Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Observance

As you start your Thanksgiving preparation here is something to keep in mind....

 Thanksgiving Observance

 Author Unknown
 
Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tips for Eating your way to a better Marathon

From Shape Magazine "Whether you're running your first 26.2 or are looking to take home a PR, Susan Kleiner, Ph.D., R.D., best-selling author of numerous books including Power Eating, has advice to help your marathon be your best."

Read the suggestions here

Monday, November 5, 2012

Omega 3s

From a trainer I workout with today.....
"I was doing everything right, but I wasn't taking fish oil.  When I started taking fish oil my cholesterol went down."
What she takes?
Usana's Biomega
Why?
She wouldn't stick with the other products she tried because of the "fish burps" but the lemon oil in the Biomega made a difference she can live with!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Grass Fed Beef

I just picked up an awesome pamphlet from AmericanGrassFedBeef, I wanted to share a little with you.

Health benefits of grass fed beef:
  • source of high quality protein
  • iron
  • zinc
  • seleium
  • phophorous
  • B-complex vitamins
  • lower in fat and calories, about the same as skinless chicken breast
  • higher in Omega-3's
  • high in conjugated linoleic acis (CLA) 
  • higher in vitamin E
  • higher in carotenoids
  • millions of times lower risk of E.coli and no rish of Mad Cow disease
Sounds good to me!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fish Oil, Omega-3, DHA....oh My

As moms, we constantly wonder if we are giving our children the best start in life. One current
topic for moms is DHA, a component in foods that is critical to brain development. So many
food products claim to be better because they have added DHA. But what does this mean to us?

Omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA are essential - they are not made by our bodies, so we must get through through our diet.  Research shows that children whose mothers took fish oil supplements during pregnancy
have higher intelligence and a lower risk of mental deficiency or cognitive delay. These children
also differ in tranquility and balance. 

DHA alone is insufficient because other omega-3s (primarily EPA) also play important roles. A good source of both DHA and EPA is fish oil. Fish oil provides the quick energy that improves signal transmission between brain cells, and assists the brain in the storage and retrieval of information. In short, omega-3s are essential in your child’s brain development.

Unfortunately, nearly 80% of children in North America are deficient in omega-3s. Other than obesity, this may be the biggest nutritional problem in America. Children deficient in omega-3s can display hyperactivity, impulsivity, restlessness, tantrums, impaired cognitive ability, and sleep disturbances.

I try to get omega-3s in my boys' diets through grass fed beef, grass fed milk and wild
caught fish.  Yet, children can be notoriously picky eaters, especially when it comes to fish. Without
nutritional supplements, they are just not getting enough DHA or EPA. Finding a safe and
effective supplement is critical, since many fish oil supplements can be tainted with mercury. Many
multivitamins containing DHA do not have a concentration that is effective. Do your research
and find a company that you can trust, for my family that company is Usana Health Science. Adding this essential nutrient into your child’s diet is one easy step that we all can take to ensure the health and well being of those we have the honor of raising.

Market Day

Does your school participate in the Market Day fundraising?  Ours does.  I've had my first look through the catalog and here are my top healthy choices.


Frozen Veggies that are on the Environmental Working Group's Clean 15 list and have no additional ingredients:
  • Asparagus spears
  • Extra Young Tiny Peas
  • Sweet Corn
Frozen Broccoli
Not on clean 15, but not a dirty dozen either. 

30 Count String Cheese
I am constantly on the border about buying cheese that is not organic.  I only buy organic milk.  If you don’t mind non-organic dairy these seem like a good choice.  I have not purchased myself and the reviews seemed mixed.  Ingredients: Pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, and enzymes.

Tropicana Orange Juice Singles
100% Juice, No pulp,
Oranges are neither clean 15 or dirty dozen
I think since they are in cartons instead of plastic they would be bpa free

9-Grain Orzo Blend
Whole grains and veggies, though not “clean” veggies

Wild Alaskan Grilled Salmon
I as hopeful about this one but saw no icon for the “no preservatives, artificial flavors or colors and no trans fat" category.  The ingredient list includes: cultured dextrose, corn syrup solids, salt, spice extractives, sugar, dehydrated garlic, dehydrated onion, maltodextrin, spices, paprika, natural flavor, sodium phosphates.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Children's Vitamins.....Ut-oh

Here is a great example about why you should be choosy about what supplement company you trust.   Luckily in this case nobody was hurt, just a false claim.  

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, charged NBTY with making false and unproven claims that its multivitamins — which featured Disney and Marvel Heroes characters — promoted healthy brain and eye development in children. According to the FTC, the vitamins’ packaging and print ads touted the amount of DHA as significant, but the multivitamins contained only a trace amount of DHA (0.1 mg). The FTC also alleged that the company’s claims about the brain and eye health benefits of its multivitamins were not supported by scientific evidence.

If you bought these vitamins you may qualify for a refund.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I just read a really nice article from the Magazine of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Since many of you may not read this I thought I would post some of the highlights of the article here.  The article is titled "Role of Pleasing your Child is one of Futility"

"Children gain strength, confidence and proficiency as they struggle through their challenges......Providing an environment with age-appropriate limits, time and space to practice, encouragement along the way, and loving empathy when they struggle is the best use of our energy....Our goal is to gently lead them to self-evaluate and discover solutions for themselves....with an attitude of loving support, void of criticism and judgment...A vital life lesson also is learned in the mistakes and failures, with us lovingly by their side."

and don't we all want strong, confident, proficient children today and leaders of tomorrow.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Summer Reading

Don't forget to sign your kids up for the summer reading program at your favorite library! 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

inspiration

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.  But most of all, the world needs dreamers who do.
--Sarah Ban Breathnach

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Smoothies for everyone

Need some ideas to get your smoothie on?

flax--fresh ground is best, or flax meal---good source of omegas and fiber
flax oil
avocado--good, healthy source of fat
fresh or frozen berries--low glycemic food
spinach, kale, or greens
cinnamon--boosts metabolism and helps keep insulin levels stable
Usana Health Science brand Fibergy
pumpkin seeds
yogurt--try some of the non-dairy kinds like almond and coconut
Usansa brand Probiotics
Green tea--boosts metabolism
Cilantro--good for detox, lowers blood sugar, and more
nuts--almonds, walnuts, etc.
almond milk
coconut milk
almond butter
fresh ground ginger
oatmeal

Inspiration

A cheerful heart is good medicine

Proverbs 17:22

Monday, May 14, 2012

My Kids' Smoothies

My boys smoothie today....

milk
frozen mixed berries (organic from Trader Joe's)
frozen pineapple (from Trader Joe's)
cinnamon
almonds
flax

....and don't forget, today's leftover smoothie can be tomorrow's frozen popsicle treat!