Filed under Health, Healthy food practices, Nutrition tips
Proud of myself. I walked past the pastry department without buying anything. I’ve been trying to tame my sweet tooth of late. After looking at the ingredients, it was much easier to pass on it. Sugar and cellulose.
Do you know that cellulose is really a plant by-product? Like wood dust and wood shavings? Cellulose is an indigestible carbohydrate known as dietary fiber. It’s been a popular food additive. It’s most economical sources come from cotton and wood pulp. Doesn’t that sound appetizing – eating cotton fibers and wood shavings?
It’s really important to read labels. Forget the cellulose, the sugar, the high fructose corn syrup, the partially hydrogenated oils and the artificial flavor and colors. If any of those are on the label, think twice about buying the product.
Hopefully, being more conscience of a healthy diet that includes high-quality protein, lots of veggies, and some low-sugar fruits like apples, blueberries, and strawberries will change my relationship with sweet foods right now. Maybe it’s all the celebrating at this time of year, with graduation, birthday parties, Mother’s Day, that gets my sweet tooth beckoning. Generally, the more sweet foods we eat, the more we want. But to help curb the cry for more, we need to drink more water. Exercise more. Plan healthy meals. And no more walking through pastry department aisles of temptation.
To all of our good health,
Filed under Character building, Emotional health, Empowered Mom news
I think this is the greatest gift of all – for Mother’s Day or any day, to hear: “You’re fine just the way you are.” There is so much comparing body features to super models and being unhappy with looks, hair, whatever. It’s so good to hear this – especially from your Mom or those close to you. Those may be just the most wonderful words imaginable: “You’re fine just the way you are.”
Read more about this here:
Then read the whole story about a different sort of bullying – one that is just as hurtful as being pushed, or other aggressive forms of bullying here:
To make the day for children and others, just use these these magic words: “You’re fine just the way you are.”. The family really does play a crucial role when it comes to raising emotionally healthy and confident children.
Best to you and your family,
Advocate for children’s health – physical and emotional
Filed under Books, Cookbooks, Cooking and kids
Help your child learn how food plays a part in our country’s cultural diversity. Each area of our country is noted for a particular food. Some, because of what is grown or raised in that part of the country; others because of its ethnic heritage. The flavors of American cooking are influenced by nations from all over the world.
In the cookbook, Cooking Around the Country with Kids: USA Regional Recipes and Fun Activities by Amy Houts, children learn what food is grown in different parts of the country. Featured recipes show them how to prepare distinctive dishes using the food. What better way to learn about each other than by sharing the foods and customs of different parts of the country?
Children will find their knowledge of American history and geography expanded. As a home-schooling mother noted: This has helped me explain the meaning of America as “The Great Melting Pot”.
Help your children experience the “melting pot” of our country. For more information about the book and ordering information, see http://www.imagesunlimitedpublishing.com.
Best to you and your family,
Images Unlimited Publishing
Books for kids, families, and parenting professionals
Filed under GMO, Healthy food practices
Is there a difference between hybrid seeds and GMO‘s? And what are heirloom seeds? There is a great deal of confusion over the type and kind of seeds available and how it is affecting the world food supply.
It used to be that seeds were saved from year to year. The grower could expect the same results each year. As concerned consumers, read what has been happening to the seeds and how it is affecting your food supply. http://www.foodrenegade.com/hybrid-seeds-vs-gmos/
Filed under Character building
In this print version of the Mukie adventures you will find a powerful combination of character building and the importance of listening to each other – both important elements in the education of a child. Kids 8-12 enjoy this interactive book with lots of challenges in working through risk-taking adventures. Visit our site for this and other books at http://www.imagesunlimitedpublishing.com
Teachers – Get these on your list for summer ordering for next fall. These books make it
easy to meet the character education requirement. Kids today have lots of decisions to make.
Let this book help you help kids sort out their thoughts, feelings, and concerns about
real life issues.
Filed under Character building, Good thoughts
Need a graduation gift? Here’s an uplifting book and you’ll recognize the author. It looks like a kids book but older teens enjoy the message as well.
Oh, The Places We’ll Go! by Dr. Suess. Not only a kids book!
Filed under Character building
Kids learn to make a difference through the adventures of this tribe of primitive characters. The Mukies, who are too loyal for anger, too happy for worry, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble, have to work through prejudice, border wars, friendship trials, guilt, bullying, and finally peace keeping. There is the eternal search for peace and justice. Do they find it? Can a single individual make a difference in the world? Kids 8-12 are challenged in their thinking skills and decision making experiences. Order today for only $6.99 at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com
Filed under Cooking and kids, Cooking Skills, Health, Healthy food practices
Packaged Foods Promise vs Reality (Photo credit: jdurchen)
Are eating from boxes and doing drive-thru’s ruling your family’s mealtime? Does adding an ingredient or two to a package mean you are “cooking“?
For more on this subject of “Is anybody cooking?” and “is this safe and healthy?” see this article:
It’s time to reclaim our kitchens. Somebody needs to be in charge of mealtime.
What are your thoughts on this?
Filed under Books, Character building, Cooking and kids, Recommendations
Character Building Through Choices and Challenges is a new eBook for kids 8-12.
This eBook helps kids
- learn to be tolerant of others
- how to solve problems and put the best solution into action
- how a handicap can be a blessing in disguise
- not to judge others by their skin color, religious beliefs, or political outlook.
Kids can see how having a positive attitude, open communication, and good listening skills help them live in balance with themselves and others.
Have these positive choice-making, character-building books available for school or home – enhances reading and listening skills. Order today.
Filed under Books, Character building, Recommendations
Through these short read-aloud stories, children discuss effects of peer pressure, bullying, good citizenship traits, and many others. Great resource for parents, counselors, classroom teachers as it provides an easy exchange of thoughts and ideas about values and ethical issues. See this new eBook here: