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Being Thankful

Being thankful and showing appreciation are key factors of our Gratitude Challenge. Join us on our facebook page during the month of November and tell us what you are grateful for in a comment. Saying “thank you” is a great way to show appreciation, but it doesn’t have to mean something monumental. Here are 10 creative ways to give thanks to those who mean the most:

  • Write a poem.
  • Play their favorite song or make a custom playlist.
  • Cook their favorite dinner.
  • Breakfast in bed!
  • Write a handwritten letter.
  • Pay it forward- make a donation in their name.
  • Use your talents- are you crafty? Draw or make them something.
  • Put a sweet note in their lunch.
  • Take a picture together.
  • Keep a list of all the things they’ve done that you appreciate, and deliver on a decorated paper or card.

A little goes a long way. Let someone know how much you appreciate them today!

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Mental Health and Media

 

When I was competing my Master's in Social Work, I had the opportunity to take a class on using film as a therapeutic tool when working with clients struggling with their mental health. Though you will often find me steering clients away from the media, or at least setting healthy boundaries around the onslaught of information we receive that is often alarming, false or distressing - I have come to appreciate the times when we see ourselves depicted in characters on the big (or little) screen. When mental heath struggles are presented in film and TV in a close enough to accurate manner they can help to normalize a person's experience, decrease the sense of isolation and misunderstanding the individual faces and also give friends and family members a glimpse into the minds of their loved one. Two of my favorites are the depiction of Schizophrenia in "A Beautiful Mind" and Anxiety in the quirky Australian TV series "Offspring" which can be viewed on netflix.

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Trick-or-Treat Ideas

It is Halloween already! Time to get ready for all the cute trick-or-treaters who will be knocking on the door. Halloween is a fun holiday for the kids but does it need to also be an unhealthy holiday? Unfortunately, our kids are already bombarded by traditions loaded with dangerous food dyes, artificial flavors, tons of sugar and allergens. As parents, we get to set the example for our children. We can start this Halloween by removing the junk food focus. Here are some ideas for treats you can give out that are not candy related:

  • Non-toxic slime
  • Pencils and pens

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October is Bullying Prevention Month

We have compiled information for bullying prevention and resolution to help you and your child have the healthiest and happiest experiences. Tactics to reduce bullying include mindfulness. The technique has shown to reduce reactive behavior, and also helps all parties involved to develop a greater awareness of their role in bullying. Read on here for more information: https://www.mindful.org/using-mindfulness-to-reduce-bullying/ Using Mindfulness to Reduce Bullying - Mindful www.mindful.org Bakosh and Houlihan hope that the Inner Explorer programs will be implemented in schools in all 50 states within the next year. To date, there are instructors in 111 .. Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center indicates the immediate victim of bullying isn’t the only one affected by harassment. Bystanders and witnesses are more likely to use drugs and alcohol. http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/facts.asp ...

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A Letter From the Candy Fairy

 

PARENTS: As we are all committed to the health of our children, we hope that you will welcome the candy fairy into your Halloween tradition. She will need a little help from you. Below is a letter from the candy fairy for your kids.

 

thumbnailHi everyone! I am the Candy Fairy and I need your help.

You see, I have thousands of little sprites that I have to feed throughout the harsh winter months. Unfortunately, it is hard to forage through the snow and ice to find food. Luckily, I have a precious magical ability. I can change any type of candy or junk food into a healthy fruit or vegetable.

That means Halloween is a blessing for me and my family if I have YOUR help. This is REALLY important since most kids don’t even know about me.


So, here is how you can help me: 

On Halloween, go out and have fun trick-or treating. Collect lots of fun treats. Then, if you are ever so kind, gather all of those treats into a bag and leave them on your front porch. During the night, while everyone is asleep, my sprites and I will come out and collect all of the treats. In exchange for your kindness and generosity, we will leave behind a special gift for you.

 

But wait… the magic that allows me to turn candy and junk food into fruits and vegetables for my little sprites ONLY works if the person who gave them to me followed the directions of their adult. So, if you decide to keep any for yourself, you can only keep the amount your adult says you can … otherwise we can’t use the treats.


THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
The Candy Fairy

 

© Danielle Zanzarov * South Bay Wellness 

Danielle Zanzarov, PhD is the co-founder of South Bay Wellness. She is the Director of Holistic Health Services at South Bay Wellness. She is a Certified Nutritional Consultant, a Quantum Reflex Analysis Practitioner and is also board certified by the American Association of Drugless Pracititioners. You can learn more about Danielle on her bio page or check out some of her service pages including Nutritional Consultations and Weight Release Programs.

5 Apps for Healthy Eating!

Have you ever looked at a product in a grocery store and wonder if it was right for you? With all the different ingredients, including unknown chemicals, compiled with confusing labels, it has become increasingly difficult to make healthier choices when it comes to our nutrition. Luckily at the touch of your fingertips, you can find healthy eating apps that will fit every lifestyle. Each app is amazing in its own way. Perhaps you would like to avoid a certain type of allergen in your food? Well there is an app for that! Are you looking for healthier alternatives to easily accessible and overly abundant fast food chains? Well you’re in luck! Take a look below at some nutrition conscious apps and start your journey on the road to healthy eating.


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Cooking with Essential Oils

Our South Bay Wellness Team has been raving over doTERRA essential oils lately. From spraying their all-natural bug repellent TerraShield, to diffusing soothing Lavender, to their rub-on PastTense headache reliever, we can just not get over how may exciting ways there are to use these powerful oils! And now, we've found that you can cook with them too! We have TWO awesome summer recipes that are not only healthy, but can help uplift your mood! Check them out and let us know what you think!

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How to Keep Your Kids Active All Summer Long

It’s the moment your children (and you) have all been waiting for. Warm weather and summer time! Now that school's out and the sun’s shining, you and your little ones have loads of time to spend together.  So much time, in fact, that you may be nervous about running out of creative, inexpensive activities to do with your children. No need to worry though- we’ve come up with a list of classic, simple past times, that will keep you and your children busy all summer long.   1.Set up a hammock. Lay in it, read in it, cloud watch in it. This outdoor summer setup is perfect for relaxing in with your children. 2.Do yard work together. Get them to pull weeds, and water plants with their very own watering can. 3.Build a fort outside. Drape some sheets over lower tree branches. Eat dinner in the fort, tell stories in the fort, even sleep in the fort! 4.Give your car a wash. Let your little one put the soap on the car, and wash it down. They’ll love playing with the bubbles ...

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Choosing the Right Sunscreen

Shopping is not simple. With different brands providing the same product, it becomes unclear which brands are the most trustworthy. Sunscreen is one product that can leave a person confused and frustrated. However, we’ve made the task of buying sunscreen a little less daunting. Read on to see a list of sunscreens that have been approved by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health. We’ll also give you the scoop about a leading brand of sunscreen that is not reliable, as well as a homemade recipe to make your own sunscreen.


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15 Ways to Get More Vegetables Into Your Diet

We all know that eating our vegetables is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But did you know that approximately 1.7 million deaths worldwide are attributable to low fruit and vegetable consumption? Vegetables are at the cornerstone of human nutrition, vital for a healthy and balanced diet. However, most of us aren't getting the recommended 5-7 servings/day. A serving of vitamin-rich, nutrient-dense produce doesn't have to be a chore. When treated correctly, vegetables can be the main event of your meal. Here's how you can get more vegetables (and more nutrients) on your plate.

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