Category Archives: Health & Wellness

How To Generate A Positive Body Image In Our Children

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I believe this is such an important subject. Negative body image can lead to eating disorders, depression and a lifetime of poor self esteem. It is our job as parents to foster a healthy and positive outlook when it comes to our bodies. Here are some tips on how we can do just that!
  • Never call yourself fat or say negative things about your body.
  • Talk about what your body can do not just how it looks
  • Value people for who they are, not how they look
  • When you see someone in public or on TV that is not a size “2” but looks wonderful, point out how beautiful they look
  • Keep healthy food choices in the home and cook with fresh ingredients
  • Show your children how they can enjoy treats such as ice cream in moderation
  • Talk about how healthy eating is good for our bodies and has nothing to do with our weight, but rather how it helps our body work
  • Spend time daily doing a physical activity with your child, this will energize them
  • Refrain from making comments such as ” she is so fat”, “those jeans make you look skinny”, “you need to lose weight”, “I need to wear my fat pants today”
  • Speak positively about your body
  • Tell them that they look healthy and strong and beautiful

10 Tips to Create More Joy and Togetherness In Your Family

Life is busy…we are all over scheduled with work, school, sports, dance classes, etc.  It can take a toll on us. Here are some tips on how to regroup and bring some joy and togetherness back to your family,
1. Eat meals together…I know this is not always easy but it really does make a difference. This is a time to be together without any outside distractions and share a meal and stories about your day with each other. In my family this is a phone free and television free time.
2. Plan and prepare meals together- let your children get involved in all aspects of the meal planning and preparing. Find a recipe. Make a list of what you will need. Shop for the items together. Prepare the meal together. This is such a wonderful learning experience and bonding time.
3.Get outside and explore. Geocaching is a great way to do this and lots of fun. Play a game of soccer, rake leaves or take a walk or bike ride.
4. Teach faith…in our family we go to church. If you do not go to church or temple or the like, there are still many ways to teach faith. Show them to believe in something…God, nature, Mother Earth, but most importantly themselves.
5. Volunteer together…this is an enriching experience. Get in touch with your local soup kitchens, hospitals, churches etc and find opportunities for your family to volunteer together.
6. Have family rituals…family movie night, game night, bowling night…you name it! The goal is to spend time together and have fun.
7. Do chores together. Work around the house together as a team. Give everyone an age appropriate chore to do and spend an hour doing chores together. Make it fun by blasting some music!
8. Dance together. In our house we love to play music and dance around the kitchen together…it is so much fun and relieves stress.
9. Learn something new together. Find things that each family member is interested in learning, maybe it is learning to play a new instrument or learning how to ski. Learn together as a family, it will be very rewarding.
10. Ask your children to teach you what they learn. When children come home from school  ask them to teach you what they learned that day. This shows them that you are interested in their day and allows them to practice the skills that they learned.

Warm Your Tummy Tea

5  black tea teabags

2 cinnamon sticks

8 whole allspice

zest from 1/2 orange

11 cups water

12 oz can frozen orange juice concentrate

1/2 cup lemon juice

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup honey

 

In a cheesecloth bag, place teabags, cinnamon sticks, allspice and orange zest. Place bag in a 3-quart saucepan, add water and simmer for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for an additional minute. Remove spice bag and serve.

Take a Hike

I love being outside as often as possible regardless of the weather, my children are the same. I have found that when I need a new perspective on things or to clear my head the choice is clear. Go outside. I am lucky enought to live in an area that is filled with natures bounty. The list of things to do is endless…hiking, skiing, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing.

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I am also lucky enough to have a core group of friends that enjoy the outdoors as much as I do. We are raising our children to get out and explore because you never know what you might find.

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There are days that I probably should stay home and clean more, or wash the ever building stack of laundry. But, there are only so many days in the year that are filled with brilliant color and grand fortune to be discovered around each corner.

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You may even have a chance meeting, or gain a new perspective!

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You could possibly be giving a gift of a lifetime that does not cost anything at all…

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So the next time someone tells you to “Take a hike” don’t consider it to be a bad thing…

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Because it quite possibly could be the best thing!