A Healthy Bite - ThatOrganicMom https://www.thatorganicmom.com/blog/ Toxic Free Living And Natural Alternatives for Life Sun, 17 Nov 2019 11:04:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Health is about more than just learning to choose and prepare real food. A Bite of Health podcast provides you with encouraging bite size information on learning to live a healthier lifestyle. Encouraging moms on the parenting journey to improving their family's health through proper nutrition, a focus on fitness, and avoiding toxins. Tips on improving sleep quality, natural living, and overall wellness.<br /> Rebecca Huff clean episodic Rebecca Huff thatorganicmom@gmail.com thatorganicmom@gmail.com (Rebecca Huff) ThatOrganicMom Health - it's not just about lettuce y'all. A Healthy Bite - ThatOrganicMom https://www.thatorganicmom.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/A-Healthy-Bite-Podcast.png https://www.thatorganicmom.com/blog/ Importance of Emotional Work for Health & Healing – Dr. Susana Stoica https://www.thatorganicmom.com/susana-stoica-emotions/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 13:18:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16216 Emotional Work can have an impact on our physical health The idea is that nurturing is more important than nature with which we were born. We can have the genes of an illness, but we can avoid triggering the gene by the way we live our life. Trauma is mostly our perception. It has been repeatedly proven that siblings living in the same household and going through the same experiences, can have a completely different perspective of the events. Dr. Stoica has found in her practice that people have to deal with their emotional baggage to get well. In the beginning, she thought maybe emotions had maybe a 5 to 10% role in our health. As she continued doing her healing work, she found out that emotions have a much more significant role to play in our health, sometimes being 90-100% of the story, like in the case of some cancers and fibromyalgia.  Even in the case of brain injuries, people need to be able to release their past traumatic memories to be able to heal fully.  Dr. Stoica found that even when she was able to help people with their health complaints if they did not resolve their emotional environment, they would get again sick with something else. Since then many doctors, from Carl Simonton (cancer oncologist, author of Getting Well Again), to Deepak Chopra, Candance Pert (who wrote Molecules of Emotion), and Bruce Lipton (author of Biology of Belief) have all written about the importance of emotional work for our health. Books Dr. Stoica mentioned in this episode : Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert, PhD Forgive for Good by Dr. Fred Luskin  The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer Five Mirrors, Five Blessings Five Mirrors, Five Blessings is a timely book for anyone who feels overwhelmed by life events and is struggling to reach their full potential. The book is not a replacement for therapy, although the exercises provided in each chapter enable readers to start exploring their own experiences and uncover the lessons they learned through happy and not-so-happy life events. “Toughing it out" is not the solution. Facing our history head-on and learning from it is what makes us become more productive and more compassionate human beings. Dr. Susana Stoica was trained as an engineer and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering with a thesis in building computers with circuits modeling the brain cell functionality. She spent her engineering career in developing high tech technologies, like expert systems, a technology that models the human thinking process. Author of Bestseller:  Cooking after Brain Injury: Easy Cooking for Recovery Five Mirrors, Five Blessings Heal your Brain, Reclaim your Life, Healing with the Loving Heart Reluctant Healer web:  http://HealingBrainInjury.com See our first interview here: Amazing Cookbook Series Written for People with Traumatic Brain Injury by Susana Stoica Show notes Those we love most are the ones who can inflict the worst pain on us, but if we took the time to look closer, we would find that they are our best teachers, guiding us on a path of becoming kinder, better, more compassionate individuals. In the book Five Mirrors Five Blessings, Dr. Stoica has an entire chapter on how to gain insight as a parent. This chapter and Dr. Stoica have both helped me with my son during a time when we were both struggling. Interview questions in this episode with Susana Stoica What is emotional trauma? Does everybody have emotional traumas? How can we better deal with our emotions? How strong is the connection between emotions and our health? In your book, "Five Mirrors, Five Blessings", why are you providing exercises at the end of each chapter? Like we discussed in a previous episode, you wrote extensively about brain injury, what is the connection between your book on brain injuries and the book "Five Mirrors, Five Blessings"? Emotional Work can have an impact on our physical health The idea is that nurturing is more important than nature with which we were born. We can have the genes of an illness, but we can avoid triggering the gene by the way we live our life. The idea is that nurturing is more important than nature with which we were born. We can have the genes of an illness, but we can avoid triggering the gene by the way we live our life. Trauma is mostly our perception.

It has been repeatedly proven that siblings living in the same household and going through the same experiences, can have a completely different perspective of the events.

Dr. Stoica has found in her practice that people have to deal with their emotional baggage to get well. In the beginning, she thought maybe emotions had maybe a 5 to 10% role in our health. As she continued doing her healing work, she found out that emotions have a much more significant role to play in our health, sometimes being 90-100% of the story, like in the case of some cancers and fibromyalgia. 

Even in the case of brain injuries, people need to be able to release their past traumatic memories to be able to heal fully. 



Dr. Stoica found that even when she was able to help people with their health complaints if they did not resolve their emotional environment, they would get again sick with something else. Since then many doctors, from Carl Simonton (cancer oncologist, author of Getting Well Again), to Deepak Chopra, Candance Pert (who wrote Molecules of Emotion), and Bruce Lipton (author of Biology of Belief) have all written about the importance of emotional work for our health.
Books Dr. Stoica mentioned in this episode :
Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert, PhD

Forgive for Good by Dr. Fred Luskin 

The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto

A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer
Five Mirrors, Five Blessings
Five Mirrors, Five Blessings is a timely book for anyone who feels overwhelmed by life events and is struggling to reach their full potential.

The book is not a replacement for therapy, although the exercises provided in each chapter enable readers to start exploring their own experiences and uncover the lessons they learned through happy and not-so-happy life events.

“Toughing it out" is not the solution. Facing our history head-on and learning from it is what makes us become more productive and more compassionate human beings.

Dr. Susana Stoica was trained as an engineer and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering with a thesis in building computers with circuits modeling the brain cell functionality. She spent her engineering career in developing high tech technologies, like expert systems, a technology that models the human thinking process.

Author of Bestseller: 

* Cooking after Brain Injury: Easy Cooking for Recovery
* Five Mirrors, Five Blessings
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How to Manage Stressful Relationships and Survive the Holidays https://www.thatorganicmom.com/stressful-relationships/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:42:37 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16860 Stress during holidays Stressful relationships can take a toll on you at any time of the year. But when the holiday season doesn't conjure up warm and fuzzy feelings it can be incredibly tiring. We want to enjoy the holidays and be joyful but at times it can be difficult. Along with all the fun, comes a certain amount of stress. Where to go, who to invite, who will be there, will we get along? As if these issues weren't enough to keep our tension levels high there are more. Mix in staying on budget, getting along with in-laws or exes, and step-family challenges. All of these issues can seem like a mountain of stress during the holiday season. This added stress can start to steal your joy and diminish the holiday spirit. Whether the problems you face at the holidays are out of your control or you have decision fatigue, Dr. Janetta Jamerson is here with tips to help us learn to manage stressful relationships and survive the holidays. Expectations What we imagine everyone else's holiday to look like is most likely an unrealistic expectation. The Hallmark holiday is rare if not non-existent. The expectations that our holiday will be perfect this year is part of what holds us back from enjoying ourselves. Like someone in Hopelively said, "The conflicts, annoyances, and differences that happen when the family gets together sometimes amuses me and feels loving. Because despite all this we come together and are family. Despite all my flaws, I am loved, and despite all of the family's stuff, I love them, even though I might need limited exposure." Give yourself the gift of good mental health by practicing self-care, consider seeing a mental health professional who can help you learn to cope with life's challenges. You can start by searching on Psychology Today for a therapist near you. Articles on ThatOrganicMom written by Dr. Janetta Jamerson: Stuck! Really?? How To Be A Supportive Friend, Or Rather, How To NOT Be Hurtful When Someone You Love Is Hurting Dr. Janetta Jamerson answers commonly asked questions in therapy Interview with Dr. Janetta Jamerson about Self Doubt and Comparison Dr. Janetta Jamerson answering questions about marriage relationships Dr. JJ’s Youtube Channel Dr. Janetta Jamerson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in Knoxville, TN. Dr. JJ believes in you and your ability to celebrate a healthy existence. Dr. JJ asserts that she does not work from home plate but is rather rounding the bases of this life right along with you. (c) Texture Photo Don't forget to pin this post to all of your holiday boards and share it on social media, maybe a relative will see it and take it easy on you this year! 😉 Stress during holidays Stressful relationships can take a toll on you at any time of the year. But when the holiday season doesn't conjure up warm and fuzzy feelings it can be incredibly tiring. We want to enjoy the holidays and be joyful but at times... Stressful relationships can take a toll on you at any time of the year. But when the holiday season doesn't conjure up warm and fuzzy feelings it can be incredibly tiring. We want to enjoy the holidays and be joyful but at times it can be difficult.

Along with all the fun, comes a certain amount of stress. Where to go, who to invite, who will be there, will we get along? As if these issues weren't enough to keep our tension levels high there are more. Mix in staying on budget, getting along with in-laws or exes, and step-family challenges.

All of these issues can seem like a mountain of stress during the holiday season. This added stress can start to steal your joy and diminish the holiday spirit.

Whether the problems you face at the holidays are out of your control or you have decision fatigue, Dr. Janetta Jamerson is here with tips to help us learn to manage stressful relationships and survive the holidays.
Expectations
What we imagine everyone else's holiday to look like is most likely an unrealistic expectation. The Hallmark holiday is rare if not non-existent. The expectations that our holiday will be perfect this year is part of what holds us back from enjoying ourselves.



Like someone in
Hopelively said, "The conflicts, annoyances, and differences that happen when the family gets together sometimes amuses me and feels loving. Because despite all this we come together and are family. Despite all my flaws, I am loved, and despite all of the family's stuff, I love them, even though I might need limited exposure."

Give yourself the gift of good mental health by practicing self-care, consider seeing a mental health professional who can help you learn to cope with life's challenges. You can start by searching on Psychology Today for a therapist near you.
Articles on ThatOrganicMom written by Dr. Janetta Jamerson:
Stuck! Really??

How To Be A Supportive Friend, Or Rather, How To NOT Be Hurtful When Someone You Love Is Hurting

Dr. Janetta Jamerson answers commonly asked questions in therapy

Interview with Dr. Janetta Jamerson about Self Doubt and Comparison

Dr. Janetta Jamerson answering questions about marriage relationships

Dr. JJ’s Youtube Channel

Dr. Janetta Jamerson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in Knoxville, TN. Dr. JJ believes in you and your ability to celebrate a healthy existence. Dr. JJ asserts that she does not work from home plate but is rather rounding the bases of this life right along with you.

(c) Texture Photo

Don't forget to pin this post to all of your holiday boards and share it on social media, maybe a relative will see it and take it easy on you this year!

]]> Rebecca Huff clean 35:29 Genius Solution for Those Who Cannot Compost https://www.thatorganicmom.com/cannot-compost/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 12:37:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16221 After moving from the countryside to an apartment, I was distressed by not having a place to dispose of my food scraps. I started doing research looking for solutions. That is when I discovered Foodcycler! So, I reached out to the team at the Foodcycler company for information and received one to test out and am happy to report that it is the answer I was looking for! My friends who have been to my place have seen my Foodcycler in action. They all get a tour of my laundry room where I keep my Foodcyler busy producing fertilizer for my precious aloe vera plants, rosemary, and my son's succulents collection. I'm so excited for you all to see this episode. Once you watch the video, you'll understand why we are so thrilled to have found the solution to keeping food out of our landfill! Get a discount on a Foodcycler for your home with coupon code ORGANIC2019. Food waste is a serious problem We've been talking about food waste this week. Manuel Bruscas and I discussed the many ways food ends up wasted in a Healthy Bite Episode: World Hunger - Starving for the Truth. Next, I shared four of the benefits of reducing food waste. Hopefully, you are starting to think about making plans for more efficient food prep and shopping. Today we are going to talk about inevitable food waste and what we can do with it to keep it out of the landfill. I'm talking about banana peels, avocado pits, eggshells, coffee grounds, and other non-edible parts of the foods we prepare. Even though these items are biodegradable, sending them to the landfill is not a good idea. Composting is one way to cut back on food-related emissions. In landfills, which are anaerobic or oxygen-deprived environments, microbes digest rotting food and release methane, a greenhouse gas that is more than 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Composting creates an aerobic environment, and methane-producing microbes don't thrive in the presence of oxygen. What are some of the ways we can dispose of this kitchen waste without putting it in our overburdened landfills? Having a compost pile is a wonderful way to deal with food waste for those who have the yard space available. All you need is the space, a shovel, plus the greens and browns to add to the pile. Backyard composting is inexpensive and requires very little prep work; it's easy to reap the benefits of a backyard compost pile. Some people find them unattractive, smelly, and inconvenient if it attracts late-night visitors such as skunks and other scavengers. A compost tumbler can alleviate some of the inconvenience of the compost pile; however, it's not an excellent choice for those of us living in condos or apartments. Some apartments even have rules about composting. If you've always put your food waste directly in the trash can, I'd love to challenge you to make a change starting right now. There are many ways to tackle composting. Here are the top twelve methods of composting, plus the pros and cons, as well as how much it will cost. (Don't worry, some options are free!) You can even check your local recycling center to see if they have community composting. By all means, if you can compost, please do so. I understand, however, there are reasons why someone with a backyard still might not want to compost. When composting isn't an option For those of us who live in an apartment or condo, composting may not be an option. However, here are a few methods of composting in an apartment that you could explore. As I mentioned before, when I moved to an apartment, the first things that bothered me was not having a compost pile. Thankfully, I was able to come up with a solution for my peels, pits, and sad lettuce. Foodcycling has been more than I even expected it to be! I've been able to take my food scraps and turn them into organic fertilizer with a perfect NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium) ratio. When my kids eat a banana and throw the peel into the F... After moving from the countryside to an apartment, I was distressed by not having a place to dispose of my food scraps. I started doing research looking for solutions. That is when I discovered Foodcycler! So,
My friends who have been to my place have seen my Foodcycler in action. They all get a tour of my laundry room where I keep my Foodcyler busy producing fertilizer for my precious aloe vera plants, rosemary, and my son's succulents collection.

I'm so excited for you all to see this episode. Once you watch the video, you'll understand why we are so thrilled to have found the solution to keeping food out of our landfill!

Get a discount on a Foodcycler for your home with coupon code ORGANIC2019.


Food waste is a serious problem
We've been talking about food waste this week. Manuel Bruscas and I discussed the many ways food ends up wasted in a Healthy Bite Episode: World Hunger - Starving for the Truth.

Next, I shared four of the benefits of reducing food waste. Hopefully, you are starting to think about making plans for more efficient food prep and shopping.

Today we are going to talk about inevitable food waste and what we can do with it to keep it out of the landfill.



I'm talking about banana peels, avocado pits, eggshells, coffee grounds, and other non-edible parts of the foods we prepare.

Even though these items are biodegradable, sending them to the landfill is not a good idea.
Composting is one way to cut back on food-related emissions. In landfills, which are anaerobic or oxygen-deprived environments, microbes digest rotting food and release methane, a greenhouse gas that is more than 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Composting creates an aerobic environment, and methane-producing microbes don't thrive in the presence of oxygen.
What are some of the ways we can dispose of this kitchen waste without putting it in our overburdened landfills?


Having a compost pile is a wonderful way to deal with food waste for those who have the yard space available. All you need is the space, a shovel, plus the greens and browns to add to the pile.

Backyard composting is inexpensive and requires very little prep work; it's easy to reap the benefits of a backyard compost pile. Some people find them unattractive, smelly, and inconvenient if it attracts late-night visitors such as skunks and other scavengers.

A compost tumbler can alleviate some of the inconvenience of the compost pile; however, it's not an excellent choice for those of us living in condos or apartments. Some apartments even have rules about composting.

If you've always put your food waste directly in the trash can, I'd love to challenge you to make a change starting right now. There are many ways to tackle composting. Here are the top twelve methods of composting, plus the pros and cons,]]>
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World Hunger – Starving for the Truth with Manuel Bruscas https://www.thatorganicmom.com/world-hunger-starving-for-the-truth-with-manuel-bruscas/ Mon, 04 Nov 2019 13:04:40 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16220 In this episode of A Healthy Bite, Manuel Bruscas, author of Real Tomatoes are Ugly shares some enlightening facts about world hunger. Many attribute the hunger problem to availability; however, the world as a whole produces sufficient food. Food Security According to the Food Security Program, there are four dimensions of food security.  Physical availability of food - supply Economic and physical access to food -  Food utilization - how the body uses food Stability - the three previous factors happening consistently In this episode, I tell Manuel a story about a conversation I had with my son, which you may have had with your children. We are finishing up dinner, and the conversation goes like this: Mom: "Please eat all of your food; there are starving kids in the world." Son: "How does eating everything on my plate help starving kids in other parts of the world?" Supply and Demand Setting aside the fact that my son loves to debate, this had me questioning my logic. I knew that food waste and hunger were related, but I wasn't sure how to explain it to my son.  Subscribe to A Healthy Bite for other solutions to reducing food waste, coming Thursday. Right now, listen to this episode, as Manuel explains how I can respond to my son's question. Manuel Bruscas coauthored a book titled Real Tomatoes Are Ugly to raise awareness of a global issue: Food Waste. The title of this book is derived in part by the dictatorship of beauty in society, according to Bruscas. Get a peek of Real Tomatoes Are Ugly in the video version of this podcast Would you buy an ugly tomato? Americans throw away almost as much food as they eat because of a "cult of perfection," deepening hunger and poverty, and inflicting a heavy toll on the environment. "In 2015, we disposed of 37.6 million tons of food waste," according to the EPA. I think for many of us is that we are busy, and we're in a hurry - we don't stop and think, "do I need this?" So, poor planning, impulse buying, and avoiding imperfect produce are top factors in food waste. We have an abundance mindset. If our fridge has empty space, just like a plate, we feel like we need to fill it up. Waste on the farm. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that one-third of all food grown is lost or wasted, an amount valued at nearly $3 trillion. Almost half the food produced in the US is wasted on the farm.  Prices change, and it is no longer profitable to send that food to the market. Loads of lettuce, kale, broccoli, spinach, and other greens are dumped in the landfill because they can't sell it to the best buyer. Ton trucks full of perfectly good food, being dumped at the landfill. Wasted food is the single most prominent occupant in American landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This food in the landfill emits methane 30-100x more potent than carbon dioxide. How does perfect produce not make it to the market? For example, imperfect peppers or tomatoes are left on the ground, plowed under in the field. An imperfect cauliflower, perhaps the color is yellow or slightly purple instead of white. This "off-color" cauliflower is tossed because it doesn't meet a beauty standard. Even produce that is "too big" can be discarded. A banana that has too much curve, or one that is too straight, may not make it to market. As consumers, we expect our fruits and vegetables to be "photoshoot ready." It's the equivalent of expecting all people to look like airbrushed models.  This perfection is not realistic!  We can't blame it all on farmers. Produce is "graded," and farmers know that to bring inconsistent shapes and sizes is a risk to their livelihood. Other places perfectly edible food gets wasted include: in transit in the supermarket at home in the restaurant Some of what farmers grow ends up going to feed livestock. But people are hungry, In this episode of A Healthy Bite, Manuel Bruscas, author of Real Tomatoes are Ugly shares some enlightening facts about world hunger. - Many attribute the hunger problem to availability; however, the world as a whole produces sufficient food. Manuel Bruscas, author of Real Tomatoes are Ugly shares some enlightening facts about world hunger.

Many attribute the hunger problem to availability; however, the world as a whole produces sufficient food.
Food Security
According to the Food Security Program, there are four dimensions of food security

* Physical availability of food - supply
* Economic and physical access to food - 
* Food utilization - how the body uses food
* Stability - the three previous factors happening consistently

In this episode, I tell Manuel a story about a conversation I had with my son, which you may have had with your children.

We are finishing up dinner, and the conversation goes like this:

Mom: "Please eat all of your food; there are starving kids in the world."
Son: "How does eating everything on my plate help starving kids in other parts of the world?"
Supply and Demand


Setting aside the fact that my son loves to debate, this had me questioning my logic. I knew that food waste and hunger were related, but I wasn't sure how to explain it to my son. 

Subscribe to A Healthy Bite for other solutions to reducing food waste, coming Thursday. Right now, listen to this episode, as Manuel explains how I can respond to my son's question.

Manuel Bruscas coauthored a book titled Real Tomatoes Are Ugly to raise awareness of a global issue: Food Waste. The title of this book is derived in part by the dictatorship of beauty in society, according to Bruscas.

Get a peek of Real Tomatoes Are Ugly in the video version of this podcast


Would you buy an ugly tomato?


Americans throw away almost as much food as they eat because of a "cult of perfection," deepening hunger and poverty, and inflicting a heavy toll on the environment.

"In 2015, we disposed of 37.6 million tons of food waste," according to the EPA.

I think for many of us is that we are busy, and we're in a hurry - we don't stop and think, "do I need this?" So, poor planning, impulse buying, and avoiding imperfect produce are top factors in food waste.

We have an abundance mindset. If our fridge has empty space, just like a plate, we feel like we need to fill it up.
Waste on the farm.
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that one-third of all food grown is lost or wasted, an amount valued at nearly $3 trillion. Almost half the food produced in the US is wasted on the farm. 

Prices change, and it is no longer profitable to send that food to the market.

Loads of lettuce, kale, broccoli, spinach, and other greens are dumped in the landfill because they 
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Dr. Nicole Beurkens on Cyberbullying – What Parents Need to Know https://www.thatorganicmom.com/cyberbullying-qustodio-dr-nicole-beurkens/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 12:04:51 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16214 Has your child ever been bullied? Cyberbullied? The range of emotions I experienced as a parent when my child was bullied swung from one extreme to another. My generation dealt with bullying. I remember very well my first day of high school, being on the receiving end of bullying. However, our children also have cyberbullying to add to the list of things they have to deal with. Cyberbullying and Social Media Cyberbullying can happen with complete strangers, or it can occur with classmates. In some cases, cyberbullying leads to bullying at school. Even with all the measures schools put into place with anti-bullying programs, it still happens. Sometimes bullying can even be fatal.  Social media presents a unique set of challenges for youth today. It's a place where a mistake can be made in a matter of seconds, that will have a lasting impact. Cyberbullying can cause some children to feel that their situation is completely hopeless and could lead to suicide. This is the case as I mentioned in this episode of a young man who took his life after being cyberbullied. Not only can users be bullied on social media, but it's also a place where teens can be influenced to cause self-harm. There is a culture of suicidal ideation that is pervasive on social media. Sadly, in some worst-case scenarios, this culture can lead to suicide. We see this in the case of a young 14-year-old girl who took her own life after exploring depression on Instagram. What can parents do? All of this can lead parents to feel overwhelmed and helpless. Kids have access to the entire world with their devices. That doesn't mean that parents are helpless. Less than half of parents are using parental control tools. Educating and Empowering Parents to Help their Children Dr. Nicole Beurkens is helping us figure out how to deal with bullying, in particular, cyberbullying. She's sharing her tips on how to help our children not only when they are being bullied, but when they are the bully. Dr. Nicole supports parents in engaging with their kids about how they use their devices and keeping the lines of communication open. Another tip she shares is how to deal with a strong-willed child and physical power struggles, for example, when a kid won't give up the phone. Using Qustodio means you don't need to get into that kind of physical altercation; a parent can simply shut the access off to the phone with Qustodio. Save 10% off a subscription to Qustodio using coupon code ORGANICMOM. Dr. Beurkens specializes in resolving problems that many families and professionals deem unsolvable. She recognizes that beneath the many challenging symptoms children and young adults exhibit are people capable of more. Her patients and their families affectionately refer to her as the learning and behavior “detective.” Many people believe that the symptoms they experience are the problem, but the symptoms are actually clues to the real problems. A unique combination of psychologist, nutritionist, and special educator, Dr. Beurkens has 22 years of experience supporting children, young adults, and families.  She is an expert in evaluating and treating a wide range of learning, mood, and behavior challenges including ADHD, autism, anxiety, mood disorders, brain injury, and sensory processing disorder. Dr. Beurkens holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, master’s degrees in Special Education and Nutrition, and is a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist.  She is the Founder and Director of Horizons Developmental Resource Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she leads a multidisciplinary team dedicated to exceptional evaluation and integrative treatment services, research on innovative treatment protocols, and professional training on best practices. She is a highly sought-after international consultant and speaker, award-winning therapist, published researcher, and best-selling author.  Her work has been highlighted in numerous publications, Has your child ever been bullied? Cyberbullied? The range of emotions I experienced as a parent when my child was bullied swung from one extreme to another. - My generation dealt with bullying. I remember very well my first day of high school,
My generation dealt with bullying. I remember very well my first day of high school, being on the receiving end of bullying. However, our children also have cyberbullying to add to the list of things they have to deal with.
Cyberbullying and Social Media
Cyberbullying can happen with complete strangers, or it can occur with classmates. In some cases, cyberbullying leads to bullying at school. Even with all the measures schools put into place with anti-bullying programs, it still happens. Sometimes
bullying can even be fatal

Social media presents a unique set of challenges for youth today. It's a place where a mistake can be made in a matter of seconds, that will have a lasting impact. Cyberbullying can cause some children to feel that their situation is completely hopeless and could lead to suicide. This is the case as I mentioned in this episode of a young man who took his life after being cyberbullied.

Not only can users be bullied on social media, but it's also a place where teens can be influenced to cause self-harm. There is a culture of suicidal ideation that is pervasive on social media. Sadly, in some worst-case scenarios, this culture can lead to suicide. We see this in the case of a young 14-year-old girl who took her own life after exploring depression on Instagram.


What can parents do?
All of this can lead parents to feel overwhelmed and helpless. Kids have access to the entire world with their devices. That doesn't mean that parents are helpless.


Less than half of parents are using parental control tools.

Educating and Empowering Parents to Help their Children
Dr. Nicole Beurkens is helping us figure out how to deal with bullying, in particular, cyberbullying. She's sharing her tips on how to help our children not only when they are being bullied, but when they are the bully.

Dr. Nicole supports parents in engaging with their kids about how they use their devices and keeping the lines of communication open.

Another tip she shares is how to deal with a strong-willed child and physical power struggles, for example, when a kid won't give up the phone. Using Qustodio means you don't need to get into that kind of physical altercation; a parent can simply shut the access off to the phone with Qustodio.

Save 10% off a subscription to Qustodio using coupon code ORGANICMOM.


Dr. Beurkens specializes in resolving problems that many families and professionals deem unsolvable.
She recognizes that beneath the many challenging symptoms children and young adults exhibit are people capable of more.

Her patients and their families affectionately refer to her as the learning and b...]]> Rebecca Huff clean 26:28 One Woman’s Inappropriate Quest to Help Women Laugh Through Infertility https://www.thatorganicmom.com/karen-jeffries-hilariously-infertile/ Mon, 28 Oct 2019 11:30:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16218 About 12.1% of women in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that's around 7.5 million. However, men are as likely to be sterile as women are. Surviving Infertility Treatments Karen Jeffries's book Hilariously Infertile is an honest look at the struggles many couples face. Although there was a lot of pain, Karen uses humor to keep from being overwhelmed by stress. She uses what she learned on her journey to help others. Karen found that during this process many other people around her had also gone through similar struggles in silence. At this point, she felt like it was something that more people need to speak up about so that others wouldn't feel so alone. She sat down one day to write out her story and found that it was pretty hilarious! Listen to this podcast episode to hear more about what she went through and how she used humor to get through the tough times AND help others. Karen has found that her audience enjoys laughing along with her, men and women alike, as she tells some of the humorous stories that come with infertility treatments.  If you are in the area, she will be cracking folks up at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA on November 10th at 7 p.m. Details below: Her stand up routine is something she never expected but is a unique platform for helping other couples get through the stress of infertility. Even those who have not experienced the struggle find her stand up routine hilarious. Here's a clip: Karen was recently on HLN when her book went on sale on Amazon - you can see that she genuinely cares about helping other people. Her goal is to help people laugh or smile when they are struggling through infertility. The book is the raw truth about her experience with infertility. You can contact Karen or find her book on her website Hilariously Infertile. Follow her on Instagram here. Hilariously Infertile on A Healthy Bite Podcast Show Notes: More people are speaking out about the subject, did you feel alone in this? You were able to see the humor in the process, was that a coping mechanism, or are you usually a funny person?  Karen, you were on CNN talking about your book recently - have a lot of women reached out to you about their struggles? How long did you wait before getting help? Infertility is not just a woman's problem, as many people assume. In your journey, did you encounter couples where the woman was fine, but the man had infertility problems? You talk about IUI in your book, can you tell us what that is? In your book, you wrote about your egg retrieval surgery, which resulted in painfully swollen ovaries. You could barely walk, and you had to take your daughter to daycare the following day. Did you ever think why me? I talk to couples who are going through these struggles; health insurance coverage is a factor in choosing how to proceed, was that ever an issue for you guys? Some couples are finally able to get pregnant, only to have the pregnancy end in miscarriage. Did you guys ever consider adoption? You wrote about your journey and found that many publishers felt there was not an audience for this topic. I bet that was infuriating considering your following?    Although, you persisted and published your book with the mission to help other couples in the frustrating world of infertility. Your difficulties with publishing taught you that so many people were at home, suffering in silence, what would you say to those couples? Watch this podcast episode on Youtube Please help spread the word so women who may be facing infertility treatments can find Karen and read her inspiring and hilarious book. About 12.1% of women in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that's around 7.5 million. However, Surviving Infertility Treatments
Karen Jeffries's book Hilariously Infertile is an honest look at the struggles many couples face. Although there was a lot of pain, Karen uses humor to keep from being overwhelmed by stress. She uses what she learned on her journey to help others.

Karen found that during this process many other people around her had also gone through similar struggles in silence. At this point, she felt like it was something that more people need to speak up about so that others wouldn't feel so alone.

She sat down one day to write out her story and found that it was pretty hilarious! Listen to this podcast episode to hear more about what she went through and how she used humor to get through the tough times AND help others.

Karen has found that her audience enjoys laughing along with her, men and women alike, as she tells some of the humorous stories that come with infertility treatments.  If you are in the area, she will be cracking folks up at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA on November 10th at 7 p.m. Details below:

Her stand up routine is something she never expected but is a unique platform for helping other couples get through the stress of infertility. Even those who have not experienced the struggle find her stand up routine hilarious. Here's a clip:



Karen was recently on HLN when her book went on sale on Amazon - you can see that she genuinely cares about helping other people. Her goal is to help people laugh or smile when they are struggling through infertility. The book is the raw truth about her experience with infertility.



You can contact Karen or find her book on her website Hilariously Infertile. Follow her on Instagram here.
Hilariously Infertile on A Healthy Bite Podcast Show Notes:
More people are speaking out about the subject, did you feel alone in this?

You were able to see the humor in the process, was that a coping mechanism, or are you usually a funny person? 

Karen, you were on CNN talking about your book recently - have a lot of women reached out to you about their struggles?

How long did you wait before getting help?



Infertility is not just a woman's problem, as many people assume. In your journey, did you encounter couples where the woman was fine, but the man had infertility problems?

You talk about IUI in your book, can you tell us what that is?

In your book, you wrote about your egg retrieval surgery, which resulted in painfully swollen ovaries. You could barely walk, and you had to take your daughter to daycare the following day. Did you ever think why me?

I talk to couples who are going through these struggles; health insurance coverage is a factor in choosing how to proceed, was that ever an issue for you guys?

Some couples are finally able to get pregnant, only to have the pregnancy end in miscarriage. Did you guys ever consider adoption?

You wrote about your journey and found that many publishers felt there was not an audience for this topic. I bet that was infuriating considering your following?   

Although, you persisted and published your book with the mission to help other couples in the frustrating world of infertility.

Your difficulties with publishing taught you that so many ...]]>
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A Starter Cookbook For Preparing Real, Uncomplicated Food https://www.thatorganicmom.com/starter-cookbook/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 12:35:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16414 Do you love cooking or do you have zero kitchen experience? Did you have a starter cookbook as a young adult or did your parents and grandparents teach you to prepare meals? Food and memories intimately linked We all have food memories, some good, some bad, but food and memories are intimately linked. Food is so tightly woven in all of my life stories that it's hard to separate them. Visiting other countries, holidays, celebrations, and childhood memories are all embedded in my brain along with the tastes and smells of food. Building memories Preparing meals and gathering around the family table are two activities that I genuinely enjoy. When my children are in the kitchen with me, it doubles my joy. This time together in the kitchen is a beautiful way to bond plus prepare them for adulthood. Spending time in the kitchen with a child of any age is an investment in their future. When my children invite their friends over, we usually end up in the kitchen. Kids love to create and experiment, and that is what the kitchen is all about! You don't have to be an expert cook to get started spending time with your kids in the kitchen. Even if you consider yourself the Take-Out Queen or don't yet know your way around the kitchen, we've got you covered. You can still make yummy food using the right cookbook. The authors of The Anti-Cookbook are here to help with easy, budget-friendly food. Drawing on the recipes they made as college roommates, the book is filled with hilarious stories about learning to cook, as well as teaching their own children how to cook. With the Anti Cookbook, each recipe is in an easy to follow format. This cookbook is more of a guide that shows how cooking doesn't have to be complicated. The cookbook is perfect for young adults living on their own for the first time who may not know how to prepare budget-friendly meals at home. Kids who want to prepare meals but are overwhelmed by regular step-by-step cookbooks will enjoy this friendly book full of stories the authors share about their lives. To demonstrate how easy making meals can be, I had my eleven-year-old daughter use one of the "un-recipes" from the book. You can watch her making the bars in the video below. These are gluten-free and absolutely delicious. Shelley and Rebecca can be found at their website Anti-Cookbook.com. They also have a Youtube channel: The Anti Cookbook where they demonstrate some of the recipes from the cookbook. You can also follow The Anti Cookbook on Instagram. Make sure to listen to this episode of A Healthy Bite with authors Rebecca Bloom and Shelley Onderdonk. Share this with the young adults in your life who want to make tasty, nutritious food at home. If you prefer watching the video version of this podcast is also available on YouTube. Share this post with the young adults in your life and help them get started cooking and creating their own healthy, budget-friendly meals at home!     Do you love cooking or do you have zero kitchen experience? Did you have a starter cookbook as a young adult or did your parents and grandparents teach you to prepare meals? Food and memories intimately linked We all have food memories, some good, Food and memories intimately linked
We all have food memories, some good, some bad, but food and memories are intimately linked. Food is so tightly woven in all of my life stories that it's hard to separate them. Visiting other countries, holidays, celebrations, and childhood memories are all embedded in my brain along with the tastes and smells of food.
Building memories
Preparing meals and gathering around the family table are two activities that I genuinely enjoy. When my children are in the kitchen with me, it doubles my joy. This time together in the kitchen is a beautiful way to bond plus prepare them for adulthood.
Spending time in the kitchen with a child of any age is an investment in their future.
When my children invite their friends over, we usually end up in the kitchen. Kids love to create and experiment, and that is what the kitchen is all about!

You don't have to be an expert cook to get started spending time with your kids in the kitchen. Even if you consider yourself the Take-Out Queen or don't yet know your way around the kitchen, we've got you covered. You can still make yummy food using the right cookbook.

The authors of The Anti-Cookbook are here to help with easy, budget-friendly food. Drawing on the recipes they made as college roommates, the book is filled with hilarious stories about learning to cook, as well as teaching their own children how to cook.

With the Anti Cookbook, each recipe is in an easy to follow format. This cookbook is more of a guide that shows how cooking doesn't have to be complicated.

The cookbook is perfect for young adults living on their own for the first time who may not know how to prepare budget-friendly meals at home.

Kids who want to prepare meals but are overwhelmed by regular step-by-step cookbooks will enjoy this friendly book full of stories the authors share about their lives.



To demonstrate how easy making meals can be, I had my eleven-year-old daughter use one of the "un-recipes" from the book. You can watch her making the bars in the video below. These are gluten-free and absolutely delicious.



Shelley and Rebecca can be found at their website Anti-Cookbook.com. They also have a Youtube channel: The Anti Cookbook where they demonstrate some of the recipes from the cookbook. You can also follow The Anti Cookbook on Instagram.

Make sure to listen to this episode of A Healthy Bite with authors Rebecca Bloom and Shelley Onderdonk. Share this with the young adults in your life who want to make tasty, nutritious food at home.

If you prefer watching the video version of this podcast is also available on YouTube.

Share this post with the young adults in your life and help them get started cooking and creating their own healthy, budget-friendly meals at home!

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Raising Kids to Respect Life and Others: Unlocking the Power of Fatherhood https://www.thatorganicmom.com/unlocking-the-power-of-fatherhood/ Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:31:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=15917 In today's healthy bite, we are exploring the building blocks of raising mentally healthy, well-balanced young men destined to grow up to be respectable, patriotic members of society.  It is not uncommon to hear these terms: fatherless generation toxic masculinity boys will be boys Many are trying to redefine manhood and discredit masculinity in a misguided attempt to resolve our problems.  My husband enjoyed reading Unlocking the Power of Fatherhood. In his book, Unlocking the Power of Fatherhood, Gary Rogers shares his life experiences and the lessons he has learned along the way.  These lessons have all blended to shape a unique mission: to inspire authenticity in men, to furnish them with useful life skills and perspectives, and to empower a healthy culture of fatherhood. Some call this book a blueprint for embracing the positive essence of fatherhood. Others say it is a guide for men to achieve a successful life by confronting the unfairness of society, recognizing the lessons of failure, and discovering the value in the hardships of life. Interview Questions: Your book addresses men, primarily fathers, but you make note that much of what you write is meant for women as well. Like you, I believe that as women, we have an important role to play in strengthening and preserving our family bond and the relationships between family members. You say when a child fails, a parent has an important decision to make - throw them a lifeline or allow them to learn that actions have consequences. That is hard for parents; how do we figure it all out? You talk about the core strength and strength of character in the strong woman in the first chapter of your book. Who was this woman, and what can we learn from this her? In the book, you walk the reader through discovering their true self. You ended that exercise with the question, "What am I going to do about it?" Why is that so important for parents? Transformation in the Storm You ponder the topic of Victim vs. Sovereign after a trip to the hospital, can you elaborate on this? Let's talk about the victim mentality.  Can you explain a bit about victimization as it pertains to raising kids free from the bondage of that mindset? Help us to find the balance when our kids do take on the victim role. How do we help them with problem-solving and emotions? The Measure of a Man Chapter You share a scenario when you observe a couple at a restaurant.  When you walk out to the car, stand there until he opens the door for you. If he gets in the car and sits down and you are standing there expectantly, he'll get the message...otherwise, tell him you have an Uber app on your phone. I have heard from some men say that they have been given hateful looks after holding the door open because some women consider this an insult. How do we teach our sons to respect women in a society that says women can't have it both ways? Some say we, women, can't expect to date a gentleman AND have the advantages of modern times because it is selfish.  What are your thoughts on this topic? Meet the author of Unlocking the Power of Fatherhood Gary D. Rogers is the author of Unlocking the Power of Fatherhood. He grew up in the gulf coast town of Freeport, Texas. The younger of two sons, he was raised by parents who maintained a lifelong, loving relationship in a stable middle-class home. From Stephen F. Austin State University he received a BS in biology and chemistry, along with a Master's degree in aquatic ecology. As a young man, he lived in the inner city of Brooklyn, New York, where he came face to face with the ravages of poverty, and the crime, drugs, and violence that poverty begets. It was here he began to understand that the problems this country faces will not be fixed by the government, that the answers to our most devastating problems must come from the people. Gary has been blessed with a wonderful family of his own—a loving wife o... In today's healthy bite, we are exploring the building blocks of raising mentally healthy, well-balanced young men destined to grow up to be respectable, patriotic members of society.  - It is not uncommon to hear these terms: -
It is not uncommon to hear these terms:

* fatherless generation
* toxic masculinity
* boys will be boys

Many are trying to redefine manhood and discredit masculinity in a misguided attempt to resolve our problems. 

My husband enjoyed reading Unlocking the Power of Fatherhood.

In his book, Unlocking the Power of Fatherhood, Gary Rogers shares his life experiences and the lessons he has learned along the way. 

These lessons have all blended to shape a unique mission: to inspire authenticity in men, to furnish them with useful life skills and perspectives, and to empower a healthy culture of fatherhood.

Some call this book a blueprint for embracing the positive essence of fatherhood.

Others say it is a guide for men to achieve a successful life by confronting the unfairness of society, recognizing the lessons of failure, and discovering the value in the hardships of life.
Interview Questions:
Your book addresses men, primarily fathers, but you make note that much of what you write is meant for women as well. Like you, I believe that as women, we have an important role to play in strengthening and preserving our family bond and the relationships between family members.

You say when a child fails, a parent has an important decision to make - throw them a lifeline or allow them to learn that actions have consequences. That is hard for parents; how do we figure it all out?

You talk about the core strength and strength of character in the strong woman in the first chapter of your book. Who was this woman, and what can we learn from this her?

In the book, you walk the reader through discovering their true self. You ended that exercise with the question, "What am I going to do about it?" Why is that so important for parents?
Transformation in the Storm
You ponder the topic of Victim vs. Sovereign after a trip to the hospital, can you elaborate on this?

Let's talk about the victim mentality. 

Can you explain a bit about victimization as it pertains to raising kids free from the bondage of that mindset?

Help us to find the balance when our kids do take on the victim role. How do we help them with problem-solving and emotions?
The Measure of a Man Chapter
You share a scenario when you observe a couple at a restaurant. 
When you walk out to the car, stand there until he opens the door for you. If he gets in the car and sits down and you are standing there expectantly, he'll get the message...otherwise, tell him you have an Uber app on your phone.
I have heard from some men say that they have been given hateful looks after holding the door open because some women consider this an insult. How do we teach our sons to respect women in a society that says women can't have it both ways?

Some say we, women, can't expect to date a gentleman AND have the advantages of modern times because it is selfish.  What are your thoughts on this topic?


Meet the author of Unlocking the Power of Fatherhood


Gary D. Rogers is the author of Unlocking the Power of Fatherhood. He grew up in the gulf coast town of Freeport, Texas. The younger of two sons, he was raised by parents who maintained a lifelong, loving relationship in a stable middle-class home. From Stephen F. Austin State University he received a BS in biology and chemistry,]]>
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How his diabetes diagnosis led to the creation of a low carb cereal https://www.thatorganicmom.com/diabetes-diagnosis/ Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:28:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16217 When faced with hardships in life, we have two choices. We can overcome and use these challenges to become stronger and better, or we can be defeated and give up. Diagnosed with diabetes Not too long ago, I read an inspiring story about a young man diagnosed with diabetes. Krishna Kaliannan, the founder of Catalina Crunch, was struggling to control his blood sugar, while at the same time, his weight was skyrocketing. Around this time, Krishna got a call from his doctor, who told him his blood sugar level was 212, and he needed to lose 25 pounds. His doctor reiterated that he needed to get his act together to lose weight and get his blood sugar levels under control right away. With a new determination, Krishna headed to the supermarket to find something new and exciting to eat that would meet his requirements. Those were: Zero sugar High in protein High in fiber Low in empty carbs The struggle to find something that fit this description was real! For a while, Krishna ate mostly eggs, nuts, and meat. He started wishing for a breakfast that would taste like the crunchy sweet bowls of cereal he ate as a kid. Sadly, at that time, this product didn't exist. The birth of a low carbohydrate cereal Krishna was now on a mission to create his cereal recipe. That is when Catalina Crunch was born. Catalina Crunch is a crunchy sweet cereal that has zero sugar, only 5g net carbs per bowl, 8g plant protein, and 7g plant fiber. Check out all of the nutritional benefits: Keto-Friendly Low Carb Zero Sugar / Zero Sugar Alcohols Packed with 8g Plant Protein for Energy Packed with 7g Plant Fiber To Keep You Full and Promote Gut Health Gluten + Grain-Free Paleo Friendly Dairy-Free Vegan Non-GMO Majority Organic Made with All-Natural Ingredients No Artificial Anything Nut-Free Soy-Free Wheat-Free Contains Turmeric to help fight inflammation and boost immunity In this episode of A Healthy Bite, I'm talking to Krishna about his journey, greenwashing, health, nutrition, and how he created my favorite low-carb cereal! You can get 10% off your purchase of Catalina Crunch using my affiliate link and coupon code TOM10. Krishna is thrilled to have the chance to put a little childhood excitement back in your morning and satisfy your sweet tooth! So, don't give up on your childhood dreams! Catalina Crunch is bringing them back! Plus, if you want a cheesy snack with crunch, try the cheese bites. Make sure you check out my dessert recipe using Catalina Crunch: Low Carb Salted Caramel Peanut Crunch Chocolate Bars! Topics we discuss in this episode I know you are the founder of Catalina Crunch, but you also are a frequent speaker at nutrition events, right? So what's the most deceptive practice you see other food companies using to trick people into buying their products? A few years ago, you were diagnosed with diabetes - what was your biggest problem meal at that time? Why do you think so many people in America have a chronic disease in spite of wealth, education, and technology? So let's talk about Glyphosate showing up in so many cereals. What is Glyphosate, and why should we care? What does science say about it? Catalina Crunch Cereals are Glyphosate-Free, right, you had it tested? More on quitting sugar: If you want to know more about why and how I quit sugar, or try some sugar-free recipes here are a few articles: 14 Things We Do to Lower the Risk of Metabolic Syndrome Blame it all on sugar; the white stuff is killing us Beating Sugar Addiction: 3 Scientifically Proven Cornerstones of Success Pantry Makeover; ditch the sugar! Balance Blood Sugar for Better Results from Your Workout Break the Sugar Addiction Menu Plan Week 2 Break Sugar Addiction Menu Plan Week 3 Break the Sugar Addiction Menu Plan Week 4 Break the Sugar Addiction with BONUS Step 6 Replace Sugary Desserts and Treats When faced with hardships in life, we have two choices. We can overcome and use these challenges to become stronger and better, or we can be defeated and give up. Diagnosed with diabetes Not too long ago, Diagnosed with diabetes
Not too long ago, I read an inspiring story about a young man diagnosed with diabetes. Krishna Kaliannan, the founder of Catalina Crunch, was struggling to control his blood sugar, while at the same time, his weight was skyrocketing.

Around this time, Krishna got a call from his doctor, who told him his blood sugar level was 212, and he needed to lose 25 pounds. His doctor reiterated that he needed to get his act together to lose weight and get his blood sugar levels under control right away.

With a new determination, Krishna headed to the supermarket to find something new and exciting to eat that would meet his requirements. Those were:

* Zero sugar
* High in protein
* High in fiber
* Low in empty carbs

The struggle to find something that fit this description was real! For a while, Krishna ate mostly eggs, nuts, and meat. He started wishing for a breakfast that would taste like the crunchy sweet bowls of cereal he ate as a kid. Sadly, at that time, this product didn't exist.
The birth of a low carbohydrate cereal
Krishna was now on a mission to create his cereal recipe. That is when Catalina Crunch was born.



Catalina Crunch is a crunchy sweet cereal that has zero sugar, only 5g net carbs per bowl, 8g plant protein, and 7g plant fiber. Check out all of the nutritional benefits:

* Keto-Friendly
* Low Carb
* Zero Sugar / Zero Sugar Alcohols
* Packed with 8g Plant Protein for Energy
* Packed with 7g Plant Fiber To Keep You Full and Promote Gut Health
* Gluten + Grain-Free
* Paleo Friendly
* Dairy-Free
* Vegan
* Non-GMO
* Majority Organic
* Made with All-Natural Ingredients
* No Artificial Anything
* Nut-Free
* Soy-Free
* Wheat-Free
* Contains Turmeric to help fight inflammation and boost immunity

In this episode of A Healthy Bite, I'm talking to Krishna about his journey, greenwashing, health, nutrition, and how he created my favorite low-carb cereal! You can get 10% off your purchase of Catalina Crunch using my affiliate link and coupon code TOM10.

Krishna is thrilled to have the chance to put a little childhood excitement back in your morning and satisfy your sweet tooth! So, don't give up on your childhood dreams! Catalina Crunch is bringing them back! Plus, if you want a cheesy snack with crunch, try the cheese bites.



Make sure you check out my dessert recipe using Catalina Crunch: Low Carb Salted Caramel Peanut Crunch Chocolate Bars!


Topics we discuss in this episode
I know you are the founder of Catalina Crunch, but you also are a frequent speaker at nutrition events, right?

So what's the most deceptive practice you see other food companies using to trick people into buying their products?

A few years ago, you were diagnosed with diabetes - what was your biggest problem meal at that time?

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How to Achieve Peace & Happiness for Health and Longevity https://www.thatorganicmom.com/achieve-peace-happiness/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 14:45:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=15874 How to Achieve Peace & Happiness As a Christian, I believe that our power comes from God. Having faith in God we believe that through Him all things are possible. God is in control over everything in the world according to John 14:12. If we focus only on our ability we will believe that things are impossible. I have written about before, our healthcare system is broken and doesn't appear to be improving. When our goal is to live a long life, we must learn to live peacefully, stay calm, and feed our body and mind healthily. We hope you will recognize this site as a place where you can come to find inspiration for living a healthy lifestyle. If you aren't sure which baby steps to start with, we have some recommendations in the start here section. A Healthy Bite is one piece of a big picture of achieving and maintaining total health. In this episode, meet John J. Murphy. As a business consultant for the past thirty-one years, John has been trained to help leaders and organizations solve problems at the root-cause level. His proposed solution to the healthcare crisis? Miracle-minded management. John J. Murphy is a global business consultant, speaker, and award-winning author. He is Founder (1988) and CEO of Venture Management Consultants, Inc., a firm specializing in creating lean, high-performance work environments. As a business consultant, Murphy has delivered services to some of the world’s leading organizations, including ADP, AlliedSignal (Honeywell), BMW, Chase, the CIA, GE, GM, GSK, Hilton, Lockheed Martin, Merck, the Michigan State Senate, Perrigo, Prudential, Raytheon, Spectrum Health, Target Stores, Teva, and the US Navy. As an educator and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Murphy has trained thousands of people from over 50 countries, including Fortune 500 executives, project leaders, military leaders, managers, and black belts. He has mentored dozens of project teams in Organizational Development, Operational Excellence, Business Process Innovation and Lean Six Sigma applications. As a speaker, Murphy has delivered keynotes and seminars worldwide. A critically-acclaimed authority on peak performance, transformational leadership and healthy mind-body-spirit, Murphy is a best-selling author who has published 19 books and appeared on over 400 radio and television stations and his work has been featured in over 50 newspapers nationwide. Murphy is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BBA Finance) and the University of Michigan’s Human Resource Executive Program. He is also a former quarterback for Notre Dame. Connect with John J. Murphy at his website: www.johnjmurphy.org. Corporate Wellness Miracle Minded Manager: A Modern Day Parable about How to Apply A Course in Miracles in Business releases on October 22, 2019 An intriguing parable about bringing more inspiration, harmony, balance, and peace of mind to corporate culture, Miracle Minded Manager offers insightful lessons on how to overcome fear and eliminate stress in all areas of our lives. Murphy teaches readers how to get out of their own way by shifting their thinking to see life—and themselves—very differently. The book integrates teachings of A Course in Miracles (ACIM), a unique, spiritual self-study program designed to awaken us to the truth of our oneness with God and love, along with other great spiritual lessons. Miracle Minded Health care In simple terms, this means living from a basis of love and appreciation and sacred intelligence, not fear and stress. Unfortunately, it is human nature to attach to the ego-thought system, which is fear-based, dualistic, and stubborn. This attachment (and habit) translates into worrying about things – like health and wellness. Ironically, worrying about things like health and wellness doesn't improve it. It makes it worse. Anxiety and stress weaken the immune system and leave us more vulnerable to illness and disease. It gets even worse when we get a diagnosis of something fri... How to Achieve Peace & Happiness As a Christian, I believe that our power comes from God. Having faith in God we believe that through Him all things are possible. God is in control over everything in the world according to John 14:12. As a Christian, I believe that our power comes from God. Having faith in God we believe that through Him all things are possible. God is in control over everything in the world according to John 14:12. If we focus only on our ability we will believe that things are impossible.

I have written about before, our healthcare system is broken and doesn't appear to be improving. When our goal is to live a long life, we must learn to live peacefully, stay calm, and feed our body and mind healthily.

We hope you will recognize this site as a place where you can come to find inspiration for living a healthy lifestyle. If you aren't sure which baby steps to start with, we have some recommendations in the start here section.

A Healthy Bite is one piece of a big picture of achieving and maintaining total health. In this episode, meet John J. Murphy.

As a business consultant for the past thirty-one years, John has been trained to help leaders and organizations solve problems at the root-cause level. His proposed solution to the healthcare crisis?
Miracle-minded management.
John J. Murphy is a global business consultant, speaker, and award-winning author. He is Founder (1988) and CEO of Venture Management Consultants, Inc., a firm specializing in creating lean, high-performance work environments.

As a business consultant, Murphy has delivered services to some of the world’s leading organizations, including ADP, AlliedSignal (Honeywell), BMW, Chase, the CIA, GE, GM, GSK, Hilton, Lockheed Martin, Merck, the Michigan State Senate, Perrigo, Prudential, Raytheon, Spectrum Health, Target Stores, Teva, and the US Navy.

As an educator and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Murphy has trained thousands of people from over 50 countries, including Fortune 500 executives, project leaders, military leaders, managers, and black belts. He has mentored dozens of project teams in Organizational Development, Operational Excellence, Business Process Innovation and Lean Six Sigma applications.

As a speaker, Murphy has delivered keynotes and seminars worldwide. A critically-acclaimed authority on peak performance, transformational leadership and healthy mind-body-spirit, Murphy is a best-selling author who has published 19 books and appeared on over 400 radio and television stations and his work has been featured in over 50 newspapers nationwide.

Murphy is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BBA Finance) and the University of Michigan’s Human Resource Executive Program. He is also a former quarterback for Notre Dame.

Connect with John J. Murphy at his website: www.johnjmurphy.org.
Corporate Wellness
Miracle Minded Manager: A Modern Day Parable about How to Apply A Course in Miracles in Business releases on October 22, 2019

An intriguing parable about bringing more inspiration, harmony, balance, and peace of mind to corporate culture, Miracle Minded Manager offers insightful lessons on how to overcome fear and eliminate stress in all areas of our lives. Murphy teaches readers how to get out of their own way by shifting their thinking to see life—and themselves—very differently. The book integrates teachings of A Course in Miracles (ACIM), a unique, spiritual self-study program designed to awaken us to the truth of our oneness with God and love, along with other great spiritual lessons.
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How to Stop Struggling with Money and Live Your Purpose https://www.thatorganicmom.com/stop-struggling-with-money/ Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:30:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16005 Living Paycheck to Paycheck In her book Spiritual and Broke, Jennifer Noel Taylor describes her struggles with money, the mistakes she believes she made with the Law of Attraction, and how she turns things around. Her "aha" moment was a terrifying wake-up call. Drawing many examples from her story, she explores: Why shifting our thoughts alone doesn’t always change what we are attracting How the Law of Attraction can disempower us, if not approached correctly.  Why budgets don’t work. The difference between inspired action and busywork. How our self-worth can affect our net worth. How to naturally cut spending without feeling like we’re depriving ourselves of what we love. Meet Jennifer Meet Jennifer Noel Taylor, an energy healing practitioner, self-help motivator, and the CEO of Quantum-Touch, Inc. She has dedicated her life work to helping people discover the healing power of their love. Jennifer graduated from Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo, CA) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and a Minor in Philosophy. After graduation, she started her first job as a Software Engineer at a big company in San Diego. Like so many people, she felt incredibly trapped and depressed at a job that paid the bills but didn’t align with her true passion in life. She innately knew that she had a purpose and felt keenly aware that she was not following her true calling in life. [Tweet "“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away” – PABLO PICASSO"] To cope with the social isolation and depression she felt at work, she studied bodywork and alternative healing. She attended the International Professional School of Bodywork, Esalen Institute in Big Sur, and the Maui Academy of Healing Arts. While working on people, she started to feel the “energy fields” emanating from people. She became fascinated by energy healing and studied various energy healing modalities, including Reiki. “Everything responds to Love” She met Richard Gordon, the founder of Quantum-Touch as his lecture on Maui. She fell in love with the vision of Quantum-Touch and received a very clear message from the Universe that energy healing was her true calling. Shortly after training in Quantum-Touch, she quit her job, took a leap of faith, and finally followed her Heart. She took over as CEO of Quantum-Touch in June 2002. As CEO of Quantum-Touch, Jennifer continues to promote optimal wellness by helping people connect more deeply to their love. Not only is Love the basis of all healing but it also is the guiding force behind her business. Her business practice includes spiritually rewarding jobs, loving service to the world, environmental responsibility, and financial abundance. Quantum-Touch has grown from a regional U.S company to a multinational corporation. Imagine… If more people were able to do what they love, how much more joyful the world would be. Living Paycheck to Paycheck In her book Spiritual and Broke, Jennifer Noel Taylor describes her struggles with money, the mistakes she believes she made with the Law of Attraction, and how she turns things around. In her book Spiritual and Broke, Jennifer Noel Taylor describes her struggles with money, the mistakes she believes she made with the Law of Attraction, and how she turns things around. Her "aha" moment was a terrifying wake-up call. Drawing many examples from her story, she explores:



* Why shifting our thoughts alone doesn’t always change what we are attracting
* How the Law of Attraction can disempower us, if not approached correctly. 
* Why budgets don’t work.
* The difference between inspired action and busywork.
* How our self-worth can affect our net worth.
* How to naturally cut spending without feeling like we’re depriving ourselves of what we love.




Meet Jennifer
Meet Jennifer Noel Taylor, an energy healing practitioner, self-help motivator, and the CEO of Quantum-Touch, Inc. She has dedicated her life work to helping people discover the healing power of their love.



Jennifer graduated from Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo, CA) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and a Minor in Philosophy. After graduation, she started her first job as a Software Engineer at a big company in San Diego. Like so many people, she felt incredibly trapped and depressed at a job that paid the bills but didn’t align with her true passion in life. She innately knew that she had a purpose and felt keenly aware that she was not following her true calling in life.

[Tweet "“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away” – PABLO PICASSO"]

To cope with the social isolation and depression she felt at work, she studied bodywork and alternative healing. She attended the International Professional School of Bodywork, Esalen Institute in Big Sur, and the Maui Academy of Healing Arts. While working on people, she started to feel the “energy fields” emanating from people. She became fascinated by energy healing and studied various energy healing modalities, including Reiki.
“Everything responds to Love”
She met Richard Gordon, the founder of Quantum-Touch as his lecture on Maui. She fell in love with the vision of Quantum-Touch and received a very clear message from the Universe that energy healing was her true calling. Shortly after training in Quantum-Touch, she quit her job, took a leap of faith, and finally followed her Heart. She took over as CEO of Quantum-Touch in June 2002.

As CEO of Quantum-Touch, Jennifer continues to promote optimal wellness by helping people connect more deeply to their love. Not only is Love the basis of all healing but it also is the guiding force behind her business.

Her business practice includes spiritually rewarding jobs, loving service to the world, environmental responsibility, and financial abundance. Quantum-Touch has grown from a regional U.S company to a multinational corporation.

Imagine…
If more people were able to do what they love, how much more joyful the world would be.]]>
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100 Ways for Parents and Children to Transform Anxiety and Depression for Stronger Mental Health  https://www.thatorganicmom.com/transform-anxiety-depression/ Sat, 12 Oct 2019 11:31:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16335 Trust Your Intuition: 100 Ways to Transform Anxiety and Depression for Stronger Mental Health  In this episode of A Healthy Bite, we are discussing how to help our kids have healthier minds. Meet Jill Sylvester, a licensed mental health counselor and author of two books that can help parents and children strengthen their mental health. A Young Adult novel "The Land of Blue" which deals with the themes of depression, anxiety, and addiction and is essentially a self-help book for all ages under the guise of YA fantasy fiction. It's a reliable tool for parents to help their children navigate OCD. A self-help book, "Trust Your intuition: 100 ways to transform anxiety and depression for stronger mental health."  While there are hundreds of steps to choose from, in her book, here are a few simple actions that, if you stick with them, will bring about results. List 3 things you're grateful for every morning Use a journal or make a mental note. By stating what you feel thankful for, you rise above the negative chatter in your mind. Take an afternoon break Breaks allow you to hit the pause button, helping you manage your emotions, so they don't get the better of you. Every afternoon, go out for a coffee. Or stretch, walk, or do whatever else helps you refresh.  Schedule regular mental health days Days off nourish you like breaks. To make sure they happen, schedule monthly mental health days—a day to look forward to, to rest and refuel.  Trust your intuition Recall that feeling of this is a definite yes, do that, go on that retreat, make that call, risk looking foolish. Don't doubt these feelings: they are signs pointing you in the right direction. Building an intuition you can trust Jill says that flexing your intuition muscle is a learning process, some of the steps she guides her clients through include:   Start small Focus on day-to-day decisions such as food choice or minor requests you've received. Check-in with yourself about what you really feel is best. Switch out of autopilot When you're operating on autopilot, it's easy to be swayed by other people's choices. Don't let the voice of the inner gremlins steering you in the wrong direction take over.  Check-in with yourself Do you feel expanded, open, and relaxed at the prospect of doing something, or tight, agitated, and restricted? The latter points to saying "no…" Practice Practice all of the above. The more you do it, the better you will get at it. Over time you will see that in trusting your intuition, you will be able to act and choose from a place of confidence, self-assuredness, and self-possession. Useful Tool for Anxiety Trust Your Intuition contains five sections that focus on how to: Hold On through some of the most grueling feelings of anxiety and depression; Take Good Self-Care; Believe; Trust Your Intuition, and Feel Better.  The book is a great reference tool; flip through when you need to find just the right tool for a particular challenge. For example:  Is anxiety creeping up on you? Play the "And Then What?" game, running the anxiety all the way through to a place where you emerge unscathed—or laughing! Are you feeling overwhelmed or on the verge of panic? Take a moment to distance yourself from the source. Is your child feeling anxious? Show him how to use the 'tighten and release' technique to help tension leave his body. Bonus: you can do this too! Are you unnerved by your inner gremlins' negative voices? Learn to outsmart them by talking back. You are worried that your next lousy day is right around the corner? Don't wait for it to happen. Prevent it by scheduling regular mental health days off. Above all, Trust Your Intuition delivers this powerful reminder: your intuition never lies. Through practice, you can learn to tune into its voice and follow it like an inner navigation system. You can strengthen intuition too, like a muscle, and come to trust your inner voice. Trust Your Intuition: 100 Ways to Transform Anxiety and Depression for Stronger Mental Health  In this episode of A Healthy Bite, we are discussing how to help our kids have healthier minds. - Meet Jill Sylvester, In this episode of A Healthy Bite, we are discussing how to help our kids have healthier minds.

Meet Jill Sylvester, a licensed mental health counselor and author of two books that can help parents and children strengthen their mental health.

* A Young Adult novel "The Land of Blue" which deals with the themes of depression, anxiety, and addiction and is essentially a self-help book for all ages under the guise of YA fantasy fiction. It's a reliable tool for parents to help their children navigate OCD.
* A self-help book, "Trust Your intuition: 100 ways to transform anxiety and depression for stronger mental health." 

While there are hundreds of steps to choose from, in her book, here are a few simple actions that, if you stick with them, will bring about results.
List 3 things you're grateful for every morning
Use a journal or make a mental note. By stating what you feel thankful for, you rise above the negative chatter in your mind.
Take an afternoon break
Breaks allow you to hit the pause button, helping you manage your emotions, so they don't get the better of you. Every afternoon, go out for a coffee. Or stretch, walk, or do whatever else helps you refresh. 
Schedule regular mental health days
Days off nourish you like breaks. To make sure they happen, schedule monthly mental health days—a day to look forward to, to rest and refuel. 
Trust your intuition
Recall that feeling of this is a definite yes, do that, go on that retreat, make that call, risk looking foolish. Don't doubt these feelings: they are signs pointing you in the right direction.
Building an intuition you can trust
Jill says that flexing your intuition muscle is a learning process, some of the steps she guides her clients through include:  
Start small
Focus on day-to-day decisions such as food choice or minor requests you've received. Check-in with yourself about what you really feel is best.
Switch out of autopilot
When you're operating on autopilot, it's easy to be swayed by other people's choices. Don't let the voice of the inner gremlins steering you in the wrong direction take over. 
Check-in with yourself
Do you feel expanded, open, and relaxed at the prospect of doing something, or tight, agitated, and restricted? The latter points to saying "no…"
Practice
Practice all of the above. The more you do it, the better you will get at it.

Over time you will see that in trusting your intuition, you will be able to act and choose from a place of confidence, self-assuredness, and self-possession.
Useful Tool for Anxiety
Trust Your Intuition contains five sections that focus on how to: Hold On through some of the most grueling feelings of anxiety and depression; Take Good Self-Care; Believe; Trust Your Intuition, and Feel Better. 

The book is a great reference tool; flip through when you need to find just the right tool for a particular challenge. For example: 

* Is anxiety creeping up on you? Play the "And Then What?" game, running the anxiety all the way through to a place where you emerge unscathed—or laughing!
* Are you feeling overwhelmed or on the verge of panic? Take a moment to distance yourself from the source.
* Is your child feeling anxious? Show him how to use the 'tighten and release' technique to help tension leave his body. Bonus: you can do this too!
* Are you unnerved by your inner gremlins' negative voices?]]>
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Raising Children Well: The Non-Obvious Guide to Emotional Intelligence https://www.thatorganicmom.com/emotional-intelligence/ Thu, 10 Oct 2019 11:25:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=15920 According to Psychology Today, "Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others." Emotional intelligence is generally said to include at least three skills: emotional awareness, or the ability to identify and name one’s own emotions; the ability to harness those emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions when necessary and helping others to do the same. Teaching our children to be emotionally intelligent can only benefit them as they mature into adulthood. Emotional Intelligence, or EQ is also referred to as social and emotional learning. There are many benefits of higher emotional intelligence such as: Kids with higher EQ do better on tests and typically have higher grades. Children who display higher EQ tend to grow into adults who are more likely to graduate from college and enter the workforce by their mid-twenties. People with high EQ are less likely to deal with mental illness. Don't worry too much if it seems like your child has a low EQ; it develops over time. Practicing EQ skills can help our children develop these skills. How can Parents Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children? Identify what they are feeling - it helps if parents can teach emotion words. Empathize with your child - express an understanding of what they are going through. Model Healthy Expressions of Emotions - Being expressive rather than shifting blame. Learn to be a Problem Solver - Coach your child rather than solve for them Teach Children Coping Skills - expressing feelings, venting to parents, drawing their feelings, etc. People with higher emotional intelligence handle life with a more optimistic attitude and experience less burn out and stress. We can't rescue our children from everything; that's why it is so important to teach them to problem-solve. Often, a parent's desire to solve every issue prevents us from seeing the child's need to learn problem-solving skills. Consequences are part of the growing up process. Of course, it doesn't feel good at the moment, but allowing our children to develop these skills prepares them for adulthood. So, remember to coach rather than solve the problem for kids. Even though it's hard, don't always take away the natural consequences. EQ on the decline Over the past three decades we can see that IQ is increasing (24 points); at the same time Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is declining. Raising emotionally intelligent children increases their self-confidence, performance in school, and deepens their social relationships and resilience. If emotional intelligence is such a key to a successful future, how can parents teach it to children? That's what we are talking about in this episode of A Healthy Bite with Kerry Goyette. Meet Kerry Goyette She is CEO & Founder of Aperio Consulting Group, Certified Professional Behavior Analyst and Certified Forensic Interviewer with postgraduate studies in psychometrics. Book: The Non-Obvious Guide to Emotional Intelligence. Named among the Best Business Books For Summer 2019 by Forbes and among 7 Books on Relationship Building Every Entrepreneur should read by Forbes and featured on Bloomberg TV. Links: Connect with Kerry Goyette on Facebook @thinkaperio, Twitter @AperioCG,  and LinkedIn @aperio-business-consulting and visit www.thinkaperio.com. The Ted Talk I mentioned in this episode is found here. Watch this episode: If you can take the time to rate and review A Healthy Bite, it will help other parents see the podcast. Our mission is to empower families to live their healthiest life, mentally and physically. Leaving a review, comment, or sharing helps us reach our goals. Thank you for being part of what we do. Save this post to your parenting board on Pinterest. According to Psychology Today, "Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others." Emotional intelligence is generally said to include at least three skills: emotional awareness,... Psychology Today, "Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others."
Emotional intelligence is generally said to include at least three skills: emotional awareness, or the ability to identify and name one’s own emotions; the ability to harness those emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions when necessary and helping others to do the same.
Teaching our children to be emotionally intelligent can only benefit them as they mature into adulthood.

Emotional Intelligence, or EQ is also referred to as social and emotional learning. There are many benefits of higher emotional intelligence such as:

* Kids with higher EQ do better on tests and typically have higher grades.
* Children who display higher EQ tend to grow into adults who are more likely to graduate from college and enter the workforce by their mid-twenties.
* People with high EQ are less likely to deal with mental illness.

Don't worry too much if it seems like your child has a low EQ; it develops over time. Practicing EQ skills can help our children develop these skills.
How can Parents Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children?

* Identify what they are feeling - it helps if parents can teach emotion words.
* Empathize with your child - express an understanding of what they are going through.
* Model Healthy Expressions of Emotions - Being expressive rather than shifting blame.
* Learn to be a Problem Solver - Coach your child rather than solve for them
* Teach Children Coping Skills - expressing feelings, venting to parents, drawing their feelings, etc.

People with higher emotional intelligence handle life with a more optimistic attitude and experience less burn out and stress.

We can't rescue our children from everything; that's why it is so important to teach them to problem-solve. Often, a parent's desire to solve every issue prevents us from seeing the child's need to learn problem-solving skills.

Consequences are part of the growing up process. Of course, it doesn't feel good at the moment, but allowing our children to develop these skills prepares them for adulthood. So, remember to coach rather than solve the problem for kids. Even though it's hard, don't always take away the natural consequences.
EQ on the decline
Over the past three decades we can see that IQ is increasing (24 points); at the same time Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is declining. Raising emotionally intelligent children increases their self-confidence, performance in school, and deepens their social relationships and resilience.

If emotional intelligence is such a key to a successful future, how can parents teach it to children? That's what we are talking about in this episode of A Healthy Bite with Kerry Goyette.


Meet Kerry Goyette
She is CEO & Founder of Aperio Consulting Group, Certified Professional Behavior Analyst and Certified Forensic Interviewer with postgraduate studies in psychometrics.

Book: The Non-Obvious Guide to Emotional Inte...]]>
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Brave New Medicine – A Doctors Unconventional Path to Healing her Autoimmune Illness with Cynthia Li, MD https://www.thatorganicmom.com/brave-new-medicine/ Mon, 07 Oct 2019 11:30:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=15913 All over the world, millions of people have had their lives devastated due to unknown or unsolved illnesses. In addition, "many patients presenting with medically unexplained symptoms also meet the diagnostic criteria for anxiety and/or depression." (1) If you've ever experienced chronic illness, you know why these symptoms usually accompany depression. Feeling pain on a daily basis can cause depression. Concern over frightening symptoms can create anxiety and lead to panic attacks. It's all so hard to unravel. It's all in your head For those with chronic pain or symptoms of illness lasting more than six months, every day tasks can become challenging. When the illness is something that others can't see, there is another layer of complication. Living with an invisible illness can be an isolating experience which often brings about feelings of self-doubt. The first instinct when experiencing mysterious symptoms is typically to seek a diagnosis. A patient may feel disappointed after visiting the doctor a few times without receiving answers. In fact, among those with chronic illness, seeing many doctors without answers may become the norm. This can be even more frustrating when you pay a doctor only to hear, "there's nothing wrong with you." What can be even more discouraging is when a doctor tells you "it's psychosomatic." There is a mind-body connection but likely it's not all in your head. Definition of psychosomatic of, relating to, concerned with, or involving both mind and body of, relating to, involving, or concerned with bodily symptoms caused by mental or emotional disturbance If you've ever been told you are "perfectly normal" when seeking a help for what clearly feels like dis-ease in your physical body, you'll want to listen to A Healthy Bite with Dr. Cynthia Li. Brave New Medicine In her book, Dr. Li shares her path to healing; how she overcame debilitating symptoms and the journey to recovery. Dr. Li was enjoying a successful in her career in medicine, but this became a challenge when an autoimmune thyroid condition led to mysterious symptoms in her body. Like many people with an undiagnosed illness, test after test came back "within normal limits." She started to question her illness and, being a doctor, referred herself to a psychiatrist, who told her she was in good mental health. At this point, Dr. Li was sent back to other specialists for more tests. At home with two young children, Dr. Li embarks upon the journey to find a way to heal herself. She becomes more regimented, prioritizes sleep, and eats healthier. As a practicing vegetarian, she began to do more research which led to her altering her food choices. Brave New Medicine chronicles the quest of a young doctor and mother who bravely shifts her thinking. She undertakes an investigation into the root causes of her sickness. It is on this path, Dr. Li explores the emotional and spiritual side of healing. Dr. Li wrote her memoir in hopes it would offer support, validation, and a new perspective for doctors and patients alike. Through her story, she hopes to share how patients can also begin a healing journey. An amazing perspective Over the years, as I sought answers for myself or my daughter, as I've listened to the stories of countless friends and acquaintances with unexplained symptoms, I have often wondered what it's like for the doctor when these tests come back normal. This was a unique opportunity to talk to a physician who knows what it's like to be the patient. Dr. Li's book is a wonderful tool to help you on your path to healing. CYNTHIA LI, MD graduated from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and has practiced internal medicine in settings as diverse as Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital, St. Anthony Medical Clinic for the homeless, and Doctors Without Borders in rural China. Her own health challenges led her to functional medicine, All over the world, millions of people have had their lives devastated due to unknown or unsolved illnesses. In addition, "many patients presenting with medically unexplained symptoms also meet the diagnostic criteria for anxiety and/or depression.
If you've ever experienced chronic illness, you know why these symptoms usually accompany depression. Feeling pain on a daily basis can cause depression. Concern over frightening symptoms can create anxiety and lead to panic attacks.

It's all so hard to unravel.
It's all in your head
For those with chronic pain or symptoms of illness lasting more than six months, every day tasks can become challenging. When the illness is something that others can't see, there is another layer of complication. Living with an invisible illness can be an isolating experience which often brings about feelings of self-doubt.

The first instinct when experiencing mysterious symptoms is typically to seek a diagnosis.

A patient may feel disappointed after visiting the doctor a few times without receiving answers. In fact, among those with chronic illness, seeing many doctors without answers may become the norm. This can be even more frustrating when you pay a doctor only to hear, "there's nothing wrong with you."

What can be even more discouraging is when a doctor tells you "it's psychosomatic." There is a mind-body connection but likely it's not all in your head.
Definition of psychosomatic

* of, relating to, concerned with, or involving both mind and body
* of, relating to, involving, or concerned with bodily symptoms caused by mental or emotional disturbance

If you've ever been told you are "perfectly normal" when seeking a help for what clearly feels like dis-ease in your physical body, you'll want to listen to
A Healthy Bite with Dr. Cynthia Li.
Brave New Medicine
In her book, Dr. Li shares her path to healing; how she overcame debilitating symptoms and the journey to recovery.

Dr. Li was enjoying a successful in her career in medicine, but this became a challenge when an autoimmune thyroid condition led to mysterious symptoms in her body.

Like many people with an undiagnosed illness, test after test came back "within normal limits." She started to question her illness and, being a doctor, referred herself to a psychiatrist, who told her she was in good mental health.

At this point, Dr. Li was sent back to other specialists for more tests. At home with two young children, Dr. Li embarks upon the journey to find a way to heal herself. She becomes more regimented, prioritizes sleep, and eats healthier. As a practicing vegetarian, she began to do more research which led to her altering her food choices.

Brave New Medicine chronicles the quest of a young doctor and mother who bravely shifts her thinking. She undertakes an investigation into the root causes of her sickness. It is on this path, Dr. Li explores the emotional and spiritual side of healing.

Dr. Li wrote her memoir in hopes it would offer support, validation, and a new perspective for doctors and patients alike. Through her story, she hopes to share how patients can also begin a healing journey.
An amazing perspective
Over the years,]]> Rebecca Huff clean 48:32 Potentially Dangerous Discrepancy Between the Games Kids Play and the Ones Parents Block https://www.thatorganicmom.com/video-games/ Thu, 03 Oct 2019 11:30:13 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16111 Technology is here to stay and leaves many parents wondering, what are they doing online? There are lots of questions when it comes to kids and online activities.  We can't just bury our heads in the sand and hope for the best. Instead, we need to be proactive. Ask questions, and keep the lines of communication open. Kids are on social media, in chat rooms, and they're playing video games. As parents, it's our job to stay on top of what kids are doing. We need to know who they are talking to online.  Video Games You may be asking, "Will letting my child play violent video games make them more violent? Probably not, but psychologists agree it may be harming them in other ways" according to Nicole Beurkens, PhD, Clinical Psychologist. At first glance, it seems logical that more exposure to violence would lead to more violent behavior. But, given the massive exposure to violent games kids have, wouldn't kids today, after years of violent gameplay, be far more violent? Yet, they are not." Did you know that watching videos on YouTube is the main activity for kids aged 5 to 11, and one of the main activities enjoyed by all kids up to age 17? YouTube is the most used social network for kids aged 5 to 14 in Spain and all kids in the U.S. Kids with iOS devices spend a massive 40% of their time on YouTube, while 25% of active kid's devices report browsing activity on youtube.com.  Qustodio announced a new feature for parents to monitor their children's experience on YouTube; to keep them safe from inappropriate and harmful content. Qustodio mined it's platform (see infographic at the bottom of this post) for data from 200,000+ users in the U.S. over one month and developed an infographic of its findings, including: Data shows a potentially dangerous discrepancy between which games kids play most and which games parents block Parents are blocking only half of the most addictive video games  All of the top games kids play contain some violence  The top 3 games played by girls: Roblox, Fortnite, Minecraft The top 3 games played by boys: Roblox, Minecraft, Clash Royale  In this episode of A Healthy Bite, Qustodio's Head of Product and Analytics, Manuel Bruscas, joins me for a chat about video game data and what their findings mean for parents.  Watch this episode on youtube: You can save 10% off a subscription to Qustodio using coupon code ORGANICMOM. Read also: How to protect children from internet dangers Internet Addiction is Real & How Parents Can Reduce the Risk for Children Adolescent Internet Dangers; What Every Parent Needs to Know Manuel Bruscas, VP of Product & Insights Manuel Bruscas Bellido VP of Product & Insights Manuel Bruscas Bellido (Castellón de la Plana, Spain, 1975) is Qustodio’s VP of Product & Insights. He leads the company’s product strategy to ensure we provide families with the best digital safety and wellbeing experience in the world. Prior to Qustodio, he spent 20 years in analytics, mobile, digital commerce, and product roles, working across the globe for various companies including Vistaprint, Desigual, and eDreams. He holds a degree in Business Administration from ESADE in Barcelona and participated in an exchange with Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Manuel loves telling stories with data and co-founded BcnAnalytics, a non-profit organization, to help Barcelona become a European hub for analytics. His other mission is to curb food waste. Manuel co-authored a book to increase awareness about the issue, “Los Tomates de Verdad Son Feos”, in 2018. He also loves music, especially heavy-metal. He admits to being a not-so-good guitar player but an excellent listener. Above all, his greatest loves are his wife Celia and his daughter Andrea. In general, he likes people who show passion and a willingness to question the status quo in order to make the world a better place. His current motto is a quote from Nelson Mandela: “It... Technology is here to stay and leaves many parents wondering, what are they doing online? There are lots of questions when it comes to kids and online activities.  - We can't just bury our heads in the sand and hope for the best. Instead,
We can't just bury our heads in the sand and hope for the best. Instead, we need to be proactive. Ask questions, and keep the lines of communication open. Kids are on social media, in chat rooms, and they're playing video games.

As parents, it's our job to stay on top of what kids are doing. We need to know who they are talking to online. 
Video Games
You may be asking, "Will letting my child play violent video games make them more violent? Probably not, but psychologists agree it may be harming them in other ways" according to Nicole Beurkens, PhD, Clinical Psychologist.

At first glance, it seems logical that more exposure to violence would lead to more violent behavior. But, given the massive exposure to violent games kids have, wouldn't kids today, after years of violent gameplay, be far more violent? Yet, they are not."

Did you know that watching videos on YouTube is the main activity for kids aged 5 to 11, and one of the main activities enjoyed by all kids up to age 17? YouTube is the most used social network for kids aged 5 to 14 in Spain and all kids in the U.S. Kids with iOS devices spend a massive 40% of their time on YouTube, while 25% of active kid's devices report browsing activity on youtube.com. 

Qustodio announced a new feature for parents to monitor their children's experience on YouTube; to keep them safe from inappropriate and harmful content.

Qustodio mined it's platform (see infographic at the bottom of this post) for data from 200,000+ users in the U.S. over one month and developed an infographic of its findings, including:

* Data shows a potentially dangerous discrepancy between which games kids play most and which games parents block
* Parents are blocking only half of the most addictive video games 
* All of the top games kids play contain some violence 
* The top 3 games played by girls: Roblox, Fortnite, Minecraft
* The top 3 games played by boys: Roblox, Minecraft, Clash Royale 

In this episode of A Healthy Bite, Qustodio's Head of Product and Analytics, Manuel Bruscas, joins me for a chat about video game data and what their findings mean for parents. 


Watch this episode on youtube:



You can save 10% off a subscription to Qustodio using coupon code ORGANICMOM.

Read also:

* How to protect children from internet dangers
* Internet Addiction is Real & How Parents Can Reduce the Risk for Children
* Adolescent Internet Dangers; What Every Parent Needs to Know

Manuel Bruscas, VP of Product & Insights
Manuel Bruscas Bellido
VP of Product & Insights

Manuel Bruscas Bellido (Castellón de la Plana, Spain, 1975) is Qustodio’s VP of Product & Insights. He leads the company’s product strategy to ensure we prov...]]>
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How Lists Can Make You a Healthier, Happier Person https://www.thatorganicmom.com/listful-living/ Mon, 30 Sep 2019 11:30:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16007 Are you busy? Most of us will answer: YES! Sometimes it is overwhelming to think about all of the things that need accomplishing. We have lots of lists! Have you ever been feeling anxiety and stress from the crushing enormity of your to-do list? Me too! All these years we may have been looking at our to-do lists all wrong! There are so many benefits of having the right kinds of lists. Here's how listful living can make you a healthier, happier person Helps prioritize Keeps us accountable Creates structure and order Gives us a feeling of accomplishment Can help to relieve stress Gives insight to delegate tasks to others Makes us more efficient and productive Keeps us calmer In this episode of A Healthy Bite, Paula Rizzo walks us through Listful Living. I can't wait for you all to meet Paula. She is an Emmy-award winning television producer, best-selling author, and media trainer and strategist. As a former senior health producer for Fox News Channel for more than a decade, she produced segments with a range of top experts including JJ Virgin, Jillian Michaels, and Deepak Chopra. A media veteran for nearly 20 years, she also worked in local news in New York city as a producer for WCBS, WPIX and WLNY. She coaches experts and executives to perform better on camera and produce their own videos. Paula encourages us to put the "right things" on our lists and teaches us how to use a list to make us calmer and more mindful. Paula's new book Listful Living is not just about making lists. It's about making HEALTHIER lists! Prioritizing what matters most In January 2016, while sitting at her desk in New York, Paula started to feel a dull pain below her belly button but put off going to the doctor. Two days later, she found out that her appendix burst. This sudden, painful experience reshaped how Paula viewed everything in her life — her demanding job, her obligations as a wife, daughter, and friend. In hindsight, it gave her a new perspective into how much we put on our plates and what matters most. You'll especially appreciate the page "A Matter of Health" because you get to write down the things that you plan to do to stay mentally and physically healthy at regular intervals. It's all about accountability to oneself, and I think it is brilliant. I felt like I was making a date to take care of myself. It's the perfect book for those wanting to become calmer, more mindful, less stressed, though more productive versions of themselves. Paula has been featured on Oprah, Health, Woman's Day, Fast Company, and Fortune discussing productivity, stress, work-life balance, self-care, travel, and more. Slow down with Listful Living [Tweet "Rest is the new hustle"] Paula says slowing down is prioritizing on steroids - we just have a hard time slowing down. I ask Paula to share with us how to cope with slowing down more successfully.  Paula says she prefers to go with the Marie Kondo (who she met just days before her appendix burst) version of saying no: "if it doesn't bring me joy, I'm not doing it anymore!" That's a technique I'm trying out right now when I have the option of saying no. Listful Living is like an activity book for grown-ups! You're going to love it. Make sure you listen to the podcast with Paula or watch the video. Find Paula: Websites: www.listproducer.com // www.paularizzo.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ListProducer/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/listproducer/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paularizzo1/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/listproducer Are you busy? Most of us will answer: YES! Sometimes it is overwhelming to think about all of the things that need accomplishing. We have lots of lists! - Have you ever been feeling anxiety and stress from the crushing enormity of your to-do list?
Have you ever been feeling anxiety and stress from the crushing enormity of your to-do list? Me too! All these years we may have been looking at our to-do lists all wrong! There are so many benefits of having the right kinds of lists.
Here's how listful living can make you a healthier, happier person

* Helps prioritize
* Keeps us accountable
* Creates structure and order
* Gives us a feeling of accomplishment
* Can help to relieve stress
* Gives insight to delegate tasks to others
* Makes us more efficient and productive
* Keeps us calmer

In this episode of A Healthy Bite, Paula Rizzo walks us through Listful Living. I can't wait for you all to meet Paula. She is an Emmy-award winning television producer, best-selling author, and media trainer and strategist. As a former senior health producer for Fox News Channel for more than a decade, she produced segments with a range of top experts including JJ Virgin, Jillian Michaels, and Deepak Chopra. A media veteran for nearly 20 years, she also worked in local news in New York city as a producer for WCBS, WPIX and WLNY. She coaches experts and executives to perform better on camera and produce their own videos.



Paula encourages us to put the "right things" on our lists and teaches us how to use a list to make us calmer and more mindful.

Paula's new book Listful Living is not just about making lists. It's about making HEALTHIER lists!
Prioritizing what matters most
In January 2016, while sitting at her desk in New York, Paula started to feel a dull pain below her belly button but put off going to the doctor. Two days later, she found out that her appendix burst. This sudden, painful experience reshaped how Paula viewed everything in her life — her demanding job, her obligations as a wife, daughter, and friend. In hindsight, it gave her a new perspective into how much we put on our plates and what matters most.

You'll especially appreciate the page "A Matter of Health" because you get to write down the things that you plan to do to stay mentally and physically healthy at regular intervals. It's all about accountability to oneself, and I think it is brilliant. I felt like I was making a date to take care of myself.

It's the perfect book for those wanting to become calmer, more mindful, less stressed, though more productive versions of themselves. Paula has been featured on OprahHealth
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Choosing Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products https://www.thatorganicmom.com/eco-friendly-cleaning-products/ Wed, 25 Sep 2019 11:17:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=15880 We are all aware of the drain on earth's resources but maybe we don't see it in relation to our everyday activities. Take cleaning for example. How often do we consider the environmental impact of single use cleaning products? Our forests are in crisis. Nearly half of all global forests are under threat of deforestation and forest degradation, which represents a major risk to global climate, biodiversity, water, people, and businesses who depend on healthy forests. (1) Part of the goal in reducing waste is to choose quality over quantity. Recently I received a box of cleaning products to try from NatureZway, including cleaning cloths, floor wipes, bamboo toilet paper, scrub brushes, and compostable waste bags. Another product that I have been using from NatureZway is the (not paper) towels. These reusable towels are made from bamboo - and not the kind panda's eat! Each one can be used up tens of times, according to the package up to one hundred times. What makes bamboo better than trees for cleaning products? Bamboo is a super fast-growing, renewable, and easy-to-grow grass that requires zero chemicals and pesticides. There are 91 genera and about 1,000 species of bamboo. Bamboo grows in colonies and does not require replanting. The Guinness Book of World Records awards Bamboo as the fastest growing plant on earth, with some species growing 35 inches per day. Bamboo growth also contributes to cleaner air as it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent stand of hardwood trees. Bamboo cleans the air, but what about counters At some point after I received these bamboo cleaning products, I had a coffee spill. I haven't kept "paper" towels in my home for a number of years. Intending to put the towels to the test, I cleaned up the coffee with one, rinsed it out, and hung it to dry. To my surprise, it came clean. (Listen to the podcast or watch the video to hear what Japanese do to test it out!) On to more challenging tests... After making some paprika chicken in my iron skillet, I wiped out the pan with one of the bamboo towels, rinsed and hung to dry. No problem. If you've ever wiped out an iron skillet, you'll understand why I'm impressed.  Soap and Reusable Towels for Cleaning instead of Disposable Disinfectant Wipes I'll never forget the first time I saw someone using a disposable disinfectant wipe. The person cleaning used about four or five of these disposable wipes to clean the kitchen counters after a regular meal.  The package indicates that they are disinfecting wipes. Even back then, I remember thinking how odd it was to use a disinfectant since no one was sick. More odd was that it was disposable. That incident occurred many years ago, and now using disinfecting wipes for everyday cleaning is the norm. According to the instruction on the back of the plastic tube, the surface must remain wet for 10 minutes to disinfect. So, I'm not sure people are using these properly. Most of the time, I see people using these with their bare hands. The container says to rinse hands and surfaces after use. Why? Because the EPA classifies disinfectants as pesticides. Sadly, these cloths are made from synthetic materials and are not biodegradable. Now when kids start school each year, teachers ask for them along with the other school supplies such as paper and pencils. Using these disposable disinfectant wipes for everyday clean up is completely unnecessary.  At the very least, antibiotic wipes do not appear to help us and, it may be that they are actually hurting us. Scientists Discover That Antimicrobial Wipes and Soaps May Be Making You (and Society) Sick. Another problem is that disinfecting wipes include some toxic ingredients, such as quaternary ammonium compounds – or “quats” – which can cause asthma, allergies and irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs, one more indoor air pollutant you can avoid. Why not just go ahead and use soap and water? We are all aware of the drain on earth's resources but maybe we don't see it in relation to our everyday activities. Take cleaning for example. How often do we consider the environmental impact of single use cleaning products? Our forests are in crisis. Nearly half of all global forests are under threat of deforestation and forest degradation, which represents a major risk to global climate, biodiversity, water, people, and businesses who depend on healthy forests. (1)
Part of the goal in reducing waste is to choose quality over quantity.
Recently I received a box of cleaning products to try from
NatureZway, including cleaning cloths, floor wipes, bamboo toilet paper, scrub brushes, and compostable waste bags. Another product that I have been using from NatureZway is the (not paper) towels. These reusable towels are made from bamboo - and not the kind panda's eat! Each one can be used up tens of times, according to the package up to one hundred times.
What makes bamboo better than trees for cleaning products?
Bamboo is a super fast-growing, renewable, and easy-to-grow grass that requires zero chemicals and pesticides. There are 91 genera and about 1,000 species of bamboo. Bamboo grows in colonies and does not require replanting. The Guinness Book of World Records awards Bamboo as the fastest growing plant on earth, with some species growing 35 inches per day.

Bamboo growth also contributes to cleaner air as it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent stand of hardwood trees.
Bamboo cleans the air, but what about counters
At some point after I received these bamboo cleaning products, I had a coffee spill. I haven't kept "paper" towels in my home for a number of years. Intending to put the towels to the test, I cleaned up the coffee with one, rinsed it out, and hung it to dry. To my surprise, it came clean. (Listen to the podcast or watch the video to hear what Japanese do to test it out!)

On to more challenging tests...

After making some paprika chicken in my iron skillet, I wiped out the pan with one of the bamboo towels, rinsed and hung to dry. No problem. If you've ever wiped out an iron skillet, you'll understand why I'm impressed. 
Soap and Reusable Towels for Cleaning instead of Disposable Disinfectant Wipes
I'll never forget the first time I saw someone using a disposable disinfectant wipe. The person cleaning used about four or five of these disposable wipes to clean the kitchen counters after a regular meal. 

The package indicates that they are disinfecting wipes. Even back then, I remember thinking how odd it was to use a disinfectant since no one was sick. More odd was that it was disposable. That incident occurred many years ago, and now using disinfecting wipes for everyday cleaning is the norm.

According to the instruction on the back of the plastic tube, the surface must remain wet for 10 minutes to disinfect. So, I'm not sure people are using these properly. Most of the time, I see people using these with their bare hands. The container says to rinse hands and surfaces after use. Why? Because the EPA classifies disinfectants as pesticides.

Sadly, these cloths are made from synthetic materials and are not biodegradable. Now when kids start school each year, teachers ask for them along with the other school supplies such as paper and pencils. Using these disposable disinfectant wipes fo...]]> Rebecca Huff clean 24:16 Amazing Cookbook Series Written for People with Traumatic Brain Injury by Susana Stoica https://www.thatorganicmom.com/susana-stoica/ Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:00:38 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=15774 What is a TBI? CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Everyone is at risk for a TBI, especially children and older adults. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. (1) Car, bike and motorcycle accidents, sports injuries, falls, etc. are among the ways people become brain injured. Football players are particularly at risk for TBI and Degenerative Brain Disease. A study showed that up to 87% of Former football players had degenerative brain disease. Players have a wide variety of symptoms such as dementia; 95% had cognitive symptoms, like issues with memory, executive function and attention. (2) A TBI can cause a wide range of functional short- or long-term changes affecting: Thinking (i.e., memory and reasoning) Sensation (i.e., sight and balance) Language (i.e., communication, expression, and understanding) Emotion (i.e., depression, anxiety, personality changes, aggression, acting out, and social inappropriateness).(3) People who have experienced a TBI may have difficulty with things they previously had been able to do. This is why Susana Stoica came up with a tasty solution. An exciting new five-part cookbook series for people who have had a traumatic brain injury People who have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are no longer able to cook, even if they were proficient cooks before the trauma. That is what happened to the Susana Stoica, author of a new four-part cookbook series "Cooking after Brain Injury: Easy Cooking for Recovery." Susana had two TBIs on the same day and ended up not being able to make sense of cooking. With determination and patience, over a span of ten years, Susana was able to find a way to cook again. She then documented her new approach to cooking so she can share it with others fighting to recover from the impairments of brain trauma. As you will hear in this podcast episode, Susana has made each one of these recipes repeatedly and they have all been taste tested. Because of the nature of her cookbook. I believe it would be a perfect cookbook for those who struggle to understand the process of meal preparation. Beginners can benefit from these books as Susana has painstakingly included every detail, even down to what the ingredients look like! Every assisted living community should have a set of these cookbooks available for those who still cook but lack focus. Cooking after Brain Injury: Easy Cooking for Recovery: Book 1 The new way of cooking deals with the typical issues related to brain trauma: problems with concentration, sequencing, and with determining that dishes go together. This is the first book in a series of increasingly complex recipes. Cooking after Brain Injury: Easy Cooking for Recovery: Book 2 The second book in the “Cooking after Brain Injury: Easy Cooking for Recovery” series contains somewhat more difficult dishes, so the person with brain trauma can go one step further in improving his/her cognitive abilities. Like in the first book, the recipes are easy to follow and healthy. Some of the dishes can be used both as sides and, if desired, as vegetarian dishes. All the recipes are low in fat content, but they can be easily modified, if so desired for the Keto diet. Cooking after Brain Injury: Easy Cooking for Recovery: Book 3 The third book of recipes goes one step further in complexity, introducing pie making and baking a healthy version of meat pie that even gluten-sensitive people can safely eat. The dishes are inspired by a variety of cooking traditions. Cooking after Brain Injury: Easy Cooking for Recovery: Book 4 This fourth book in the series contains more advanced recipes than the previous three books. These should be attempted only after one is comfor... What is a TBI? CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Everyone is at risk for a TBI, CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Everyone is at risk for a TBI, especially children and older adults. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. (1)

Car, bike and motorcycle accidents, sports injuries, falls, etc. are among the ways people become brain injured. Football players are particularly at risk for TBI and Degenerative Brain Disease. A study showed that up to 87% of Former football players had degenerative brain disease. Players have a wide variety of symptoms such as dementia; 95% had cognitive symptoms, like issues with memory, executive function and attention. (2)
A TBI can cause a wide range of functional short- or long-term changes affecting:

* Thinking (i.e., memory and reasoning)
* Sensation (i.e., sight and balance)
* Language (i.e., communication, expression, and understanding)
* Emotion (i.e., depression, anxiety, personality changes, aggression, acting out, and social inappropriateness).(3)

People who have experienced a TBI may have difficulty with things they previously had been able to do. This is why Susana Stoica came up with a tasty solution.
An exciting new five-part cookbook series for people who have had a traumatic brain injury
People who have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are no longer able to cook, even if they were proficient cooks before the trauma. That is what happened to the Susana Stoica, author of a new four-part cookbook series "Cooking after Brain Injury: Easy Cooking for Recovery."

Susana had two TBIs on the same day and ended up not being able to make sense of cooking. With determination and patience, over a span of ten years, Susana was able to find a way to cook again. She then documented her new approach to cooking so she can share it with others fighting to recover from the impairments of brain trauma.

As you will hear in this podcast episode, Susana has made each one of these recipes repeatedly and they have all been taste tested. Because of the nature of her cookbook. I believe it would be a perfect cookbook for those who struggle to understand the process of meal preparation. Beginners can benefit from these books as Susana has painstakingly included every detail, even down to what the ingredients look like!

Every assisted living community should have a set of these cookbooks available for those who still cook but lack focus.
Cooking after Brain Injury: Easy Cooking for Recovery: Book 1
The new way of cooking deals with the typical issues related to brain trauma: problems with concentration, sequencing, and with determining that dishes go together. This is the first book in a series of increasingly complex recipes.
Cooking after Brain Injury: Easy Cooking for Recovery: Book 2
The second book in the “Cooking after Brain Injury: Easy Cooking for Recovery” series contains somewhat more difficult dishes, so the person with brain trauma can go one step further in improving his/her cognitive abilities. Like in the first book, the recipes are easy to follow and healthy. Some of the dishes can be used both as sides and, if desired, as vegetarian dishes. All the recipes are low in fat content, but they can be easily modified, if so desired for the Keto diet.
Cooking after Brain Injury: Easy Cooking for Recovery: Book 3
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Robin Moriarty asks Are You Gutsy? https://www.thatorganicmom.com/robin-moriarty/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 11:00:05 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=15835 We are giving away one copy of What Game Are You Playing There are two ways to enter the giveaway: Share what game you are playing or how you get gutsy, then tag me @thatorganicmom and the author on any social media @Robin Moriarty or @GutsyRobin or @RobinMoriartyGutsy and use the #getgutsy or #whatgameareyouplaying hashtag. Take Robin's quiz that I mentioned here and comment below that you took the quiz - feel free to share your score, but you don't have to. What game are you playing? I was hooked when I read the story you shared about your coworker saying that he wasn't winning. Your response caught my attention. When did you figure out that you were playing the "Spending the most amount of time in the coolest places" game? The older I get, the more I want to focus on the things that are important to me and what I am on the earth to do. You talk about this in your book, why do you think it's so important to play the game that is right for YOU as an individual? Say you meet someone who has been floating through life, not necessarily choosing a path, just going wherever life takes them, potholes and all, but feel unsatisfied with the way things are going. How would you encourage them to start achieving what matters most? I loved the way your friend stayed motivated while playing the "experience it all" game by sending her packages to her office. I did something similar when I used to have a long commute - I paired my driving time with learning Mandarin Chinese - a language I love. Studying made the commute less tiresome for me, but that wouldn't work for everyone. How do we figure out what game we are playing? You suggest throwing out the "timeline" - my therapist calls this measuring your life with someone else yardstick. I agree this is difficult to do, especially when paired with "focus on what brings you joy" - what's your advice to someone who might be playing the "I can barely pay my bills" game who doesn't have time to focus on the things that bring them joy. Or the person who was not born into a privileged position in life? How can someone like that achieve what matters most when they're just trying to survive? In your epilogue, you likened other people's expectations to putting on layers and layers of clothing. How close are you to your goal of wearing just flip-flops and a sundress, wandering down a beach carefree? If you prefer to watch, this podcast episode is also available with video on my Youtube Channel. Make sure you share this post with all the women in your life. Please take the time to rate and review A Healthy Bite so we can spread the word about healthy living! We are giving away one copy of What Game Are You Playing There are two ways to enter the giveaway: Share what game you are playing or how you get gutsy, then tag me @thatorganicmom and the author on any social media @Robin Moriarty or @GutsyRobin... There are two ways to enter the giveaway:

* Share what game you are playing or how you get gutsy, then tag me @thatorganicmom and the author on any social media @Robin Moriarty or @GutsyRobin or @RobinMoriartyGutsy and use the #getgutsy or #whatgameareyouplaying hashtag.
* Take Robin's quiz that I mentioned here and comment below that you took the quiz - feel free to share your score, but you don't have to.

What game are you playing?
I was hooked when I read the story you shared about your coworker saying that he wasn't winning. Your response caught my attention. When did you figure out that you were playing the "Spending the most amount of time in the coolest places" game?

The older I get, the more I want to focus on the things that are important to me and what I am on the earth to do. You talk about this in your book, why do you think it's so important to play the game that is right for YOU as an individual?

Say you meet someone who has been floating through life, not necessarily choosing a path, just going wherever life takes them, potholes and all, but feel unsatisfied with the way things are going. How would you encourage them to start achieving what matters most?

I loved the way your friend stayed motivated while playing the "experience it all" game by sending her packages to her office. I did something similar when I used to have a long commute - I paired my driving time with learning Mandarin Chinese - a language I love. Studying made the commute less tiresome for me, but that wouldn't work for everyone. How do we figure out what game we are playing?

You suggest throwing out the "timeline" - my therapist calls this measuring your life with someone else yardstick. I agree this is difficult to do, especially when paired with "focus on what brings you joy" - what's your advice to someone who might be playing the "I can barely pay my bills" game who doesn't have time to focus on the things that bring them joy. Or the person who was not born into a privileged position in life? How can someone like that achieve what matters most when they're just trying to survive?

In your epilogue, you likened other people's expectations to putting on layers and layers of clothing. How close are you to your goal of wearing just flip-flops and a sundress, wandering down a beach carefree?

If you prefer to watch, this podcast episode is also available with video on my Youtube Channel.

Make sure you share this post with all the women in your life. Please take the time to rate and review A Healthy Bite so we can spread the word about healthy living!

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You Need to Know: Social Inclusion Starts from the Top Down https://www.thatorganicmom.com/social-inclusion-david-essel/ Wed, 04 Sep 2019 09:48:47 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=15741 I'm always inspired when I meet someone who is living a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. If that person also happens to be a motivational speaker, well, BONUS! In this episode, you'll meet David Essel, best selling author, and life coach. He is here to inspire change in the world and motivate you to be all you are meant to be. David recounts the story of a young man graduating from high-school, who inspired him to write a book that will encourage children to love and accept others. Why? Because change starts from the top down. [Tweet "Change starts from the top down ~ @DavidEssel"] Change starts with you That means what we (parents, teachers, leaders) need to know is that change in our country begins with change at home and in the classroom.  An effective approach for inclusion in the classroom climate is created when parents, teachers, and students work together for respect, kindness, compassion, and consideration toward one another.  How does David Essel suggest we accomplish this shift in in society today? Listen in! What if every day was your best day ever? As mentioned in the podcast, each morning I ask Alexa to start my day. Alexa tells me "it's going to be the best day ever." Then Alexa reads the weather, how long my commute will be, what's on my calendar for the day, plays a song to put some giddy-up in my get-along. Then Alexa plays David's One Minute Motivational Message. David's work in the world of motivation and inspiration is endorsed by individuals like celebrity Jenny Mccarthy, the late Wayne Dyer, Suze Ormond, Mark Victor Hansen, Kenny Loggins and many more! Here's how you can program Alexa to keep you motivated with David's Message: Go to your Amazon account or open your Alexa App In search window, type "Alexa Skills David Essel's Motivational Minute" Enable Skill Say "Alexa, play my news, David Essel's Motivational Minute" David has been working with people to help them release judgment and stereotypes against others for a long time. This book needs to be in the hands of teachers all across America: The Real-Life Adventures of Catherine "Cat" Calloway, The First The two predominant themes for David's children's book are related to: Our need to accept those who do not look or act as we do. To follow our dreams with the unique talents we have been given. David and I are discussing what we can do, as parents, to achieve our dream: A world where people have more compassion, acceptance, and love towards each other. David's Courses You can find a plethora of useful information free on David's site in addition to his courses and coaching packages. David's Article How To Become An Independent, Powerful Woman: The Four Key Steps To Change is a life changer. In the podcast we discuss the four important keys mentioned in the article linked above. learn to say no practice self-defense learn to budget money stop comparing yourself to other women Make sure to share this podcast, youtube video and post with all the women in your life! If you are a teacher or parent, make sure to grab a copy of David's book for your home or classroom. The other book David mentions in the podcast Rockstar is available on Amazon. Find David at his website On Youtube Twitter Facebook David Essel, M. S. O.M., is a number one best-selling author, counselor, master life coach, international speaker and minister whose mission is to positively affect 2 million people or more every day, in every area of life, regardless of their current circumstances. Celebrity Jenny McCarthy says “David Essel is the new leader of the positive thinking movement.” Other books by David Essel His newest book went #1 bestseller in 3 months, a mystical romance novel set in the Hawaiian Islands called " Angel on a Surfboard", which offers the 6 keys to deep love. David’s work of 38 years is also highly endorsed by the late Wayne Dyer, I'm always inspired when I meet someone who is living a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. If that person also happens to be a motivational speaker, well, BONUS! - In this episode, you'll meet David Essel, best selling author, and life coach.
In this episode, you'll meet David Essel, best selling author, and life coach. He is here to inspire change in the world and motivate you to be all you are meant to be.

David recounts the story of a young man graduating from high-school, who inspired him to write a book that will encourage children to love and accept others. Why? Because change starts from the top down.

[Tweet "Change starts from the top down ~ @DavidEssel"]
Change starts with you
That means what we (parents, teachers, leaders) need to know is that change in our country begins with change at home and in the classroom.  An effective approach for inclusion in the classroom climate is created when parents, teachers, and students work together for respect, kindness, compassion, and consideration toward one another. 

How does David Essel suggest we accomplish this shift in in society today? Listen in!


What if every day was your best day ever?
As mentioned in the podcast, each morning I ask Alexa to start my day. Alexa tells me "it's going to be the best day ever." Then Alexa reads the weather, how long my commute will be, what's on my calendar for the day, plays a song to put some giddy-up in my get-along. Then Alexa plays David's One Minute Motivational Message.

David's work in the world of motivation and inspiration is endorsed by individuals like celebrity Jenny Mccarthy, the late Wayne Dyer, Suze Ormond, Mark Victor Hansen, Kenny Loggins and many more!
Here's how you can program Alexa to keep you motivated with David's Message:

* Go to your Amazon account or open your Alexa App
* In search window, type "Alexa Skills David Essel's Motivational Minute"
* Enable Skill
* Say "Alexa, play my news, David Essel's Motivational Minute"



David has been working with people to help them release judgment and stereotypes against others for a long time. This book needs to be in the hands of teachers all across America:
The Real-Life Adventures of Catherine "Cat" Calloway, The First
The two predominant themes for David's children's book are related to:

* Our need to accept those who do not look or act as we do.
* To follow our dreams with the unique talents we have been given.

David and I are discussing what we can do, as parents, to achieve our dream: A world where people have more compassion, acceptance, and love towards each other.
David's Courses
You can find a plethora of useful information free on David's site in addition to his courses and coaching packages. David's Article How To Become An Independent, Powerful Woman: The Four Key Steps To Change is a life changer.

In the podcast we discuss the four important keys mentioned in the article linked above.

* learn to say no
* practice self-defense
* learn to budget money
* stop comparing yourself to other women

Make sure to share this podcast, youtube video and ...]]>
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Making eco-friendly choices isn’t easy but it’s always worth it! https://www.thatorganicmom.com/making-eco-friendly-choices/ Thu, 29 Aug 2019 09:48:35 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=15661 Are electric vehicles actually eco-friendly My 13-year-old son brought up the subject as he is very aware of climate change and myths surrounding our efforts to be more environmentally friendly. After I recorded this podcast episode I began to wonder how much of an impact it would have to drive an electric vehicle. Electric Vehicles which were hitherto thought to be a viable and environment-friendly alternative to carbon-emitting vehicular fuels such as petrol and diesel, are actually equally hazardous to the environment, if not more. In fact, recent studies have corroborated the fact that EVs are considerably worse for the climate than diesel cars. ~ The Myth Around Electric Vehicles: Are They Really Eco-friendly? My point is, there are so many conflicting messages. What is the best thing to do when it comes to the environment? With many eco-friendly concepts, the problem lies not in people's willingness to change, but in not knowing which changes are most impactful. The bottom line for me was all about the lack of standardized charging plugs. I share my experience in this podcast. [Tweet "With many eco-friendly concepts, the problem lies not in people's willingness to change, but in not knowing which changes are most impactful."] Looking for electric car charging stations Depending on where you live this may or may not present a challenge. With an electric car, the most convenient way to charge it would be at home, overnight while you sleep. That could present a challenge if you live in a dorm, condo, or apartment. Unless there are charing stations in the parking area, you will need to charge the electric vehicle elsewhere. In Knoxville, if you live locally and can charge your electric car over night, no problem! The difficulty arises when charging at night is not a possibility. Another problem would be if you were driving an electric car from Nashville to Sevierville. You could run into some difficulty if you stopped by Knoxville to get a quick charge! It took a lot of time and extra driving to find a place to charge the electric vehicle. When I arrived at the first two locations, they had been removed. After more driving and searching I ran into other problems; the fast charge option was not working. What about people who do not live here and are just passing through? I would be so upset if I were stopping in Knoxville just to get charged. Many of the locations that show up on the map are no longer there or simply do not work. Screen shot showing many of the charging stations, some were no longer available Blink charging stations do not require a membership. "Anyone can charge at a public EV charger on the Blink Network. If you are not a Blink member, payment can be made using a Blink Guest Code" by going to their website. Blink.com When you do find a working charging station you still may not be able to charge.  "The spaces might be occupied — sometimes even by a non-EV owner who wasn’t paying attention to the signs" noted Ronald Montoya his article Can you own an electric vehicle with out a home charger? He concludes, "It is possible to own an EV without a home charger. But it depends on how much you drive daily and how comfortable you are with sticking to a routine of public charging." One article about the hesitation electric vehicles might cause potential buyers, shared an example of an electric vehicle driver. She experienced some difficulty when a situation arose requiring some charge planning. The driver was left asking herself  “Do I have enough power to get to day care, to the doctor, back to day care, and back to work and then home?” This is the scenario causing many people anxiety. In this scenario, "away from home, not knowing where a charging point might be introduces new uncertainties to driving." Avoiding plastic and single use products Leftovers and other bulk purchased foods or prepared vegetables can go in glass containers. Are electric vehicles actually eco-friendly My 13-year-old son brought up the subject as he is very aware of climate change and myths surrounding our efforts to be more environmentally friendly. After I recorded this podcast episode I began to wonder ... My 13-year-old son brought up the subject as he is very aware of climate change and myths surrounding our efforts to be more environmentally friendly. After I recorded this podcast episode I began to wonder how much of an impact it would have to drive an electric vehicle.
Electric Vehicles which were hitherto thought to be a viable and environment-friendly alternative to carbon-emitting vehicular fuels such as petrol and diesel, are actually equally hazardous to the environment, if not more. In fact, recent studies have corroborated the fact that EVs are considerably worse for the climate than diesel cars. ~ The Myth Around Electric Vehicles: Are They Really Eco-friendly?
My point is, there are so many conflicting messages. What is the best thing to do when it comes to the environment? With many eco-friendly concepts, the problem lies not in people's willingness to change, but in not knowing which changes are most impactful.

The bottom line for me was all about the lack of standardized charging plugs. I share my experience in this podcast.

[Tweet "With many eco-friendly concepts, the problem lies not in people's willingness to change, but in not knowing which changes are most impactful."]
Looking for electric car charging stations
Depending on where you live this may or may not present a challenge. With an electric car, the most convenient way to charge it would be at home, overnight while you sleep. That could present a challenge if you live in a dorm, condo, or apartment. Unless there are charing stations in the parking area, you will need to charge the electric vehicle elsewhere.

In Knoxville, if you live locally and can charge your electric car over night, no problem! The difficulty arises when charging at night is not a possibility.

Another problem would be if you were driving an electric car from Nashville to Sevierville. You could run into some difficulty if you stopped by Knoxville to get a quick charge!

It took a lot of time and extra driving to find a place to charge the electric vehicle. When I arrived at the first two locations, they had been removed. After more driving and searching I ran into other problems; the fast charge option was not working.

What about people who do not live here and are just passing through? I would be so upset if I were stopping in Knoxville just to get charged. Many of the locations that show up on the map are no longer there or simply do not work.

Screen shot showing many of the charging stations, some were no longer available

Blink charging stations do not require a membership. "Anyone can charge at a public EV charger on the Blink Network. If you are not a Blink member, payment can be made using a Blink Guest Code" by going to their website. Blink.com

When you do find a working charging station you still may not be able to charge.  "The spaces might be occupied — sometimes even by a non-EV owner who wasn’t paying attention to the signs" noted Ronald Montoya his article Can you own an electric vehicle with out a home charger? He concludes, "It is possible to own an EV without a home charger. But it depends on how much you drive daily and how comfortable you are with sticking to a routine of public charging."

One article about the hesitation electric vehicles might caus...]]>
Rebecca Huff clean 30:23
Episode 20 Create a lifestyle that results in more energy https://www.thatorganicmom.com/lifestyle-that-results-in-more-energy/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:34:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=12035 Creating a lifestyle that results in more energy may mean you'll need to take a few things off your plate.  Don't worry, when you practice some of these suggestions, you'll find that you become more productive even though you are working less. Have you ever been trying to fall asleep but your mind keeps trying to write a list? Do you replay conversations you had yesterday over and over in your head? Maybe you find yourself worrying about an aspect of your parenting and whether you are doing it right or not? If this sounds like you, it might benefit you to work on getting out of your head! People who overthink things can become overwhelmed with self-doubt, fear, and concerns to the point of paranoia in some cases that just leave you feeling on edge non-stop. Here's an example, a young woman who was babysitting for a young couple with one child and one on the way. She babysat the toddler during the occasion while the mother was giving birth to the new baby. After the couple came home with the new baby, the sitter didn't hear from them for several days. She asked if I thought they were upset with her for some unknown reason. My response was, maybe they are focused on the new baby? Of course, not long after they were asking her to babysit again. She'd been overthinking things because she always wants to do her very best. She had started feeling paranoid that she'd unknowingly done something wrong. The time she'd spent overthinking was wasted time, lesson learned. Do you see how getting your thinking patterns back in order can create a lifestyle that results in more energy? First, stop the overwhelm I love schedules and routines, but I've had to learn to rule them and not let them rule me. In the past, I would get overwhelmed by my to-do list until I started asking myself what the worst outcome would be if I missed an item on my schedule. Acknowledging that the world would not come to an end if I had to reschedule an appointment helped me. It also helped me to be able to see something that needed to be done and know that I did have a scheduled time to take care of that. Believe it or not, that is the freedom that comes from following a specific cleaning routine. The knowledge that each task is in a rotation and while my windowsill might be dusty today, it's day will come. Second, give yourself room to breathe: Switch Off Your Smartphone When I tell people that I turn my phone completely off two hours before I go to bed, they're almost always surprised. Powering off the mobile isn't for everyone; for me it's self-care. This habit gives me some breathing space to have bonding time with my kids without the disruption and distraction of allowing everyone to have access to me 24/7. Doing this also gives my brain some essential and much-needed downtime. Realize that play, fun, and joy are helpful when it comes to getting out of your head and even for creating a lifestyle that results in more energy. I started scheduling in some fun and play that had no purpose other than just because I enjoyed it. Engaging in activities that absorb me to the point that I lose all sense of time. It's those things that we find so enjoyable that we lose awareness of the world around us, for you it may be playing the guitar or swimming or whatever. Enjoyable activities for creating a lifestyle that results in more energy include a wide variety of things. For some people it could be writing poetry, others may prefer knitting, or running!  Whatever your thing is, find it, engage in it, enjoy it. You will be surprised at how much calmer and more relaxed you will be overall, not just when you are enjoying your favorite activity. Third, stop multitasking to create lifestyle that results in more energy Multitasking means you are not fully concentrated on any of the tasks you are doing. When I started to see it that way I realized that I needed to be more mindful of what I am doing when I am doing it. Creating a lifestyle that results in more energy may mean you'll need to take a few things off your plate.  Don't worry, when you practice some of these suggestions, you'll find that you become more productive even though you are working less. -
Have you ever been trying to fall asleep but your mind keeps trying to write a list? Do you replay conversations you had yesterday over and over in your head? Maybe you find yourself worrying about an aspect of your parenting and whether you are doing it right or not? If this sounds like you, it might benefit you to work on getting out of your head!

People who overthink things can become overwhelmed with self-doubt, fear, and concerns to the point of paranoia in some cases that just leave you feeling on edge non-stop.

Here's an example, a young woman who was babysitting for a young couple with one child and one on the way. She babysat the toddler during the occasion while the mother was giving birth to the new baby. After the couple came home with the new baby, the sitter didn't hear from them for several days. She asked if I thought they were upset with her for some unknown reason. My response was, maybe they are focused on the new baby? Of course, not long after they were asking her to babysit again.

She'd been overthinking things because she always wants to do her very best. She had started feeling paranoid that she'd unknowingly done something wrong. The time she'd spent overthinking was wasted time, lesson learned.

Do you see how getting your thinking patterns back in order can create a lifestyle that results in more energy?
First, stop the overwhelm
I love schedules and routines, but I've had to learn to rule them and not let them rule me. In the past, I would get overwhelmed by my to-do list until I started asking myself what the worst outcome would be if I missed an item on my schedule. Acknowledging that the world would not come to an end if I had to reschedule an appointment helped me.

It also helped me to be able to see something that needed to be done and know that I did have a scheduled time to take care of that. Believe it or not, that is the freedom that comes from following a specific cleaning routine. The knowledge that each task is in a rotation and while my windowsill might be dusty today, it's day will come.
Second, give yourself room to breathe: Switch Off Your Smartphone
When I tell people that I turn my phone completely off two hours before I go to bed, they're almost always surprised. Powering off the mobile isn't for everyone; for me it's self-care. This habit gives me some breathing space to have bonding time with my kids without the disruption and distraction of allowing everyone to have access to me 24/7. Doing this also gives my brain some essential and much-needed downtime.

Realize that play, fun, and joy are helpful when it comes to getting out of your head and even for creating a lifestyle that results in more energy. I started scheduling in some fun and play that had no purpose other than just because I enjoyed it. Engaging in activities that absorb me to the point that I lose all sense of time. It's those things that we find so enjoyable that we lose awareness of the world around us, for you it may be playing the guitar or swimming or whatever.

Enjoyable activities for creating a lifestyle that results in more energy include a wide variety of things.]]>
Rebecca Huff clean 14:25
Episode 19 Exercise for Energy https://www.thatorganicmom.com/exercise-for-energy/ Wed, 07 Feb 2018 21:00:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=12391 So, you're looking to gain more energy. How about exercise for energy? I know it sounds counterintuitive, but it is true that exercise can create energy. Don't get me wrong; if you do it too much or in the wrong way, it can undoubtedly drain your energy. So don't overdo it either. There are many ways to Exercise for energy. But I have found the best way is to do something that you genuinely enjoy. Why is there such a misconception that exercise has to happen in a gym or that it has to be grueling? Do what you love, and you'll stick with it longer. If that's tennis or walking with a friend, or swimming, dancing, whatever, just move your body and get your heart rate up. Don't overanalyze this thing. The Fred Hutchinson cancer research center proved that restorative yoga helps maintain or lose weight and reduces stress. Experts say Yoga can reduce binge eating, maybe because it helps to reduce stress. One yoga per week can create more energy, confidence, boosts energy overall. But if you hate yoga, don't do it! This year I took on a three-month ballroom dancing course. Even though the class was under an hour; it was an excellent workout for me. I love dancing, so it didn't feel like a workout until the next day when my legs were sore! Another way I have exercised in the past is martial arts. I enjoy Kung Fu and Tai Chi, kickboxing and stuff like that. My daughter goes to Taekwondo almost every day. Why? She enjoys it; as a result, she's lean, active, and energetic! Kids just automatically exercise for enjoyment, so where do we lose that? When do we stop getting our exercise in ways that we love and start seeing it as one more chore on our to-do list? A friend of the family lifts weights and genuinely enjoys going to the gym. If he has to miss a workout, he is seriously bummed. Not because he's not making progress, but because he enjoys the process. This mindset of forcing yourself to workout is a severe drain on your energy! So the best way to exercise for energy is by moving your body doing something you love. Maybe you don't know what that is yet. If that is you, I encourage you to start trying different physical activities until you find what you want to do. Make it your goal this week to create a list of activities that you think you might enjoy. Choose a couple to try and just get started. If you find you don't like a particular exercise, cross it off your list and try something new. Get out of your comfort zone. You'll gain more energy by doing an activity you enjoy than the one you do reluctantly. PS - If you're looking to create energy, check out the podcast Eating for Energy as well. So, you're looking to gain more energy. How about exercise for energy? I know it sounds counterintuitive, but it is true that exercise can create energy. Don't get me wrong; if you do it too much or in the wrong way,
There are many ways to Exercise for energy. But I have found the best way is to do something that you genuinely enjoy. Why is there such a misconception that exercise has to happen in a gym or that it has to be grueling? Do what you love, and you'll stick with it longer. If that's tennis or walking with a friend, or swimming, dancing, whatever, just move your body and get your heart rate up. Don't overanalyze this thing.

The Fred Hutchinson cancer research center proved that restorative yoga helps maintain or lose weight and reduces stress. Experts say Yoga can reduce binge eating, maybe because it helps to reduce stress. One yoga per week can create more energy, confidence, boosts energy overall. But if you hate yoga, don't do it!

This year I took on a three-month ballroom dancing course. Even though the class was under an hour; it was an excellent workout for me. I love dancing, so it didn't feel like a workout until the next day when my legs were sore!

Another way I have exercised in the past is martial arts. I enjoy Kung Fu and Tai Chi, kickboxing and stuff like that. My daughter goes to Taekwondo almost every day. Why? She enjoys it; as a result, she's lean, active, and energetic!

Kids just automatically exercise for enjoyment, so where do we lose that? When do we stop getting our exercise in ways that we love and start seeing it as one more chore on our to-do list?



A friend of the family lifts weights and genuinely enjoys going to the gym. If he has to miss a workout, he is seriously bummed. Not because he's not making progress, but because he enjoys the process.

This mindset of forcing yourself to workout is a severe drain on your energy! So the best way to exercise for energy is by moving your body doing something you love. Maybe you don't know what that is yet. If that is you, I encourage you to start trying different physical activities until you find what you want to do.

Make it your goal this week to create a list of activities that you think you might enjoy. Choose a couple to try and just get started. If you find you don't like a particular exercise, cross it off your list and try something new. Get out of your comfort zone. You'll gain more energy by doing an activity you enjoy than the one you do reluctantly.



PS - If you're looking to create energy, check out the podcast Eating for Energy as well.

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Rebecca Huff clean 8:53
Episode 18 Eating for Energy https://www.thatorganicmom.com/episode-18-eating-energy/ Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:59:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=12063 What are the nutritional principles you should follow if you are eating for energy? Seems simple enough, right? Just fill your diet with healthy foods! Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Ironically when we are tired, that is when we reach for the junk food. Avoid sugar if you are Eating for Energy Sugary foods and processed foods are simply not good for creating energy long-term. Eating too much sugar can even make you look more tired. Research shows that too much sugar breaks down collagen and accelerates aging. Having good fats in our body is very important. Fats help make us feel full and satisfied allowing us to use energy more efficiently. Also, Low-fat diets can make pain worse for those who have to think about pain management. What about Coffee when you are Eating for Energy? Caffeine! Coffee early in the day, meaning before noon and also limited to about two cups a day can have a positive impact on our energy levels as well as prevention of dementia. Drinking caffeine before noon is beneficial but after midday, it will affect your sleep. Three servings of caffeine per day may reduce the risk of Alzheimers and dementia. Coffee drinkers are less likely to die early than non-drinkers and help recover your energy faster after exercise. Stick to coffee and tea for caffeine though, energy drinks with the combination of caffeine and taurine can cause your heart to speed up and have abnormal contractions. MRI research proves this doesn't happen with coffee. It's the combination of taurine and caffeine Sleep and Eating for Energy Losing sleep can be a drain on energy, and it can have a cumulative effect. Tart cherry juice is good for chronic insomnia, participants of one study were able to get 1.5 hours more sleep with Montmorency tart cherries. They also can help treat chronic pain. A bedtime snack that contains tryptophan can help you sleep. When not to eat when you are Eating for Energy It's a good idea to time your meals. Stacking meals can help with weight loss and energy. If you use intermittent fasting, try it both ways starting with a hearty breakfast and then tapering off towards the end of the day then fasting after a light dinner until breakfast the following morning. So fasting for 12-15 hours, with a window for eating 9-12 hours. Then reverse it and try the opposite, skip breakfast and eat a hearty dinner to see which makes you feel better. Most people feel best with a light dinner. Keeping cell phone plugged in constantly can wear down your battery, and it's the same with our body, eating all day gives you less energy than if you practice intermittent fasting. Research shows that mice eating the same high-calorie high-fat food within an 8 hour period maintained their weight or lose weight, while those that ate the seam high-calorie high-fat foods spread out every two hours throughout an entire day gained weight. So shut down the kitchen after dinner (hopefully around 7 pm), and you'll find yourself with more energy. Night owls eat about 250 calories more per day than others, with most of those calories consumed after 8 pm. Health psychology research shows that when you think a particular food is healthy your body requires fewer calories to process it, levels of ghrelin are influenced by what we believe. If you feel like eating ice cream,  go ahead - but don't feel guilty, tell yourself that you are choosing to indulge and enjoy it. The guilt causes stress and contributes to weight gain. Do you want the taste or do you want to be nurtured? Maybe you want crunchy foods because you need an outlet for your frustration or stress? Does eating to nurture and energize you or are you continually fixated on food? If you are always thinking about food, spending all your energy obsessing over food, then you are wasting your energy? That's why I remove the decision-making process about certain foods. I talked about this in my New Years podcast. What are you doing? Be mindful of it. What are the nutritional principles you should follow if you are eating for energy? Seems simple enough, right? Just fill your diet with healthy foods! Unfortunately, it's not that simple. Ironically when we are tired, Avoid sugar if you are Eating for Energy
Sugary foods and processed foods are simply not good for creating energy long-term. Eating too much sugar can even make you look more tired. Research shows that too much sugar breaks down collagen and accelerates aging.

Having good fats in our body is very important. Fats help make us feel full and satisfied allowing us to use energy more efficiently. Also, Low-fat diets can make pain worse for those who have to think about pain management.
What about Coffee when you are Eating for Energy?
Caffeine! Coffee early in the day, meaning before noon and also limited to about two cups a day can have a positive impact on our energy levels as well as prevention of dementia. Drinking caffeine before noon is beneficial but after midday, it will affect your sleep. Three servings of caffeine per day may reduce the risk of Alzheimers and dementia. Coffee drinkers are less likely to die early than non-drinkers and help recover your energy faster after exercise.

Stick to coffee and tea for caffeine though, energy drinks with the combination of caffeine and taurine can cause your heart to speed up and have abnormal contractions. MRI research proves this doesn't happen with coffee. It's the combination of taurine and caffeine
Sleep and Eating for Energy
Losing sleep can be a drain on energy, and it can have a cumulative effect. Tart cherry juice is good for chronic insomnia, participants of one study were able to get 1.5 hours more sleep with Montmorency tart cherries. They also can help treat chronic pain. A bedtime snack that contains tryptophan can help you sleep.
When not to eat when you are Eating for Energy
It's a good idea to time your meals. Stacking meals can help with weight loss and energy. If you use intermittent fasting, try it both ways starting with a hearty breakfast and then tapering off towards the end of the day then fasting after a light dinner until breakfast the following morning. So fasting for 12-15 hours, with a window for eating 9-12 hours. Then reverse it and try the opposite, skip breakfast and eat a hearty dinner to see which makes you feel better. Most people feel best with a light dinner.

Keeping cell phone plugged in constantly can wear down your battery, and it's the same with our body, eating all day gives you less energy than if you practice intermittent fasting. Research shows that mice eating the same high-calorie high-fat food within an 8 hour period maintained their weight or lose weight, while those that ate the seam high-calorie high-fat foods spread out every two hours throughout an entire day gained weight.

So shut down the kitchen after dinner (hopefully around 7 pm), and you'll find yourself with more energy. Night owls eat about 250 calories more per day than others, with most of those calories consumed after 8 pm.

Health psychology research shows that when you think a particular food is healthy your body requires fewer calories to process it, levels of ghrelin are influenced by what we believe. If you feel like eating ice cream,  go ahead - but don't feel guilty, tell yourself that you are choosing to indulge and enjoy it. The guilt causes stress and contributes to weight gain.

Do you want the taste or do you want to be nurt...]]>
Rebecca Huff clean 15:10
Making self-care a priority when you are alone – Part three, Episode 17 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/making-self-care-a-priority-when-alone-in-life/ Wed, 24 Jan 2018 20:01:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=11731 Making self-care a priority when you are alone is never easy! In the first of this three-part series on self-care, Jami and I discussed the question, "is self-care selfish?" We talked about a friend who chose me as her word of the year and what impact it had on her family. In the second episode, we talked about how we define self-care, what things we do for daily and why we consider those things important. Today, Jami surprised me with the aspect of self-care that isn't often talked about. How to pull off self-care when you are alone. Jami wanted to address the fact that many single moms and even some women whose spouses are just distant for whatever reason, have to make a deliberate effort to take care of themselves. Tune in and be encouraged! Share the podcast "making self care a priority when you are alone" with your girlfriends! What is a podcast and how do I listen? A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to listen and learn while you’re on the go.  For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  This will help you to download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice. For Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.”  Click here to subscribe via Stitcher to A Healthy Bite. For those who don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.   Also, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave a review for A Healthy Bite on iTunes Making self-care a priority when you are alone is never easy! In the first of this three-part series on self-care, Jami and I discussed the question, "is self-care selfish?" We talked about a friend who chose me as her word of the year and what impact ...
Today, Jami surprised me with the aspect of self-care that isn't often talked about. How to pull off self-care when you are alone. Jami wanted to address the fact that many single moms and even some women whose spouses are just distant for whatever reason, have to make a deliberate effort to take care of themselves. Tune in and be encouraged!


Share the podcast "making self care a priority when you are alone" with your girlfriends!

What is a podcast and how do I listen?
A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to listen and learn while you’re on the go. 

For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  This will help you to download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice.

For Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.”  Click here to subscribe via Stitcher to A Healthy Bite.

For those who don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.  

Also, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave a review for A Healthy Bite on iTunes]]>
Rebecca Huff clean 14:11
Self Care part two: What is self care? Episode 16 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/what-is-self-care/ Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:00:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=11726 What is self care? In part two we are going to answer the question, "What is self care?" Let's talk about the nitty gritty self care that should be happening on a daily basis. Make sure to tune in as we help work out the details of what is self care, why it's not selfish, and how to pull it off.  In part one of this three part series on Self Care, Jami and I posed the question, "Is self care selfish?" My self care includes at least a couple of these every day: Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day so I can get my beauty sleep. Staying organized with easy to implement calendar for all of our appointments, etc. Eating healthy meals, accomplished by planning ahead. Setting boundaries with my kids and others. Taking my vitamins by keeping them in a box on my table where I always sit to eat. I eliminate things that zap my energy Here's 31 Habits that will help you practice self care I could list more but I'd love it if you would share your ideas in the comments! Please share this podcast with someone you love and subscribe to my feed to receive new episodes in your inbox! You can also watch this series on Jami's youtube channel. What is a podcast and how do I listen? A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to take a podcast with you on the go.   For iPhone/iPad/iPod users – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  Download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice. For Android devices – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.”  Click here to subscibe via Stitcher to A Healthy Bite. For those who don’t have a mobile device – You can always hear the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.  Or go to: http://www.thatorganicmom.com/podcast Also, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave a review for A Healthy Bite on iTunes! What is self care? In part two we are going to answer the question, "What is self care?" Let's talk about the nitty gritty self care that should be happening on a daily basis. Make sure to tune in as we help work out the details of what is self care, In part two we are going to answer the question, "What is self care?" Let's talk about the nitty gritty self care that should be happening on a daily basis. Make sure to tune in as we help work out the details of what is self care, why it's not selfish, and how to pull it off.  In part one of this three part series on Self Care, Jami and I posed the question, "Is self care selfish?"

My self care includes at least a couple of these every day:

* Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day so I can get my beauty sleep.
* Staying organized with easy to implement calendar for all of our appointments, etc.
* Eating healthy meals, accomplished by planning ahead.
* Setting boundaries with my kids and others.
* Taking my vitamins by keeping them in a box on my table where I always sit to eat.
* I eliminate things that zap my energy
* Here's 31 Habits that will help you practice self care

I could list more but I'd love it if you would share your ideas in the comments! Please share this podcast with someone you love and subscribe to my feed to receive new episodes in your inbox! You can also watch this series on Jami's youtube channel.


What is a podcast and how do I listen?
A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to take a podcast with you on the go.  

For iPhone/iPad/iPod users – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  Download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice.

For Android devices – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.”  Click here to subscibe via Stitcher to A Healthy Bite.

For those who don’t have a mobile device – You can always hear the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.  Or go to: http://www.thatorganicmom.com/podcast

Also, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave a review for A Healthy Bite on iTunes!]]>
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Self Care Part One: Is Self Care Selfish? Episode 15 – A Healthy Bite https://www.thatorganicmom.com/self-care-selfish/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:59:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=11693 So, is self care selfish? That's what we are talking about today on the podcast. My Hopelively co-administrator, Jami Amerine, author of Stolen Jesus, and creator of Sacred Grounds, Sticky Floors will be chatting with me in this three part series about self care. Listen in as we discuss the idea of taking care of yourself on a daily basis. That's right, we are suggesting you practice self care daily. In the first of this three part series, Jami and I are chatting about self care; is Self Care Selfish? Is Self Care Selfish? One friend of mine chooses a "word" every New Year, this year she told me her word is "me." Wow. I was really floored in a good way when I heard that she was finally going to put some focus on herself. However, at first her husband wasn't happy with her word. Maybe like many others, he thought she was being a bit selfish by choosing me as her word, but after he put some thought into it he changed his mind. In the next two parts we'll be talking about what self care is all about and self care when you are alone, whether your spouse is no longer in the picture or whether they are simply gone most of the time. You can also watch this series on Jami's Youtube Channel. What is a podcast and how do I listen? A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to listen and learn while you’re on the go.   For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  This will help you to download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice. For Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.”  Click here to subscibe via Stitcher to A Healthy Bite. For those who don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.   Also, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave a review for A Healthy Bite on iTunes!           So, is self care selfish? That's what we are talking about today on the podcast. My Hopelively co-administrator, Jami Amerine, author of Stolen Jesus, and creator of Sacred Grounds, Sticky Floors will be chatting with me in this three part series about... Hopelively co-administrator, Jami Amerine, author of Stolen Jesus, and creator of Sacred Grounds, Sticky Floors will be chatting with me in this three part series about self care.

Listen in as we discuss the idea of taking care of yourself on a daily basis. That's right, we are suggesting you practice self care daily. In the first of this three part series, Jami and I are chatting about self care; is Self Care Selfish?
Is Self Care Selfish?
One friend of mine chooses a "word" every New Year, this year she told me her word is "me." Wow. I was really floored in a good way when I heard that she was finally going to put some focus on herself. However, at first her husband wasn't happy with her word. Maybe like many others, he thought she was being a bit selfish by choosing me as her word, but after he put some thought into it he changed his mind.

In the next two parts we'll be talking about what self care is all about and self care when you are alone, whether your spouse is no longer in the picture or whether they are simply gone most of the time.

You can also watch this series on Jami's Youtube Channel.


What is a podcast and how do I listen?
A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to listen and learn while you’re on the go.  

For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  This will help you to download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice.

For Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.”  Click here to subscibe via Stitcher to A Healthy Bite.

For those who don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.  

Also, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave a review for A Healthy Bite on iTunes!



 

 

 

 

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Episode 14 Realistic Tips for harnessing the momentum of a New Year https://www.thatorganicmom.com/realistic_tips_new_year/ Sat, 06 Jan 2018 13:30:43 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=11626 Can you believe that some statistics say that “New Years Resolutions” are ditched less than three weeks into the new year? Wow. I do think though resolutions, in general, are outdated. I mean, what IS a resolution? It’s merely the decision to do or not to do a particular thing. You just resolve to do or not to do. Seems simple enough. The big problem with new years goals and resolutions is the fact that most people set them based on what they think they SHOULD be doing (make a mental note here of that word should) and not necessarily what they WANT to be doing. Okay? Let that sink in. Want is your motivation. Should is your downfall. So, maybe work on eliminating that word “should” from your vocabulary! Why do we think we SHOULD get a beach body? Well, because everywhere we look advertisers are telling us that should be our goal for summer! Hello? The word "should" actually undermines our ability to DO what is important to us. "Should" steals our follow through. Past-tense should’s are even worse. "I should have eaten better yesterday," ugh what a guilt trip you’re giving yourself. Try using the words "could" or "would like to" instead: "I could have eaten better yesterday." See how much better that sounds! Don’t think I have this figured out guys, I’m still working on it, but I’m just giving you a healthy bite to think on. So swap your shoulds for coulds and woulds. goals vs. resolutions... read the full text version in How to Make the Most of the New Year. Find books, tools, foods, and more help a healthy lifestyle on the TOM Recommendations page or shop ThatOrganicMom on Amazon. Hover over the little chat box to read my notes on each product.  Click here to get new podcasts delivered to your inbox! Go pin this post! Can you believe that some statistics say that “New Years Resolutions” are ditched less than three weeks into the new year? Wow. I do think though resolutions, in general, are outdated. I mean, what IS a resolution?
The big problem with new years goals and resolutions is the fact that most people set them based on what they think they SHOULD be doing (make a mental note here of that word should) and not necessarily what they WANT to be doing. Okay? Let that sink in.

Want is your motivation. Should is your downfall. So, maybe work on eliminating that word “should” from your vocabulary! Why do we think we SHOULD get a beach body? Well, because everywhere we look advertisers are telling us that should be our goal for summer! Hello? The word "should" actually undermines our ability to DO what is important to us. "Should" steals our follow through.

Past-tense should’s are even worse. "I should have eaten better yesterday," ugh what a guilt trip you’re giving yourself. Try using the words "could" or "would like to" instead: "I could have eaten better yesterday." See how much better that sounds!

Don’t think I have this figured out guys, I’m still working on it, but I’m just giving you a healthy bite to think on. So swap your shoulds for coulds and woulds.
goals vs. resolutions...
read the full text version in How to Make the Most of the New Year.

Find books, tools, foods, and more help a healthy lifestyle on the TOM Recommendations page or shop ThatOrganicMom on Amazon. Hover over the little chat box to read my notes on each product.

 Click here to get new podcasts delivered to your inbox!

Go pin this post!

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Rebecca Huff clean 13:48
Interview with Josh Brandon – The Happy Hubby Homemaker https://www.thatorganicmom.com/happy-hubby-homemaker/ Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:30:51 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=10679 What's it like for a dad to stay at home, shop for groceries, and have dinner on the table when his spouse comes home? Does he carpool? What's it like when he's the only Dad in the crowd? In this interview, we hear from a SAHD (Stay At Home Dad) who is making it work so his wife can pursue her career in nursing and be the breadwinner for the family. While looking for a few images for this podcast, I ran across one of Josh with Taylor Swift and asked him if I could use it in this post. His answer, "If there is a picture that encapulates my old life contrasted with my new...lol. I've gone from hanging with Taylor Swift to hanging with a Swiffer." [Tweet ""I've gone from hanging with Taylor Swift to hanging with a Swiffer.""] The Happy Hubby Homemaker Josh is a Media Professional with a degree in Communications and has more than two decades experience in the field. He describes himself as a husband and dad first. He says after those two roles, he's also an amateur home chef, football fan, xbox gamer, Sci-Fi and Superhero geek. Josh has been a TV host and news anchor, a radio personality, talent coach and voiceover artist.  He has narrated audible books, educational courses, and lots more. Josh has the capability to bring a words to life with his voiceover talents whether in animated projects or video games! This Stay At Home Dad also has a blog where you can read more about his various undertakings such as the Diet that deters type 2 diabetes. Josh writes about some of the successes and pitfalls in being step-parents, a blended family, and individuals with diverse and often painful pasts. He also expounds on his transition from successful radio personality to automotive professional and digital marketer. The Happy Hubby Homemaker writes about starting his own business and working out of the home. He and his wife make this work so that he can be there for his family. Josh writes, My wife wanted to focus on her dream of becoming a nurse practitioner.  We decided that I would be a work-from-home husband/dad while she worked full time and went to school.  Along with my own business, graduate school, and the responsibilities of being the “househusband”, I added the role of juggler as I balance everyone’s schedules.  I am a personal chef, masseuse, chauffeur, errand runner, shopper, appointment setter, records keeper…the list goes on and on. What does the wife of the Happy Hubby Homemaker say? Oh, and after you listen to this podcast you might be wondering how his wife feels about her happy hubby homemaker. Well, I've asked Chrissy if she would mind me sharing a recent Facebook post she wrote. What to say about Josh Brandon... he's my everything. He loves me in a way that I have never been loved before and I wish I could have met him sooner so I could love him longer. Right now, as I embark on my last two weeks of the 1st semester of NP school, he probably doesn't feel very loved. Lol. Josh found me at a time in my life when I was very broken and he loved me anyway. I had been in a very bad relationship and I was pretty hardened towards all men, really. Josh decided to break down that wall and continues to do so sometimes daily. It's not always easy between us and that's mostly me, but to be unconditionally loved is pretty overwhelming sometimes. I have never met anyone with as much grace and patience as my husband. I admire this so much about him. He's taken my family in as his own. Loves my daughter as though she is his own. All us girls living here with him are all pretty spoiled rotten by Josh. He cooks for us, babies us, rubs our feet, snuggles all of us...he gives 110% every day. Josh captivates my heart daily with giving and kindness. I couldn't help but stand there and admire him last night as we were standing in the Dollar Tree (of all places) and he was swapping recipes with this older lady. You could tell it absolutely made her day. What's it like for a dad to stay at home, shop for groceries, and have dinner on the table when his spouse comes home? Does he carpool? What's it like when he's the only Dad in the crowd? In this interview,
While looking for a few images for this podcast, I ran across one of Josh with Taylor Swift and asked him if I could use it in this post. His answer, "If there is a picture that encapulates my old life contrasted with my new...lol. I've gone from hanging with Taylor Swift to hanging with a Swiffer."


[Tweet ""I've gone from hanging with Taylor Swift to hanging with a Swiffer.""]
The Happy Hubby Homemaker
Josh is a Media Professional with a degree in Communications and has more than two decades experience in the field. He describes himself as a husband and dad first. He says after those two roles, he's also an amateur home chef, football fan, xbox gamer, Sci-Fi and Superhero geek.

Josh has been a TV host and news anchor, a radio personality, talent coach and voiceover artist.  He has narrated audible books, educational courses, and lots more. Josh has the capability to bring a words to life with his voiceover talents whether in animated projects or video games!



This Stay At Home Dad also has a blog where you can read more about his various undertakings such as the Diet that deters type 2 diabetes. Josh writes about some of the successes and pitfalls in being step-parents, a blended family, and individuals with diverse and often painful pasts.



He also expounds on his transition from successful radio personality to automotive professional and digital marketer. The Happy Hubby Homemaker writes about starting his own business and working out of the home. He and his wife make this work so that he can be there for his family. Josh writes,
My wife wanted to focus on her dream of becoming a nurse practitioner.  We decided that I would be a work-from-home husband/dad while she worked full time and went to school.  Along with my own business, graduate school, and the responsibilities of being the “househusband”, I added the role of juggler as I balance everyone’s schedules.  I am a personal chef, masseuse, chauffeur, errand runner, shopper, appointment setter, records keeper…the list goes on and on.

What does the wife of the Happy Hubby Homemaker say?
Oh, and after you listen to this podcast you might be wondering how his wife feels about her happy hubby homemaker. Well, I've asked Chrissy if she would mind me sharing a recent Facebook post she wrote.
What to say about Josh Brandon... he's my everything. He loves me in a way that I have never been loved before and I wish I could have met him sooner so I could love him longer.

Right now, as I embark on my last two weeks of the 1st semester of NP school, he probably doesn't feel very loved. Lol. Josh found me at a time in my life when I was very broken and he loved me anyway. I had been in a very bad relationship and I was pretty hardened towards all men, really.

Josh decided to break down that wall and continues to do so sometimes daily. It's not always easy between us and that's mostly me, but to be unconditionally loved is pretty overwhelming sometimes.

I have never met anyone with as much grace and patience as my husband. I admire this so much about him. He's taken my family in as his own. Loves my daughter as though she is his own.

All us girls living here with him are all pretty spoiled rotten by Josh. He cooks for us, babies us,]]>
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Five Foundation Foods for Nutrition with Danna – Episode 12 of A Healthy Bite https://www.thatorganicmom.com/five-foundation-foods-nutrition-danna-episode-12-healthy-bite/ Wed, 17 May 2017 10:22:36 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?post_type=podcast&p=7535 I met Danna at EarthFest this year, a place where I'm guaranteed to find many kindred spirits! I knew immediately when I walked by Danna's booth that she was the kind of person I wanted to get to know. One thing I plan to pick her brain more about in the future is Traditional Chinese Medicine! Danna organizes Meet Ups locally for anyone who would like to learn about foraging. I'm very pleased to introduce my TOM family to my new favorite herbalist: Danna Sharp obtained her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2012 and her Master’s Degree in Chemistry in 2015. She has been learning and working with plants for many years and has been studying nutrition and herbalism both independently and with other local herbalists. As an herbalist, Danna loves to work with plants, but also places a high importance on the idea of food as medicine. Dietary therapy is a powerful mode of healing and she believes in using this method as a primary mode of therapy and then using herbs to supplement our path to regaining or enhancing health. Her site is Wisteria Herbs. Danna loves to work with clients to improve their health no matter how small or large the task. Although she is good at working with many complaints, her specialties include skin, hormone, and digestive health. Last week I interviewed Danna about foraging for herbs! Today Danna is sharing with us the basics of Nutrition. Listen as she shares her knowledge about nutrition. Five Foundational Foods: Bone broth Liver - Find instructions for making liver palatable in Nourishing Traditions! Seaweed Spirulina Beans - my favorite bean cookbook is available on kindle: Bean by Bean. Danna has a Facebook group for people with depression, I'm in this group and find it very encouraging and informational. Danna also has a Depression Program. Listen to this podcast on iTunes. What is a podcast and how do I listen? A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to listen and learn while you’re on the go.  To subscribe to my podcast for free, you’ll need an app to listen to the show from. For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  This will help you to download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice. For Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.”   For podcast enthusiasts – If you already listen to podcasts and have a podcatcher that you prefer, the feed you’ll need to add is https://www.thatorganicmom.com/feed/podcast For those who don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.  Or go to: https://www.thatorganicmom.com/podcast Also, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave a review for A Healthy Bite on iTunes! Some upcoming shows include: When your kids grow up and fly the coop (keeping a good attitude, stress free) How little trips can be a tool to combat stress in moms (my perfect day in Savannah) Eating for Energy Beginner Herbs Clean like your life depends on it: Use non toxic cleaners Good, Better, Best; How to get the most out of meals on Water, drink, filter with Larry my water guy Reasons and Ways to recycle Fermented Foods Consume Healthy Fats Exercise for Energy So make sure to subscribe using the instructions above so you won't miss out on future episodes of A Healthy Bite! If you are new to Podcasts and would like to see what’s on my Feed (ones I’m subscribed to) you can check them out in my Podcast Guide! You might also want to follow my YouTube Channel for encouraging and helpful healthful videos! I met Danna at EarthFest this year, a place where I'm guaranteed to find many kindred spirits! I knew immediately when I walked by Danna's booth that she was the kind of person I wanted to get to know. One thing I plan to pick her brain more about in t...
I met Danna at EarthFest this year, a place where I'm guaranteed to find many kindred spirits! I knew immediately when I walked by Danna's booth that she was the kind of person I wanted to get to know. One thing I plan to pick her brain more about in the future is Traditional Chinese Medicine! Danna organizes Meet Ups locally for anyone who would like to learn about foraging. I'm very pleased to introduce my TOM family to my new favorite herbalist:

Danna Sharp obtained her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2012 and her Master’s Degree in Chemistry in 2015. She has been learning and working with plants for many years and has been studying nutrition and herbalism both independently and with other local herbalists.

As an herbalist, Danna loves to work with plants, but also places a high importance on the idea of food as medicine. Dietary therapy is a powerful mode of healing and she believes in using this method as a primary mode of therapy and then using herbs to supplement our path to regaining or enhancing health. Her site is Wisteria Herbs.

Danna loves to work with clients to improve their health no matter how small or large the task. Although she is good at working with many complaints, her specialties include skin, hormone, and digestive health.

Last week I interviewed Danna about foraging for herbs! Today Danna is sharing with us the basics of Nutrition. Listen as she shares her knowledge about nutrition.
Five Foundational Foods:

* Bone broth
* Liver - Find instructions for making liver palatable in Nourishing Traditions!
* Seaweed
* Spirulina
* Beans - my favorite bean cookbook is available on kindle: Bean by Bean.

Danna has a Facebook group for people with depression, I'm in this group and find it very encouraging and informational. Danna also has a Depression Program.

Listen to this podcast on iTunes.
What is a podcast and how do I listen?
A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to listen and learn while you’re on the go.  To subscribe to my podcast for free, you’ll need an app to listen to the show from.

For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  This will help you to download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice.

For Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.”  

For podcast enthusiasts – If you already listen to podcasts and have a podcatcher that you prefer, the feed you’ll need to add is https://www.thatorganicmom.com/feed/podcast

For those who don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the...]]>
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Foraging and Beginning Herbs with Danna from Wisteria Herbs – Episode 11 of A Healthy Bite https://www.thatorganicmom.com/foraging-wisteria-herbs/ Wed, 10 May 2017 11:18:40 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?post_type=podcast&p=7103 Rebecca interviews an herbalist, Danna from Wisteria Herbs in Knoxville, TN. Danna loves to work with plants, but also places a high importance on the idea of food as medicine. Dietary therapy is a powerful mode of healing and she believes in using this method as a primary mode of therapy and then using herbs to supplement our path to regaining or enhancing health. Rebecca interviews an herbalist, Danna from Wisteria Herbs in Knoxville, TN. Danna loves to work with plants, but also places a high importance on the idea of food as medicine. Dietary therapy is a powerful mode of healing and she believes in using thi...
 

I met Danna at EarthFest this year, a place where I'm guaranteed to find many kindred spirits! I knew immediately when I walked by Danna's booth that she was the kind of person I wanted to get to know. One thing I plan to pick her brain more about in the future is Traditional Chinese Medicine! Danna organizes Meet Ups locally for anyone who would like to learn about foraging. I'm very pleased to introduce my TOM family to my new favorite herbalist:

Danna Sharp obtained her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2012 and her Master’s Degree in Chemistry in 2015. She has been learning and working with plants for many years and has been studying nutrition and herbalism both independently and with other local herbalists.

As an herbalist, Danna loves to work with plants, but also places a high importance on the idea of food as medicine. Dietary therapy is a powerful mode of healing and she believes in using this method as a primary mode of therapy and then using herbs to supplement our path to regaining or enhancing health.

Danna loves to work with clients to improve their health no matter how small or large the task. Although she is good at working with many complaints, her specialties include skin, hormone, and digestive health.


To connect with Danna:
at: Wisteria Herbs

on: Facebook

Depression Program and Depression program Facebook Group
The website Danna mentioned for educating yourself on herbs: Learningherbs.com

Liver recipes Danna mentioned.

Make sure to subscribe to A Healthy Bite! Next week Danna will take us through Five Foundational Foods for Good Nutrition.
Listen to this podcast on iTunes.
What is a podcast and how do I listen?
A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to listen and learn while you’re on the go.  To subscribe to my podcast for free, you’ll need an app to listen to the show from.

For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  This will help you to download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice.

For Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.”  

For podcast enthusiasts – If you already listen to podcasts and have a podcatcher that you prefer, the feed you’ll need to add is https://www.thatorganicmom.com/feed/podcast

For those who don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.  Or go to: https://www.thatorganicmom.com/podcast

If you enjoy A Healthy Bite, please consider leaving a review on iTunes, this will help more people find the show! Some upcoming shows include:

5 Foundational Foods for Good Nutrition with Danna from Wisteria Herbs
When your kids grow up and fly the coop (keeping a good attitude, stress free)
Mother's Day Episode: How to know when you have the coolest mom on earth
Eating for Energy
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Simple Mini Daily Detox Ideas Anyone Can Do Episode 10 of A Healthy Bite https://www.thatorganicmom.com/simple-mini-daily-detox-ideas-anyone-can/ Wed, 03 May 2017 10:05:57 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?post_type=podcast&p=7452 When you hear the word “detox” does it make you cringe a little? If so, I’d like to work on changing how you think of the word detox! 1. Sleep, shoot for 8 hours. Read more about good sleep hygiene. 2. Drink plenty of water, preferably filtered. When you are dehydrated your body starts to become fatigued among other things. Keep everything running smoothly by staying hydrated. 3. Use a dry skin brush for at least 3-5 minutes just before showering. 4. Walk every day (2 miles or 30 minutes, whichever comes first.) 5. Drink a detox tea between meals. Try Herbal Papaya or Graviola Leaf. 6. Watch/Read fewer news stories. Listening to bad news multiple times per day does little for one’s outlook on life. 7. Eat more greens at one meal per day; this can be done by eating a salad as a habit for lunch. It’s also fast and easy to prepare. 8. Skip soda (start with one day per week, then work up.) Sodas can cause cravings, tooth decay, weight gain, brittle bones, and more. Diet soda is even worse. Set a goal to reduce or eliminate your soda intake. If you must drink it, save it for very special occasions. 9. Splurge on a massage (or ask your kid, you might be surprised!) Getting a massage has been said to reduce headaches, body aches, enhance the immune system, release toxins, improve digestion, reduce anxiety and even depression. Obviously, massages are part of good health, so if I have to choose between having my nails done or getting a massage, hands down the massage wins! 10. Create a menu plan for one week of dinners. Planning meals in advance instead of at the last minute will allow you time to put more thought into making a well-balanced meal. Plus, eating at home means less sodium, sugar, and unhealthy fats. If you are stumped for ideas, try using a menu service like emeals or join my online cookbook club and try out new cookbooks every month! Find the rest of the suggestions and links here: May Detox Challenge instructions and contest Download the May Detox Challenge Calendar! Stand Up Desks The April Challenge: Move Your Body Listen to this podcast on iTunes. What is a podcast and how do I listen? A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to listen and learn while you’re on the go.  To subscribe to my podcast for free, you’ll need an app to listen to the show from. For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  This will help you to download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice. For Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.”   For podcast enthusiasts – If you already listen to podcasts and have a podcatcher that you prefer, the feed you’ll need to add is https://www.thatorganicmom.com/feed/podcast For those who don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.  Or go to: https://www.thatorganicmom.com/podcast Also, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave a review for A Healthy Bite on iTunes! Some upcoming shows include: Foraging and Beginning Herbs with Danna from Wisteria Herbs 5 Foundational Foods for Good Nutrition with Danna from Wisteria Herbs When your kids grow up and fly the coop (keeping a good attitude, stress free) Mother's Day Episode: How you know if you have the coolest mom on earth How little trips can be a tool to combat stress in moms (my perfect day in Savannah) Eating for Energy Clean like your life depends on it: Use non toxic cleaners Good, Better, Best; How to get the most out of meals on Water, drink, filter with Larry my water guy Reasons and Ways to recycle Fermented Foods Consume Healthy Fats Exercise for Energy So make sure to subscribe using the instructions above so you... When you hear the word “detox” does it make you cringe a little? If so, I’d like to work on changing how you think of the word detox! - 1. Sleep, shoot for 8 hours. Read more about good sleep hygiene. 2. Drink plenty of water, preferably filtered.
When you hear the word “detox” does it make you cringe a little? If so, I’d like to work on changing how you think of the word detox!

1. Sleep, shoot for 8 hours. Read more about good sleep hygiene.
2. Drink plenty of water, preferably filtered. When you are dehydrated your body starts to become fatigued among other things. Keep everything running smoothly by staying hydrated.
3. Use a dry skin brush for at least 3-5 minutes just before showering.
4. Walk every day (2 miles or 30 minutes, whichever comes first.)
5. Drink a detox tea between meals. Try Herbal Papaya or Graviola Leaf.
6. Watch/Read fewer news stories. Listening to bad news multiple times per day does little for one’s outlook on life.
7. Eat more greens at one meal per day; this can be done by eating a salad as a habit for lunch. It’s also fast and easy to prepare.
8. Skip soda (start with one day per week, then work up.) Sodas can cause cravings, tooth decay, weight gain, brittle bones, and more. Diet soda is even worse. Set a goal to reduce or eliminate your soda intake. If you must drink it, save it for very special occasions.
9. Splurge on a massage (or ask your kid, you might be surprised!) Getting a massage has been said to reduce headaches, body aches, enhance the immune system, release toxins, improve digestion, reduce anxiety and even depression. Obviously, massages are part of good health, so if I have to choose between having my nails done or getting a massage, hands down the massage wins!
10. Create a menu plan for one week of dinners. Planning meals in advance instead of at the last minute will allow you time to put more thought into making a well-balanced meal. Plus, eating at home means less sodium, sugar, and unhealthy fats. If you are stumped for ideas, try using a menu service like emeals or join my online cookbook club and try out new cookbooks every month!

Find the rest of the suggestions and links here: May Detox Challenge instructions and contest
Download the May Detox Challenge Calendar!
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Using a bidet -The Potty Mouth Episode 9 of A Healthy Bite https://www.thatorganicmom.com/using-a-bidet/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:33:22 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?post_type=podcast&p=6858 Using a bidet is much more hygienic that using dry toilet paper. If you are using the adult wipes keep in mind no matter what it says on the side of the package, they should not be flushed. Yes, a wipe can be flushed, but what you don’t see is the problems they cause down the line, literally and figuratively. Using a bidet is much more hygienic that using dry toilet paper. If you are using the adult wipes keep in mind no matter what it says on the side of the package, they should not be flushed. Yes, a wipe can be flushed,

Find the ReFresh- It Bidet that Ivy and I are chatting about if you also wanna swoosh your tush!

Using a bidet is much more hygienic that using dry toilet paper. If you are using the adult wipes keep in mind no matter what it says on the side of the package, they should not be flushed. Yes, a wipe can be flushed, but what you don’t see is the problems they cause down the line, literally and figuratively.

While traveling through Japan, one thing we noticed was that the bathrooms, even in the airport had the option to rinse your booty! When it comes to bathrooms, we could take some pointers from the Japanese! The toilets there actually have everything you need to wash your booty! I read one estimate that over 70% of Japanese households currently had a bidet. After you begin using a bidet, you will find dry toilet paper and your hand almost primitive!

My first bidet was already installed in a house that I bought in Florida about 13 years ago. It was situated right next to the toilet in the master bathroom. It had temperature controls, which is better than straight cold water.

I have not come across another house for sale that had a built in bidet since that one and I’ve never seen another one in anyone’s home either. In my current home, there is not enough room to install a full-size bidet, but we installed bidets on our current toilets. The water is not warm but it’s effective. If I ever build a house or buy one with enough room, I will have a proper bidet installed again!

Because believe me, once you start using a bidet you will not want to go back to dry toilet paper again. I would also like to mention that using a bidet saves paper AND water. Yes, manufacturing toilet paper uses a ton of resources like trees, water, and energy.

Read more about why you should improve your bathroom habits.

While we're chatting about bathroom habits, make sure you are pooping efficiently!

UPDATE: July 2019 - I moved! I needed to install a new toilet seat in one of my bathrooms so I opted for a toilet seat/bidet combo and installed it myself! It only took me about 10-15 minutes to install and it works perfectly. So, if you're looking for a complete unit instead of just the bidet addition, you could try this one, as I can now say I highly recommend it!



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For podcast enthusiasts – If you already listen to p...]]> Rebecca Huff clean 12:18 Getting Kids in the Kitchen – Episode 8 – A Healthy Bite https://www.thatorganicmom.com/kids-in-kitchen/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:35:31 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?post_type=podcast&p=6815 Children deserve to be taught how to enjoy various foods and to know where they come from! So why not teach them to nourish themselves with an appreciation for the abundance of foods available to them Children deserve to be taught how to enjoy various foods and to know where they come from! So why not teach them to nourish themselves with an appreciation for the abundance of foods available to them Cooking with your kids can be fun and definitely educational!
Children deserve to be taught how to enjoy various foods and to know where they come from! So why not teach them to nourish themselves with an appreciation for the abundance of foods available to them. Let’s teach them about balance and the occasional treat.

One of the first things to make a mental note of is not to take yourself or anything too seriously! As soon as the mood turns heavy the fun ends so keep it light, chill out, and smile with your entire face!

We want our children to be able to feed themselves eventually so we want to make more than cookies and treats when we are working together in the kitchen. Try to switch it up and do as many healthy recipes as you do treats! After all, we don’t want them going to college with only the knowledge of how to make cookies, right?

Recently, my kids and I had lunch at a local Indian restaurant that had just opened. I directed my daughter’s attention to the wall with all the spices because the jars were lined up beautifully. She said, oh you mean over there with the Turmeric and Star Anise? My mouth dropped open… this eight-year-old knew her spices! So when you are cooking make sure to talk about the ingredients you are using, the techniques, and all the ins and outs and how-tos of cooking!

In addition, if you occasionally take the time to look up the nutritional content of foods it will be educational experience for both of you! For the most accurate nutrition facts I use: cronometer.com
Where to start
Start with the end in mind, it’s not a dish Instagram-worthy dish or a place on Iron Chef…. The goal is to encourage your child’s love of food, to ignite the passion for healthy living and to teach them to be able to nourish their own bodies with the building blocks of health! Not only that, but it’s possible that you will be boosting your child's self-esteem and you might end up with a kid who's excited to spend time in the kitchen with you or without you!

Assign kitchen chores such as emptying the dishwasher, putting away groceries, setting or clearing the table. When you are cooking, start your child off by allowing them to wash the vegetables or stir ingredients in a bowl. The more they hang out in the kitchen, the more they will feel comfortable being there.
First Recipes
First recipes can be simply things that need to be assembled like sandwiches, salads, or stackers. Even something simple like crackers with cheese, meat and a pickle!  When making rice, I let my children measure and rinse the rice. When we start learning knife skills they can start off by cutting soft foods like bananas and then moving on to cucumbers, etc. I let them measure wet and dry ingredients, find the right measuring spoons. Kids can easily grease and flour a baking pan, crush garlic and use a mortar and pestle for spices!

Teach them to clean up behind themselves when they are cooking. It is best if they learn the techniques for cleaning as they go. I like to start with an empty dishwasher, a sink full of soapy water, clear counters and fun music!
Messes
Prepare for messes. Children simply do not have the dexterity that you as an adult have. Try to just bite your tongue when flour gets everywhere or eggs get dropped and shells end up in the mix! As they get older, allow them to be responsible.  I’ll never forget the time my daughter used 1 cup of salt in a banana bread recipe instead of sugar. It smelled amazing but when we tasted it, I knew what happened immediately.]]>
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Sleep Like You Mean It – Episode 7 – A Healthy Bite Podcast https://www.thatorganicmom.com/sleep-like-you-mean-it-episode-7-a-healthy-bite/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:35:12 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?post_type=podcast&p=6784 Sleep like you mean it and feel energized! The March Challenge is to get excellent sleep! That's a Challenge that anyone can snuggle up to and the prizes are HUGE! Sleep like you mean it and feel energized! The March Challenge is to get excellent sleep! That's a Challenge that anyone can snuggle up to and the prizes are HUGE!
Listen to this podcast on iTunes. Also, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave a review for A Healthy Bite on iTunes! Some upcoming shows include:

* Getting Kids in the Kitchen - Episode 8
* Bathroom Talk with Ivy (Potty mouth episode!) - Episode 9

Sleep like you mean it and feel energized!
The March Challenge is to get excellent sleep! That's a Challenge that anyone can snuggle up to!

Stick to a sleep schedule – go to bed and wake up at the same time each day
Use your bed for sleep and sex only – not for work, reading or television
Create an Oasis that encourages sleep – think minimally while eliminating clutter and distraction
Create total darkness and quiet – consider using blackout curtains covering lights, using
Avoid caffeine – it may seem to help you stay awake but actually makes your sleep worse
Avoid alcohol – it helps you get to sleep but causes interruptions in sleep and poor-quality sleep
Don't eat within the three hours before bed 
Don’t exercise vigorously after dinner – it  energizes you and makes it more difficult to get to sleep
Do a brain dump – one hour before bed, write down the things that are causing you anxiety and make plans for what you might have to do the next day to reduce your worry. It will free up your mind and energy to move into deep and restful sleep
Take a warm bath with magnesium flakes or Epsom Salts.  By adding one-and-a-half to one cup of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) and one-and-a-half to one cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to your bath, you will gain the benefits of magnesium absorbed through your skin and the alkaline-balancing effects of the baking soda, both of which help with sleep
Get a massage or stretch before bed – this helps relax the body making it easier to fall asleep
Take 200 to 400 mg of magnesium before bed (we like Calm) – this relaxes the nervous system and muscles.
I have also used L-theanine (an amino acid from green tea) and melatonin with my doctors’ supervision to get more restful sleep.

Make sure to join the Sleep Challenge! Through May 1st The Bed Boss is offering my readers an exclusive 20% discount on any of their amazing mattresses using the coupon code TOM20.  So if you do need a new mattress, now is the time and The Bed Boss is the place! You won’t find coupon codes for The Bed Boss anywhere else online right now!
Read more on sleep:

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Send kids to school with a body guard – Episode 6 – A Healthy Bite https://www.thatorganicmom.com/send-kids-to-school-with-a-body-guard-episode-6-a-healthy-bite/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 13:01:48 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?post_type=podcast&p=6522 The best bodyguard for my kids was always their immune systems! Here are a few ways I made sure theirs were in top shape! The best bodyguard for my kids was always their immune systems! Here are a few ways I made sure theirs were in top shape!
The best bodyguard for superior health in my kids was always their immune systems! This podcast was pre-recorded at the beginning of February. Altogether, the school was closed for 6 school days. Thankfully, my daughter hasn't had so much as a sniffle! Here are a few ways I made sure to keep their immune systems in top shape!

Using 
elderberry syrup for colds and flu prevention and treatment.

I wrote this post about the nation's Candy Culture and why we don't partake in it.

6 Steps to Superior Health explains other steps I personally follow to stay healthy.

Kids Health boosting supplement that I used once I discovered it while treating a Candida Overgrowth a decade ago. I've used this supplement every winter since then!
Why they need a bodyguard
I hate to call it FLU season because there are four seasons, spring, summer, fall, and winter. But because these Flu viruses are more stable in cold air, and because low humidity helps the flu virus particles stay in the air longer, people call a particular time of year THE FLU SEASON...it’s usually somewhere starting around November or December and lasting through March, but sometimes as late as May… 

And of course, this lines up perfectly while kids are in school and also perfectly during several holidays with a focus on sweets. Since kids are in school more and outside less, since they are sharing pencils (spreading germs) it often occurs that a large number of students and teachers are out sick.
When mom's not looking...
I know some schools have certain rules as to what can be brought in for parties and such, but most do not. Even when they do have restrictions, they are mostly focused on avoiding foods that many kids are allergic to, not restricting sugar. I think that if schools want to stay cutting edge, they need to focus on making the cafeteria food some of the best options available.

Unfortunately, kids are probably eating sugar and processed foods without their parent's knowledge or consent, especially if they haven’t been taught to make good decisions when it comes to how what and why they should or should not eat sweets. Even small amounts of sugar may keep the immune system from functioning at its best.

Do my kids eat candy sometimes? Sure. Do they eat candy every day? Once a week? No, because I have researched and see the ill effects of eating sugar on a regular basis. I try to reserve candy for a special treat. Talking to my children about sugar and what it does to their body helps them make better decisions. Even though I receive criticism and “ribbing” about the fact that I deprive my children of this aspect of American Culture, they are happy and in addition, stay healthy all year long.

Focus on:

Reducing Stress 
Getting enough Exercise
Washing hands the right way
Gut health and probiotics

Reducing sugar and processed foods is another *key* to keeping them healthy! Cutting back on sweets includes skipping sugary snacks and excluding “fruit juice” drinks such as orange juice, apple juice, and juice blends. (yes, fruit juice can lower the immune system: we call it “soda’s evil twin.) My children do self-monitor their intake of “junk-foods” as I have made this something we disc...]]> Rebecca Huff clean 10:36 Fighting Inflammation – Episode 5 – A Healthy Bite https://www.thatorganicmom.com/fight-inflammation/ Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:14:47 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?post_type=podcast&p=6612 Inflammation can keep us from living life to the fullest. Chronic inflammation is now believed to be at the center of a some of deadly diseases. You may have chronic inflammation and not even be aware of it and by the time you find out it’s usually in the form of diabetes, osteoarthritis, alzheimers, and even some cancers. Inflammation can keep us from living life to the fullest. Chronic inflammation is now believed to be at the center of a some of deadly diseases. You may have chronic inflammation and not even be aware of it and by the time you find out it’s usually in ... What is inflammation?
Inflammation can keep us from living life to the fullest. Chronic inflammation is now believed to be at the center of a some of deadly diseases. You may have chronic inflammation and not even be aware of it and by the time you find out it’s usually in the form of diabetes, osteoarthritis, alzheimers, and even some cancers.

Fighting inflammation is a good idea for anyone, but especially those of us with chronic illness. Autoimmune diseases are typically associated with inflammation.
Show Notes:
Focus on minimally packaged foods. When you are at the grocery store practice minimalism!! Don't buy a lot of these things that are in bags and boxes. Seriously, if there are words on the label that you can’t pronounce, you probably shouldn’t be eating it. What we need to focus on is EATING real food.

If you have aches and pains you probably have some inflammation which means you need to cut way down on any types of sugar, including “healthy” sugars like coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup and especially stuff like agave.

Fiber intake is so low in America. We all need to up our intake of fiber from REAL FOODS. Surround our food with lots of greens. Sure, eat your proteins, there’s no problem with that, but you need to surround that protein with greens. Take your time to work your way up to a good portion of it. If you really can’t stand greens, try supplementing with a very good green powder.

If you aren’t staying hydrated you are depriving yourself of something your body needs to perform at optimum levels. Eating more vegetables and some fruits can help to hydrate the body.

Whole foods tend to be richer in water. But obviously, we need to drink our water! Packaged and processed foods are pretty much void of water and they’re full of extra salt and sugar and devoid of nutrients.

High sugar, low nutrients, and a dehydrated body can set the stage for inflammation to set in and triggers the immune system to work overtime. We need to change these habits one at a time.

Listen to this podcast on iTunes.
What is a podcast and how do I listen?
A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to listen and learn while you’re on the go.  To subscribe to my podcast for free, you’ll need an app to listen to the show from.

For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  This will help you to download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice.

For Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.”  

For podcast enthusiasts – If you already listen to podcasts and have a podcatcher that you prefer, the feed you’ll need to add is https://www.thatorganicmom.com/feed/podcast

For those who don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.  Or go to: https://www.thatorganicmom.com/podcast

Also, I would be so appreciative if you could leave a review for A Healthy Bite on iTunes! Simply go to the iTunes Store and search Podcasts for "A Healthy Bite" and click on Ratings and Reviews.
Some upcoming shows include:

* Sending your child to school with a bodyguard
* Eating for Energy
* Exercising for Energy
* Sleep like you mean it
* Clean like your life depends on it

So make sure to subscribe using the instructions above so you won't miss out...]]>
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Making your kitchen work for you – Episode 4 – A Healthy Bite https://www.thatorganicmom.com/kitchen-work/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:00:50 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?post_type=podcast&p=6610 Want to eat healthily but really don't enjoy being in the kitchen? Try a few changes to make your kitchen work for you! Want to eat healthily but really don't enjoy being in the kitchen? Try a few changes to make your kitchen work for you! Show notes: Making your kitchen work for you
Make your kitchen work for you with a few easy steps! What does your perfect kitchen look like?  Take some time to write down what those hopes are. Maybe like me, you want a place to socialize with your family while you are cooking. So the first step is just to imagine your perfect space.

NEXT, we need to look around and identify the items that bring us negative feelings... maybe you've had a juicer for two years that you never use and every time you look at it the sense of guilt bring you down.  Or maybe you have some junk food that you hate to be wasteful with by throwing it away but know you shouldn't eat. Whatever it is that brings you down, gather them up and donate them!

Take a look around at your counters if they clutter hides the surfaces, you won't be able to use your kitchen how we imagined back in the beginning step.

If you've ever followed any decluttering guru, you will know that horizontal spaces are not for storage. I tell my kids all the time the floor is for furniture and feet, that's it...not a place to store your stuff. But really, if your counters are clean then your kitchen is more functional, it will appear larger, and you will be more interested in getting in there with a good healthy attitude to prepare some real food meals.

Download transcripts for the complete notes by clicking the "transcripts" link under the media player bar!

Listen to this podcast on iTunes.
What is a podcast and how do I listen?
A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to listen and learn while you’re on the go.  To subscribe to my podcast for free, you’ll need an app to listen to the show from.

For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  This will help you to download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice.

For Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.”  

For podcast enthusiasts – If you already listen to podcasts and have a podcatcher that you prefer, the feed you’ll need to add is https://www.thatorganicmom.com/feed/podcast

For those who don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.  Or go to: https://www.thatorganicmom.com/podcast

Also, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave a review for A Healthy Bite on iTunes! Some upcoming shows include:

* Tips for Fighting Inflammation
* Sending your child to school with a bodyguard
* Eating for Energy
* Exercising for Energy
* Sleep like you mean it
* Clean like your life depends on it

So make sure to subscribe using the instructions above so you won't miss out on future episodes of A Healthy Bite!]]>
Rebecca Huff clean 8:51
10 Things healthy people do differently – Episode 3 – A Healthy Bite https://www.thatorganicmom.com/10-things-healthy-people-differently/ Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:17:13 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?post_type=podcast&p=6525 Ever wonder about the habits of healthy people? Here are ten things that I have noticed healthy people seem to do consistently. Ever wonder about the habits of healthy people? Here are ten things that I have noticed healthy people seem to do consistently.
Listen to this podcast on iTunes.
What is a podcast and how do I listen?
A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to listen and learn while you’re on the go.  To subscribe to my podcast for free, you’ll need an app to listen to the show from.

For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  This will help you to download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice.

For Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.”  

For podcast enthusiasts – If you already listen to podcasts and have a podcatcher that you prefer, the feed you’ll need to add is https://www.thatorganicmom.com/feed/podcast

For those who don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.  Or go to: https://www.thatorganicmom.com/podcast

Also, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave a review for A Healthy Bite on iTunes! Some upcoming shows include:

* Making your kitchen work for you
* Tips for fighting inflammation
* Sending your child to school with a bodyguard
* Eating for Energy
* Exercising for Energy
* Sleep like you mean it
* Clean like your life depends on it

So make sure to subscribe using the instructions above so you won't miss out on future episodes of A Healthy Bite!

You might also want to follow my YouTube Channel for encouraging and helpful healthful videos!]]>
Rebecca Huff clean 13:27
Stocking a Healthy Kitchen – Episode 2 – A Healthy Bite https://www.thatorganicmom.com/stocking-a-healthy-kitchen-episode-a-healthy-bite/ Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:17:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?post_type=podcast&p=6523   Today's podcast goes along with the Healthy Kitchen Challenge that kicked off February first. Find more instructions for gearing up to healthify your kitchen here. Creating a toolbox (healthy foods) to create health is the ultimate goal for our Healthy Kitchen Challenge. I have put together a Makeover Guide for those who want to get fanatical with the Healthy Kitchen Challenge which you can download for FREE. The link is at the bottom of this post. Listen to this podcast on iTunes. What is a podcast and how do I listen? A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to listen and learn while you’re on the go.  To subscribe to my podcast for free, you’ll need an app to listen to the show from. For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  This will help you to download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice. For Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.”   For podcast enthusiasts – If you already listen to podcasts and have a podcatcher that you prefer, the feed you’ll need to add is https://www.thatorganicmom.com/feed/podcast For those who don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.  Or go to: https://www.thatorganicmom.com/podcast Also, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave a review for A Healthy Bite on iTunes! Some upcoming shows include: Making your kitchen work for you Tips for fighting inflammation Sending your child to school with a bodyguard Eating for Energy Exercising for Energy Sleep like you mean it Clean like your life depends on it   - Today's podcast goes along with the Healthy Kitchen Challenge that kicked off February first. Find more instructions for gearing up to healthify your kitchen here. - Creating a toolbox (healthy foods) to create health is the ultimate goal for...


Today's podcast goes along with the Healthy Kitchen Challenge that kicked off February first. Find more instructions for gearing up to healthify your kitchen here.

Creating a toolbox (healthy foods) to create health is the ultimate goal for our Healthy Kitchen Challenge. I have put together a Makeover Guide for those who want to get fanatical with the Healthy Kitchen Challenge which you can download for FREE. The link is at the bottom of this post.

Listen to this podcast on iTunes.
What is a podcast and how do I listen?
A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to listen and learn while you’re on the go.  To subscribe to my podcast for free, you’ll need an app to listen to the show from.

For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  This will help you to download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice.

For Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.”  

For podcast enthusiasts – If you already listen to podcasts and have a podcatcher that you prefer, the feed you’ll need to add is https://www.thatorganicmom.com/feed/podcast

For those who don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.  Or go to: https://www.thatorganicmom.com/podcast

Also, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave a review for A Healthy Bite on iTunes! Some upcoming shows include:

Making your kitchen work for you
Tips for fighting inflammation
Sending your child to school with a bodyguard
Eating for Energy
Exercising for Energy
Sleep like you mean it
Clean like your life depends on it
]]>
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Tips for Raising Healthy Kids – Episode 1 – A Healthy Bite https://www.thatorganicmom.com/raising-healthy-kids/ Wed, 01 Feb 2017 11:00:53 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?post_type=podcast&p=6510 It's the little things that have a cumulative impact on our children’s health. After raising six children I have learned that some little tweaks to lifestyle can make a huge difference! Expect the unexpected Sleep in the dark limit screen time at night Let them play in the dirt Born to Run Toxin overload A little change in your child's bath Avoid labeling your child Using food bridges Be your kids' role model Make the most of meal-time Stop being a short-order cook Choose smart snacks Make food fun Create food that tastes good Be patient Bring back soup and salad Listen to this podcast on iTunes. What is a podcast and how do I listen? A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to listen and learn while you’re on the go.  To subscribe to my podcast for free, you’ll need an app from which to listen to the show. For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  This will help you to download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice. Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.” Podcast enthusiasts – If you already listen to podcasts and have a podcatcher that you prefer, the feed you’ll need to add is https://www.thatorganicmom.com/feed/podcast Don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.  Or go to https://www.thatorganicmom.com/podcast Also, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave a review for A Healthy Bite on iTunes! It's the little things that have a cumulative impact on our children’s health. - After raising six children I have learned that some little tweaks to lifestyle can make a huge difference! Expect the unexpected Sleep in the dark -
After raising six children I have learned that some little tweaks to lifestyle can make a huge difference!

* Expect the unexpected
* Sleep in the dark

* limit screen time at night


* Let them play in the dirt
* Born to Run
* Toxin overload
* A little change in your child's bath
* Avoid labeling your child
* Using food bridges
* Be your kids' role model
* Make the most of meal-time
* Stop being a short-order cook
* Choose smart snacks
* Make food fun
* Create food that tastes good
* Be patient
* Bring back soup and salad

Listen to this podcast on iTunes.
What is a podcast and how do I listen?
A podcast is a free downloadable audio show that enables you to listen and learn while you’re on the go.  To subscribe to my podcast for free, you’ll need an app from which to listen to the show.

For iPhone/iPad/iPod listeners – Grab your phone or device and go to the iTunes store and search “A Healthy Bite.”  This will help you to download the free Podcasts App (produced by Apple) and then subscribe to the show from within that app.  Every time I create a new episode, you’ll get it downloaded right on your iDevice.

Android listeners – Download the Stitcher Radio app (free) and search for “A Healthy Bite.”

Podcast enthusiasts – If you already listen to podcasts and have a podcatcher that you prefer, the feed you’ll need to add is https://www.thatorganicmom.com/feed/podcast

Don’t have a mobile device – You can always listen to the show by clicking the audio file at the top of this page.  Or go to https://www.thatorganicmom.com/podcast

Also, it would mean a lot to me if you could leave a review for A Healthy Bite on iTunes!]]>
Rebecca Huff clean 25:09