All tagged healthymind

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.


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!!

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.