Happy Healthy Kids for Life

Small group of happy children outdoor

We all want our kids to be happy and healthy. But how do we do that? What should be on our priority list and where should we draw the line?

The truth is, those are questions I can’t answer for you. Every parent has to make the decision about what is best for their kids. However, there are some general tips that we all should take into consideration. After all, our child’s health should be our main priority.

Healthy Child Eating

  1. Careful of the “Food Trap”

Our society has several “health” foods that they try to sell us for our kids, making us think we are feeding kids good food. But that is not true. So many of those “health” foods have fillers and preservatives hidden in the ingredients… and have next to nothing in the way of nutrients.

Feed your kids plenty of organic protein (found in eggs, raw dairy, and grass fed beef), fruits and vegetables are a must, good fats are a positive, as well (avocados, salmon, coconut oil). Stay away from processed foods, sugar and artificially flavored and colored snacks.

watching TV with sweet teddy bear

2. Limit Screen Time

Today kid’s spend the majority of their day sitting in front of the TV or the computer, or on their cell phones. And it’s starting at younger and younger¬†ages. It is not only taking away their childhood, but it’s causing some serious health damages. Too much screen time has been linked to sleep disorders, childhood obesity, less positive brain function and behavior problems. It’s time to detox screen time and get those kids moving…

Which brings me to number three…

Mother with children Having Fun in the field. Foces on eyes.

3. Dirty is the New Clean

It may seem weird and a little contradictory but this is one of the best ways to raise healthy kids. Let them be kids. Let them get dirty, it won’t hurt them. In fact, it’s good for them. Don’t be overly sterile. Fresh air and nature – a child’s best friend… and a parent’s.

So kick them outside and let them explore and move. Kids have a natural energy that we have been discouraging by keeping them inside and giving them all these devices that keep them glued to a couch. The body was made to move – and that is especially important in young children. And, hey, join them in outdoor activities as well. You could use the exercise, too ūüôā

Enjoy the time with your kids. They will love it and you will treasure it.

Remember, if you start your kids out with good healthy habits they will stick as they grow older.

 

 

 

Activity Trackers: Pros and Cons

Source: Phillips Communications

There is a big¬†buzz about¬†activity trackers right now, and I have to admit that I¬†get the hype. It is so interesting to see a¬†day’s worth of activities narrowed down to¬†data points and plotted on a graph. Data for every step. In a society that seems to be taking less and less care of itself, a device that elicits this sort of close¬†attention seems like a great idea. However, some of the steep price tags and limitations of the devices may be quite unappealing.¬†If you are thinking about joining the masses with activity trackers, consider these pros and cons and then decide if they are right for you!

Con:¬†Facing Reality – I’m serious here–once you get an activity tracker, you are going to be faced with just how little you really walk. Honestly. I spend a lot of time working behind a desk and even though I find an excuse to get up and move a few times an hour, I still make very little progress toward my step goal. This initial discovery may be a little disheartening, but hopefully this accountability will push you in the right direction rather than bum you out.

Pro: Accountability – Especially for the fitness trackers like Fitbit that sync your progress up with your friends, your laziness will be on full display. Let your desire for fitness rise to combat the possibility of your sedentary lifestyle being exposed.

Pro:¬†Range of Investment¬†– I have seen activity trackers for as low as $14 dollars, and as high as a couple hundred dollars.¬†There is a huge difference in what these devices track, though. The more affordable ones may only act as a pedometer while the higher end ones can track things like sleep, heart rate, speed, calories burned, and more. I consider this a pro because you won’t be forced to pay extra for features that you aren’t interested in or won’t use. If you look hard enough, chances are you can find¬†exactly what you are looking for in an activity tracker. The best value for your buck–what’s better than that?

Con: Accuracy (or lack thereof) РFitness trackers are not entirely accurate. Third party testing has shown time and again that there can be a relatively wide margin of error. This might not be a deal breaker for you, but who knows how advanced these things could get within the next couple of years. It may be worth it to wait on the sidelines while the bugs are worked out. Or, you can look for other sources of monitoring your fitness. If you are only interested in counting steps, find a pedometer app that you like (Argus is a good choice for iPhones and Androids). Studies have shown smartphones are more accurate pedometers than activity trackers anyway.

Con: Exposure –¬†All activity trackers have to be worn on the body to do their job. Most likely you will be sporting your device 12+ hours daily–even longer if you use yours to track sleep. This means that you will be constantly exposing yourself to potentially harmful signals coming off of your technology. These signals can interrupt and slow your body’s natural rhythm and cause negative effect. There¬†is a way to overcome this, though, through biofield¬†remediation.¬†On my smartphone, I use a chunky sticker that has been said to harmonize the radiation off the phone to be compatible as well as beneficial to the human biofield. ¬†This is simply checked with Muscle Response Testing (MRT) to see if it is good for you. If your fit bit, or whichever device you pick, affects your MRT, we can improve the effect significantly.

 

Do you use an activity tracker? What do you think about it?

Why Recess Is Important (And Why You Should Have Recess, Too)

For about 30 minutes each day, children all across the country are released from their fluorescent lit school buildings into pure freedom. Recess is more than an opportunity to give teachers a little break.  It is a chance for students to socialize, relax, take their shoes off, and maybe spend some time digging up dirt or searching for ladybugs in a patch of grass.

When was the last time you took your shoes off and felt mud gush between your toes? When was the last time you forewent the slippers and chilled your feet in the dewy grass on the way to grab the morning paper? Do you remember a tingling in your feet or legs when you did these things? Did a sense of warmth or happiness rise up into your body?

That sensation is¬†an exchange of electrical energy, a¬†result of direct contact with the surface of the Earth. This process is called “grounding.” The Earth is an electrical planet and our bodies are meant to come into contact with it¬†on a regular basis. During this time, the planet¬†acts as a grounding force to settle all the free radicals within our bodies, kind of acting as a ‘reset’ button.

According to emerging research, Earthing can be beneficial in:

  • Reducing inflammation by defusing excess positive electrons
  • Reducing chronic pain
  • Improving Sleep
  • Increasing Energy
  • Lowering stress and promoting calmness by reducing stress hormones.
  • Normalizing biological¬†rhythms¬†including circadian¬†rhythm
  • Improving blood pressure and blood flow
  • Relieving muscle tension and headache
  • Lessening menstrual and female hormone symptoms
  • Speeding healing
  • Protecting the body from EMFs
  • Shortening recovery time from injury or athletic activity
  • Helping support adrenal health

Maybe that is why your children always have so much energy!

A quick Google search of “grounding” or “earthing” will pull up web stores promising starter kits and earthing mats. I have a few of these. My personal favorite is the grounding fitted sheet. It is lined with silver thread and plugs into the ground of any outlet. We just need to unplug it during storms. I also have a grounding mat that I can put my feet on while sitting at my desk. It’s great for business trips–very portable!

All that gear I have is nice, but really, if you want to try grounding, all you need to do is set aside a little ‘recess’ for yourself. Go outside, play, rest, and get a little sunshine on your beautiful face. The Earth will take care of the rest.