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Great Smoothies For Kids Of All Ages

Great Smoothies For Kids Of All Ages

One of the best thing about smoothies is that they aren’t just reserved for drinking on hot summer days. Often they’re great to have for breakfast or they make the ideal healthy snack, especially for kids. Smoothies for kids are not just a cool drink kids will love but it’s a great way to get your kids to drink something that’s super healthy for them without them even realizing it. If you’re a parent, you know how hard it can be to get them to eat stuff that’s good for them. With smoothies you can put together whatever you like, maybe even a veggie here and there and as long as it tastes great, they’ll never know, nor will they care.

 

One of the greatest things about smoothies is that it allows you to be super creative and together as a family you can create and discover your own favorite flavors by experimenting. Of course along the way there will be failures, but that’s not important. What is important is that this is something that is not only good for you and your family but, it gives you the opportunity to do something fun and creative together as a family. Couldn’t get much better than that.

 

Smoothies Make Great Snacks

Smoothies are the perfect snack for all kids, especially growing kids. In today’s world we are always wanting something quick and easy to snack on but most often that leads to unhealthy snacking. Kids need their nutrients for good health and growth, but unhealthy snacks don’t give them this. So, it’s important you find a way to quench their desire for a snack and give them what they need at the same time. That’s where smoothies for kids comes in.

Smoothies can eliminate this problem quite easily. If your smoothie tastes good say with some oranges and/or strawberries then simply put in a stick celery and blend well. Guess what, the kids won’t even notice any difference. This way, they are getting the snack they want and the extra nutrients they need and all “under the radar” so to speak.

In the end though, you don’t want to always be sneaking around their backs, this is why it’s important that you eventually get them involved in helping you create fun and tasty smoothies for kids that the whole family can enjoy making and drinking together.

Let Them Help

Believe it or not, your kids will more likely be willing to eat food that’s healthy for them if you let them help make it because…Continue Reading

Smoothies For Pregnancy And Mothers To Be

Smoothies For Pregnancy And Mothers To Be

My notes are always about encouraging women who would love to fall pregnant someday even though I have no immediate plans of having children of my own yet. I’m not playing dodge ball with my biological clock at all. Thanks to the advances made in medical science and the knowledge that women have been empowered with today, women are now able to enjoy a healthy pregnancy at a mature age, even during their late forties in some instances, and produce healthy children, but with one important proviso.

They are inherently healthy in heart, body and soul. Ideally for them, this would have to be the case for a number of years, so if you’re young but heavily overweight, obese and overly sedentary, you still have time on your hands. Many women, and I hope that you are one of them, would also like to spend more time focusing on their careers, boosting their financial status for a future family life and even furthering their studies, not so much to enter new job territories with better credentials but more to enrich their own lives with knowledge and understanding of themselves and what goes on around them.

Healthy and fit mothers to be will have discovered the art of smoothies for pregnancy without forgetting all the other essential requirements for ensuring that their bodies and minds are well primed for the later physical exertions of giving birth. The manner in which they take care of both their important dietary and exercise requirements considers not only their own bodies and souls but their fetuses and soon to be born children. Looking after themselves during their pregnancy rituals  for the entire nine months is also good practice for when they nurse their infants and, in later years, begin to rear their kids and show them the ropes where health and fitness rituals are concerned.

Just remember, mothers to be, if you are healthy and fit today, the chances are very good that your infants will be as well. I’m sure that many of you must be aware of this by now, the reason why there continues to be countless accounts of sick babies being born into this world are as a result of their mothers’ own poor health. It was not just poor physical health, obesity, diabetes, and the like, that was the cause of it all, but other serious factors as well.

Such serious issues include poverty which causes malnutrition and a long addiction to drugs and many other harmful substances,…Continue Reading

Health And Fitness For Expecting Mothers

Health And Fitness For Expecting Mothers

The euphoria of great expectations

You would have to be a mother yourself to explain to our readers what it feels like to expect a child, particularly during those months of expecting your first-born. I, myself, of course, am not a mother, so I cannot begin to understand the excitement and nervousness and anxious hours until the morning or night those excruciating pains have come and gone and the child is, at last, born. I can only appreciate such momentous occasions and I have heard more than enough tales from friends of mine who are today experienced mothers dealing with the growing pains of their children. My mission here is to simply help out whenever I can. My experience lies within the realm of health and fitness, and today I would like to offer up some motivation and inspiration to those of you who would like to turn your life around and experience a healthy and happy pregnancy and birth.

My pen and warm hand is extended to those of you who are still only thinking, or dreaming of having children of your own someday. What may be holding you back are not so much your busy lifestyles and careers but your health. Perhaps you are obese and overweight. This is preventing you to lead normal, healthy lives which also entail some socializing in order to meet the perfect spouse.

Issues for overweight mothers

Are you familiar with the embarrassment experienced after having had questions asked by rude and ignorant men in particular? These men are not able to detect the telltale signs of a woman being pregnant. All they seem to have noticed after looking elsewhere where they shouldn’t have is that the women they have addressed were rather large and flabby around the abdomen area. They were not particularly concerned about these poor women’s health and welfare but rather offering them one of the worst pickup lines ever.

Health and fitness for pregnant mothers

The old days of pregnant mothers lying low until the critical hour are, thankfully, gone forever. In those days, ignorance suggested that women who were pregnant had to be as inactive as possible so as not to wear themselves out, damage their health and harm the fetus. Today, pregnant mothers are, in fact, encouraged to be as active as possible in order to improve their health and fitness levels, specific dietary requirements so that by the time the baby is born, it is as healthy as can be. Not only that, pregnant women are expected…Continue Reading

Sit Better

The new health campaign making the rounds is the war on sitting. From the moment we wake up in the morning, our day is filled with sitting and much too much of it. Now, I don’t think we need to declare war. After all, I’m an advocate for peace. I think, rather, a compromise should be negotiated.

It is true that humans are designed to be upright on two legs. If we don’t resolve this issue, we could evolve into a completely different species! It is highly unlikely that our culture is going to significantly change any time soon, so, as an intelligent species, we must discover methods to help us adapt our culture of sitting to be less harmful to a creature designed to stand and walk around on two legs the majority of the time.

There is not much one can do about the sitting business involved in driving a car or riding the subway. One must simply sit. However, once a person arrives at the office there are all sorts of great ideas that can be implemented to avoid resting on our tooshies about eight hours every day.

And if you argue against changing work habits because you hit the gym, read on. The research is in and definitive. Working out for an hour three to four times weekly is not enough. Dedicated fitness enthusiasts that sit at a desk eight hours a day are still suffering heart disease, diabetes, unhealthy weight gain, higher risk of certain types of cancer and hypertension. Although regular exercise is critical to minimize the ill effects of conditions such as this, on the whole people are still sitting way too much for regular workouts alone to prevent such health problems. The design of the human body is for movement and move we must do. We simply must just all get off our duffs.

Redesigning workspace and rethinking how we go about our daily work routine can go a long way to re-introducing movement back into our lives. If you can afford it, invest in a standing desk or workstation. Set up task stations that you can move back and forth between. Opt for a rolling laptop table with a telescopic pedestal that can be raised to a suitable height to work at standing. The table can be rolled around the room to allow for more movement than simply standing while you work. By moving around and changing the physical perspective, creative inspiration can be enhanced.

When you field telephone calls and read paperwork get…Continue Reading

Overcoming Fear

When I do drive, I usually don’t drive far and I rarely drive alone. Most of my driving is uneventful unless I drive over a big bridge. Then I have an anxiety attack because I suffer from gephyrophobia, the medical term for a phobia of bridges,

I am total freaked out by curving, highly arching, long spanning monstrosities. When there is no way out and cross I must, I begin to hyperventilate. As tunnel vision sets in I begin to control my breathing so I don’t pass out and careen over the side, plummeting to my death. Despite a long line of frustrated drivers at my back door, I cross the bridge slowly.

I don’t know why I’m terrified of large bridges. I’ve never been involved in an accident on one nor have I ever witnessed an accident on one. I can’t even remember when it began. I don’t remember reacting this way in my twenties and thirties. It may have something to do with menopause and all its mystery. Whatever the reason, such a phobia baffles even the medical experts.

Fortunately, for phobics like myself, if you find yourself facing the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York, you can call the Thruway Authority and they will have someone come out and drive you over the bridge. The bridge over Chesapeake Bay and Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge also have similar services.

This survival instinct takes place in the amygdala deep within the brain. It’s part of the limbic system. The purpose of this system is to manage emotional reactions like fear. When a person panics the frontal lobe, which controls rationale, wrestles for control with the amygdala. In the case of phobias, the amygdala wins the match. When the amygdala kicks into high gear trying to protect us, it triggers the release of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol.

The best advice for techniques to manage fear can be found with the U.S. Navy Seals. Their job requires them to engage in life threatening situations and complete their missions competently and professionally. How do they do it? They use a four step process:

  • Have a focal point: When the amygdala is going bananas, focus on something positive as a means to break through the chaos of the fight or flight reaction.
  • Visualization: Conduct mental rehearsals on a regular basis visualizing yourself engaged in whatever is your phobia and a positive outcome.
  • Talk to yourself: When your brain is screaming insanities, verbalize calming, positive logic.
  • Breathe: Perform a long inhale followed by a long exhale. Deliberate breathing relaxes…Continue Reading