Monthly Archives: February 2018

Health Foodie Chucking the Burger for a Veggie (and liked it….)

 

Like most people,  I love a great burger.  I am rather picky about this comfort food because I hate grease.  It’s a texture thing.  Generally, I opt for ground turkey or bison or an occasional frozen veggie burger.   In a veggie burger craving moment this past week,  I wanted fresh and relatively effortless.   I pulled it off! A vegetarian comfort meal with tons of nutrition to fuel and taste to savor.   I chose an egg plant switch out because they do not have a strong flavor, are cost effective (bought one for a dollar), and come packed with vitamins.  They are great for three B vitamins (nerve health! metabolism booster!) and potassium (muscle/heart muscle health!).  I am a potato loving girl but had sweet potatoes lying around.  Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile and make delicious chips.  Side done. They are great for eye, bone, nerve health plus metabolism boosting vitamins.

By the time it take you sit down and order a burger, you could make this deliciousness.

Ingredients & Prep

  • Egg plant sliced no more than 1/2 inch thick
  • Bun of choice- me GF bun
  • 2 Sweet potatoes thinly sliced
  • Cooking oil of choice ( I prefer Olive oil but canola or avocado oil works too)
  • Gluten Free Hack GF breading: eggs, milk, white rice flour, bread crumbs, oil

Cooking

  1.  Step one is easy as a pin and doesn’t have to be gluten free. You can substitute the bread crumbs for any bread crumbs or panko.  White rice flour can be switch for all purpose flour.  This step can be taken further to make extra egg plant patties for a second dinner.  Throw some pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese on them with thirty minute oven time at 350 – egg plant parmesan.

Gluten free freading

2.  Step two is making sweet potato chips.  I would start making the chips before burgers as they take a while in the oven.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Then drizzle oil on a sheet pan and lay out sliced sweet potatoes.  Depending  on how crispy you like your chips, bake in the oven for 30- 45 minutes.

The best part of this meal is it’s kid and husband approved.  No one complained it was meatless.  It satisfied our cravings and hunger.  Plus, for the effort of one meal, you get two excellent meals.   If you want more future healthfoodie ideas, subscribe to this blog as we chase cravings with healthy twists.  Invest in your body and mind with nutrition then feed comfort to your soul.

Namaste and nourish wellness

 

Crossing the Line: Engage Your Brain

Some years ago while in education I was educated about “crossing the mid line.”  This was the growing brain science to add to our classroom tool box so to speak.  The logic is to use intentional movements to build multiple brain path ways and reinforce balance in a child’s cognitive or motor development.  A couple of years ago, while in a parent meeting concerning my child I mentioned our use of “crossing the mid line.”  They looked at me like I spoke another language.  In doubt I began a search.  Was I crazy? There is a study of a small and restricted population looking at a correlation of learning disorders and mobility issues including crossing the mid line.  The Lancet  published an article looking at disorders in crossing the mid line.   Stanford directly answered the question about mid line but the answer I find incomplete based on the previous two findings and the article just addressing one company’s claims.   A simple Google search and my own experience is that there is something to this.  If you search for “crossing the mid line” especially with therapy, you will find a large number of educated professionals advocating for the use of these types of movements.  My own success with myself and my children affirm the need to cross the line.  Then they like to cross the line in other ways.

girl-kids-training-school-159782.jpegSo, what is a mid line?   The mid line is a imaginary line from top to bottom that divides your body in half.  To cross the mid line, one moves or twist a body part from one side to the other.   Left to right, right to left. Crossing the mid line, for most, is naturally developed in motion and brain engagement.   You do it every day in simple motions as using your pencil from one side of the paper to the other.

It’s not just for kids.

A loose theory is that the  biggest impact is felt in childhood when crossing the mid line is practiced more; however, adult can find immense benefit too.  Feel like you’re clumsy? Cross the mid line more.  Difficulty concentrating? Mid line, cross it.   These intentional movements are an excellent way to boost anyone’s brain power and movement function.  I have ADHD and this is definitely in my arsenal.  My daughter is in speech therapy, part of her time is Integrative Music Therapy.  This type of therapy uses specific motions, including cross the mid line with specific sound pulses to develop her brain.  The results have been incredible.  Do take note, crossing the mid line is a part to a whole.  Best brain/mind care involves purposeful activities like this plus cardio.  It is also part to a complete nutritional diet, correct sleep, and more.   It does take time and consistency to gain its full effects as well.  Keep this is mind when adding “crossing the mid line” to your tool box.  It’s something that everyone could benefit from, especially you.

Ways to Cross the Mid Line

Yoga

Yoga is my practice and growing training; this is where I gain the benefits the most.  Check out my Pinterest Yoga Board for a variety of visuals for poses among other things.

Asanas/Poses

  • Revolved Anything!! It’s simple, any asana/pose you twist in:
    • Revolved chair
    • Revolved side angle
    • Revolved triangle
    • Revolved wide stance forward bend
    • Half lord of the fishes
    • Standing hand to toe with twist variation
    • Seated spinal twist
    • Supine twist
    • Cow face pose
    • Eagle pose
  • Most of these are great for kids too!

Revolved or twisted poses in yoga detox your digestive system.  An improved digestive system boosts your brain  and increases optimal physical body function.  This on top of crossing the mid line makes it a rather potent yoga practice.

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Sports

  • Baseball, softball, ping pong, tennis, dance, etc.  Lots of sports cross the mid line; however, these sports specifically utilize crossing the mid line.

Go vertical

  • Wall art, easel, dry erase boardquote-chalk-think-words.jpg

A part of my ghost child’s spelling routine is always writing her words on a dry erase board at least a few times.  It makes a HUMONGOUS difference. To those people in that meeting, I am not THAT kind of crazy.  Crossing the mid line works!  Utilizing our easel is always in encouraged.  In the past, I had students put their writing on a dry erase boards then correct their work.  Some times proof reading is a pain and this change made it easier for them and me.   I am toying with the idea of adding a large dry erase board to our study area for me.  I figured it would look more polished than nailing paper to the wall.

It’s simple.   The key is move one side of your body to the opposite side.  These activities are multi beneficial.  Yoga as a practice develops discipline and calms your mind while you are engaging it.  Sports are oxygen flow boosting and a social cooperative as they are benefits in coordination.   Drawing, writing vertically does more than improve brain function, its a new perspective and fine motor skills.  Be intent with your all your actions and cross the line.

 

Namaste and twist

Check this out! Great advice for finding any activity to be active

We have touched on Choosing the Right Yoga Class for You and there are many different styles out there but, there are also, many different teachers. Yoga is a practice, it is continual. Each day in your life is different, why not switch your practice up one day? With all the different styles, studios and teachers […]

via Try Different Yoga Classes! — Strong Lotus Yogi

Quick Meal for Your Monday

My food relationship can be time consuming, even with fantastic results.  Sometimes a girl wants something on the simple side.  This recipe is easy enough to make that it fits on a “pin.”    I like to go easy on my kidneys and eat vegetarian often.  This gives great protein, vegetarian or not with cauliflower, Parmesan cheese, and green beans.  Yes, even green veggies have some protein in them.  Packed with nutrition for your brain, body, and Southern soul.  Namaste on your Monday.

The Ghost Child

This is where is our story didn’t begin.  This is where I realized that after years of teaching with special needs, years of advocacy with other families, and years advocating for myself and daughter it was time to be vocal.  This is part of our story and there is more to come.  My hope is that you will share your story too.

*orginally posted January 10, 2017

It’s been so cozy in our glittery wonderland of bubbles and glitzy paper; however, the holiday tilt a whirl has abruptly told us to get the hell off.  The ton of brick of sorrow and fury hit full force today.  It’s not a new or sudden burden, but a reality being acknowledged and denied all the same.  For years, I’ve been told “she’s okay,” “there’s nothing wrong,” “we don’t see anything.” My daughter is the ghost child.   You see the specter but right through her because you don’t see.

While my daughter is “okay” she’s not “okay.”  This morning’s event has continued months of agonizing, acceptance, determination, reflection, and writing.  In reflection, I keep going back to her preschool years when I literally thought I was going to lose my mind. Literally everyone indicated that there wasn’t anything wrong.  It kept nagging as we stumbled through doctor visits, late nights, and uncertainty.  Confirmation was something  as a parent I needed and few offered their compassion. Most dismissed us.  As it turns out she did and does have hearing loss. When those tubes fall out for the third time, we will be vigilant and awaiting our battle. I’m tired of being dismissed.  I’m not the only parent who has experience this or feels this way.  I hear you. Your anguish.  Your need to be heard.  Your unique dynamics in need of being understood.

In truth, to those who dismissed our cry, I’m angry with you for being so ignorant and uncompassionate.  I’m livid at myself for my lack of self value to better advocate for her. Those bricks hurt like hell as I watched my daughter shut down in testing today, near tears, just so we confirm what we already know.  It seems like torture for her to go through this. She has been coping but those threads are unraveling.  We shouldn’t need confirmation; we need solution. We see all of her. Her uniqueness, talents, struggles, temperament, and yes, her disability.   We won’t let our ghost child come undone just so you can “see it.”

It hurts to watch her struggle and dread basic tasks.  It hurts to lose our cool when we don’t understand why she can’t be like our other kids.  The guilt on days that we can barely handle it.  It hurts to know something isn’t right and feel like we need to be committed to a psych ward because no one else sees it.   While we are still in the phases of testing and evaluations, the instinct is stronger than ever.  Our creative and insightful ghost needs more to be better understood. She needs more of me and she needs more of you.

Stop dismissing the ghost children.