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How To Get Kids To Eat Vegetables

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I was curious how to get kids to eat vegetables for a long time as I have found it to be a great challenge. Especially my daughter was very fussy about veggies. She only ate carrots and frozen green peas, green leafy vegetables were a big NO.

Green Smoothie For Kids

We all know the importance of developing healthy eating habits early and get our kids to consume plenty fruits and vegetables. But the challenge remains: how to get kids to eat vegetables? When I have started to work on my 30 days green smoothie challenge, I realized that this is the solution not only for us, adults to increase our fresh vegetable intake but the smoothies are so tasty, that my kids like them too. Making smoothies is an excellent and easy way to incorporate several fruits and vegetables into the kids diet and they are so tasty that the kids will love them. The best thing about a green smoothie is that all the natural goodness of the ingredients stay intact as no cooking required. If you ever wondered how to get kids to eat vegetables, this is the answer.  Making smoothies is an excellent and easy way to incorporate several fruits and vegetables into the kids diet and they are so tasty that the kids will love them.

Get Them Involved In The Creation

The kids like to get involved in making the smoothie too. They see what goes into the smoothie and learn what are the good stuff. My kids refuse to eat spinach on its own but have no objection about putting spinach into the smoothie, for it’s part of the recipe. We have tried other fruits and vegetables as well to create different smoothies and after a while my kids become more and more open to try out new variations.

They learn what is healthy. Even when we are not making a smoothie but they become hungry for an apple or banana, they are saying: “Mummy, apple is healthy isn’t it?”

Now, if you looking for a delicious green smoothie recipe for kids, your search is over. Here is my kid’s favorite green smoothie – or as we call it: red smoothie – recipe. It’s very tasty and even it’s color does not give it away.

Spinach, Frozen Berries And Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

11/2 cup spinach (or kale)

11/2 cup frozen mixed berries

1 small banana

1 cup of water

Put all ingredients in the blender and blitz it for 45 seconds.

All done. I don’t know of an easier green smoothie recipe for kids.

Join our 30 day green smoothie challenge and receive great smoothie ideas in pdf. You will discover that you can use many green leafy vegetables interchangeably and make as many smoothie variations as many fruits and vegetables you can put your hands on. I encourage you to experiment on your own as well. Once you are in your smoothie creative zone, great smoothie ideas will come from you.

Health Benefits

You would be amazed to learn how many different essential minerals, vitamins and amino acids are in a spinach or kale and berry smoothie. These are the building blocks to a healthy body and the best source to get them from are the fruits and vegetables.

 

Breast Cancer Causes And Preventation

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I truly feel for every woman who undergone serious treatments due to breast cancer or had an operation due to the likelihood of it. I hate to loose a dear friend or a family member but I see the cancer foundation as an ineffective organisation.

As I was driving my kids home the other day an ad came on the radio.  “Colour or shave your head to show your support for fighting cancer!”

How will my bold or pink or purple head will do anything for any cancer patient?!

All these cancer awareness campaigns only push one message: “no cure for cancer”.

It is false. The cure is within us and I will explain it later.

I decided to write this blog post and share what I know of, what we should be aware of, but the awareness campaigns don’t cover.

If only one person listens and discovers the truth and what can be done about it from this post, I have done more, than most cancer foundation.

I will be very open and if you wholeheartedly believe the mantra that cancer is genetic and nothing can be done about it, this post is not for you.

 

This post is for those who want to know the truth and want to prevent breast cancer. 

 

Let’s start with a simple correlation.

When did the number of people becoming ill with cancer started to raise?

Wasn’t 500 years ago, was it? 200 years ago or less?

It is really a modern disease, in a modern, chemical society.

Not many institutions talking about it but in today’s world we are surrounded with toxic substances and it is almost impossible to avoid these. What is worse, that these toxins pile up in our body and slowly weaken us and damage our healthy cells.

I have read in Dr. Al Sears’s Doctor’s House Call newsletter the following:

“Hormone-disrupting chemicals are among the most toxic substances in the world today. And they’ve permeated almost everything you eat, drink and even touch.

Some chemicals, both natural and man-made, can interfere with our hormonal system.

I’m talking about “estrogen mimickers” like Parabens and Bisphenol A (BPA) that are found in the coatings of food and drinks cans, water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings and sealants, eyeglass lenses, DVDs and CDs, household electronic and sports equipment, receipts and even garden hoses.

Mainstream medicine ignores the impact of these dangerous, gender-bending “xenoestrogens.” Yet they are responsible for a vast array of diseases disorders — including:

  • Heart disease in men and women
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Brain fog and memory loss, as a result of a loss of connection between
  • Male impotence
  • Breast cancer”

I’ve stopped using parabens containing shampoos and body-wash in my household over 5 years ago. It is hard to eliminate all those items that are potential dangers, but these are the preventative measures we must do:

“I’m sure you know by now to avoid plastic bottles. They’re made with BPA. And you may already know the basics of avoiding BPA:

    • Look at recycling labels on the bottom of plastic items and avoid items labeled No. 3 and No. 7;

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  • Avoid plastics for cooking and storing. Better to use glass and stainless steel;
  • Buy unwrapped organic fruits and vegetables;
  • Use your own fabric or hemp grocery bags.”

Dr. Al Sears

 

Why Detoxify?

We are already filled with chemicals and it is  important to detoxify ourselves.

“These fake estrogens are not biodegradable, so they are stored in fat cells of the breast tissue. There are around 160 of these estrogen mimics that are involved in breast cancer development.  They are in food, personal hygiene products, household cleaning products, and the environment.” source:

If your estrogen levels are high or just want to get rid of those estrogen mimicking  compounds, the

following dietary supplements are advised by Dr. Al Sears:

  • Alpha-lipoic acid: It stops estrogen damage in cells and protects reproductive organs from excess estrogen. Start with 250 mg a day. But you can take up to 600 mg a day.
  • DIM (Diindolylmethane): You can get this natural estrogen cleanser from cruciferous vegetables, like kale and broccoli. But you can’t eat enough to cleanse your body well enough. So start a 100 mg capsule a day. Two capsules provide as much DIM as a pound of vegetables.
  • Quercetin: This plant flavonoid can directly stop estrogen from forming cancer cells. To detox your body of estrogen, take one 500 mg capsule twice a day.
  • Eugenol: This is an estrogen-lowering compound that helps keep your body from absorbing estrogens, including fake estrogens like BPA. You can get this extract into your diet with herbs and spices, such as cinnamon, dill and Holy basil. A good way to get eugenol through supplementation is by using clove oil. Make sure you use 100% pure clove oil. Dilute just a tiny bit in almond or olive oil. They will help you absorb it better.”

 

But there is more we can do!

Recently I have learnt about a new health-science and anti-aging breakthrough.

It confirms that our body is built to beat cancer and disease in general. Every illness start with a damaged cell. When the damaged cell hasn’t been detected by the body and starts to divide into 2 than into 4 damaged cells etc. we have an organ or a part of the body in a diseased state. We notice it in the form of a symptom, after few months or years.

The breakthrough was the identification of cell signalling molecules,  and the way the body detects, destroys or regenerate damaged cells and yes, it applies to any organ and any part of the body as we are a sum of cells.

It is the key to self healing and it is the key to the maintenance of our health.

Now I’m sure that you would want to do your own research about this and you can learn a lot about the science and the resulting product here. Maybe you are going to be skeptical first. I know, I was. What convinced me is talking to fellow Australian, who got the death sentence and when he heard about the science and started to take the product, everything has changed in his life. Today he is healthy and on a mission to tell the world about this incredible health-science breakthrough.

The perception that “if we can’t see it, and can’t feel it, it does not exist” – can be detrimental when applying it to illness and health. We can’t just go on doing nothing to preserve our health if we want to live a healthy life. In the modern world it takes a constant effort from our part, to take the healthy choice and say no to popular – but unhealthy treats.

It is not enough to pay a visit to the Doctor when something hurts. Prevention is paramount. If you want a long, healthy, full of energy life, do yourself a favor and look into this science.

 

Which Foods Are Healthy?

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I think you will agree that there is a lot of confusing information about healthy foods.

There are many different contradicting advice on the internet. How do you know which is correct?

The best person to determine which food is healthy for you is YOU.

Are your favorite meals making you feel tired or bloated? Than you probably need to change what you eat.

Do you feel good after eating and you have a lot of energy? Than you are eating the right thing.

My idea about a healthy meal is one that contains most, if not all the essential nutrients the body needs.

Consider this: there are over 80 essential nutrients like essential minerals, trace-minerals, essential vitamins and essential amino-acids.

They are named essential because although these are needed for the body, it cannot produce these, but relies on getting them from food.

There is not one single type of vegetable or fruit that would contain all the essential nutrients, thus the more fruit and vegetables you consume the higher the chance that you are giving your body all the nutrients it needs.

Highly processed foods are void of nutrients. The best way to control what nutrients goes in to your body is making your own nutritious meal.

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water as the body needs a lot of fluid daily.

Coffee dehydrates. If you are a coffee lover, like me, try to change your morning coffee for a green drink or lemonade and reduce your daily coffee amount.

Most important thing however is to listen to your body. It sends you its signals, and only you can decode them.

How To Stay Healthy in The Flu Season?

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Is it possible to stay healthy in the flu season without flu-shot?

What is the best way to prevent becoming ill?

Mums have a tendency to become concerned about the health and well-being of their children.

I’m not an exception either. But to be honest, I think that if my children’s immune system is weak

than the flue-shot will not prevent the flu.

What can we do to keep our immune system strong?

First, make sure that no junk food creeps up the menu. No sweet treats either or if

want to make some, use Stevia instead of sugar in the recipe.

I have observed on my kids, that anytime they have pigged out on chocolate or lollies (for example

at Easter time), they fall ill within a few days. Lollies and the like has zero nutrition the body needs

more essential nutrients to just move these out of the body.

It is not easy to provide all essential minerals, trace-minerals and micro-nutrients we need in one meal.

But with lots of vegetables and a top quality bio-available mineral supplement we can assist the immune system to stay strong.

I believe that we don’t need better defense than what mother nature has equipped us with.

We just need to learn how to properly maintain our immune system the natural way.

Our body is able to protect itself, regenerate itself, and to heal itself if the proper nutrients are supplied.

It needs essential minerals to this process not the sample of the virus it may encounter with in the flu season.

If your life is too hectic and there is no time to prepare proper meals you can of course give a shot to the

flu-shot to protect you and your family.

 

 

The Keys To Stay Healthy

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I’m all for preventing illnesses rather than taking medications when already in trouble. When I have learnt about the information Dr. David Ewans presents in his video about mineral deficiencies, I felt I have to share it, as this something all of us need to know.

To put it simply, if we have adequate essential minerals, trace-minerals, vitamins and other micro-nutrients in our body, than we are healthy. If there is an imbalance and we are missing something, then to that degree, our health is deteriorating.

However it is getting increasingly harder to get all these essential nutrients from food alone as studies in several different countries show that the mineral and vitamin content of vegetables have fallen by as much as 30-50% or more from the values measured 50 years ago.

Therefore it is a good idea to take quality, bio-available mineral supplements, especially if  you want to stay healthy,  or if you feel low on energy, tired all the time, have head-aches, feel weak, have muscle cramps, have dry skin, feel bloated, have body aches or discomfort.

Why?

There are no digestive or metabolic processes in the body that can take place without minerals. Minerals are the beginning of all those processes, therefore we have to take care of the minerals first, because if we are missing any of the essential minerals or trace-minerals, all the other vitamins or amino acid and nutrient in our diet will not be assimilated and utilized by our body.

The body also needs essential minerals to regulate the nervous system and the hormonal activity and to convert amino acids to proteins, which are the building blocks of muscle tissues and skin.

Minerals don’t cure illnesses but they make it possible for the body to go through its own regenerative processes, and heal itself.

Since I’m taking mineral supplements I have noticed a lot of improvements. Body aches gone, no headaches before my period and no painful cramps. My skin is more soft and younger looking.

I get mine from here  and it always arrives within 5 business days.

 

How To Heal The Kids Scrapes And Cuts Super Fast?

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My kids are very active and it’s almost a daily occurrence that they bump into something or scrape themselves some way.

Not long ago we had an accident in the Queens Park play area. I was very lucky that I had a LH+ spray at home because my son scraped his bum badly. He ended up with a large red patch, without skin, which was very painful.

I used this all natural, chemical free, gentle spray once or twice a day, the patch become smaller and smaller and in about 3 days, new skin formed and soon it was fully healed.

I have used this spray successfully on other occasions as well, on cuts and scrapes, insect bites and oil burns.

Although kids are very resilient and naturally heal much faster than their parents, soothing their wounds and scrapes will help the healing process.

An other natural remedy I know of is calendula cream. The ready-made creams usually contain phenoxyethanol as preservative. You can buy one from Iherb or for a preservative free version – you can make it yourself. You can find a simple recipe at https://theherbalacademy.com/how-to-make-calendula-salve/.

 

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We Want To Look Nice, But What Is The Price?

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I used to wondered what are those strangely named ingredients in the shower gel, shampoo, hand wash, toothpaste, hand creams and lotions etc. I did not carry a dictionary with me for shopping, and once I have purchased a beauty product, I did not care anymore. I have trusted that the beauty industry is not all about money, but they honestly want to provide a product that helps me to stay clean or young looking.

It’s all changed a few years ago when I have came across a great book about the many toxic ingredients that may be present in the body care products we use. I have started to read this book and I was shocked. I had to realize how ignorant shopper I was never questioning what is in the body care products I have used.

Samuel S. Esptein’s book: Toxic Beauty is a must read for everyone who is concerned about the wellbeing of their family. Not only it gives you an overview of the beauty industry, but it shares the information we need to know about the most commonly used chemicals and their biological effects. We have the right to know these, and we have the right to informed decisions and choice concerning the products we use.

Let’s look at Palmolive’s Antibacterial Lime Liquid Hand Wash.
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lactic Acid, Cocamide MEA, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Salicylate, Glycerin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzophenone-4, Poloxamer 124, Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia) Juice, Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia) Oil, Cl 47005, Cl42090

What are these?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is the most toxic ingredients on this list. When used in combination with other chemicals, it can form nitrosamines, a deadly class of carcinogen. It is also used to clean engines, garage floors and at car washes.

Cocamidopropyl betaine is a surfactant and foaming agent. It was voted 2004 Allergen of the Year by the American Contact Dermatitis Society per Wikipedia.

Lactic Acid is a penetration enhacer, improve the body’s absorption of other ingredients, which can be dangerous if those other ingredients include toxins

Epstein, Samuel S. (2009-04-01). Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Endanger Your Health… and What You Can Do About It (p. 36). BenBella Books, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Cocamide MEA is hormone-disrupting chemical that can form cancer-causing agents — research indicates a strong link to liver and kidney cancer.

Fragrance” is a euphemism for nearly 4,000 different ingredients. Most “fragrances” are synthetic and are either cancer-causing or otherwise toxic. Exposure to fragrances has been shown to affect the central nervous system.

Sodium Benzoate is a preservative that promotes cancer

Tetrasodium EDTA is a surfactant and hormone-disrupter

Poloxamer 124 – surfactant

Sodium Salicylate or salicylic acid is a penetration enhancer, improve the body’s absorption of other ingredients, which can be dangerous if those other ingredients include toxins

Cl 47005 – also known as acid yellow 3, or yellow 10, cosmetic and food colorant

Cl42090 – also know as FD&C Blue No. 1, Acid blue 9, D&C Blue No. 4, colorant & it is an allergen

Even if the amount of these chemicals are very law in a single product, the problem is that they are included in MANY products we use daily, and a lot of little amount add up. These not only endanger us, but our babies too.

As a clear illustration of how easily the chemicals a mother uses on her skin end up in her fetus, consider these findings: An analysis of umbilical cord blood samples taken from twenty-seven European volunteers, in a 2005 study conducted by Greenpeace International and Britain’s WWF (formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund), detected eight groups of contaminants.1 These included fragrances used in perfumes and personal-care products, and synthetic musks, used to replace natural aromas in cosmetics, hand creams, perfumes, and soaps. The most common type of synthetic musk, known as HCB, turned up in almost all of the blood samples taken. Musk ambrette, another synthetic musk, was found in twelve of twenty-seven umbilical cords tested—despite the fact that this ingredient had been banned in European cosmetics (though not in U.S. cosmetics) as a toxin since 1995.”

Epstein, Samuel S. (2009-04-01). Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Endanger Your Health… and What You Can Do About It (p. 68). BenBella Books, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

I think it is truly alarming and I have switched all the beauty products I use. My one stop shop for toxins free beauty and household cleaning products is Modere. Use coupon code: 566605 for $10 off from your first order (works on orders over $50)

 

What non-toxic beauty products do you use? Please comment. 

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