And This Is WHY Your Kids Don’t Listen

I try to stay away from controversial topics – I like to keep my post fitness, travel, food – and fun focused stuff. But last night I witnessed something that bothered me and I decided that I needed to write a little rant.

My oldest had a recognition ceremony at her middle school last night – she will be a Freshman next year, (I know, I don’t think I look old enough to have a Freshman either LOL). They were celebrating their last years as “kids” , and moving into being young adults. A fresh new exciting start to their lives – I mean, everyone remembers high school right? It’s a major stepping stone to becoming an adult.

The Principal and teachers spoke before handing out awards, and asked all the parents that they HOLD THEIR APPLAUSE until the end.

They said this not once, not twice, not even three times. They said it five times. But do you think these parents listened??!

No.

Now I know we all think that our kids are super special – that they deserve all the hooting and hollering and to let them know we are proud of them.

But rules are rules right?

Well obviously not – at least not in our neck of the woods.  Now it didn’t just happen once – it happened time after time after time.

GRR.

I sat there with my youngest daughter begging me to shout for her sister – she wanted to yell “SLAY!” because she knew it would amuse her sister. But I firmly told her no. The Principal & teachers had literally told us multiple times to wait until the end. So that’s what we were going to do.

Then kid after kid had their parents and family members hollering and clapping and someone even brought a fog horn.

Then there would be the families that actually listened, so those kids accepted their rewards in silence.

Then more and more families that completely ignored their own kids teachers and Principals request, and continued to hoot and holler.

Now tell me how it works when you tell your child to behave in school after you got a phone call from the Principal that they were being disruptive in class?!

If you don’t have to listen – why should they?

The more we sat there, the more upset I got. .

So the next time your kids don’t listen to you – or they get in trouble at school – just remember you are the ones teaching them they don’t have to listen. After all, they learn from example right?!

 

 

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6 Tips to Urinary Tract Health

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If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection, you know that urinary tract health is very important. I have had several, and I can tell you it’s not something I ever want to experience again. So to make sure I keep myself healthy (and happy) I make sure to do what I can to keep my urinary tract healthy.

Here are some tips on urinary tract health, and ways to avoid UTI’s.

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Keep Hydrated. Adults can lose up to 10 cups of water from their bodies per day – but most of it is replenished with normal drinking. To keep your urinary tract (and the rest of your body) healthy be sure to drink plenty of water. Water helps dilute your urine and helps ensure that the bacteria will be flushed from your urinary tract before an infection can begin.

Wipe Right. As silly as it might sound, the anus/rectum area has a lot of bacteria – and wiping from front to back ensures that you don’t bring that bacteria up front causing bacteria to enter your vaginal areas and cause urinary tract infections (or worse).

Consider Reducing Your Salt/Caffeine Intake. Your diet can affect your urinary tract health – too much salt in your diet makes your kidneys off kilter; not to mention a high-sodium diet has been known to elevate blood pressure. Drinking caffeine can irritate your bladder and even cause you to urinate more.

Clean up After Sex. Besides being good for hygiene, using the restroom and cleaning up after sex will help minimize bacteria buildup and reduce your risk of getting a UTI. I’d also recommend drinking a glass of water before (and after) to help flush away bacteria.

Watch Your Pee. Pay attention to the color of your pee – darker pee is usually a result of dehydration, so you’ll need to increase your water intake. Be sure to keep an eye out for any other ‘off’ colors, because it could be another health related issue. Murky, cloudy urine usually means you’ve already developed a UTI or similar infection and you should contact your doctor immediately.

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Cast Iron Seafood Pasta

INGREDIENTS 

1 Box of Penne Pasta

1 pound of raw shrimp ( size your choice )

1 pound of raw scallops

1 cup of cherry tomatoes

2 diced Jalapeños seeds removed

1/4 cup of caramelized garlic

1 lemon for fresh juice

1/4 cup of butter

2 tbsp. of olive oil

4 tbsp. of Cajun spice

1 Tbsp. of pepper

salt to taste

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DIRECTIONS 

In a large bowl add your rinsed off shrimp and scallops, season with your salt and pepper and cajun spice.

Place in your refrigerator for 2 hours

Add your olive oil to a large cast iron pan heat on medium to high. Now add your shrimp and scallops

Slice your lemon in half and squeeze the juice on the fish and season with salt or pepper

Cook for 8-10 minutes until the shrimp and scallops turn a white solid color

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At the same time in a large pot cook your penne pasta as directed on the box

Remove the fish from the pan and set to the side

Reduce the heat to low and add your butter and diced jalapeños

Simmer for 5 minutes stirring often so you do not burn the butter

Add your pasta and fish to the sauce and stir to combine

Garnish with lemon zest

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Pregnancy & Nutrition: What You Need to Know

When you are pregnant (especially with your first) you have advice coming from all directions. .and it can get quite overwhelming. I remember my first pregnancy – one day someone would swear by something, and the next day someone would swear the opposite. For the most part you will learn by trial and error – and ultimately your body will tell you, and you’ll know what’s right. But one thing they will tell you, no matter who you talk to, is to make sure you get the proper amount of nutrients during your pregnancy.

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There are quite a few essential vitamins/nutrients that doctors recommend you take heed of, and make sure that you are getting enough daily – and for good reason. All of the following nutrients & vitamins not only helps your baby develop, but helps you in your pregnancy as well.

Vitamin A & Beta Carotene (770 mcg) – helps bones and teeth grow

Vitamin D (5 mcg) – Helps body use calcium and phosphorus; promotes strong teeth and bones

Vitamin E (15 mg) – Helps body form and use red blood cells and muscles

Vitamin C (80 – 85 mg) – An antioxidant that protects tissues from damage and helps body absorb iron; builds healthy immune system

Thiamin/B1 (1.4 mg)- Raises energy level and regulates nervous system

Riboflavin/B2 (1.4 mg)- Maintains energy, good eyesight, healthy skin

Niacin/B3 (18 mg)- Promotes healthy skin, nerves and digestion

Pyridoxine/B6 (1.9 mg) – Helps form red blood cells; helps with morning sickness

Folic Acid/Folate (600 mcg) – Helps support the placenta, and prevents spina bifida and other neural tube defects

Iron (27 mg) – Helps in the production of hemoglobin; prevents anemia, low birth weight, and premature delivery

Protein (71 g) – Helps in the production of amino acids; repairs cells

Zinc (11-12 mg) – Helps produce insulin and enzymes

Calcium (1,000 – 1,300 mg) – Creates strong bones and teeth, helps prevent blood clots, helps muscles and nerves function. Protects your bone density, and possibly prevent high blood pressure while pregnant.

A majority of these nutrients/vitamins can be met with a healthy balanced diet, however, more than 1,000 OB/GYN’s were surveyed* and reported that they discuss calcium needs more with pregnant women than they do women going through menopause. Over half also recommend that pregnant women take a calcium supplement during pregnancy.

You don’t need to take extra calcium when you are pregnant, but you do need to take in enough calcium to meet your daily requirements. Many multi- and prenatal vitamins only provide about 20-30% of the daily recommended amount of calcium for pregnant women – so what can you do??

I’ve always made sure to meet my calcium requirements with Viactiv calcium chews.

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11 Surprising Health Benefits of Cucumbers

Over the past year or so our family has been trying to make positive, healthy changes in our lives. I am trying to incorporate more natural remedies to things that ail us, verses trying to medicate it all (*note: I am not anti-medicine. I LOVE medicine! lol. However, I do believe that there are natural non-side-effect causing products out there that can be just as effective).

One of these amazing natural products is cucumbers. One cup of cucumber provides your  11% vitamin K, 4% vitamin C, 2% of vitamin A of your daily needs. It also provides potassium, manganese, thiamin, riboflavin, B-6, folate, pontothenic acid, calcium iron, phosphorus, zinc and copper. It contains 115 grams of water, .9 grams of protein, .2 grams of fat, 2.9 grams of carbs and 16 calories. Cucumbers are the fourth most cultivated veggie in the world – and is known for one of the best foods for your bodies health.

Now obviously it sounds pretty healthy and good for your right? But think about what all the ‘health’ means:

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Keeps You Hydrated. Some people have a hard time drinking water – or getting enough. A cucumber is 96% water. So eat away!

Bad Breathe Be Gone.  Putting a cucumber on the roof of your mouth can help you get rid of stinky breath! It fights odor-causing bacteria, and also helps heal diseased gums.

Skin & Hair Care. Cucumbers can be used to reduce skin irritations and sunburns (kind of like aloe). Of course we also all know the old trick of placing a slice over puffy eyes. The anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness and bags. Also, the silicon and sulfur in cucumbers can help stimulate hair growth (take that bad haircut!)

Hangover Be-Gone. Drink too much and dreading waking up in the morning? Eat a few cucumber slices before bed. Cucumbers contain enough B vitamins, electrolytes and sugar to replenish many of your essential nutrients – which will help reduce a lingering hangover or headache.

Heartburn Relief. Eating cucumbers can actually reduce the acid in your body, and help you get heartburn relief.

Helps You Lose Weight. Since cucumbers have a low amount of calories and a high amount of water content, they are a perfect snack for those looking to lose weight. The high water and dietary fiber content in cucumbers are effective in ridding your body of toxins from the digestive system, and helping aide digestion.

Relieve Constipation. The same benefits that help you lose weight (high dietary fiber & water content) cucumbers can also help remedy chronic constipation when eaten on a daily basis. Cucumber skins contain insoluble fiber, which helps add bulk to your stool. This helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination.

Relieves & Controls: Diabetes, Cholesterol & Blood Pressure. Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin – which has been beneficial to diabetics. A compound called sterols that is also found in cucumbers can help reduce cholesterol levels as well. Since they also contain a good amount of potassium, magnesium and fiber – they also work great at regulating blood pressure.

Protects Your Brain.  Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory called fisetin. This flavonol has been known to play an important roll in brain health. Not only can it help improve your memory, and protect your nerve cells, fisetin has been found to help prevent the progression of those with Alzheimer’s disease.

Energy Booster. With cucumbers containing a high amount of vitamin A, B and C  – it gives you more energy, and boost immunity to boot.  I always recommend putting a few slices of water in your water bottle – not only does it taste great, but it gives you all the extra benefits as well.

Reduces Your Risk of Developing Cancer. Cucumbers contain polyphenols called lignans – which may help to lower your risk of breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers. They also contain phytonutrients called cucurbitacins which have anti-cancer properties. According to the George Mateljan Fountain “Scientiest have already determined that several different signaling pathways required for cancer cell development and survival can be blocked by activity of cucurbitacins”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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