Managing my childSelf has been key to my success in all areas of life, especially sugar addiction.. This part of mySelf directs my emotions, thoughts & compulsions. Without a calm, assertive parent, she can run & rule the roost, while taking me into areas or behaviors that are harmful, or in the very least, non-productive. I parent her by catching triggers, especially in the thought category. Learning to spot these & then turn them around with imagery, has changed my life.
By observing & be-friending my childSelf, I have also uncovered many secrets that have been blocking my health & success. Once these secrets/blocks are opened, my creative mind & connection to my Higher Power are enhanced.
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Alligator clips (like electricians use) can be kept packed in a diaper bag to provide instant bibs for your baby. Just clip a paper napkin or a wash cloth to their clothing. You can also thread cord thru the ends to create a set that looks like something your dentist uses.
For a baby gift, you can find lace or special cord to create these for new parents. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocodile_clip
Any time the idea of trying to itemize and research my food is overwhelming, I use the Notes field in the nutrition tracker to type a few notes on what I ate (with as much detail as I feel up to including). I might not know the exact calories and nutrition breakdown, but at least the food is on the record. It helps me close the book on that meal or that day and stop obsessing. At a later time when I'm feeling more up to it, I can always go back and try to enter the items "officially."
This has been particularly helpful for when I eat at my parent's house or in some other situation with no nutrition information available.
If you're a parent, you know that the last thing you're worried about when planning your kid's birthday party is 'the parent's nutritional needs.' The buffet of kid-friendly delights are not always in step with your current meal plans. If you have to stay at the party with your child, plan ahead by... (1) Eating Before You Go (2) Stash a Healthy Snack in your Purse/Pocket (3) Reach for a Bottle of Water (to keep you full) (4) Split that Princess Tiana slice of cake with a buddy
Raisins are great! They take a little while to eat and can fit in your purse/pocket easily. And, have no mess.
Granola Bars are as tasty as candy bars, but much healthier than that Pizza on the buffet table.
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