Recently a Mom called me. She seemed to be doing everything right in the example she set. She was a regular at her gym. She ate healthful and served plenty of veggies to her family as well. But her daughter wasn't following her lead, and Mom was stymied: If she was doing everything she was supposed to do to set a good example, why was her daughter obsessed with sugar and seemingly rebellious against all things healthy?
We moms have a tough path to walk as we help our daughters navigate the sometimes-choppy waters of growing up girl. And when it comes to healthy eating and a positive body image, this fine line can feel fragile and confusing, particularly if you struggle with these issues yourself.
Yesterday while I was sitting in the auditorium at my daughter's school, waiting for her chorus to begin enchanting us with holiday songs, my husband showed me the tragic news on his I-phone: School shooting in CT - 27 dead, including 18 children. My heart stopped. As a parent, I don't know how to digest this kind of tragedy.
. . which can be very tricky, indeed!
A few years ago, we got a new dog ... cute and sweet, but our old dog is a little grumpy ... a bit unsure and growly, as if another dog were taking over his territory. Bacchus seems to like the new dog when they're playing outside, but once back inside, he's not quite sure what to make of him ... this new guy joining HIS family.
"Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." Melody Beattie
Each year, around this time, my children come home singing, "thanks for the bread and thanks for the flowers, thanks for the water and the cranberries." And each year, for weeks that follow, our family changes the words to offer thanks for the specific foods that are on our plates. I am reminded how simple, yet profound, the feeling and expression of gratitude can be.
|Last week, I was in Boulder (the land of the super-fit and super-healthy) for a Psychology of Eating symposium. I was staying at an apartment with a new friend and fellow health coach; and hanging out with 2 other awesome health coaches. Two of them eat TONS of raw food and one is vegan, and I found some of my old "food stuff" getting triggered. |
Saturday, 06 October 2012 14:51
It's apple and pear season! I love these fruits because they are so versatile: eat them whole, slice them with cinnamon, slather almond butter on top, make a raw or cooked applesauce...but my favorite? Warm, slightly sweet apple or pear crisp.