Thankful for Busy Moms

Moms keep busy. . . taking children where they need to go, feeding kids what they need to eat, dressing children in clothes that fit for the changing seasons, and teaching them how to “get on” in this fast paced technical world. Sometimes that involves helping with homework. Our grandson was learning about community workers and showing these workers as turkeys to go along with the Thanksgiving season. His assignment was to make a turkey which highlighted community musicians. Don’t you love this very creative musician turkey? samuel's turkey

As grandparents we are so grateful that our children are taking their work seriously in feeding the grandchildren, getting them to bed on time, along with hundreds of other jobs, but most of all in teaching them to love the Lord!

One BIG task is feeding children. Moms all around the country are looking for ways to build healthier families by eating as close to nature as possible. Check out what these moms are doing: Jenni Oates and Brooke Thomas.

Here are a couple of healthy recipes that you,  your kids, and your grandkids will love. Best of all, you will have a great way to add some much needed protein to your diet!

Spice Up Your Holidays with a Pumpkin Spice Smoothee

Pumpkin Spice Smoothee

2 scoops Shaklee 180 Vanilla Smoothee Mix
8 oz non-fat milk or low fat soy milk
2 tbsp canned pumpkin
½ tsp pumpkin spice
Dash of vanilla extract
Dash of cinnamon
4 – 6 ice cubes
Blend until creamy.

270 Calories, 24 g Protein, 32 g Carbohydrate, 7 g Fiber, 3 g fat*
*Nutrient values when non-fat milk is used

Below is the recipe for the Protein Bars or Balls.2013-11-06energy bites They are yummy with a cup of energizing tea and really help with the cravings for sweets.  Just mix the ingredients and press into a pan or make into small balls.

Protein Bars/Balls

1 cup plain, vanilla, or chocolate Shaklee Protein or 180 mix
1 cup oats, + more oats as needed
  1 cup almonds or walnuts, chopped
  1/3 cup flax meal (optional)
  3 Tbsp. flax seed (optional)
  1 cup almond butter or peanut butter
   2/3 cup honey
  1 tsp pure vanilla extract  (Add raisins, tiny chocolate chips or coconut if desired.)

Have a blessed Thanksgiving and let me know what you are thankful for!





Are You Giving Your Kids Asthma? by Sloan Barnett

child-asthmaThis article by journalist Sloan Barnett appears in the Huffington Post Healthy Living section. When her experience with son Spencer terrified their family, Sloan became passionate about eliminating the strongest asthma inducing chemicals from their home. She studied intently to find the reason for his attack. Do you know a child with asthma?

My son Spencer had just turned three when, one day, I noticed he was coughing a lot. At first, I didn’t think anything of it. Kids get sick. I told him to lie down, thinking he’d be fine — it was just a cough. A short time later, I realized that his heart was pounding, as if it were trying to beat right out of his chest.

Terrified, my husband, Roger, and I rushed him to the hospital. We spent the next two nights in the ICU. The doctors told us he had something called reactive airways dysfunction syndrome — a form of asthma. Neither my husband nor I had any family history of asthma, going back four generations. So we concluded that the cause was environmental.

It didn’t take long to discover that the U.S. is in the midst of an asthma epidemic. The number of people diagnosed with asthma grew by 4.3 million in the last decade. About one in 10 American children currently suffer from asthma — a nearly threefold increase from 3.6 percent in 1980. A suspected cause of these stunning changes?

At least six well-designed epidemiological studies have pointed to one answer: A strong link between the use of certain cleaning products and asthma. That stopped me cold. The cause of my son’s asthma may have been me. I may have been poisoning my own son.

The good news is that this is one area where easy, affordable solutions are available. First and foremost, you should avoid what can be the strongest asthma triggering chemicals present in conventional cleaners such as bleach, hydrochloric acid and ammonia. And as we discussed last week, these chemicals are often mixed together to create an even more dangerous combination. Next go out and buy yourself non-toxic, biodegradable, green cleaning products.

1. Gather all your cleaning products and read the labels.

2. Notice how dangerous and toxic they are. Then, take a deep breath (but not near the cleaning products).

3. Take all the ones that say “danger,” “poison” or contain chlorine bleach and ammonia and put them in a garbage bag.

4. Call your local sanitation department and ask them how to dispose of them safely.

5. Buy green cleaning products, and breathe deeply and safely.

By the way, my son is 11 and hasn’t been to the emergency room in 1,825 days. But who’s counting?

Thanks for sharing your experience and for all the research you have done, Sloan. So glad you found safe products for Spencer and your entire family.

High Five to Young Moms

I have the privilege of talking to many young Moms and I’m impressed. Seems like they take the difficult job of feeding their families very seriously. Moms are looking at ingredients, cooking healthier meals, trying to figure out what should and should not be in their children’s school lunches and giving them a healthy breakfast to start the day. Some are even making Non GMO choices. These Moms are a good example for March National Nutrition Month, with many of them supplementing to be sure their children are getting a guaranteed supply of nutrients on a daily basis.

Congratulations, Moms, older ones and young! Keep up the great work; keep trying to eat food as close to the way God created it as possible. Check out my Healthy Food Board on Pinterest for more healthy choices.

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Autism and Cleaning Products

The Impact of Get Clean Laundry Products on an Autistic Child

from  professional Nedra Sahr, MS . . .

   A number of year ago a young family I was working with, who had a 6 year old autistic son (Rick), asked if there was anything they could do to help him.  I said yes, we could work on nutrition, but before we start on that, we need to clean up his home environment.  I asked them to wash all of his sheets, pillowcases (and the pillows), pajamas–everything–with the Get Clean laundry products.  The mom agreed and called me up at 9 the next morning.  “Nedra, I can’t believe that stuff!  Last night was the first night in his 6 years of life that Rick slept through the night, so it was also the first night in 6 years that I had a full night’s sleep.  You’ve already given us a gift that I just can’t believe!”  I said it wasn’t me, it was those great laundry products.  Why?: because products that have bleach, nitrates, various chemicals etc. in them will outgas.  Rick was one of those who was extremely sensitive, but what’s this doing to the rest of us?  To our children, who may not yet show it on the outside, but may have neurological damage on the inside, and to us adults as well.  –Thanks! to Nedra Sahr, MS, Nutrition & Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Maine   

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