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Have a Better Back to School… August 11, 2011


Whether you’re taking Life Lessons 1101, shooing your kids onto the bus or just adjusting your work schedule for increased traffic, Back to School is the perfect time to re-evaluate and re-motivate. Here are a few food pointers to have a better back to school season.

Breakfast

  • Keep it simple. Breakfast is important but don’t try to overdo it. If you stress yourself out making a five course meal, the breakfast habit probably won’t last more than a week. Keep things that are small and nourishing in stock.
  • Whatever you choose, make sure it includes complex carbohydrates, a bit of protein and healthy fats. My personal breakfast on the run is a fruit & nut bar.  Yogurt with granola always works and never forget oatmeal.
  • Eggs, eggs, eggs. If you have a smidgen more time, don’t underestimate the ease and nutrient value of an egg with whole grain toast. Eggs are great for the brain!
  • A special treat for the kids: The day before, dip bananas in their favorite flavored yogurt or flax oil, roll it in nuts and freeze. They’ll think they have the coolest parents ever! And they’ll enjoy making them too!

Lunch

Lunch comes quickly, you’re hungry and you don’t have a lot of time. Do I even have to tell you to pack ahead? You know you won’t pick salad once you’re in the cafeteria line or fast food drive-thru. Be prepared.

  • Make sure you pack water for yourself and your children. Office and school air systems are very dehydrating. Many buses are not air-conditioned and kids play hard. Give them a one up in class and avoid afternoon grumpies by keeping them hydrated. Skip juices with artificial flavors and colors. The additives are proven to cause behavioral problems and cognitive dysfunction. And I don’t care what the USDA school lunch program says. It’s not a fruit.
  • Don’t over eat. You don’t want to be in a carbohydrate coma when you should be using your genius mind.
  • Consider buying nitrate free meats and trading the cheese on your sandwich for greens and hummus. The money you save on cheese will make up for the extra cost of nitrate free meats.
  • Men especially, try a salad with tuna and pumpkin seeds. Tuna and pumpkin seeds are great for prostate health.
  • Bring your cut veggies and diced fruit. Whatever kind you like. Just get working on your minimum fruit & veggie requirement. If you aren’t inspired to eat them by lunch time, you’ll eat them when you hit that 2:00 blood sugar/boredom slump. Trust me. And if your kids skipped them at lunch, they will be hungry enough to eat them mid afternoon or on the bus ride home.
  • Skip the chips and crackers all together; we consume plenty of processed carbs.
  • Let go of the notion that you need to pack cheese and yogurt. Often times these products reach unsafe temperatures and very few Americans are really lacking necessary amounts of dairy in their diets. Dairy creates mucous. If you don’t want to clear your throat excessively during your presentation, skip the dairy.

I always look at the new school year as my New Years. A great opportunity when the world around me is bustling with the energy of new beginnings and forcing me to change my patterns.  Pick a couple or all of these tips and set a resolution.  I wish you a happier & healthier Back to School.

 

Alive Expo Review – Atlanta 2011 May 24, 2011


Saturday was hot so I started the day with a $1.00 rapture beer at Jack’s Pizza & Wings. Then I took shelter in the air conditioning at the Alive EXPO.  My friend, Britt N.E. and I had a great day. We had a massage, sipped some wine and got a makeover. Here are some of my favorite highlights:

  • Conceived By Nature was a pleasant surprise. They are a line of natural shampoos and conditioners made by trusty old Mane & Tail. They gave out samples of their Lavender & Rosemary products. I can’t wait to try them. I loved mane and tail when I was a kid.
  •  Squattie Pottie. The idea is that women can go anywhere anytime with a pocket-sized potty. I’m not sure if I really need one but I was definitely amused and interested. (I have  two little boys; the word potty is very funny to me.)  I didn’t buy one but the price was right.
  • Jennifer of Red Hair Girl Designs, introduced me to keynote speaker Kat James. She was a lovely person and has done a terrific job helping my friend achieve her goals.
  • Aubrey Organics  is a classic in the natural health world. I had a great time getting my make-up retouched and picked up a few samples to review on here. Bonus: I scored some Gaia Adrenal Health samples from Tina after the show. Yeah!
  • Ron from Earthshine sales and marketing was showing seasonally appropriate Greenerways Organic Bug Spray. They have a USDA organic label on this product and I can’t wait to try it out. I’m always looking for safer ways to protect my kiddos.

I enjoyed failing the bean bag toss at the Organic Valley booth. I need to brush up on my lawn games this summer. But they gave me yo-yos for my boys and some awesome coupons despite my lack of skill. Of course, a natural products show must have yummy food and beverage samples. I scored samples of Larabars, Cascadian Farm Granola, Natalie’s Orange Juice & Naked Grape Wine to name just a few.

  • Top 3. I loved Relax Wraps! Relax wraps are flax filled hot & cold therapy pillows. These were very relaxing but a little pricey for my taste. I know what flax seeds cost so I couldn’t justify the pricing. But they felt terrific. These wraps are the perfect safe alternative to heating pads and electric blankets for loosening tight muscles. And the weight of the flax applies pressure in all the perfect places. I definitely wanted to visit this booth again after receiving a harsh massage from a masseuse who was upset with her man. Lol.
  • In my top 2, Rooibee Red Tea was a new name in the tea market to me and they had some terrific flavors. I particularly loved the cranberry pomegranate flavor and they are all organic. This flavor got a thumbs up from my friend Britt N. E. too. Organic and tea almost always get a thumbs up from me!
  • My favorite booth goes to Esther’s Beauty Secrets. If this line can keep up with demand, I think they will go far. They were very clean. It didn’t irritate my extremely sensitive skin. And they work for all ethnic skin types. Plus the price was definitely right! I loved the scrubs and body oil. And I really want to give the natural deodorant a try. If I was a buyer, this is a product line I would definitely pick up. I plan to buy some soon.
At the end of the day, I felt great.  I had a wonderful time with my friend and found a few new things along the way. Hooray!
 

A Great Weekend To Be Alive May 19, 2011


I am looking forward to visiting the Marietta Farmer’s Market this weekend with my Brian. I live less than three miles from it and still somehow rarely manage to make it there. *sigh* But this weekend I WILL get up and go.

I will follow up the morning with my annual expedition to the Alive Expo in Atlanta. This time my friend Brit N.E. will be attending with me. Yay! I am looking forward to trying some fun new products and spending an afternoon with a good friend.

I’ve had a tough week. A weekend with the people I love is just what I need. It’s a great weekend to be alive!

 

Beware the C.A.T. May 11, 2011


A double dose is an overdose. Do you suffer any of these?

The list of symptoms goes on and on. If you haven’t guessed, C. stands for caffeine. Caffeine is considered a psychoactive stimulant not a food. Cut back today. Skip the grande and grab a tea. Watch the serving sizes. More than one serving a day can and most likely will have adverse effects. If those aren’t enough to stop you, maybe vanity will. Caffeine dilates your blood vessels causing redness in the face and making blemishes more apparent.

Drink responsibly does not mean don’t get caught.

In the past 3 years I have known 5 people affected or killed by alcohol use and 3 who just felt the need to join AA. A. is for alcohol and I have cut back my drinking to almost sober due to these events which are very common. Chances are you know someone who has had one of these things happen. None of these people were considered full-out alcoholics by their friends and family. And none of these people thought they had a real problem:

    • An underage adult who lost their license. It hurts when you can’t get to your job.
    • A twenty something who had to seek medical attention for blood sugar and blood pressure.
    • A diabetic who passes out regularly due to “moderate”  intake of wine at dinner.
    • A relative who died of liver failure.
    • A YOUNG in-law who died of a brain aneurysm.

Just because you’ve never been caught doesn’t make you a responsible drinker. Its time for us to stop acting like stupid sheep at the party. There is no reason to have more than one serving size (not a giant serving) of alcohol to  “liven up.” If it takes you more than one, you’re already drinking too much. And please stop the “one for the road” nonsense. You don’t need to be loose on the road. Alcohol directly kills more than 23,000 Americans per year. I also don’t care if red wine has resveratrol or not, one 6 oz SERVING twice a week is what doctors consider moderate. No more than that. And if you have blood sugar problems, just don’t.

I shouldn’t even have to say this.

T. is for tobacco. Tobacco directly kills more than 435,000 Americans every year! IT IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE U.S. It yellows and browns your teeth and skin. It causes blood pressure and circulation issues. It’s the dumbest waste of money, I’ve ever seen. You know the facts on tobacco. I am soooo sorely disappointed every time I see someone my age, who I know knows what they are doing, pick up a cigarette. Stop it. Just stop it. You’re killing yourself, poisoning others and polluting the earth. Is the short-term jolt really worth feeling run down the rest of the time and destroying your immune system? Is it worth the ugliness? Is it worth a month’s groceries every year? There is no such thing as moderate smoking. You have to give it up. For resources on quitting, please visit Smokefree.gov.

I know this will be an unpopular post with many of the people I know. And if you’re angry or off put by it, you probably need it most. I’ll take your scathing remarks because if it makes one person think twice, its worth it.

Live well and Be well.


 

Tummy Friendly Vegetarian Chili May 9, 2011

Filed under: Natural Living,Recipes — njr711 @ 10:35 pm
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I know the last thing the world needs is another non-original chili recipe but…

Recently, I tried to stretch a few pantry ingredients and made a sort of chili/salsa. It was light enough for the warmer weather. It ended up being delicious and satisfying. Very satisfying! We were all pleasantly full but not bloated. It gave us that cellular hum of digestive peace that you only get after eating light, nutritious and satisfying meals. So here it is. Enjoy!

  • 14oz can of black beans, rinsed thoroughly
  • 14oz can of pinto beans, rinsed thoroughly
  • 6-8oz can of corn niblets, drained
  • 14oz can of diced tomatoes, you can substitute sweet potato puree here
  • 1 packet of low sodium chili seasoning, MSG free
  1. Bring all ingredients to a BOIL for 2-3 minutes. This essential to making gas free beans.
  2. Stir, bring pot to a low simmer and cover for at least 10 minutes. The longer the better!
  3. Serve over corn bread with just a dab of sour cream or cheddar cheese.
  4. Eat up!

 

 
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