4 Meal Planning Systems for Stress-free Mealtimes

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You look at the clock, it’s 4:00 pm and you think, “What the heck am I gonna make for dinner!?” Everyone is hungry and you have to throw something together, but what?? You search through the fridge and the pantry to make some sort of meal, or even worse, call for take out. It doesn’t have to be this way. Ever.

Meal planning is an essential tool for every family. We all have to eat at least three times a day (with kids its more like 6-7 times!) so it’s unavoidable. Without a plan meal times create a lot of stress. It’s the time of day when the children are tired and hungry (and so are the parents!) so if you are searching around for some sort of meal it’s no fun. On the other hand, if you have a meal in mind and the ingredients to make it, you can have in on the table in less then an hour.

A meal is on the table fast, everyone gets fed, and you’re not stressed out. It’s ideal.

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The Honest Truth About Homemaking

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Whether you are a stay at home mom, or a working mom – working inside the house or outside the house, homemaking is a part of all of our lives. I’ll admit, the topic of “keeping the home,” isn’t all that exciting to me. It’s overwhelming – the laundry, the dishes, the mealtimes, the busy mornings getting ready for school, on top of your work and taking care of yourself and your children. At first thought, it also doesn’t seem like that much fun.

Until I realized that getting these “homemaking” tasks under control actually creates the space for more fun in my life and gives me a sense of accomplishment, I was drowning.

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Put Down the Pedialyte. Here’s 7 Healthy Alternatives.

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Pedialyte and Gatorade are two of my pet peeves.  The purpose of both of these drinks is to replenish electrolytes in the body. First off, does everyone know what electrolytes are and why we need them?  The word electrolyte has become a term thrown around a lot in marketing but most people are unclear on what they actually are. In the human body, electrolytes include sodium, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride, hydrogen phosphate, and hydrogen carbonate, or in other words they are minerals.

Minerals are very important for good health. Yes pedialyte and gatorade both contain (synthetic) “electrolytes” but they come along with a handful of unnecessary artificial ingredients, sweeteners, and colors – none of which are going to help you or your child recover from an illness, and could even cause other problems.

Unfortunately, pedialyte is the go-to product recommended by pediatricians for children who have a stomach virus or an illness that causes repeated vomiting to replenish lost minerals. The real truth is that it’s possibly the worst option and there are far better choices that can be made easily with ingredients you likely already have at home.

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THIS Experience Inspired my Vegan Friend to Eat Meat

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Yes, that’s right. My vegan friend ate meat. I’ll also tell you that as a result of the same experience, I went from a meat eater to a vegan (I ate a vegan diet for 2 years but I don’t anymore). You might be thinking, how could two people go through the same experience and end up with complete opposite results?

In September of 2007, I walked into my first nutrition class at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York’s Columbus Circle, and when I left my view of diet, health, spirituality, and life had completely changed.

Back to my story… In the first class weekend I met a lot of people and made fast friends with many of them. One of the people I met was a vegan, and was very dedicated to it, as most vegans are.

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What Should I Eat? The Answer Might Surprise You.

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The concept of bio-individuality is one of the first things I learned when I attended The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Bio-individuality means that each one of us is different. We have different genetic makeup and come from different ancestry. We have different blood types, different body chemistry, and each one of our bodies thrive on different foods. One person’s food can be another person’s poison.

This makes the science of nutrition very hard for many of us to grasp. One day we are told to avoid butter and the next day we are told how amazing it is for our health. What can we believe? The answer is actually inside you, it’s just a matter of experimenting and listening to your own body to discover it.

First of course, make sure your food is real whole foods that can be found in nature – no processed junk. As long as you start there, you are on the right path to finding your answers.

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5 Reasons Why You Should NOT Eat Gluten-free

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While eating a gluten-free diet can be life changing for people who have certain conditions, it can be less meaningful for others. Gluten-free is an ever expanding movement in the natural health community. There are some good reasons for this and some bad reasons. Eating gluten-free can save a person’s life, seriously. A person with Celiac Disease must follow this diet to save their own life and prevent serious diseases down the road. This is the reason why the gluten-free movement has evolved into what it is today. There seems to be some serious confusion on why people choose this diet. For a Celiac sufferer, it is not a choice.

Personally, I am not diagnosed with Celiac disease. Natural health and nutrition is my life (obviously!) so I am pretty in tune with my body. I’ve experimented with hundreds of different diets and put a lot of thought and energy into understanding how I feel when I eat a certain way. Out of all this experience I found that I react to gluten. Can this be reversed? Maybe, maybe not. What I do know is that I am considered non-celiac gluten sensitive. Research is still being done on this condition, some studies have even shown that this is not a real thing but being a person of this group I beg to differ. I’ll tell you a story…

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