Archive for February, 2013

February 11, 2013

THE SWEET DEVIL-SUGAR!

Sugar has many names

Sugar has many names

Hey Everyone,

Since it is Valentine’s week I thought this would be appropriate. Eat sugar with caution!

Sugar. It’s everywhere. We all know that we should eat less of it, yet each year the average American consumes more. It is a drug, a dangerous addictive drug. I know it sounds crazy to refer to it as such, but all the science says that is the fact. There is so much science behind sugar and how horribly it affects the body. I am going to spare you all of that :).

I will share with you some of the things sugar causes…this is from an article on NaturalNews.com:

Nancy Appleton, PhD, clinical nutritionist, has compiled a list of 146 reasons on ‘how sugar is ruining your health’ in her book Lick the Sugar Habit. Here are some of them:

* Sugar can decrease growth hormone (the key to staying youthful and lean)

* Sugar feeds cancer

* Sugar increases cholesterol

* Sugar can weaken eyesight

* Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children

* Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein

* Sugar causes food allergies

* Sugar contributes to diabetes

* Sugar can contribute to eczema in children

* Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease

* Sugar can impair the structure of DNA

* Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children

* Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases)

* Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)

* Sugar contributes to osteoporosis
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/022692_sugar_xylitol_stevia.html#ixzz2K5Qlcjfs

Looks harmless, but acts dangerous

Looks harmless, but acts dangerous

And that is the tip of the ice berg!! This is the first time humans have ever had this type of access to sugar. Not only do we have 24hr access to sugar, but we have added a bunch of chemical sweeteners and sugar alcohols to the mix, no wonder our bodies are reacting the way they do! While my highest recommendation is to kick sugar all together, I know that for most of us that isn’t going to happen permanently, and that is okay. So my next suggestion is to quit sugar for a little while and then add only the most natural sugar back on an occasional basis. The way I did this was with The 21 Day Sugar Detox (http://the21daysugardetox.com/). This is a great way to rid your body of cravings and press restart on your metabolism, energy, mood, and more!! 21 days, 3 weeks! Once the detox is through I recommend keeping the sugar minimal.

There are only 3 kinds of sugar that I use in my home (other than fruit sugar).

1. Maple Syrup: has fewer calories than cane sugar, no reduction, processing, or removal of anything, contains manganese and zinc, antioxidants that support the immune system and the male reproductive system and helps prevent damage to the heart. It can settle digestion issues, aid in muscle recovery, and contains iron, calcium, and potassium.

2. Raw Honey: When I say raw honey I am not referring to the runny stuff in the plastic bear we all know, raw honey is thick I like this brand http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/organic_raw_honey.htm. Honey is rich with vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 as well as vitamin C are found in honey. It also contains minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, sulphur, zinc and phosphate. Honey can boost energy, supports good bacteria, has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, slows aging, and like a hundred other awesome benefits! Honey should also be a staple in your skin routine, first aid kit, and medicine cabinet.

3. Coconut Palm Sugar: Has high amounts of micronutrients and has a naturally low glycemic index which refers to how it affects blood sugar. You can sub coconut palm sugar at a 1:1 ratio to sugar/brown sugar and it tastes amazing!!

As far as fruit goes, it is still something that should be eaten sparingly, and seasonally (when that fruit is naturally ripe). We use bananas to sweeten a lot of our baked goods, or unsweetened apple sauce, and sometimes we use dates. But these are all sometimes foods and not daily foods!

I hope you will all give the 21 Day Sugar Detox a go!! It is a straight forward program that tells you what you can and can’t eat, and also gives lots of recipes (even dessert recipes)! I plan to do the program a few times a year just for maintenance (doesn’t hurt that I always lose weight when I do it). There are several sites that have 21DSD compliant recipes to keep it interesting!

Sugar is a beast that we will all fight for the rest of our lives. Now is the time to take control and reset your cravings!

EAT WITH CAUTION

EAT WITH CAUTION

Great video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

Thanks for reading my blog,

Jennifer Buckles

February 8, 2013

Cute and Safe Kid Dishes

This week I have another blog geared to the little ones in our lives. Just last week I had my kitchen cabinets painted. They were stained dark wood and now they are a creamy white! I’m thrilled and have fallen in love with my house all over again! But before the joy there was the deep pain of emptying every drawer and every cabinet. How in the world have I accumulated so much stuff? I decided to take my time putting everything away so it will be neat, clean and well organized. Through the process I am discarding anything that has not been used and getting rid of all duplicates.

Whew… what a chore that was but not nearly as daunting as the task of sorting through my daughter’s dishes. She has snack cups, snack bowls, sippy cups, water bottles, drinking cups, food storage containers for lunch and bowls and plates in every theme and color. There is a lot of stuff! As I eyed the huge pile of dishes, it hit me …all of her dishes are BPA free plastic and melamine and almost all of them are not made in the US. To see the whole pile is very unsettling especially realizing that best practices are not always maintained when manufacturing out of the U.S and all the health hazards associated with plastic.

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I decided to recycle the whole mess and spent the remainder of the week researching alternatives. I researched safer materials including glass, stainless steel, bamboo and silicone. I also looked for lines that were BPA free, PVC free, phthalate free, lead free and melamine free. So maybe it’s your turn to clean out the kitchen cabinets and start over. Here are some great products I found that pose no health risks to the little ones.

Kidishes
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Kidishes are a great option to plastic and traditional glass dishware. These dishes are tempered glass plates, bowls and glasses manufactured by the French company Duralex. Tempered glass is much stronger than standard glass. When it does break, it doesn’t break into sharp shards, but rather into smaller pieces, decreasing the risk of being cut. Kidishes are 100% recyclable, dishwasher safe and reasonably priced.

www.Amazon.com and www.mightynest.com

Brinware Dishes
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Brinware is a line of silicone and tempered glass plates that offers an alternative to plastic tableware. Their tableware products are made with the safest proven materials available including food-grade silicone and tempered glass that make these dishes microwave and dishwasher safe! Brinware is dedicated to making safe, cute and responsibly built products that you and your kids will love. They offer glass plates that come paired with a patent-pending interchangeable silicone sleeve that helps to protect the plate and add slip resistance. They also have a line of silicone placemats that are easy to clean and won’t retain odors. Plus, they can easily be rolled up and taken along with you on the go!

http://brinware.com/

 

Silisipper from the BeKindKidshop
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This wonderful cup replaces plastic sippy cups. It’s a tempered glass tumbler with a 100% food grade silicone training top that snaps onto the glass easily and stays put. The tumbler lids are valve free and spout free, allowing your child to learn how to correctly sip from the glass rather than suck. This makes the transition to using a cup with out a lid much smoother. Also, there are no small sippy parts and pieces to get lost. The tumbler is Free of BPA, phthalates, PVC, and lead. The lid and glass are both dishwasher and microwave safe (which I never use) and can also be put in the freezer. This online retailer also carries a full line of tempered glass dishes.

http://bekindkidshop.com

Heath Ceramics

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Your child can eat their fruits and veggies on fruit and veggie-inspired dinnerware designed for small hands. Start with the Veggie set – a cup in carrot orange, a bowl in zest yellow, and a plate in green peas. The set is unbreakable.
www.heathceramics.com/cook-dine/heath-kids-dinnerware-set-veggie.html

Other Resources
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GreenSet

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Mightynest.com is a great resource for kid dishware. They have adorable and functional dishware sets that are specifically made for both toddlers and kids. They carry lines of tempered glass, 18/8 stainless steel and silicone for safe dining. All of their lines are BPA free, PVC free and lead free.

www://mightynest.com/shop/healthy-kitchen/dishware/kids-dishware

HAPPY SHOPPING!!!! Kathy, Fit Fashionista!

 

February 4, 2013

Help for Thinning Hair

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Like a peacock’s brilliant feathers, hair is a secondary sexual characteristic, explains London trichologist Dr. Philip Kingsley. “You don’t need it to keep you either warm or cool, so its primary function is to increase attractiveness.” We live in a culture of hair, coveting Victoria’s Secret supermodels’ voluptuous waves as much as their curves. So closely linked are sex appeal and self-esteem that a 2004 Rogaine survey of more than 500 women across the U.S. revealed that 24 percent equated losing their hair to losing a limb. Since 30 million women in America — roughly one in four — have thinning hair, there’s a serious portion of the population at risk for an emotional crisis.

There are many causes of shedding, from stress to chemotherapy, but 90 percent of hair loss is genetic and needs to be treated with medication. It can also be a sign of a thyroid disorder, say endocrinologists.

The average age for women dealing with thinning hair is 25 to 35 — that it’s just another “gift” of menopause is a myth. Also, we can’t simply blame our mothers, as previously believed — if there’s baldness anywhere in your family tree, you’re at risk. Unlike male-pattern baldness, where patches of hair fall out over time, female hair loss means a reduction in hair volume, making transplantation extremely difficult. “The total number of hairs doesn’t always decrease, but the diameter of each strand shrinks,” says Kingsley. And too-thin hairs won’t grow past a certain length — which explains the baby fuzz around my hairline.

The key to successful regrowth? First, admit you have a problem. Each day you dwell in denial, you’re losing precious time. The more hair you’ve lost, the less likely it is to all grow back. Telltale signs, like a wider part or a smaller ponytail, don’t show up until you’ve lost nearly half your hair! Seek out trichologists and dermatologists or endocrinologists who specialize in hair problems. (A good place to start. Americanhairloss.org

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THINK BIG
When it comes to hair, thin is never in. Thicken up with these hair helpers:

1. Kérastase Nutrients Densitive Daily Anti-Hair Thinning, Anti-Hair Loss Dietary Supplement
http://www.kerastase.co.uk/products/nutrients.aspx
2. Nick Chavez Plump ‘N Thick Leave-In Thickening Crème Conditioner
http://www.folica.com/hair-care/hair-conditioners/nick-chavez-plump-n-thick-leave-in-thickening-creme-conditioner

3. Shu Uemura Fiber Lift Protective Volumizer
http://www.shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com/Fiber-Lift/SU016,default,pd.html
4. Men’s Rogaine Foam (many derms recommend it for women, too)
http://www.drugstore.com/mens-rogaine-extra-strength-hair-regrowth-treatment-unscented/qxp15038

5. L’Oréal Professionnel Age Densiforce Shampoo
http://www.beautyofnewyork.com/shopping/Q2RW150308KO0721.htm

6. Philip Kingsley Scalp Tonic
http://www.philipkingsley.com/?utm_source=google-usa&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=philip-kingsley&utm_campaign=Philip-Kingsley-USA&gclid=CMvOpLrtnbUCFYGpPAodym8AJg

February 4, 2013

Time away….how to handle anxiety over a childless vacation….

I don’t know about you, but my husband and i have not traveled much without our children. Last year was the first time for both of us to be away from them at the same time. Yes, I travel for work, but I don’t blink an eye, because they are safely at home with my husband, their daddy. And last year, when we went to the Bahamas for 3 days, I was anxious at the though of leaving them. I of course managed to get over it as I sat beside the crystal blue water and clean white sand and was able to enjoy some much needed alone time with my spouse. But this year, actually in just a few days, I will be traveling to Argentina and Uraguay for 8 days. 8 days!!!! And 8 days with limited phone access due to the cost of international calls. And, to top it all off, my daughter’s 7th birthday is while we are away. Talk about major mom guilt! So what is a mom to do. I firmly believe that as a parent you should not lose your identity simply because you have children. Yes I love my children, and they are a top priority, but especially when you are married, you have to have some quality alone time to continue to build and nurture that relationship. 

So, how does a mom deal with anxiety over leaving their children for a much needed vacation? Here are a few tips that should help.

  1. leave your children with someone you trust without question. I know that seems like a given, but the last thing you need to worry about is the well being of your kids. 
  2. write out notes for every day that you are gone for their lunch boxes. Just a little reminder that mommy loves them. 
  3. use face time or skype to your advantage..instead of just calling the kids to check in, get in a video chat for a few minutes so you can hear about their day
  4. don’t spend your whole vacation talking about the kids…use the time away to renergize your marriage
  5. Choose a special and meaningful souvenir to bring home as a surprise. 
  6. remember that this only one week out of their entire lives. You get to be their mommy forever. 

 

I know its tough…when we become a mom we always want to put ourselves last and our families first. But you can’t…you are important, and if you are in a relationship, your relationship is important. You are modeling for your children, hopefully, what a healthy, loving  relationship looks like, which in turn will set them up for healthy relationships when they get older. 

 

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