Childhood is the time when kids establish eating patterns that can last a lifetime. Teach your children how to make informed nutritious food choices with these suggestions from Jennie McCary, MS, RD, LD, community nutritionist for the Albuquerque Public Schools and chair of the New Mexico Action for Healthy Kids.Kids Need 5 A DayHelp children get at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day with these strategies.
You have the gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" ~William A. Ward
Enjoy the day, but please don't use it as an excuse to inhale everything set before you!
Choose well and taste a bit of everything ( if that strategy works for you).
If not, plan your indulgences ahead of time, drink lots of water and have fun!
An OASIS student of mine
gave me this about 8 years ago and I searched for it online (Thank you,
Google!) I remember this poem at this time each year; here are a
few of my favorite lines:"I am thankful:For
the taxes I pay because it means I am employed.For the mess to
clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friendsFor
my shadow that watches me work because it means I am out in the
Thanksgiving day in my house was one of warmth, generosity, love and noise. I am the third of ten children so pretty much every day was loud and filled with activity but my parents always made holidays stand out for us. Mom always woke up around 5 am to put the very large turkey in the oven, stuffed of course. Every year she made turkey and stuffing, fresh baked rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes with marshmallows all from scratch.
As we are entering the 'season of joy', I often hear people say that they are so stressed by all the things that they believe they need to do that the season just passes them by. It ends with the sigh of relief "I can't wait for it to be over".
Take a little time out for yourself - just 15 minutes may do, and meditate, contemplate, or appreciate. If you know MELT already, use the 3 D breath breakdown which is a known stress-reliever. Take a moment to re-group. If you do not take care of yourself, you have nothing to give to others.
From now through the first part of January most of us will find ourselves facing many more food cues than we do the rest of the year. How do we get through this season making healthy choices and not feeling deprived?
Thanksgiving is approaching and it can be hard to avoid sweets and goodies. The key during the holidays is MODERATION. Do not deny yourself of your favorite holiday snack, but just don't overindulge. Many people can gain up to 5 pounds during this time of year; remember to exercise and pick healthy choices (i.e. make a new tradition and take part in a 'turkey run' with family and friends). Always remember moderation, moderation, moderation!