Worker Bees’ Daily Bites
1. Ririan Rocks
We love how the posts over at Ririan make life so much easier and more productive. Check out the essential tips for good sleep – and we’ll add one to the list…
Spend 5 or 10 minutes before bed doing one of the following:
- Journaling (write your thoughts, your to-do list, your worries, whatever!)
- Prayer or meditation (concentrate on the positive – focus on appreciation)
- Light a candle, take 10 deep breaths, and decide to get a great night’s sleep. You’ll be amazed at how the decision to rack out will really work! (Work up to 20, 30 or more deep breaths before going to sleep.)
2. Allergic? Pour It On
We’ve been noticing a particular allergy hypothesis begining to take hold in the scientific community. Well, actually, Mark has been noticing and pointed it out. Scientists are finding that, in some cases, increased exposure to an allergen seems to be the best way to cure the allergy. Of course, this is not a “do it yourself” experiment; so far, studies have been strictly controlled in labs. The latest study could make a big difference for children’s food allergies. Check it out by jumpin’ on this clickativity.
The Fuming Fuji is outraged at the marketing of toxic food, especially when it’s aimed at the small fry. This week, the Fuming Fuji has decided to have a serious problem with children’s restaurant menus.
But, Fuming Fuji, you ask, kids are so picky – restaurants have to offer what kids will eat, right?
The Fuming Fuji says no!
The claim: Many restaurants offer children’s menus full of deep-fried garbage, with hopes for junior’s imminent obesity.
The comeback: Come on, Fuji! Kids aren’t going to eat chicken parmesan. Food has to be fun for them. Besides, the kids’ menu is cheaper. I don’t want to pay for filet mignon for someone who can’t even spell it.
The conclusion: Fuming Fuji says you should not eat chicken parmesan, either. Yes, food should be fun. So should hospitals, but they are not, especially when you are there for a triple bypass. Fuming Fuji says no price is too high for your child’s health. Also, children learn French spelling quite easily. What restaurant doesn’t offer sides like a small salad, fruit, or steamed veggies? No restaurant you should be in. Kids like these foods and they are healthier than fried cholesterol tenders. Oh, excuse me, fried chicken tenders.
The catchphrase: Tiny tots are not trash compactors.
Disclaimer: Mark Sisson and the Worker Bees do not necessarily endorse the views of the Fuming Fuji. He’s an angry, angry little apple.
WORKER BEES’ DAILY BITES
1) Mistletoe Won’t Cure Anything…But It Still Breaks the Ice
The holiday version of snake oil?
2) Baby Einstein or Go Fish?
Fish oil is superior to both olive oil and annoying videos when it comes to raising smart kids.
Of course, they are trees.
Sara here, with a few extra holiday tips:
- Consider having your holiday meal delivered from a nice restaurant. No one will know. Really. And you can always bribe that little nephew who figures it out. (There’s always one, isn’t there?)
- Hire a maid service from one of those quick-n-cheap housekeeping companies. Relatives can pitch a few dollars in if they want, but a one-time basic cleaning after the big day is surprisingly inexpensive. And it might be better than a massage.
- Enlist the children to complete forced labor. It builds character. As soon as they go outside to hurl snowballs and/or smaller cousins at each other, they’ll forget all about having to take out the trash.
- Take the phone off the hook after 8 p.m.
Health Day News published an article on children’s health this morning, and here’s the quote that made me pause:
“Being overweight or obese is the most important health issue facing children in the United States, a new survey finds.”
I remember a time when the most important health issue a kid had to think about was how many bites of broccoli you could feed to the dog without Mom noticing.
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