WOW! I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY SOME OF THESE RECIPES WITH MY KIDS. Ok so you have seen me post that my kids snack on healthy things but lets get serious. Kids are kids and yes they do roll their eyes at me and say, “Seriously mom, does everything always have to be so healthy!” “Can you please find some organic cookies, healthier than OREOS but not so healthy so they at least taste good?”
There are many times they do give me a hard time. Don’t be fooled because they fight over Organic Pea Shoots or eat romaine lettuce leaves without dressing. Don’t think that just because I have started them young on juicing and eating vegetables, fruits, and an organic as possible lifestyle that they don’t want to eat Kit Kat bars, Haribo gummy bears, soda, and other unhealthy foods and snacks. They are exposed to these all the time. Their friends eat them. There is advertising everywhere. I educate them on chemicals that are found in those certain foods and what can happen when you consume chemicals – not crazy in depth but short, sweet and at the kid level.
Then we look for a healthier version so that they don’t feel deprived or want to just go to their friends homes and gorge on junk. There are many healthier choices. They look at labels for certain ingredients that they know are not good for their body. They are kinda funny because instead of getting mad at me they get mad at the candy bar or the company. They will something like, “What the heck is wrong with them, why do they have to put high fructose corn syrup in here. Don’t they know there are other things they can use instead?”
Cleansing, Fastingis this just a fad or is it something that has been around for a while and just getting a lot more attention lately. We have a sick, obese society and something has to change because the incidence of disease is just getting worse. It is a fact that toxins and chemicals are being stored in our cells only to later cause damage down the road unless we eliminate them.
I have done juice cleansing and have followed a scientifically based cleansing system. My experiences from both have been positive. My goals for each one I did were different. I did my first 9 day juice cleansing in November 2004. My goal was to rid my chemical sensitivities, eliminate the rash my 9 month old had all over his body from me breastfeeding him and to balance my body overall. I had had some serious challenges in my life that had put a lot of stress on my body and my body systems were shutting down and reacting to everything. I did lose weight, not a whole lot, I also didn’t have a whole lot to lose. After completing the 9 day cleanse my goals were achieved. Pretty amazing! I was hooked. I also remained 100% vegan raw for one year following the cleanse because I was feeling so great and didn’t want that feeling to go away. I had trouble putting on muscle so I decided to change up and add other options to my lifestyle.
In October 2010 I had learned that doing fasting and cleansing more than 2 days in a row burned muscle and I wasn’t going to do that again. I was working at building muscle and maintaining it. I was introduced to a scientifically based cleansing system that has since been proven to cleanse toxins from cells and allow for building lean muscle mass. Needless to say I haven’t stopped using the system and continue to have amazing results of energy, lean muscle mass, quicker recovery from my workouts, endurance, better balance, focus and mental clarity, and fat loss. It has no funky, artificial sweeteners in it or artificial anything. It has high quality testing done to make sure it isn’t loaded with heavy metals.
“Quit! Give up! You’re beaten!” they shout at me, and plead. “There’s just too much against you now, this time you can’t succeed.”
“Quit! Give up! You’re beaten!” they still shout in my face. But another voice within me says, “GET UP AND WIN THE RACE!”
How many times have you given up, thrown the towel in and just let your dreams or goals go wayside? New Year’s is right around the corner and often a time where people set goals. I set goals all year round and push and push and push till I succeed. Every goal I have set has been work. There is no luck. Statistics show that about 84% of people have no specific goals, 13% of people have goals but haven’t committed to writing them down and only 3% of people have clear, specific written goals with plans to accomplish them.
Three ways that I have found worked for my success at reaching my goals are:
– Having a realistic goal that is specific and not too many at one time- for example: “I am going to lose weight,” is too broad and unspecific. “I am going to replace one of my daily meals with a healthy alternative (a mixed green salad with 6 oz lean protein source 400-600 calories).
– Surrounding myself with like-minded individuals and not being afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are important in learning and being successful. Family and friends who are supportive and encouraging, cheering each other on allow for greater growth and success with reaching a goal.
– Mindset may be by far the breaking point of reaching a goal – Love this one! MINDSET has been huge in my life! It is so important to be positive and have positive thoughts. Include positive affirmations into your daily schedule. Meditation is also very helpful. Don’t allow guilt or shame to be the reason why you are reaching for a goal.
On the way home from evening soccer practice my youngest son called and spoke to his sister on the phone and told her to tell me to start to make something for him to eat before he went to bed but no oatmeal. Well, she neglected to mention the oatmeal part and I knew he liked oatmeal before he goes to bed so I had oatmeal on the stove when he got home. Boy was he not happy when he got home. He loudly said, “I am not eating the oatmeal! I said I didn’t want oatmeal! You have to make me something else!” He jumped up on the counter and knocked over my glass of water and ice that I had just filled up. I am working hard at paying extra attention on how I react to daily events- experiences. Not labeling them as a good thing or a bad thing just something that has happened. I could have yelled at him or raised my voice and said, “How many times have I told you not to climb on the counters? Now look what you did! You made a mess and spilled water everywhere!” That would have definately changed the evenings outcome and not is a positive way. Instead I just looked at him and took an exaggerated slow, deep breath thinking about how I wanted to handle the situation, it was late, we were both tired, and before I could respond he said, “Oops, sorry, I spilled something. I just wanted to be closer to you.” I said that is ok. I can get more water. We can clean this mess up together. Would you like to use the seat of your pants or a towel?” He giggled and said, “A towel, I will get it, help me down please.” Down he went and he cleaned up the water. I asked him if he would like some apple cut up alongside his oatmeal and he said yes. When he finished and was in bed I spent some time lying next to him being closer to him. Snuggle time with my seven year old.
Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it.
Did you know the average person only has about two weeks of savings before they lose everything? So if you are the average person and you lose your job tomorrow, get injured or are diagnosed with an illness that may require you to leave your job, in two weeks you will lose your house, your car, your possessions, and what would you feed yourself or your family! This is the most common stress, financial stress.
Stress comes in many forms and is so detrimental to ones health is it scary. Stress will make a healthy person unhealthy. You can be eating some of the healthiest foods but if you are stressed you will make yourself unhealthy. As a whole our society is filled with stress and anxiety. It is the biggest illness. We are confronted with stress all the time whether it is meeting deadlines, paying bills, or juggling childcare….this “fight or flight” response is often stuck in the “on” mode. It does not have to be!
Most people are not dealing with their stress. When the average person is under stress they actually spend more time looking at the problem than looking for a solution. This often leads to depression and addictions. They will try to hide the problem with alcohol, food, and/or pharmaceuticals just to numb themselves. What if there is a better way? What if there is a solution?
What if you could improve your health and in about 90 days not have to worry about finances? What if you could skyrocket your energy and feel the best health ever? What would that be worth to you?
If you are serious about a change get in touch with me! I may very well have the solution you are looking for!
I love me a Monday! That is not the case for most. Are you feeling that dread of Monday? Your stomach hurts and you just can’t wait until hump day to remind yourself you are halfway through your work week. Better yet you can’t wait to get to Friday to get to happy hour to numb the body so you forget about how you despised every day that week of having to go to your job.
Guess what? There is a better way!
You may want to look at a few different things. Your co-workers. Your pay. Your boss. The routine work. Or maybe the traffic. Write down the things that are making you dread your Monday. Then you will want to tackle them one at a time. Maybe there is something you are to learn from your job. Maybe the feeling is temporary. Or maybe the feeling has been going on for a long time and you need out. Don’t just quit, have a plan. You may not realize this but opportunities are revealed to you all the time. Over and over again. Don’t think a two by four is going to wack you in the head and say “This is an Opportunity!” You have to be open and aware. You are asking and the universe is delivering. Wake up! If someone offers you an opportunity check it out even if you aren’t so sure it is for you. Doors are opening all the time and if you don’t see what is inside you are doing yourself a disservice. You never know it may just be what you are looking for.
Or you can choose to keep going down the same path because it is familiar and easy and you don’t want a change bad enough to actually do something about it.
Are you stuck? Are you having trouble getting that dream job, losing weight, making more money, eliminating an unhealthy habit? There are times in our lives when we get stuck and have difficulty moving forward. There is one reason why and that reason is because of self-doubt and limiting beliefs. We are sending messages to our self and telling ourselves we cannot do it. It can’t be done. I am scared. I have never done that before.
I have accomplished things and then look back and say to myself, “Wow! How did I do that?” How I did that was I made a goal, told myself I was going to do it and took all the steps and actions required to reach that goal.
I have been reading some great books lately. I love to read about things that assist me in making significant changes in my life so that I can also impact the lives of others in a positive way. I enjoy Self- Improvement and Empowerment, Nutrition, and Financial Education books. Right now I am LOVING the most recent books I have been reading by Robert Kiyosaki, Rich Dad Poor Dad and Cash Flow Quadrant. WOW! Some really great stuff in these books. I also am so grateful that I am able to share and open my kids eyes to a totally different way of thinking and learning that they don’t get in school.
Every Monday my youngest son (7) comes home with his Monday Folder. In the Monday Folder is graded work often filled with comments. Maybe just my kids papers have a lot of comments on them (uh-oh! Lol!). No fret! OK. So yesterday my son brought his folder home and we often go through it together and go over mistakes, I ask him questions and why he answered a certain way and then we go over the correct answer or the answer they were looking for. I saw one test that said on it, “This was an Open Book test. 70%” So I asked my son if he used his book and he said, “No I wanted to see if I could get a 100% without using the book! I tried but I didn’t get a 100%”. I didn’t laugh out loud but I wanted to so bad. Yep! My Risk Taker! Awesome trait! This kid is going places! He was also hiding some of the papers and said, “You don’t need to see these mom, they aren’t good grades.” This comment is coming from a kid who has just learned what “grades” are. He was in a Montessori school for several years and they didn’t use grades. This was also the first week he was worried about a “C” grade. He said that if he got any bad grades he would be staying back because he met a boy who was his age and was only in 1st grade. That boy told him he got bad grades and they made him stay in the same grade again. So I proceeded to give my son an education about grades and the school system. I told him that school teaches you to get A’s, not make mistakes because mistakes are bad, and then they teach you to go find a secure job to work for someone. I said those people that the “A” students are working for are the “C” students that took risks, own businesses and have investments. Those “C” students are also the ones who are making a lot of money and have assests not liabilities. He said, “What are assests and that other word?” I told him assests are like having money in your pocket and liabilities are like having no money in your pocket. He decided he liked assests. I also shared that he was doing awesome making mistakes and learning from them and not to worry about making mistakes. Mistakes were good as long as he learned from them. I also shared that in order to be successful he needed to make mistakes. Then his older sister(12) came into the room and was all upset she got a 40% on a test and now her “A” was going to be a “C”. My 7 year old blurted out, “Don’t worry because you will own your own business one day and have all the “A” students working for you and you will be the one with all the assests.” Seeing the look on my daughters face…. It’s time to have a conversation with her.
I received my Bachelors of Science in Psychology upon graduating from College and had no idea where to go from there. I knew that I wanted to do something to help people. After working as an insurance adjuster for 10 months I was feeling unfulfilled.
I went to the local University and grabbed a Graduate Catalog and started thumbing through it looking for something interesting. I came across “Communication Disorders” Sounded interesting. I noticed in order to get into the Graduate Program I had to make sure I had all the prerequisite classes. I needed 4. So I enrolled in the 4 classes I needed. Why drag it out? Get it all taken care of in one semester! I worked a full time job and took night classes that Spring and applied to the Graduate Program for the Fall. I didn’t know if I was accepted until late summer but I was allowed to take 2 graduate courses prior to being accepted so I took 2 graduate courses that summer. Bam!
In the Fall I left the Insurance Company, got a Part-Time job and started Graduate School. I graduated in 2 years with a Master’s degree and landed a job as a Speech-Language Pathologist right away. I worked in a Rehab Facility and Deaf Vocational School for 2 years and then worked at an Elementary School for 13 years. Gosh, time flew! I loved working with the kids had 3 myself; yet again became unfulfilled. I knew that again I desired to do something that helped people. I struggled a little trying to figure out what my purpose was and took some time to reflect on my life thus far. While getting my Master’s Degree my fiancé had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer and at that time I added to my plate researching and studying Nutrition and Alternative Therapies. I just couldn’t make any sense of the conventional therapies so quietly I studied options. Quietly, because whenever I asked the Doctors any questions they hushed me and mocked me for asking. I didn’t let that stop me! I kept studying and researching and never stopped. We made it through that challenging time and many more as the years went on. I never let anyone’s opinion of my green drinks or healthy food stop me. Trust me there were many, many, many times I was mocked. I was way ahead of my time. All those round table IEP meetings I would sit in with the other “professionals” who would ask the same question every time we sat down to discuss the students, “Is there something in the water? Why are the kids getting worse? Why do we have so many kids that can’t focus, are ADD/ADHD and/or Learning Disabled?” At first I thought they wanted an answer to their question. So I would answer them and tell them. Quality Nutrition and Supplements. Real Food. Less Exposure to Chemicals and Environmental Toxins. Emotional Healing. They would ignore me or say, “That’s not what it is”. You see, I had been sharing with parents the importance of quality nutrients. We noticed that when children received the proper nutrients in their body there were significant improvements with the ability to stay on task, focus and perform to their optimal abilities both mentally and physically.
I was excited and that was just the beginning to a passion I never knew would someday lead to my life’s path. My purpose. The JOB part of my life was done. It was now time for my purpose. I followed my intuition, my heart, and my guts. I jumped ship and walked away from that JOB. I wanted to help people of all ages feel amazing! I wanted something that gave people energy, focus, clarity, purpose, vibrant health from the inside out. I had found a natural, organic, solution based system that assisted people with Weight Loss, Energy and Performance, Healthy Aging and Wealth Creation and I was going to share it with everyone. That was the beginning of Healthy Florida Girl.
TRICK OR TREAT! What an interesting Holiday! I have great memories of dressing up and having fun with my friends. There were candy and treats yet I don’t recall that being a main focus. Playing games, laughing, being silly and excited to see my friends costumes is what I recall most. I wanted my kids to have similar great memories. One obstacle…I am that mom that does not want her kids eating sugary candy full of dyes and chemicals. I had to figure out a way for them to enjoy Halloween.
At first I was resistant to the idea of Trick or Treating. Then I realized that I could come up with something really creative. So creative that their friends wanted to be part of it and they felt great about it. I started teaching my kids the value of money at a young age and how great it was to have money. They have learned to love money and they love when they get it.
My solution! For every piece of Halloween candy my kids get while Trick or Treating they turn it is to me for 25 cents. While my kids trick or treat they are adding up their money as they go along. How exciting! They will say, “I have made a $1.50 so far!” I will never forget their friends saying, “What? You get money for the candy you collect?” and my kids would say, “Yes, we turn the candy in to our mom and she gives us 25 cents for every piece.” You would hear the others kids says things like, “What? That isn’t fair! I want money for my candy.” Others would say, “So your mom eats all your candy?” (not!) And others would ask their parents who were right there if they would do the same thing and surprisingly some would say, “Yes”and others would say… “You want to eat all your candy don’t you?” (eeek!) Or “Mom, can I keep some of my candy and turn the rest in for money?” Getting them all sugared up is not so FUN! We all know the repercussions of that and for me… it is not worth it!
Indulging in the better things in life like money, dressing in costume, being silly and laughing with friends is FUN!So if you are looking for an idea to keep the sugar buzz to a minimum or a creative way to keep your kid healthier this Halloween… this works!