I don't know if anyone can appreciate the true value of a mother. I certainly couldn't until I became one.
Before I had kids, if I was tired I could sleep-- imagine that! Even if I had work deadlines and didn't sleep for a few days (yes - I once pulled three nights of all-nighters in a row) I was guaranteed to sleep as much as I needed to once the job was complete. But with kids - forget it! The job is never complete, and always changes.
My firstborn slept great for a couple months of his life, then didn't sleep through the night again for nearly THREE years. Sometimes, he was waking every 30 minutes, all night long. I had no idea that my exhausting new role of "mom" meant that I would not only work hard all day, but also work taking care of a baby all night, too.
My girlfriends and I have often wondered over the years: why doesn't anyone tell you that when you marry and have children that your time will now be dedicated to endless piles of household chores just to keep everyone fed, in clean clothes, and with enough clean dishes for everyone to eat on - and that these things will happen each and every day - like the movie "Groundhog's Day"?!
You will find yourself in a fog, and wonder what became of the person you once knew. That independent, care-free, well-rested gal will seem like a distant memory.
The good news is that the kids grow, the household dynamic changes, and you will find free time for yourself increasing as the years go by. Then- much to your surprise- you may even miss it a little!
Losing yourself - including your self esteem in the process of raising kids - is also not often discussed. For me, it took a meeting with my financial planner to help me begin to restore it. He asked me if I had any idea what a stay at home mom (or working mom) is worth, in terms of dollars. He asked me if I had any idea what it would cost for my husband to hire out help to replace me if- God forbid- anything should happen to me. I was fully unprepared for what it would cost (strictly financially) to have others fill all the roles I played.
I think it's an amazing self-esteem restorer for any mother to see!
To all the mothers out there, I want you to see your worth. Even if it's strictly calculated as a dollar amount to illustrate a point, I think you'll be surprised.
Finally, let's not forget the tremendous value mothers provide that can never be calculated. Thanks for all you do that is beyond payment and beyond measure.
To read another extraordinary ode to motherhood by one grateful husband to his wife, check out this article: Fathers - You Can't Afford a Stay-At-Home Mom!
Estimated Pay a Stay-at-Home Mom Would Receive for Her Hours of Work
Estimated Pay a Working Mother Would Receive for Her Hours of Work
Click on image below to calculate the total of all your mom jobs!
(Infographics and salary calculator from salary.com)
Happy Mother's Day!
Check out these trinkets, treats, healthy snacks and post-Easter crafts to keep the holiday festive while avoiding sugar overkill.
Calmer kids not wired up on sugar equals a more pleasant holiday for all!
1. Egg Filler - stickers, squinkies, stamps, rubber balls, plastic jewelry, hair clips, coins and matchbox cars will all fit inside plastic eggs (cars may require a larger size egg).
2. Adorable Healthy Snacks - Love this bunny fruit and veggie plate made from grapes, apples, carrots, dried apricot for the nose and strip of green bell pepper or cucumber to connect nose to mouth (made of apple pieces). Even grown ups would appreciate the hummus filled clay pots with carrots - yum!
3. Decorated Strawberries - Natural colors could be achieved via strawberries blended to yogurt for pink, a bit of spinach added to vanilla yogurt for green and of course, plain yogurt for white. You could also melt white chocolate and add food color, or melt candy chips (available in the baking section at craft stores). It's up to you how low sugar you'd like to go. The orange "carrot" coating was achieved by melting the candy chips.
4. Treats served in plastic eggs - A variety of items can be contained in one display when eggs are placed in a carton (how cute)! Though I would skip the jelly beans in this example, some of the ideas are: raisins, nuts, crackers, berries, carrots, apples, and yogurt covered raisins.
photo from modern magazine.com
5. Crafts & Games from plastic eggs - I love the idea of placing either a glow bracelet or a flameless LED light inside the egg. Hide the eggs at night for continued fun or craft a little lightning bug out of your glowing orb.
Hope these ideas add more fun to your celebration!
Natural Girl Diary is featured in the current (winter) issue of Low Sugar Living magazine. We had 2 St. Patrick's Day recipes featured in the magazine and one even made the cover!
(Low Sugar Living magazine is available at most large grocery store chains, Barnes & Noble, and Walmart).
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Let's face it - candy is candy and kids love it.
If you feel the way I do and would like kids to be able to have some treats once in a while, but prefer that they be healthier options, then check out TruJoy sweets. I also love Yummy Earth brand sweets for kids. And aside from holidays and birthdays, I try not to have sweets available in the house.
How about you?
Image below: A common brand of Candy Canes VS. TruJoy
BUT... Of all the articles I’ve read lately discussing depression and bipolar, one very KEY item has been missing .
That key is the nutritive approach to healing mental afflictions.
Depression and bipolar (even cases of severe mental illness) have been treated successfully with the nutritive approach. Nutrition is still a very little known method for approaching and treating such disorders, yet the evidence and case studies are mounting by the day (See resources at the end of this article). It is my hope that healing through nutrition will quickly be accepted by our culture, because the statistics on depression and suicide are staggering.
Consider the following from the Huffington Post:
I suspect that there will come a time in the not too distant future, when we will all look back and say, “Of course bipolar can be eradicated with nutrients. Who doesn’t know that!?!?” Just as Rickets and Scurvy were successfully treated with Vitamin D and Vitamin C respectively, mental health afflictions have their foundational remedy in nutrition as well.
We also learned this past week (in a statement released by Williams’ wife) that besides depression, Mr. Williams had been suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s. This further compounds the evidence that essential nutritional elements were missing as cases of Parkinson’s are also being rehabilitated with the nutritive approach. Again, this is not mainstream knowledge yet (not by a long shot), but the conversation has begun. A handful of leading edge doctors and individuals are confirming the incredible degree to which micronutrients can heal - over 900 afflictions to date have been successfully treated with optimum micronutrient intake.
Because I want to get Nutritional Healing information into the hands of as many people as possible, NGD is sponsoring a BIG book giveaway. I am arranging for 10 paperback copies (minimum) of Med-Free Bipolar by Aspen Morrow*, to be delivered into the hands of selected NGD subscribers who comment on this information. Med-Free Bipolar shot up to the #2 book out of 7000 on the topic following Williams’ death, and #1 in Amazon’s rankings for alternative treatments for mood disorders.
This book was written by a woman who has survived the ravages of bipolar and has thrived through nutritional treatments to share the journey - and the healing protocol- with others.
Please, if you know of anyone suffering from similar afflictions, educate yourself! Pass the information on to their loved ones. Sometimes a depressed brain cannot help itself, even with the right information. Once the brain and spirit is “broken”, it needs all the support it can get to begin functioning optimally again. This support usually comes from friends and loved ones, education, and appropriate treatment.
If you are interested in spreading awareness or would like to learn more about the nutritive approach to optimal mental health, please leave a comment below, indicating that you would like a paperback copy of Aspen Morrow’s book, Med-Free Bipolar. Alternatively, feel free to post your thoughts and feelings about Robin Williams’ passing, or share thoughts to honor and remember someone you’ve known who has suffered from any sort of mental affliction.
The world can’t afford to lose another beautiful soul to this illness.
Let’s learn from this!
And... If you find the information presented here helpful, please share it!
In loving remembrance of those we have lost, and in hope to help those who remain afflicted to reclaim their health,
*Aspen's career as an international investigative journalist ended abruptly in a hospitalization to a padded cell with a drain in the floor. Told she should apply for disability and not have children due to her mental illness, at age 22, Aspen had given up hope life would ever be normal again. Speaking out for the first time, she shares how she beat the odds and recovered fully. From food stamps to business woman of the year, Aspen has spent the past ten years putting her investigative skills to use to bring to light the latest and greatest natural remedies in mental health care. Learn how thousands have recovered, step by step, in her first book in the Med Free Method™ Book Series: Med Free Bipolar. (Aspen's micronutrient supplement of choice is Q96, found here: www.medfree.myqxlife.com . Learn more about the creation of Q96 in healing mental illness from the bestselling book "A Promise of Hope", written by Autumn Stringam, daughter of the Q96 blend's founder, HERE.)
Arnold, Carrie. (August 21, 2013). Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach-The right combination of stomach microbes could be crucial for a healthy mind. Web Article.
Melnick, Meredith. (August 11, 2014). Robin Williams' Death Reveals How Hard It Can Be To Climb Out Of Depression. The Huffington Post. Web Article.
Morrow, Aspen. (April 11, 2014). Med-Free Bipolar. Pottenger Press, Boise ID. Get the Book.
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences. (May 28, 2013). Changing Gut Bacteria Through Diet Affects Brain Function. Web Article.
Entry period ends Sept. 20, 2014
While engaging in uplifting activities such as those depicted above have been proven to enhance happiness, sometimes a "broken brain" (ie: one that is not receiving enough micronutrients to function optimally) finds it difficult to access motivation to engage in activity. It's imperative in this situation to get as many micronutrients to the brain as possible and allow them to restore joy naturally. This will happen gradually once the proper nutrients have been obtained.
(If you need more information on getting micronutrients to the brain, please see the NGD report "Super Hero Formula" and learn how to get them into your diet. The report details how even extreme cases of mental illness and bi-polar have been reversed and healed with micronutrients.)
Now... How will YOU increase your happiness today?
I hope the activity chart and good-mood recipes help take your "happy quota" up a notch, and that you share with me below your personal favorite activities for cultivating more joy.
In Health & In Joy,
This giveaway in includes the powerful supplement known as Q96 (so named because of the 96 hours it takes to grind the nutrients into small enough particles to get absorbed by your body. It is backed by scientific studies at major universities in four countries and is published in peer reviewed medical journals).
One winner will also receive the book A Promise Of Hope, written by Autumn Stringam, the daughter of Q96 creator Tony Stephan. This family's story of tragedy and triumph will leave you inspired as you learn how the disease of mental illness and suicide had plagued the family until the discovery of micronutrient support (through what is today Q96), saved the lives of not only their own surviving family members, but also those of thousands more around the globe.
I personally use Q96 to help rebuild my immune system after the ravages of a biotoxin illness (black mold exposure) and cannot say enough about what it has done to improve the quality of my life.
No matter what ailment may be plaguing you, or even if you don't have an ailment but simply realize how deprived of nutrients our soil and produce is today and know you could use optimum nutritional support, please leave a comment below telling us why you would love to win this giveaway!
Yours in Health,
Here's one thing the average person doesn't get enough of in
their diet: CELERY!
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