A Healthy Bite - ThatOrganicMom https://www.thatorganicmom.com/blog/ A Healthy Bite is a podcast for people on the go. You’ll get bite-sized bits of healthy motivation to keep you on the track with your healthy living habits! We will talk about everything from sleep to bathroom habits! Tue, 07 Jul 2020 23:00:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 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/ TV-G Impact on Health Due to Domestic Abuse on the Rise During Covid 19 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/domestic-abuse-on-the-rise-during-covid-19/ Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:28:35 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=18901 All forms of domestic abuse impact health and well-being Domestic abuse is on the rise in 2020. Physical abuse is an obvious risk to health and well-being, not to mention the very life of the abused. Emotional abuse is detrimental to the mental health of the abused. Of course, domestic abuse can also impact physical health. Many times emotional abuse precedes physical abuse. Being abused makes it much more likely for psychological and physical illnesses to occur. Anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, impact mental health. Moreover, the general deterioration of health due to stress are all risks that a victim of abuse may face. Abuse can lead to lower self-esteem or even alcohol and drug dependency. As a result, the mental and physical health of the abused is also under attack. Mandatory lockdowns to flatten the curve of COVID-19 have, unfortunately, created a new problem for people who experience abuse. The problem? Being trapped at home with their abuser. Appointments, errands, and other trips outside the home may be a momentary escape for the abused. During the pandemic, these outings are likely not happening. According to reports, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is reporting an ever-increasing number of calls. In New York, officials are working to increase the number of resources available to the abused. Finding Your Voice Mannette Morgan is on a mission to stop the cycle of abuse within our society, an enormous undertaking. In fact, she dreams of a society that is free from abuse. To attain this, we need to step up and face the reality of abuse within our society, communities, and even within our own families. Burying our heads in the sand or sweeping abuse under the carpet isn't the answer. This is why Mannette is my guest in today's podcast episode shedding light on domestic abuse. You can listen to this episode by using the player above or by going anywhere podcasts are available. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. If you are looking for help from an abusive situation, look for resources on Mannette's website, which includes all the organizations and resources she mentions in this episode. As Mannette mentions, she answers the emails of readers looking for help. In addition, for questions on abuse take a look at this Help Guide. Mannette would also like to encourage you with her ABCs for Life, which is a free download on her website; you don't even have to enter your email. If you’re experiencing abuse or partner violence and need help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or you can chat with an advocate on their website.  In conclusion, if you are a friend of someone who is being abused, please be careful in sharing resources as they may be "monitored" by their abuser. Texts, emails, and browsing history could be a source of fuel for the abuser that leads to more abuse. In other words, when reaching out to encourage, be careful not to hurt someone who is hurting. About the author: Mannette Morgan Mannette Morgan is an inspirational speaker, author, and abuse survivor who inspires others to rise above adversity and strive for a better life. After 30 years of intense self-work, she overcame her past trauma of emotional, sexual, and physical abuse, along with powering through the limitations of her learning disability, dyslexia. A life coach certified through the Academy of Solution Focus Training and the American University of NLP, she is a powerful, inspirational speaker and the author of Finding Your Voice. Visit MannetteMorgan.com for more information. Sources: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/New-York-to-revamp-domestic-violence-resources-as-15339246.php All forms of domestic abuse impact health and well-being Domestic abuse is on the rise in 2020. Physical abuse is an obvious risk to health and well-being, not to mention the very life of the abused. Emotional abuse is detrimental to the mental health... Domestic abuse is on the rise in 2020. Physical abuse is an obvious risk to health and well-being, not to mention the very life of the abused. Emotional abuse is detrimental to the mental health of the abused. Of course, domestic abuse can also impact physical health. Many times emotional abuse precedes physical abuse.

Being abused makes it much more likely for psychological and physical illnesses to occur. Anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, impact mental health. Moreover, the general deterioration of health due to stress are all risks that a victim of abuse may face. Abuse can lead to lower self-esteem or even alcohol and drug dependency. As a result, the mental and physical health of the abused is also under attack.

Mandatory lockdowns to flatten the curve of COVID-19 have, unfortunately, created a new problem for people who experience abuse. The problem? Being trapped at home with their abuser. Appointments, errands, and other trips outside the home may be a momentary escape for the abused. During the pandemic, these outings are likely not happening.

According to reports, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is reporting an ever-increasing number of calls. In New York, officials are working to increase the number of resources available to the abused.


Finding Your Voice
Mannette Morgan is on a mission to stop the cycle of abuse within our society, an enormous undertaking. In fact, she dreams of a society that is free from abuse.
To attain this, we need to step up and face the reality of abuse within our society, communities, and even within our own families. Burying our heads in the sand or sweeping abuse under the carpet isn't the answer.
This is why Mannette is my guest in today's podcast episode shedding light on domestic abuse. You can listen to this episode by using the player above or by going anywhere podcasts are available.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911. If you are looking for help from an abusive situation, look for resources on Mannette's website, which includes all the organizations and resources she mentions in this episode. As Mannette mentions, she answers the emails of readers looking for help.

In addition, for questions on abuse take a look at this Help Guide. Mannette would also like to encourage you with her ABCs for Life, which is a free download on her website; you don't even have to enter your email.



If you’re experiencing abuse or partner violence and need help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or you can chat with an advocate on their website

In conclusion, if you are a friend of someone who is being abused, please be careful in sharing resources as they may be "monitored" by their abuser. Texts, emails, and browsing history could be a source of fuel for the abuser that leads to more abuse. In other words, when reaching out to encourage, be careful not to hurt someone who is hurting.
About the author: Mannette Morgan
Mannette Morgan is an inspirational speaker, author, and abuse survivor who inspires others to rise above adversity and strive for a better life. After 30 years of intense self-work,]]>
Rebecca Huff 31:22
Not Losing Weight on Keto Could Be Due to One of These Hindrances https://www.thatorganicmom.com/not-losing-weight-on-keto/ Mon, 15 Jun 2020 11:07:33 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=18684 Not losing weight on Keto? You're following a Ketogenic diet and suddenly find your weight loss has stalled. What's the cause? Today I have Jessica Ancaya, from Holistic Keto Goddess here to answer all your questions about why you're not losing weight on keto and some unusual areas that might be blocking the path to success. "Unexpected areas that might hinder weight loss" is the topic of today's podcast episode which you can listen to in the player above or on iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify! What would we find in a Ketogenic Pantry? The first thing you should realize before beginning a keto diet is to feel good; you have to eat well! For your mitochondria to function at their best, you have to give them fuel. I am going to go through a rundown of what a holistic keto goddess should keep in her pantry. The foods that I will mention have so many benefits, both physically and mentally. Keto Pantry What is Ketotarian and do you follow that type of Ketogenic diet? Too much protein or cheese can be another reason why you are not losing weight on keto. In 2018, Dr. Will Cole wrote the book titled the Ketotarian. In his work, his objective was to show a clear path of exactly how to use food as medicine and optimize every system in your body 1. Using a noun, he defined Ketotarian as a ketogenic plant-based rock star! When analyzing the word as an adjective, Ketotarian is the amalgamation of delicious healthy fats and vegetable meals to optimize your metabolism, brain, hormones, and overall health. Merging the Gap Between Keto and Vegetarian More information on the Ketotarian lifestyle can be found in Dr. Will Cole’s book Keto-tarian. Jessica's Ketotarian menu plan for one full week of healthy low-carb, high-fat meals is a great way to start of the ketogenic diet or to move you through a weight-loss stall. A vegan diet can create nutrient deficiencies but following Keto-tarian, eating more fish and less red meat can help with the B12 factor. Cycling Carbs - How do you do it and how often? If you are healthy, it may be of benefit your body to go ahead and increase your net carbs to a few times per week. Especially since there are certain complex carbs( not on the keto diet) that have beneficial nutrients for our body. This article will highlight the six things you should know about carb cycling on keto and will increase your confidence about going keto. What You Should Know About Carb Cycling Adding too many carbs to your diet and not watching your portion control can also be a factor that can prevent or stall weight-loss. Intermittent Fasting - What is it? Who will it benefit and who should not do it? Consider intermittent fasting if you are not losing weight on keto, but only if you are in good health! Intermittent fasting gives your body a break from digestion and is a wonderful tool for improving health, healing mitochondria. Check with your doctor if you are pregnant, have adrenal fatigue, or another health condition. Some diabetics can use intermittent fasting but it’s always best to check with your health care provider. For those with adrenal fatigue, we recommend the book by Dr. Jason Fung - The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting. Read Intermittent Fasting Benefits - Which should I start first IF or Keto or is it best to start at the same time? Jessica recommends starting with the Ketogenic diet before adding IF. Maria Emmerich's book The Keto Cleanse is the book I (Rebecca) used to kick-start my ketogenic diet a few years ago. I found that ditching dairy really made a difference in how quickly I could lose weight. Eating too much protein or cheese can kick you out of ketosis. When you eat too much protein it can convert or react similarly to eating carbohydrates, especially when you eat more protein than your body requires. Calculate your protein requirements using the formula in this post. Not losing weight on Keto? You're following a Ketogenic diet and suddenly find your weight loss has stalled. What's the cause? Today I have Jessica Ancaya, from Holistic Keto Goddess here to answer all your questions about why you're not losing weight... You're following a Ketogenic diet and suddenly find your weight loss has stalled. What's the cause? Today I have Jessica Ancaya, from Holistic Keto Goddess here to answer all your questions about why you're not losing weight on keto and some unusual areas that might be blocking the path to success.

"Unexpected areas that might hinder weight loss" is the topic of today's podcast episode which you can listen to in the player above or on iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify!
What would we find in a Ketogenic Pantry?
The first thing you should realize before beginning a keto diet is to feel good; you have to eat well! For your mitochondria to function at their best, you have to give them fuel. I am going to go through a rundown of what a holistic keto goddess should keep in her pantry. The foods that I will mention have so many benefits, both physically and mentally. Keto Pantry

What is Ketotarian and do you follow that type of Ketogenic diet?
Too much protein or cheese can be another reason why you are not losing weight on keto.
In 2018, Dr. Will Cole wrote the book titled the Ketotarian. In his work, his objective was to show a clear path of exactly how to use food as medicine and optimize every system in your body 1. Using a noun, he defined Ketotarian as a ketogenic plant-based rock star! When analyzing the word as an adjective, Ketotarian is the amalgamation of delicious healthy fats and vegetable meals to optimize your metabolism, brain, hormones, and overall health. Merging the Gap Between Keto and Vegetarian


More information on the Ketotarian lifestyle can be found in Dr. Will Cole’s book Keto-tarian. Jessica's Ketotarian menu plan for one full week of healthy low-carb, high-fat meals is a great way to start of the ketogenic diet or to move you through a weight-loss stall. A vegan diet can create nutrient deficiencies but following Keto-tarian, eating more fish and less red meat can help with the B12 factor.
Cycling Carbs - How do you do it and how often?
If you are healthy, it may be of benefit your body to go ahead and increase your net carbs to a few times per week. Especially since there are certain complex carbs( not on the keto diet) that have beneficial nutrients for our body. This article will highlight the six things you should know about carb cycling on keto and will increase your confidence about going keto. What You Should Know About Carb Cycling
Adding too many carbs to your diet and not watching your portion control can also be a factor that can prevent or stall weight-loss.
Intermittent Fasting - What is it? Who will it benefit and who should not do it?
Consider intermittent fasting if you are not losing weight on keto, but only if you are in good health!
Intermittent fasting gives your body a break from digestion and is a wonderful tool for improving health, healing mitochondria. Check with your doctor if you are pregnant, have adrenal fatigue, or another health condition.]]>
Rebecca Huff 39:25
Childhood Nutrition Tips and Strategies with Jackie Vega https://www.thatorganicmom.com/childhood-nutrition/ Mon, 08 Jun 2020 11:30:30 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=18451 Childhood nutrition is essential for growth and development as well as to prevent illness and disease. You want to prepare healthy meals and snacks for your kids but between finding the time and choosing foods they'll eat it can be overwhelming. For the last 29 years, I've tried every technique to provide a well-balanced diet for my six children and I've collected lots of great strategies. Still, I feel like there's always more to learn. Today, Jackie Vega, a registered dietician, and blogger is here to share some of her best tips on childhood nutrition. Listen to the podcast episode using the player above or using your favorite podcast players such as iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify. Healthy sleep and healthy eating habits complement each other. The food you eat can have an impact on your sleep patterns and the hours of sleep you are getting or losing. Likewise, the quality and amount of sleep you are getting will impact on your food intake. - The Wellness Solution One tip Jackie mentioned during this episode reminded me of charcuterie, with shrimp cocktail, cut vegetables, cheese, meat, pickles, olives, and other whole foods. My children also enjoy having a spread of foods to graze on during movie night, game night, or other gatherings. She also mentioned pizza and I think this is a good way to get kids to eat a small number of vegetables with their pepperoni. Don't be afraid to add a few bell peppers to that pepperoni pizza! Jackie also shares with us a few tips on other pillars of health, because food is only one part of a healthy lifestyle. Sleep, nutrition, movement, and limiting screentime are four factors that parents must monitor carefully for keeping kids mentally and physically healthy. More Tips for Childhood Nutrition Jackie has so much helpful information on health and nutrition on The Wellness Solution! Here are a few resources related to this podcast episode: Healthy Habits and Foods that Help You Sleep Great podcast about behavioral changes regarding nutrition and the family. Jackie's podcast episode about healthy kids. Meal Prep for busy moms Find Jackie on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and her second Instagram account. Jackie Vega a licensed, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in private practice in south Florida specializing in recipe development, meal planning, fitness consulting, integrating personal lifestyles into individualized programming. She has more than 7 years of experience. Her areas of expertise include women's health and pediatrics. She is the owner of The Wellness Solution, a personal fitness and wellness blog. Jackie graduated with a BS in Dietetics from KSU and completed her internship at ISU. She is currently a recipient of Arizona State University Medical Nutrition Masters program. She also completed a personal training program from the American Council on Exercise. Childhood nutrition is essential for growth and development as well as to prevent illness and disease. You want to prepare healthy meals and snacks for your kids but between finding the time and choosing foods they'll eat it can be overwhelming. -
For the last 29 years, I've tried every technique to provide a well-balanced diet for my six children and I've collected lots of great strategies. Still, I feel like there's always more to learn. Today, Jackie Vega, a registered dietician, and blogger is here to share some of her best tips on childhood nutrition.

Listen to the podcast episode using the player above or using your favorite podcast players such as iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify.
Healthy sleep and healthy eating habits complement each other. The food you eat can have an impact on your sleep patterns and the hours of sleep you are getting or losing. Likewise, the quality and amount of sleep you are getting will impact on your food intake. - The Wellness Solution
One tip Jackie mentioned during this episode reminded me of charcuterie, with shrimp cocktail, cut vegetables, cheese, meat, pickles, olives, and other whole foods. My children also enjoy having a spread of foods to graze on during movie night, game night, or other gatherings.

She also mentioned pizza and I think this is a good way to get kids to eat a small number of vegetables with their pepperoni. Don't be afraid to add a few bell peppers to that pepperoni pizza!



Jackie also shares with us a few tips on other pillars of health, because food is only one part of a healthy lifestyle. Sleep, nutrition, movement, and limiting screentime are four factors that parents must monitor carefully for keeping kids mentally and physically healthy.
More Tips for Childhood Nutrition
Jackie has so much helpful information on health and nutrition on The Wellness Solution! Here are a few resources related to this podcast episode:

* Healthy Habits and Foods that Help You Sleep
* Great podcast about behavioral changes regarding nutrition and the family.
* Jackie's podcast episode about healthy kids.
* Meal Prep for busy moms

Find Jackie on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and her second Instagram account.



Jackie Vega a licensed, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in private practice in south Florida specializing in recipe development, meal planning, fitness consulting, integrating personal lifestyles into individualized programming. She has more than 7 years of experience.

Her areas of expertise include women's health and pediatrics.]]>
Rebecca Huff 37:54
Don’t Make this Common Mistake at Breakfast https://www.thatorganicmom.com/breakfast-mistake/ Mon, 01 Jun 2020 20:49:34 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=18328 Where are you when it comes to breakfast? Are you eating a meal fit for a King or do you skip breakfast altogether? No matter where you fall on this spectrum, one thing is for sure; traditional breakfast foods like cereal and pastries are not the healthiest choice. By far one of the biggest mistakes with breakfast is eating typical breakfast foods. So many of these are over-processed and sugar-laden. I’m talking about the standard American breakfast of waffles, cereal, toast, muffins, bagels, and fast food sandwiches, which are by far some of the worst choices you can put on your plate. Eating a high carb breakfast is basically creating metabolic disasters all day. In turn, these metabolic disasters create excess body fat and diseases related to obesity. Many experts do stress the need for more protein but forget to warn folks of eating too many carbs. Research has shown that starting the day with high-quality protein sources can improve anxiety disorders, in addition to other benefits. - Replace High Carb Breakfasts to Feel Energized Most people consume enough protein at dinner but need to increase their protein intake at breakfast. By the way, if you enjoy eating carbohydrates at breakfast, try complex carbs like beans, here's a delicious option: Energizing Breakfast Taco. Other resources related to this podcast episode: Avoid insulin resistance at all costs; check out 14 Things We Do to Lower the Risk of Metabolic Syndrome Avoiding childhood obesity Keeping Kids Healthy and Preventing Childhood Obesity How to Teach Kids About Healthy Eating Without Food & Body-Shaming Download Step 2 Make the Most of Breakfast Read more about and join the Tasty Bite Cookbook Club here. Make some delicious turkey breakfast sausage How his diabetes diagnosis led to the creation of a low carb cereal If you can't give up your bowl of breakfast cereal, try this low-carb cereal instead of the sugar-filled variety in the supermarket. Where are you when it comes to breakfast? Are you eating a meal fit for a King or do you skip breakfast altogether? No matter where you fall on this spectrum, one thing is for sure; traditional breakfast foods like cereal and pastries are not the healt... By far one of the biggest mistakes with breakfast is eating typical breakfast foods. So many of these are over-processed and sugar-laden. I’m talking about the standard American breakfast of waffles, cereal, toast, muffins, bagels, and fast food sandwiches, which are by far some of the worst choices you can put on your plate. Eating a high carb breakfast is basically creating metabolic disasters all day. In turn, these metabolic disasters create excess body fat and diseases related to obesity. Many experts do stress the need for more protein but forget to warn folks of eating too many carbs. Research has shown that starting the day with high-quality protein sources can improve anxiety disorders, in addition to other benefits. - Replace High Carb Breakfasts to Feel Energized
Most people consume enough protein at dinner but need to increase their protein intake at breakfast. By the way, if you enjoy eating carbohydrates at breakfast, try complex carbs like beans, here's a delicious option: Energizing Breakfast Taco.
Other resources related to this podcast episode:

* Avoid insulin resistance at all costs; check out 14 Things We Do to Lower the Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
* Avoiding childhood obesity Keeping Kids Healthy and Preventing Childhood Obesity
* How to Teach Kids About Healthy Eating Without Food & Body-Shaming
* Download Step 2 Make the Most of Breakfast
* Read more about and join the Tasty Bite Cookbook Club here.
* Make some delicious turkey breakfast sausage
* How his diabetes diagnosis led to the creation of a low carb cereal

If you can't give up your bowl of breakfast cereal, try this low-carb cereal instead of the sugar-filled variety in the supermarket.]]>
Rebecca Huff 15:16
Her Daughter’s Bedtime Struggles Taught this Mother to Slow Down https://www.thatorganicmom.com/terah-boyd/ Tue, 26 May 2020 11:51:55 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=18305 This podcast struck a chord for me as a mom and you may experience a similar feeling as you listen to this episode. Your child may have had difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep or experienced anxiety at bedtime and you know how exhausting that can be for the entire family. Even if bedtime has been smooth sailing, you will relate to the struggles many moms face; that is, being more present when our children need us. Author Terah Boyd was struggling through a difficult time with her family. Out of the blue, her two-year-old daughter began having severe anxiety at bedtime. Forcing the toddler to comply quickly turned to misery. After a year of difficulties, this mom slowed down, took a look at herself, and found the answers. Later, her daughter was diagnosed with Autism and being neuro-diverse. Learning to be Present In this episode of a Healthy Bite, Terah shares these answers with parents and children—particularly those in the Autism community—through her new book, Showdown At High Moon: Queen Takes a Stand. Society has created such a high standard, and most parents feel pressured to adhere. We are always rushing to keep up and stay on point, so we appear to be the perfect family. Often when we feel stressed, we go on autopilot as a coping mechanism. But when parents zone out, we can miss glaring or subtle signs that something is amiss with our kids. They may need extra attention, or they may be missing milestones and need professional help. Terah was able to connect with her daughter by slowing down and truly paying attention to her daughter, setting her standards and ignoring critics, and entering a guilt-free zone. By doing these things, Terah set them both on a path for happier, healthier lives. One night in the middle of a melt-down, I just started singing to her, I made up a lullaby right there on the spot. She responded well to it; we started singing it together every night; she would even sing it sometimes during the day. I could see it was calming to her. It was something to hold on to; I don't think she felt she had that before. We need to encourage our children to be confident and talk to their parents about their fears. And for children with Autism, we need to see the child before the diagnosis. Showdown At High Moon includes the lullaby lyrics. Terah also recorded the lullaby so parents and children can use it as a comforting tool alongside this endearing story. As I listened to this song, chills covered my arms as it completely took me back to my years as a young mother, putting my babies to bed. There were several lullaby albums that I listened to with my children and songs I sang to them. This song would have definitely been added to my collection. Listening to Terah's soothing voice, I could feel how much heart she put into this lullaby and felt an immediate connection to her in the sphere of motherhood. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Also, as a mother who is way past the bedtime struggles stage, and as one who has children on the spectrum, I can say that this phase of motherhood doesn't last forever and the goal of being present is one that is worth pursuing. About Terah Boyd Sparking growth and maturity in people's lives, Terah Boyd is an Autism Awareness Ambassador, Psalmist/ Inspirational Speaker, singer, and author. Two of her three children are on the Autism spectrum, and her daughter is also neuro-diverse. Terah uses every opportunity to advocate for children with enhanced needs, especially when it comes to education. There desperately needs to be a reform of the educational system when it comes to options given to those who think differently than us. It is also so important to support mothers of those amazing kids. She offers advice on managing the many many challenges that come with parenting a child who requires more than average at her website www.terahboyd.com. You can listen to Terah's music on Spotify. About the Book: This podcast struck a chord for me as a mom and you may experience a similar feeling as you listen to this episode. Your child may have had difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep or experienced anxiety at bedtime and you know how exhausting that c...
Author Terah Boyd was struggling through a difficult time with her family. Out of the blue, her two-year-old daughter began having severe anxiety at bedtime. Forcing the toddler to comply quickly turned to misery. After a year of difficulties, this mom slowed down, took a look at herself, and found the answers. Later, her daughter was diagnosed with Autism and being neuro-diverse.
Learning to be Present
In this episode of a Healthy Bite, Terah shares these answers with parents and children—particularly those in the Autism community—through her new book, Showdown At High Moon: Queen Takes a Stand.
Society has created such a high standard, and most parents feel pressured to adhere. We are always rushing to keep up and stay on point, so we appear to be the perfect family. Often when we feel stressed, we go on autopilot as a coping mechanism. But when parents zone out, we can miss glaring or subtle signs that something is amiss with our kids. They may need extra attention, or they may be missing milestones and need professional help.
Terah was able to connect with her daughter by slowing down and truly paying attention to her daughter, setting her standards and ignoring critics, and entering a guilt-free zone. By doing these things, Terah set them both on a path for happier, healthier lives.
One night in the middle of a melt-down, I just started singing to her, I made up a lullaby right there on the spot. She responded well to it; we started singing it together every night; she would even sing it sometimes during the day. I could see it was calming to her. It was something to hold on to; I don't think she felt she had that before. We need to encourage our children to be confident and talk to their parents about their fears. And for children with Autism, we need to see the child before the diagnosis.


Showdown At High Moon includes the lullaby lyrics. Terah also recorded the lullaby so parents and children can use it as a comforting tool alongside this endearing story.

As I listened to this song, chills covered my arms as it completely took me back to my years as a young mother, putting my babies to bed. There were several lullaby albums that I listened to with my children and songs I sang to them. This song would have definitely been added to my collection.

Listening to Terah's soothing voice, I could feel how much heart she put into this lullaby and felt an immediate connection to her in the sphere of motherhood. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. Also, as a mother who is way past the bedtime struggles stage, and as one who has children on the spectrum, I can say that this phase of motherhood doesn't last forever and the goal of being present is one that is worth pursuing.


About Terah Boyd
Sparking growth and maturity in people's lives, Terah Boyd is an Autism Awareness Ambassador, Psalmist/ Inspirational Speaker, singer, and author. Two of her three children are on the Autism spectrum, and her daughter is also neuro-diverse.



Terah uses every opportunity to advocate for children with enhanced needs, especially when it comes to education. There desperately needs to be a reform of the educational system when it comes to options given to those who think differently than us. It is also so important to support mothers of those amazing kid...]]>
Rebecca Huff 27:24
Happiness Hacks from Top Experts Plus Cheat Sheet https://www.thatorganicmom.com/happiness-hacks-from-top-experts-plus-cheat-sheet/ Mon, 11 May 2020 13:20:11 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=18184 If you are struggling with unhappiness, one thing is for sure; you are not alone. A quick internet search will yield 8 billion results. With all this information available at our fingertips, why are so many of us still searching for happiness? I've spent a significant amount of time pursuing happiness. One thing I have discovered is that some of us are simply comfortable with our unhappiness. Over the years it has become our security blanket. We may even self-sabotage, recreate scenarios, or replay old scripts that keep us in that familiar unhappy pattern. We identify with it. The act of choosing to be happy may itself be a source of anxiety because anything unfamiliar is also uncomfortable. Allowing oneself to experience happiness may also stir up feelings of guilt; perhaps feeling that we don't deserve to be happy. Trusting that happiness will stick around may feel like risky business. The bright side You can train yourself to be happy. Here's one example: you wake up ready to enjoy the weekend but when you pull back the curtains all you see is a gloomy, rainy day. For many people, the first instinct would be to feel as if the weekend were ruined. What if, instead, you decided to grab a blanket, a cup of hot tea, and a book and curl up on the sofa listening to the rain? It's all about perspective. [Tweet "The pursuit of happiness is forged on the battlefield of the mind. - Gary Rogers"] So, for today's "Healthy Bite", I've asked top experts to share their best happiness hack with you. You can listen to this podcast episode in the player at the top of this page, or you can listen on Spotify, iTunes, or Stitcher. Two Steps to Being Happy The very first person I asked was David Essel, and of course, he hit a home run with this response: Stop complaining. Seriously that's it. Unless you're complaining to a professional or one very close friend, check out how many times that you complain, gossip, bitch about the pandemic, the administration, the scientist. One of the greatest ways to become happy is to do what's called "emotional regulation. " A fancy term for, you have control over what you say, what you think, what you do. Emotional regulation says that we acknowledge a block to our happiness is our engagement with people who are conspiracy theorists, gossipers, negative in nature…and if we want to be happy, there are two steps to follow. Number 1. Stop complaining. Entirely. Now that might mean you have to cut out social media, the media, news, etc. Do whatever you have to do to quit complaining. Number two. Surround yourself with people that are better than you. This is a stretch for many of us. Make sure in your circle you have someone who is more successful financially, has a better body, a better relationship, a deeper connection to God… And by involving yourself with these types of people you will find happiness. Hear the episode with David Essel: You Need to Know: Social Inclusion Starts from the Top Down For more information visit talkDavid.com. Sign up for "David Essel's motivational minute," free; every Tuesday and Thursday, you'll get an inspirational video to bring your life to the next level. Everything is at www.talkdavid.com David Essel, Counselor, Life and Business Coach, Success, Relationships, Marriage, Addiction Recovery, Speaker, Author, TV/Radio Host Trust your Intuition A favorite author in the field of psychiatry is Jill Sylvester. Not only did she write "Trust Your Intuition: 100 Ways to Transform Anxiety and Depression for Stronger Mental Health; she also wrote a novel, Land of Blue, a coming-of-age fantasy novel that takes readers young and old on a fascinating journey of the power of friendship, the love of family and ultimately, the choice to overcome darkness. As soon as the wave hits, the one that threatens to consume with all of negativity and uncertainty, I sit in it for a second, in order to feel it, and not deny it, and then I take a big, If you are struggling with unhappiness, one thing is for sure; you are not alone. A quick internet search will yield 8 billion results. - With all this information available at our fingertips, why are so many of us still searching for happiness? -
With all this information available at our fingertips, why are so many of us still searching for happiness?

I've spent a significant amount of time pursuing happiness. One thing I have discovered is that some of us are simply comfortable with our unhappiness. Over the years it has become our security blanket.

We may even self-sabotage, recreate scenarios, or replay old scripts that keep us in that familiar unhappy pattern. We identify with it.

The act of choosing to be happy may itself be a source of anxiety because anything unfamiliar is also uncomfortable. Allowing oneself to experience happiness may also stir up feelings of guilt; perhaps feeling that we don't deserve to be happy. Trusting that happiness will stick around may feel like risky business.
The bright side
You can train yourself to be happy. Here's one example: you wake up ready to enjoy the weekend but when you pull back the curtains all you see is a gloomy, rainy day. For many people, the first instinct would be to feel as if the weekend were ruined. What if, instead, you decided to grab a blanket, a cup of hot tea, and a book and curl up on the sofa listening to the rain?

It's all about perspective.

[Tweet "The pursuit of happiness is forged on the battlefield of the mind. - Gary Rogers"]

So, for today's "Healthy Bite", I've asked top experts to share their best happiness hack with you. You can listen to this podcast episode in the player at the top of this page, or you can listen on Spotify, iTunes, or Stitcher.


Two Steps to Being Happy
The very first person I asked was David Essel, and of course, he hit a home run with this response:
Stop complaining. Seriously that's it. Unless you're complaining to a professional or one very close friend, check out how many times that you complain, gossip, bitch about the pandemic, the administration, the scientist. One of the greatest ways to become happy is to do what's called "emotional regulation. "

A fancy term for, you have control over what you say, what you think, what you do. Emotional regulation says that we acknowledge a block to our happiness is our engagement with people who are conspiracy theorists, gossipers, negative in nature…and if we want to be happy, there are two steps to follow.

Number 1. Stop complaining. Entirely. Now that might mean you have to cut out social media, the media, news, etc. Do whatever you have to do to quit complaining.

Number two. Surround yourself with people that are better than you. This is a stretch for many of us. Make sure in your circle you have someone who is more successful financially, has a better body, a better relationship, a deeper connection to God… And by involving yourself with these types of people you will find happiness.
Hear the episode with David Essel: You Need to Know: Social Inclusion Starts from the Top Down

For more information visit talkDavid.com. Sign up for "David Essel's motivational minute," free; every Tuesday and Thursday, you'll get an inspirational video to bring your life to the next level. Everything is at www.talkdavid.com

David Essel, Counselor, Life and Business Coach, Success, Relationships, Marriage, Addiction Recovery, Speaker, Author, TV/Radio Host
Trust your Intuition
A favorite author in the field of psychiatry is Jill Sylvester. Not only did she write "
Rebecca Huff 27:19
From Motherhood to Menopause – Seasons of Sisters https://www.thatorganicmom.com/motherhood-to-menopause/ Mon, 04 May 2020 12:45:04 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=18034 Hey, new mom, you're going to want to watch the video of this podcast to see the "welcome to motherhood" unboxing. Part two with Seasons of Sisters founder, Shannon Covel is all about womanhood, from motherhood to menopause. The first episode was a "welcome to womanhood" and a little advice about talking with daughters about their first period. As a mother and grandmother, Shannon has had many years of experience in every stage of womanhood. She enjoys helping other women with her extensive knowledge of herbs and techniques for making every season more comfortable. Listen to this podcast by using the player at the top of this page, or you can subscribe to A Healthy Bite on iTunes, for Android devices, subscribe on Stitcher, or you can even listen on Spotify! Welcome to Motherhood If you prefer to watch the conversation and see the unboxing, it is also available as a video version. The Welcome to Motherhood box is a wonderful gift idea for an expectant mother, whether it's her first or fifth! Every delivery is a reason to celebrate, and every mom deserves to be pampered after childbirth. Five years ago, Amanda from Baby Bundle and I got together to make a few videos with tips for new moms. She gave us a lot of good information for mothers from conception through delivery. Menopause and beyond Shannon is working on a subscription box for women experiencing menopause symptoms, so be on the lookout for it in the future. At my age, I'm learning to cope with Menopause Symptoms with a little help from my friends and medical practitioners.  For hot flashes, I use a hydroponic mattress pad that can go as low as 55 degrees Farenheight! Getting enough sleep, eating right, and incorporating the right form of exercise for your personal needs will give you a good foundation for a smooth menopause season. Even when we are doing all the things to maintain health, this can be a trying season. We recommend working with a holistic practitioner to keep your body in balance and who can direct you to natural solutions for menopausal symptoms. You might also like: Healthier menstrual choices for you and the environment Hey, new mom, you're going to want to watch the video of this podcast to see the "welcome to motherhood" unboxing. Part two with Seasons of Sisters founder, Shannon Covel is all about womanhood, from motherhood to menopause. welcome to motherhood" unboxing. Part two with Seasons of Sisters founder, Shannon Covel is all about womanhood, from motherhood to menopause. The first episode was a "welcome to womanhood" and a little advice about talking with daughters about their first period.

As a mother and grandmother, Shannon has had many years of experience in every stage of womanhood. She enjoys helping other women with her extensive knowledge of herbs and techniques for making every season more comfortable.

Listen to this podcast by using the player at the top of this page, or you can subscribe to A Healthy Bite on iTunes, for Android devices, subscribe on Stitcher, or you can even listen on Spotify!
Welcome to Motherhood
If you prefer to watch the conversation and see the unboxing, it is also available as a video version. The Welcome to Motherhood box is a wonderful gift idea for an expectant mother, whether it's her first or fifth! Every delivery is a reason to celebrate, and every mom deserves to be pampered after childbirth.



Five years ago, Amanda from Baby Bundle and I got together to make a few videos with tips for new moms. She gave us a lot of good information for mothers from conception through delivery.
Menopause and beyond
Shannon is working on a subscription box for women experiencing menopause symptoms, so be on the lookout for it in the future.

At my age, I'm learning to cope with Menopause Symptoms with a little help from my friends and medical practitioners.  For hot flashes, I use a hydroponic mattress pad that can go as low as 55 degrees Farenheight! Getting enough sleep, eating right, and incorporating the right form of exercise for your personal needs will give you a good foundation for a smooth menopause season.

Even when we are doing all the things to maintain health, this can be a trying season. We recommend working with a holistic practitioner to keep your body in balance and who can direct you to natural solutions for menopausal symptoms.



You might also like: Healthier menstrual choices for you and the environment]]> Rebecca Huff 9:30 Number One Tool I Used to Have the Period Talk with My Daughter https://www.thatorganicmom.com/period-talk/ Mon, 27 Apr 2020 17:40:31 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=18031 Today's episode is one of two podcasts about the seasons of womanhood. In this episode, Shannon Covel, founder of Seasons of Sisters, shares insights and tips for talking to our daughters about their first period. Your daughter’s first period can either be a blessing or a curse, depending on how you, the mom (or dad), portrays it. Let’s face it, most women don’t look forward to a visit from Aunt Flo. Why is that? Because it’s messy and painful and makes us moody. But the good news is, there are things to help with the common discomforts. Why not bless your daughter with a first time box that includes all the items she needs to feel confident, clean and comfortable and opens up the door of communication for you to explain what she can expect. Listen to the episode in your browser by clicking the play button above, or you can listen on the go with iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify. Although, we do a little show and tell during the interview, so if you want to see the unboxing, watch the video below. Subscribe on youtube or your favorite podcast player so you won't miss the next episode which is about the other seasons of womanhood from motherhood to menopause! Show Notes for this podcast episode 2:36 - Introducing the box for the first time 5:00 - My dread of talking to my daughter about her first period 8:00 - Period tracker printable 11:30 - Unboxing 20:00 - Herbs to help with PMS (stay tuned to Chats with Aunt Flo where Shannon will be writing more about herbs and how they work!) 23:00 - Teaching our daughters to be proud to be a woman. 25:00 - Tips for mom to talk to daughter about her first period. Welcome to Womanhood box is designed to celebrate a young girl’s first period and is the box you'll see in this episode. The Seasons box is a subscription box for the girl/woman who is already menstruating on a regular basis. Read more about Raspberry Leaf Tea; The Women's Herb In the next episode of A Healthy Bite, we will do an unboxing of the Welcome to Motherhood box which celebrates the new mom. Feel confident in knowing all Seasons of Sisters products are made with organic, natural ingredients. About the Founder Shannon Covel is the mother of six children, four daughters, and now two granddaughters. She enjoys helping young women embrace womanhood. The idea of Seasons of Sisters was birthed from the experiences she has gained through having a rough time with PMS, carrying six children through pregnancies, birthing all of them naturally, nursing all of them, and then later having a rocky road through menopause.  Shannon has had the privilege of having many girls and women come through her home, and as she listened to them tell their stories and share complaints, she realized most of us have just suffered through certain parts of each season. Since then, she has been on a quest to find natural recipes and pampering products to help ease the discomfort of each season with the goal of making each season comfortable, even enjoyable! On a personal note, I've known Shannon for around 13 years and I trust her to bring you quality products. This is not a sponsored post, nor am I an affiliate of her products. I simply saw a good thing and wanted to support her, and I hope you can see the love she has put into these boxes. Giving one to my youngest daughter helped "break the ice" so I could make sure she is prepared when that day comes. Make sure to share this post in your mom groups and on your mom boards on Pinterest! Today's episode is one of two podcasts about the seasons of womanhood. In this episode, Shannon Covel, founder of Seasons of Sisters, shares insights and tips for talking to our daughters about their first period. Seasons of Sisters, shares insights and tips for talking to our daughters about their first period.
Your daughter’s first period can either be a blessing or a curse, depending on how you, the mom (or dad), portrays it. Let’s face it, most women don’t look forward to a visit from Aunt Flo. Why is that? Because it’s messy and painful and makes us moody. But the good news is, there are things to help with the common discomforts. Why not bless your daughter with a first time box that includes all the items she needs to feel confident, clean and comfortable and opens up the door of communication for you to explain what she can expect.
Listen to the episode in your browser by clicking the play button above, or you can listen on the go with iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify. Although, we do a little show and tell during the interview, so if you want to see the unboxing, watch the video below. Subscribe on youtube or your favorite podcast player so you won't miss the next episode which is about the other seasons of womanhood from motherhood to menopause!


Show Notes for this podcast episode
2:36 - Introducing the box for the first time
5:00 - My dread of talking to my daughter about her first period
8:00 - Period tracker printable
11:30 - Unboxing
20:00 - Herbs to help with PMS (stay tuned to Chats with Aunt Flo where Shannon will be writing more about herbs and how they work!)
23:00 - Teaching our daughters to be proud to be a woman.
25:00 - Tips for mom to talk to daughter about her first period.

Welcome to Womanhood box is designed to celebrate a young girl’s first period and is the box you'll see in this episode. The Seasons box is a subscription box for the girl/woman who is already menstruating on a regular basis.



Read more about Raspberry Leaf Tea; The Women's Herb

In the next episode of A Healthy Bite, we will do an unboxing of the Welcome to Motherhood box which celebrates the new mom.

Feel confident in knowing all Seasons of Sisters products are made with organic, natural ingredients.
About the Founder
Shannon Covel is the mother of six children, four daughters, and now two granddaughters. She enjoys helping young women embrace womanhood. The idea of Seasons of Sisters was birthed from the experiences she has gained through having a rough time with PMS, carrying six children through pregnancies, birthing all of them naturally, nursing all of them, and then later having a rocky road through menopause. 

Shannon has had the privilege of having many girls and women come through her home, and as she listened to them tell their stories and share comp...]]>
Rebecca Huff 29:39
The Ultimate Guide to Celebrate Earth Day at Home https://www.thatorganicmom.com/earth-day-ultimate-guide/ Mon, 20 Apr 2020 19:00:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=1981 In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, let's set a goal to implement some eco-friendly actions. Listen to the podcast episode for inspiration on celebrating earth day by clicking the player above or by going to iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify! The Earth Day Theme for 2020 is Climate Action. Yes, your individual actions do add up and they will make a difference! When we each stand-alone, we all stand together. [Tweet "Here are 10 ways you can celebrate earth day today and every day."] 1 - Go organic Every organic purchase is a vote you make with your wallet telling organic farmers and manufacturers that you support them. Purchasing products that have the Non-GMO Project Verified seal is an essential step in supporting organics. Organics are crucial for protecting the earth, animals, and insects, as well as humans. The dwindling butterfly and bee population are being affected by genetically modified crops. The dwindling insect decline is linked to GMO crops. [Research] showed Monarch butterfly caterpillars were seven times more likely to die when they ate milkweed plants carrying pollen from Bt corn [genetically engineered to contain a pesticide], compared to conventional corn. Choosing to avoid GMOs has a beneficial impact on the planet as much as humans. Botanical insecticides such as Neem, citronella oil, Eucalyptus, Garlic extract, etc. have been used successfully and are still being studied. Natural products have a lower persistence in the environment and, therefore, are considered environmentally and toxicologically safer than several of the pesticides currently used. Choose Non-GMO Project Verified and organic products as much as possible to assist others who are also doing their part to help save the bees! Choosing organic helps to protect bees and butterflies, as well as other beneficial insects. What the USDA organic certification means Organic food is free of harsh human-made pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and hormones. Researchers have found higher concentrations of nutrients in produce grown organically. Another research shows that the omega-3 fatty acid levels were 47% higher in meat that was produced organically due to feeding methods. Take a look at this article to learn to read labels in the supermarket so you can determine which products you want to put in your shopping cart. Let's take a look at the organic label. A product labeled organic means that the product has been made by following strict guidelines and has been inspected and certified as approved. A farm or business must apply along with fees to be USDA-accredited by a certifying agent. Products must meet specific requirements, such as: Produced without excluded methods (e.g., genetic engineering, ionizing radiation, or sewage sludge). Produced using allowed substances. View the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Overseen by a USDA National Organic Program-authorized certifying agent, following all USDA organic regulations. If the applicant passes the review and inspection (which is much more in-depth than the process described here), the certifying agent will receive an organic certificate. However, the farm or business will need to repeat this process annually. Find the Environmental Working Group Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ list here. 2 - Adopt an animal Support WWF's global efforts to protect wild animals and their habitats and choose from kits with plush and more. 3 - Plant something It's pretty commonplace to plant a tree on Earth Day, however, you can plant anything you can get your hands on! I still have some seeds from my grandmother's garden that were passed down, even though she stopped gardening many years ago. Look for native plants or contact your local Audubon society. 4 - Reduce Cut down on how much electricity, water, and other resources you use. Water use for personal hygiene In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, let's set a goal to implement some eco-friendly actions. - Listen to the podcast episode for inspiration on celebrating earth day by clicking the player above or by going to iTunes, Stitcher,
Listen to the podcast episode for inspiration on celebrating earth day by clicking the player above or by going to iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify!
The Earth Day Theme for 2020 is Climate Action.
Yes, your individual actions do add up and they will make a difference! When we each stand-alone, we all stand together.

[Tweet "Here are 10 ways you can celebrate earth day today and every day."]
1 - Go organic
Every organic purchase is a vote you make with your wallet telling organic farmers and manufacturers that you support them. Purchasing products that have the Non-GMO Project Verified seal is an essential step in supporting organics.

Organics are crucial for protecting the earth, animals, and insects, as well as humans.

The dwindling butterfly and bee population are being affected by genetically modified crops. The dwindling insect decline is linked to GMO crops.
[Research] showed Monarch butterfly caterpillars were seven times more likely to die when they ate milkweed plants carrying pollen from Bt corn [genetically engineered to contain a pesticide], compared to conventional corn.
Choosing to avoid GMOs has a beneficial impact on the planet as much as humans. Botanical insecticides such as Neem, citronella oil, Eucalyptus, Garlic extract, etc. have been used successfully and are still being studied. Natural products have a lower persistence in the environment and, therefore, are considered environmentally and toxicologically safer than several of the pesticides currently used.

Choose Non-GMO Project Verified and organic products as much as possible to assist others who are also doing their part to help save the bees! Choosing organic helps to protect bees and butterflies, as well as other beneficial insects.


What the USDA organic certification means
Organic food is free of harsh human-made pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and hormones. Researchers have found higher concentrations of nutrients in produce grown organically. Another research shows that the omega-3 fatty acid levels were 47% higher in meat that was produced organically due to feeding methods.

Take a look at this article to learn to read labels in the supermarket so you can determine which products you want to put in your shopping cart. Let's take a look at the organic label. A product labeled organic means that the product has been made by following strict guidelines and has been inspected and certified as approved.

A farm or business must apply along with fees to be USDA-accredited by a certifying agent.
Products must meet specific requirements, such as:

* Produced without excluded methods (e.g., genetic engineering, ionizing radiation, or sewage sludge).
* Produced using allowed substances.]]>
Rebecca Huff The Ultimate Earth Day Clebration 21:20
How to stop waiting and start living during a pandemic https://www.thatorganicmom.com/start-living/ Tue, 07 Apr 2020 23:15:45 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17917 Are you in a holding pattern? Maybe it feels like you're in the Twilight Zone? During my last appointment with Dr. J, my psychologist, I confirmed that I was handling things better than expected. We talked about my mindset, and she encouraged me to share these thoughts with you all. So here we are. Another chance for you to learn from my mistakes! In the first half of my life, I had the tendency to put off living while I waited for my "real life" to start. Some people put off living while they wait to graduate college, others wait for marriage to begin really living. Perhaps as a young adult, many of us "wait" to start living until we feel like we have accomplished something that deems us worthy of  "a real life." Yes, I spent my teen years and early twenties telling myself that when I started my own family life would truly start. Always looking towards some future event as the starting point of life. Once I realized I had done this, it was too late to do anything about it - the time was already wasted and I couldn't get it back. Still, it served as a good lesson for my current situation. Being "Stuck" at home. Making good use of our time at home While I am in self-isolation, instead of waiting for some unknown time when this pandemic will end, I choose to live. Of course, the way I choose to live has it's limits, but I am in control of my attitude while I wait. I'm in charge of what I do with my time while I am at home. The obstacle, this virus, will not keep me from being useful or productive. I will take on my life right where I am. What can I do with myself and what do I have to offer those around me during this time? What I don't want to do is to start avoiding life. In fact, no matter what I do with each day, no matter what YOU choose to do with each day: This Is Life. Regardless of your participation, or your lack of participation, in life - life is still happening! Don't wait. Live. Yes, the world is spinning out of control it seems, but your life is real and it's now. Your life is not on pause while we are awaiting the end of this pandemic. Every day, life is still going on, whether you choose to hide from it, or participate in it. [Tweet "Don't wait. Live."] Make a plan It's true, you can't go to the gym, but there are millions of online workouts that you can do for free. Walking is free. Do some form of exercise every day. Maybe you can't have coffee with friends, but you can Facetime, Skype, or Zoom to see their faces. Start having a "happy hour" or "coffee time" with your besties. If they won't respond, keep reaching out, don't give up. Tell them that it's important to you that they keep in touch while you are apart! You might not be able to go to work or work from home, but you could participate in a hobby or teaching others how to do something you are good at! Yes, life is hard right now. Things are frustrating and challenging and tiring. No one is denying that. I just want to encourage you to live. Don't stay in a holding pattern, waiting to start life again when this pandemic ends. We don't know how long that will be, so to stay healthy, the best thing you can do is to live life in a new and productive way. If you need someone to talk to feel free to reach out to me and make sure you are on my email list because I'm sending out tons of encouragement right now! Give Back with Chilipad My friends at Chili are offering something special for the heroes keeping us all healthy and safe. Now until April 30th if you buy any dual zone chiliPAD or OOLER sleep system they will donate a single zone chiliPAD to nurses, doctors, and first responders as a thank you! Read more about why chiliPAD is my favorite sleep hack and hear from the founder and creator, Tara Youngblood in this podcast episode. Share this with your friends and save to your Pinterest Board! Are you in a holding pattern? - Maybe it feels like you're in the Twilight Zone? - During my last appointment with Dr. J, my psychologist, I confirmed that I was handling things better than expected. We talked about my mindset,
Maybe it feels like you're in the Twilight Zone?

During my last appointment with Dr. J, my psychologist, I confirmed that I was handling things better than expected. We talked about my mindset, and she encouraged me to share these thoughts with you all.

So here we are.

Another chance for you to learn from my mistakes!

In the first half of my life, I had the tendency to put off living while I waited for my "real life" to start. Some people put off living while they wait to graduate college, others wait for marriage to begin really living.

Perhaps as a young adult, many of us "wait" to start living until we feel like we have accomplished something that deems us worthy of  "a real life."

Yes, I spent my teen years and early twenties telling myself that when I started my own family life would truly start. Always looking towards some future event as the starting point of life. Once I realized I had done this, it was too late to do anything about it - the time was already wasted and I couldn't get it back.

Still, it served as a good lesson for my current situation. Being "Stuck" at home.
Making good use of our time at home
While I am in self-isolation, instead of waiting for some unknown time when this pandemic will end, I choose to live.

Of course, the way I choose to live has it's limits, but I am in control of my attitude while I wait. I'm in charge of what I do with my time while I am at home. The obstacle, this virus, will not keep me from being useful or productive.

I will take on my life right where I am. What can I do with myself and what do I have to offer those around me during this time?

What I don't want to do is to start avoiding life.

In fact, no matter what I do with each day, no matter what YOU choose to do with each day: This Is Life. Regardless of your participation, or your lack of participation, in life - life is still happening!

Don't wait.

Live.

Yes, the world is spinning out of control it seems, but your life is real and it's now. Your life is not on pause while we are awaiting the end of this pandemic. Every day, life is still going on, whether you choose to hide from it, or participate in it.

[Tweet "Don't wait. Live."]
Make a plan
It's true, you can't go to the gym, but there are millions of online workouts that you can do for free. Walking is free. Do some form of exercise every day.

Maybe you can't have coffee with friends, but you can Facetime, Skype, or Zoom to see their faces. Start having a "happy hour" or "coffee time" with your besties. If they won't respond, keep reaching out, don't give up. Tell them that it's important to you that they keep in touch while you are apart!



You might not be able to go to work or work from home, but you could participate in a hobby or teaching others how to do something you are good at!

Yes, life is hard right now. Things are frustrating and challenging and tiring. No one is denying that.

I just want to encourage you to live. Don't stay in a holding pattern, waiting to start life again when this pandemic ends. We don't know how long that will be, so to stay healthy, the best thing you can do is to live life in a new and productive way.

If you need someone to talk to feel free to reach out to me and make sure you are on my email list because I'm sending out tons of encouragement right now!
Give Back with Chilipad


My friends at Chili are offering something special for the heroes keeping us all heal...]]>
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5 Reasons Now is the Best Time to Write and Share https://www.thatorganicmom.com/write/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:45:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17586 If you're like a lot of people right now, you might not be sure what to do with yourself. You may have checked your screen time report only to find you've spent more time on social media or browsing websites than ever before. Maybe you are even looking for a distraction to keep you from checking the "numbers" so frequently. Why not use this time to write? What skills and talents do you have to share with the world from your unique perspective? Are there stories you tell everyone you meet? Have you spent the last several years of your retirement traveling but still haven't compiled all those pictures and stories in one place? Now is the time to share your uniqueness with the world! People are online now more than ever before and they are looking for something to distract, encourage, and motivate! If you are interested in doing something that will help others during our collective time of need, consider sharing what you know with others. Not only would you be helping others, but you'll also be helping yourself. Writing is very therapeutic. It can help prevent depression and even make you happier. Putting your thoughts down can clear your head and make you more resilient. Depression and anxiety tend to cause rumination, having the same dreary thoughts over and over. But when you begin writing things down, whether it's directly about your life, as in a diary, or an attempt at an essay or story or even a novel, you get deeply involved in that task and tend to rise above the ordinary frustrations of your day. ~ Go Ahead and Write. Writing is a form of art. When you write, you are using your imagination. You can write simply or more elaborately; it's up to you, as the writer, to decide. Writing is the most powerful way to articulate the story of your life and set it into motion. ~ Writing is an art There are experiences you have had, places you have gone, things you have seen, all are unique to you! Your spin on life, the way you do something, how you tackle a challenge, struggles you've faced, or how you implement a new habit are all information that might benefit someone else on this planet! Let your individuality shine. So what I propose is to write. Write about all the things that matter to you. Share all your stories. Compile all your favorite recipes or those handed down in your family. Showcase your poems and short stories. Gather your memories. Display your style. Organize your thoughts and share them. Bestow your gift of storytelling on others. Tell everyone "back home" what life is like where you live now. Select your favorite memories and write every detail you can remember. Journal your day-to-day life during this unprecedented time in history. Convince others to care about your greatest passion. You have the time. Even if you are still working at home, you have those minutes that you would have spent commuting. I want to challenge you to spend 30 days writing. You can write whatever you want to, but just put words down every day. Blogging is a great way to share your thoughts and ideas. It’s fun, exciting, and doesn’t require you to be an expert writer or an editor. ~ BizBudding, Inc. If you need some writing prompts, you can download my 30 Day Writing Challenge to help you out. You can write in a journal that only you see, or you could write online and share it with the world. When I decided to share my passion for reducing waste with others, I chose a simple platform that included hosting, WordPress and a pre-configured theme. You can get started for less than what you probably spend on coffee each month. If you are uncertain about how to start a blog, let me tell you, it's easier than you may think with Mai Theme. But don't worry, because you'll have access to a free course to teach you how to use Mai Theme to its fullest potential. The standard onboarding service is free for everyone and configures your website to look like the demo, If you're like a lot of people right now, you might not be sure what to do with yourself. You may have checked your screen time report only to find you've spent more time on social media or browsing websites than ever before.
What skills and talents do you have to share with the world from your unique perspective? Are there stories you tell everyone you meet? Have you spent the last several years of your retirement traveling but still haven't compiled all those pictures and stories in one place?
Now is the time to share your uniqueness with the world!
People are online now more than ever before and they are looking for something to distract, encourage, and motivate! If you are interested in doing something that will help others during our collective time of need, consider sharing what you know with others.

Not only would you be helping others, but you'll also be helping yourself. Writing is very therapeutic. It can help prevent depression and even make you happier. Putting your thoughts down can clear your head and make you more resilient.
Depression and anxiety tend to cause rumination, having the same dreary thoughts over and over. But when you begin writing things down, whether it's directly about your life, as in a diary, or an attempt at an essay or story or even a novel, you get deeply involved in that task and tend to rise above the ordinary frustrations of your day. ~ Go Ahead and Write.
Writing is a form of art. When you write, you are using your imagination. You can write simply or more elaborately; it's up to you, as the writer, to decide.
Writing is the most powerful way to articulate the story of your life and set it into motion. ~ Writing is an art
There are experiences you have had, places you have gone, things you have seen, all are unique to you! Your spin on life, the way you do something, how you tackle a challenge, struggles you've faced, or how you implement a new habit are all information that might benefit someone else on this planet! Let your individuality shine.
So what I propose is to write.
Write about all the things that matter to you.

Share all your stories.

Compile all your favorite recipes or those handed down in your family.



Showcase your poems and short stories.

Gather your memories.

Display your style.

Organize your thoughts and share them.

Bestow your gift of storytelling on others.

Tell everyone "back home" what life is like where you live now.

Select your favorite memories and write every detail you can remember.

Journal your day-to-day life during this unprecedented time in history.

Convince others to care about your greatest passion.

You have the time.

Even if you are still working at home, you have those minutes that you would have spent commuting. I want to challenge you to spend 30 days writing. You can write whatever you want to, but just put words down every day.
Blogging is a great way to share your thoughts and ideas. It’s fun, exciting, and doesn’t require you to be an expert writer or an editor. ~ BizBudding, Inc.
If you need some writing prompts, you can
Rebecca Huff 10:14
Replicate Delicious Southern Cooking at Home with One of Atlanta’s Best Chefs https://www.thatorganicmom.com/southern-cooking/ Wed, 25 Mar 2020 14:34:29 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17738 For those lucky enough to live near Buttermilk Kitchen, a fabulous brunch is just a moment away. As for the rest of us, there's Welcome to Buttermilk Kitchen by Suzanne Vizethann.  Exploring the world through food is one of the best ways to explore various cultures. No matter where you live - if you ever wanted to try delicious southern cooking, you will most certainly want to add this cookbook to your collection. It is well thought out and easy to use, full of mouth-watering photographs and detailed recipes! We received this cookbook back in February, and life has been absolutely, unpredictably crazy since then. When I initially spoke with Suzanne to record this interview, I had planned to visit her restaurant while my daughter Shawna was competing in a Taekwondo tournament in the area. Unfortunately, I fell incredibly ill - I tested negative for the flu; however, my doctor insisted, due to my symptoms, I had some strain of the flu. It was terrible, and I still haven't fully recovered from the coughing. My husband ended up taking off work to take my daughter to the tournament; therefore, I did not have the opportunity to visit the restaurant. Sad that I missed out on visiting the restaurant and watching my daughter win two gold, one silver, and one bronze medal! Eating at Buttermilk Kitchen is still on my bucket list for "things to do when the craziness ends."  Put visiting Buttermilk Kitchen on your bucket list! Do you have a bucket list for when life returns to normal? If you don't, why not start writing down all the things you want to do once things settle down again, because it will, and you want to be ready! You could even start a Pinterest Board for your Bucket List - - here's mine that I started a long time ago. The day after my husband and daughter returned from the tournament, she came down with a fever. Within hours she too was experiencing the illness that I had been battling. Because of our back-to-back illnesses, we were "in quarantine" for two weeks before everyone else began sheltering at home. Our home test kitchen Due to our extended time indoors, we were able to whip up lots of recipes in this cookbook. Many of the recipes contained in the cookbook contain what I consider everyday kitchen staples for the average home cook: flour, milk, butter, potatoes, and such. There's a section that will teach you how to make any type of egg - scrambled, poached, fried, etc. Poached eggs, hashbrown fritters, bacon My eleven-year-old daughter made these hashbrown fritters, and then I did the frying. They turned out quite lovely; my boys made them disappear within minutes. Suzanne put together an extensive section all about what to stock in your pantry and how to source it locally - just the way she does in her restaurant. So, if you aren't sure what types of foods to stock in your kitchen, she's got your back! With Welcome to Buttermilk Kitchen, we dive what I consider to be the best of southern cooking! If you've always wanted to master a perfect biscuit, pancake, waffle, grits, or sawmill gravy, you'll want to add this cookbook to your collection. This cookbook will have you cranking out delightful meals your friends will rave about for days. Your family will be begging you to make more Cobbler Biscuit French Toast and Johnny Cakes with liquid gold. Welcome to Buttermilk Kitchen joins the trend toward healthier comfort food, balancing traditional dishes that use the very best seasonal ingredients, and creative recipes incorporating new spices and flavor combinations. Many of the dishes work for lunch or dinner, as well as breakfast or brunch. It is a cookbook that home cooks will find they can use every day of the week, any time of the day or night. ~ Goodreads Recipes we want you to try: Coffee Rub Alabama Ranch O.G. Buttermilk Biscuit Caramelized-Banana Oatmeal Vegan Banana BreadGranola Hashbrown Fritters Salty Dog Mimosa Delicious, Budget-Friendly, For those lucky enough to live near Buttermilk Kitchen, a fabulous brunch is just a moment away. As for the rest of us, there's Welcome to Buttermilk Kitchen by Suzanne Vizethann.  - Exploring the world through food is one of the best ways to explore ... Buttermilk Kitchen, a fabulous brunch is just a moment away. As for the rest of us, there's Welcome to Buttermilk Kitchen by Suzanne Vizethann. 

Exploring the world through food is one of the best ways to explore various cultures. No matter where you live - if you ever wanted to try delicious southern cooking, you will most certainly want to add this cookbook to your collection. It is well thought out and easy to use, full of mouth-watering photographs and detailed recipes!

We received this cookbook back in February, and life has been absolutely, unpredictably crazy since then. When I initially spoke with Suzanne to record this interview, I had planned to visit her restaurant while my daughter Shawna was competing in a Taekwondo tournament in the area.

Unfortunately, I fell incredibly ill - I tested negative for the flu; however, my doctor insisted, due to my symptoms, I had some strain of the flu. It was terrible, and I still haven't fully recovered from the coughing.

My husband ended up taking off work to take my daughter to the tournament; therefore, I did not have the opportunity to visit the restaurant. Sad that I missed out on visiting the restaurant and watching my daughter win two gold, one silver, and one bronze medal! Eating at Buttermilk Kitchen is still on my bucket list for "things to do when the craziness ends." 
Put visiting Buttermilk Kitchen on your bucket list!
Do you have a bucket list for when life returns to normal? If you don't, why not start writing down all the things you want to do once things settle down again, because it will, and you want to be ready! You could even start a Pinterest Board for your Bucket List - - here's mine that I started a long time ago.

The day after my husband and daughter returned from the tournament, she came down with a fever. Within hours she too was experiencing the illness that I had been battling. Because of our back-to-back illnesses, we were "in quarantine" for two weeks before everyone else began sheltering at home.
Our home test kitchen
Due to our extended time indoors, we were able to whip up lots of recipes in this cookbook. Many of the recipes contained in the cookbook contain what I consider everyday kitchen staples for the average home cook: flour, milk, butter, potatoes, and such. There's a section that will teach you how to make any type of egg - scrambled, poached, fried, etc.

Poached eggs, hashbrown fritters, bacon

My eleven-year-old daughter made these hashbrown fritters, and then I did the frying. They turned out quite lovely; my boys made them disappear within minutes.

Suzanne put together an extensive section all about what to stock in your pantry and how to source it locally - just the way she does in her restaurant. So, if you aren't sure what types of foods to stock in your kitchen, she's got your back!

With Welcome to Buttermilk Kitchen, we dive what I consider to be the best of southern cooking! If you've always wanted to master a perfect biscuit, pancake, waffle, grits, or sawmill gravy, you'll want to add this cookbook to your collection.

This cookbook will have you cranking out delightful meals your friends will rave about for days. Your family will be begging you to make more Cobbler Biscuit French Toast and Johnny Cakes with liquid gold.
]]> Rebecca Huff clean 13:07 Lyme Disease and Other Tick Borne Illnesses with Dr. Sean Beckmann https://www.thatorganicmom.com/lyme-disease-dr-sean-beckmann/ Mon, 02 Mar 2020 13:16:59 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17599 Q&A with Dr. Sean Beckmann about Lyme Disease and other Tick-Borne Illnesses Many people have been infected with Lyme Disease and are completely unaware and go undiagnosed for years. In fact, some people may even believe they have Lyme Disease but are unable to convince their doctor to test them. We wanted to know more about this mysterious disease, so we invited an expert, Dr. Sean Beckmann to join us on A Healthy Bite to give hopefully answer some of our most pressing questions. For those who have been part of the TOM Tribe for years, you may know that I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and shared the protocol I used to recover here. Later, I ended up taking Doxycycline and I explain why here. Also, I mention Hopelively,  a support group for women you can join here. The episode with Dr. Beckmann about the Coronavirus is here. Questions Dr. Beckmann addresses in this episode: Where do people get Lyme Disease? Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? Can you be infected no matter where you live or is it just in some locations? What about cases where people test positive for Lyme Disease but have never been in an area where Lyme disease is prevalent? How can the disease be transmitted? Some say Lyme Disease is a virus, and many others say it's a bacteria, which is it? A lot of families (everyone in the family) have tick-borne diseases, and we are wondering if it's possible to be transmitted via human saliva. Can the disease lie dormant and then come back later? What all can it cause? Can it lead to other types of diseases, such as cancer, gut health, etc? What are the most effective treatments for people who get infected with Lyme Disease and other tick diseases? Doxycycline - can it hurt you more than it helps you, long term? Why does Rocky Mountain show up if you have Lyme Disease? Is it a disease that once you have it you always have it and it can flare up later? Why would doctors be so hesitant to test people for tick-borne illnesses? Do they suggest someone who is diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever More Questions from Listeners: If they treat spirochetes with penicillin when you have syphilis, why isn't penicillin an option for Lyme spirochetes? While on doxycycline can one do a liver cleanse, blood cleanse and parasite cleanse? If not all three at the same time, can any of them be done individually while on doxy? We know at least 5 couples here in our small town that each the husband and wife both are positive, could it be sexually transmitted? Did this episode help you? If you found value in this episode of A Healthy Bite, take a minute to rate and review us on iTunes, this helps other people find the podcast AND helps us line up more informative episodes like this one in the future. Meet Dr. Sean Beckmann, Assistant Professor of Biology I am passionate about engaging and educating students both in and out of the classroom. Whether in a lecture, laboratory, field site, or during a chat in my office I relish the opportunity to find a student’s passion and interests and help foster those. Not every student is going to become a research biologist, but everyone can utilize science in their own lives. By helping them understand biological concepts and apply them to their own real-world experiences I hope to help foster a love of biology and scientific curiosity in every student with whom I interact. Ph.D., Biology, University of Miami B.S., Biology, Stetson University Growing up Dr. Beckmann enjoyed science and nature and always wanted to be a veterinarian. While a student at Stetson University he had the opportunity to engage in projects and internships that introduced him to field biology and research. This changed his trajectory to pursue a career in research. While in graduate school at the University of Miami he had the opportunity to teach a number of classes and engage a number of undergraduates in his research on the phylogeography of small mamma... Q&A with Dr. Sean Beckmann about Lyme Disease and other Tick-Borne Illnesses Many people have been infected with Lyme Disease and are completely unaware and go undiagnosed for years. In fact, some people may even believe they have Lyme Disease but are... Many people have been infected with Lyme Disease and are completely unaware and go undiagnosed for years. In fact, some people may even believe they have Lyme Disease but are unable to convince their doctor to test them. We wanted to know more about this mysterious disease, so we invited an expert, Dr. Sean Beckmann to join us on A Healthy Bite to give hopefully answer some of our most pressing questions.

For those who have been part of the TOM Tribe for years, you may know that I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and shared the protocol I used to recover here. Later, I ended up taking Doxycycline and I explain why here. Also, I mention Hopelively,  a support group for women you can join here.

The episode with Dr. Beckmann about the Coronavirus is here.
Questions Dr. Beckmann addresses in this episode:
Where do people get Lyme Disease? Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever? Can you be infected no matter where you live or is it just in some locations?

What about cases where people test positive for Lyme Disease but have never been in an area where Lyme disease is prevalent?

How can the disease be transmitted?

Some say Lyme Disease is a virus, and many others say it's a bacteria, which is it?

A lot of families (everyone in the family) have tick-borne diseases, and we are wondering if it's possible to be transmitted via human saliva.

Can the disease lie dormant and then come back later?

What all can it cause? Can it lead to other types of diseases, such as cancer, gut health, etc?

What are the most effective treatments for people who get infected with Lyme Disease and other tick diseases? Doxycycline - can it hurt you more than it helps you, long term?



Why does Rocky Mountain show up if you have Lyme Disease?

Is it a disease that once you have it you always have it and it can flare up later?

Why would doctors be so hesitant to test people for tick-borne illnesses?

Do they suggest someone who is diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
More Questions from Listeners:
If they treat spirochetes with penicillin when you have syphilis, why isn't penicillin an option for Lyme spirochetes?

While on doxycycline can one do a liver cleanse, blood cleanse and parasite cleanse? If not all three at the same time, can any of them be done individually while on doxy?

We know at least 5 couples here in our small town that each the husband and wife both are positive, could it be sexually transmitted?
Did this episode help you?
If you found value in this episode of A Healthy Bite, take a minute to rate and review us on iTunes, this helps other people find the podcast AND helps us line up more informative episodes like this one in the future.


Meet Dr. Sean Beckmann, Assistant Professor of Biology
I am passionate about engaging and educating students both in and out of the classroom. Whether in a lecture, laboratory, field site, or during a chat in my office I relish the opportunity to find a student’s passion and interests and help foster those.]]>
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Red Flags for Raw Vegans: Missing Them Could Make You Very Sick! https://www.thatorganicmom.com/red-flags-for-raw-vegans/ Fri, 14 Feb 2020 12:28:35 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17519 The Raw Vegan Diet is a great cleanse. It's an excellent way to detox for a short period of time. For some that could be a few days, others could benefit from a few weeks. However, for those who plan to follow a Raw Vegan lifestyle for an extended period of time, say more than a month, please listen to this episode. You want to be aware of the red flags your body might send if you start to have nutrient deficiencies. Again, it's important for me to clarify that I am not against the diet per se, however, a "diet" is not a "lifestyle" it is a short term means to reach a goal. I am against chalking up feeling bad to "detox symptoms" and "not going deep enough into raw veganism." Any extreme way of eating means excluding certain food groups or cooking methods. For those following the Raw Vegan diet, meat, eggs, dairy, honey, and all cooked foods are excluded. That means no steaming, frying, boiling, baking, or grilling vegetables as well. Same diet, different results Because people have varying degrees of compliance to any type of diet, someone who adheres to one strictly will have different results than someone who bends the "rules" often. Another factor is genetics. Environment also plays a role in the results individuals will get from following the same type of diet. One big problem with our Raw Vegan diet experience was eating too many nuts. Many of the dessert recipes called for massive amounts of raw almonds, cashews, macadamia, or other types of nuts. Raw Vegan Tacos and imitation meatloaves were also dense with too many nuts. We understand now that regular consumption of large quantities of nuts, seeds, and oils is not healthy due to their high levels of omega 6s— which can contribute to negative health conditions including slowed metabolism, inflammation, and obesity. ~ Boutenko VegNews Another possible red flag is hypoglycemia or other blood sugar imbalances. Eating too many fruits can wreck your metabolism and blood sugar levels in a way similar to eating too much sugar. Books I mentioned in this episode: I still enjoy using Raw Vegan cookbooks because they have so many delicious vegetable recipes in them. I believe eating veggies is crucial to a healthy diet. Up until three years ago, I had a huge collection of Raw Vegan books. A new friend borrowed an entire box full of them and promptly moved, taking my books with her. Then I never heard from her again. Sad. Here are a few of the books I started out with on my Raw Vegan journey and other books I mentioned in this episode. They are older publications because this is my story from nearly 20 years ago. Natural Cures They Don't Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose Raw Family: A True Story of Awakening by Victoria Boutenko - From what I can find Boutenko now allows some cooked foods into her diet, particularly those I mentioned which have goitrogens. I consider a high-raw diet, meaning 80–95 percent raw vegan food, to be optimal for everyday life. I have stopped eating most nuts, all nut butters, and most oils, and have added cooked foods into my diet like steamed broccoli, asparagus, and cabbage. I think a 100-percent raw-food diet is an effective practice as a way of healing. That was extremely beneficial for my family. Now my experience and research has brought me to a high-raw diet for sustainable living. ~ VegNews Raw Food Real World by Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis Raw: The Uncook Book by Juliano Brotman It's not something you're doing wrong as a Raw Vegan If you are a stubborn, determined, militant or legalistic person, do a reality check or have an accountability partner keep you in line. When the red flags appear, heed their warning! Turns out I felt good for a few weeks and then it went downhill until I finally stopped seven months later after being severely sick, malnourished, underweight and tired. I was feeling like a skinny old man and at 120 pounds and six foot tall, The Raw Vegan Diet is a great cleanse. It's an excellent way to detox for a short period of time. For some that could be a few days, others could benefit from a few weeks. However, for those who plan to follow a Raw Vegan lifestyle for an extended peri...
Again, it's important for me to clarify that I am not against the diet per se, however, a "diet" is not a "lifestyle" it is a short term means to reach a goal. I am against chalking up feeling bad to "detox symptoms" and "not going deep enough into raw veganism."

Any extreme way of eating means excluding certain food groups or cooking methods. For those following the Raw Vegan diet, meat, eggs, dairy, honey, and all cooked foods are excluded. That means no steaming, frying, boiling, baking, or grilling vegetables as well.
Same diet, different results
Because people have varying degrees of compliance to any type of diet, someone who adheres to one strictly will have different results than someone who bends the "rules" often. Another factor is genetics. Environment also plays a role in the results individuals will get from following the same type of diet.

One big problem with our Raw Vegan diet experience was eating too many nuts. Many of the dessert recipes called for massive amounts of raw almonds, cashews, macadamia, or other types of nuts. Raw Vegan Tacos and imitation meatloaves were also dense with too many nuts.
We understand now that regular consumption of large quantities of nuts, seeds, and oils is not healthy due to their high levels of omega 6s— which can contribute to negative health conditions including slowed metabolism, inflammation, and obesity. ~ Boutenko VegNews


Another possible red flag is hypoglycemia or other blood sugar imbalances. Eating too many fruits can wreck your metabolism and blood sugar levels in a way similar to eating too much sugar.
Books I mentioned in this episode:
I still enjoy using Raw Vegan cookbooks because they have so many delicious vegetable recipes in them. I believe eating veggies is crucial to a healthy diet. Up until three years ago, I had a huge collection of Raw Vegan books. A new friend borrowed an entire box full of them and promptly moved, taking my books with her. Then I never heard from her again. Sad.

Here are a few of the books I started out with on my Raw Vegan journey and other books I mentioned in this episode. They are older publications because this is my story from nearly 20 years ago.

Natural Cures They Don't Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau

Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose

Raw Family: A True Story of Awakening by Victoria Boutenko - From what I can find Boutenko now allows some cooked foods into her diet, particularly those I mentioned which have goitrogens.
I consider a high-raw diet, meaning 80–95 percent raw vegan food, to be optimal for everyday life. I have stopped eating most nuts, all nut butters, and most oils, and have added cooked foods into my diet like steamed broccoli, asparagus, and cabbage.]]>
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Understanding and Treating Chronic Pain in America with author Judy Foreman https://www.thatorganicmom.com/chronic-pain/ Mon, 10 Feb 2020 15:40:13 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17495 Unless you have experienced chronic pain; pain that is ongoing and usually lasts longer than six months, it's hard to imagine how much it can change your day to day life. In addition, the toll it takes on emotions is an added burden to bear. Those with chronic pain may not be able to live life the way they want, which can lead to depression. It's a vicious cycle. There's not a lot I can add to what Judy Foreman has written in her book, A Nation in Pain. All I can add is encouragement. If you are one of over 50 million Americans experiencing chronic pain, get your hands on a copy of this book. Our women's support group, Hopelively, is also available if you need a safe place to vent about pain or discuss treatment plans with other women who experience chronic pain. Here's what we are discussing on A Healthy Bite: Gender and Pain We frequently hear that women have a higher tolerance for pain than men. Generally speaking, is that true? "Women are both more likely to get painful conditions that can afflict both sexes and to report greater pain than men with the same condition, according to studies over the last 15 years" p62. Fibromyalgia seems to affect mainly women, do we know why? People with chronic pain are sometimes told: "it's all in your head." While I believe pain most often has a source, can we trace some pain, or at least worsening of pain, back to emotions and/or stress? Can you talk to us about catastrophizing and why it's one of the worst things you can do when you are in chronic pain? How can we learn to reduce catastrophizing? What techniques can help? Cognitive Behavior Therapy -  A change in thoughts, emotions, or behavior towards pain. Distraction - Shifting or moving your attention away from the pain when possible. Biofeedback - How does this work - "if your blood pressure is high the first time and you freak out about it, chances are your second reading will be higher." I feel like this is how chronic pain can sometimes trigger anxiety. Meditation - What part of meditating helps chronic pain? (Different ways people can meditate, how it does not have to relate to Eastern Religion, Tai Chi, or SloFlow, which reforms the art of Tai Chi Chuan into a Christian exercise using sign-language and bible verses. Hypnosis - Alterations in perception, memory, and voluntary action Empathy - As a learned coping skill, it helps if doctors have it. Can a loved one become overly sympathetic to the point they feel another person's pain? Pain Relievers Opioids NSAIDs Acupuncture Massage Energy Healing Spinal Manipulation Exercise: The Real Magic Bullet Listen to Judy explain why Exercise is Medicine in this episode!) People who are in chronic pain and need to exercise: arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic low back pain, often are fearful of doing so. What do we know about bed rest and avoiding exercise due to chronic pain - not talking about broken bones, etc? "To date, there is no scientific evidence that activity and exercises are harmful, or that pain-inducing activity must be avoided," says Dr. James Rainville (spine and rehabilitation specialist) p. 284. We are talking about chronic pain here, not chest pain/heart attack symptoms. If you are having chest pains, call 911 or seek medical assistance. Examples of knee and hip replacement patients starting PT immediately following surgery. [Tweet "Rest is rust! Exercise!!"] The biology of marijuana All of us are born with the ability to make both marijuana-like chemicals called cannabinoids and the cannabinoid receptors into which they fit. Why are our nervous systems so full of cannabinoid receptors? What can happen when people are deficient in endocannabinoids? Does medical marijuana work as well as opioids? What are some of the problems facing opioid users with debilitating chronic pain? What solutions? How do we move on? Adjustments Acceptance Unless you have experienced chronic pain; pain that is ongoing and usually lasts longer than six months, it's hard to imagine how much it can change your day to day life. In addition, the toll it takes on emotions is an added burden to bear. -
Those with chronic pain may not be able to live life the way they want, which can lead to depression. It's a vicious cycle.

There's not a lot I can add to what Judy Foreman has written in her book, A Nation in Pain. All I can add is encouragement. If you are one of over 50 million Americans experiencing chronic pain, get your hands on a copy of this book.

Our women's support group, Hopelively, is also available if you need a safe place to vent about pain or discuss treatment plans with other women who experience chronic pain.


Here's what we are discussing on A Healthy Bite:
Gender and Pain

We frequently hear that women have a higher tolerance for pain than men. Generally speaking, is that true?

"Women are both more likely to get painful conditions that can afflict both sexes and to report greater pain than men with the same condition, according to studies over the last 15 years" p62.

Fibromyalgia seems to affect mainly women, do we know why?

People with chronic pain are sometimes told: "it's all in your head." While I believe pain most often has a source, can we trace some pain, or at least worsening of pain, back to emotions and/or stress?

Can you talk to us about catastrophizing and why it's one of the worst things you can do when you are in chronic pain?

How can we learn to reduce catastrophizing? What techniques can help?

* Cognitive Behavior Therapy -  A change in thoughts, emotions, or behavior towards pain.
* Distraction - Shifting or moving your attention away from the pain when possible.
* Biofeedback - How does this work - "if your blood pressure is high the first time and you freak out about it, chances are your second reading will be higher." I feel like this is how chronic pain can sometimes trigger anxiety.
* Meditation - What part of meditating helps chronic pain? (Different ways people can meditate, how it does not have to relate to Eastern Religion, Tai Chi,
or SloFlow, which reforms the art of Tai Chi Chuan into a Christian exercise using sign-language and bible verses.
* Hypnosis - Alterations in perception, memory, and voluntary action
* Empathy - As a learned coping skill, it helps if doctors have it. Can a loved one become overly sympathetic to the point they feel another person's pain?


Pain Relievers

* Opioids
* NSAIDs
* Acupuncture
* Massage
* Energy Healing
* Spinal Manipulation

Exercise: The Real Magic Bullet
Listen to Judy explain why Exercise is Medicine in this episode!)

People who are in chronic pain and need to exercise: arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic low back pain, often are fearful of doing so. What do we know about bed rest and avoiding exercise due to chronic pain - not talking about broken bones, etc?

"To date, there is no scientific evidence that activity and exercises are harmful, or that pain-inducing activity must be avoided," says Dr. James Rainville (spine and rehabilitation specialist) p. 284.

We are talking about chronic pain here, not chest pain/heart attack symptoms. If you are having chest pains, call 911 or seek medical assistance.

Examples of knee and hip replacement patients starting ...]]>
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Transform Your Life and Conquer Emotional Eating for Good https://www.thatorganicmom.com/emotional-eating-fred-bollaci/ Mon, 03 Feb 2020 12:30:30 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17302 There are so many ways to lose weight, and no one method works for everyone. Fred Bollaci found what works for him and has dedicated himself to helping others. Today, after losing 150 pounds while enjoying gourmet cuisine and keeping it off for five years, Fred is spreading the word on how anyone can live the La Dolce Vita lifestyle, creating and enjoying gourmet meals at home and in great restaurants using the best ingredients available without guilt or excess calories, and offers keen insight on how to kick the habit of emotional overeating for good! (Fred Bollaci Enterprises) One of the main factors behind Fred's struggle with obesity, since childhood, was emotional eating. Children may use food to soothe their hurts and sadness, just like adults do. Emotional eating in childhood is often a sign of a bigger problem, as in adults, there can be underlying issues that need work. If your child is struggling with excess weight, talk to your doctor. Watch for some of the signs of emotional eating such as: Anger Boredom Depression Fatigue Frustration Loneliness Stress Insecurity Sadness Withdrawal While parents usually have the best of intentions, some may inadvertently contribute to weight issues by rewarding children with food. Using praise and non-food rewards or experiences is a healthier way. Making Peace with Food While many people told Fred that he could never lose weight dining at restaurants, he was determined to live the life he so enjoyed while maintaining a healthy weight. As a gourmand and sommelier, Fred has found a way to travel the globe, enjoying gourmet foods representing many diverse nationalities without adding an inch to his waist! He has a keen knowledge of how to choose healthy delicious ingredients and create meals without adding unnecessary calories. He will demonstrate to you how to make healthy gourmet choices without compromising on taste or presentation so that you, too, can enjoy the La Dolce Vita lifestyle! The Restaurant Diet: How to Eat Out Every Night and Still Lose Weight Show Notes 12:29 - On a side note, the monitoring software I mentioned that we use on our computer is Qustodio 20:00 - Fred explains the four phases of his Restaraunt Diet 25:00 - Great tips: one serving, put your fork down between bites, sip water in between, not obsess about food - great advice The Restaurant Diet: A Spiritual Journey of Weight Loss & Self Discovery 2nd Edition This podcast episode can also be viewed as a video on Youtube: About Fred Bollaci: Fred Bollaci is The Healthy Global Gourmet. An international influencer on diet and weight loss strategy, Bollaci lost 150 pounds in 2009—and kept it off—while living “La Dolce Vita.” Since establishing his company, Fred Bollaci Enterprises, in 2014, Bollaci has worked with hundreds of top chefs and written about restaurants, hotels, spas, wineries, and purveyors of gourmet fare, and exciting travel destinations around the globe. Fred enjoys sharing delicious recipes and tips for fitness and spiritual well-being along the way, while also helping coach and motivate hundreds of people to lose thousands of pounds. He is sought after by top establishments, including hotels, restaurants, and wineries for his expertise. Organizations, including public, private, educational, and not-for-profits seek him as a guest inspirational and motivational speaker. Before embarking on his entrepreneurial journey, Bollaci earned his MBA and held a career as a trusts and estates attorney in Florida. A true renaissance man, he is also a sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers), licensed real estate broker in Florida, Food Editor, Food & Beverage, Travel and Art Writer, and Appetite Columnist for Venu Magazine, one of the nation’s leading contemporary culture and luxury lifestyle magazines based in New York. Today, Bollaci looks great, feels great, and enjoys a variety of activities, There are so many ways to lose weight, and no one method works for everyone. Fred Bollaci found what works for him and has dedicated himself to helping others. Today, after losing 150 pounds while enjoying gourmet cuisine and keeping it off for five y... Today, after losing 150 pounds while enjoying gourmet cuisine and keeping it off for five years, Fred is spreading the word on how anyone can live the La Dolce Vita lifestyle, creating and enjoying gourmet meals at home and in great restaurants using the best ingredients available without guilt or excess calories, and offers keen insight on how to kick the habit of emotional overeating for good! (Fred Bollaci Enterprises)
One of the main factors behind Fred's struggle with obesity, since childhood, was emotional eating.

Children may use food to soothe their hurts and sadness, just like adults do. Emotional eating in childhood is often a sign of a bigger problem, as in adults, there can be underlying issues that need work.

If your child is struggling with excess weight, talk to your doctor. Watch for some of the signs of emotional eating such as:

* Anger
* Boredom
* Depression
* Fatigue
* Frustration
* Loneliness
* Stress
* Insecurity
* Sadness
* Withdrawal

While parents usually have the best of intentions, some may inadvertently contribute to weight issues by rewarding children with food. Using praise and non-food rewards or experiences is a healthier way.


Making Peace with Food
While many people told Fred that he could never lose weight dining at restaurants, he was determined to live the life he so enjoyed while maintaining a healthy weight.
As a gourmand and sommelier, Fred has found a way to travel the globe, enjoying gourmet foods representing many diverse nationalities without adding an inch to his waist! He has a keen knowledge of how to choose healthy delicious ingredients and create meals without adding unnecessary calories. He will demonstrate to you how to make healthy gourmet choices without compromising on taste or presentation so that you, too, can enjoy the La Dolce Vita lifestyle!
The Restaurant Diet: How to Eat Out Every Night and Still Lose Weight


Show Notes
12:29 - On a side note, the monitoring software I mentioned that we use on our computer is Qustodio

20:00 - Fred explains the four phases of his Restaraunt Diet

25:00 - Great tips: one serving, put your fork down between bites, sip water in between, not obsess about food - great advice

The Restaurant Diet: A Spiritual Journey of Weight Loss & Self Discovery 2nd Edition

This podcast episode can also be viewed as a video on Youtube:

About Fred Bollaci:
Fred Bollaci is The Healthy Global Gourmet. An international influencer on diet and weight loss strategy,]]>
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Coronavirus: Important Facts Americans Need to Know with Dr. Sean Beckmann, Biologist https://www.thatorganicmom.com/coronavirus-dr-sean-beckmann/ Fri, 31 Jan 2020 18:36:47 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17475 "Be informed, but don't panic," advises Dr. Sean Beckmann to concerned Americans. What do we need to know about Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV Questions we discuss in this Podcast Episode There's a lot of misinformation out there about the coronavirus, particularly on social media, what facts can you give us about the virus and how it spreads? The World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. Is asymptomatic transmission of this virus occurring? How is the virus transmitted? What are the symptoms? What is the incubation period? Viruses have the ability to reproduce rapidly, how adaptable are they in terms of survivability? I read that "In the lower temperatures, the virus could survive on a stainless steel surface from 5 to 28 days at all humidity levels."  How long can the virus survive on say, a shipping crate coming from China? Can you discuss treatment? Prevention? The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory urging Americans to reconsider traveling to China, along with the CDC.The U.S. government-chartered a plane to fly out diplomats from the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan, where the outbreak started, and other Americans. What are the safety precautions taken when these diplomats return to the U.S.? Are they tested for the virus, quarantined for a period of time? Who is most at risk of contracting the coronavirus? "The preliminary fatality rate for 2019-nCoV hovers around 3%—which is low, but still concerning because of the number of cases accumulating." The number of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza stands at around 6.7% according to the CDC. Why do you think this virus is especially hard on seniors? Can this virus mutate? [Tweet ""Be informed, but don't panic," advises Dr. Sean Beckmann to concerned Americans of the Coronavirus"] Is China sharing accurate, truthful information on the numbers, and if the numbers are higher, what is the benefit of not reporting the truth? How prepared are U.S. hospitals for testing for this particular strain? The director-general of the World Health Organization has flown to China to meet with government officials and health experts trying to contain the spread of 2019-nCoV. UN health chief visits China to help with virus containment. What the Chinese government has to say President Xi Jinping has called the outbreak a grave situation and said the government was stepping up efforts to restrict travel and public gatherings while rushing medical staff and supplies to the city at the center of the crisis, Wuhan, which remains on lockdown with no flights, trains or buses in or out. Chinese travel agencies have been told to halt all group tours, and concern is growing over the potential impact of millions of people traveling back to the cities after the Lunar New Year holiday ends on Thursday. Wuhan Coronavirus: U.S. Prepares to Evacuate Americans | time. According to the CDC - Prevention of 2019-nCoV Infection There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to avoid infection is to evade being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers. Treatment There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. "Be informed, but don't panic," advises Dr. Sean Beckmann to concerned Americans. What do we need to know about Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV Questions we discuss in this Podcast Episode There's a lot of misinformation out there about the coronavirus, What do we need to know about Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV
Questions we discuss in this Podcast Episode
There's a lot of misinformation out there about the coronavirus, particularly on social media, what facts can you give us about the virus and how it spreads?

The World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

Is asymptomatic transmission of this virus occurring?

How is the virus transmitted?

What are the symptoms?

What is the incubation period?

Viruses have the ability to reproduce rapidly, how adaptable are they in terms of survivability?

I read that "In the lower temperatures, the virus could survive on a stainless steel surface from 5 to 28 days at all humidity levels."  How long can the virus survive on say, a shipping crate coming from China?

Can you discuss treatment? Prevention?
The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory urging Americans to reconsider traveling to China, along with the CDC.The U.S. government-chartered a plane to fly out diplomats from the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan, where the outbreak started, and other Americans.
What are the safety precautions taken when these diplomats return to the U.S.? Are they tested for the virus, quarantined for a period of time?



Who is most at risk of contracting the coronavirus?

"The preliminary fatality rate for 2019-nCoV hovers around 3%—which is low, but still concerning because of the number of cases accumulating."

The number of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza stands at around 6.7% according to the CDC.

Why do you think this virus is especially hard on seniors?

Can this virus mutate?

[Tweet ""Be informed, but don't panic," advises Dr. Sean Beckmann to concerned Americans of the Coronavirus"]

Is China sharing accurate, truthful information on the numbers, and if the numbers are higher, what is the benefit of not reporting the truth?

How prepared are U.S. hospitals for testing for this particular strain?
The director-general of the World Health Organization has flown to China to meet with government officials and health experts trying to contain the spread of 2019-nCoV.
UN health chief visits China to help with virus containment.
What the Chinese government has to say
President Xi Jinping has called the outbreak a grave situation and said the government was stepping up efforts to restrict travel and public gatherings while rushing medical staff and supplies to the city at the center of the crisis, Wuhan, which remains on lockdown with no flights, trains or buses in or out.
Chinese travel agencies have been told to halt all group tours, and concern is growing over the potential impact of millions of people traveling back to the cities after the Lunar New Year holiday ends on Thursday. Wuhan Coronavirus: U.S.]]>
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Temperature Controlled Mattress Pad for People Who Need Quality Sleep https://www.thatorganicmom.com/serious-sleep-hack/ Mon, 27 Jan 2020 13:19:41 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17429 Why do some people thrive on 7 hours of sleep while others lay in bed for 9 or 10 hours and still wake up feeling terrible? Quality over quantity. "It's not about how long you sleep every night; it's about the quality of that sleep." For many, sleep is a dream or a nightmare. Not getting enough sleep can lead to more than drowsiness. Being sleep deprived can lead to depression, overeating, brain fog, irritability, caffeine dependence, and even death. If you have difficulty falling asleep, wake up frequently, get out of bed tired, sleep less than 7 hours per night, and feel stressed out over even minor issues, you may be sleep-deprived. Unfortunately, even moderate sleep deprivation can impair a person on a level equal to being intoxicated. In studies, findings show that sleep deprivation can render a person incapable of driving safely. Confirming this risk is the number of deaths from drowsy-driving-related crashes. In 2017, investigators contributed 795 deaths to driving while sleepy, as well as over 91,000 crashes. Missing out on sleep can cause more harm than just being drowsy; it harms your entire body, affecting your heart and liver. It lowers your immune system, makes you forgetful. Chronic sleep deprivation can shorten your life span. We probably don't need to tell you all of this to motivate you to get better sleep. If you are one of the millions who struggle to sleep, you already want to find a solution. I bought the chiliPAD for myself, then, because I loved it so much, I became an affiliate. Now, you can save with my Coupon Codes: chilipad25 – 25% off chiliPAD ooler15 – 15% off OOLER chiliblanket10 - 10% off a Chiliblanket Using Science to Solve Sleep Problems Todd and Tara Youngblood were just like you, tired of being tired. Using her background in science, Tara began to research. Todd, whose uncle invented the waterbed, was inspired to help Tara create a product that would help them control the temperature of their bed while sleeping. As a result, they came up with a product that has helped many people get the sleep they so desperately needed! Sleeping at cooler temperatures can measurably double the time we spend in deep sleep, which aids in physical recovery. The hydroponic mattress pad solves a problem that couples have been having for years! He's hot; she's cold or vice versa. Now, with a temperature-controlled mattress pad, each of them can sleep at the temperature they find most comfortable. Questions we discuss in this episode: Why did you create a temperature-controlled mattress pad? Sleeping at cooler temps can aid weight loss because temperature-controlled sleep can help you get deep sleep. It can help alleviate menopausal symptoms - almost a 50% reduction of hot flashes, and not just at night. Other than simple temperature comfort what reasons would people want to regulate the temperature in bed at night? Does controlling temperature improve health? Electric Blankets vs. Chilipad Blankets Electric blankets are filled with coils for heating. Electric blankets create electrons, small pieces of electricity. When electrons move, you have a magnetic field. The electric blanket means dirty electricity is moving around near your body. With the chiliPAD, water is what moves to keep you warm. Amplify your efforts to reduce EMFs by Putting your wifi on timers, so they're off at night. What is the Connection Between Body Temperature and the Sleep Switch? Your Sleep Switch Is Seeking Cooler Temperatures. So, at the end of the day (literally and figuratively), your brain is craving cooler temperatures. While there's no way to flip it internally like a light switch on a wall, you can prime yourself for sleep by working to affect your core temperature through some of these tricks and temperature-regulating sleep systems. Because if your sleep switch is turning off effectively, it probably means you're getting more deep sleep too, Why do some people thrive on 7 hours of sleep while others lay in bed for 9 or 10 hours and still wake up feeling terrible? Quality over quantity. - "It's not about how long you sleep every night; it's about the quality of that sleep." For many,
"It's not about how long you sleep every night; it's about the quality of that sleep."
For many, sleep is a dream or a nightmare.
Not getting enough sleep can lead to more than drowsiness. Being sleep deprived can lead to depression, overeating, brain fog, irritability, caffeine dependence, and even death.

If you have difficulty falling asleep, wake up frequently, get out of bed tired, sleep less than 7 hours per night, and feel stressed out over even minor issues, you may be sleep-deprived.

Unfortunately, even
moderate sleep deprivation can impair a person on a level equal to being intoxicated. In studies, findings show that sleep deprivation can render a person incapable of driving safely.

Confirming this risk is the number of deaths from drowsy-driving-related crashes. In 2017, investigators contributed 795 deaths to driving while sleepy, as well as over 91,000 crashes.

Missing out on sleep can cause more harm than just being drowsy; it harms your entire body, affecting your heart and liver. It lowers your immune system, makes you forgetful. Chronic sleep deprivation can shorten your life span.

We probably don't need to tell you all of this to motivate you to get better sleep. If you are one of the millions who struggle to sleep, you already want to find a solution.

I bought the chiliPAD for myself, then, because I loved it so much, I became an affiliate. Now, you can save with my Coupon Codes:

* chilipad25 – 25% off chiliPAD
* ooler15 – 15% off OOLER
* chiliblanket10 - 10% off a Chiliblanket

Using Science to Solve Sleep Problems
Todd and Tara Youngblood were just like you, tired of being tired. Using her background in science, Tara began to research. Todd, whose uncle invented the waterbed, was inspired to help Tara create a product that would help them control the temperature of their bed while sleeping.

As a result, they came up with a product that has helped many people get the sleep they so desperately needed! Sleeping at cooler temperatures can measurably double the time we spend in deep sleep, which aids in physical recovery.

The hydroponic mattress pad solves a problem that couples have been having for years! He's hot; she's cold or vice versa. Now, with a temperature-controlled mattress pad, each of them can sleep at the temperature they find most comfortable.


Questions we discuss in this episode:
Why did you create a temperature-controlled mattress pad?

Sleeping at cooler temps can aid weight loss because temperature-controlled sleep can help you get deep sleep.

It can help alleviate menopausal symptoms - almost a 50% reduction of hot flashes, and not just at night.

Other than simple temperature comfort what reasons would people want to regulate the temperature in bed at night?

Does controlling temperature improve health?
Electric Blankets vs. Chilipad Blankets
Electric blankets are filled with coils for heating. Electric blankets create electrons, small pieces of electricity. When electrons move, you have a magnetic field. The electric blanket means dirty electricity is moving around near your body. With the chiliPAD, water is what moves to keep you warm.

]]> Rebecca Huff 39:29 Sitting Kills and Why We Need to Prioritize Exercise with Judy Foreman https://www.thatorganicmom.com/exercise-judy-foreman/ Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:30:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17353 Exercise is Medicine Have you taken your medicine today? What I'm asking is, are you exercising enough? I'm going to admit that for me, the answer was no. Eating healthy food is a habit for me; getting great sleep- easy peasy, avoiding toxins, not smoking, moderate alcohol intake, no problem! Being consistent with exercises - now that's been my problem! Are you exercising enough to reap the benefits? As you will hear in this podcast episode with Judy Foreman we all need to move more and more frequently. How do we accomplish this goal when we are stuck in an office or at a computer all day? I was no exception. Many of my daily activities include sitting. Working on this website, knitting, driving, grading papers: sit down activities. Although I often stand up at my desk, it isn't enough to offset continuous sitting. "Even just standing-not exercising, but simply not sitting-- would reduce premature deaths from all causes, a study of 16,586 Canadian adults showed. (Sadly, there's little evidence that standing desks help much.)" Perhaps a stand-up desk paired with a treadmill would be an improvement. After reading the book Exercise is Medicine, I'm more motivated than I've ever been to make exercise a regular part of my life. Better late than never, right? The Motivation to Exercise There are many inspiring stories of people who are exercising and even competing in their golden years. Exercise has so many benefits, as you will find as you listen to this episode and read the book. It boosts mood, improves brain function, helps prevent falls as we age, keeps our heart healthy, and helps slow down aging, among other advantages. Sitting Kills Even for those who enjoy exercise, sitting too much is detrimental to our health. Sitting for hours on end puts us at higher health risks such as: obesity and overweight diabetes heart disease adverse changes in artery function and structure weakened muscles and muscle wasting failure of mitochondria negative impact on telomeres (they keep DNA from unraveling during cell division) Sitting makes us fat because it lowers the amount of food that is converted into energy. This excess body fat then raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and some cancers in multiple ways. According to an Australian study that Foreman cites in the book, the more time the participants spent sitting, the more their blood sugar levels rose. "Sitting is even bad for thin folks-sitting after a meal leads to a spike in blood sugar. Getting up after a meal can cut such spikes in half. Indeed, standing up and walking around just a little can double energy expenditure within minutes." So, stand up and clean the kitchen, take a walk around the block, or do a little after dinner dance! The chapters in this book include: Aging Run for Your Life Sitting Kills The Heart of the Matter The Energy Converting Machine Bigger, Better, Stronger Boning Up Exercise and Cognition Exercise and Mood It Takes Guts: Exercise and the Microbiome Immunity, Inflammation, and Exercise Exercise and Cancer Those Tiny, Telltale Telomeres Exercise and Anti-Aging Pills The Nitty Gritty: Q&A Dodging Bullets [Tweet "Sitting kills...exercise is medicine!"] After my discussion with Judy, I knew I needed a better plan for implementing movement into my sit-down activities. One of the changes is that when knitting, I ask Alexa to set a timer for 30-45 minutes. When the timer goes off I stand up and tidy or do a chore. My goal is to do a nitric oxide dump three times per day. If I'm working at my computer or watching tv, I'll ask Alexa to start a 7-minute workout.  I also set a series of "reminders" to go off throughout the day at which point I stop to do a number of each: squats lunges pushups tricep dips (on the edge of the couch) wall sits burpees mountain climbers Exercise is Medicine Have you taken your medicine today? What I'm asking is, are you exercising enough? - I'm going to admit that for me, the answer was no. Eating healthy food is a habit for me; getting great sleep- easy peasy, avoiding toxins, Have you taken your medicine today? What I'm asking is, are you exercising enough?

I'm going to admit that for me, the answer was no. Eating healthy food is a habit for me; getting great sleep- easy peasy, avoiding toxins, not smoking, moderate alcohol intake, no problem! Being consistent with exercises - now that's been my problem! Are you exercising enough to reap the benefits?

As you will hear in this podcast episode with Judy Foreman we all need to move more and more frequently. How do we accomplish this goal when we are stuck in an office or at a computer all day?

I was no exception. Many of my daily activities include sitting. Working on this website, knitting, driving, grading papers: sit down activities. Although I often stand up at my desk, it isn't enough to offset continuous sitting.

"Even just standing-not exercising, but simply not sitting-- would reduce premature deaths from all causes, a study of 16,586 Canadian adults showed. (Sadly, there's little evidence that standing desks help much.)" Perhaps a stand-up desk paired with a treadmill would be an improvement.

After reading the book Exercise is Medicine, I'm more motivated than I've ever been to make exercise a regular part of my life. Better late than never, right?
The Motivation to Exercise
There are many inspiring stories of people who are exercising and even competing in their golden years.

Exercise has so many benefits, as you will find as you listen to this episode and read the book. It boosts mood, improves brain function, helps prevent falls as we age, keeps our heart healthy, and helps slow down aging, among other advantages.
Sitting Kills
Even for those who enjoy exercise, sitting too much is detrimental to our health. Sitting for hours on end puts us at higher health risks such as:

* obesity and overweight
* diabetes
* heart disease
* adverse changes in artery function and structure
* weakened muscles and muscle wasting
* failure of mitochondria
* negative impact on telomeres (they keep DNA from unraveling during cell division)

Sitting makes us fat because it lowers the amount of food that is converted into energy. This excess body fat then raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and some cancers in multiple ways.
According to an Australian study that Foreman cites in the book, the more time the participants spent sitting, the more their blood sugar levels rose.

"Sitting is even bad for thin folks-sitting after a meal leads to a spike in blood sugar. Getting up after a meal can cut such spikes in half. Indeed, standing up and walking around just a little can double energy expenditure within minutes." So, stand up and clean the kitchen, take a walk around the block, or do a little after dinner dance!
The chapters in this book include:

* Aging
* Run for Your Life
* Sitting Kills
* The Heart of the Matter
* The Energy Converting Machine
* Bigger, Better, Stronger
* Boning Up
* Exercise and Cognition
* Exercise and Mood
* It Takes Guts: Exercise and the Microbiome
* Immunity, Inflammation, and Exercise
* Exercise and Cancer
* Those Tiny, Telltale Telomeres
* Exercise and Anti-Aging Pills
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Everything You Need to Know to Start AIP with Sophie Van Tiggelen https://www.thatorganicmom.com/aip-sophie-van-tiggelen/ Mon, 13 Jan 2020 12:35:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17351 Starting the Autoimmune Protocol Can the AIP (autoimmune protocol) help you? If you have been diagnosed with an Autoimmune disease, you may feel overwhelmed. Feeling helpless and wondering "what next" is normal. Maybe your doctor has told you that this is something you'll be dealing with for the rest of your life. That's why it's so important to know that with the right protocol, you can make serious strides towards improvement. Using dietary and lifestyle changes, you can slow or even stop the progression of an autoimmune disease. There are cases of people going into complete remission using the AIP. AIP Foodie Sophie Van Tiggelen is an autoimmune warrior, foodie, recipe developer, and photographer, who was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease in 2009. She was experiencing panic attacks and anxiety, brain fog, and heart palpitations, among other symptoms. After years of persistent and painful symptoms, Sophie began a strict anti-inflammatory diet called the Autoimmune Protocol or AIP. Within a short time, she began to regain her health and vitality. Sophie began by removing all inflammatory foods, especially sugary ones. She then began taking natural supplements prescribed by her functional medicine practitioner. To cope with anxiety, she started seeing a therapist to learn techniques to help her relax and slow down her anxious thoughts. After years of living the lifestyle, creating recipes, menus, and strategies, Sophie has helped many other people. Through her website, she helps others learn to change habits and adopt the AIP lifestyle so they can feel better. Her advice is, "Don't give up, be persistent! All your efforts will pay off, and you will feel so much better!" In addition to multiple cookbooks, one which we are discussing in this episode of A Healthy Bite, Sophie has an AIP Made Simple Membership. You can hear more about it in the podcast episode or read about it on the membership site. A Squirrel in the Kitchen Sophie has lots of free resources on her site, A Squirrel in the Kitchen, including recipes, books, tips, and strategies. The latest book is The Autoimmune Protocol Meal Prep Cookbook. This is more than a cookbook; everything is planned out for you! The menus each have a theme for the week. Each menu has recipes, grocery lists, steps and instructions in detail. My favorite recipe that I have tried so far is the Pomegranate gummies. I am still working my way through all of the recipes. Even if you don't meal prep, you'll still want this book for the recipes. You will not feel deprived when you use this cookbook! Questions in this episode: Tell us a little bit about yourself. (where you're from, family, hobbies, or work, etc.) What is the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol? What got you started following the AutoImmune Protocol? Give us some examples of yes and no foods on AIP? Do you still follow the AIP and/or how long did you follow it? Does everyone in your family follow the AIP? How does it work when you have kids? What improvements did you notice once you began following AIP? You wrote The Autoimmune Protocol Meal Prep Cookbook to help others achieve success - what's the hardest part about following the AIP diet? I saw that you have an AIP community with memberships, is this similar to what you've put together with the book? Recipes, Meal Plans, Shopping Lists, etc.? Who can benefit from following AIP? You have a lot going on, how do you do it all, especially with an autoimmune disease? Meet the author Sophie Van Tiggelen is a passionate foodie, recipe developer, author, and photographer. Diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis in 2009, she used the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) to reverse her condition and today, Sophie lives a full and vibrant life free from the anxiety and flare-ups that often accompany autoimmune diseases. With her food and lifestyle blog, A Squirrel in the Kitchen, Sophie shares her AIP experience and empowers others... Starting the Autoimmune Protocol Can the AIP (autoimmune protocol) help you? - If you have been diagnosed with an Autoimmune disease, you may feel overwhelmed. Feeling helpless and wondering "what next" is normal. Can the AIP (autoimmune protocol) help you?

If you have been diagnosed with an Autoimmune disease, you may feel overwhelmed. Feeling helpless and wondering "what next" is normal. Maybe your doctor has told you that this is something you'll be dealing with for the rest of your life.

That's why it's so important to know that with the right protocol, you can make serious strides towards improvement. Using dietary and lifestyle changes, you can slow or even stop the progression of an autoimmune disease. There are cases of people going into complete remission using the AIP.
AIP Foodie
Sophie Van Tiggelen is an autoimmune warrior, foodie, recipe developer, and photographer, who was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease in 2009. She was experiencing panic attacks and anxiety, brain fog, and heart palpitations, among other symptoms.

After years of persistent and painful symptoms, Sophie began a strict anti-inflammatory diet called the Autoimmune Protocol or AIP. Within a short time, she began to regain her health and vitality.

Sophie began by removing all inflammatory foods, especially sugary ones. She then began taking natural supplements prescribed by her functional medicine practitioner. To cope with anxiety, she started seeing a therapist to learn techniques to help her relax and slow down her anxious thoughts.

After years of living the lifestyle, creating recipes, menus, and strategies, Sophie has helped many other people. Through her website, she helps others learn to change habits and adopt the AIP lifestyle so they can feel better. Her advice is, "Don't give up, be persistent! All your efforts will pay off, and you will feel so much better!"

In addition to multiple cookbooks, one which we are discussing in this episode of A Healthy Bite, Sophie has an AIP Made Simple Membership. You can hear more about it in the podcast episode or read about it on the membership site.
A Squirrel in the Kitchen
Sophie has lots of free resources on her site, A Squirrel in the Kitchen, including recipes, books, tips, and strategies. The latest book is The Autoimmune Protocol Meal Prep Cookbook. This is more than a cookbook; everything is planned out for you!

The menus each have a theme for the week. Each menu has recipes, grocery lists, steps and instructions in detail.

My favorite recipe that I have tried so far is the Pomegranate gummies. I am still working my way through all of the recipes. Even if you don't meal prep, you'll still want this book for the recipes. You will not feel deprived when you use this cookbook!


Questions in this episode:
Tell us a little bit about yourself. (where you're from, family, hobbies, or work, etc.)

What is the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol?

What got you started following the AutoImmune Protocol?

Give us some examples of yes and no foods on AIP?

Do you still follow the AIP and/or how long did you follow it?

Does everyone in your family follow the AIP? How does it work when you have kids?



What improvements did you notice once you began following AIP?

You wrote The Autoimmune Protocol Meal Prep Cookbook to help others achieve success - what's the hardest part about following the AIP diet?

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Turning Ashes to Beauty: Life Lessons to Help Find Purpose, Prosperity, and Happiness https://www.thatorganicmom.com/life-lessons-keisha-blair/ Mon, 06 Jan 2020 13:01:15 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17336 Life lessons aren't usually learned easily. Keisha Blair was thirty-one years old. The happy mother of two young children, one just eight-weeks-old when her husband died unexpectedly from a rare disease at only age thirty-four. Unable to comprehend what had just happened, Keisha walked out of the hospital room with her husbands' personal items in a white plastic bag. One thing she did know at that moment, life is short. Life is Short Keisha stumbled through the next few weeks making plans to bury her young husband, losing 40 pounds in only a couple of weeks. Devastation, sadness, overwhelm, coupled with having an infant and toddler to care for took its toll on her. She began to second-guess herself, have regrets and her thoughts went around in circles. She thought so much about her husband, Garfield, and what legacy he had left behind. After doing so much thinking, she realized that she needed to take drastic action to figure out who she wanted to be and what legacy she wanted to leave behind. So, she put her things in storage and took a sabbatical. Keisha realized she did not want to take on a victim mentality harboring self-pity. She began journaling as a hobby, a way to organize her thoughts, and plan for her future. By sheer chance, several months before his death, Blair and her husband had consulted with their financial professional, who urged them to buy life insurance policies, given that they had a toddler and another baby on the way. That prescient moment gave Blair, who recently founded The Modern Widow site, financial security for herself and her two young sons—and a new take on the future. "While you don't know how much time you have, you still have to think about how long your life might be, as well as what the next generation needs." ~NYTimes Life Lessons On sabbatical, Keisha learned to really tune in to her intuition. This was part of her grieving process. She "learned the hard way as loss and grief made me [realize] that living life "business as usual" — constantly in survival mode — is no way to live." ~ Thrive Global She and her two young children ate a predominantly organic, whole-foods diet. Meals she made with her own two hands, savoring the process. Keisha practiced spiritual self-renewal by praying and meditating and helped others. Along the path to her healing, Keisha realized that her "own healing would come by reaching outward not inward." With spiritual transformation, the focus of your life has gone through an evolution- its not focussed on the valleys anymore — it's now focused on turning those valleys into mountaintops — through serving humanity and achieving happiness in the now. ~ Thrive Global article This was just the beginning of what was to be Keisha's viral post, comprised of 40 lessons she had learned from her husband's early death. Later, the book would be expanded and reorganized into Holistic Wealth: 32 Life Lessons to Help You Find Purpose Prosperity, and Happiness. You can also grab the awesome workbook to help you work through the book. The workbook is a road map that shows you how to build a thriving and healthy life where you prioritize what is most important. After receiving an Advanced Reader, I knew I had to talk with Keisha, and also provide a copy of her book for my adult daughters. I want them to cultivate these strengths and continue building the mental toughness needed to weather life's inevitable storms and setbacks. Meet the author KEISHA BLAIR is a trained economist, with extensive experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. She was part of the Prime Minister's delegation to the World Economic Forum in 2018 as well as the East-Asia (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore. She led on events such as the Most Powerful Women Summit in Montreal, Canada and the Fortune Global Forum. She is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and has an MSc in public policy fr... Life lessons aren't usually learned easily. Keisha Blair was thirty-one years old. The happy mother of two young children, one just eight-weeks-old when her husband died unexpectedly from a rare disease at only age thirty-four. -
Unable to comprehend what had just happened, Keisha walked out of the hospital room with her husbands' personal items in a white plastic bag. One thing she did know at that moment, life is short.
Life is Short
Keisha stumbled through the next few weeks making plans to bury her young husband, losing 40 pounds in only a couple of weeks. Devastation, sadness, overwhelm, coupled with having an infant and toddler to care for took its toll on her. She began to second-guess herself, have regrets and her thoughts went around in circles.

She thought so much about her husband, Garfield, and what legacy he had left behind. After doing so much thinking, she realized that she needed to take drastic action to figure out who she wanted to be and what legacy she wanted to leave behind. So, she put her things in storage and took a sabbatical.

Keisha realized she did not want to take on a victim mentality harboring self-pity. She began journaling as a hobby, a way to organize her thoughts, and plan for her future.
By sheer chance, several months before his death, Blair and her husband had consulted with their financial professional, who urged them to buy life insurance policies, given that they had a toddler and another baby on the way. That prescient moment gave Blair, who recently founded The Modern Widow site, financial security for herself and her two young sons—and a new take on the future. "While you don't know how much time you have, you still have to think about how long your life might be, as well as what the next generation needs." ~NYTimes
Life Lessons
On sabbatical, Keisha learned to really tune in to her intuition. This was part of her grieving process. She "learned the hard way as loss and grief made me [realize] that living life "business as usual" — constantly in survival mode — is no way to live." ~ Thrive Global

She and her two young children ate a predominantly organic, whole-foods diet. Meals she made with her own two hands, savoring the process.

Keisha practiced spiritual self-renewal by praying and meditating and helped others. Along the path to her healing, Keisha realized that her "own healing would come by reaching outward not inward."
With spiritual transformation, the focus of your life has gone through an evolution- its not focussed on the valleys anymore — it's now focused on turning those valleys into mountaintops — through serving humanity and achieving happiness in the now. ~ Thrive Global article
This was just the beginning of what was to be Keisha's viral post, comprised of 40 lessons she had learned from her husband's early death. Later, the book would be expanded and reorganized into Holistic Wealth: 32 Life Lessons to Help You Find Purpose Prosperity, and Happiness.

You can also grab the
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Improve Your Gut Health with The Probiotic Kitchen by Kelli Foster https://www.thatorganicmom.com/probiotic-kitchen/ Mon, 30 Dec 2019 13:27:04 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17318 Kelli Foster is a staff writer and editor for The Kitchn, which more than twenty million people visit each month, and the author of The Probiotic Kitchen and Buddha Bowls. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute, Kelli lives in New York City. Probiotics have been part of my life for a long time. Like many people, I am a huge fan of sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, yogurt, kombucha, and many other fermented foods and beverages. I'm also a fan of Kelli's other cookbook, Buddha Bowls which you can read more about in this blogpost about bowl meals trending. The Probiotic Kitchen The recipes in Kelli's newest cookbook, The Probiotic Kitchen, will help you to incorporate more probiotics into the meals you eat daily. Kelli's Tangy Deviled Eggs are amazing! I made them for Christmas, but I put a little twist on them. I soaked the eggs in pickled beet juice. The intention was to make the eggs a deep red, but I underestimated how long I would need to soak them. Next time I made these, I will soak my boiled eggs in beet brine for a full day to get a deep red color. The yogurt was even more delicious to me than using mayonnaise in the deviled eggs. I loved the addition of a little splash of sauerkraut juice in my yolk mixture to add probiotics and flavor. You can watch this interview episode on Youtube: A delicious cookbook you'll want on your shelf I also enjoyed Kelli's smashed chickpea salad sandwiches, a quick and easy lunch. I'm still exploring many of the recipes from Kelli's stash on Kitchn. For example, she has this amazing Meal Prep to help you get 2020 started off healthily. The post has every last detail planned out for you. With all of the probiotic foods available in stores today, you don't have to make your own at home. However, they're not all difficult. I started making kombucha back in 2003 and my kids grew up drinking it. I started making my own kimchi in 2015 and I love it. It's so delicious! The Probiotic Kitchen makes probiotic cooking easier and tastier than it's ever been before. As they do with vitamins and minerals, doctors recommend naturally occurring probiotics in real food over artificial supplements. In earlier books on the subject, almost all of the probiotic foods were fermented things like pickles, kimchi, kombucha, and the like. Recent discoveries have greatly expanded the range of foods that are now known to be rich in probiotics. These include cheeses, green peas, and even chocolate, among many others. Foster's enticing and reliable book covers fermented foods, to be sure, but also adds loads of recipes for more familiar and more versatile ingredients—more than 100 recipes in all, each one as delectable as the next. Show Notes What are probiotics, and what do they do for us? I think most people have heard of probiotics at least to some small degree, but we don't hear nearly as much about prebiotics, can you introduce us to prebiotics? Can you give us some examples of foods that contain probiotics? Is there a difference between "cultured" and "fermented"? What about pickled foods, how is that different, for example, the regular store-bought pickles on the shelf, are they beneficial to the gut at all or are they just more flavor on our sandwiches? I love that your cookbook is helping us to incorporate more probiotic-rich meals into our diet. What are some ways we can do this with minimal effort that will still make an impact? Sourdough bread has a fermented a starter, do the probiotics survive the baking process? Can you explain why fermented salsa may be superior? I recommend the smashed chickpea salad sandwiches! Tell me what's on your plate - what are your favorite meals? Follow Kelli on Instagram for yummy recipe inspirations! Explore Cookbooks like Kelli's in the Tasty Bite Cookbook Club. I love cookbooks and decided to give one copy away to a TOM Tribe reader! To enter the giveaway, join the cookbook club, Kelli Foster is a staff writer and editor for The Kitchn, which more than twenty million people visit each month, and the author of The Probiotic Kitchen and Buddha Bowls. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute, Kelli lives in New York City. - The Kitchn, which more than twenty million people visit each month, and the author of The Probiotic Kitchen and Buddha Bowls. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute, Kelli lives in New York City.

Probiotics have been part of my life for a long time. Like many people, I am a huge fan of sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, yogurt, kombucha, and many other fermented foods and beverages.

I'm also a fan of Kelli's other cookbook, Buddha Bowls which you can read more about in this blogpost about bowl meals trending.
The Probiotic Kitchen

The recipes in Kelli's newest cookbook, The Probiotic Kitchen, will help you to incorporate more probiotics into the meals you eat daily.

Kelli's Tangy Deviled Eggs are amazing! I made them for Christmas, but I put a little twist on them. I soaked the eggs in pickled beet juice. The intention was to make the eggs a deep red, but I underestimated how long I would need to soak them. Next time I made these, I will soak my boiled eggs in beet brine for a full day to get a deep red color.

The yogurt was even more delicious to me than using mayonnaise in the deviled eggs. I loved the addition of a little splash of sauerkraut juice in my yolk mixture to add probiotics and flavor.
You can watch this interview episode on Youtube:

A delicious cookbook you'll want on your shelf
I also enjoyed Kelli's smashed chickpea salad sandwiches, a quick and easy lunch. I'm still exploring many of the recipes from Kelli's stash on Kitchn. For example, she has this amazing Meal Prep to help you get 2020 started off healthily. The post has every last detail planned out for you.

With all of the probiotic foods available in stores today, you don't have to make your own at home. However, they're not all difficult. I started making kombucha back in 2003 and my kids grew up drinking it. I started making my own kimchi in 2015 and I love it. It's so delicious!

The Probiotic Kitchen makes probiotic cooking easier and tastier than it's ever been before. As they do with vitamins and minerals, doctors recommend naturally occurring probiotics in real food over artificial supplements. In earlier books on the subject, almost all of the probiotic foods were fermented things like pickles, kimchi, kombucha, and the like.

Recent discoveries have greatly expanded the range of foods that are now known to be rich in probiotics. These include cheeses, green peas, and even chocolate, among many others. Foster's enticing and reliable book covers fermented foods, to be sure, but also adds loads of recipes for more familiar and more versatile ingredients—more than 100 recipes in all, each one as delectable as the next.
Show Notes
What are probiotics, and what do they do for us?

]]> Rebecca Huff clean 25:43 How to Teach Kids About Money Matters Throughout Childhood https://www.thatorganicmom.com/kids-money-matters/ Thu, 19 Dec 2019 13:59:42 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17274 Kids and Allowance: To Give or Not To Give Do you give your child an allowance? How about your childhood, did you receive an allowance? Or maybe you're in the "no allowance" camp? No matter where you are on the issue of allowance, I'm sure you will agree that teaching children about managing finances is an essential part of parenting. And now it's easier than ever with so much help at our fingertips. So today, on A Healthy Bite, we get some fantastic tips from a financial advisor who has written a book with so many ways to teach our children about finances. Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade Stands Liz Frazier is the author of Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade Stands. Liz is a certified financial planner specializing in financial planning for families and working professionals. Her goal is to alleviate the anxiety that surrounds finances and provide painless and straightforward advice for all of life's stages and changes. Playing with Money I wanted to share details about an idea that I presented to Liz in this episode (around minute 13:00).  Snack Shop was my idea to teach my children how to count money and limit the number of snacks they asked for, but it turned into much more. Snack Shop I set this up with my first four children when they were between the ages of 6 and 12. Here's how it worked. First, I took a poster board and made a sign for my new "Snack Shop" and placed it prominently in our laundry room above a shelf stocked with snacks. Just like what you'd see in a grocery store. Each week, while shopping, I would buy various snacks that the children would enjoy. I placed these snacks on the shelves with prices written on a little dot sticker. My goal was to price everything in a range that they could "afford" to buy a couple of things every day for seven days. With the pricing, they could purchase several small items or one bigger snack, like a bar. At the beginning of the week, I would give each child a certain amount of money for the snack shop. Let's say $5.00. The cash was in all denominations from pennies to one-dollar bills, so they could learn to count it to make sure that I gave them the proper amount. (And sometimes I tried giving them too little to teach them to count the money accurately.) Every day at a specific time, I'd announce "Snack Shop!" and they'd come running with their money. Each item had a price; for example, trail mix would be fifty-seven cents, and a pack of gum would be thirty-two cents. The child would choose the items they wished to enjoy that day and count out how much to "pay" me for their snack. They would sometimes have the right change, other times they'd get change back. I required them to do the counting completely and taught them as we played along. The money would go into the snack shop jar, which I would later use to purchase more snacks and replenish their snack shop funds. If the child were trying to save up for something, perhaps they would choose not to spend money at the snack shop until they saved up enough money to make the purchase. It was an option to skip "snack shop" and opt to keep the money for their own purposes. Learning about Money and Building Memories I have such good memories of our "Snack Shop" as the kids would all gather around me, and we'd have so much fun. They were always excited and came running when I would announce "Snack Shop!" "Snack Shop" was my way of teaching my children how to manage a fixed income! This type of play taught my children how to budget because they wanted to have a little snack every day, so if they ran out of money on Thursday, they'd have nothing left for the last three days of the week. It also taught them how to save, especially during those times they had something in mind they wanted to buy. They especially learned how to count money because I often pretended to be a dishonest shopkeeper who gave them back the wrong change. In the end, it taught them much more. For example, Kids and Allowance: To Give or Not To Give Do you give your child an allowance? How about your childhood, did you receive an allowance? Or maybe you're in the "no allowance" camp? - No matter where you are on the issue of allowance, Do you give your child an allowance? How about your childhood, did you receive an allowance? Or maybe you're in the "no allowance" camp?

No matter where you are on the issue of allowance, I'm sure you will agree that teaching children about managing finances is an essential part of parenting. And now it's easier than ever with so much help at our fingertips.

So today, on A Healthy Bite, we get some fantastic tips from a financial advisor who has written a book with so many ways to teach our children about finances.
Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade Stands
Liz Frazier is the author of Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade Stands. Liz is a certified financial planner specializing in financial planning for families and working professionals. Her goal is to alleviate the anxiety that surrounds finances and provide painless and straightforward advice for all of life's stages and changes.
Playing with Money
I wanted to share details about an idea that I presented to Liz in this episode (around minute 13:00).  Snack Shop was my idea to teach my children how to count money and limit the number of snacks they asked for, but it turned into much more.
Snack Shop
I set this up with my first four children when they were between the ages of 6 and 12. Here's how it worked.

* First, I took a poster board and made a sign for my new "Snack Shop" and placed it prominently in our laundry room above a shelf stocked with snacks. Just like what you'd see in a grocery store.
* Each week, while shopping, I would buy various snacks that the children would enjoy. I placed these snacks on the shelves with prices written on a little dot sticker. My goal was to price everything in a range that they could "afford" to buy a couple of things every day for seven days. With the pricing, they could purchase several small items or one bigger snack, like a bar.
* At the beginning of the week, I would give each child a certain amount of money for the snack shop. Let's say $5.00. The cash was in all denominations from pennies to one-dollar bills, so they could learn to count it to make sure that I gave them the proper amount. (And sometimes I tried giving them too little to teach them to count the money accurately.)
* Every day at a specific time, I'd announce "Snack Shop!" and they'd come running with their money. Each item had a price; for example, trail mix would be fifty-seven cents, and a pack of gum would be thirty-two cents. The child would choose the items they wished to enjoy that day and count out how much to "pay" me for their snack. They would sometimes have the right change, other times they'd get change back. I required them to do the counting completely and taught them as we played along.
* The money would go into the snack shop jar, which I would later use to purchase more snacks and replenish their snack shop funds. If the child were trying to save up for something, perhaps they would choose not to spend money at the snack shop until they saved up enough money to make the purchase. It was an option to skip "snack shop" and opt to keep the money for their own purposes.

Learning about Money and Building Memories
I have such good memories of our "Snack Shop" as the kids would all gather around me, and we'd have so much fun. They were always excited and came running when I would announce "Snack Shop!"

"Snack Shop" was my way of teaching my children how to manage a fixed income! This type of play taught my children how to budget because they wanted to have a little snack every day,]]>
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Pharmacist Writes a Children’s Book to Combat Substance Use Disorder https://www.thatorganicmom.com/substance-use-disorder/ Mon, 16 Dec 2019 12:33:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=14061 Opioids are a growing epidemic in the United States. According to a study, the annual mortality rate for children and adolescents due to opioids rose 268% in the last twenty years. Additionally, only 16% of parents have talked to their teens about prescription pain medication abuse. What does it mean to be addicted or to have an addiction? Why do some people become addicted more easily than others? What is Substance Use Disorder These are some of the questions Dr. Laura Happe answers for us on this episode of A Healthy BIte. We are discussing her book, "If You Give an Ox an Oxy" and substance use disorder. Substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person's brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication. Substances such as alcohol, marijuana and nicotine also are considered drugs. When you're addicted, you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes. Drug addiction can start with experimental use of a recreational drug in social situations, and, for some people, the drug use becomes more frequent. For others, particularly with opioids, drug addiction begins with exposure to prescribed medications, or receiving medications from a friend or relative who has been prescribed the medication. The risk of addiction and how fast you become addicted varies by drug. Some drugs, such as opioid painkillers, have a higher risk and cause addiction more quickly than others. As time passes, you may need larger doses of the drug to get high. Soon you may need the drug just to feel good. As your drug use increases, you may find that it's increasingly difficult to go without the drug. Attempts to stop drug use may cause intense cravings and make you feel physically ill (withdrawal symptoms). You may need help from your doctor, family, friends, support groups or an organized treatment program to overcome your drug addiction and stay drug-free. ~ Mayo Clinic If You Give an Ox an Oxy PharmD and mother of two Dr. Laura Happe is trying to change that statistic with a book for adolescents and parents to talk about prescription medication use. Dr. Happe's book follows the style of the classic children's book series "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." "If You Give an Ox an Oxy" is an engaging picture book that educates kids about the dangers of opioid use and gives parents the tools to start meaningful discussions about this national crisis. As I mention in the podcast episode, touchy subjects like this one are the ones I prefer to avoid. After reading this book with my youngest child, I realized it wasn't as uncomfortable as I imagined. My daughter asked a few questions, then moved on with her day. It felt good knowing that she now was equipped with information that I might have otherwise avoided talking about. In the book If You Give an Ox an Oxy, readers follow Ox as he begins by taking just a few opioids for an injury until a few turns into a lot, and a lot turns into an addiction. The book teaches children an invaluable lesson. On a mission to combat drug abuse As a pharmacist, researcher, and educator, Dr. Happe has dedicated herself to helping people make better decisions when it comes to pharmaceutical use. She is passionate about arming parents with the information they need to talk with their kids about the dangers of using addictive opioids. Unlike any book before it, "If You Give an Ox an Oxy" shows how addiction can happen, what addiction and treatment look like, and why relapses occur. This unique and brightly illustrated story, which is supported throughout by facts and statistics, creates a comfortable environment in which to have discussions about a hefty topic. "As a parent of a tween and teen, my husband and I have purchased several books as support in discussing complex topics with them, from bullying and puberty to internet safety," Dr. Happe shares. "But when looking for a resource to help them understand today's... Opioids are a growing epidemic in the United States. According to a study, the annual mortality rate for children and adolescents due to opioids rose 268% in the last twenty years. Additionally, only 16% of parents have talked to their teens about pres... study, the annual mortality rate for children and adolescents due to opioids rose 268% in the last twenty years. Additionally, only 16% of parents have talked to their teens about prescription pain medication abuse.

What does it mean to be addicted or to have an addiction? Why do some people become addicted more easily than others?
What is Substance Use Disorder
These are some of the questions Dr. Laura Happe answers for us on this episode of A Healthy BIte. We are discussing her book, "If You Give an Ox an Oxy" and substance use disorder.
Substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person's brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication. Substances such as alcohol, marijuana and nicotine also are considered drugs. When you're addicted, you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes.

Drug addiction can start with experimental use of a recreational drug in social situations, and, for some people, the drug use becomes more frequent. For others, particularly with opioids, drug addiction begins with exposure to prescribed medications, or receiving medications from a friend or relative who has been prescribed the medication.

The risk of addiction and how fast you become addicted varies by drug. Some drugs, such as opioid painkillers, have a higher risk and cause addiction more quickly than others.

As time passes, you may need larger doses of the drug to get high. Soon you may need the drug just to feel good. As your drug use increases, you may find that it's increasingly difficult to go without the drug. Attempts to stop drug use may cause intense cravings and make you feel physically ill (withdrawal symptoms).

You may need help from your doctor, family, friends, support groups or an organized treatment program to overcome your drug addiction and stay drug-free. ~ Mayo Clinic
If You Give an Ox an Oxy
PharmD and mother of two Dr. Laura Happe is trying to change that statistic with a book for adolescents and parents to talk about prescription medication use.

Dr. Happe's book follows the style of the classic children's book series "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie."

"If You Give an Ox an Oxy" is an engaging picture book that educates kids about the dangers of opioid use and gives parents the tools to start meaningful discussions about this national crisis.

As I mention in the podcast episode, touchy subjects like this one are the ones I prefer to avoid. After reading this book with my youngest child, I realized it wasn't as uncomfortable as I imagined. My daughter asked a few questions, then moved on with her day. It felt good knowing that she now was equipped with information that I might have otherwise avoided talking about.

In the book If You Give an Ox an Oxy, readers follow Ox as he begins by taking just a few opioids for an injury until a few turns into a lot, and a lot turns into an addiction. The book teaches children an invaluable lesson.


On a mission to combat drug abuse
As a pharmacist, researcher, and educator, Dr. Happe has dedicated herself to helping people make better decisions when it comes to pharmaceutical use. She is passionate about arming parents with the information they need to talk with their kids about the dangers of usi...]]>
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Calm Inflammation with the “I love My Instant Pot Anti-Inflammatory Diet Recipe Book” https://www.thatorganicmom.com/instant-pot-anti-inflammatory-cookbook/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:33:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16676 What you eat could cause or prevent chronic inflammation Chronic inflammation is a significant health risk and can wreak havoc on your body, contributing to several major diseases. Those who experience chronic illness understand the importance of reducing inflammation. With the Instant Pot Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook, preventing and reducing inflammation doesn't have to be a challenge. Did you know that your diet could be one of the leading causes of chronic inflammation? Particularly if it is one that includes highly processed foods full of sugar or the wrong kinds of fats. Eat this not that Eating a variety of whole foods that are known to reduce chronic inflammation while at the same time, avoiding inflammatory foods can make a significant difference in your health. The Instant Pot® can be used to create anti-inflammatory meals that are quick, easy, and, most importantly, delicious! With 175 recipes and photographs throughout, this book is perfect for anyone wanting to put their Instant Pot® to good use. In addition, it is ideal for anyone following an anti-inflammatory diet. When healthy and convenient collide Maryea's recipes are developed to be incredibly healthy and using the instant pot, they're also convenient. I have had my instant pot since July 2016 and I still use it on a weekly basis. Having a cookbook full of healthy recipes to try has contributed to it's use! Newbies and experts alike will appreciate how this easy-to-follow cookbook brings you step-by-step instructions with simple recipes anyone can follow. The I Love My Instant Pot Anti-Inflammatory Diet Recipe Book shows you how to make whole-food dishes from breakfast to dinner and from snacks to dessert. Discover how easy it is to follow an anti-inflammatory diet using everyone's favorite cooking appliance. Instant Pot Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook makes creating healthy recipes in your Instant Pot more accessible than ever! Delicious Recipes that help tame inflammation Some of my favorite tasty recipes from this cookbook are: Asian Chopped Kale Salad (my favorite - pictured above) Lemony Salmon and Asparagus Broccoli Sesame Bites Sweet potato hummus Raspberry Steel Cut Oatmeal Bars Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Soup (big fan of this one) Orange Ginger Salmon Vegan Asian Noodle Bowls If you are a big fan of cookbooks, i.e. cookbook addiction, you will enjoy the Tasty Bite Cookbook Club - it's completely online. To baby step your way to better health, opt to receive future posts from this site delivered to your inbox, so you won't miss a thing. Show Notes and Questions We Discuss We hear people talking about inflammation frequently. What is it exactly? Is all inflammation bad or is there some good inflammation that happens in the body? What are some of the benefits of following an anti-inflammatory diet? Is this just for people with chronic illness, or can everyone benefit from avoiding inflammatory foods? Tell us about foods that increase inflammation. What about foods to fight inflammation? Why an instant pot? What's so great about using one? Why would someone with a chronic illness benefit from using an instant pot? You included some desserts in your Instant Pot Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook, what are you using to sweeten these? Read more about the I Love My Instant Pot Anti-Inflammatory Recipes. Meet the author Maryea Flaherty is the blogger behind Happy Healthy Mama, a healthy lifestyle blog that inspires others to live their healthiest life. She's been blogging since 2010 and her work has been featured on Self, BuzzFeed, Greatist, Foodgawker, Tastespotting, Finding Vegan, and in Low Sugar Living magazine. Share this post to Pinterest What you eat could cause or prevent chronic inflammation Chronic inflammation is a significant health risk and can wreak havoc on your body, contributing to several major diseases. Those who experience chronic illness understand the importance of redu... Chronic inflammation is a significant health risk and can wreak havoc on your body, contributing to several major diseases. Those who experience chronic illness understand the importance of reducing inflammation. With the Instant Pot Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook, preventing and reducing inflammation doesn't have to be a challenge.

Did you know that your diet could be one of the leading causes of chronic inflammation? Particularly if it is one that includes highly processed foods full of sugar or the wrong kinds of fats.
Eat this not that
Eating a variety of whole foods that are known to reduce chronic inflammation while at the same time, avoiding inflammatory foods can make a significant difference in your health.

The Instant Pot® can be used to create anti-inflammatory meals that are quick, easy, and, most importantly, delicious! With 175 recipes and photographs throughout, this book is perfect for anyone wanting to put their Instant Pot® to good use.

In addition, it is ideal for anyone following an anti-inflammatory diet.
When healthy and convenient collide
Maryea's recipes are developed to be incredibly healthy and using the instant pot, they're also convenient. I have had my instant pot since July 2016 and I still use it on a weekly basis. Having a cookbook full of healthy recipes to try has contributed to it's use!

Newbies and experts alike will appreciate how this easy-to-follow cookbook brings you step-by-step instructions with simple recipes anyone can follow.

The I Love My Instant Pot Anti-Inflammatory Diet Recipe Book shows you how to make whole-food dishes from breakfast to dinner and from snacks to dessert.

Discover how easy it is to follow an anti-inflammatory diet using everyone's favorite cooking appliance. Instant Pot Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook makes creating healthy recipes in your Instant Pot more accessible than ever!
Delicious Recipes that help tame inflammation


Some of my favorite tasty recipes from this cookbook are:

* Asian Chopped Kale Salad (my favorite - pictured above)
* Lemony Salmon and Asparagus
* Broccoli Sesame Bites
* Sweet potato hummus
* Raspberry Steel Cut Oatmeal Bars
* Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Soup (big fan of this one)
* Orange Ginger Salmon
* Vegan Asian Noodle Bowls

If you are a big fan of cookbooks, i.e. cookbook addiction, you will enjoy the Tasty Bite Cookbook Club - it's completely online. To baby step your way to better health, opt to receive future posts from this site delivered to your inbox, so you won't miss a thing.


Show Notes and Questions We Discuss
We hear people talking about inflammation frequently. What is it exactly? Is all inflammation bad or is there some good inflammation that happens in the body?

What are some of the benefits of following an anti-inflammatory diet? Is this just for people with chronic illness, or can everyone benefit from avoiding inflammatory foods?

Tell us about foods that increase inflammation.



What about foods to fight inflammation?

Why an instant pot?]]>
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Unraveling Childhood Scripts to Write a Better Life Story https://www.thatorganicmom.com/childhood-scripts-jennifer-noel-taylor/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:36:02 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17182 Growing up, people frequently asked how my sister and I could be so different. That is something that I often wondered myself until I spent years unraveling my childhood scripts with Dr. J. Childhood scripts are also known as Life Scripts and are subconscious creations of our childhood. Eric Berne developed the theory of life scripts in the 60s. For the most part, we are unaware that we are writing them or that they even exist. "A Life Script is a set of childhood decisions made unconsciously by a person in response to parental messages about self, others, and the world. These decisions are influenced by the child's perception and interpretation of what's happening around him." If you've ever wondered how two children can grow up in the same house, with the same parents, and end up as opposites, now you know! The key to understanding all of this is that kids may get the same message, yet each interprets that message differently. That is because these childhood scripts are more about interpretation than the actual message. Parental messages are only one way we acquire childhood scripts Here's a message my dad gave us, "do it right or don't do it at all." Our interpretations: Me: Try harder; execute everything flawlessly; otherwise, I'm a failure. My sister: Don't bother, it's a waste of time. This interpretation is just one small example of how childhood scripts can dictate how you behave in your adult life. The messages can be much more crippling than the example given here. Don't despair; these childhood scripts do not have to be a permanent part of your existence. They do not have to be a reality. Although, when these scripts run through your mind, they feel very real. You can challenge these scripts, and eventually, change them. Rewriting Childhood Scripts Jennifer Noel Taylor is here to explain how you can separate yourself from these scripts and see them as an observer rather than trying to talk yourself out of the scripts. As you witness your childhood scripts, you will become more objective about them. Jennifer mentions using shopping to deal with her emotions. In her example, she "catches" herself on Amazon, looking for another pair of shoes to add to the thirty in her closet. In this example, Jennifer shows us how she observes herself in these scripts: You're not pretty enough You don't deserve love Jennifer explains how she nurtures herself using positive self-talk and how she deals with thoughts of those experiences that led her to these beliefs. She has learned to rewrite these scripts. Understand and Rewrite Your Childhood Scripts Understanding your childhood scripts empowers you to change them. Once you recognize these scenarios (or as I call them replaying records), you can unravel, interpret differently, and even rewrite or consciously choose a separate course of action and get a different outcome. Identify the emotion Unravel the feeling starting from the last time you felt it, to as far back as you can remember until you arrive at the first time you felt this way. Recognize the life script Rewrite the script as an adult, base your new writing on what you know now, as an adult. Practice the new script every time the emotion presents itself. All of this is easier said than done, of course! Seeking professional help to support you in unraveling your childhood scripts so that you can make meaningful changes is a smart decision. While it may take courage, the results are worth the risk of being momentarily uncomfortable. Jennifer Noel Taylor This was Jennifer's second time on A Healthy Bite Podcast, listen to her first episode, How to Stop Struggling with Money and Live Your Purpose, we discussed her book Spiritual and Broke. 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. Growing up, people frequently asked how my sister and I could be so different. That is something that I often wondered myself until I spent years unraveling my childhood scripts with Dr. J. - Childhood scripts are also known as Life Scripts and are su...
Childhood scripts are also known as Life Scripts and are subconscious creations of our childhood. Eric Berne developed the theory of life scripts in the 60s. For the most part, we are unaware that we are writing them or that they even exist.
"A Life Script is a set of childhood decisions made unconsciously by a person in response to parental messages about self, others, and the world. These decisions are influenced by the child's perception and interpretation of what's happening around him."
If you've ever wondered how two children can grow up in the same house, with the same parents, and end up as opposites, now you know!

The key to understanding all of this is that kids may get the same message, yet each interprets that message differently. That is because these childhood scripts are more about interpretation than the actual message.
Parental messages are only one way we acquire childhood scripts
Here's a message my dad gave us, "do it right or don't do it at all."

Our interpretations:

Me: Try harder; execute everything flawlessly; otherwise, I'm a failure.
My sister: Don't bother, it's a waste of time.

This interpretation is just one small example of how childhood scripts can dictate how you behave in your adult life. The messages can be much more crippling than the example given here.

Don't despair; these childhood scripts do not have to be a permanent part of your existence. They do not have to be a reality. Although, when these scripts run through your mind, they feel very real. You can challenge these scripts, and eventually, change them.
Rewriting Childhood Scripts
Jennifer Noel Taylor is here to explain how you can separate yourself from these scripts and see them as an observer rather than trying to talk yourself out of the scripts.

As you witness your childhood scripts, you will become more objective about them. Jennifer mentions using shopping to deal with her emotions. In her example, she "catches" herself on Amazon, looking for another pair of shoes to add to the thirty in her closet.

In this example, Jennifer shows us how she observes herself in these scripts:

* You're not pretty enough
* You don't deserve love

Jennifer explains how she nurtures herself using positive self-talk and how she deals with thoughts of those experiences that led her to these beliefs. She has learned to rewrite these scripts.


Understand and Rewrite Your Childhood Scripts
Understanding your childhood scripts empowers you to change them. Once you recognize these scenarios (or as I call them replaying records), you can unravel, interpret differently, and even rewrite or consciously choose a separate course of action and get a different outcome.

* Identify the emotion
* Unravel the feeling starting from the last time you felt it, to as far back as you can remember until you arrive at the first time you felt this way.
* Recognize the life script
* Rewrite the script as an adult, base your new writing on what you know now, as an adult.
* Practice the new script every time the emotion presents itself.

All of this is easier said than done, of course! Seeking professional help to support you in unraveling your childhood scripts so that you can make meaningful changes is a smart decision.]]>
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Keeping Kids Healthy and Preventing Childhood Obesity https://www.thatorganicmom.com/preventing-childhood-obesity-adita-lang/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 12:30:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17133 The epidemic of obese and overweight children in the US In the United States, around 18.5% of children ages 2-19 are considered obese. One in three children in the US is deemed to be overweight. Children with a body mass index-for age percentile higher than 95% are "affected by obesity" and "overweight" if the BMI-for-age percentile is more than 85% but less than 95%. Your pediatrician can measure your child's weight in terms of percentile, or you can use this chart to determine it for yourself. Genetics may play a role in obesity; however, genes account for less than 5% of cases of childhood obesity. 2 Children learn by modeling parents' and peers' preferences, intake, and willingness to try new foods. Availability of, and repeated exposure to, healthy foods is key to developing preferences and can overcome the dislike of foods. 3 Overweight and obese children are at a higher risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, sleep apnea, and even cancer at a younger age. 4 Obesity also affects a child's mental health. Children who are obese may experience lower self-esteem. The three E's of addressing overweight and obesity in children are Environment, Exercise, and Eating. Reduce screen time and make physical activity a priority. Consider an extracurricular activity such as dance or martial arts, that requires a child to move their body more to address the environment and exercise. The more complicated aspect of overweight and obese children is what they eat. In this episode of A Healthy Bite, I am chatting with Adita Lang, who is on a mission to inspire families to live life with their true potential in the forefront. Adita is the author of Super Powers, A Busy Woman's Guide to Health and Happiness, and the book we are discussing today: Super Powers of the Family Kitchen. Find out more about Adita's programs on her website. Adita has a recipe section on her site that can be helpful for parents who are looking for healthier options. Growing an Adult from Scratch - Kids Snacks that rock! "Feed your kids nutrient dense foods and they will reap the benefits of amazing growth and development!" Food for your kids needs to be packed with nutrients, protein, and quality fats. Nutrients for growth and development, and fat and protein to stabilize blood sugars and maintain mental alertness and focus. Here are some fun treats that "hide" some of the best parts - Your kids will find them tasty and you will find them powerful! Show notes and questions we discuss on this episode How can parents go about being their family's food coach? What do you find is the most common misconception or misunderstanding when it comes to nutrition facts and packaging claims? Explain dairy as a food group concerning how it metabolizes. You have a chapter on creating a Family Food Plan that is not like a traditional diet; you call it a Live-It. Can you explain the concept and then the process. Let's talk about kids and emotional eating - what are some guidelines for parents. Adita Yrizarry-Lang is a nutritional guru, mind-body coach, an advocate for healthy living and author who has devoted more than 30 years to the wellness industry. She has been featured in Shape and Fitness magazines and has had fitness products for sale through TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Adita holds a degree in holistic nutrition, is a Lv3 holistic lifestyle coach through the Chek Institute, and has been accredited by several health organizations. She has trained thousands of fitness professionals worldwide and often speaks at schools, Fortune 500 companies, and private organizations on the benefits of quality foods, longevity, and amazing health. 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. The epidemic of obese and overweight children in the US In the United States, around 18.5% of children ages 2-19 are considered obese. One in three children in the US is deemed to be overweight. - Children with a body mass index-for age percentile hi... In the United States, around 18.5% of children ages 2-19 are considered obese. One in three children in the US is deemed to be overweight.

Children with a body mass index-for age percentile higher than 95% are "affected by obesity" and "overweight" if the BMI-for-age percentile is more than 85% but less than 95%. Your pediatrician can measure your child's weight in terms of percentile, or you can use this chart to determine it for yourself.

Genetics may play a role in obesity; however, genes account for less than 5% of cases of childhood obesity. 2
Children learn by modeling parents' and peers' preferences, intake, and willingness to try new foods. Availability of, and repeated exposure to, healthy foods is key to developing preferences and can overcome the dislike of foods. 3
Overweight and obese children are at a higher risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, sleep apnea, and even cancer at a younger age. 4 Obesity also affects a child's mental health. Children who are obese may experience lower self-esteem.
The three E's of addressing overweight and obesity in children are Environment, Exercise, and Eating.
Reduce screen time and make physical activity a priority. Consider an extracurricular activity such as dance or martial arts, that requires a child to move their body more to address the environment and exercise.

The more complicated aspect of overweight and obese children is what they eat.

In this episode of A Healthy Bite, I am chatting with Adita Lang, who is on a mission to inspire families to live life with their true potential in the forefront.

Adita is the author of Super Powers, A Busy Woman's Guide to Health and Happiness, and the book we are discussing today: Super Powers of the Family Kitchen. Find out more about Adita's programs on her website.

Adita has a recipe section on her site that can be helpful for parents who are looking for healthier options.

Growing an Adult from Scratch - Kids Snacks that rock!
"Feed your kids nutrient dense foods and they will reap the benefits of amazing growth and development!" Food for your kids needs to be packed with nutrients, protein, and quality fats. Nutrients for growth and development, and fat and protein to stabilize blood sugars and maintain mental alertness and focus. Here are some fun treats that "hide" some of the best parts - Your kids will find them tasty and you will find them powerful!
Show notes and questions we discuss on this episode
How can parents go about being their family's food coach?

What do you find is the most common misconception or misunderstanding when it comes to nutrition facts and packaging claims?

Explain dairy as a food group concerning how it metabolizes.

You have a chapter on creating a Family Food Plan that is not like a traditional diet; you call it a Live-It. Can you explain the concept and then the process.

Let's talk about kids and emotional eating - what are some guidelines for parents.



Adita Yrizarry-Lang is a nutritional guru, mind-body coach, an advocate for healthy living and author who has devoted more than 30 y...]]>
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Help Children Sleep Better with a Sweet Book About Mindfulness https://www.thatorganicmom.com/sleep-better-mindfulness/ Mon, 02 Dec 2019 12:30:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16931 As parents, we want our children to sleep well because we know they will feel better and be healthier. When they sleep better we sleep better. Children can experience difficulty falling asleep for a number of reasons. Restlessness, over-stimulation, worry, fear, separation anxiety, and other factors can contribute to keeping a child awake. One way to help them sleep better is to teach your child to practice mindfulness. Many parents practice mindfulness and experience the benefits. In this podcast episode, we are talking about how mindfulness can help children sleep better and a sweet little book that will help children practice before bedtime. Practicing Gratitude Jennifer Cohen Harper is an educator, public speaker, mother, and founder of NYC’s Little Flower Yoga, and author of the new children’s book, Thank You Body, Thank You Heart. As a leader in the yoga and mindfulness world for 14 years, Jennifer has been inspiring and teaching children, their caregivers, and teachers how these powerful practices improve our mental and physical well-being. As a mother of two young daughters, she understands the importance of children achieving peaceful rest, so they will be equipped to face their over-stimulating and pressure-filled world. Her latest project, Thank You Body, Thank You Heart, is the perfect nighttime practice to calm and connect with our bodies in a meaningful way. There are many things that will shape a child’s relationship with their own body,” says Cohen Harper. “Many of them are outside of our control, but the more we can do to create a healthy identity early on, the more resilient our kids will be when faced with wildly competing messages about their worth. One consideration is that often, as our kids get older, they relate more and more to their bodies based on the way it looks. Actually, I find the world already relates to my young daughters based on how they look! If we can remember to help kids orient to their body in terms of function and feeling, we can help them become more embodied people, with better self-awareness, and an increased ability to understand and meet their own needs. Watch this podcast episode so you can see the adorable illustrations. Show Notes and Questions In what way can we teach kids that their unique body, mind, and heart have a role in bringing peace to the world around them? How can we help our children to have a healthy relationship with their bodies? Your book is almost like a meditation guide to encourage our children to be grateful for everything the body is capable of, is that your intention, do some of these ideas come from your yoga practice? Along with your book, do you have any other suggestions for young children who may experience some night time anxiety or trouble sleeping? You seem to balance it all so well motherhood entrepreneurship, staying physically fit with yoga, how do you do it? Meet the author Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RCYT, is an educator, author, public speaker, and mother, who works to support all children and teens in the development of strong inner resources through the tools of yoga and mindfulness. Her goal is to help kids, and those who care for them, thrive in the world regardless of circumstances and navigate the many challenges they face with a sense of personal power and self-awareness. Little Flower Yoga was founded in 2006 by Jennifer Cohen Harper, after her successful use of yoga and mindfulness at Harlem Children’s Zone in NYC had led to requests by other students, teachers, and administrators for programs of their own. As the Founder and CEO (Chief Everything Officer) of LFY, Jennifer brings embodied mindfulness programming and education to schools and community organizations nationwide, serving students, families, educators, and mental health providers. Jennifer is the author of Little Flower Yoga for Kids: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program to Help Your Child Improve Attention and Emotion... As parents, we want our children to sleep well because we know they will feel better and be healthier. When they sleep better we sleep better. Children can experience difficulty falling asleep for a number of reasons. Restlessness, over-stimulation,
One way to help them sleep better is to teach your child to practice mindfulness. Many parents practice mindfulness and experience the benefits.

In this podcast episode, we are talking about how mindfulness can help children sleep better and a sweet little book that will help children practice before bedtime.


Practicing Gratitude
Jennifer Cohen Harper is an educator, public speaker, mother, and founder of NYC’s Little Flower Yoga, and author of the new children’s book, Thank You Body, Thank You Heart.

As a leader in the yoga and mindfulness world for 14 years, Jennifer has been inspiring and teaching children, their caregivers, and teachers how these powerful practices improve our mental and physical well-being.

As a mother of two young daughters, she understands the importance of children achieving peaceful rest, so they will be equipped to face their over-stimulating and pressure-filled world. Her latest project, Thank You Body, Thank You Heart, is the perfect nighttime practice to calm and connect with our bodies in a meaningful way.
There are many things that will shape a child’s relationship with their own body,” says Cohen Harper. “Many of them are outside of our control, but the more we can do to create a healthy identity early on, the more resilient our kids will be when faced with wildly competing messages about their worth.

One consideration is that often, as our kids get older, they relate more and more to their bodies based on the way it looks. Actually, I find the world already relates to my young daughters based on how they look!

If we can remember to help kids orient to their body in terms of function and feeling, we can help them become more embodied people, with better self-awareness, and an increased ability to understand and meet their own needs.
Watch this podcast episode so you can see the adorable illustrations.


Show Notes and Questions
In what way can we teach kids that their unique body, mind, and heart have a role in bringing peace to the world around them?

How can we help our children to have a healthy relationship with their bodies?

Your book is almost like a meditation guide to encourage our children to be grateful for everything the body is capable of, is that your intention, do some of these ideas come from your yoga practice?

Along with your book, do you have any other suggestions for young children who may experience some night time anxiety or trouble sleeping?

You seem to balance it all so well motherhood entrepreneurship, staying physically fit with yoga, how do you do it?
Meet the author
Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RCYT, is an educator, author, public speaker, and mother, who works to support all children and teens in the development of strong inner resources through the tools of yoga and mindfulness. Her goal is to help kids, and those who care for them, thrive in the world regardless of circumstances and navigate the many challenges they face with a sense of personal power and self-awareness.

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Languages Saved His Life – A Story of Survival https://www.thatorganicmom.com/languages-saved-his-life/ Thu, 28 Nov 2019 12:30:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=17068 There are so many reasons to study foreign languages at every age. With all the tools we have available to aid us, there's no excuse not to learn a second (or even a third) language. Foreign languages are one of the most important parts of our homeschooling experience. In fact, I even downloaded Duolingo on my mom's phone so she could keep her mind fresh learning another language! Learning to speak a second language is so rewarding, especially when you have the opportunity to put all that effort into use. That is why I was thrilled to speak with Stefanie Naumann, the granddaughter of Tadeusz Haska.  Her grandfather spoke nine languages! He was born in 1919 in Mikołajki, Poland, and was orphaned at the young age of thirteen. Education was so important to him, that he and his younger brother continued going to school while living alone. They were able to pay their way by tutoring other students. Unfortunately, a bomb dropped on the university he attended and he had to put his education on pause. However, his knowledge of languages helped him survive World War II. He persevered and miraculously survived in many situations. Languages saved his life on multiple occasions, as told in his memoir. Haska's granddaughter, Stefanie Naumann, co-authored the book How Languages Saved Me: A Polish Story of Survival. It is her grandfather's biography that he was unable to finish at the time of his passing at age 93. Stefanie was able to finish the book using video interviews, letters, and other documents made during Haska's lifetime. How Languages Saved Me: A Polish Story of Survival earned 1st place in the 2019 Royal Dragonfly book awards in the autobiography and historical nonfiction categories. Not at all surprising since his story is astonishing and inspirational. When I was arrested, my whole world crumbled. I knew that leaders of political parties had been arrested, and never heard from again. My only chance at survival was to find a way to escape from the jail. Tadeusz "Tad" Haska survived World War II on the run, narrowly evading the Nazis every step of the way. After the war, he daringly escaped jail by the Soviet Secret Police, fled to Sweden, and launched an elaborate plan to smuggle his wife in a coffin on an all-male naval ship. Languages Saved His Life Through reading the book, we are able to observe how Mr. Haska's knowledge of nine languages helped him survive in the face of unspeakable adversity. Interestingly, his ninth language was English and was the language in which he earned his Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He taught and served as chairman, in the Polish Department at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA for 35 years. His work was featured on the TV program The Big Picture. (source) See footage on Stefanie Naumman's website. My children also wanted to read this book and were inspired to continue their pursuit of learning other languages. We have studied Spanish, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, German and Russian languages over the years we have homeschooled. I'd love to know what languages you know or which ones you study, so make sure to mention them in the comments below. Stefanie Naumann is an award-winning author and Professor of Management in the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific, where she has taught for 20 years. She earned her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University and has published over 30 journal articles. She is a 20+ year member of the Academy of Management, a lifetime member of the Polish American Genealogical Society of America. Stefanie has earned awards for her research, teaching, and service. Her book, How Languages Saved Me: A Polish Story of Survival, is an award-winning finalist in American Book Fest's 2019 Best Book Awards. Show Notes So tell me how you came to decide that you would share his story? Your grandfather knew nine languages, can you list them for us? There are so many reasons to study foreign languages at every age. With all the tools we have available to aid us, there's no excuse not to learn a second (or even a third) language. Foreign languages are one of the most important parts of our homescho...
In fact, I even downloaded Duolingo on my mom's phone so she could keep her mind fresh learning another language! Learning to speak a second language is so rewarding, especially when you have the opportunity to put all that effort into use.

That is why I was thrilled to speak with Stefanie Naumann, the granddaughter of Tadeusz Haska.  Her grandfather spoke nine languages! He was born in 1919 in Mikołajki, Poland, and was orphaned at the young age of thirteen. Education was so important to him, that he and his younger brother continued going to school while living alone. They were able to pay their way by tutoring other students.

Unfortunately, a bomb dropped on the university he attended and he had to put his education on pause. However, his knowledge of languages helped him survive World War II. He persevered and miraculously survived in many situations.
Languages saved his life on multiple occasions, as told in his memoir.


Haska's granddaughter, Stefanie Naumann, co-authored the book
How Languages Saved Me: A Polish Story of Survival. It is her grandfather's biography that he was unable to finish at the time of his passing at age 93. Stefanie was able to finish the book using video interviews, letters, and other documents made during Haska's lifetime.

How Languages Saved Me: A Polish Story of Survival earned 1st place in the 2019 Royal Dragonfly book awards in the autobiography and historical nonfiction categories. Not at all surprising since his story is astonishing and inspirational.
When I was arrested, my whole world crumbled. I knew that leaders of political parties had been arrested, and never heard from again. My only chance at survival was to find a way to escape from the jail.
Tadeusz "Tad" Haska survived World War II on the run, narrowly evading the Nazis every step of the way. After the war, he daringly escaped jail by the Soviet Secret Police, fled to Sweden, and launched an elaborate plan to smuggle his wife in a coffin on an all-male naval ship.
Languages Saved His Life
Through reading the book, we are able to observe how Mr. Haska's knowledge of nine languages helped him survive in the face of unspeakable adversity.

Interestingly, his ninth language was English and was the language in which he earned his Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.

He taught and served as chairman, in the Polish Department at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA for 35 years. His work was featured on the TV program The Big Picture. (source) See footage on Stefanie Naumman's website.

My children also wanted to read this book and were inspired to continue their pursuit of learning other languages. We have studied Spanish, Korean, Rebecca Huff 15:42 Being Successful in Spite of a Difficult Childhood https://www.thatorganicmom.com/difficult-childhood-mark-diehl/ Mon, 25 Nov 2019 13:00:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16929 Those who have a relationship with someone suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), will know how difficult it can make every aspect of life. Mental Health and Setting Boundaries with Family Mark Diehl, the author of the memoir Stealing Cinderella: How I Became an International Fugitive for Love, has been there. His mother, who suffered from BPD, often harped on worries not grounded in reality. For example, she was paranoid that his daughter's ice skating lessons might bankrupt his family. She would act on these fears, recruiting others to help her press Mark for answers. Her constant badgering drove Mark to distraction. At one point, her intrusion caused him to flush his daughter's beloved pet frog down the toilet by accident. After Mark's mother's behavior became increasingly manipulative, relentless, and abusive, Mark decided the best thing for his own family would be to cut ties. But it wasn't easy. Mark shares some painful truths he learned about the process of stepping away from a relationship where boundaries wouldn't work. In spite of these difficulties, as an adult, Mark is able to have a healthy relationship with his wife and daughter. Meeting Cinderella In Mark's memoir novel, Stealing Cinderella, he shares the story of how he meets his wife in South Korea. While they had little in common to bond them together, Mark found they had a particular shared formative experience. This bonding experience was one of separate and different, though equally neglectful, and damaging childhoods. Mark's experience was being raised by a mother with Borderline Personality Disorder while at the same time being completely neglected by his father. Jennifer's childhood scars were "from being viewed and treated by her family as a disappointment from birth, useful only as a bargaining chip in the matchmaking game for her siblings... She grew up like Cinderella. Before she was of marrying age, her parents dressed her like a boy or in her older sister's discarded clothing; only when it came time to present her to prospective husbands did they buy her nice clothes, shoes, and handbags. She was reminded of her inferior status constantly, including through her parents' coercive and punitive behavior." Both Mark and Jennifer experienced incredibly difficult childhood circumstances. Jennifer and I had experienced painful abandonment by our families and the sting of our parents' arbitrary, bewildering, and often violent behavior toward us. ~ Relationships, Shared Trauma, and Tough Times Another complication of their relationship? Their interracial relationship brought about many difficulties, including angry stares and even threats to their lives. Taxis would ignore them, and restaurants refused to serve them. Even their employer forbade them to see one another. Jennifer risked being attacked by total strangers because of her relationship with Mark. She was in fact, brutally beaten by her parents and locked in her room. These events took place in her early twenties after it was discovered that she was seeing a "foreigner." As a white man, Mark was viewed with suspicion, which turned into outright hostility whenever he was seen walking or dining with Jennifer. ~ Kirkus Book Review Mark and Jennifer learned that once in a while, a difficult childhood can crush you just enough to let yourself need your life partner desperately. A mutual need can build great trust and strength. Mark needed Jennifer's stability and rational mind. She needed his righteous indignation and belief that she deserved to make her own choices. The book is inspiring, action-packed, romantic, and triumphant ~ a must-read for anyone who struggles with setting boundaries in relationships or who has experienced a troubling childhood. Spoiler: Mark and Jennifer are happily married and recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a trip back to Hong Kong. Read more about them, Those who have a relationship with someone suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), will know how difficult it can make every aspect of life. Mental Health and Setting Boundaries with Family Mark Diehl, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), will know how difficult it can make every aspect of life.
Mental Health and Setting Boundaries with Family
Mark Diehl, the author of the memoir Stealing Cinderella: How I Became an International Fugitive for Love, has been there. His mother, who suffered from BPD, often harped on worries not grounded in reality. For example, she was paranoid that his daughter's ice skating lessons might bankrupt his family.

She would act on these fears, recruiting others to help her press Mark for answers. Her constant badgering drove Mark to distraction. At one point, her intrusion caused him to flush his daughter's beloved pet frog down the toilet by accident.

After Mark's mother's behavior became increasingly manipulative, relentless, and abusive, Mark decided the best thing for his own family would be to cut ties.

But it wasn't easy.

Mark shares some painful truths he learned about the process of stepping away from a relationship where boundaries wouldn't work.

In spite of these difficulties, as an adult, Mark is able to have a healthy relationship with his wife and daughter.
Meeting Cinderella
In Mark's memoir novel, Stealing Cinderella, he shares the story of how he meets his wife in South Korea.

While they had little in common to bond them together, Mark found they had a particular shared formative experience. This bonding experience was one of separate and different, though equally neglectful, and damaging childhoods.

Mark's experience was being raised by a mother with Borderline Personality Disorder while at the same time being completely neglected by his father.

Jennifer's childhood scars were "from being viewed and treated by her family as a disappointment from birth, useful only as a bargaining chip in the matchmaking game for her siblings... She grew up like Cinderella. Before she was of marrying age, her parents dressed her like a boy or in her older sister's discarded clothing; only when it came time to present her to prospective husbands did they buy her nice clothes, shoes, and handbags. She was reminded of her inferior status constantly, including through her parents' coercive and punitive behavior."

Both Mark and Jennifer experienced incredibly difficult childhood circumstances.
Jennifer and I had experienced painful abandonment by our families and the sting of our parents' arbitrary, bewildering, and often violent behavior toward us. ~ Relationships, Shared Trauma, and Tough Times
Another complication of their relationship? Their interracial relationship brought about many difficulties, including angry stares and even threats to their lives. Taxis would ignore them, and restaurants refused to serve them. Even their employer forbade them to see one another.

Jennifer risked being attacked by total strangers because of her relationship with Mark. She was in fact, brutally beaten by her parents and locked in her r...]]> Rebecca Huff clean 51:33 What You Eat Today Will Have an Impact on Generations to Come https://www.thatorganicmom.com/you-are-what-your-grandparents-ate/ Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:33:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16219 Have you recently felt good about making a healthy choice, like choosing a salad instead of fries? Or taking a long walk after work? Or quitting smoking? Chances are you were concerned about the impact on your own health. But you may be interested to know that a cutting-edge field of science is showing that your lifestyle choices may impact not only you but your children, your grandchildren, and generations to come. [Tweet "The future of your health may be determined by your past."] In her groundbreaking book YOU ARE WHAT YOUR GRANDPARENTS ATE: What You Need to Know about Nutrition, Experience, Epigenetics & the Origins of Chronic Disease, author Judith Finlayson provides an up-to-date overview of the science linking your experience as a fetus with the development of chronic illness later in life—and the possibility that you will pass it on to future generations. Along with this podcast episode, here is an excerpt from the book. Folate: The Tip of an Epigenetic Iceberg by Judith Finlayson Have you ever tasted Marmite? This yeast-based spread usually evokes a strong response: most British people love it, but many others aren't so sure. Even its manufacturers identify it as a "love it or hate it" product. Whatever your feelings, you may be surprised to learn that Marmite occupies a unique place in the history of nutritional science. Almost by happenstance, it can be directly linked with successful efforts to reduce the incidence of potentially deadly birth defects. Thanks to Lucy Wills, a young hematologist working in India in the early 1930s, Marmite made a significant contribution to one of the largest-scale nutritional interventions in the world. A pioneering medical researcher, Dr. Wills, was investigating pernicious anemia in pregnant women, a condition characterized by too few red blood cells that was particularly prevalent in India and often fatal in those who were impoverished. She soon became interested in the women's diet, which was rice-based and nutritionally deficient. In the process of investigating nutritional solutions, and after many false leads, she fed one of her anemic research monkeys (perhaps accidentally) some Marmite. Its recovery was immediate and complete. At that point, Dr. Wills began feeding Marmite to her pregnant patients, whose recovery was equally remarkable. Folate and Pregnancy Although it's not clear that the nutritional factor in Marmite was folate — it's an ongoing subject of research, and some experts believe it was actually vitamin B12 — for various reasons, this was the first step toward identifying that nutrient. After returning to England, Dr. Wills continued to successfully treat her anemic patients with yeast extract. Eventually, scientists were able to isolate folate from yeast, developing a synthetic version known as folic acid in 1941. And here's why folate is particularly important for pregnant women: When cells are rapidly dividing, which is a characteristic of fetal growth, they use folate at a rapid rate. If a pregnant woman lacks an adequate supply of this nutrient, pernicious anemia is a likely result. Increased risks for specific types of birth defects are another outcome of folate deficiency. Since the 1990s, a large-scale experiment has been going on throughout the world. At that point, many countries began fortifying certain grain products with folic acid. Their objective was to reduce the incidence of spinal cord birth defects in infants, and in this regard, folic acid supplementation appears to have been successful. Clearly, it also reduces the incidence of pernicious anemia in pregnant women. The problem is, we don't know whether folic acid supplements will benefit everyone. People with inadequate levels of B12 who take folic acid supplements will suffer from abnormally high levels of the amino acid homocysteine, which increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Also, evidence now suggests that consuming too much folic acid in the for... Have you recently felt good about making a healthy choice, like choosing a salad instead of fries? Or taking a long walk after work? Or quitting smoking? - Chances are you were concerned about the impact on your own health.
Chances are you were concerned about the impact on your own health. But you may be interested to know that a cutting-edge field of science is showing that your lifestyle choices may impact not only you but your children, your grandchildren, and generations to come.

[Tweet "The future of your health may be determined by your past."]

In her groundbreaking book YOU ARE WHAT YOUR GRANDPARENTS ATE: What You Need to Know about Nutrition, Experience, Epigenetics & the Origins of Chronic Disease, author Judith Finlayson provides an up-to-date overview of the science linking your experience as a fetus with the development of chronic illness later in life—and the possibility that you will pass it on to future generations.

Along with this podcast episode, here is an excerpt from the book.
Folate: The Tip of an Epigenetic Iceberg
by Judith Finlayson

Have you ever tasted Marmite? This yeast-based spread usually evokes a strong response: most British people love it, but many others aren't so sure. Even its manufacturers identify it as a "love it or hate it" product. Whatever your feelings, you may be surprised to learn that Marmite occupies a unique place in the history of nutritional science. Almost by happenstance, it can be directly linked with successful efforts to reduce the incidence of potentially deadly birth defects. Thanks to Lucy Wills, a young hematologist working in India in the early 1930s, Marmite made a significant contribution to one of the largest-scale nutritional interventions in the world.

A pioneering medical researcher, Dr. Wills, was investigating pernicious anemia in pregnant women, a condition characterized by too few red blood cells that was particularly prevalent in India and often fatal in those who were impoverished. She soon became interested in the women's diet, which was rice-based and nutritionally deficient. In the process of investigating nutritional solutions, and after many false leads, she fed one of her anemic research monkeys (perhaps accidentally) some Marmite. Its recovery was immediate and complete. At that point, Dr. Wills began feeding Marmite to her pregnant patients, whose recovery was equally remarkable.
Folate and Pregnancy
Although it's not clear that the nutritional factor in Marmite was folate — it's an ongoing subject of research, and some experts believe it was actually vitamin B12 — for various reasons, this was the first step toward identifying that nutrient. After returning to England, Dr. Wills continued to successfully treat her anemic patients with yeast extract. Eventually, scientists were able to isolate folate from yeast, developing a synthetic version known as folic acid in 1941.

And here's why folate is particularly important for pregnant women: When cells are rapidly dividing, which is a characteristic of fetal growth, they use folate at a rapid rate. If a pregnant woman lacks an adequate supply of this nutrient, pernicious anemia is a likely result. Increased risks for specific types of birth defects are another outcome of folate deficiency.

Since the 1990s, a large-scale experiment has been going on throughout the world. At that point, many countries began fortifying certain grain products with folic acid. Their objective was to reduce the incidence of spinal cord birth defects in infants, and in this regard, folic acid supplementation appears to have been successful. Clearly, it also reduces the incidence of pernicious anemia in pregnant women. The problem is, we don't know whether folic acid supplements will benefit everyone. People with inadequate levels of B12 who take folic aci...]]>
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The Best Sleep Hack to Drastically Improve Every Area of Life https://www.thatorganicmom.com/sleep-hack/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16541 Don't spend all night tossing and turning You'll spend a third of your life in bed. You don't want to spend it tossing and turning! So let us help you make it count with the best sleep hack ever. Whether you are going for gold, climbing the corporate ladder, or chasing toddlers - you won't reach your peak performance if you haven't slept well. Like I had to tell you that! Don't worry; there is a solution! Since getting a night of deep sleep is certainly not getting easier, let's take a look at some sleep hacks to help solve this problem! The Sleep Switch Did you know that your sleep temperature is more important than the number of hours you sleep? At bedtime, a "sleep switch" occurs that releases melatonin that prepares you for sleep. During this time, your heart rate will decrease, your brain waves abate, and your muscles relax. The first half of the night is super important. Deep sleep occurs during this period and is known as delta sleep. During this sleep period, everything drops further, heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, muscle activity, and body temperature! Deep sleep occurs right before the body drops to its lowest point temperature-wise. This stage of sleep is deeply meditative and dream-free. During the last part of the night, the body begins to warm up and come out of the core body temperature phase. Warming is part of the waking up process. Some people may struggle to wake up during this stage, and when using a traditional alarm, they will feel groggy and confused due to a disruption in sleep! No brainer, I know! That groggy and confused state is why we NEED to get into a deep sleep! There's a lot going on during the deep sleep stage, and all of it is beneficial. If you've ever had a rough night of tossing and turning, or experienced insomnia, you know it affects cognitive performance, especially for your short- and long-term memory, as well as your brain's ability to absorb new information. Since glucose metabolism escalates during deep sleep, it strengthens your memory and overall learning capability. Other benefits of deep sleep include: Cell regeneration Increased blood flow to muscles A stronger immune system Energy renewal Development, growth, and repair of tissues and bones That's why MY favorite sleep hack is temperature-related. Chili's nature-based sleep solutions are an easy way to change your sleep naturally. No pills, no willpower needed! Because cooling is the ultimate hack to get great sleep! In fact, you can trigger your brain to fall asleep 98% faster! [Tweet "you can trigger your brain to fall asleep 98% faster #sleephacks"] Sleep Hack for Weight Loss Did you know sleeping in colder temperatures promotes weight loss? Researchers kept sleeping rooms at a neutral 75 degrees for the first month, and in the following month reduced temperatures to 66 degrees. For the third month temperatures were returned to the neutral 75 degrees before being increased to a warm 81 degrees for the final month. Following each month during the study, the amount of brown fat was measured. The results were that the colder temperatures noticeably changed the participant's bodies. After the month of sleeping at the colder 66-degree temperatures, volumes of good or brown fat had almost doubled. They had indeed lost belly fat from sleeping cold. Sleep Hack for Better Health Sick and tired of being sick and tired? I get it, and I'm here to tell you: Health Starts with a Good Night's Sleep! Getting more deep sleep is essential for your long-term health, so you should be taking every measure possible to ensure you're getting it consistently. Wellness isn't all about having the perfect diet or the best trainers. It's also about recovering and adding to your overall health with sufficient quality sleep. Sleep Hack for Better Quality of Life Better sleep can dramatically improve your quality of life. Staying cool during sleep helps you stay asleep and also boosts y... Don't spend all night tossing and turning You'll spend a third of your life in bed. You don't want to spend it tossing and turning! So let us help you make it count with the best sleep hack ever. - Whether you are going for gold, You'll spend a third of your life in bed. You don't want to spend it tossing and turning! So let us help you make it count with the best sleep hack ever.

Whether you are going for gold, climbing the corporate ladder, or chasing toddlers - you won't reach your peak performance if you haven't slept well. Like I had to tell you that! Don't worry; there is a solution! Since getting a night of deep sleep is certainly not getting easier, let's take a look at some sleep hacks to help solve this problem!
The Sleep Switch
Did you know that your sleep temperature is more important than the number of hours you sleep? At bedtime, a "sleep switch" occurs that releases melatonin that prepares you for sleep. During this time, your heart rate will decrease, your brain waves abate, and your muscles relax.

The first half of the night is super important. Deep sleep occurs during this period and is known as delta sleep. During this sleep period, everything drops further, heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, muscle activity, and body temperature! Deep sleep occurs right before the body drops to its lowest point temperature-wise. This stage of sleep is deeply meditative and dream-free. During the last part of the night, the body begins to warm up and come out of the core body temperature phase. Warming is part of the waking up process. Some people may struggle to wake up during this stage, and when using a traditional alarm, they will feel groggy and confused due to a disruption in sleep! No brainer, I know!

That groggy and confused state is why we NEED to get into a deep sleep!
There's a lot going on during the deep sleep stage, and all of it is beneficial. If you've ever had a rough night of tossing and turning, or experienced insomnia, you know it affects cognitive performance, especially for your short- and long-term memory, as well as your brain's ability to absorb new information. Since glucose metabolism escalates during deep sleep, it strengthens your memory and overall learning capability.
Other benefits of deep sleep include:

* Cell regeneration
* Increased blood flow to muscles
* A stronger immune system
* Energy renewal
* Development, growth, and repair of tissues and bones

That's why MY favorite sleep hack is temperature-related.

Chili's nature-based sleep solutions are an easy way to change your sleep naturally. No pills, no willpower needed! Because cooling is the ultimate hack to get great sleep! In fact, you can trigger your brain to fall asleep 98% faster!

[Tweet "you can trigger your brain to fall asleep 98% faster #sleephacks"]
Sleep Hack for Weight Loss
Did you know sleeping in colder temperatures promotes weight loss?


Researchers kept sleeping rooms at a neutral 75 degrees for the first month, and in the following month reduced temperatures to 66 degrees. For the third month temperatures were returned to the neutral 75 degrees before being increased to a warm 81 degrees for the final month. Following each month during the study, the amount of brown fat was measured.

The results were that the colder temperatures noticeably changed the participant's bodies. After the month of sleeping at the colder 66-degree temperatures, volumes of good or brown fat had almost doubled. They had indeed lost belly fat from sleeping cold.
Sleep Hack for Better Health
Sick and tired of being sick and tired? I get it, and I'm here to tell you: Health Starts with a Good Night's Sleep!

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Explore the Power of Mushrooms and Supercharge Your Life https://www.thatorganicmom.com/explore-superpower-mushrooms/ Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:27:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=16215 Earlier this year, I shared how medicinal mushrooms are taking the nutrition world by storm, and they're still gaining momentum! There are so many ways to use medicinal mushrooms. You can learn everything you want to know about the health benefits of mushrooms over on the Freshcap Mushroom Blog and more about mushrooms on this section of their blog. Potential Anti-Tumor and Anti-Cancer Properties Asian countries like China and Japan have already seamlessly incorporated mushrooms and mushroom-derived medications into their cancer treatment programs. Studies show that the polysaccharides in some mushrooms like reishi and turkey tail may have anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. Patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer show positive results when including mushroom extracts and medications into their regimen -- likely thanks to the stimulation of NK cells to fight cancer cells. Getting Better Sleep with Mushrooms The Chinese call Reishi the "mushroom of immortality," and Americans call it "nature's Xanax" thanks to its mild sedative effects on the nervous system. People take Reishi Supplements and nighttime tea for its anti-anxiety calming effects. It's best to take adaptogens and medicinal mushrooms like Reishi every day. The natural powers of Reishi work overtime, and you might not feel the effect immediately. Reducing Inflammation with Lion's Mane Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder May Reduce Inflammation If you have a lot of unexplained health issues, chronic inflammation may be the culprit. Studies show that this mushroom is beneficial for reducing inflammation on multiple fronts. Thanks to its antioxidants from polysaccharides and beta-glucans, it's also a top-choice for supporting the immune system. Improves Energy Levels Athletes love cordyceps because this fungus improves oxygen uptake and enhances blood flow to stimulate energy and improve physical performance. Supercharge your life with the DIY Mushroom Coffee Bundle: Strengthen your Immune System Boost your energy and stamina Supercharge your brain power Bonus Power Mixer for easily making your elixirs. See what mushrooms can do for you! Show Notes: You both are obsessed with mushrooms, why should our listeners join you in this obsession? Tony's Viral mushroom growing video made me want to grow my own mushrooms! I actually love cooking with fresh mushrooms. Tony explains in this episode how easy it is to grow certain mushrooms in a bucket as he does in this video. What are the top five mushrooms as far as superpowers? What mushroom do people tend to use to help them sleep better? Wake up more? I use Chaga in my coffee and baked goods, and other recipes as an immune booster to help lessen the viral load from Epstein Barr Virus. What are the superpowers of Chaga? What mushrooms are good for weight loss? How about mushrooms for the Immune System? We're running a giveaway over on Instagram, so go check it out! Get bonus entries by pinning this post on Pinterest. Use the hashtag #ahealthybite so I can find your entries. Now, I'm gonna go make myself a Chaga Pumpkin Spice Latte while y'all listen to this episode with Tony and Tegan! Tony and Tegan, co-founders of FreshCap Mushrooms. Tony and Tegan are the people behind FreshCap. They’ve spent a ton of time learning about the amazing world of mushrooms, and want to share that knowledge with you. Get some mushrooms in your life! You'll find they truly believe in the power of mushrooms, (they're a little obsessed, actually) and started Freshcap Mushrooms with the enormous goal of sharing that passion to benefit the world.     If you prefer to watch, here is the same podcast episode in video format: Make sure to share this post! To learn more about getting better sleep, download my sleep guide: Step 9 Why Am I So Sleepy eBook       Earlier this year, I shared how medicinal mushrooms are taking the nutrition world by storm, and they're still gaining momentum! - There are so many ways to use medicinal mushrooms. You can learn everything you want to know about the health benefits o... medicinal mushrooms are taking the nutrition world by storm, and they're still gaining momentum!

There are so many ways to use medicinal mushrooms. You can learn everything you want to know about the health benefits of mushrooms over on the Freshcap Mushroom Blog and more about mushrooms on this section of their blog.
Potential Anti-Tumor and Anti-Cancer Properties
Asian countries like China and Japan have already seamlessly incorporated mushrooms and mushroom-derived medications into their cancer treatment programs.

Studies show that the polysaccharides in some mushrooms like reishi and turkey tail may have anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties.

Patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer show positive results when including mushroom extracts and medications into their regimen -- likely thanks to the stimulation of NK cells to fight cancer cells.
Getting Better Sleep with Mushrooms
The Chinese call Reishi the "mushroom of immortality," and Americans call it "nature's Xanax" thanks to its mild sedative effects on the nervous system.

People take Reishi Supplements and nighttime tea for its anti-anxiety calming effects. It's best to take adaptogens and medicinal mushrooms like Reishi every day. The natural powers of Reishi work overtime, and you might not feel the effect immediately.
Reducing Inflammation with Lion's Mane
Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder May Reduce Inflammation
If you have a lot of unexplained health issues, chronic inflammation may be the culprit. Studies show that this mushroom is beneficial for reducing inflammation on multiple fronts.

Thanks to its antioxidants from polysaccharides and beta-glucans, it's also a top-choice for supporting the immune system.
Improves Energy Levels
Athletes love cordyceps because this fungus improves oxygen uptake and enhances blood flow to stimulate energy and improve physical performance.

Supercharge your life with the DIY Mushroom Coffee Bundle:

* Strengthen your Immune System
* Boost your energy and stamina
* Supercharge your brain power
* Bonus Power Mixer for easily making your elixirs.

See what mushrooms can do for you!
Show Notes:
You both are obsessed with mushrooms, why should our listeners join you in this obsession?

Tony's Viral mushroom growing video made me want to grow my own mushrooms! I actually love cooking with fresh mushrooms. Tony explains in this episode how easy it is to grow certain mushrooms in a bucket as he does in this video.



What are the top five mushrooms as far as superpowers?

What mushroom do people tend to use to help them sleep bet...]]>
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A Rare Skin Disorder Led Her to Create an Amazing Skincare Line https://www.thatorganicmom.com/tumerica-skincare/ Mon, 18 Nov 2019 12:30:00 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=15915 Tumerica Founder Aasha Chang has faced many health challenges. Years of coping led her to create a skincare line safe for her sensitive skin. In 2018, she underwent surgery, at which point she was officially diagnosed with endometriosis. A Rare Skin Disorder Made her into an Entrepreneur Aasha's focus is now on living better, growing her company, and helping other women. Her hope is that others won't have to experience the pain that she has. A portion of all sales goes towards the Endometriosis Foundation in hopes of finding a cure. In this episode of A Healthy Bite, Aasha shares how these health challenges led to the founding of Tumerica. Turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties make it a potent fighter in treating conditions fed by inflammation. It is said to aid digestion, treat arthritis, ease the symptoms of cystic fibrosis, even boost cognitive function. Because many skin issues result from the inflammatory response, turmeric is also being used to treat skin conditions from acne to aging. Up until now, there's been a drawback to using it on the skin – staining, caused by turmeric's colorful hue. "Any products that were on the market were mostly made internationally and did not work for lighter skin tones," said Aasha. The line is described as the only full line of turmeric-infused skincare products. Chang turned to turmeric herself for an inflammatory-related skin condition called dermatographia. With the help of her Bachelors of Science, she found a way to harness its power, without leaving skin looking yellow. This led to the creation of her skincare line. "I grew up using this spice. I wanted to create a product everyone can use, and without the worry of staining the skin or having to worry about washing off the product. Our original body lotion was the first product since this is what I needed for my skin condition," said Chang. "I carefully formulated and experimented until perfecting it, and after testing it out, I realized this was it! So many people suffer from skin conditions, and if they could get a natural remedy, then why not!" Since its launch in 2013, Tumerica's line has expanded to now include its original body lotion plus: body wash moisturizing hand and body lotion hair and body oil face wash toner serum moisturizer Every product is infused with turmeric and blended with natural extracts and essential vitamins. Tumeric's powerful properties Tumerica's line takes advantage of the anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties of the super spice to help cuts, wounds and burns heal, treat acne, and fight the signs of aging. Chang says she loves helping others experience better skin naturally with affordable, clean, effective products. Tumerica's new line of facial mists help us maintain our glow: Clear Me Up Facial Mist: Take me with you everywhere to clarify and soothe skin. A convenient and multipurpose skincare product that invigorates skin with pure witch hazel hydrosol. Wake Me Up Facial Mist: Take me with you everywhere to energize and uplift the skin. Convenient and multipurpose skincare that Invigorates and wakes up skin with pure, refreshing lemon verbena hydrosol. Calm Me Down Facial Mist: Take me with you everywhere to de-stress and relax the skin. This mist is a convenient and multipurpose skincare product that invigorates skin with pure, calming lavender hydrosol. Other products in the Tumerica line include: Natural Facial Cleansing Oil: Remove makeup with Tumerica's preservative-free, nourishing cleansing oil. The Natural Facial Cleansing Oil is perfect for getting rid of makeup, dirt, and bacteria without over-drying and is safe for all skin types. Natural Facial Repair Serum: The Natural Facial Repair Serum readily absorbs into the skin and is rich in antioxidants to promote healthy skin cell growth. Repair skin from stress and other harsh environmental conditions. Tumerica Founder Aasha Chang has faced many health challenges. Years of coping led her to create a skincare line safe for her sensitive skin. In 2018, she underwent surgery, at which point she was officially diagnosed with endometriosis. A Rare Skin Disorder Made her into an Entrepreneur
Aasha's focus is now on living better, growing her company, and helping other women. Her hope is that others won't have to experience the pain that she has. A portion of all sales goes towards the Endometriosis Foundation in hopes of finding a cure.
In this episode of A Healthy Bite, Aasha shares how these health challenges led to the founding of Tumerica.
Turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties make it a potent fighter in treating conditions fed by inflammation. It is said to aid digestion, treat arthritis, ease the symptoms of cystic fibrosis, even boost cognitive function. Because many skin issues result from the inflammatory response, turmeric is also being used to treat skin conditions from acne to aging. Up until now, there's been a drawback to using it on the skin – staining, caused by turmeric's colorful hue.
"Any products that were on the market were mostly made internationally and did not work for lighter skin tones," said Aasha. The line is described as the only full line of turmeric-infused skincare products.


Chang turned to turmeric herself for an inflammatory-related skin condition called dermatographia. With the help of her Bachelors of Science, she found a way to harness its power, without leaving skin looking yellow. This led to the creation of her skincare line.
"I grew up using this spice. I wanted to create a product everyone can use, and without the worry of staining the skin or having to worry about washing off the product. Our original body lotion was the first product since this is what I needed for my skin condition," said Chang. "I carefully formulated and experimented until perfecting it, and after testing it out, I realized this was it! So many people suffer from skin conditions, and if they could get a natural remedy, then why not!"


Since its launch in 2013, Tumerica's line has expanded to now include its original body lotion plus:

* body wash
* moisturizing hand and body lotion
* hair and body oil
* face wash
* toner
* serum
* moisturizer

Every product is infused with turmeric and blended with natural extracts and essential vitamins.
Tumeric's powerful properties
Tumerica's line takes advantage of the anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties of the super spice to help cuts, wounds and burns heal, treat acne, and fight the signs of aging.

Chang says she loves helping others experience better skin naturally with affordable, clean, effective products.


Tumerica's new line of facial mists help us maintain our glow:

* Clear Me Up Facial Mist: Take me with you everywhere to clarify and soothe skin. A convenient and multipurpose skincare product that invigorates skin with pure witch hazel hydrosol.
* Wake Me Up Facial Mist: Take me with you everywhere to energize and uplift the skin. Convenient and multipurpose skincare that Invigorates and wakes up skin with pure, refreshing lemon verbena hydrosol.
* Calm Me Down Facial Mist: Take me with you everywhere to de-stress and relax the skin. This mist is a convenient and multipurpose skincare product that invigorates skin with pure, calming lavender hydrosol.

Other products in the Tumerica line include:

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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 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...]]>
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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 Rogers is a father and grandfather, pubic speaker, and author of Unlocking the Power of Fatherhood. Gary is currently hosting a webinar series on Zoom about the values of being a good father; you can register for his series here. To connect with Gary, please visit rethinkingfatherhood.com. June 4th | Chapter 4: Finding the Place of Your Highest Purpose June 9th | Chapter 5: Dimensions of Authentic Masculinity June 11th | Chapter 6: Finding Purpose in the Struggle June 16th | Chapter 7: Taking the Stage of Greatness June 18th | Chapter 8: Our Sacred Honor, the Core of a Man 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, 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 Rogers is a father and grandfather, pubic speaker, and author of Unlocking the Power of Fatherhood. Gary is currently hosting a webinar series on Zoom about the values of being a good father; you can register for his series here.]]>
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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 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...]]>
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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.]]>
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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...]]>
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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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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 okay but I still prefer the Squatty Potty under the seat attachment. That is, until I get a full bidet with warm water controls!



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.]]> Rebecca Huff 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.]]>
Rebecca Huff clean 10:36
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...]]>
Rebecca Huff clean 10:17
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
]]>
Rebecca Huff clean 15:18
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
12 Steps to Healthy Living – Step One – Kick the soda habit https://www.thatorganicmom.com/12-steps-to-a-healthy-living-step-one-kick-the-soda-habit/ Tue, 06 Jan 2015 01:39:21 +0000 https://www.thatorganicmom.com/?p=36 Are you still drinking colas? Is soda your go to caffeine drink for that afternoon pick-me-up? The folks that know say Americans consume 11 pounds of sugar per person, annually, just from drinking Coca-Cola alone, and in case you were wondering, “that's an average of 399 servings of Coke products every year, for every American, which is a bit less than the typical 56 gallons of soda the average American drinks annually.”  Whatever you do, please do not trade one bad habit for another. Diet soda is worse for your health than even sugar is! Help Quitting the Soda Habit Update April 2020 - Get this guide on How to Quit Sodas for Good for free with coupon code: STAYHOME - only good through July 5, 2020! How To Kick The Habit Write down your reasons for quitting; lose weight, be healthier, save money, whatever your reason is, write it down, post it on your fridge, in your car, at your desk, anywhere you will see it…. Get a friend to kick the habit with you, accountability helps Drink more water than you thought you ever could! This will help keep cravings away and flood your cells with hydration, making you feel better. Drink Green Tea or herbal teas, unsweetened of course, or sweetened with Stevia or a small amount of honey Drink Fruit Infused Water, same great water, more flavor! I love this fruit infusing water bottle! Go cold-turkey. This is my way of giving up something, I'm so all-or-nothing… If you aren’t as passionate about giving up your soft-drink habit, then try weaning yourself off by drinking one less per day until you can completely quit Take a plastic baggie and put 17 teaspoons of sugar in it. Tape this to an empty bottle of soda to remind yourself of the amount of sugar you consume in one 20 ounce soda What motivates you?  Is it seeing your success? Motivate yourself by putting your “soda money” in a piggy bank or jar, when you fill it up treat yourself to some reward! Instead of drinking a soda, try carbonated water, it's great! Pellegrino and Perrier are both carbonated mineral water that will give your mouth that fizzy feeling without the sugar. You can even buy Perrier by the case at Costco, it is often on sale! If you absolutely must have a soda, try to cheat clean and cheat smart by drinking something like Virgil's Zero Root Beer, sweetened with Stevia. Virgil's even makes a Dr. Pepper substitute called Dr. Better Even better than that there is a Kombucha (fermented health drink) flavor Root Beer, Ginger, and Doctor that are very good for you and taste similar to soda. Try looking for those at your local health food store. The brand is Live. Try drinking some stevia sweetened homemade lemonade. Start juicing. Not only will you feel amazing with all that natural energy, you'll BE healthier! My favorite juice book is The Juicing Bible. Create a new ritual. If you used to drink a soda every afternoon, try taking a walk instead, or drinking hot water with a drop of peppermint oil. Get more help from my Quit Soda Guide Have you given up drinking soda? If not do you want to? If so, how did you do it? Comment below!   Are you still drinking colas? Is soda your go to caffeine drink for that afternoon pick-me-up? - The folks that know say Americans consume 11 pounds of sugar per person, annually, just from drinking Coca-Cola alone, and in case you were wondering,
The folks that know say Americans consume 11 pounds of sugar per person, annually, just from drinking Coca-Cola alone, and in case you were wondering, “that's an average of 399 servings of Coke products every year, for every American, which is a bit less than the typical 56 gallons of soda the average American drinks annually.”  Whatever you do, please do not trade one bad habit for another. Diet soda is worse for your health than even sugar is!
Help Quitting the Soda Habit
Update April 2020 - Get this guide on How to Quit Sodas for Good for free with coupon code: STAYHOME - only good through July 5, 2020!
How To Kick The Habit


* Write down your reasons for quitting; lose weight, be healthier, save money, whatever your reason is, write it down, post it on your fridge, in your car, at your desk, anywhere you will see it….
* Get a friend to kick the habit with you, accountability helps
* Drink more water than you thought you ever could! This will help keep cravings away and flood your cells with hydration, making you feel better.
* Drink Green Tea or herbal teas, unsweetened of course, or sweetened with Stevia or a small amount of honey
* Drink Fruit Infused Water, same great water, more flavor! I love this fruit infusing water bottle!
* Go cold-turkey. This is my way of giving up something, I'm so all-or-nothing… If you aren’t as passionate about giving up your soft-drink habit, then try weaning yourself off by drinking one less per day until you can completely quit
* Take a plastic baggie and put 17 teaspoons of sugar in it. Tape this to an empty bottle of soda to remind yourself of the amount of sugar you consume in one 20 ounce soda
* What motivates you?  Is it seeing your success? Motivate yourself by putting your “soda money” in a piggy bank or jar, when you fill it up treat yourself to some reward!
* Instead of drinking a soda, try carbonated water, it's great! Pellegrino and Perrier are both carbonated mineral water that will give your mouth that fizzy feeling without the sugar. You can even buy Perrier by the case at Costco, it is often on sale!
* If you absolutely must have a soda, try to cheat clean and cheat smart by drinking something like