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May
25

5 Easy Peasy Steps To Squash and Break Any Bad Habit!

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As the beloved mom of your home, do you have any bad habits that you would love to change? Is there something that you are doing that is destructive to your health and/or your well being? Is there something you are doing that you wouldn’t want your kids to follow or emulate?

Bad habits differ with everyone. They could be negative thinking, raising your voice, drinking too much, eating junk food, drinking sodas every day, eating too much sugar, leading a passive life without exercise, eating processed foods, watching too much tv, eating processed foods, gambling, being messy and the list goes on.

Do you have a bad habit you want to change?

The question is WHY do people continue with bad habits? How could all of us know deep down that they are doing something that is bad for your health or well being and not change?

  • Why do people keep drinking soda pop despite all the destructive evidence of what this does to your bodies?
  • Why do people keep smoking when they know they are more likely going to get Lung cancer and a host of other diseases?
  • Why do people not exercise when they know that it is one of the best things you can do to prevent diseases of all kinds and feel so much better each and every day?

The reason is simple.

When we as humans perceive that the BENEFITS we get from continuing our bad habit are GREATER than the perceived benefits of changing the habit; we will not change. It is a basic pleasure/pleasure concept. Yes it’s about pure pleasure with habits. Where do we think we get more. From our habit, or the results of changing our bad habit?

Until the perceived PLEASURE of the changed new habit is greater than the pleasure we currently PERCEIVE we are getting from our bad habit, then nothing will occur.

The wonderful news is it actually EASY to change any bad habit you have by following these 5 simple steps and by deeply and fundamentally understanding this concept. Read More→

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Aug
15

Another Reason To Educate Children to Eat Slowly

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How many times have you asked your kids to eat slower or they could choke! Well not only can choking happen, but you can also get food stuck in your esophagus if you don’t chew enough.

“Slow down eating,” I always tell my kids. “Chew your food, eat small bites and enjoy the taste of your food. You can choke if you put too big pieces of food in your mouth I often explain. Your stomach doesn’t have teeth” I say.

Now I have learned that not only can people choke, but literally you can get food stuck in your esophagus. This is more common than choking. This is called Esophageal Food Blous Obstruction, otherwise known as “The Steakhouse Syndrome. This is different from choking, as the food is stuck in the esophagus and can be very dangerous.

It is so common that a nurse in a big city told me she has 2-5 people a week come in for this issues at that one hospital. Multiply that around the world and the numbers must be staggering for both kids and adults. It is most common with steak, hence the name but it can happen with any type of food.

Hard candy is a common item for kids.

It is important for us moms to know about this, because particularly with well done steak it is critically important that adults and kids chew REALLY well.

 

Steakhouse Syndrome is common where the food becomes stuck in the lower part of the esophagus.

Steakhouse Syndrome is common where the food becomes stuck in the lower part of the esophagus.

 

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How many toxic chemicals do you clean your home with and simply not know it?

The average person in this country is exposed to 72,000 chemicals a year. In addition,  the average home has 62 toxic chemicals that can be found in their cleaning supplies and most people have no idea they are so dangerous for your health.

These chemicals can be found in all types of cleaners,  perfumes, paints, soaps, lotions, and cosmetics.

There is little to no regulation in this industry which leads the average consumer to just “trust.

Did you know………….?

  • The National Cancer Society completed a 15-year-old study concluding that women who stay home with their kids versus go back to work have a 54% higher chance of cancer. The study linked this to a higher exposure of the poor indoor air quality in homes. Read More→
Jan
21

13 Tips On How To Decrease Sugar Consumption Without Knowing It

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Sugar is EVERYWHERE. Even if you don’t eat dessert, most Americans eat much more sugar than the recommended amount to maintain a healthy diet.

Most children eat far more sugar than parent’s ever realize. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans eat the equivalent of 62 (2 1/2 pound bags) of sugar a year. Can you believe that!

The impact of eating too much sugar is we have a society where 1 out of 3 kids are obese, health problems are on the rise and children’s behavior is more problematic than ever before in history.

How do you manage the level of sugar that you and your children eat? Read More→

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Living Healthy | Air Quality Management Pollution Series

How do you know if it is safe to inhale the air you breathe every day? How polluted is the city that you live in?

Did you know that certain cities  in the U.S. have  days and weeks of the year when you really shouldn’t be active outside? This is particularly important for  seniors, young children, people with asthma, and/or people who have lung and/or  heart issues.

The great news is, you can help manage how you handle unclean air,  even if you live in a very polluted city. The first step is knowing what your situation is.

For every city in the U.S., you can find out what the air quality is on any given day just as easy as you can find out what the weather is. This is known as  the Air Quality Index.

Some parts of the country have such good air that you really don’t need to monitor it, while other parts of the country have days that are literally not safe to play outside.

Living in Southern California, I have compiled a list of tools to make it easy to know which days you should stay inside and when it is safer to play. Read More→

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Living Healthy – Eating Healthy

With everything that mom’s have to do, it is easy to forget that we are growing little beings.

 

What our children put into their mouths, what they place on their skin and/or what they breathe into their lungs will make our kids healthy or not.
As mom, we have the power to help develop healthy kids, healthy children and a healthy husband, and one of the best ways to do this is to make sure our family is eating healthy.
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Nov
30

Would You Rather Be Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead?

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Healthy Eating – Documentary Review- “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”

Last night I watched an interesting documentary that is available through Netflix called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” I was amazed that most people interviewed in the documentary openly stated that they would rather be fat, sick and nearly dead than change their unhealthy eating lifestyle. 

Is the power of the hamburger, the power of eating a greasy doughnut, or the power of fast food THAT powerful that it is worth giving up life for?

Isn’t this what drug addicts say? The drug takes over and means more than life itself. Have our unhealthy eating habits become like a drug?

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May
26

“Before and After” Healthy Food Makeovers

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What is YOUR definition of a healthy food? Have you ever eaten a food that you thought was healthy, only to find out it wasn’t?
The great news is there are many easy ways to easily transform an “unhealthy food,” into a very healthy food diet.
Even though the USDA guidelines are widely accepted as a standard for eating healthy food,  why is it so difficult to eat to maintain a healthy food diet?
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Mar
16

China and Europe Ban BPA – Avoid All Plastic, Even “BPA Free!”

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Wednesday March 15, 2010- This weekend the Shanghai Daily reported news that BPA, otherwise known as Bis-phenol A, is now banned from in anything that children could either drink out of, or eat from. According to a recent article in the Mother Nature Network, last week a European ban on BPA went into effect when the EU joined other countries such as Canada and the United Arab Emirates in banning BPA from children’s products.

Yet the United States has still NOT banned BPA! Read More→

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Mar
14

A New Robot Makes Our Food Safer

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March 11, 2011- San Francisco Chronicle- Cameron Scott  from “The Thin Green Line,” reported a very interesting story about a government robot testing for safety of additives. According Scott’s article,  of the 80,000 plus  chemicals and  that are found in drugs, foods and consumer products, a measly  13 percent of them are tested for safety in the United States. This is an amazing and scary statistic.  Read More→

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