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Mon 9 Jan 2012
Do you ever feel like the woman in the picture? Completely frustrated with trying to get your kids to eat healthy? Don’t despair.
Believe it or not, picky eating is a part of childhood. Yes, the whole picky-eating-thing is a developmental stage that young children go through. The good news is, you are not alone. Many parents are experiencing the exact same issue. Truth is, if you focus on healthy eating, your children do not have to be destined to be junk-food-a-holics. So, as they go through this developmental phase of their lives what can you do? (more…)
Sat 24 Sep 2011
In honor of September being Childhood Obesity Month, I want to take a few moments to talk about the significance of childhood obesity and gives some tip and tricks to get your kids to eat healthy.
I probably don’t need to pour out the statistics… you have likely seen them numerous times. Childhood obesity is on the rise and it is serious! The health of our children is declining and MUST be addressed. From TV to video games to junk food to fast food, children today hardly stand a chance on their own. Yes, us parents are critically important in preserving the health of our children and setting the example.
Regardless of our constraints, it is imperative that we take responsibility for our children’s health and make it a priority in our lives. For many parents though, it is difficult to know where to begin. We are bombarded with marketing, mixed messages, and constraints on time and money. Here are some tips though to get you started in making a difference for your children and their health: (more…)
Sat 2 Jul 2011
With kids, it is hard to avoid candy. They get it from friends, family, at playdates, at birthday parties, and more. If you know me, you know that I dread having my kids even look at candy… forget eating it. Of course I do not want them to develop a complex about candy either so, I have to dissuade them from eating it very gently. My children already know that candy is a “red light” food and does not make their body big and strong but sometimes that is not motivation enough. Here is where the Candy Fairy enters. (more…)
Sun 14 Nov 2010
Dear Girl Scouts,
I am writing you this letter because I am deeply saddened by your organization. I love your mission and your goal to empower girls but something is amiss. (more…)
Sun 10 Oct 2010
Posted by Danielle under Uncategorized
Evan James was due on September 25, 2010. We had a homebirth planned with Jeanette Breen, the wonderful midwife who attended the home birth of our second child. Aside from the initial morning sickness (which I had with all of my kids), my pregnancy was pretty smooth sailing. In fact, I was still going to the gym for Kickboxing, Step class, and Zumba right up until the day before my delivery (I will probably never forget the instructor coming over during class and asking when I was due, using me as an example to get the class motivated. This, of course, was highly embarrassing for me as I am usually the one hiding in the corner of the room). I kind of chuckled and responded, “last week.”
The in-laws arrived in preparation for the baby’s birth on September 25th. I was initially nervous that they would miss the birth (… but apparently, I had no reason to be nervous since the baby ended up arriving 9 days late). (more…)
Tue 7 Sep 2010
With school back in session, many parents may be stocking up on juice boxes and packaged fruit snacks. But, before you do, you may want to pay careful attention.
Recently, the Environmental Law Foundation, a non-profit based in California, tested juice boxes as well as packaged fruits (e.g. sliced paches, fruit cocktail, etc.). They discovered that many of the products contained lead levels higher than the daily limit set forth by the FDA. Unfortunately, organic juices were also found to contain lead as were those found in stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s (my personal favorite store!). See the full list below. (more…)
Wed 1 Sep 2010
This 100 calorie snack contains trans-fats, MSG, and dyes! Ick!
School is back in session and parents are tying to figure out what snacks to provide their kids with. The grocery store circulars are filled with discounts and sales on all sorts of processed and packaged snacks that are chock full of preservatives, dyes, and even trans fats! There is no need to make yourself crazy though in search of snacks nor is there a need to give your kids snacks that are not healthy. Here are some ideas: (more…)
Tue 3 Aug 2010
Yesterday, Michelle Obama published an editorial piece in the Washington Post highlighting the importance of the Child Nutrition Bill in Congress. According to her letter, “the bill will make it easier for the tens of millions of children who participate in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program — and many others who are eligible but not enrolled — to get the nutritious meals they need to do their best. It will set higher nutritional standards for school meals by requiring more fruits, vegetables and whole grains while reducing fat and salt. It will offer rewards to schools that meet those standards. And it will help eliminate junk food from vending machines and a la carte lines — a major step that is supported by parents, health-experts, and many in the food and beverage industry.”
I love Ms. Obama’s intentions, but I personally think that the Child Nutrition Bill is simply not enough. While it has some admirable goals, I personally believe that their are several things missing. (more…)
Thu 10 Jun 2010
Chocolate toddler formula has been pulled from the shelves. I must admit, I am VERY relieved. The thought of chocolate formula certainly scares me and makes me really question where we are going wrong. What do you think? (more…)
Sat 7 Nov 2009
What a fabulous call! Kate Winch of Rejuvenation provided us with a powerful experiential class!
EFT truly is a wonderful tool to add to your kit! Not only did Kate provide us with two EFT demonstrations but she also shared with us how we can use EFT to help our kids as well.
EFT, or the Emotional Freedom Technique, or Meridian Tapping, is a bit like acupuncture without needles. It works by engaging both the body and the mind. While it may seem a bit odd at first, EFT produces extraordinary results.
EFT is particularly beneficial for parents and their hectic and often stressful lives because it is simple to do, can be done for just about any issue (pain, cravings, weight loss, stress, anger, etc., etc.), and parents can do it themselves.
Parents can also use EFT to help their kids deal with the same sort of issues. By using kid-friendly terms like “magic spots” parents can teach their kids EFT and allow their kids to make use of it as well. Before a parent engages in EFT with their child, it is important to first clear themselves.
To learn more about EFT, please check out some of the following sites:
If you are interested in working with an EFT practioner, Kate is FABULOUS and will work with you by phone! You may contact her at email@example.com. She has also offered $15 off your first session for Health for Parents participants.