15
Apr

Back to School

It is that time already, time for lunches, uniforms, brain food boxes, shoes, water bottles, school bags, jumpers and the list goes on and on!! Back to School time again – how quickly the holidays go. I wanted to share with you what my home was like this morning….

All of my children have very different personalities and this morning was no different before school as I had four very different responses to starting school! I had one who was very excited and keen to get there, another who was angry and cranky about why do I have to go to school, another who was quiet and wanting to go back to bed, and lastly another who was just going with the morning school readiness flow! I find that the best way I can deal with all of these different personalities is to be in the right head space and be feeling well and good about myself. If I am in a calm and balanced state then I am able to interact with each and every different mood that comes my way. How can I be in a calm and balanced state with all this mayhem going on around me – well the first thing is that I maintain an overall healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly and be happy with what I have and the life I lead. I know that this is the ideal, which is hard to maintain everyday with the pressures of everyday life hitting us, and believe me there are many times when I fall ofF the health bandwagon (as I just finish eating a chocolate muffin!) But I do believe that if we commit to overall happiness and health (mind and body) then we can indulge in a few moments of stress or a food indulgence, as long as we continue to focus on the healthy side of life and not lean too far into the unhealthy side.

In many of my kinesiology sessions, both personally and with clients I have found that one of the biggest obstacles that the majority of us are faced with is Self Worth issues (me included)! I have also found (especially in my own self worth journey) that by caring about what I think, love and do and letting go of other peoples judgement of myself (actual or made up in my own mind), then I am able value and love myself a little more each day.

So take sometime out today to value and love yourself, you may even want to say an affirmation to yourself – my favourite one is I AM HAPPY BEING ME!. Use my affirmation or make one up that resonates with you. Repeat it to yourself whenever you feel that self doubt creeping back into your mind!

Take a break this week, the school holidays can be a very hectic time in keeping little ones entertained and busy. So treat yourself with a break and enjoy a quiet moment.

Until 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

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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