nutrition

23
Apr

Learning Do you get it or not

Today I want to give you an introduction to children’s learning and an overview of what can affect a child’s learning. As a mother of 4 school aged children this is a subject that I am very passionate about and deal with on a daily basis, from homework to teachers to classmates and everything else in between!

Learning do you get it or not

There are many things in a child’s life that can affect their learning, here are a few areas that need be looked at when looking at a child’s learning:

Brain Integration
Hydration (please read my previous blog on ‘Water is an Essential Part of our Life’)
Diet / Nutrition (please read my previous blog on ‘Learning about Protein’)
Emotional state
Life stressors

I will be going into detail over the up and coming blogs about these issues, today I just wanted to give you an introduction to learning.

As adults I am sure that there have been times in your lives when your learning has been easy and it has made sense and you get it! I am also very sure that there have been times in your life when your learning has been hard and nothing made sense and nothing was sinking in! Take a moment to think about each of those times and when you got it and when nothing made sense. I know when I feel that I am not getting it, I feel overwhelmed, hopeless, embarrassed and I just want to give up because I am not smart enough. The times in my life when I have caught on, I feel successful, secure in my knowledge and confident in myself and what I know. Our children do and will have the same experiences in their learning.

At those times in your life when you felt that you got it, did you feel a centred and peaceful state within? I know I did. This can be achieved with our children by incorporating body movements and visual experiences into their learning. By doing this our children are actually able to feel, visualise and imagine what they are learning and therefore it is centred into both their left brain (logic and detail) and right brain (visual and bigger picture). Once this occurs then the child is able to feel that their learning is coming naturally and flows easily. So next time you are with your children and helping them with their learning, encourage them to actually feel, visualise and imagine what they are learning to help anchor it.

It is my hope that my children and other children feel that ‘Got It’ state throughout all their learning, which will bring about a joy and confidence in learning.

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

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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