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Jun 14, 2015 - chia seeds

I first started talking about chia seeds back in January 2015. It came to me to write this update post when I realized that half the year had gone by and I’m still eating those same chia seeds! I purchased 2 containers of chia seeds for a great price and it’s been happy chia eating ever since. Advised by the nutritionist who worked at the health food store, I started slowly and gradually worked my way up to the recommended 1 tablespoon daily serving.

Well, fast forward to June 2015 and I’m still eating chia seeds and I love them! At the time of this post, I eat the recommended 1 tablespoon serving in coconut almond milk. I leave the mixture in the fridge overnight and I’m left with a decadent tapioca like pudding to enjoy the next day. I eat half in the morning with my breakfast and the other half in the evening after my dinner. That way, I feel like I’m having a special treat twice a day!

My big kid will also occasionally eat chia seeds sprinkled on top of her fruit, cereal, or oatmeal. I’ve even gotten my dad to eat chia seeds sprinkled on his oatmeal! pic - kids 2015Lesson learned: trying something new isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I’m really glad I picked up those two containers of chia seeds. Honestly, if it weren’t for the sale price I probably would have never bothered to try them. Boy, am I glad I did!

Note to self: do a few more update posts. Must not let those slip or it’ll be New Year’s Eve and I’ll have messed up my end of the posting bargain!

If you want to read my earlier posts about chia seeds, see the links below:

Posted January 2015: Eating Healthy: Natural Factors Organic Chia Factors
Posted April 2015: Still eating those chia seeds. Are you?
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Apr 16, 2015 - organic chia factors whole food nutritionBack in January 2015, I did a post on chia seeds. At that time, my big kid and I were slowly getting accustomed to chia seeds in our food regime. With all the health benefits, it seemed silly not to. Chia seeds provide omega 3s, it’s a complete protein, it’s got calcium, magnesium, and fibre and that’s just for starters!

Fast forward to April 2015 and I’m happy to report that I’m now eating my full recommended 1 tablespoon! I was warned well in advance by the nutritionist at the health food store that we should take it slowly in case we run into any messy ‘bathroom’ issues. So, take it slow we did. At this point in time, my big kid still continues to take in about ¼ teaspoon on random days but is regularly consuming ground flax seeds as well. – Continue Reading

Apr 11, 2015 - brain workout bookAll brains need exercise. After all, the brain is a muscle. If you don’t use it, it just won’t work as well as it should.

Check out this Brain Workout book by Tide Mill Media. I see a lot of these brain books for children but adults can certainly benefit from them too. In fact, while I’m not likely to pick up a brain book for myself I’ll easily grab one for my big kid because she loves to work on all the different puzzles. The best part is, if we do them together, we both benefit! – Continue Reading

Mar 4, 2015 - yum earth organics citrus grove vitamin c dropsHave you ever seen these Citrus Grove Vitamin C Drops by Yum Earth Organics? Given the way the weather’s been going lately, I’ve been at my local health food store more often than not and stumbled upon this little treat. I love fruits and veggies but there are times during the day when I could use a sweet treat. If it happens to also come with vitamin C and from a company I trust?

If you ask me, that sounds like a magic formula for success.

I mean, would you rather chomp on a generic candy loaded with unidentifiable ingredients or would you rather chomp on something that’s organic, has vitamin C and tastes good?

That’s a no brainer, really. – Continue Reading

Feb 8, 2015 pic - snow 2014Copyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

You did what?

“I did laughter yoga.”

Yoga, what?

“Laughter yoga.”

You’re just making that up.

“No, I’m not. It’s real and I went to a laughter yoga session.”

I still don’t believe you.

“Well, it’s true.”

Yes, I did go to a laughter yoga session. Talk to me a few weeks ago and I didn’t even know laughter yoga was a real thing. Then, I learn from a friend that she’s been going to laughter yoga and she convinced me to try it out. If you follow, you’ll know I’m incredibly lazy so it’s not easy to get me to try new things but I have to admit, I was intrigued.

My friend told me laughing, even fake laughing or laughing that  you make yourself do, generates all this goodness inside your body. Stress levels are reduced, your mood gets lifted, and apparently, there a lot of health benefits to laughter yoga. The best part is she always has a great sleep after laughter yoga.

The laughter yoga session was affordable and children were welcome so I decided to go with my daughter.

Can I tell you, we had a blast!!! – Continue Reading

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The hubby and I have a strong belief: knowledge is power. Give children knowledge, give them the space to think for themselves, and let them make cerebral connections independently whenever possible.


Because being able to think independently is a key part of life.

Recently, I went to a workshop on mental health and learned a great deal. I’m no expert so let me paraphrase a few things I learned about mental health. I learned mental health is a state of being, that we all need to focus on our mental health much like we do our physical health. I mean, we all try to eat a little better, exercise a little more, so why wouldn’t we do the same for our own mental well being?

That’s a gross oversimplification of the workshop but I was eager to talk to my big kid about it and get her take on the topic. Her insight and openness surprised me and inspired me.

What do you think “mental health” means?

I came home and did the usual family stuff and when there was a moment to chat I told her about the workshop. I then asked her, “What do you think ‘mental health’ means?”

Without skipping a beat, she replied, “That’s like having a healthy brain.”

I was floored, such a simple statement yet so true and so well summarized. It then lead us to a much longer conversation about this great video I watched during the workshop. It’s a fantastic video featuring Kelly McGonigal, a Psychologist who talks about stress. I learned that stress really isn’t the bad guy per se but HOW we think about stress that can ultimately lead to the demise of our health. pic - kid picI talked to my child about stress and how it’s neither bad nor good. My child then pipes in, “Yeah…it’s an emotion like being sad. There’s nothing good or bad about it.” When we get ‘stressed’, our heart beats faster, our breathing quickens but there’s no reason for us to think of them as having a negative impact on our health. As I learned from that video, thinking that stress damages our health is actually what DAMAGES our health! It makes the blood vessels in our heart constrict and does so much more but only when we THINK it’s damaging. I told her about the power of our thinking, how it impacts the physiology of our heart, and the importance of oxytocin as a stress hormone that compels us to seek others in times of ‘stress’.

I was amazed at how quickly my child was able to grasp the message beneath all that talk. She chimed in throughout the conversation and really seemed to embrace this new mindset. If I can equip her with the skills to see those sudden faster heart beats and quickness of breath in a positive light, as the body’s way of energizing it for movement, imagine how different life will be for her in the future.

Gosh, I could ramble on and on but to really do this topic justice, I just really want you to watch the video.

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Things to do: watch the video and make a positive change in your life. PLEASE!

Jan 20, 2015 pic - make your own rice blend with red split peas, barley, and riceCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

Time for a quick little update. It’s Tuesday, January 20 (did you think I was going to complain about the work week again? I could, you know, but I’ll save that for a day when I’m particularly grouchy 🙂 )and our family is still focused on healthy eating. We continue to incorporate more beans, legumes, and different grains into our meals whenever we can.

In fact, we started eating more legumes, beans, and different grains a while ago. The first pic in this post features some yummy split peas, rice, and barley that we ate a while back. Over time, we’ve gotten more adventurous and honestly, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.

– Continue Reading

Jan 15, 2015 - organic chia factors whole food nutritionCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

It’s a new year, why not try something new? In my case, I’m trying chia seeds. I’ve never had them before EVER. I’d heard about chia seeds and their health benefits but never thought to do a taste test. Enter 2015 and I find a sale on Natural Factors Organic Chia Factors at my local health food store. I purchased 2 jars for the price of 1 and it was well under $20.I rarely see that kind of sale so here I am, proud owner of Natural Factors Organic Chia Factors.

I have no idea how long it’s going to take me to finish both jars of Natural Factors Organic Chia Factors but something tells me it’s going to last me a VERY LONG TIME. – Continue Reading

Dec 21, 2014 - sisu to go ester c energy boost lemon lime vitamin drink mix powderCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

You know, it’s that time of year and everyone is run down and feeling yucky. So, it’s no surprise that a supportive boost might come in handy which is why I decided to pick up this sample of Sisu to Go Lemon Lime Ester-C Energy Boost Vitamin Drink Mix Powder from my local health food store. It was free, it claimed to be an energy boost of sorts, and I was intrigued enough to pick it up.

What can I say? It was free. – Continue Reading

Dec 6, 2014 - natural factors vitamin D3Copyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

A long while ago my doctor recommended that our family take vitamin D. I take it, my daughter takes it for the health benefits. Granted, we might not take it every day but it is part of our repertoire.

Now, we all know there are a ton of vitamins located in your everyday pharmacy or drugstore. Our family has made a conscious effort to be more mindful of what we ingest, vitamins included. So, instead of relying on big drug store name brands, I go to my local health food store and the Natural Factors Vitamin D3 Drops for Kids is what I picked up. The staff confirm that it’s a good brand and the best part is, it’s not as expensive as you might think. – Continue Reading

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