What to pack for kids school lunches and snacks?

What foods do you pack for your kids to eat at school? Is it mainly wholefoods, unpackaged, unprocessed? Or is it handy individual servings of biscuits, crackers, processed foods? My son told me on the weekend that most of the kids at school eat LCMs, noodle snacks, baked goods (such as muffins, cakes, cupcakes, cookies), muesli bars, oreos, chips, flavoured yoghurts, cheese balls and sticks. The canteen food is not much better with options such as ice blocks, jelly sticks and jelly, slushes, chicken nuggets, noodles, meat pies, sausage rolls, sandwiches, juices and pop tops. 

These foods are highly processed, full of ingredients which are not so 'whole' - meaning your grandmother would not be able to recognise them. They are often filled with lots of additives (colours, flavours, preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilisers, thickeners) which is why these foods last longer. 

Children fed junk and processed foods has detrimental effects to their concentration and learning abilities, digestion and gut function, energy levels, emotions and moods. These foods are not giving their bodies the nutrition it needs for growth and development. When kids eat these foods, their body craves more food as it is does not get the nutrients it needs from these junk processed foods. These foods are also a contributor to childhood obesity.

My blog today covers what foods kids are eating and why it is important to switch them to a whole food diet. We need to feed our kids well, get back to basics and feed them wholefoods. Learn to make healthier snacks and baked goods without all the additives so they still feel like they are having a 'treat' like the other kids.

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Why aren't there any healthy options on kid's menus?

Have you noticed that when you go out the eat, the kids menu is often filled with processed fried foods? There are almost never any healthy options out there. The options are usually calamari and chips, fish and chips, pizza, cheeseburger and chips, pasta. Since when did this become the norm? When did it become acceptable for kids to eat processed fried foods? Why isn't there any healthy options on the menu?  I find this extremely frustrating.

This blog looks at kids menu’s and why there should be better options for kids to eat healthier foods. Junk and processed foods should not be the norm for kids. We need to feed our kids well. They should be eating wholefoods to support their growth and development.

Have a read and let me know your thoughts! Happy reading!

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What type of containers do you use to store and carry your food and drinks?

What type of containers do you use to store and carry your food and beverages? Are you using plastic, glass or stainless steel? Are you aware of the effect of what you use could be affecting your health?

This blog takes a look at the pros and cons of using different types of storage containers and what the better options are.

Have a read and let me know your thoughts below :-)

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Do you squat to poop?

So do you squat to poop? Have you tried?

Back many many years ago, people used to squat to poop. Using a toilet is one of the modern day things we use, but it puts us in an unnatural position to be able to poop properly.

There are many benefits to squatting when pooping such as easier and quicker elimination, less straining, less risk of hemorrhoids and constipation, eases pressure on the uterus during pregnancy, and reduces the chances of colorectal disorders.

Have a read of the blog and let me know your thoughts.

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Symptoms are common…but are they normal? 

Symptoms are common but this does not mean that they are normal. How many people do you know that suffer from one or more of the following: headaches, migraines, gut issues (constipation, diarrhoea, gas, bloating, IBS, heartburn), insomnia, inflammation, fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight issues, etc?? A symptoms is a sign from your body that something is not right, something is out of balance. Often people are not listening to their body or choose to ignore it. Sometimes they reach for a quick fix, a 'magic' pill, just so they can continue on with their life without making any changes to their lifestyle. This is only a short term solution and often has other health implications down the track. They don't look for the root cause of what may be causing the symptom in the first place.

It is always better to find the cause of what is causing  you issues, From here, true healing can occur. In today's society we are quick to take medication as an easy solution but this does not help us in the long term. For long lasting health and vitality, we need to take control of our health and live according to the 6 foundation principles. Identify areas in our life that we can improve and grow and make ourselves as healthy and vital as possible. Symptoms may be common but they are not normal, even though today so many people are suffering from so many chronic health conditions and illnesses. Look after yourself and make some changes today!!

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Are you proactive or reactive?

Are you proactive or reactive with your health?  

Many people are reactive – meaning they live their life without making any healthy changes to their life until a health issue comes up. When they get sick, they act on it, I.e. see the doctor and take whatever medication they are prescribed to treat/mask the symptoms. Often they make no other changes to their lifestyle. 

Being proactive means to take care of yourself BEFORE something happens. This means following the 6 foundation principles: thinking positive thoughts, breathing correctly, eating organic whole foods, drinking enough filtered water, moving (working in vs working out), and getting enough quality sleep.  

This blog covers the importance of being proactive and looking after yourself rather than doing something in response to getting sick or being diagnosed with a condition. In today’s society, it is so easy to be reactive, but it is really important that we take control of our health and look after yourselves.

Happy reading!!

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What foods should you buy organic?

While I would always advocate buying organic produce (as it is better for us and for the environment), I know that for some people this is just not possible. To make the decision easier for us, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyse tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and release 2 lists every year: The Dirty DozenTM  and the Clean 15TM. 

Pesticide residues are commonly found on conventionally grown produce which cannot be removed even after it has been washed and peeled. The USDA conducted tests on thousands of produce samples and found a ‘total of 230 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples analysed’.  

The more chemicals we ingest means the harder our bodies have to work to clear them from our body. Eating conventional produce also means that some of the chemicals may be accumulating in our bodies and cause numerous health effects, e.g. on our hormones, fertility, markers for chronic disease and illnesses. There is also the combined effect of all these chemicals on our bodies. When pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, etc, get tested, they are often tested for efficacy and safety when used on their own. By what are the effects on us when they are used in conjunction with other pesticides? How does this look over time?  

The Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce TM lists: 

  1. Dirty DozenTM fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residues. Always choose organic. 

  2. Clean FifteenTM where few, if any residues were detected. Ok to buy conventional products.

Happy reading!!

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Why buy organic?

I always promote buying and eating organic food but many people are unsure if they should and if it is worth their money.  What you eat has a tremendous impact on your health today and also for your health in the future. This blog touches on why you should eat organic and what the benefits are. 

Yes, organic food is more expensive but I always believe you get what you pay for. Would you rather pay the farmer or the doctor? I know I would rather pay and support the farmers because without them we would have no fresh produce. Remember, when you buy organic, you are not only improving the health of yourself and your family, but you are also supporting the environment....for us and for future generations. Vote with your dollar. Support local farmers who are doing the best for their land, for us and for the environment. 

Whatever diet you follow, be that wholefoods, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, high fat low carb, etc, you will only be as healthy as the quality of your food. You should always pick 'Certified Organic' regardless of what diet plan you may follow. Always think quality over quantity.

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Food rotation – what is it and why you should do it?

Do you eat the same thing every day? Have you eaten the same thing for breakfast for the past month/s? Or do you take or buy the same thing for lunch everyday? Do you always eat chicken, broccoli and sweet potato for dinner? Often it is for convenience and habit but we really need to be going outside the box and eating different things. Eating too much of the same food is the primary cause of a food intolerance/sensitivity.   

This blog discusses the importance of following a 4 day rotation diet for many health benefits, including increased health and vitality due to a wide variety of foods eaten. It can help to decrease and eliminate any gut and immune issues you may be having.

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