Children’s summer sleep habits vary and are not as rigid as they are when school is in session. Resetting your child’s sleep habits and school routine should gradually begin transitioning a few weeks before school starts.
Some good tips:
- 10 days to two weeks before school starts begin adjusting sleep to match school day requirements.
- Establish an evening routine such as planning what is needed for the next day, lay out clothing, decide on best place to store backpack and other items needed for the school day.
- Keep electronics out of the bedroom and avoid using them within one hour of bedtime.
- Eliminate or reduce caffeine after dinner.
- Watch your child’s snacks. Are they sugar and calorie loaded? What are they eating before bed can play a factor on how well they will sleep.
- Make sure your child is getting enough physical activity each day.
- Even on weekends, having a regular bedtime every day increases the likelihood that kids, including teens (adults too) will get optimal sleep.
Lack of sleep can affect a our ability to concentrate, our mood and overall attitude. This is not limited to children but includes everyone. Adjusting schedules and making sleep a priority might just be what the doctor ordered.
This is how I started my morning.
2 Cups Almond Milk
1 scoop Chocolate Sun Warrior Protein Powder
2 TBSP Raw Cacao .. heaping
5 drops Vanilla Creme Liquid Stevia
1 TBSP Organic Peanut Butter … heaping
Cinnamon to taste
Mixed up in a NutriBullet and Voila! Breakfast
How did you start your morning?
Green Veggies contain the most nutrients and are the most missed food on our plates. Learning to eat and cook greens is truly important to our every day health. When you provide your body with the beauty of the greens you actually help your body detox and rid out the bad that cause illness.
Greens are packed with minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and Vitamins A, C, E and K. They are overloaded with fiber, folic acid, and chlorophyll. When ever possible, choose organic to get the most minerals and nutrients. But, DON’T fall into the hole of thinking I shouldn’t eat greens because I can’t afford organic. EAT YOUR GREENS organic or non-organic. JUST EAT THEM!
To list all of the benefits of eating greens would fill multiple pages, so I won’t bore you and only give you some of the most important. The benefits are: blood purification, improved circulation, improve your immune system, promote healthy gut flora, and improved liver function.
I am guessing now you are wanting to find some great recipes and start improving your health? Some of best instructions I have learned come from Raw Instruction like Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen, The Raw Food Detox Diet and Rawesomely Vegan. Great Cookbooks that I have found are Vegetarian Times , Nourishing Traditions, and Cooking Light.
Don’t limit yourself to thinking you must be raw, vegan or vegetarian to enjoy greens. Add greens to every meal or between meals by making a green smoothie or juicing. Some great Green Smoothies and Juice recipes come from The Green Smoothie Girl and The Juice Lady. The Blender Girl’s blog has some amazing juice and smoothie ideas. Choosing from any of these you can’t go wrong.
Green it UP!
Kroger Shoppers I just received word that Simply Eight’s Granola bars are on the shelves at the Plymouth, MI store. Just in time for the Michigan Tasting event tomorrow and our coupon that I am handing out! Stop by and grab a box!
We pride ourselves on the fact that all the ingredients used in Simply Eight are not produced using modern biotechnology. We are delighted to announce we have taken this one step further and enrolled in the Non-GMO Project Verification program as of July 3rd, 2013.