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June 2014

Teach the children and let them lead the way

The Greatest Love of All” is a song written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed and originally recorded by George Benson. I have titled my blog this week “Teach the children and let them lead the way” as I feel it is something we should all be doing as parents and role models.  It seems that the obesity problem we are constantly hearing about is down to the Food & Drink Manufacturing industries cramming their products with excess sugar and fat, which many of us are now addicted to. The government also has a part to play in this epidemic in that they are responsible for educating our children and finally the parents who should be teaching their children how to keep themselves fit and healthy.  I guess if the parents were not taught this in school or by their parents then the message may never get through in the right manner and the vicious circle continues. So how do we change this?

What if the schools curriculum included a more diverse design of PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) which includes teaching children empathy, how to relax, self-control, will power and setting goals and achieving them. A definition of empathy is as follows:

  • A sense of self-awareness and the ability to distinguish one’s own feelings from the feelings of others.
  • Taking another person’s perspective (or, alternatively, “putting oneself in another person’s shoes”)
  • Being able to regulate one’s own emotional responses.

Wouldn’t this be something our children would need to survive and thrive in this world? It would teach them self-control, stress management (god knows they’re going to need it), effective communicating. By understanding how to regulate their own emotional responses they would be less likely to comfort eat as after all this behaviour contributes to obesity.

As a Nutritional Therapist, I am constantly trying to educate my children the healthiest way to eat and always finding creative and fun ways to teach them concepts that may seem difficult to understand because they cannot be seen by the human eye.  The science of Nutrition is something that I try to pass on to my children in a fun way as I believe that by understanding what goes on inside the body, they are likely to make healthier choices down the line when they leave home.

For example, the other morning on the school run my 10 year old son showed me where he had mistakenly been stabbed by a pencil in class on his hand and asked me, “why is it red Mummy”? I explained that inside our body there is a powerful force known as The Immune System and that beneath the skins surface there is a force field that protects us and when an invader enters, whether it be a “pencil” or a virus or bacteria, the brain alerts the Immune System and tells it to attack!  I explained that the air and our surroundings are filled with dirt and bacteria and viruses which we breathe in every day and that if we eat all the foods that are healthy for us then they “re-charge” the Immune System like a battery which keeps us safe.

He then asked me “what if they lose the battle”? I explained that sometimes this can happen and we may need extra help in the form of medicine to get us better.  With this my son told me “next time I ask for some sweets, Mum, can you remind me of our conversation”?  My job is done.

It is not always easy to persuade your children that you know best, particularly as they reach teenager-dom (I have one of those too!) but I think if we can subtly bring small tit-bits of information in the way of story telling that relates to themselves, they will listen and understand to love their little bodies more and that will hopefully lead them down a path of willingness to be healthy. 






Review: Nutri Bullet by Life Practice Nutrition

As an advocate for Nutrition, I would like to share a product review of this fab gizmo known as the NutriBullet that I recently came across when my husband bought it for my birthday. Now I am really glad he bought it for me as I probably would not have done so for myself. After all, my kitchen cupboards are jam packed with all sorts of the latest fad kitchen gadgets which end up at the back of the cupboard with a layer of dust!

Useless gadgets I already have are…..

  • a liquidiser that I use for making smoothies – but the kids complain of lumps especially when I don’t peel the apples properly plus the knob for turning it on and off has broken which makes using it rather tricky
  • a juicer – which quite frankly is a pain to use due to the amount of washing up required and number of parts it takes to set it up. Plus, as a Nutritional Therapist I don’t think it is particularly healthy to extract the fibrous pulp from fruit and vegetables as it has a cleansing effect as it passes through the gut.

NutriBullet works so much better

When making smoothies you can add fruit and vegetables together along with herbs. I particularly like the fact that most of the recipes featured in the handy booklet include spinach so for my children’s health I know they are getting the benefit from it without the moaning to go with it as they cannot even taste it. Even better is that the blades are so good that there are no lumps or visible bits that you would normally see when using a liquidiser which also appeals to the kids.

Now for the science and nutritional part…..

nutribullet2The extractor technology uses a 600 watt motor with cyclonic action so that when turned on there is no chance of any little lump of fruit or vegetable escaping the break down process. The blade pulverises the stems, seeds, and skins where most of the essential nutrition lies – unlike what juicers and blenders do and because extracted food is virtually predigested, your body can effortlessly absorb and utilize all of the nutrients from what you blend. This is great for people that may not have adequate stomach acid and digestive enzymes to break down the food which is important from a Nutrition point of view.

NutriBullet also provide a comprehensive step by step guide that you can use if you are looking to lose weight and increase your energy and wish to follow a plan. It is broken down into 3 stages and includes proper food along side the juice recipes.

Finally, and probably the best thing about this product is the ease of washing up. You can pop it in the dishwasher but I tend to fill it with warm water and a dash of washing up liquid and then attach it to the NutriBullet base and turn it on for a quick whizz. Then run the cup and attachment under the hot tap quickly and drain. Hey presto clean and ready for next time.

You can buy the NutriBullet from my Amazon

I have also included cocoa nibs here too. These are great for giving smoothies a chocolatey flavour

It retails at £99.00 for the standard model and £119.99 for the deluxe model which includes

Natural Healing Foods Book (Hardback) RRP £14.99
Organic Spirulina Powder 100g – High Concentration of Protein RRP £14.99
Organic Maca Powder 300g – Support for Energy and Stamina RRP £11.99
Organic Wheatgrass Powder 200g – Support for the digestive system RRP

Happy blending, happy health

twitter logoKaren runs her Nutritional Therapy Clinic in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. She specialises is Stress, Anxiety and Digestive Disorders and runs Nutritional Nugget workshops to provide education to people with conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, Hypo/Hyper thyroidism and IBS. Her contact details are: For an initial free Telephone consultation call 01462 431112

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