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Free Printable For Kids To Track Healthy Eating

This free printable food tracker teaches kids healthy eating and healthy living concepts in a gentle way. Print and laminate and help them to complete it nightly to see how they can improve their food habits!

On August 5, I stepped on the scale and discovered that I had lost exactly 100.0 pounds since my surgery on April 6 (actually, I count my weight loss from March 29 when I started my pre-op liquid diet, but still same time frame). I have seen tremendous success with my own personal habits, and I want to see my husband and kids improve their personal habits as well. I have written about kids and healthy eating a couple of times this month, so if you haven’t already, go back and read Reward with Food, Punish with Food: 11 Tips … Read more

How to Help Your Kids Eat a Healthy Diet – 5 Tips from a Registered Dietician

Do you have picky eaters? Me too! The power struggle over eating healthy meals is a thing of the past for our family thanks to these tips from a registered dietician. They will work for all families!

One of the areas on which I want to focus this school year is making healthy choices. I want the girls to understand how nutrition and exercise play a part in their feeling good and being healthy. They can clearly see my bariatric surgery journey has transformed not only the amount I eat but the content of what I eat. They can see that their dad is preparing different meals than he used to. And I do drag them along most days (sometimes pouting) for a 20-30 minute walk. But those things are not their choice. Those things are being … Read more

Reward with Food, Punish with Food: 11 Tips to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in this country. Meanwhile, unhealthy eating behaviors that lead to adult obesity – such as bingeing, dieting, skipping meals, self-medicating with food, and making poor nutritional choices – develop in childhood. Parents need to use creative strategies to change these behaviors. I want my kids to avoid the weight issues I’ve suffered my entire life, but we have not done a good job of helping them to develop good habits to achieve that end. As parents, we can all do better about shaping the role of food in our kids’ lives. Next week, I’m … Read more

What To Do During Your Quiet Time with God

What to do during your quiet time with God

Anyone who’s ever made a major life change knows that it happens one small step at a time. Eating better, drinking more water, exercising regularly, handling money more responsibly, getting more sleep, spending time daily with God. All of these goals are hard to achieve, requiring big adjustments to my everyday lifestyle, but those big adjustments never seem to stick. Small changes, baby steps, are a lot easier to implement and a lot easier to maintain. I was compensated by Puritan’s Pride for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own. So my one small step was a daily quiet time. … Read more

How to Find Time for Quiet Time (Without Waking Up Earlier)

How to Have Quiet Time Without Getting Up Earlier

A few weeks ago, I proclaimed my need for daily quiet time, and my intention to find or make the time for it each morning. It was my one small change, the little thing I committed to in order to improve my health and my life. I was compensated by Puritan’s Pride for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own. I haven’t managed to have quiet time every single day, but I have done it enough to see its impact on my life, to see the significance of His presence in my days. I’ve started to journal my prayers … Read more

How to Begin A Daily Quiet Time with God

Starting your day with quiet time nourishes your heart.

This year has tested my faith. First my mother’s diagnosis and then the horrible reality of her illness. Then she died. I tried to lean on God through all that. I read my Bible a lot, and I listened to Psalms a lot on my phone. I prayed endlessly. Futilely, or so it felt. I questioned; I especially questioned His plan. I still don’t understand. Maybe I never will. Last week, while we were visiting Old Grandma, my father’s mother passed away. Experiencing a viewing and funeral just weeks after my mother’s death was almost as hard as her viewing and funeral. It … Read more