Three Ways to Avoid the “Halloween Hangover”

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Do you know what scares me? It’s not ghosts, witches, or bats. It’s S-U-G-A-R! In just a few short days our adorable, character dressed, kids will be on a mission. Knocking door to door singing songs of smelly feet, searching for their pot of gold. They will accomplish their task in two hours or less, arriving at home with a plethora of sweet, sugar-filled, mouth watering…….candy. For those that try to limit sugar consumption, Halloween night can be frightening. Rest assured, I am here to tell you not to panic. Here are three tips to keep your kids happy while avoiding the “Halloween Hangover.”

1. Blame it on the candy fairy

I have heard parents use this tactic over the years and I think it’s awesome. Explain to your children that excessive sugar isn’t good for their teeth, tummies or brains. In our house we call it the “sugar bugs.” Introduce them to the candy fairy. Her goal is to keep them healthy. She will replace their candy with a present. Let your kids pick out their 5-10 favorite pieces to ration over the week and put the reminder in a bag. Have them write a list of 5 gifts they would like the fairy to leave in lieu of the candy. Reinforce that this is a gift for making a good choice about their health. To this day, I have never heard of a child denying this option.

2. Candy for cash

We all know at some point our kids won’t buy the ‘ole “candy fairy” story. Over the past couple years I have seen dentists offering cash for candy. Many of them donate dollar for dollar to a charity. This is a win-win for everyone. The kids are taught about helping others in need while earning money for their candy. To find a dentist participating in your area go to Halloween Candy Buyback.If there is no one local, you can always implement this tradition in your home. You just may want to implement a rule that they use their cash for something non-sugar related.

3. Teach them moderation

There is nothing wrong with an occasional indulgence and it’s important to show kids at a young age how to enjoy a little a day. This may be the most important lesson when it comes to food. If we deny them of sugar, they want it more. However, if we give them control over choosing a couple small pieces a day to enjoy we demonstrate self-discipline, and healthy eating behaviors. Growing up, this is the choice my parents made. I believe this taught me how to enjoy and not over-indulge. We have done the same with our children. After about a week they forget the candy is on the shelf and stop asking for it. By late November it’s in the trash and sometime around January I hear, “hey what happened to our Halloween candy?” I simply tell them I had to throw it out, it got stale:)

 

 What are your tips for avoiding the “Halloween Hangover”?

 

Written By: Karyn Hendricksen, MS M.A.T

Karyn Hendricksen is a health and wellness enthusiast. She is passionate about gathering as much knowledge as possible pertaining to staying healthy, naturally.

Karyn’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and Specialist Certification in Muscle Activation Techniques. She loves to educate others on how fun and easy it can be to lead a healthy lifestyle through both blogging and public presentation. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her awesome husband Russ, and daughters’ Alexa and Stella. She can be found Restorative Wellness Center.

Are Your Pots and Pans Toxic?

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When you’re working hard to feed your family healthy foods, it’s devastating to find out your cookware could be toxic. This is exactly what happened to me about five years ago. I had friends over for dinner and was cooking vegetables on my aluminum pan. My friend peered over my shoulder and said, “do you know that pan can leech toxic materials into your food?” And so began my research on “safe” cookware. My findings led me continuously to three materials that were deemed the safest.

 

  1. Cast Iron

    Cast Iron pots and pans have been used for many generations. They are heavy, durable, safe. The brand that has the highest reviews is: Le Creuset. I decided the price tag was way to high for me to replace all of my pots and pans. They range from $75 – $400 a piece. I have decided recently that this is a great birthday present.

  2. Stainless Steel

    Stainless Steel was my personal choice although there are some drawbacks. My set is made by Calphalon.The advantages are that stainless steel is affordable, safe and fairly light. The disadvantages are the conduction of heat and messy residue it leaves if it’s heated to quickly or too high for the food. Since I wanted to replace all of my pots and pans at once, the safety and price-tag were the most attractive for me with this material.

  3.  Hard Anodized Aluminum

    Hard Anodized Aluminum Pans that are safe and toxin free. This means they have been sealed so they won’t leech toxins when heated. It should say “sealed” on the label and if it doesn’t make sure to ask. The Environmental Working Group says if you choose to use these pans never to pre heat the cookware and to use an exhaust fan above the stove. They suggest the best pots and pans to use are cast iron and stainless steel.

Who knew that choosing our pots and pans had to be so confusing? My advice is to pick a couple pieces that will work for almost anything. One medium sized pot and one large pan is a great place to start. You can always add to your collection in the future but at least you know your healthy food will stay “clean” and free of contamination.

 

What are your favorite pots and pans and why?

 

Written By: Karyn Hendricksen, MS M.A.T

Karyn Hendricksen is a health and wellness enthusiast. She is passionate about gathering as much knowledge as possible pertaining to staying healthy, naturally.

Karyn’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and Specialist Certification in Muscle Activation Techniques. She loves to educate others on how fun and easy it can be to lead a healthy lifestyle through both blogging and public presentation. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her awesome husband Russ, and daughters’ Alexa and Stella. She can be found Restorative Wellness Center.

5 Ways to Trick Your Toddler Into Healthy Eating

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1. Hide the evidence

There is nothing more pleasing then watching my girls suck down a smoothie filled with greens. As they delight in the flavor and icy texture, I grin from ear to ear, knowing they are getting their vitamins and minerals for the day. I have found ways to mix berries, bananas and greens in a smoothie where the green taste is hidden amidst sweet fruit flavors. For tips on how to make the perfect green smoothie check out: Super Healthy Kids: How to Make a Green Smoothie.

2. Sauce it up

Kelley Bird co-owner of Grabba Green, a healthy fast-food establishment in Scottsdale, Arizona says simply, “kids like to dip.” Their menu includes proteins like chicken, tofu and steak on a skewer with fun sauces to dip them in such as; honey mustard, guacamole, and ginger-miso. When it comes to our home, my girls love hummus and vegetables. Ketchup is also a big hit with homemade fries and buffalo hot dogs. I stick to the organic brands without high fructose corn syrup so I don’t mind them indulging.

3. Make it visually fun and colorful

I will admit it, I’d much rather eat a meal that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye off fine china then a mashed up meal on a paper plate. Kids are the same way! I recently had my daughter’s birthday party at our home and wanted to offer healthy snacks before cupcake time. I searched Pinterest and found awesome displays of vegetables in the shape of a smiley face and a fruit tray that looked like a rainbow. Served with princess plates and fancy forks, the kids gobbled up the snacks like candy.

 4. Give them A Chef Hat

Letting children help cook and make their own plate gives them added control over their meal. Taco night is a favorite at our home. I put all the fixings; lettuce, tomatoes, beans, meat, peppers, etc in little bowls. I give them a taco shell and let them go to town filling them. They actually put more vegetables in the tacos then they would normally eat just because they like to make it themselves. I have also found giving them kid knifes and forks allows them to feel independent, as if it’s their choice to eat and not because they are being forced to.

 5. Be A Role Model

Remember in the early years, your kids are your shadow. They look up to everything you do including the food you eat. If they witness you enjoying a salad and making healthy snack choices, they will too. At young ages they want to please you and share in your meals. Let them try anything. Well almost anything. When it comes to my iced tea—ALL MINE J.

 

What are your tricks for getting kids to eat healthy?

 

Written By: Karyn Hendricksen, MS M.A.T

Karyn Hendricksen is a health and wellness enthusiast. She is passionate about gathering as much knowledge as possible pertaining to staying healthy, naturally.

Karyn’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and Specialist Certification in Muscle Activation Techniques. She loves to educate others on how fun and easy it can be to lead a healthy lifestyle through both blogging and public presentation. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her awesome husband Russ, and daughters’ Alexa and Stella. She can be found Restorative Wellness Center.

Making Time For Mommy

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As I sit here on an airplane bound for Salt Lake City, I feel naked. On

either side of me, are two grown women who can feed themselves, take

themselves to the bathroom and are fully independent human beings. Our

conversations are both meaningful and meaningless ranging from cars to

natural make up. Before I was a mom, travel was a stressful event. Now,

traveling alone is relaxing and enjoyable. It’s funny the way things change as

we dive into motherhood. As precious as the time is with our children, the time

without is equally as significant. It is essential to our survival….. “mommy-time.”

Over the past seven years, the most important thing I’ve learned about being a

present mom is taking care of myself.

1. Exercise is not just for your heart

In my twenties I viewed exercise as a way to burn calories and “look good.”

Now, I am focused on “feeling good”. A huge shift in my patience and ability to

cope with daily stressors is evident after I move. My mind is calm, my body

feels relaxed and I am ready to deal with whatever comes my way. I am

grateful to fit it in whenever I can. I don’t stress about miles logged or calories

burned. If I have even ten minutes, I go for a walk or practice deep breathing.

Always keep in mind that even a small amount is better then nothing and

research shows that as little as ten minutes helps your cardiovascular system.

2.It’s okay to make friends that are not moms

I remember feeling very alone the first year of my 7 year olds life. I went from

being a professional, talking to adults everyday to trying to understand and

communicate with a fussy baby. I struggled with meeting moms who had

something to talk about other then their kids sleeping habits. Not that there is

anything wrong with those conversations but day after day like that left me

feeling a bit lifeless. I didn’t realize that it was ok to make friends without kids. I

have learned to enjoy the play dates for my children but have sought out

woman with similar goals and interests. I believe everyone comes into your life

for a reason and to stay well-rounded with friendships is very important for self growth.

3. Play dates are a nice way to socialize with other moms but lets face it, it’s not the same as a “girls night out.”

This tip has been so vital to my survival as a parent. Day after day of caring for

children keeps your energy and focus on them. This can be extremely draining

to a mother’s spirit. There is nothing like a “girls night out” to bring some energy

into your soul. When I’m with my close mommy friends, we laugh,

commiserate, and am able to let my guard down and relax. I prescribe a

minimum of one per month but more is ALWAYS better!

4.Put on your mask first

I know, we’ve all heard the airplane cliché but it’s nothing short of the truth.

Until we can take care of ourselves mind, body, and spirit how are we to care

and love another? I remember feeling so guilty when I was without my baby. I

worried about how others would think of me, a new mother alone and shopping

at the mall. I now realize how much that alone time means. If my mind is not

calm and peaceful I am no good to my children. I understand now how

important it is to take care of my needs too. Whether it be yoga, shopping, a

manicure or reading a book in silence, I treasure my alone time. I know that it

makes me a more attentive and loving mom. I also know how important it is for

my girls to know that I respect myself enough to take time for me. My hope is

when they have children of their own, they will follow my example.

What are your struggles when it comes to taking care of yourself?

Written By: Karyn Hendricksen, MS M.A.T

Karyn Hendricksen is a health and wellness enthusiast. She is passionate about gathering as much knowledge as possible pertaining to staying healthy, naturally.

Karyn’s education includes a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and Specialist Certification in Muscle Activation Techniques. She loves to educate others on how fun and easy it can be to lead a healthy lifestyle through both blogging and public presentation. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her awesome husband Russ, and daughters’ Alexa and Stella. She can be found Restorative Wellness Center.