Helping Kids Kick The Sugary Drink Habit

by Rebecca on September 25, 2014

The addictive qualities of soda and other sugary drinks are contributing to childhood obesity, diabetes, and a host of other medical conditions.

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Here’s some options to help cut down on the toxic load of Soda, Fruit Drinks, and Chocolate Milk.

Soda:

If your family has a passion for fizzy drinks I highly recommend getting a Soda Stream or something similar.  We can’t live without ours.  You’ll save so much money!  Not to mention, the waste of all the plastic bottles and cans.  We love love love our Soda Stream.  Typically we just make plain soda water with it, my kids love sparkling water.  But for a soda loving family, you can make your own using their syrup, and gradually reduce the amount of syrup you use.  We had company over for dinner recently and I decided to make the kids a lemon-lime soda using the free sample pack we got with the Soda Stream.  I used only half of the syrup.  My kids loved that they got to have soda, and the other kids didn’t even notice the difference! If you like the idea of a Soda Stream but don’t like the plastic bottles that come with it, check out the GLASS one ;-)

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I hear parents refer to bright red and orange fruit flavored drinks as “juice”.  It’s not.  Please don’t kid yourself.  It’s not even a healthier option than soda.  All that dye is enough to cause anyone to go into an ADHD fit, and often there’s more sugar than soda!  If you MUST provide  beverage like this, try to get organic lemonade.  If you have to opt for conventional processed lemonade, please at the very least, dilute it.   Add seltzer to make a “fruity” soda.

Diet Drinks:

NO!  Just no!  Sugar substitutes cause sugar cravings the same way real sugar does.  Also, there are calories in zero calorie drinks.  A marketing loophole allows them to claim “zero calories”.   And studies have shown that diet soda drinkers consume more calories anyway.  Avoiding sweet drinks altogether is the best way to reduce calories.  The chemicals in fake sugar are linked to so many diseases it’s ridiculous.  Kids should not have weird synthetic chemicals.  Find a way to reduce REAL, preferably  unprocessed sugar, instead.   The only REAL diet drink is ICE WATER.  It’s truly  zero calories, and your body burns calories warming the cold water up to body temp.

Chocolate Milk:

bigstock Refreshing Delicious Chocolate 53884408 200x300 Helping Kids Kick The Sugary Drink HabitThis is my kids’ weakness!  It started to get out of hand and instead of ordering water or “bubble water” (seltzer / soda water) when we go out to eat, they ALWAYS wanted chocolate milk.  I was making it at home with organic milk but it’s still just a ton of sugar, so I just got a chocolate protein powder to try.  I was nervous they wouldn’t like it, because you never know what that stuff is going to taste like, but hooray, they LOVE it!  I’m so glad they like it cuz it’s loaded with nutrients too.   I highly recommend trying to shift your kids to a chocolate protein powder.  Most kids can use extra protein.  And a protein powder usually provides tons of added nutrition, like a multivitamin.  Make sure you find something that’s non-GMO and has high production standards.   We use ours as a snack or with meals rather than to actually replace a meal.  When the kids are feeling particularly finicky, I know they’re at least getting some nutrition in them.  It’s no replacement for fresh fruits and veg that are loaded with fiber, of course.. but you know how kids can be!

 

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If you’d like more info about what we’re using, you can check it out HERE

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Omega 3 That Doesn’t Give Me Fishy Burps!

by Rebecca on September 22, 2014

Finally, I’ve found omega-3 that doesn’t give me fishy burps!  I take omega-3 for Multiple Sclerosis and also cancer prevention.

It’s important that I take it, but I can’t stand the aftertaste and the burps.  I’ve tried tons of good quality fish oils and omega supplements and I’m really happy with this one.  Easy to swallow, and because of where it breaks down in the stomach, there’s no fish burp.   Hooray!

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From the OmegaGuard’s website…

“OmegaGuard helps reduce the risk of heart disease by providing a full spectrum of 7 ultra-pure, pharmaceutical-grade omega-3 essential fatty acids, naturally found in small, cold-water fish, and delivers more EPA and DHA than other brands. Smaller size for easier swallowing.

  • Helps maintain a healthy heart and cardiovascular system‡
  • Helps retain healthy triglyceride levels‡

‡ Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA fatty acids may reduce the risk of heart disease. See nutrition information for total fat and saturated fat content.”

All 7 Omega-3 Fatty Acids

  • Help reduce the risk of heart disease**, also promotes brain and joint health*
  • High potency EPA and DHA
  • Ultra-pure, pharmaceutical grade
  • Contains natural fish oil derived from small, cold-water fish
  • Certified sustainable by Friend of the Sea

 

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Good stuff….

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Why take omega-3?

There are over 2,000 published studies showing how beneficial omega-3 is for cancer treatment, as well as prevention.  For example: It helps to reduce progression of breast cancer, and is a “possible preventative for recurrent colon cancer”.  The studies are available on pubmed.gov
It’s widely accepted that omega-3 is great for brain health.  I make sure to give my kids theirs before school every morning.  (They don’t take this one.. it’s pretty easy for adults to swallow, but still too big for my little guys.  We have a couple of chewables for them.)  There’s studies on pubmed about omega-3 and brain health too.

My neurologist, my naturopath and my GP all insist that I take a good quality omega-3 for helping in the battle against Multiple Sclerosis.   Heck, it’s good for heart health too, and I definitely want to ensure a healthy heart so I can be around for these kiddos for a long long time!

I hope you’re taking a good quality omega =)

“Live Long & Prosper”
Rebecca
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RECIPE: Orange Juice Vinaigrette

September 20, 2014
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Playing With Kinetic Sand

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Have you heard of this stuff.. Kinetic Sand? It’s so cool!  You can play with sand indoors and not make a crazy mess! But what is kinetic sand, you ask?  It’s a great play activity made with 98% sand, and 2% “organic silicone based polymer” polydimethyl siloxane. It acts a little bit like dough.. very […]

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A Day In The Life Of This Work At Home Mommy

September 16, 2014

This was my day yesterday, Sept 15, 2014 5:30 am:  Woke up, got coffee and protein shake 5:45 am:  Read news – mostly health, tech and biz related.  Create some graphics.  Schedule the day’s FB and Twitter posts. 6:45 am:  Shower 7 am:  Woke up two very sleepy little boys, helped them get ready, and […]

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