QOTW: How does your family eat? Do you do three meals a day? Do you ever snack?
Got nuts, creative ways to get organized, and how many meals a day do YOU eat? It’s episode 53 of the Mama Natural Show.
- Here’s my preconception diet video
- The Nourished Baby book (use code SUPERMAMA for 20% off)
- And Sara Pinneo’s book Julia’s Child
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First up, for the past decade, studies have shown a connection between sugar consumption and obesity in children.
As a result, sugar soda consumption is down.
But, many kids are replacing their sodas with diet varieties.
In fact, the number of children downing artificially sweetened drinks has doubled.
Don’t people know that artificial sweeteners are much more dangerous than sugar! They are proven neurotoxins and they’re certainly not helping to slim down the nation.
That’s because fake sugars can cause the body to crave more food. In studies, animals fed these artificial sweeteners actually gain weight. So much for diet!
To quench a kid’s thirst, think about healthier alternatives such as:
- Fresh-squeezed fruit juices
- Raw Milk
- Green drinks
- Or even good old fashion, water.
Next, anyone in the world who is trying or thinking about getting pregnant, listen up.
A new study shows that a man needs nuts for improved virility.
Walnuts that is.
A recent study shows a daily dose of walnuts improves both men’s sperm quality and quantity.
Just a half a cup a day can improve sperm shape, movement and vitality.
As well as ensure fewer chromosomal abnormalities.
Sure it’s easy to poke fun about how nuts improve men’s….sperm
However, there is increasing evidence that shows a man’s diet is important in creating healthy offspring.
To help you further, be sure to check out my preconception diet video for mamas and papas!
Next, get your home organized as we head into the school year!
I LOVE these clever ideas from Prudent Mama to store some of our household goods that reduce clutter and keep things simple.
Here are 6 of my favorites:
#1 – Hairdryer holder
Instead of throwing under your sink with a tangled cord, why not try this magazine rack cleverly attached to your cabinet. Perfect fit!
#2 – Wrapping Paper holder
Instead of shoving under your bed like I do, where wrapping paper can get dusty and crinkled, try a garment bag! Easy peasy!
#3 – Toilettes holder
Ha! Love these spice racks to hold our toilettes… which for us mamas includes baking soda, coconut oil and other strange concoctions.
#4 – Garden tools container
Wow, this is clever! Use a colorful filing cabinet, empty drawers, set on side and use to store garden tools. When I own a garage, I may give this a try!
#5 – Tweezers holder
Oh, if you have a magnetic surface near your bathroom, use it! Like this little magnet that holds tweezers in place or even nail or cuticle clippers.
#6 – Cutlery trays as jewelry holders
Brilliant! Great place to put all your precious metals.
Now, it’s time for some community news!
First up, I often get asked what food and nutrition philosophy do I recommend for babies and toddlers. Of course, I’ve done many videos on, but one book that I own and value is called Nourished Baby, by Heather, aka Mommypotamus.
This comprehensive ebook provides the rationale and recipes for a healthy diet for our young ones. Some of my favorites include Sweet Marrow Custard With Vanilla Bean and her Pina Colada Smoothie. Oh yes! She even has tips on how to reverse food sensitivities!
And right now, she’s offering a 20% discount with the code SUPER MAMA through August 31st so if you’re thinking you need a guide like this, act now! Here’s the link.
Speaking of books, we have a published author in our midst. Yes, crunchy mama, Sarah Pinneo, sent me her charming novel, Julia’s Child.
OK, mamas, the protagonist could be any one of us. She’s a breastfeeding, baby-wearing mama who’s trying to change the world by launching her own line of organic toddler food.
(Um, I’ve often thought of doing the very same thing!)
Well, I’m not going to give away the end but let’s just say it was a fabulous read. Pinneo shows us a true and funny portrayal of our daily struggles as women.
Support a natural mama in our community and check out her book today!
Lastly, when it comes to daily eating, we’re all familiar with, or perhaps practice, 3 meals a day.
But, over the past couple of decades, this practice is quickly becoming an antiquated idea.
There are many reasons for this:
- Busy, on-the-go lifestyles
- Medical advice and diet trends (think the Mini Meal)
- The booming and enticing snack food industry
- And the rising rate of emotional eating and obesity, which they are now calling a disease
You see, people are not only eating more often… they are eating more.
And the food industry happily accommodates with 24-hour food chains and stores.
The lines have gotten so blurred that studies find it difficult to calculate what constitutes a meal versus a snack.
As part of this, researchers are now seeing a growing trend of, what they’re calling, the 4th meal, usually eaten between 10PM and 6AM.
For obvious reasons, primarily younger populations practice this 4th meal more. But so do people working odd hours, nursing mamas, and older students.
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