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My Little Girl

We had dinner at a friend’s house a few weeks back. There were many adults and children who came for the dinner. While the adults were busy talking the children were busy playing. At a corner three kids were playing together with toys. My daughter who is 3 years old went to play with them. But they did not want to include her in their play. My husband and I were watching from far to see what she will do. She tried and tried but the other kids did not want to include her. At this point she came over telling me how they are not playing with her. As a mother what would you do at this point?

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Alternatives to Screen-time

I’ll admit: limiting screen time sometimes is very tough as that’s when us mommas can get some work done around the house without interruptions, let alone some resting time.  However, keeping the kids in front of the tele until their eyes glaze over and they remind you of zombies probably isn’t the best.  So, time to look at alternatives!  Here are some beloved, classic board games that not only bring on hours of fun but also improve their motor skills, cognitive skills and even conflict-resolution skills in some cases.

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5 Budget Friendly Christmas Decor

Hello all, its that time of the year, Christmas spirit is everywhere. People are decorating their houses and starting to buy gifts for their loved ones. At this time of the year your wallet has to really stretch get everything for the family. Well your wallet doesn’t have to stretch too far to decorate your house. Here are 5 budget friendly Christmas decor for your house. Make it a fun activity with the whole family and make some memories this holiday season.

 

Spray painted pine cones

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Are you sleeping enough?

Many of us boast about how little we sleep as a badge of honour, but experts say that’d be the same as running on fumes.  After a good night’s sleep, a human body is said to function most productively with freshness of mind.  I can vouch to walking around in a grumpy mood with my mind in the clouds when I don’t get enough sleep and definitely vouch for the days not being as most productive to my abilities.  How about you…are you sleeping enough?  Do you know the difference between sleep-deprived and well-rested?  It’s said that some of us are chronically sleep-deprived that we don’t know the difference and go on without being able to spot the adverse effects of lack of sleep.

There are many schools of thought on how much sleep we need.  Some experts saying as much as 9 hours and others claiming 7.5 hrs. to be the magic number while the traditional 8 hrs. fitting most of us.  Sleep-deprivation is said to attribute to weight-gain as those tired and groggy tend to graze the cupboards more frequently for snacks.  Sleep-deprivation is said to damage the ability to think clearly and to function the best way possible throughout our days. View full post »

Diabetes Diet Myths Debunked

Fighting diabetes or living with diabetes is very common amongst South Asians over 50 and the statistics continue on in spite of methods taken to raise awareness and educate folks on how to keep their risks at bay.  On the other hand, there are many myths around diabetes which we give a lot of weight for.  So, it’ll be useful to separate the facts from myths.  Here are the most popular myths debunked courtesy of Everyday Health.

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December 15, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Sweetener Council - You’re right! Due to the vast body of evidence, aspartame is among the most studied and reviewed ingredient and has been extensively tested, proven safe, and approved by all major regulatory agencies around the world. In addition, leading health organizations including (but not limited to) American Diabetes Association, the National Cancer Institute, and The Obesity Society supporting its use, despite claims of diabetes, carcinogenicity, and weight gain that have been tirelessly tied to the ingredient.

The reason why aspartame is beneficial for use is because it is approximately 200 times sweeter than sugar. Therefore a very small amount is required to achieve the same level of sweetness without the added calories or change in blood sugar levels, making it ideal for controlling weight and blood sugar.

In addition, an important fact about aspartame is that its three components (aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol) are naturally found in similar or greater quantities in common foods that are regularly consumed as part of a balanced diet. Therefore, whether these three components come from aspartame or from a naturally occurring food source they are broken down, used, and excreted in the body in the same way.

As a result of this and the vast body of evidence supporting the safety of aspartame, consumers should have every confidence in enjoying aspartame containing products without fear of adverse health effects.

For more information on aspartame safety, check out these helpful websites!

European Food Safety Authority: http://goo.gl/LCH48c
Health Canada: http://goo.gl/wYSFrG
The Calorie Control Council: http://goo.gl/s5iT9j