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Life Size Barbie Fights Eating Disorders…

22 Apr

Galia Slayen’s built a life-sized Barbie doll for the first National Eating Disorders Awareness month.  The Barbie doll stands about 6 feet tall with a 39″ bust, 18″ waist, and 33″ hips. Freaky, huh?

Galia battled aneroxia in high school and wanted to build the life-size representation of Barbie to show the world what an eating disorder looks like and how young girls can develop a negative self-image from being bombarded with “perfect” dolls, models, and other images from the media.

I think this is amazing.  So many young girls (and even older women) battle eating disorders in order to look like what society says is beautiful.  As a mom I want to teach my children to be healthy and active, not skinny.  What do you think?

(image and content via MSNBC)

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Two Reasons to Exercise While You’re Pregnant…

19 Apr

According to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers contacted 39 0f 52 women who were participants in a study 20 years ago that examined their exercise habits before, during, and after their pregnancies.  The follow-up found that moms who exercised through their pregnancy weighed less and were at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than women who stopped exercising when they became pregnant.
Another reason to keep moving if you’re a mama to be!

(via Rodale, photo courtesy of ABC News)

It’s a Food Revolution!

13 Apr

I’m so excited!  I’m down right giddy!  Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution premiered last night and I must say I’m both impressed and horrified with the show.  Impressed that Jamie (yea, we’re on a first name basis) would take on the L.A. school system and horrified when he teaches us what kind of food is on our childrens lunch tray.

For those of you that didn’t watch the show Jamie focused on teaching us where our food comes from.  He also taught us that the same cuts of beef normally called “waste” and used in pet food can also be used (FDA approved, mind you) for up to 15% in hamburger for human consumption as “filler”.  Disturbing.  That’s the only word I can think right now.  I’m too grossed out and busy researching for organic, grass fed beef ranchers that sell direct to the public.  At least then I’ll know what I’m feeding my kids.

Check out Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on Tuesday nights on NBC and learn more about the food revolution here.

Healthy Chicken Nuggets

12 Apr

Do you cringe every time your kids ask for McNuggets?  Me too!  Try this healthy receipe from Mom’s Who Think that’s really tasty and just may have your kids asking for seconds.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 cup cornflakes cereal
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Directions:

1. Remove skin and bone; cut thighs into bite-sized pieces.

2. Place cornflakes in plastic bag and crush by using a rolling pin.

3. Add remaining ingredients to crushed cornflakes. Close bag tightly and shake until blended.

4. Add a few chicken pieces at a time to crumb mixture. Shake to coat evenly.

CONVENTIONAL METHOD:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a cooking sheet.

2. Place chicken pieces on cooking sheet so they are not touching.

3. Bake until golden brown, about 12 to 14 minutes.

MICROWAVE METHOD:

1. Lightly grease an 8×12 inch baking dish.

2. Place chicken pieces on baking dish so they are not touching. Cover with waxed paper and cook on high.

3. Rotate chicken every 2 to 3 minutes. Cook until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes.

 

Makes 4 Servings, about 3 ounces each
PER SERVING:

Calories 175
Total fat 8 grams
Saturated fat 2 grams
Cholesterol 67 milligrams
Sodium 127 milligrams

 

Losing the Baby Weight…

11 Apr

We all know that its essential to gain weight during pregnancy, thats the easy part.  The hard part is taking it off.  I don’t know about you but I’m not one of those women who come home from the hospital in my pre-pregnancy jeans or that can say, “It wasn’t really that hard to lose the baby weight.  I just stopped eating dessert two nights a week.”  Nope, that’s not me at all.  I’m the woman who has a baby and eight weeks later still looks pregnant.  If you’re like me, here are some tips from our friends at WebMD to help you lose the extra baby weight. 

  • Take six weeks after the baby to focus on eating healthy.  This is especially important if you’re breast feeding. 
  • Remember that it took 9 months to put the weight on and can take up to a year to take it off.  Slow and steady wins the weight loss race.
  • Going on a crash diet and exercising fanatically is not good for you or the baby.  You can not take care of the baby when you’re irratible and cranky from lack of food and rest.
  • About six weeks after giving birth you can start incorporating physical activity into your daily routine.  Slow and gradual is key to make sure you don’t over do it.
  • Take it slow.  Don’t try to lose too much too fast.  Remember, you’re children need you to be healthy.

For more information and tips on losing weight and healthy eating click here.

P.S.

I know these things are all easier said than done.  Trust me, I’m still losing the weight and my baby is three (no judging, please.  I told you I wasnt one of “those” women).  Remember that you’re children deserve healthy parents and YOU deserve a healthy life.

Are You a Nutritional Gatekeper?

11 Apr

In the April issue of Family Circle magazine there is an article that cites a study completed by Brian Wansink, PhD and his Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University.  Wansink states that in his research,  parents have told him that they cannot control what their kids eat.  Interestingly enough, Wansink found that the parents who felt they could not control their kids food choices were also making bad food choices themselves.  He uses the term “nutritional gatekeeper” and says that as parents its our responsibility to monitor what our kids are eating and help them make good food choices. 

Here are some tips for being an effective Nutritional Gatekeeper for your family:

  • Keep in mind that you control at least 72% (even more if you have little ones) of what your child eats each day.
  • Pack your childs lunch to make sure they have healthy choices instead of telling them to buy something at school.  That ‘something’ could be a pudding cup or a brownie.  Not exactly what you had in mind.
  • Keep healthy fruits and veggies in the house for snacks. 
  • If you don’t buy it, they can’t eat it.  Leave the kids at home if you have to when grocery shopping.  You control the $$ and you control what you buy.
  • They are what YOU eat.  Unfortunately, our kids learn our eating habits just as they learn our other habits, good and bad.  Lead by example and teach them which foods are healthy and which foods are bad for them. 

To find out more information and for educational resources visit Wansink’s site at mindlesseating.org.

(via Family Circle magazine, photo courtesy of healthline.org)

A Family Who Eats Together, Lives Longer?

28 Mar

Dr Hyman

At least according to Dr. Hyman, founder of the UltraWellness Center.  (Stop snickering at his name like an 11th grader! Ok, that’s enough.  Seriously stop already.  Gah, you guys are so immature!)  Dr. Hyman’s study found that kids who regularly ate dinners at home with their families were 42% less likely to drink, 50% less likely to smoke, and 66% less likely to smoke marijuana.  Read more on this topic here.

Eat Your Veggies!

28 Mar

Eat your veggies!

How do you get your kids to eat healthy when there is a McDonald’s on every corner?  Here are 5 tips to get your family on the right track.

Start when they are young

Start feeding your little ones healthy snacks as soon as they can start digesting solid foods.  Oatmeal, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables are great snacks and toddler friendly.

Be a good example

Your mini-me’s are listening and watching everything you do.  If you sit in front of the TV eating a double cheeseburger and french fries, they will want to as well. Eat the same healthy foods you put on their plates.

Let them be picky

Let your kids pick out their favorite fruits, veggies, and other healthy snacks at the grocery store.

Teach them what is healthy

When you’re at the grocery store take the time to teach your kids what foods are healthy and what foods are not.  Teach them the names of fruits and vegetables. You’d be surprised how many three year old’s can’t tell you what a brussell sprout is.  Here’s a game I like to play:  Are french fries healthy? No!  Are strawberries healthy?  Yes!

Buy according to what’s in season

Eating healthy snacks can be expensive.  Ever try to buy strawberries in January?  Take it easy on your budget and buy fruits and veggies in season.  During the fall/winter buy oranges and clementines.  During the summer you can get strawberries for $.99 per pound and sweet corn for 10/$1.

(via SheKnows)

The School Lunch Project

21 Mar

Have you heard of this blog?  Mrs. Q, that’s her anoynmous blogging ID, could quite possibly be the coolest person ever.  Concerned with what she was seeing the students at her midwest elementary school eat for lunch, Mrs. Q decided to eat a school lunch every day for 1 year and blog about it.  Prepare to be horrified.

Check out her blog to learn exactly how sad the state of our educational food system is failing our children.  She’s planning on revealing her idenitity later this year when she publishes a book about the project.  Her blog has garnered national attention and has been featured in magazines, blogs, msn.com and cnn.com.

(via CNN and Fed Up With School Lunch)

 

Working Moms = Fat Kids?

21 Mar

According to the journal of Child Development there is more research showing a positive correlation between working moms and the high BMI rates of their children.  There are many possible factors that could explain this correlation.  Researchers point to the reliance of convenience and fast foods for busy working mothers, less time to monitor physical activity after school, and recent research that shows that families who don’t eat together often have heavier children.

Below are a few things I’ve been doing with my family to keep them healthy and active:

  • My kids are always asking for Happy Meals.  I limit to 1 night per week.  This is more than enough and I’ve been thinking of moving to 2 x per month.
  • Pack healthy lunches. I’ve heard horror stories of elementary age children using their lunch cards to purchase pizza, pudding, and soda in the cafeteria.  Take back control of  your child’s lunch!  Even if you put in a few cookies odds are it will still be healthier than what they would be eating if left to their own devices.
  • Find out what their favorite sport is and then encourage the hell out of it!  We tried soccer with our oldest and she wasn’t too thrilled, however she LOVES gymnastics.  Our youngest has already said that he wants to play soccer when he’s old enough so we’ll give it a try.  If he doesn’t like we’ll switch to something else.  Money tight?  Contact your local rec center or YMCA for inexpensive leagues and activities.  They are often much cheaper than enrolling your child in a private studio or gym.
  • Make double batches of your families favorite healthy dinners.  Pull out of the freezer or fridge and throw in the oven on those busy nights.

P.S.

I’m not a doctor, fitness expert, dietician, or nutritionist.  I just know what is working for my family.  It’s not easy but who said parenting was gonna be easy?

(courtesy of CNN)