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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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.
When I was young, parents (at least MY parents) never discussed money. It was only when I took over my elderly mother's finances that I discovered they had paid cash for cars, rented from inlaws while saving to buy their modest home for cash, invested in stocks, & paid all credit cards in full each month. When my father's salary increased, he saved the extra until he had enough to buy a $1000 CD (certificate of deposit) several times/year. It took decades for me... (click title for more info)
to learn good money habits on my own. Don't discuss specifics with children, but when opportunities arise, teach them the pitfalls of credit card spending, benefits of saving & investing, bargain hunting, & good money management skills. And above all, practice what you preach.
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