Bad habits: we all have them. But when those habits involve our health – as so many do – it’s even more important to get them under control. Our well-being is what allows us to care for our families as well as model to our kids how to embrace a positive lifestyle. And, of course, our health is at stake!
We love good news. And good news that involves chocolate is the best kind of all.
While you’ve no doubt heard that dark chocolate may be healthy for you, in a recent clinical trial, it actually reduced the stress of 30 people who ate it every day for two weeks. Not only that, it also positively impacted other stress-related biochemical imbalances.
Is it magic in a sweet morsel?
It’s a proven fact: snacking is actually good for you. Done wisely, of course!
The reasons are manifold. For one, snacking puts the kibosh on the extreme hunger that can catapult your family into binging on unhealthy foods. It also prevents blood sugar levels from getting too low and pitching people, big and small alike, into cranky moods. Research also shows that metabolism chugs along more efficiently when we eat small snacks throughout the day.
But the problem can be finding healthy choices. It’s all too easy to grab foods that momentarily halt hunger but do nothing to boost your family’s wellness.
Recently, a study by researchers at Cornell University looked at the eating habits of working parents. They concluded working folks are busy – really busy! No surprise there, right? But they also learned one’s work hours and responsibilities can negatively impact nutrition, and in a big way.
Read more in this article by Susan Wenner Jackson at WorkingMomsAgainstGuilt.com
Stacey Seybold Hiller, M.S., CCC-SLP is an industry expert in speech, language and feeding skills in children.
The process of language development is astonishing. Frequently, in less than 3 years, children go from absolutely no language skills, to a vocabulary of more than 300 words. Why do some children sail through this process so much easier than others? There are a variety of reasons, but the type of stimulation children receive at home can make a big difference. The tried and true methods are still very valuable-reading to your children as much as possible, and LIMITING TIME IN FRONT OF THE TV (yes, even the “educational” stuff). However, there are more things that you can do.
Taking time to make your children feel important and loved can be, well, tough. Working and raising a family along with the million and one things on the to-do list can be so stressful, we sometimes forget what’s really vital in life.
Dream Dinners Co-founder, Stephanie Allen, loves networking online and finding great websites and blogs full of information to share with others. Here are a few of her current favorites: