Posts filed under ‘healthy eating’

Oh Weight!

It’s that time of year again, when I excitedly clean out my closet and begin to think about weight 2buying new outfits to wear. Normally by this time, I have started my Lenten fasting and am comfortable looking at myself in the mirror. This year is a little different. During the fall and winter months, I was busy going back and forth to the various hospitals and nursing homes that took care of my father. I thought about eating healthy foods and tried, but I really found that food made me feel…better… while I processed the fact that my father was dying.

As I attend my different women’s conferences and workshops, I look around and notice my heavily figured friends and associates who too are carrying extra weight. I can’t help thinking how many are care givers for ailing parents or family members, and just don’t have the will power or time to eat a healthy meal. How many of us are emotional eaters? When I think about women like me, I think about all the issues that increased weight brings to us in the way of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer. Oweightkay! I’ve got my own attention again. No more candy and I suppose I can give up cookies too!

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C. Lynn Williams, #MsParentguru

Author, Coach & Family Dynamics Specialist

www.clynnwilliams.com
Trying to Stay Sane While Raising Your Teen (St. Paul Press, 2010)
The Pampered Prince: Moms Create a GREAT Relationship with Your Son (St. Paul Press, 2012)
Raising Your Daughter Through the Joys, Tears & HORMONES! (220 Publishing, 2013)
NEW Yours & Mine: The Winning Blended Family Formula (220 Publishing, 2015)

March 7, 2016 at 9:20 pm 1 comment

Love Isn’t Always Easy or Convenient

Love Isn’t Always Easy or Convenient

Both of our parents are elderly. My dad is 81, and my mother-in-law is 79. The good news is that they both live on their own. However, even though they both live alone, one is experiencing temporary memory loss, while the other has been diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer.

While visiting Dad, I found myself treating him like one of my children. It felt very odd to remind him to do things, that I took for granted he did. Yet, like my kids, he needed reminders to do what he normally would do (without my help). Take eating healthy. Dad is a big proponent of juicing, exercising and eating moderate amounts of food, yet he’s consuming more sweets than ever seen before. Looks like lunch has been replaced with coffee and a sweet something or other. Another thing, every couple of weeks he’s having something new repaired on his car. When I ask him why, he says, “I want my car to run well.” It already runs well… I’m concerned that he’s wasting his money, or worse, TV ads are convincing him to spend money unnecessarily.saturn car

You’re probably saying, hey that’s not a big deal! He can still take care of himself! Well what happens when he forgets (again) how to get to the VA Center, which he has driven to for years? Or how do you tell your elderly mother, that you have to take her car keys because she continues to get lost and has to have someone call you because she doesn’t know where she is? Loving your parents means that you care for them, (and make those hard care decisions) when they can no longer care for themselves.  

 

C. Lynn Williams, #MsParentguru Author & Parent Coach

Trying to Stay Sane While Raising Your Teen (St. Paul Press, 2010) The Pampered Prince: Moms Create a GREAT Relationship with Your Son (St. Paul Press, 2012)

Raising Your Daughter Through the Joys, Tears & HORMONES! (220 Communications, 2013)

November 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm 9 comments

Who’s Bag of Chips are Those?

Salt & sugar are just evil! The older I get, the more I realize my eating is tied to my emotions. It’s completely crazy. I am a healthy eater, work out regularly and yet realizelays wavy1 how challenging it is to eat ONLY what is good for you. Here’s an example: diabetes runs in my family, hypertension too. I know this and changed my diet many years ago to eliminate meat and carbs like bread and potatoes. For years, I watched what I ate, and all was good. But as I have gotten older, my taste buds take over! I love French fries! See that’s what I mean. I can be minding my own business and a commercial with pizza or French fries comes on, and now I’m thinking about where I can go to get some, because there is nothing like that in my house! Yesterday, I worked out, ate fruit, salad for lunch, veggies & fish for dinner. On the way home from a meeting, my car drove itself to the local grocery store, so my wallet could buy a bag of potato chips. Yum! No! Yum!

Okay so today, the chips go in the garbage and I’ll start over. No TV commercials are going to make me purchase that delicious chocolate from Portillos. Once on the lips, forever on the lips. WHATEVER!

C. Lynn Williams, #MsParentguru
Author & Speaker

http://www.clynnwilliams.com
cgwwbooks@yahoo.com

My Books: Trying to Stay Sane While Raising Your Teen (St. Paul Press, 2010)
The Pampered Prince: Moms Create a GREAT Relationship with Your Son (St. Paul Press, 2012)
Raising Your Daughter Through the Joys, Tears & HORMONES! (soon to be released – 220 Communications)

September 17, 2013 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Is Your Teen Hormonal or Food Addicted?

Hormones-and-acne2Teaching puts me in touch with a lot of people – the young & not so young. What I found is that there is not much difference in the dietary habits of students. While teaching my high school students, it was pretty common to see bags of flaming hot Cheetos and red punch for breakfast. Could all of that burning red colored junk food be good for them? What was even more interesting was the number of overweight kids, those who had high blood pressure, diabetes, AD/HD or were autistic. That data got my complete attention and prompted this blog topic.

When I was growing up (light years ago), most of us kids were healthy and skinny. There was no local McDonalds was just starting and Burger King had just introduced the Whopper. We rarely ate out and potato chips were eaten with burgers (occasionally). Has it ever occurred to you how much of our food is genetically modified? I mean can a chicken wing actually be the size that many of them are without the help of growth hormones (additives). I read an article over the weekend by a person identifying herself as ‘the Food Babe’ where she talks about food that is manufactured for Americans is vastly different from food manufactured for Europeans, Chinese and other countries. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/07/07/van-hari-food-babe.aspxjunk food

According to the ‘Food Babe’, food manufacturers are allowed to produce genetically modified (GMs) foods and many of the processed foods that we eat contain products that contain preservatives and synthetic food dyes that are banned in other countries. As you read this, we still eat seven foods that have been banned in Europe, like chlorinated chickens, bovine growth hormone, pesticides, food contact chemicals like phthalates & bisphenols (products found in plastic that makes them soft & moldable), food dyes (Red 40, Yellow 5, etc.).
http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/7-foods-banned-in-europe-still-available-in-the-us.html

Now think about those wonderful teens of ours who are already hormonal. Hormonal changes that make them love you one minute and hate you the next. I was a hormonal teen, you probably were too! However, classroom control issues, anger management issues, or worse yet, depression, suicide and physical health issues may be easily avoided if we put ourselves and our children on sugar-free, GM free, dairy-free alkaline diets. Still interested in those ‘flaming hots’?

C. Lynn Williams, #MsParentguru
Author & Parenting Coach

Trying to Stay Sane While Raising Your Teen (St. Paul Press, 2010)
The Pampered Prince: Moms Create a GREAT Relationship with Your Son (St. Paul Press, 2012)
Raising Your Daughter: the Joys, Tears & Hormones available in late summer, 2013

July 9, 2013 at 5:16 am 172 comments

Healthy Eating Is NOT More Expensive..

Yes I admit, I believe there is a link between bright, alert kids and healthy eating habits. Healthy kids are usually much more alert than kids who have potato chips and soda for breakfast or lunch. However, we have always been told that it is more expensive to eat healthy foods instead of junk foods.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed it.

“A study, recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service, found that healthy foods like beans, carrots, milk, and yogurt are actually less expensive than ice cream sandwiches, cinnamon buns, and soda.” 

Here’s the link to read more: http://candostreet.com/blog-parents/2012/06/healthy-food-is-not-more-expensive-than-junk-food/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+candostreet%2Fparents-teachers+%28Can+Do+Street+Blog+-+For+Parents+%26+Teachers%29

C. Lynn Williams
MsParentguru
www.clynnwilliams.com/site

June 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm 1 comment


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