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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Why Does the Scale Say That?



Life & Beauty Weekly: Health

Why Does the Scale Say That?

By Jennifer Nelson for Life & Beauty Weekly



Have you ever stepped on the scale in the morning and smiled because you’d dropped a pound or two? Or, upon seeing higher-than-usual numbers, blamed your unexpected weight gain on heavy shoes or the lunch you just had?

Most women play some version of the scale game whenever they weigh themselves, but the truth is there are at least eight reasons why the numbers can fluctuate so much. Remember these, and the next time the scale doesn’t cooperate, you’ll know why:

You’re wearing clothes. On average, clothes add up to 2 pounds to your actual weight. “Summer clothing tends to be relatively light, and winter jeans and sweaters could add more than 2 pounds,” says Katie Heddleston, a registered dietitian based in Cleveland. At home, weigh yourself in the nude first thing in the morning. At the doctor’s office, take off your shoes and jacket for a more accurate reading.

You just finished working out. When you exercise at a high intensity, you burn glycogen calories (carbs), which hold water weight. You might see a 5-pound dip on the scale after a high-energy spinning or Zumba class, but don’t do a happy dance just yet. The drop isn’t a true weight loss; it’s a loss of water weight, which will quickly go back on once you rehydrate. In fact, “you need to drink 16 ounces of water for every pound down after a workout to replenish your water stores appropriately,” says Heddleston.

You just had a big salad or vegetable soup. Eating fiber-filled foods like veggies can make the scale numbers go up temporarily, but don’t despair. Fiber is not digested or absorbed by the body. It’s considered a non-nutrient, which helps to move food through the body and aid digestion by attracting water to the small and large intestines. Later, once the fiber has done its job, you should see the scale go down again.

You attended happy hour last night. A night of drinking can add a lot of unexpected calories -- and weight. “A 12-ounce can of beer has about 150 calories, a 5-ounce glass of wine has approximately 125 calories, and a 1.5-ounce shot of hard alcohol has about 100 calories -- and that doesn’t even include the calories contained in the mixer,” says Rachel Begun, a registered dietitian based in New York City. Keep that in mind before you order another cosmo or dirty martini. Plus, alcohol impairs judgment and stimulates appetite, which may tempt you to reach for those diet-busting sliders and nachos.

You had Chinese takeout for dinner last night. Consuming high-sodium foods like canned soup and frozen meals can push the scale upward, and so can the consumption of soy sauce and MSG in Chinese food. Water helps the body absorb excess sodium so that it can eventually be flushed out. As a result, high-sodium intake can equal temporary water-weight gain. 

It’s that time of the month. Water weight adds extra pounds right before you start your period. Researchers think hormones are the culprit: A shift in estrogen and progesterone right before menstruation can cause water retention and swelling. But don’t worry, says Heddleston; it’s temporary. After those few days, your weight will return to normal.

You haven’t, um, gone in a while. The numbers on the scale may rise if you’re constipated. Begun recommends lots of fiber -- about 30 grams a day from fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans and nuts -- plus plenty of water and exercise to move things along. Once you’re regular again, the added weight will fall away. 

You’re under the weather. If you have a cold or the flu, you may not eat as much as usual, which can slow down your metabolism and add a pound or two. On the other hand, if you can’t keep any food down because of a stomach bug, you may see a drop in the scale numbers. In either case, your weight will stabilize once you’re healthy.

Jennifer Nelson is a Florida-based writer who writes about lifestyle and health issues for many publications and websites, including Glamour, Prevention, WebMD.com and MSNBC.com.












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Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and also blogs at talbertzoo.com. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Messy Activities for Kids That Clean Up Easy


From the Editors of Fabric Care Solutions

Messy Activities for Kids That Clean Up Easy
Ready to have fun? Get started now with these simple activities and arts and crafts projects. They'll keep your little ones busy and happy, and cleanup is a snap.

Whip up a “dirt” dessert. Making food is an activity kids love. Let them do as much as they can: in a large bowl, beat one 4-ounce package of chocolate instant pudding mix with 2 cups cold milk for 2 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes, then stir in one 8-ounce container of frozen whipped topping, thawed, along with half a cup of finely crushed chocolate sandwich cookies. Divide among several small drinking glasses or mugs and top with more crushed cookies to form a thick layer of “dirt,” plop a few gummy worms on top and finish by sticking in a small silk flower. Messy clothes? Launder with a detergent that has an amazing scent that will rev your mood long after the fun is over.

Pick up some rocks. In this activity, kids will get to try out a twist on normal painting. Gather, then wash and dry a few baseball-sized rocks. Using non-toxic acrylic paint, let the kids create whatever design inspires them. Once dry, add a coat of clear, non-toxic varnish to seal the paint, let dry again, then display their masterpieces on your deck or in the garden. Viva la art!

Have a good old puddle stomp. Slickers, rain boots, a warm summer sun shower—let them go for it. Super size the fun by cranking some tunes and joining in the wet mess. And be sure to video tape the moment because no question, it’s going to be a keeper.


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Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and also blogs at talbertzoo.com. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#WordlessWednesday with #linky on a Tuesday - Spring Maybe?


Wordless Wednesday is live on thehealthymoms.net and talbertzoo.com. Link up to your Wordless Wednesday post. This is a #BlogHop. Please visit the other blogs participating. 

It is finally getting a little spring like up here in Spokane. Although our high temperatures are still in the 50's.  What is the weather like where you live?








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Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and also blogs at talbertzoo.com. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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No-Stress Ways to Get Your Toddler to Bed



Love Sleep Play: Sleep

No-Stress Ways to Get Your Toddler to Bed

By Winnie Yu for Love Sleep Play



By the end of the day, you’re wiped out. But your energetic toddler is still up and about -- and fighting your every attempt at getting him to sleep.

It’s normal for toddlers to resist bedtime. They want to continue the fun, and they don't want to separate from you. But getting enough sleep is essential for your toddler’s healthy development, not to mention your sanity. Here’s how to help your child slow down, switch gears, and head off into the Land of Nod.

Create a routine

Start each night with a relaxing routine that will set the stage for going to sleep. Changing into pajamas, brushing his teeth, and washing his face every night will help establish that these are the things that happen before bedtime. Other calming activities include listening to quiet music, reading a story, or giving him a bath. Resist the urge to play with your toddler at this hour, since it will only get him more excited than relaxed.

Be consistent

Stick with the same routine every night, so your toddler learns to expect that bedtime is coming. Soon he’ll know what’s expected of him, too.

Make it comfortable

Let your child take her beloved teddy bear or blanket to bed with her. Allow one drink of water. Turn on a nightlight before closing the door. Taking care of your toddler’s comforts will make it easier for her to relax -- and give her fewer excuses for climbing out of bed again.

Pause before answering a call

Children this age are likely to call out to you after you leave the room. Resist the urge to respond every time your toddler cries out, and wait several seconds before answering. With each time she calls for you, wait a few seconds longer, which will give her the chance to fall asleep before you respond. When you do answer, remind her that it’s bedtime. If you go into her room, don’t turn on the light or stay too long.

Be patient

Teaching a toddler good sleep habits doesn’t happen overnight. And it isn’t easy, since toddlers love your companionship. But keep doing the same thing every night. Eventually, your toddler will learn to go along with the plan.





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Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and also blogs at talbertzoo.com. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Get Your Kids to Eat Their Vegetables with AngelBowls


Busy moms can have an easier time getting their kids to eat their veggies with AngelBowls found in   the freezer aisle of Sprouts Farmers Market stores. By combining the highest quality vegetables with made-from-scratch sauces, AngelBowls frozen entrée’s serve up great taste with clean ingredients, exceptional value and culinary convenience for the perfect work day lunch or weekday meal component.

 AngelBowls  are made with non-GMO ingredients and are sold in Sprouts Farmers Market stores across the country. They come in these delicious varieties: Mediterranean Eggplant Parmesan, Roasted Vegetable & Goat Cheese Gratin, Vegetable Bruschetta & Mozzarella, Penne Pasta in Parma Rosa Sauce and Corkscrew Pasta & Creamy Tomato Vodka Sauce. Whether eaten as a meal on its own, served as a side dish or incorporated into a recipe, AngelBowls create a tasty meal with the convenience moms everywhere will enjoy.

For more information about AngelBowls visit dominexeggplant.com.


*Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Post, brought to you by Dominex Eggplant, the makers of AngelBowls. I received product compensation in exchange for this post.


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Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and also blogs at talbertzoo.com. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fitness Friday #BlogHop #LinkUp - What is Physical Exercise?



Wikipedia defines physical exercise as a bodily activity that develops and maintains physical fitness and overall health. It is often practiced to strengthen muscles and the cardiovascular system, and to hone athletic skills. 

Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system, and helps prevent diseases of affluence such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. It also improves mental health and helps prevent depression. 

There are several forms of physical exercise. From Aerobic exercise Anaerobic exercise Strength training to Agility training Take out 10 minutes of your day to exercise. Go for a walk with your kids, do some jumping jacks, sit ups or push ups for 10 minutes. Did you know that vacuuming is also a good form of physical exercise? 

Simple 10 Minute Exercises you can do at Home


  • Jump Rope
  • Dance to Your Favorite Music
  • Go for a Walk or Run
  • Push Ups
  • Run Up and Down Your Stairs
  • Squats
  • Sit-ups or Crunches
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Run in Place
What is your favorite 10 minute exercise? Can you add to my list?

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  • Visit thehealthymoms.net every Friday and link up to your Fitness Friday post or any post fitness related.
  • Put our Fitness Friday button somewhere on your blog (code is above) or blog post and invite your readers to join us every Friday.
  • Place these rules on your Fitness Friday post.
  • Leave me a comment on thehealthymoms.net so I can visit your blog. ( You must have a Google+ account to leave comments. Sign up for one HERE.)
  • Visit the other blogs linking up here and the other blogs that co-host Fitness Friday every week.
 
    Our talented co-hosts:


    Chandra Sullivan - Spark Your Motivation
    Tere Scott - Teachable Scott Tots Homeschool
    Danielle Nabozny - Lip Gloss and Yoga Pants
    Lisa Belanger - Inspire Me Well
    Maryann Mitchell - It's Not Food, It's Me
    Angela Barnets - Fit Personified
    Wendi Barker - Wendi's Book Corner
    Lacey Baker - Love Lacey 365





    About Our Founder

    Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

    Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and also blogs at talbertzoo.com. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Try These Foods That Reduce Stress


Life & Beauty Weekly: Health

Try These Foods That Reduce Stress

By Lambeth Hochwald for Life & Beauty Weekly



A rough day at work, a houseful of chores and bickering kids can leave you feeling frazzled. You’re tempted to reach for the pretzels or chocolate, but you know it’s not good to reach for something to eat when you’re totally stressed out, right? Not always! Nutrition experts say that certain foods can actually help us stay calm. Here are some of their stress-combating suggestions:

Start the Day With Breakfast

Missing meals, especially the first one of the day, can leave you with cravings and extreme hunger that actually fuel your stress, says Alison Acerra, RD, national manager of nutrition and wellness for Guckenheimer, a national food service organization. Tip: Reach for a balanced breakfast, complete with high-fiber carbohydrates, lean protein and healthy fat. Try whole-grain cereal atop Greek yogurt with fruit and nuts.


Avoid Blood Sugar Spikes

“When your blood sugar levels are unstable, your stress hormones go haywire, as does your mood,” says Susan Barendregt, a functional nutritionist in Viroqua, Wis. “You want to reach for foods that will provide you with minerals and other nutrients needed to fuel the body’s natural processes that keep it in equilibrium.”


To keep blood sugar levels in check, avoid sugary refined-carbohydrate foods like cookies, cakes, white bread and muffins. Instead, go for foods with protein and healthy fats, which are satisfying without spiking your blood sugar. Have a salad with grilled chicken breast and sliced avocado for lunch, and snack on nuts and seeds instead of chips. Plan to eat small meals (every three to four hours) that include a good source of protein, fiber and healthy fats.

Sip Tea

If you’re stressed, skip the coffee and soda. In addition to giving you the jitters, the high level of caffeine in these drinks can interfere with your normal sleep cycles, which will only exacerbate the stress you’re already feeling, says Ivy Branin, a naturopathic doctor in New York City. Instead, turn to tea, a study-proven remedy for stress symptoms. Black tea has been shown to lower levels of cortisol, the brain’s “stress hormone,” while compounds in green tea can help lower blood sugar levels. And researchers have discovered that passionflower tea is as effective at curbing anxiety as a well-known prescription medication.

Think Vitamin C and BFoods such as citrus fruits and leafy greens can help reduce the stress you’re experiencing because they support your adrenal glands. These are the stress-handling glands that often get taxed after repeated and chronic stress, says Jenny Westerkamp, a registered dietitian-nutritionist at CJK Foods, a Chicago-based chef-crafted healthy meal delivery service.
Stock up on FishYour seafood counter is another place to go for stress reduction. Salmon has high stores of protein and omega-3 fatty acids that help promote brain health and decrease production of cortisol. Meanwhile, tasty shellfish -- such as oysters, clams and crabs -- are a great source of zinc, which helps support the immune system and adrenal glands.

Choose Whole Grains

Whole-grain items, such as brown rice, oats and wheat contain L-tryptophan, the amino acid essential in serotonin production (an essential substance that helps with relaxation and happiness) and key B vitamins. Another great serotonin-boosting food: sweet potatoes, which are loaded with vitamin B6.


Lambeth Hochwald is an editor and writer from New York. Her work has appeared in such publications and websites as Woman’s Day, Ladies’ Home Journal, Organic Spa and Entrepreneur.com. She is also an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University.
 





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Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and also blogs at talbertzoo.com. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Affordable, Convenient and Award Winning Childcare



The school year is just about over and parents will be searching for summer programs for their kids.  KinderCare is an accredited, award winning  nationwide child day care and early education center.  They offer programs for children of all ages from birth to twelve years.

When school is out KinderCare is still in session. They offer winter, spring, and summer break activities that are fun, smart, and save the day when school is out.  Kids love their preschool and school-age programs, and they offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours. 

For more information about KinderCare and to find a center near you visit KinderCare.com






About Our Founder

Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger,  and mother of five children, living in Spokane, WA. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert  runs the Healthy Moms Social Network, is the founder of Healthy Moms Media, and also blogs at talbertzoo.com. You can follow her on facebook.com/TheHealthyMomsMag, and twitter.com/cltalbert.


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