10 Ways to Reward Children Without Food

I will be the first to admit I reward my children with food on the occasion.  I love to find reasons to celebrate.  Ask my mother-in-law.  When she visits I find ways to spice up the day.  Anything and everything can be a reason.  You made it here in one piece – let’s celebrate! You recovered from jet lag – let’s celebrate! You survived our household for an entire week – let’s celebrate! Going for coffee (my mother-in-law) and tea (myself) is a primary example. And with the kids in tow, it may be a hot chocolate from our favorite chocolate store or an ice cream from our favorite chocolate store.  Yes, they are one in the same.  Because I like to frequently celebrate I have to find alternative ways to party with my children.  A cupcake every time they smile wouldn’t be conducive to healthy living so I opt out on the food and zero in on the quality time.

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Anxiety 101

 

Anxiety is leading a troubling trend in America. Mental illness is on the rise. Considered normal in situational occurrences; anxiety becomes abnormal when it blankets daily living. For anxiety to be considered a disorder, it must be pervasive in its origins.  Unfortunately, too many children and adolescents are functioning in a pool of excessive worry.  We must actively work to keep them from drowning.

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Bullying: The Who, What, When And Why

Bullying and its offshoot, cyberbullying are two terms, which carry heavy weight.  Since Columbine, Americans are quick to identify what is disproportionately normative behavior in childhood development as something sinister in its origins.  With the advent of social media, one phrase misplaced can create a tidal wave of social destruction.  Children are learning about boundaries in a world that cannot contain them.   Before you jump to conclusions that your child may be a victim of a bully or the one busy doing the bullying look for signs that may help point you in the correct direction.

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What We Sacrifice For The Sake of Perfection

Waiting for perfection to arrive, we sacrifice.  We sacrifice without knowing.  We sacrifice daily.  We lose out to the unattainable leaving ourselves frustrated and stressed in the pursuit.  Is this the road trip we want to take in life?  One of the things I love most in life is an unplanned road trip.  Maybe it is just another paradox of my life.  I love the unexpected but I want to plan the unexpected.  I don’t want it to creep up on me in my sleep.  I try to constantly find ways to control my daily existence.  Strange, I know.  But I am human and I do.  And isn’t that what control is all about?  Wanting a world to respond in perfect order.  Like all the time.  24/7.  I sacrifice everyday in small ways and large as a slave to perfection.  Chances are perfection is pulling you away from the very thing you want most out of life.  Waiting for perfection to arrive:       

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How To Get Hygge With It

As you can tell by my title I in my ignorance pronounced hygge as “higgy” because that is what you do when you don’t have a firm or loose grasp on the Danish language.  The Danes, who originated the concept, actually pronounce it, “hoo-guh.”  The term, with no direct English translation, refers to feeling cozy in a manner that creates contentment. Think of words that may bring the Danish spirit of hygge alive in your heart: relaxation, comfort, hug, console and you will be that much closer to the idea of “hoo-ugh!”

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An Apple A Day May Keep The Psychiatrist Away

Apples are one of the most commonly eaten fruits in America.  Antioxidant missiles are loaded in these nutrition bombs. We all know about the sweet crunchy taste of an apple but many of us are unaware that apples contain an unique chemical makeup in the form of quercetin, catechin, cholorgenic acid, and phloridzin.  It’s literally a mouthful, I know.  These difficult to pronounce antioxidants fight free radicals and oxidative stress, which we know by now can lead to the proliferation of disease in the human body when gone unchecked.

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Two Foods That Jack Up Your Child’s Anxiety

Have you ever given your kid an ice cream cone or candy bar and watched the immediate high unravel in a dizzying whirl?  You know where I am going with this article.  Sugar and simple carbohydrates (you got it – another form of sugar) is jacking up your child’s anxiety.  And if your child is not already anxious, sugar and simple carbs has the ability to create anxiety in your child over time.  We are talking about cookies, cupcakes, donuts, bagels, pasta, muffins, potato chips, soda, sports drinks, juice and flavored milk.  We are talking about foods and beverages that make the average kid salivate at the mere suggestion one is coming his/her way.

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Get Right With Raspberries

I love berries. And chances are- you do too!  Beyond their wonderful taste, here a few reasons to make raspberries a new weekly addition in your family’s diet.  Raspberries are extremely low in sugar.  5 grams to an entire cup!  Perfect for those who are trying to follow a low-sugar lifestyle.  Dr. Axe states, “Raspberries are very low on the glycemic index ranking as a 3 in glycemic load. Low-glycemic foods, such as raspberries, have little impact on blood sugar, ultimately helping stabilize it. Overall, it makes this low-sugar and high-fiber food option a great choice to include in any diabetic diet plan.”  If you follow my blog, you know that destabilized blood sugar lends itself to a destabilized mood.  If we want to improve our mood with our food; raspberries are one way to do it.

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3 Lab Tests Needed When Confronted With Depression And Anxiety

No one wants his/her child to feel depressed and/or anxious.  No one wants a child to suffer needlessly.  Many times we look for complicated answers to simple questions.  Is my child depressed?  Is my child struggling with anxiety?  Sometimes we can find the answer with an easy test.  Depression and anxiety can occur as a result of an undetected nutritional deficiency.  Unfortunately, most doctors will not screen for this routinely nor will therapists suggest this in most cases.  Hopefully, we can change that dialogue.  So until your practitioners suggest these guidelines; I will suggest them for you.  If you or a loved one is suffering from symptoms of depression or anxiety, please go to your doctor and request the following lab work:

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