Sun dried tomatoes and canned or bottled tomato products (such as tomato paste, sauce, soups, juice, ketchup, and tomato based chili or hot sauces) are all concentrated sources of lycopene.
Other produce rich in lycopenes (think deep red or pink) include watermelon (which actually contains more lycopene than tomatoes!), purple grapes, pink or red grapefruit, apricots, plums, red bell peppers, papaya, and guava. Other betacarotene rich foods include sweet potatoes, apricots, squash, pumpkins, papaya, and mango (think deep orange pigment). Finally, look to foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which is a natural anti-inflammatory that may also protect against sunburn and cellular damage that can lead to skin cancer.
Pediatrician, parenting and child wellness expert, author of a children's book promoting healthy eating, and mom to William. This recipe is versatile, and can be made into a sloppy Joe stew or soup; see notes for these instructions. This is a topic near and dear to me, as I want to see all our families succeed on the Healthy Kids Program. For us to exert the significant effort required to achieve our goals they must be compelling; we must truly believe they are worth the time and effort.
Christmas is the perfect time for gratitude, and it is something we can actively promote in our children. A study on the impact of gratitude published in the Journal of School Psychology looked at more than 200 middle school students, and found that those students that wrote down five things they were grateful for each day for two weeks had higher levels of optimism, increased life satisfaction, and decreased negative feelings. Because children learn best by observation and repetition, an attitude of gratitude can start with YOU! For kids, the weeks leading up to Christmas is often about focusing on what they want and don’t have. And since this recipe was originally for chicken pot pie, you can make a  chicken pot pie the rest of the year by simply substituting 3 cups of cooked chicken for the turkey.
This includes a recipe link for a homemade crust that is flaky and easy, but you can use refrigerated pie crust, or biscuits for topping. Now that food-focused holidays are fast approaching, here are some tips for helping picky eaters and reducing mealtime stress.
Be sure there are one or two items on the table that your child will enjoy, but do not cater to the picky eater (this could be bread and butter, milk, corn, etc.). If the thought of eating with all the grownups overwhelms your child, consider a kiddie table, but do not feed children before the big meal or serve them different food.


But once I made a commitment to love and accept me, even though I had totally messed up and gotten addicted, miracles did happen.
Angela Andrews overcame many obstacles in her life including a long-time battle with obesity where she weighed 350 pounds and a life-threatening addiction to prescription pain pills. While it is not recommended that you replace traditional sunblock with these foods, consuming them will likely offer additional protection and reduce sun damage for you and your family—all while tasting great. You can also find betacarotene in non-orange foods, like mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, beets, beet greens, cabbage, kale, and spinach. In addition to vitamin C, cherries contain melatonin, which protects skin from UV radiation and repairs sunburn damage. In addition to being great sources for essential nutrients, these foods will provide a healthy dose of natural sun protection and skin regeneration. These get their added oomph by the use of a classic French mirepoix (onions, carrots and celery). Even better: if the goal can be chunked into smaller successes, list them and then cross out as they are accomplished. And gratitude is not only polite and appreciated, it turns out it is good for our emotional health; our very heart and soul!
But during the holidays, do try to spend time focusing with your child on what he or she already has to counter balance this.
Get some journal, paper, or a notebook and list anything you don’t love or accept about yourself.
Make a list of ideas and steps you could take to try to change each item you listed if you still wanted to change it.
For additional help, start using affirmations such as those listed at the bottom of this article to help in loving yourself and making positive improvements.
It was like I dropped a ton of bricks that I was carrying and my life got better and better every day. The sooner you accept yourself the way you are really love yourself, the faster you will make improvements and it will be easier and more rewarding. She has learned to create a life she loves and she is committed to helping other love themselves and their lives.
Do not overcook as the meat will continue to cook in the sauce and we don’t want it to get tough.


If you prefer, you can puree the sauce, but make the following changes: Cut the carrots and celery in larger pieces. And research presented at the American Psychological Association's 120th Annual Convention found that grateful teens are more likely to be happy, less likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, and less likely to have behavioral problems at school, compared with less grateful teens. Leaving your child a written note on the refrigerator is another great way to reinforce being thankful.
This allows your child to enjoy the family celebration, instead of worrying about the meal. Some times we think a particular is horrifying but when you step back and look at it in terms of your whole life is seems a lot smaller of an issue or problem. Remove lid, bring to a moderate simmer and cook until reduced to desired thickness, another 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Puree the vegetables with an immersion blender (or in a blender, but be sure to use a kitchen towel on the lid and leave a vent for the steam to escape).
And once you realize this and start loving yourself, your life will dramatically improve.The most important thing you can do in your life is to love yourself.
Get some journal, paper, or a notebook and list anything you don't love or accept about yourself. Some times we think a particular is horrifying but when you step back and look at it in terms of your whole life is seems a lot smaller of an issue or problem.3. Make a list of ideas and steps you could take to try to change each item you listed if you still wanted to change it.4. Now - for the big step - make an agreement with yourself that you will make a commitment to try to make improvements but that you will love yourself right now, just as you are.5. When I would go to 12-step meetings I would quietly cry to myself because I felt so ashamed.But once I made a commitment to love and accept me, even though I had totally messed up and gotten addicted, miracles did happen. Don't wait to accept yourself after the changes (I'll be okay once I lose x number of pounds). The sooner you accept yourself the way you are really love yourself, the faster you will make improvements and it will be easier and more rewarding.4.



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