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Macronutrients with Mad Macro {A Review}

Macronutrients with Mad Macro {A Review}
Macronutrients with Mad Macro {A Review}
Macronutrients with Mad Macro {A Review}
Macronutrients with Mad Macro {A Review}
Macronutrients with Mad Macro {A Review}

Over ten years ago, I made the conscious decision to purposely choose cleaner whole foods whenever possible. At times, it can be challenging to always find new, innovative ways to present whole foods. I can barely put forth the effort to mix up my own trail mix let alone prepare something that would take any more time than reaching into my fridge! Who are these moms with extra time to create new whole foods or paleo-approved snacks on the go? Not this mom! I have a great solution to this dilemma:  I was approached by the team over at Mad Macro to give their protein bars a try in exchange for my honest opinion. I am so thrilled they reached out to me! 

Mad Macro makes cereal in addition to their protein bars (which look super delicious, I will definitely be ordering them!) I have tried only their protein bars so far… But I cannot wait to order their protein cereals! Yes! Protein! In a cereal!

About the bars… To me, these protein bars sort of resemble single serving pouches of almond butter ground up with other seeds and nuts with a super thick, solid consistency. It is recommend the bars are stored in the refrigerator and then allowed to sit at room temp for about an hour before eating them. I knew my first meal would be high quality nutrient-dense to set me up for a great day! I like these for an afternoon snack too. Products by Mad Macro are grain-free, dairy-free and paleo-approved. 

As for taste, they have a number of great flavors: Pumpkin Spice, Salted Chocolate Almond, Walananna (walnut + banana), Protein Brownie and Cocomoco (coffee + coconut). They are not really sweet or overly chewy like a lot of the other bars available in stores. I would say the taste grows on you. I like that I can really taste the pumpkin seeds and the salt complemented the chocolate perfectly. It is subtle, but extremely effective. I am a huge fan of coconut oil for the plethora of health benefits, but that flavor is extremely light, if noticeable at all. They do not crunch like a granola bar or taste like a candy bar at all, the way a lot of protein bars taste to me. I would say it is like taking a nutty, seedy trail mix, and making it into a nut butter. Genius! I like them a lot, but it takes a few bites to get used to the taste and the consistency. Since it is all natural and grain free so I felt good knowing it is not processed or chock full of grains. It is dense and has a filling effect since all your nutrient needs are being met. They can be a bit messy though. The natural oils, like what you see at the top of almond or peanut butter can spill out, so have a paper towel wrapped around it if you decide to eat it in the car, especially. On the go means I can eat it wherever I am. These hit the spot for sure: I felt full, satisfied and was really happy to  have a macronutrient balanced breakfast! I felt like my brain functioned better and I didn’t feel the need for more coffee. 

I just know my healthy, fit mom friends will really like these and appreciate their existence! We should all be concious of and concerned with the foods we feed ourselves and our families. Time to take back our health! At 260 calories, they pack in 15 grams of protein and only 10 net carbs! These Mad Macro protein bars also include collagen (grass fed cows, sorry vegans!) so say hello to youthful skin too! What’s more is they are a local company right here in Las Vegas. You need to try Mad Macro! What are you waiting for?!

What is your favorite breakfast on the go?! 20171026_094041Try these bars and let me know what you think!

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Thank you to the awesome team at Mad Macro! I am definitely a fan for life! Mad Macro protein bars are a welcome addition to my health and beauty regimen!

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Found a Diamond in the Desert!!!

We recently had the pleasure of dealing with Blue Diamond Air Solutions when we realized our HVAC air filters were in need of replacement.  

From the moment they arrived they were very kind and professional.  They worked quickly to pull the old, dirty filters out, clean the cover, degrease the air intake vent and finally place the new filters.  I was surprised at how instant and noticeable the increased airflow through each vent was.  They also explained the many benefits of keeping a clean filter, including much cleaner air to breathe and reduction in energy costs due to higher efficiency of the increased airflow.  Being the mother of a child with allergies, the cleaner air is a HUGE benefit and a relief to me.  Our son even got a kick out of the installation, saying it looked like we had a ghostbuster in our house! 

"Who you gonna call?"

“Who you gonna call?”

They recommend changing the filters quarterly or if there are pets in the home, bi-monthly.  The overall cost for us would only be $30 each time! ($5 per filter and a $20 service fee).  BDAS has been in business for a little over six months but they were very knowledgeable and were able to answer any questions I had for them.  I would highly recommend them to anyone I know. You can find them:

Online: http://www.bluediamondair.net/

Facebook: Blue Diamond Air Solutions

IG: @bluediamondair

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Las Vegas Kid Friendly Running Races

groundhogday5k-1After having kiddos, eating healthy and less processed foods became super important to me, but exercise was not a big part of our family life until about 5 years ago when I became passionate about running and living a more active lifestyle.  It’s been the best thing for us as a family to get outside and enjoy nature.  I’ve also enjoyed obstacle course races, like Spartan Race and Tough Mudder and my kids have really loved that too.  I mean who wouldn’t think it’s fun to run through mud and climb walls?! When I first started running and signing myself up for races, I began to notice that a lot of these races are kid-friendly and/or have kid races as part of their race weekend too!  I loved this idea of making running a family activity and I’ve signed up my kiddos for many races and they’ve always had a blast running them! Plus, it really makes them feel good about themselves too and a good self-esteem is so important for little ones!     

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So, if you’re interested in getting your family running together or just want your kiddos to have fun running some races, I’ve put together a list of local Las Vegas race organizations that are family-friendly and/or have kid specific races.  I’ll also include non-local race companies that put on races here in Las Vegas!

  • Desert Dash – Little Dashers 2k/2m trail race for kids 12 and under.  All races receive a kid water cup and bib. No medals. Kid races are on the same day as the adult races, just with a later start time.  
  • Triple Dare Running Company – Seasonal kid races that offer 1 mile fun run and a 5K competitive run. All runners receive a tshirt and 5K runners receive a finisher medal, as well as awards for top runners.  
  • Bristle Cone Events – 5K community runs.  No shirts, no medals, no pressure! Just a fun time together as a family.  
  • Desert Sky Adventures – Fun family-friendly 5K during the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving Day. All participants get a t-shirt and a finisher’s medal.  
  • Run Away with Cirque du Soleil – Family friendly 5K run/walk event at Springs Preserve with music and performers of Cirque du Soleil.  
  • Spartan Kids Race – Spartan Race is an international obstacle course race with races in lots of cities throughout the year.  Las Vegas is usually held in the spring.  Kids can participate in 2 mile, 1 mile, and 1/2 mile races depending on their age.  Each child will receive a T-shirt and Finisher’s Medal.  
  • Mini  Mudder – Tough Mudder isn another international obstacle course race, with a Las Vegas race usually in the fall.  They offer a 1 mile race for kids ages 7-12.    
  • Terrain Racing – National obstacle course race, with a Las Vegas race usually in the fall.  They offer 5K races for ages 7 and up where they’ll be running with everyone on the regular course and also a mini monkey 1/2 mile race for little ones ages 2-8.  Everyone receives a race big, t-shirt, and finisher medal.
  • Kids Dash – Badass Dash is another national obstacle course race, with a Las Vegas race usually in the spring.  They offer a 200-yard dash for 4 – 6 year olds and a 1 mile course for the 7 – 13 years olds.  

Aside from these races, there are tons of fun 5Ks that are family friendly that come to Las Vegas every year, such as Super Hero Run, Inflatable 5K, Bubble Run, and Color Run.  

I’m sure there are other races I’ve missed, so feel free to share in the comments some fun family races you know of and/or have participated in! 

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From Wine to Whey- Lifetime Athletic Clubs in Las Vegas

imagesWhen one thinks of “the gym” one usually thinks of bulky muscles, grunting noises, machines that look like torture devices and the ever dreaded membership sales personnel stalking your every move. One does not usually associate a gym to have a wine tasting night complete with chocolate dipped strawberries, 6 different wines to taste and an array of food pairings from their very own cafe. At least, that’s not what I expected upon walking in to Lifetime Athletic Club’s Green Valley location for their first ever Wine Tasting Event. IMG_7333

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IMG_7330Last month, Cindy  and I were contacted to attend what we hope is the first of many wine tasting events offered to members and non-members. The wine was great and so was the food, don’t get me wrong, but what we enjoyed the most was being able to drop our kids off at the AMAZING Kids Academy during the entire event! The kids played sports activities, made arts and crafts, ate pizza, went swimming (or not) and watched a movie. We were hooked. 

This led to a conversation with the Events Manager and Kids Academy Director about all the amazing things Lifetime offers to members with children and even the amazing care for non-members coming in for open events! Cindy and I could not have been more impressed. Each care provider is certified and are experts in the field of play time and early childhood education. The Kids Academy play areas and teaching rooms are clean, fun and sufficiently supervised. 

Work_Image_KidsAcademy_001Here is a list of events happening at the Green Valley and Summerlin locations available to members and non-members:

Green Valley Location

Shamrock Shake and Shuffle

Thursday, March 16 at 6pm-7pm

Complimentary for members, Non-members may attend with the use of a member guest pass. 

Mommy/Son Dynamic Duo

Saturday, March 18 at 12pm-2

$20 per couple for members

$30 per couple for non-members

add on $5 for moms bringing more than one son

Life Barre and Bubbles

Wednesday, March 22 at 5:45pm-8pm

~limited space~

Complimentary for members, non-members may attend with the use of a member guest pass

Cycle and Champagne 

Friday, March 31 at 6pm-8pm

~limited space~

Complimentary for members, non-members may attend with the use of a member guest pass

Ride For a Reason

~Both locations~

Saturday, April 22 at 8am-12pm

Tickets Available at fundraising.stjude.org 

Summer Camps/School Breaks 

 

expanding_our_teamI liked what I saw so much that I went to the nearest Lifetime location in Summerlin and decided to become a member! My boys and I have gone every single day since becoming members and we LOVE it. I love that I can drop my boys off knowing they not only are being supervised but are being taught about nutrition and exercise. The Kids Academy offers Children of Members classes like Yoga, Zumba, Karate and sports, while Mommas and Poppas focus on their health and wellness. As a stay at home Mom with a PPD background and an ever growing midsection, this decision to become a Lifetime Member has been nothing short of life-saving.images-7

As part of my sign-on package I had a free consultation with a nutritionist, personal trainer and Pilates Reform instructor. Each one has given me life altering information that I can take with me for the rest of my days. I’m learning how to focus more on sleep, stress management and nutrition as well as how to effectively exercise. I also learned what the heck “Whey” is and its become my new best friend, even over wine! Because of all this, my doctor is confident that as I loose weight and burn fat, I will likely be able to naturally manage my symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as keep my higher glucose levels in the low end.  In just over a week I have lost 2 pounds and gained more lean muscle mass. I have begun taking daily multi-vitamins for overall health and wellness as well as Omega 3 Supplements to help gut inflammation. I feel great and eager to meet my goals. main-bucket-academy-classes-800x800

So whether you are looking to finally put your New Years’ Resolution to good use, are looking to meet new people and partake in some family friendly events or you’re from out of town and need to work off a buffet binge and late nights at club, consider a gym! 

For more information on the events and memberships please contact:

Lifetime Athletic-Summerlin

(702)228-2611

Lifetime Athletic-Green Valley (Henderson) 

(702)802-7300

Lifetimefitness.com

https://www.facebook.com/LifeTimeAthleticGreenValley/

 

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Gift Guide and Bucket List of Our Favorite Holiday Things

Tis the season…We put together a list of our favorite places, products and services from stocking stuffers to bucket list events around town. Happy Shopping and Socializing, mamas! 

Gifts for your #1 mom (Yes, YOU!)

Vent Salon also has 2 locations also: Downtown Summerlin and Henderson 3 blowouts per month runs about $55/month. Look Style Society has 2 locations in the Valley – Tivoli Village and Town Square. They offer unlimited blowouts for $99/month and unlimited makeup application for $99/month!

For furry babies: Barking Dogs on Blue Diamond has a great selection of treats and toys to reward your pets after you have them groomed or just do the self wash option. I love the friendly, resourceful staff here and the products are top notch.

I have worn the same lipstick for probably the entire time I’ve lived in Las Vegas (since 2003!) It’s called Stay Currant and it’s a Revlon Colorstay lip stain. I know, the drug store under $10 choice for the win! I’ve tried other brands, other shades, but this is my absolute go to – fancy or casual, day or night, summer or winter. I love this deep red and the fact that it lasts all day & even into some mornings – Lol! Just remember to pick up Neutrogena make up remover too (or the Up & Up Target brand works just as well for half the price) or the fancy Bifacil by Lancôme. They all take off lip stains with minimal effort.

Tervis cups are my new jam. They have been around forever, are super sturdy and incredibly stylish. I love drinking just about everything out of them! There is a Tervis store at PH’s Miracle Mile Shops, but they are also available at Macy’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond(home of the never expiring 20% off coupons!). You can rep your favorite sports teams or choose fun festive designs. With an active, bull-in-a-china-shop toddler you need to be ready for the next foul ball or rogue plane. We also have pets so cleaning up broken glass is too much of a risk! 

Speaking of drinks… The good folks at Total Wine can help you find great wine and spirits to fit any occasion. They carry much, much more than simply wine! There is beer and cordials and hard alcohol as well as unique accessories and paraphernalia to make any wine connoisseur squeal.

Comfort food from Yardbird Southern is a cozy way to spend time connecting with your honey amidst the craziness of the holidays. When it’s cold out, rich foods are the way to go! We need to get our winter coats on – What else will we have to work off in the New Year?! Mandarin Oriental has a festive high tea as well. Start your new tradition today!

Brunch at Craft Kitchen, tea and multiple menu offerings at Truffles N Bacon, Filipino gastropub from Cutting Board & anything from Served LV and now at Americana… These are a handful of favorites around town for taking friends to share a unique experience that will give them something new to try or just make every day meals feel like a special occasion.

I love Hobby Lobby and Michaels for easy DIY kits from ornaments to toys, but the unique finds will be at Cost Plus World Market! Our elf even shops there!

There are 2 indoor playgrounds that we absolutely love (warning, sock zone!): Rockin Jump the trampoline gym is fantastic for the whole family so definitely head over when you have restless visitors in town. Super clean, open warehouse style, a stunt bag, dodge ball courts, a climbing tower, basketball hoops of varying heights, lockers and great music playing. For kids 10 years and younger, go to Kangamoo. You will not be disappointed! You could literally be there all day, they have a walking track, slides, swings, trampolines, a zip line, miles of crawl space, free massage chairs, free coffee, tea and water, a charging station and plenty of wifi.

Sharing experiences and quality time with loved ones is really what the holidays are all about. There are several notable seasonal events and attractions around town. You can never go wrong with Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest where there are so many local sponsors who are annual contributors. The trees are ever changing and can be a constant inspiration for your own home decorations. New to the Valley is Operation North Pole: an interactive experience with our favorite jolly couple! This includes photo opps, visiting the candy shoppe, the toy workshop, and one on one time with Mr. & Mrs. Claus! Make it a point to visit seasonal exhibits at Bellagio, Venetian and now The Park for festive gatherings and holiday decorations. Ice skating is always a fun family night too at Downtown Summerlin, Cosmopolitan and also The Park now too! There are also several homes decked out in Christmas Lights with synchronized music too! Hypnotist Marc Savard’s home on East Robindale is for sure a local favorite. The schedule for House on Robindale can be found on Facebook. If you want to stay in your car, try the Glittering Lights at the Speedway! They have Groupons and deals for bringing canned goods too.

Great shows to see anytime, but going to shows is more festive during the holidays: Terry Fator at Mirage, Jabbawockeez at MGM, and Absinthe at the theater in front of Ceasar’s (<–Absinthe is NOT for suitable for kids! …or anyone easily offended by vulgar language and suggestive content).

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The HPV Vaccination: Important Information About Protecting Your Family

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I’d like to talk with you today about helping prevent cancer in our kids as they get older. But before we can talk about some of those cancers, we have to talk about sex – even if we don’t want to.  I mean, let’s face it; it isn’t always the most comfortable topic to even think about much less talk about.  Our society deems it okay for sexualized commercials, music and clothing to surround our kids; but our schools aren’t allowed to give them evidence-based, factual education that will help them make smart choices, nor are they allowed access to the tools needed to make those smart choices? We are sending our kids mixed messages. And they know it.

As Executive Director of Immunize Nevada, a statewide 501c3 non-profit, I was recently asked to give a TEDx talk about preventing cancer through the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.  I didn’t want my own personal HPV story to be part of it. I didn’t want it broadcasted to the world. I definitely didn’t want to talk about sex. But as I thought about it and rehearsed, I realized that not telling my story — all of us parents not telling our stories — is one of the inherent problems with HPV vaccine uptake. It mirrors the way we approach anything related to sex here in the United States.

HPV is the most common sexually-transmitted infection in this country – so high that most parents today were probably infected at some point in their lives. You can’t get it if someone sneezes on you, and you can’t get it from eating contaminated food. You get it from skin to skin, sexual contact – something most of our children will do within their lifetime (even if they wait until marriage).

We need to be honest with ourselves and fellow moms about our own history with HPV, and we need to share our stories.

The conversation I had with my 12 year old son went something like this:

“You need to get a vaccine today.”

“What’s it for?”

“It prevents you from getting cancer.”

“What kind of cancer?”

“Remember in the school program when you talked about the diseases you can get from sex? Some of those diseases can cause cancer.”

“Yuk. I don’t want to get cancer.”

If you have a teen and you haven’t vaccinated them, ask yourself why. Are you concerned about safety? Or are you really concerned it’s giving them permission to have sex? Be honest with yourself about your concerns, and then get the facts. There are a lot of things we can’t control as our teens become young adults, but we can prevent them from getting HPV associated cancers.

I wanted to share with you some common questions I get asked by parents regarding the HPV Vaccine:

Who should get the vaccine?

Routine HPV vaccination is recommended for boys and girls at 11 or 12 years of age. Vaccination at age 11 or 12 years is most effective because it provides the highest protection when given before exposure to HPV occurs. Catch-up vaccination is recommended through age 26 for those who did not previously complete the series. HPV vaccines are given in a three dose series over a six-month period. HPV vaccines do not contain live viruses and only uses a tiny piece of the virus, meaning the vaccine cannot give you HPV or cause cancer.

Is the HPV vaccination safe? How effective is it?

HPV vaccines are continually monitored for their safety and effectiveness. Since the vaccine was first released in 2006, health care providers have given millions of doses across the globe and no serious safety concerns have been found. All vaccines used in the U.S. are required to go through extensive safety testing before they are released to use. HPV vaccines are very effective. If the HPV vaccine series is completed and administered in the correct intervals it can provide nearly 100% protection from certain HPV types. HPV vaccines offer a promising approach to preventing cancer.

What are the side effects?

Some mild side effects can occur. The most common reaction is a sore arm where the injection was given. Swelling and redness can also occur at the injection site. Some other side effects include dizziness, fainting, nausea, and headache.  Fainting is a common reaction for any adolescent vaccine. To reduce the risk of injury, an adolescent should sit or lie down for 10-15 minutes after the vaccine is administered.

The HPV vaccine is cancer prevention. It prevents cancers that mostly occur in adults – so when thinking about vaccinating our 11-12 year olds, it’s a hard concept to grasp.

Please check out this link for more information:  http://immunizenevada.org/hpvfreenv.  Mom-to-Mom, I encourage you to make an appointment today to speak with your healthcare provider about vaccinating your 11 or 12 year olds against HPV. It could help save their life.

~~~Connect with Immunize Nevada~~~

Immunize Nevada on Facebook   @ImmunizeNV     #HPVFreeNV

https://www.flickr.com/photos/immunizenevada

 

About the Author…Heidi Parker is Executive Director of Immunize Nevada

Heidi Parker, Executive Director of Immunize Nevada

 

As executive director of Immunize Nevada, Heidi Parker leads and engages a diverse coalition of staff, volunteers, member organizations and funders so they are passionate about vaccines and access to preventive health care across Nevada’s rural, urban and frontier communities. Bringing 19 years of experience in nonprofit program management, fundraising and marketing, she has dedicated her career to being able to affect her community in a positive way, whether working with Head Start families, victims of violence, college students or Nevadans needing immunizations.

Under her leadership, Immunize Nevada is deeply involved in community outreach, collaborative projects and fundraising efforts aimed at helping close the vaccination gap that Nevada faces. Heidi lost her best friend to Hepatitis when she was in elementary school and her great-grandfather died in the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. These personal and family losses drive her motivation to ensure that no one suffers from a vaccine-preventable disease, and that vaccines continue to have an influential voice.

Heidi has earned numerous awards for her commitment to community involvement, including the Reno Gazette Journal’s Twenty under 40 award and has presented at a variety of regional and national conferences, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Immunization Conference. Heidi is a 2nd generation DePaul Blue Demon and received her Master of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She is also a recent graduate of Duke University’s Executive Nonprofit Leadership program.

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Litl’ Squirts Are a Big Hit in Our Family!

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We could not be happier when our friends at Litl’ Squirts sent us a box of love in 8 oz bottles. We had the awesome opportunity to taste test this super yummy beverage and let me get right to the point and tell you: It was a total grand slam across the board with three different families – five kids and three moms! This is hands down the best beverage we could have asked for! It is made of natural spring water from Maine blended perfectly with real fruit juices so it is naturally sweetened. So you don’t have to worry about giving your kids a sugary drink. It also has added vitamins too so it’s even better than plain juice!


I know I’m just like all other moms when I say I do my best to make healthy choices for my son, but when it comes to drink options, I was beginning to think that I can’t win every time! Now that I found Litl’ Squirts, I can give my son water that tastes likes juice!!! JJ loves juice, but I don’t want him to have too much unnecessary sugar in his diet, not to mention what it could do to his teeth! My son loved Litl’ Squirt so much, he finished it in one sitting. I shared samples with other LVMB writers: Heather and Janel.

Click here to see the triplets trying Litl’ Squirts for the very first time!

  
I gave Janel samples of Litl’ Squirts for them to try while she was watching my son and her youngest son. After some park time, both boys downed their drinks and shared another bottle. Luckily, Janel had a chance to taste it before surrendering it to them! I tried some myself when I heard what a hit it was with our boys. It actually does taste like juice so I was pleasantly surprised. There are several different flavors: Raspberry Apple, Blueberry Lemonade, Blueberry Apple and Cranberry Orange. The one we tried is blueberry and apple flavored, but the taste is not artificial. I was so thankful since I literally gag anytime I taste fake sugar. My body physically rejects it! I love that Litl’ Squirt is made from natural spring water and that real fruit flavors and colors are used. It is not overly sweet and each serving is only sixty calories so you can keep kids hydrated without high calorie drinks. Spring water is better since there is no added fluoride or chlorine, it is naturally a clean source of water and contains naturally occurring minerals. There are a lot of choices when we feed ourselves and our children and I’m happy to say I am completely sold on Litl’ Squirts. We hope you make them a staple in your fridge too.

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The Smallest Step Counts: Checking in on the 30-Day No Negative Body Talk Challenge

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Image courtesy of luigi diamanti at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

It’s roughly halfway into the 30-Day No Negative Body Talk Challenge. So… how’s it going?

Did you give up? Hope not.

Are you working on it, but it’s going imperfectly? That’s perfect!

Does it feel weird? That’s OK. I wouldn’t expect anything different.

Whenever you try something new, it feels wonky at first.

Heck, even walking was hard at first, remember? Of course you don’t – you were a baby – but you get the idea. (My son, Liam, looked like a drunken sailor when he first learned to walk. It was mighty entertaining.)

If you’re someone who has a hard time trying new things because you won’t look pretty doing it, here’s my take on it: pretty is overrated.

I admit, there are some things I hesitate trying because I just “know” I will look un-pretty. For those of you who keep inviting me to wine and painting events, please stop. This is the one thing I will probably never try. Although the wine might keep me from caring about my painting… I guess that’s the point. It all goes back to kindergarten, but this is not the time or place to process my childhood art trauma.

I like to try other (non-painting) new things. As an adult, I took a French class. This was only slightly more successful than giving a cat a bath, but I tried.

As part of my training as a therapist, I learned hypnosis. Uncomfortable at first? Absolutely. It just felt right to announce to the other hypnosis students that I was comfortable with the suckishness I would feel until I got more experience.

Embrace your suckishness. Some discomfort with the new is part of the learning curve.

At some point, competence and confidence start to emerge. What felt so hard at first becomes second nature.

Remember learning to drive? When you first started, it took all your concentration to keep from crashing the car into a curb. Now you can probably drive, prepare a grocery list, sing the Dora the Explorer theme song, and hand a wet wipe to your preschooler all at the same time.

So back to the 30-Day Challenge…

Just becoming aware of your language is a beginning, even if different words haven’t come out of your mouth yet. Have you caught yourself (or others) saying negative things about their bodies? Even noticing it is a step in the right direction.Perfect blocks askew

Have you observed positive things about your body? It’s working hard for you. How about being able to hug your babies? That’s a good start.

Just start where you are, with the smallest step. If you haven’t done anything on the challenge yet, begin now. It’s not all-or-nothing. It’s okay if you didn’t join in until now. Perfection is also overrated.

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30-Day No Negative Body Talk Challenge

We’re well into January. Did you make any resolutions? If so, how are they going? (For my take on New Year’s Resolutions, click here.)

I don’t make resolutions per se. However, my email inbox and Facebook feeds have been blowing up lately with 30-day challenges. Most of them are diet and exercise related.

Some examples: Juicing Challenge; Green Smoothie Challenge; Flat Abs Challenge; Beach Body Challenge.

Many of them are accompanied by the obligatory selfie of the challenge organizer wearing a crop top and bike shorts. To be followed (I presume) in 30 days by another, more buff selfie in a crop top and bike shorts.

Or maybe a bikini.

This is not my cup of tea.

Here’s my challenge to you, moms: I propose the 30-Day No Negative Body Talk Challenge.

Language is powerful. In fact, language can create your reality.

So…

No whining about your post-baby abdominal slackness.

No complaining about your muffin top.

No grumbling because you used to wear a smaller size.

Promise this, even when you are with your girlfriends and they are complaining about their thighs.

Because friends don’t let friends diss their bodies.

Make sense?

And while I’m on a roll, I’m going to give you a parallel challenge.

Every day, find something positive about your body.

Today, I’m grateful my shoulder has the range of motion to lift things over my head.

It’s small, but significant. Being able to lift something is easily taken for granted. But when I had a shoulder injury, I couldn’t move my arm more than an inch or two in any direction. Not a happy time.

So find the positive.

Your body works hard for you, but focusing on the negative makes that easy to miss.

Your language creates your experience, so be careful with your words.

Your un-flat tummy grew a baby.

Your crow’s feet are well-earned by staying up all night with your children. And by squinting in the sun as you pushed your baby in a stroller.

You’re beautiful. Truly.

This challenge is for your well-being. And for the well-being of your children.

Your kids listen to you, even when it doesn’t seem like it.

Do you want them to grow up dissatisfied with their bodies, too?

I didn’t think so.

Let’s do this.

No crop top or bike shorts here.

No crop top or bike shorts here.

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Lemon Bath to the Rescue!

Lemons

This lemon bath recipe has helped me fight off the flu in record Sick Woman Blowing Her Nose in Bedtime. Moms and Dads do not have the luxury of downtime when illness rears its ugly head. Please consult with your doctor if you would like to try this bath especially if you have been diagnosed with a blood pressure condition.

Lemons have tons of health benefits. This bath helps kick your immune system into hyperdrive. Whether you are feeling the flu just start to take hold of you or have had a lingering long drawn out battle, this bath will speed up the healing process.

Lemons

What you will need:

8 lemons
4 quarts of hot water to make a lemon tea
a hot bath for soaking

1. Set water to boil

2. Run a bath as hot as you can stand it

3. Halve 4 lemons & squeeze the juice into your tub

4. Throw the lemon rinds into the bath tub too

5. Slice remaining 4 lemons & squeeze juice into the water you have boiled for your tea

6. Throw those lemon rinds into your tub also

7. Set up your lemon tea within arm’s reach of the tub

8. Put your hair up or cover it to keep it dry

9. Get into the tublemon bath

10. Stay in the tub as long as you can stand while drinking as much of your tea as possible. (I’ve tried & have never been able to drink all the tea)

11. In between sips of lemon tea (sweetened to taste), rub lemon rinds on your chest and sinuses, careful to avoid your eyes.

12. When you simply cannot take any more heat or any more lemon tea, exit the tub.

13. Dry off (you’ll have lemon pulp on you) lay down and nap. Your heartbeat will be pretty fast as your body works to cool you down. This will exhaust you. Rest, drink more tea or water when you do wake up and again, rest as much as possible.

Here are a few other tips and tricks to get you back on your feet:

Even if you aren’t hungry, eat something. Choose foods that are heavy and filling. It is much easier to fight anything off with a full belly of fuel.

If you struggle to drink your liquids, eat popsicles or fruit to keep hydrated. Do not subscribe to that old adage that you need to starve a fever. Eat until you feel better.

Upping your garlic intake can be really helpful too! (Think: spaghetti with a couple of garlic cloves!)

Especially in the desert, use a humidifier.

Wash your hands frequently.

Minimize contact with the outside world: you would feel terrible getting someone else sick and possibly infecting their kiddos.

Saline nasal spray can be a godsend!

Sipping lemon tea with honey and a little apple cider vinegar can soothe and heal a scratchy raw throat.

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