Sunday, March 25, 2012

We're one week out from the big Hearts at Home lecture!  I just wanted to check in with you all and see how you were doing on your habits.  Anyone start with multivitamin and fish oil?  How did the week go for you?  Is it starting to become more of your daily routine?  I wanted to encourage you to take a habit on  this week if you haven't already.  I think multivitamin and fish oil is a great one to start!  I thought I'd post the ones I am most familiar with and that we discussed in the lecture:
Fish oil: Carlson's finest fish oil, Nordic Naturals Fish Oil.
Multivitamin: New Chapter Organics Prenatal, NOW Special Two.
I'd love to hear how you all are doing!

9 comments:

  1. I'm really enjoying the shakes and trying different varieties. My kids are hating the fish oil, and I admit, i'm not a big fan, either. Would it be ok to add it to the shakes or their juice?

    I really enjoyed your session. I've been to HAH five times and your talk has been one of my favorites!!

    Amy

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the session, Amy! I think putting fish oil in the supershake is a fantastic idea, and one that we've tried at our house. For us, my kids don't mind taking fish oil straight from the spoon so I haven't had to work too hard to hide it. Juice would probably work too--let me know how things work out!

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  2. I've always taken fish oil pills (?) capsules (?), but only one every day. I'm not sure I can bring myself to take 8-10 a day, but I'm now taking 2/day.

    Really, really enjoyed your presentation at HAH. I'm always looking for ways to incorporate healthier eating and living into my family's life. Love learning about locally produced and grown products and food.

    BTW, what's your take on Vitamin D? Heard that's the new *hot* vitamin.

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    1. It's so great that you're a mom that's working hard to get your family to incorporate healthier habits--job well done, sister! I do have a take on Vitamin D, and you're so right it is "hot" right now hand has been for the last 5 years or so. I think if there's a natural way to get it in (through the sun or through our diet) then that's way better than a supplement will do. But, I know for a lot of my patients with fatigue (that see very little sun in Central Illinois during the winter), many have very low levels of Vitamin D when we check blood levels. And, quite honestly, it's a pretty easy fix. Just this winter my husband started taking a Vitamin D supplement and he feels like his energy level improved the month he started it.
      Don't worry too much about the fish oil, I'd start with just one habit and it sounds like you and your family are working on some other habits right now :).

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  3. okay about two minutes ago I posted a great long comment... realized I wasn't signed into blogspot... starting over now, but lost my gusto. Anyways, I have been taking my vitamins and have my kids on a trek to eating healthy (pretty good before, but better now). I'm always on superhealthykids.com getting great ideas,recipes... I promised the kids if they eat well and we track their foods on a little chart, then after a few weeks we'll get the cute little portion plates from superhealthykids.

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    1. That's so fantastic, Ari! If there's one principle we try to live by in our house it's the "good, better, best" principle. We're constantly trying to ask, "Could we be kicking this up a notch?" For example, my kids like cereal, which is not a "whole food" like we try to promote at our house (and one that I try to keep out of the house b/c it's too tempting for me:). However, so far I have not been able to transition them to what I think of as "best": oatmeal. We're not eating Fruit Loops, we try to choose unsweetened, organic, whole grain cereal without high fructose corn syrup as a "good" choice in the morning, but I know homemade granola or oatmeal would be a "better, best" option for my kids. I'll have to check out the superhealthykids.com, I've never checked it out. We don't eat Paleo, but we do check out a lot of Paleo kids recipes online whenever the boys are in a mood to cook/bake. My 7 year old son, Micah, makes the best bacon wrapped dates I've ever had in my life, and they only have 3 ingredients: bacon, dates, pecans.

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  4. I am ordering my vitamins and fish oil now. I have started a veggie of the week. We did love the roasted cauliflower. I am having trouble finding recipes that keep the vegetable healthy. Alot of recipes have butter and other things added in. Fresh raw vegies are my favorite but it's easier to get my kids to eat the if I can hide them in things. If any one has good ideas for this please share. I was also wondering where I could find the dose for my children to take fish oil. And I would like to start them on a whole food vitamin. Has any one found one for children?

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  5. I'd say just keep trying new recipes and don't be afraid of butter--particularly a grass fed cow butter! Butter from a grass-fed cow tastes delicious and is a healthy fat to take in.
    We've been trying food based vitamins with my kids this week, so far our favorite is the NOW brand of kids vitamin. We have also tried Rainbow, but haven't yet tried New Chapter Organics. This has been another "good, better, best" at our house. (ie "good" is taking a vitamin daily--even if it's a gummy, "better" or "best" would be taking a food based vitamin daily.)

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  6. I woke up this morning with the intention of letting you know somehow how great I feel lately. I haven't started the fish oil (thinking of implementing that in the next week or so) or multivitamin, but I have started the green smoothie for breakfast everyday since the conference and lots of fresh fruits and veggies. I have been trying to use whole foods recipes. My daughter (6) even likes the smoothie and loves veggies. I have been trying to lose weight for awhile with no luck. Hate counting calories. I have not counted a single calorie since I came home from the conference and since then I have lost a little over 4 lbs :) For someone who mentioned above about hiding things for the kids I have a cookbook called The Sneaky Chef. I don't like all the ingredients she occasionally uses (soy crumbles, etc..) but overall the recipes are good and she gives recipes for purees made from veggies that you hide in the recipes. Well, anyway, thanks again for the seminar and I hope to implement some more of your suggestions!!

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