Do Your Kids Eat Their Vegetables?

About 8 months ago I radically changed the way I eat.  I no longer eat dairy, wheat and sugar and I try to limit all processed grains.  There is a lot of medical evidence that grains are making us fat, tired and inflamed and that inflammation is the root of almost all disease.  So the question is “How do I turn my diet of mostly vegetables, organic proteins and nuts and seeds into something my 6 year old son will eat?”  Today my son ate bread at breakfast, lunch and dinner.  This is distressing to me and I’m sure all that glucose flooding his bloodstream is having a negative impact on his energy, his attention and his sleep.  The problem is he’s very picky and inconsistent about eating vegetables.

I went online and googled “How to get kids to eat vegetables.”  I read a few articles that suggested burying broccoli in cheese sauce or giving the vegetables cute names.  I was not encouraged.  Then I came upon an article in Psychology Today that discusses a study where children were bribed to eat their vegetables.  All I can say is I’m heading to Party City tomorrow to create a bribe-a-palooza grab bag.  Click the link for the full article.

2 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables (That Actually Work) | Psychology Today.

Brené Brown: The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto

I love Brene Brown.  Last year she had out a TED Talks video that really, profoundly helped me.  I follow her on Facebook so when I saw that she had an article on parenting I just had to read it.

Above all else, I want you to know that you are loved and lovable. You will learn this from my words and actions–the lessons on love are in how I treat you and how I treat myself.

I want you to engage with the world from a place of worthiness. You will learn that you are worthy of love, belonging, and joy every time you see me practice self-compassion and embrace my own imperfections.

To read the whole manifesto, follow this link.

Brené Brown: The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto.

The 5 Best, and 5 Worst, Sweeteners to Have in Your Kitchen

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If you’re confused about all the risks of different sweeteners, join the club.  I just read this article by Rodale News regarding the best and worst sweeteners.  It is concise, informative and easy to understand.  I highly recommend you take a look.

best sweeteners | The 5 Best, and 5 Worst, Sweeteners to Have in Your Kitchen | Rodale News.

Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ

This issue of fluoride for my son (who is 5) is a big concern for me.  A doctor gave me a prescription for fluoride drops for my son but when I saw they had food dye and artificial sweetener in it I threw it out.  I recently began seeing a holistic dentist for myself.  I asked him about fluoride for my son.  He suggested bi-annual fluoride treatments at the pediatric dentist since we won’t ingest the fluoride.

Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ.

Is Organic Food Healthier? The Answer Is Yes | Rodale News

I would love to believe that I can go to the grocery store and buy food that is safe for me and my family.  Sadly, that is not true.  Most of what is in grocery stores is toxic for your body.  How is that possible?  Money, politics and big business.  The good news is that the marketplace responds to consumers, so you do have some power.  There is more and more evidence that food grown with pesticides is hurting us.  It is linked to ADHD, birth defects and cancers.  Here is a thoughtful article on organic food.

Is Organic Food Healthier? The Answer Is Yes | Rodale News.

Diacetyl chemical in artificial butter popcorn linked to Alzheimer’s plaque build-up – HealthPop – CBS News

Do you enjoy a little microwave popcorn at home or the movies?  The “butter” that is used on the popcorn has an ingredient that is linked to Alzheimer’s.  For more information follow this link.

Diacetyl chemical in artificial butter popcorn linked to Alzheimer’s plaque build-up – HealthPop – CBS News.

For microwave popcorn that is free of chemicals do the following;

  1. Place a 1/4 cup of popcorn (preferably organic) in a lunch size brown paper bag.
  2. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of olive oil or safflower oil.
  3. Cook on high in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Remove and add salt, herbs, Parmesan cheese or whatever you like.

Can Sugar Make You Sexy?

My mother taught me how to wax my legs when I was a teenager.  And thanks mom, because waxing is long lasting and stubble-free.  Back when my mom would wax my legs (in the late ’70′s) Zip beeswax was about the only product available for the home.  My mom had an electric burner and a double boiler in which she would melt the beeswax.  It was messy and once the wax hardened it was impossible to get off.  And of course there is the occasional burn.  But as the saying goes, “No pain, no gain.”

Not anymore.  There are a myriad of hair removal products on the market now.  I recently discovered a sugar-based product that works just like waxing but is water soluble.  Apparently the process is called “sugaring” and has been around for centuries.  A syrup is made from sugar, water and and acid like lemon juice or vinegar.  It is spread on the hair, and a cloth strip is applied over the hair and then pulled to remove the hair.  The process is exactly the same as waxing, only the product is different.  I like that it is all natural, water-soluble and the muslin strips can be washed and reused (ecological).  You can purchase a product like I did or you can make your own.  About.com has an article on everything you need to know about sugaring.  And if you decide that sugaring is not for you, you can add a little heavy cream to your syrup and you’ll have caramel sauce!