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21
Nov

Time to get organised for Christmas

If your household is anything like mine at the moment, then you will also be feeling the excitement building that Christmas is coming!

I love Christmas and all the joys it brings, spending time with family and friends, surprises and lots of food. With all of this comes a lot of preparation and time needed to get Christmas organised! So I have come up with a list of 7 essential things you can do in the lead up to Christmas to help you focus on the magic of Christmas rather than the stress of getting everything done!

1.       Make a ‘Things to do list’ of all the things that you need to.

For those of you who know me, I love my ‘Things to do lists’, I do them regularly for big projects I am working on and I also do them on a weekly basis for weekly activities – which incorporate my bigger lists. I know they take time to set up, but believe me the feeling of accomplishment you get when you tick things off your lists is worth the extra effort.

2.       Start a present list.

Every year I print off my standard list from my computer (I use Excel for this) with everyone’s name who I need to buy a present for, including family, friends, teachers, kids friends etc. Then I write down next to their name what I will buy. I find this is a great way to keep track of who and what I am buying and then I will then use my present list as my shopping list when I head to the shops. No-one ever gets forgotten!

3.       Use your Junk Mail.

Start to use that never ending supply of Junk Mail which all of our letterboxes are bombarded with at this time of the year to think of ideas for presents, especially for those hard to buy for. Shop smarter, so when you do actually go to the shops you know exactly what you are buying rather than wondering around the shops looking!

4.       Accept that it is crazy busy

I think this is a huge one, we need to accept that this time of the year does get busy with lots of social engagements, cooking and shopping. Accept what it is and what you can or cannot get done. Do not focus on all that you haven’t done, but instead on what you did achieve – even if it was helping your daughter for 1.5 hours to write her school Christmas Cards!

5.       Look after yourself

This one can be a tricky one, especially with all of the social gatherings and copious amounts of food this time of the year brings. Obviously I am not saying don’t go out and enjoy yourself, because that is a major part of the fun of Christmas. What I am saying is when you at home, opt for that healthier option and drink more water to counter balance the food or drink that you enjoyed the night before.

6.       Spread that Christmas Spirit

At times, especially when we are busy we tend to only focus on ourselves and the things we need to do. This Christmas season, take some time out to do something for someone around you who may need a little extra help or just because. Imagine if we all did one thing special for someone in our lives, think about how fantastic it will be for the Spirit of Christmas to grow and extend outwards. And could you also imagine if everyone at the shops let one person in front of them either at a queue or driving, the shopping centre would be filled with happier and less stressed out people!

7.       Have fun and enjoy it

Above all remember it is Christmas and it only comes once a year, enjoy it and spend time with all those you love and cherish. Let go of what you could’ve or should’ve done and just be in the moment of all the magic that Christmas brings.

With all that said, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and all your families a very Happy and Safe Christmas. Enjoy.

Until my next blog, enjoy your children.

Debbie

xo

7
Apr

Detox

Wow, if your house is anything like mine, then a detox is in need! After having sugar fueled kids full of Chocolate Easter Eggs, trying to keep the kids entertained at home whilst on school holidays, the change of hour for daylight savings and dealing with the constant demands of Mum I want this, Mum can I have this etc…. Arghh!!

When we are stressed, overeat, eat processed or fried foods, our livers can become overworked and overloaded. When the liver is overloaded, it is unable to process toxins and fat in an efficient way. In Kinesiology the liver is related to feelings of anger, helplessness, rage, unhappiness and irritability. So if you or your children are feeling any or all of these emotions and have been overloading our livers over the Easter period, then it is a definite sign that you need to detox that liver:

Here are a few helpful tips to start our detox going..
1. First thing first is to get rid of all of those uneaten chocolate Easter Eggs. Donate them to a family, friend or local office for their staffroom.
2. Start drinking extra water to flush out all of those toxins.
3. Start your day by drinking a glass of warm water with lemon juice in the morning, which will help your liver recover.
4. Balance out the sugar fueled foods with some vegetables and remember to watch those food labels to ensure what you are actually eating is not full of hidden sugars. Green leafy vegetables are excellent to help cleanse the liver, they can be eaten raw, cooked or juiced.
5. Include extra garlic in your next meal, which will also help flush out toxins in the liver.
6. Slow down and spend some time today to take a few deep breaths and re-center yourself within. Refocus yourself on the positives in your life and start to let go of any anger or unhappiness by feeling content within yourself and of who you are.

I know if I am feeling unhappy or irritable then my children tend to follow suit and feel the same way. I believe that we as Mum’s have a great power in setting the mood of the household. Let go of all the extra non-essential housework for today and have a pyjama day with your kids. Relax with them and you will be amazed that they will respond to your newfound relaxed state.

Good luck and remember that we as Mum’s are all going through similar things with our kids, so take it easy on yourself. Take time out to enjoy this next week with your kids before they go back to school.

Until the next blog, enjoy your kids.

Debbie
Xo

3
Apr

Learning about Protein

Protein is an essential part of our bodies as it is the basic building block in our bodies. It builds, maintains, repairs and replaces the tissues in your body. Our brains, muscles, organs and immune system are all made up of mostly protein.

Sources of protein include:

Learning about Protein
  • Meat, poultry and fish
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Cereal and cereal-based products
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Beans and lentils
  • Soy products
  • Grains.

I have found in my kinesiology practice that a lot of children and even adults require more protein in their daily diet. When I completed my research project on ‘Can Kinesiology Enhance Children’s Learning’ I found that the majority of children I tested required extra protein in their diets particularly for their brain development and learning.

Please note that when eating protein it is important to not combine more than one protein with each meal, because this can be very taxing on the digestive tract. Protein will also keep you fuller for longer which makes it a great snack for children in their play lunches and lunches whilst they are at school and engaged in learning (as ideally you want their brain to be fuelled adequately for learning to take place!).

As a rule of thumb, I like to include protein in each meal for myself and my children. For breakfast my children will have an egg based meal, porridge or a yoghurt, to wake up their brains and be ready to learn. For play lunches I will give them a chickpea dip (see beetroot or hummus dip in recipe section of my webpage) with either carrots, celery or cucumber sticks or even fruit and yoghurt. For lunches I will give them a type of meat, tuna or cheese with salad. A great snack for my kids when they come home from school are some nuts with fruit or banana bread (see also recipe in recipe section).

Next time you make your kids something to eat, remember the importance of protein and include it in their meal.

Until the next blog, enjoy your children.

Debbie

xo

28
Mar

Tips for Healthy Eating

One of my biggest struggles with my own children is trying to get them to eat healthy! Eating healthy is very important to me, so I am very passionate about making healthy choices for my kids and ultimately getting my children to make healthy choices for themselves!

In my Kinesiology I have found diet to be a huge factor in behavior, learning, emotions and even sleeping patterns. What we and our children put into our mouths will affect us in many ways. Just think, have you ever had a huge pig out on a bar (or block!) of chocolate and later paid the price with feeling sick, emotional and mentally fatigued? I know I have! Just think our children are much smaller than us and therefore have smaller stomachs and digestive tracts so by eating a smaller amount of that chocolate bar will affect them in the same way that a whole bar of chocolate would affect us! The only difference is that we are on the receiving end of the hissy fit or melt down rather than actually feeling the emotion of it, which can be more emotionally and mentally challenging!

With this in mind I cannot stress enough how important a healthy diet is for all of us! Just by making a few simple changes to our diets it can have a huge affect in our lives. For example if you were to swap salty potato chips with plain home-popped popcorn OR a chocolate cake with a banana bread (see a recipe I use regularly with my children in the recipe section) OR swap a bowl of ice-cream or custard with a bowl of yoghurt and fruit with a couple of nuts OR swap a cream cheese dip with a delicious hommus dip or beetroot dip (also in my recipe section) which can be eaten with either cucumber, carrot or celery sticks.

With my children I find that if they are involved in the cooking process (age appropriate of course) they will be more inclined to eat the healthy snack. It also starts to help them take control over their own diets and encourages them to make healthy choices themselves.

Have a look through my recipe section and don’t forget to load up your favorite recipes for us all to share.

Until the next blog, enjoy your children.

Debbie

xo

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