Health, parenting, and social responsibility: Read “10 Bad Eating Habits Parents Often Teach their Kids” by Suzanne Cullen

(photo courtesy of AuPair.org)

I found a must-read article about the bad eating habits that parents pass on to their children. It addresses the responsibility of adults to be good influences on children, issues of health, and good daily habits.

Suzanne Cullen’s blog at AuPair.org features helpful articles about parenting and being responsible when influencing children.

After all, children are our most powerful legacy. We want to raise a wonderful generation of children who will be conservation-conscious, healthy, intelligent, responsible, and beneficial human beings. Right?

I highly recommend the blog at AuPair.org.

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Yes to natural and organic beauty and skin care and Yes To Carrots

three green and white packages. one reads, "Yes To Cucumbers Soothing hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes (30 Towelettes)." the middle one reads, "Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Daily Calming Moisturizer (50ml - 1.7 fl. oz.)." the third reads, "Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel (30ml - 1.01 fl. oz.)."

This Yes To Cucumbers regimen is $11 off in the “online exclusives.” (Read on for a 35% discount, too.) Cucumber, green tea, broccoli and spinach are key ingredients. (photo compliments of YesToCarrots.com)

I wanted an affordable natural or organic skin care product with a label that I could read (ya know, with truly natural ingredients). So I went on a journey.

I finally found Yes To Carrots. It boasts wholesome ingredients, and rivals the price of mainstream brands. Plus, you can save 35% on all Yes To online purchases.*

Yes To Carrots Nourishing Exfoliating Cleanser’s bottle says that it’s composed of 95% natural product.

The ingredients label lists water, dead sea water, carrot juice, avocado oil, jojoba oil, aloe leaf gel, zinc oxide, apricot seed powder, beeswax, chamomile, pumpkin juice, sweet potato extract, melon extract, orange fruit extract, honey extract, silt, algae extracts, fragrance, carrot seed oil, vitamin E, lactic acid, and pomegranate peel extract as 22 of its 29 ingredients.

Wow.

An ingredients label I can read!

Why value organic or natural skincare?

Television is evil and it’s rotting your brain

back of kid's head as he faces a large snowy television screen taking up the whole photo

(photo compliments of civin.org)

I stand firm for a movement against screen-run lives. Technology is taking over my life.

In my goals, I noted that “tv=evil.” Let’s extend that to all screens: phones, video games, computers, tablets, iPods. (Yes, I understand the irony of blogging this information.)

Reasons to war against excessive media use:

  • You sleep best when it’s dark, don’t you? Who needs to mess with an already erratic sleep schedule by staring at a bright light after sunset?
  • Ever noticed that when someone’s eyes are glued to a screen, it’s challenging to call them into the real world? It’s annoying and rude. Let’s not be those people. Two more reasons

Apple juice, I’m leaving you for cranberry

glass with red drink surrounded by a pile of cranberries

(photo courtesy of sciencedaily.com)

Earlier this week, I drafted a post called, “I’m finished with fruit juice.”

When I was allllllll finished, I searched for a graphic to add. The photo I chose (left) was in a ScienceDaily.com article called “How Cranberry Juice Can Prevent Urinary Tract Infections.”

Here, I learned that, “[cranberry] juice changes the thermodynamic properties of bacteria in the urinary tract, creating an energy barrier that prevents the microorganisms from getting close enough to latch onto cells and initiate an infection.”

And, “the effects of regular cranberry juice cocktail and diet (sugar-free) cranberry juice are identical.”

Great.

So I guess I’m just finished with non-organic apple juice now.

Why? Read my original post.

Really, read it:

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Fuel weight loss with good foods and a healthy eating plan

flyer page called the 12 best foods for your abs the smart eater's cheat sheet for life from women's health. it's a list of 12 foods with coordinating pictures. 1. almonds and other nuts with skins intact 2. bean and legumes 3. spinach and other green vegetables 4. dairy products (low-fat or fat-free milk yogurt and cheese) 5. instant oatmeal (unsweetened, unflavored) 6. eggs 7. turkey and other lean meats 8. peanut butter 9. olive oil 10. whole grain breads and cereals 11. whey powder 12. berries

Plan your meals around this list of superpower foods, compliments of WomensHealthMag.com.

I must get my eating under control. It’s tough to get my sleep and exercise right while I’m lethargic from eating sugar, fat and junk all day.

On my brain: a healthy food guide (about to be on my fridge), and a recent reading.

The healthy food guide is from Women’s Health magazine. “The 12 Best Foods for Your Abs: A smart eater’s cheat sheet for life” needs to make it on your fridge, too. (Pictured, left.)

And I found some great nutrition reminders in, “A Hunger-Free Way to Flatten Your Belly,” in the March issue of Health Magazine.

This article features straight-forward health advice (“Every day, aim to get 30 minutes of exercise, spend no more than six hours sitting down, and keep your calorie count in the 1,500 to 2,000 range”), plus, some simple nutrition advice I had sort of forgotten:

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Goal: Stop being a big ball of flab and get healthy

a list: health goals: vitamins, 8 glasses water, whole grains, nuts, dairy, fruits & veggies, green tea, etc. 1 sweet daily, get. off. butt., wholesome food shopping, tv=evil, anti-screen movement, search for budget-friendly, anti-screen entertainment, ideas, body products: chemicals v. budgets, health apps

This list serves as a reminder and inspiration. It was created during a late-night brainstorming session.

What have I been up to?

Very recently, the answer would be: feeling like a lazy lump of blubber.

I usually focus on how society and other people should change, but let’s be honest: I need to start with myself. (No, this does not mean that you are off the hook.)

What does this list mean to you?

I’ll be posting about healthy eating habits, roundabout methods of getting my butt out of bed/the couch/the chair, ways to shop efficiently for all of the above, and sources where I find supporting information.

How is this pertinent to the blog’s theme of social responsibility?

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Guess who’s back, back again?

Hello all.

If you’ll forgive me, I’ll try not to make this another false promise. This blog has been on my mind for months and it’s eating away at me. I must restart it. Let’s hope it becomes a habit.

Thanks for checking in, please stay posted for more.

Cari

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