Do You Love to Eat? Beth Aldrich on Mom of Many Hats Radio 04/20/12

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Are you too busy to be healthy? Do you think that in order to eat healthy has to be a battle between you, your will, and the taste buds of your family?

Beth Aldrich, healthy living and nutrition expert, joinrf Mom of Many Hats Radio to shed light on how we can transform our eating habits, and our attitude about food.  In her expertise, she knows that as real moms, we love food and we love to eat.  We don’t want to feel deprived as we move to a healthy lifestyle, and we certainly don’t want to battle our families either. Beth shared her strategies from her book Real Moms Love to Eat, that can help us realize that our love affair with food doesn’t have to come to an end, just so we can get back on the healthy track.

We All Have Issues! 

Beth addressed many issues that moms and women in general face when trying to adopt a healthy eating and living lifestyle.  Getting ourselves on track and our families on board isn’t always an easy task! In this broadcast Mom of Many Hats – Angie, and Beth discussed many sticking points as well as tips to get over the stumbling blocks to healthy eating. Some of the issues we talked about were:

  • Take small steps in making changes to a healthier food lifestyle. Too much change at once can be overwhelming.
  • Focus on the things you can do – empower your decisions.  Focusing on the “can’ts” can make the change much tougher.
  • Realize that we are in dysfunctional relationships with many of our favorite food friends (salt, sugar, carbs, fats).  We need to evaluate them and make them  healthy relationships.
  • Our relationship with food is often a very emotional one.  We need to address emotions attached to food and see if there is anything we need to change about the reasons we need or crave particular foods.
Beth also shared her favorite recipes from the extensive list of recipes provided in her book.  Her mouth watering recipes are sure to tempt even the pickiest of eaters!
About Beth Aldrich

Beth Aldrich is the Author of Real Moms Love to Eat. the founder ofRealMomsLoveToEat.com and a certified Health Coach.  She is a green living expert, an author, and a speaker. She is also the founder of For Her Information Media, LLC.  She lives in Chicago with her husband and her three sons.

Second Friday Parenting Hat, The Severson Sisters Connections 10/14/11

Have you ever had to deal with bullying issues?  Have you ever wanted to know about some tools to help prevent it?

Carrie Severson of Severson Sisters Foundation shared with us about a fantastic program to bring awareness and prevention to bullying. As a result of her own life experience and life reflection, Carrie saw a need to change the way that girls interact with girls – a way to break through the “mean girl” syndrome.  Through creative arts, The Severson Sisters program – Connections, teaches girls to embrace the “Super Girl” within, understand that as girls, we are all in this together, and that they need to treat each other with understanding and respect.

Both boys and girls are bullied. But Carrie noticed that girls often bully in a “different” way.  She saw that the dynamic in girl bullying instances, peaking in the middle school years, is often about social power and needing a place in the group.  In power preservation mode, girls often use cutting and emotionally based words and actions to find some control and status. Connections helps the girls to recognize their own value and uniqueness through using positive words, positive actions and empowering activities. They share stories and experiences to help build understanding and empathy for what others are going through and how bullying behavior impacts others.  The creative arts component of the program help the girls to express what they are feeling and experiencing in a different way than just talk – something that bullying victims are often hesitant to do.

Carrie gave us some signs to help us recognize if  a child that is being bullied or that may be engaging in bullying behavior:

  • They withdraw from social functions with friends.
  • They seem depressed.
  • They suddenly want to miss school.
  • They stop enjoying the activities they used to do.
  • They feel suddenly incapable in areas that they had been confident in.
  • If they are engaging in bullying behavior, they may have been through a trauma in another area of life.

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