health

24
Jul

The Muddy Puddle Project

I came across a foundation called “The Muddy Puddle Project”, it really touched my heart so I wanted to share it with you all.

It is a foundation that was set up to honor the memory of Ty Louis Campbell and to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. Ty fought half of his short life with cancer and sadly he died in October last year. 

MissionWow what an inspiration and important reminder to each and every one of us to remember to cherish those simple things our children find such joy in and to let our children be children.

In Ty’s memory and in the memory of all the other children who are taken from us so young, remember to let your kids jump in muddy puddles!

You can read more about The Muddy Puddles Project at www.thetlcfoundation.org.

Until my next blog, enjoy your children.

Debbie

xo

10
May

Happy Mothers Day

 

As a mother to four children, I totally understand the stresses that Motherhood can bring! If only you were a fly on the wall in my house this morning as I battled to get the kids to school on time while also trying to organize myself and clean up the house and be ready to leave for work!

I believe that as Mothers we all share a similar journey, a journey of trying to raise children who are happy, confident, resilient, healthy, active, capable (and the list goes on and on). There are so many expectations that society and more importantly we put on ourselves as Mothers. How can we not expect to feel overwhelmed, overworked, guilty and out of control on a daily basis!

Here are some tips that I have learnt and are still learning (and yes at times the hard way) to help me to deal with everyday stresses:

1. Stay true to yourself and what you believe, you know your children better than anyone else and therefore you know what is best for them. It is ok to say no if you are not comfortable with a situation.

2. Let go of all that negative self-talk and negative talk in your life about your Mothering skills. Believe in what you know and do, as no one will love and honor your children more unconditionally. Trust in your “Mothering Instincts”.

3. A huge one for me is to let go of the guilt that is so ingrained in been a Mother, we feel guilty about everything from not been there for a performance or sporting event, to seeing your child hurting and not been able to help them, to leaving them in care or with a sitter whilst you go off to work and so on. There is so much guilt associated with all of these things. Guilt that we are not being the best Mother or making the best choices for our children! I believe that a happy Mum will lead to happy children – if you are stressed out then your children will also be stressed out. Make an effort today to take breath and let go of some of that guilt – enjoy your children and let go.

Next time you have that opportunity to have break or do something for you, then jump at it with two hands and enjoy it, because it will make you feel calmer and more relaxed which will then feed down to your children.

Now make an effort to something today to relax and enjoy your children and remember that you are the Best Mum for your Children!

I would like to wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day and I hope you are able to enjoy it with your loved ones.

Until my next blog, enjoy your children.

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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

30
Mar

Happy Easter

To all my blog community I would like to wish you and your families a Happy Easter. May today be filled with lots of love, laughter, family and food.

Just because I cannot resist a healthy plug today (especially with all the chocolate that will be consumed), please encourage yourselves and your children to drink lots of water to flush out some of the chocolate. A good hint that I will definitely be using today is to try and balance out the sugar overload with non-sugary meals and foods that are high in protein and essential fatty acids. So watch those deserts! In future blogs I will go into more detail about how protein and essential fatty acids will help with sugar in our bodies.

Until next time, 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

13
Mar

Water is an essential part of our life

Today I want to talk to you about how important water is for us and our children. Our bodies are made up of 55 – 75% water and because our bodies do not store water we must have fresh supplies of water everyday. Water is an essential part of our bodies functioning, specifically in the health and function of every cell.

I have mentioned in earlier blogs that I completed a research project as a part of my studies on ‘Can Kinesiology Enhance Children’s Learning’. I found that not only in my research project but also in my everyday life that water plays a huge role in learning. This is supported by many scientific researches that when our brain is hydrated properly it will focus better, think faster and remember clearer; all with a greater level of clarity and creativity. Who would not want all of these things all the time, especially for our children who are learning at great speeds in a classroom environment.

I believe that there are huge demands on our children these days, from reading, to homework to sporting activities to music activities and the list goes on and on. If we are able to help our children to focus, think and remember better just by increasing their water intake and by replacing soft drinks or juices with water then it is a very simple step that we can start right now with very little effort.

A great tip that I use everyday at home with my children is that before they start their homework, do their readers or practice their music, I ask them to have a glass of water to ensure that their brain is ready to be used! I also use it when one (or all 4) of my children are having a melt down – it is a great way to calm them and also distract them from the moment of stress! It is so simple that you can try it today at home with your children. Don’t forget to send through your comments about how your children respond to increased water or tips on how you encourage your children to drink more water.

Until the next blog, enjoy your children.

Debbie
xo

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