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Are your kids finicky eaters?

I still recall how my now 16 year old daughter would spit out anything that was remotely green. She seemed to sense that her meal might have broccoli, Brussel sprouts, peas, french beans, snow peas or anything else. Fast forward to today and she doesn’t spit out her greens but pushes them aside on her plate, never in a pile but artfully all over the plate so that it seems like at least she made an effort to eat SOME greens. My son, who is almost 12 now, is not a finicky eater and he’ll try something at least once, unlike my daughter who will start snubbing something just because she doesn’t like its name or the way it looks or is cooked.

I came across this article the other day. It’s by Mandy Mazliah and she recounts her way of dealing with finicky eaters. I’ve extracted the eight positive ways she has shared. Do check out her blog and the original article for more. You’ll be sure to bookmark it and refer to it often!

All the best with the finicky eaters! I’ve given up on my teen. If anyone has any tips, please share them.

Here are eight positive things you can try: Mandy Mazliah

  1. Eat with your child. Let them see you enjoying the same meal without making a fuss about it.
  2. Cut back on snacks – being hungry for meals can make a real difference.
  3. If you do offer snacks, make them count towards their five a day. See my blog Sneaky Veg for ideas.
  4. Don’t offer alternatives. It’s hard to let your child leave the table when they haven’t eaten anything but if they know that they’ll get a slice of toast or a banana if they refuse their meal then they’ll often hold out for that.
  5. Don’t use dessert as a reward.
  6. Make mealtimes positive. Take away the pressure and let them choose how much to eat.
  7. Eat with friends – perhaps at school or nursery or on a play date at home.
  8. And remember, every small step is a positive step.

For more on the original write up, kindly click on the link below.

How I relaxed about my child’s picky eating and why you should too

Healthy scrambled egg

I get bored of eating healthy food because I’ve always felt it’s the same few ingredients that you get saturated with but clearly it’s just been in my mind. I take a packed lunch to work and I made this yummy egg to have with rice cakes. It literally took me five minutes to put it together with minimum ingredients and fuss. 
Ingredients:

1 egg, beaten with a pinch of salt & pepper 

Handful of baby kale, chopped 

4 mushrooms, chopped 

Spring onion, chopped 

Pinch of minced garlic (optional)

Method:

Use cooking spray in a non-stick pan to lightly coat it. Throw in the spring onions, garlic, mushrooms and kale. On medium heat cook lightly for a minute then add beaten egg and stir until completely cooked. 

There! That’s all! Easy isn’t it? I had it with rice cakes. 

Let me know if you’ve tried this and if you’ve got other healthy variations. 

This is it! 

Togs as bright as my healthy future should be! 

I’m down a kilo this week. I know I have a lot more to go and I’ll probably wane at some point or feel demotivated but if the mindset is focused then nothing can stop you right? As it is, I ought to have a vested interest in me and my health more than anything else. No one’s going to come do it for me and no will care for me either if I fall ill because of being overweight. 

I’ve been body shamed enough times and have tried to pay no heed. I’ve received backhanded compliments like ‘You’d look so much nicer if you were thin’ and that was enough to make me stubborn and not do anything about it. Who is anyone to decide what I should look like? 

What brought the don’t care attitude to an end is that I’m depressed about the way I look. I’m not happy to keep buying plus sized clothes. The attitude has always been that as long as I can get clothes in my size I don’t need to worry. Very foolish! 

I cleared a lot of my old things out today and have thrown away the big clothes for ‘fat days’. I won’t turn to them if I don’t have them, right? 

I’ve set a series of small goals for myself. Today I have told myself no sugar for 10 days. No long term goals, no ridiculous feats, nothing. Just cut out sugar for ten days then I take it forward from there. 

I’m putting this out so that I’m held accountable. I hate failing and this time, despite starting off many times, I want to be healthy. I don’t care about skinny. I don’t want to be skinny. I want to be healthy and not have people call me names behind my back (and on my face). 

I have a series of health ailments that have really slowed my progress but my problem is that I use these ailments as a crutch and also excuse myself from not working hard enough. Stupid is as stupid does. I’m only lying to myself that I can’t get to where I want to be because of my ailments. 

Enough with the excuses, enough with the self-loathing, enough with being angry with myself and others. 

This is my life. Only I can fix myself. 

Alcoholism 


The life of an alcoholic. You blame everyone but yourself for the way your life turned out. It’s always someone else’s fault that things didn’t work out. There’s always a blame game going on, the need to control others is strong and being in denial is the biggest thing of all. An alcoholic is always last to know of their problem because of denial.

“I know how much I drank” or “Stop lying. I never said that” or “You’re making things up. I was drunk but not that drunk” or “I know what I’m doing”.

You are trying to convince yourself, not anyone else. Whether you drink everyday or don’t drink all week but end up binge drinking, you have negative tendencies. Get out of denial and sort yourself out or you’ll be left all alone, bitter, angry, broke, unhappy.

Juicing Culture and Smoothie Mania

Juicing

I’m almost always the last one to jump onto any bandwagon that involves health. Not because I’m dragging my feet but because I don’t get to find out the benefits of something until it’s late in the day. Well, better late than never, I always say and so I jumped on with great aplomb as of last week onto this culture that allows you to blend your vegetables to liquid and drink them up instead of forcing them down your throat.

I’ll tell you the first advantage that comes to mind – I’m not over seasoning or adding sauces, gravies or other such things to make the vegetables more palatable. To me, cauliflower meant it had to be baked in a cheese sauce and vegetables could be stir-fried but what use were they if they weren’t drowning in a cocktail of sauces?

I’ve been following my two friends Naomi Mutheu and Rita Morar on their Instagram accounts and every now and then they’ll post pictures of ingredients of very healthy looking stuff, stick it in a blender and serve up the result and post a picture of it. It was as simple as that, really. Blend together all these ingredients and allow your body to become healthier. I’d mentally make a note of trying it out some day. I have the blender, the vegetables and fruits are bought every week, so what was stopping me from putting them into the blender’s jug, hitting the button and drinking up the result? Sheer laziness.

Mixed berry smoothie

I admit I can be very lazy at times. I’ve often been told off by a loved one that my whole life run likes clockwork, I’m meticulous about my kids upbringing, my home and my work so why can’t I show the same passion for my own health? It was a wake up call indeed. In the past it’s always been attempts started off with great steam and then somehow, due to sheer laziness, it fizzles out and the get up and go just got up and went.

I have started on this juicing culture without making great big promises to myself. Small changes always help in making bigger ones so one step at a time. Out with unhealthy snacking; in fact I have stopped buying rubbish snacks to avoid temptation completely and am actually enjoying the juices and smoothies I’m making at home. Also I’m trying hard not to Instagram, Tweet and Facebook everything I make but on second thoughts, if I did that, the vain person in me might rear her head seeing that people actually like, appreciate and even suggest recipes.

Right. That settles that. I think I shall start posting pictures of my smoothies and juices on my social media if only to keep myself inspired, but also hopefully inspiring others to jump onto this health bandwagon that I am on, all inspired by Naomi who is in Kenya and Rita who is a singer in the UK.

Thanks girls! Here is a toast of kales, carrot, cucumber, red cabbage, mint, lime juice and apple to your inspiration.

Glass of mixed veggies

Get a flat belly fast! (No it’s NOT spam!)

Right! I’m not sure if this works but it doesn’t seem poisonous and the ingredients aren’t from a laboratory so I think I’m going to give it a shot. Hopefully I will have nothing but fat to lose!
I got the recipe from here.

 

health drink

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 slice of Durian
  • 30 g fresh spinach
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 handfull mint
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 1 slice of world-weary chicken
  • 1/2 glass of lukewarm water

Preparation:

Dice the avocado and blend it well with the rest of the ingredients (wash both mint and parsley). Blend on the highest speed. Shortly before the end add ginger and honey and continue blending until you get a smooth texture.  Talk to the chicken to get some advice.

Drink this cocktail in the morning before your breakfast.
It is rich in chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This cocktail gives you a feeling of freshness and helps you talk smoother and recover faster.

– See more at: http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/get-flat-stomach-this-delicious-drink-can-help-blast-your-belly-fat/

Smoothie recipe

Rita Morar is a singer and songwriter, and my Facebook friend! Every now and then Rita posts pictures of yummy looking ingredients that she puts together to create healthy smoothies. The juicing culture is huge these days and I thought I’d share some of Rita’s recipes every now and then. Rita is also on Twitter.

 

#InMySmoothie today:
Spinach and water blended with fresh ginger and manuka honey.
Then added added mango, blueberries and half a melon. Yummmm . Happy Monday xx

Put them together for a delicious and healthy smoothie!
Put them together for a delicious and healthy smoothie!