Archive for Living Healthy
How many toxic chemicals do you clean your home with and simply not know it?
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→
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→
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.
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→
With everything that mom’s have to do, it is easy to forget that we are growing little beings.
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.
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?
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→
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→
According to a new poll released this week by Harris Interactive, only 20% of people prepare meals 5 times a week. Healthy eating habits are no longer an ingrained value in our society. Eating processed foods has become an accepted part of our life, and the faster it takes to prepare our food the better.
The good news is that the same study concluded that 79% ENJOY cooking. So if that is the case why are healthy eating habits not a bigger part of our culture? Well if you are a stay at home mom, you know one reason why. Kids make you crazy and you are moving every minute of the day. If you are a working mom, you have your challenges all day long, get home at the end of the night and are expected to whip up dinner. I know it isn’t easy!
As a mommy myself, I know that none of us have a lot of extra time. With two babies under 3, taking a shower sometimes feels like a difficult feat; let alone thinking about “cooking from scratch.” Read More→
Like many families, as mom of the house I am the one that does all of the shopping and cooking ……other than the occasional barbecue. Therefore, what I buy at the grocery store and what I cook is instrumental to determining if the food that is eaten is healthy for my kids or not.
In other words, I realized that it was really up to me if my family had the best chances of having a healthy life. I am not a doctor, or a nutritionalist, yet it was up to me as the mom of the house if my kids and husband had the highest chances of living healthy. Talk about responsibility!
This was a profound insight in being a stay at home mom, yet so simple. This realization actually got me very interested in healthy baking and healthy cooking. The fact that my role as mom played a direct impact into being the one who chose the foods that my children would eat, healthy or not, is not to be taken lightly.
There is NO ONE that is looking out for your families’ health more than the mom of the home; if you stay home or work at an outside job. Researching what you are buying, eating and using in your home is essential in leading a healthy life.
It was on that day that my role as a stay at home mommy felt so much more important. Not only was I mommy and wife, but I was teacher, care taker, nutritionalist, and a healthy living coach that had the sole power to help prevent disease and promote health for my entire family. WOW!
The good news is you can bake healthy cookies, healthy muffins, healthy desserts and healthy meals for your family that also taste GREAT!
My best to all of the mommies who have realized that you have the power to determine if your family leads a healthy life or not. It is fun to explore and learn how to become a Living Healthy Mom! Please join me and we will learn together.