. One: it is green. Two: it is a leaf. So what is a parent to do? You could get into a battle over dinner about the kale that has found its way to your child’s plate or you could escort a new little guy into town. Welcome my friends to the gateway green vegetable – the pea.
Children like love snacks. Ask any kid. They don’t want breakfast, lunch or dinner. Who wants a crazy thing like a meal when you can have… wait for it, wait for it… a bag of snacks! We wonder why our children aren’t hungry at meal time and then realize they have quietly been grazing their way through the day. Doesn’t allow for the hunger pangs to exactly set in, does it? Don’t worry. I am not being one of those judgy (is that a word?) moms. I’m guilty as charged. In fact, I am guiltier (really I should work on my grammar) because I actually write a blog about food and emotional health and all that jazz. Anyway, where were we? Keep on reading>