Monthly Archives: October 2012

Want to IMPROVE Your Child’s ACADEMICS and HEALTH All at the Same Time?

What if I told you there was something you could do that would increase your child’s academic performance AND reduce their risk of developing health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma, high cholesterol, and arthritis? 

Would it be worth it to you? 

Click through to find out how you can be an ADVOCATE for your child’s future. 

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TRICK-or-TREAT for a CAUSE not a Curse!

Are you terrified of all of the HEALTH risks connected to all that sugary candy that’s about to trick-or-TREAT its way into your home?

Well never fear!  This year TREAT your family to the GIFT of helping out others while protecting them from health risks like insulin resistance, diabetes, tooth decay, weight gain, and high triglycerides. 

Click through to find out how you can open a DISCUSSION about charitable giving, the lives of soldiers serving abroad, and making healthy CHOICES all while your children EARN a few bucks!

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CHEWY Oatmeal Cookies!

20121024-095425.jpgThese cookies are one of my absolute FAVORITE snacks! They are super EASY to make, contain no artificial ingredients, no trans fats, and are super high in WHOLE grain and can even be considered a heart healthy food.

But who really needs a reason to eat OATMEAL cookies! Click through for the last oatmeal cookie recipe you’ll ever want to use.

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Do YOU do the 5210?

The 5210 just may be the key to a healthy, HAPPY family!  It’s 4 simple things that you and your FAMILY can do to either get healthy or STAY HEALTHY. 

Here’s how you can 5210 every day:

  • 5 fruits and vegetables
  • No more than 2 hours sitting in front of the TV or playing video games
  • At least 1 hour total of physical activity
  • 0 drinks with sugar.  Focus on water and low-fat or fat-free milk

But don’t stress!  You certainly don’t have to tray all of these TODAY.  In fact, that would be the best way to fail.  Pick one and focus on it for a month. 

For example, start with giving up drinks with calories.  Work GRADUALLY.  Start with no caloric drinks at home for a week.  Then lose those sodas you have at work or at school.  SWITCH to unsweetened iced tea or carbonated water with a squeeze of lemon or lime (I couldn’t live without my Soda Stream!)   SLOWLY over the next three months get rid of all sugary drinks (including fruit juice and sports drinks).  Then take a couple of weeks to make these changes a HABIT before moving on to the next part of the 5210.

Does the TV Rule Your Family?

How much time does your family spend sitting in front of the television?  Kids who spend more than 2 hours per day watching television or playing video games are much more likely to be overweight or obese.  Even more than kids who don’t get enough daily moderate to vigorous physical activity.

Couple that with the fact that families who eat dinner together at the table without tv are less likely to have children with weight problems and we have a definite recommendation.  Turn off the television and spend some quality family time together.  What a fantastic time to find out about your children’s day!

A Healthy HALLOWEEN Treat!

I L-O-V-E pumpkin!  Roasted, in pie, in soup, in bread…  If you can put pumpkin in it, you can bet I’ll eat it!

This HALLOWEEN season, try painting your pumpkins instead of carving them.  That way you don’t waste all that precious PUMPKIN that could go into so many great recipes that can have so many HEALTH BENEFITS!  Pumpkin contains:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Fiber
  • Protein. 

That means eating pumpkin can PROTECT you from all kinds of diseases and conditions such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Kidney stones

And that’s just scratching the surface! 

Try roasting the seeds for a SUPER great alternative to popcorn on MOVIE NIGHT.

Save the seeds from your Jack-O-Lantern.  Wash all the pumpkin guts off.  In a bowl, toss the seeds with a tablespoon or two of extra virgin olive oil.  Spread out on a sheet tray, sprinkle with sea salt, and bake in a preheated 375° oven for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Enjoy!

A word of caution…  You may never want to go back to popcorn again!

Is Your Family Drinking Itself To Death?

Are sugary drinks killing your family?  Health professionals now suspect that drinks with calories, especially sugary ones, may be the single biggest contributor to weight gain in both children and adults.  Drinks such as Soda, Kool-Aid, Sunny D, Gatorade, and even fruit juice all contain alarming amounts of sugar that can lead to weight gain that is associated with increased risks for:

  • ·         Heart disease
  • ·         Type 2 diabetes
  • ·         Cancer
  • ·         High blood pressure
  • ·         Sleep apnea
  • ·         Asthma

We used to associate these conditions with older adults but are now seeing them in children as young as 6 years old.  Early childhood excess weight gain can even lead to stunted height and early-onset puberty.

Check out this chart to see the consequences of drinking some of the most popular kids beverages.

 

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Protect your family.  Serve low-fat or fat-free milk with meals.  Limit 100% fruit juice to no more than 1 cup per day and cut it with water to reduce the sugar per volume.  Most importantly, focus on water!  Encourage and reward your family for drinking water.  Give everyone their own water bottle and allow them to decorate it with paint pens or stickers.  Save money by filling those bottles from the tap.  Baton Rouge tap water ranks as the 2nd cleanest water in the nation.

Remember, a hydrated family is a health family.