RANT: Your Kids Will Eat What You Do

If you’ve ever had a 12 month old, you know they want what you have.  They want your phone, your keys, your coffee.  The same is true at meal time.  If you’re eating chips, they’ll want chips.  If you’re eating salad, they are 100% more likely to explore the texture of your salad, than if they’ve never seen you eating greens.

I’m not saying broccoli will be their favorite food –especially if they’ve already had ice cream. But, I am saying if you’re eating healthy foods, they’re more likely to grow up eating healthy foods.

Veggies

When feeding your kids, the two most important things to remember are:

  1. KEEP TRYING. Kids may spit out tomatoes the first 9 times they try them.  But if you don’t keep trying, they’ll never get the nutrition their little brains and bodies need.  It takes 10-20 exposures to adjust taste. (This is true for adults too!)  Often it’s the texture, not the taste, they are repelled by.  Seeing healthy foods over and over, makes them more familiar. And familiar = comfort. Just keep trying!
  2. PACKAGED FOOD is devoid of nutrition and packed with harmful chemicals!  Packaged foods are made (in a factory) in mass to make money — not insure our kids’ health.  Food additives are linked to hyperactivity, tooth decay, childhood diabetes, obesity, learning disabilities, problems concentrating and depression. So do yourself and your kids a favor, make eating REAL foods a part of your family’s daily life.

 

Remember, your kids eat what you do. So eat how you should. Lots of plants, limit packages!

RECIPE: Dragon Fruit Smoothie

For all you Game of Thrones fanatics or those of you who care what you put in to your body, this is a Dragonfruit smoothie, whose color is more vibrant than Bran Stark’s visions.

Dragon Fruit Smoothie

 

Dragon fruit, or Pitaya, is actually the fruit of a cactus,  has a mild flavor like melon or kiwifruit and is rich in antioxidants (hello anti-aging!)

If you don’t have any cacti or dragons in your hood, sub raspberries instead.  Drink up the goodness and let the healing begin!

In a Vitamix combine:

1/4 cup Frozen Dragonfruit (or raspberries)

1/2 cup of pineapple

1 tablespoon of honey

2 cups of water

4 mint leaves (and a few for garnish)

 

RANT: Let’s Talk Libido Part I

Let’s keep it simple, shall we?

What is libido? It’s your sex drive. Your eagerness to mate. Your desire to engage in sex.

Does talking about sex drive make you uncomfortable? Have you felt you never were as interested in sex as others? Were you taught that sex was a private thing? Shameful?  Do you feel LESS sexual than you have in the past?

The are gobs of reasons your libido may be low.  Some may be physical. Some may be emotional or psychological.

Libido

Quick Break down:

Common physical reasons you may not want to “mount up” include:

Various medical conditions, like diabetes or cardiovascular disease.  Getting your erogenous zones going requires blood flow and if you suffer from a medical condition, like cardiovascular disease, that prohibits healthy flow of blood cells through the vessels, well, your sex parts just won’t function as well.  (BTW this is how Viagra and Levitra and Cialis work; they help dilate blood vessels to increase blood flow to your sexy organs.  An erection is just a blood filled penis, after all.  Ladies, your pink parts get engorged during sex as well.)

Hormonal issues like low testosterone and menopause, are other reasons for low pep in the bedroom.  Some folks get success with testosterone or estrogen supplementation, but as with all medications, side effects abound.

Stress and not enough sleep (HELLO?! can you relate?) is a rampant cause of decreased libido.  When you’re tuckered out you don’t wanna be _uckered out, know what I mean?

Vitamin deficiency is another libido crusher.  If you aren’t eating a diet rich in bioavailable minerals and nutrients, you’re likely to be as ‘dry as chip’.

Too little or to much exercise can zap your urges.  So can drugs (recreational and prescription) and alcohol. Ain’t nuthin’ sexy about a slurring, swaying, somebody on the verge of vomiting.  And let’s be honest, there’s fun to be had while partying, but some of your worst sexual decisions were made while under the influence. Am I right?

Kinda veering off topic there, but just looking out for your well-being.

Matter a’ fact, speaking of well being, the better you are to your body (proper sleep, low stress, moderate exercise, healthful diet, skipping the substance abuse) the more likely you won’t have a physical or medical cause for feeling way-less-than-randy!  So be good to your body.

We’ll dig deeper into emotional reasons for decreased libido in Part II, Stay tuned.

Happy to help those of you who struggle with libido through my Well&Balanced Health program.  Contact me at: wellandbalanced@gmail.com.

 

 

 

RULE: Mix up Your Veggie Tray

Good for you for bringing a veggie tray! It’s nice to have something to nosh on that is NOT deep fried or lathered in cheese! Next time you’re called on to provide a glimmer of nutrition for the snackfest, mix it up!  Consider switching up the carrots and celery for something that pops with color that people will want to pop in their mouths. Humus and peppers

I love the color burst of mini peppers—not hot, not sweet, but crunchy, deliciously good! Kids love ’em too!  (Just ignore the bacon wrapped, cream cheese stuffed jalapeno peppers lurking in the background, mmmkay? Or don’t.)

Other great, atypical, healthful, crowd pleasing snack options: Snap peas sprinkled with lemon zest, black pepper and sea salt, Prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe or avocado and smoked salmon skewers.  What are your favorite healthy smorgsboard options?