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Tangled- Parents as Teachers

Teach your kids how to fly before you set them free.

shutterstock_113919517 Parent InvolvementWelcome to my 5 part series on Parent Involvement called Tangled! A tricky and often messy subject worthy of controversy. In this series, I’ll try and untangle the common parenting dilemmas related to our roles as disciplinarians, mediators, teachers, coaches and therapists.

How much you should help your 1st grader on their homework? How should you intervene if you daughter is picked on by other girls? Or should you?

What if your child constantly complains about their teacher? What if your child athlete isn’t maximizing his potential on the playing field?

Should your home be a dictatorship or a democracy?  Do you want your child’s friends to hang out at your house?

You may want to shake or hug me, and that may shift depending on which post in the series you’re reading. With no parenting manual exiting the womb with a crying newborn, we might as well learn from parents whose children are blowing their own bubbles out in the real world.

These parents, like me, now sit back with excitement and trepidation. We watch their bubbles soar up into the blue, praying and hoping not too many pop in their face. We privately yearn for repeated validation that we did our number one job well. Read more

My Thai

Thai food is one of my favorite Asian cuisines and much healthier when made at home.

Thai Peanut Bowl

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The advantage of cooking Thai food at home is that you can control the amount of oil and sodium. Americans make the mistake of assuming that eating out at Asian restaurants is healthy. Quite the contrary! You should consider these dinners a splurge unless, of course, you order steamed vegetables and a dipping sauce on the side. THAT is the only way to insure you are eating a reasonable amount of calories with low fat content.

Remember, you aren’t in China, Japan, Vietnam or Thailand– you’re in America where Asian restaurants have “Americanized” the menu. That means huge portions, too much oil, and mega sodium!  Read more

The Evolving Swimmer: Total Immersion

Total Immersion swimming has its place in the pool.

Welcome to Part VI of “The Evolving Swimmer” series. Missed Part I ~ V? Click here.

To conclude this series, I’ll introduce you to a method of swimming known as Total Immersion. Developed and promoted by Terry Laughlin, this unique approach can help evolving swimmers and triathletes become more comfortable in the water and swim with less effort.

If you’re out of breath every time you swim or you’re a “sinker,” this method is for you. There are pros and cons, some of which I’ll mention, but overall Laughlin’s swim methods will help you become more balanced and at ease in the water.

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“Ladles”- Sweet Potato and Cabbage Soup

Hit the jackpot on a winter's night with one of my absolute favorite soups EVER!

Shutterstock Ladle-Welcome to “Ladles”, an ongoing series of healthy soups, stewps and gumbos!

A year ago my son gave me the Moosewood Restaurant cookbook, Simple Suppers, for Christmas. This recipe originated from this cookbook with a few tweaks and additions.

I urge you to try it even if you aren’t a huge fan of sweet potatoes or cabbage. This Indonesian flavored soup is savory (garlic and ginger root!), slightly spicy (cayenne!), bizarre (peanut butter!) and creamy (there’s NO cream!). Serve as a fancy shmancy fine dining course OR at halftime of the Super Bowl to sober up the crowd. Your guests will think they’re dreamin’!

Don’t be ashamed to lick your spoon- I did!

Sweet Potato and Cabbage Soup

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“Ladles”- Lentil and Sausage Gumbo

No better time than winter for one pot meals served with a ladle.

Shutterstock Ladle-Welcome to “Ladles”, an ongoing series of healthy soups, stewps and gumbos!

Hearty soups feed the soul. Cheating is encouraged! Nobody cares if you chopped all fresh, organic vegetables or threw in a generic brand of frozen peas and carrots.

Comfort food doesn’t have to be mac and cheese or mashed potatoes. Protein doesn’t have to be a slab of meat. One pot to wash and leftovers that taste even better the next day!

Lentil and Sausage Gumbo (animal friendly, of course)

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WAKE UP AMERICA! Geneen Roth

Your relationship with food says a lot about you.

Who is Geneen Roth?

Geneen Roth turned distress into compassion, struggles into victories, and has plenty to show for it. A well known, bestselling author of numerous books including Women, Food and God, Lost and Found, and When Food is Love. She has appeared on numerous national television broadcasts including The Oprah Winfrey Show and ABC’s 20/20.

Her personal story is both frightening and inspiring. A young woman on the brink of suicide, obsessed with food, takes you on a journey of enlightenment that begins on your plate.

Geneen believes our relationship with food is a window into ourselves. When we examine this relationship, we gain insights that can lead to self transformation and healing.

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The Evolving Swimmer- Workouts for Endurance

Focus on maintaining form over a longer interval to build up stamina and overall fitness.

Welcome to Part V of “The Evolving Swimmer” series. To view previous posts in the series, click here.

Endurance swimming is my favorite. I’m prone to zoning out mentally while I’m moving down the lane. Not so terrible except this practice lends itself to resuming old habits. Bad habits I’ve been working hard to eliminate.

For most of us non-experts, a balance of focus and daydreaming is necessary to swim a long distance without rest.

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The Evolving Swimmer- Workouts for Speed

Swim workouts should be more than just staring at a black line lap after lap.

Welcome to Part IV of “The Evolving Swimmer” series. To view previous posts in the series, click here.

Don’t like to swim because it’s too boring? Does the thought of endless laps staring at a black line make you cringe? You’re not alone.

Swimming laps can be tedious. There’s no finish line, no conversing with others, and no music or television. The good news is there are many ways to jazz up your swim sessions.

Here are some of my favorite hour long swim workouts that keep me engaged, having fun, and improving my stroke.

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Pick Your Pocket- Fakin’ Bacon Pita Pizzas

Forgo the pocket for an extra crispy, thin pizza!

The pita pocket makes a delicious thin crust!

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Pick Your Pocket- Asian Tacos

How do you define a taco? Let me count the ways!

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