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The SHORELINE

ShoresEdgeThis is the question so many have!
I began “all in” because physically I didn’t feel I had another choice.
toe-in-water
I am finding that most moms, however find themselves more dipping
their toes in the water, some wading and just not sure if this “water” is safe to dive into.

So, I have gone ashore to share why the water is “fine” and options to best acclimate to it.

glutenfoodI feel one of the biggest issues we face is GLUTEN.
It pervades most standard American diets and is in so many foods eaten today.

So what’s the big deal!?Jesus&Bread2

Isn’t bread the “staff of life”? Isn’t it the staple in every diet from generations past?

If it is so bad, then why is it in everything and served with every meal?

wonderbread2The answer lies in a few places.
To simplify where the real problem came in was a “wonder”.

When we wanted that white and fluffy bread, scientists created a strain of wheat that was a as Dr. Hyman calls  it” frankenwheat”.

Check out his article HERE.

This wheat was a dwarf wheat that had more proteins. It yielded light fluffy type of bread (after all the nutrients were stripped.)wheat

Our country’s seeds have mostly all been cross-contaminated with these type of wheat strains.
The effect on our bodies is the inability to effectively digest these proteins.

holdinggutinpainOur gut suffers as it causes everything from auto-immune issues from micro intestinal tears and foreign substances leaking into our bloodstreams to life threatening conditions like Celiac Sprue.

Most people I hear don’t feel they have an issue, so continue to dismiss the seriousness of the pervasive gluten insult to the body.
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The more research I do on gluten, the more I am convinced that gluten should be avoided as much as possible.

This sounds great in theory until you take a look at you and your family’s favorite meals then panic sets in and ultimately it seems too ridiculously hard, so you say “forget it!”.

This is where Moms in Charge comes in.

We are here to walk you through the steps to find out more of “WHY IT MATTERS” , show you what gluten is commonly in and ALTERNATIVES to all your favorite foods that contain gluten.. Even surviving when you are out and about!pathwaystones

women-talkingJoin the conversation on the “INSIDE EDITION” on our FB page as you begin getting your feet wet and be on the look out for our new website pathway that will walk you through each step!

So, for now, join MIC and get in on the action of this HOT TOPIC!!

Join HERE!!!

Come on in, the water’s fine!

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Blessings,

Dotty 🙂

Dotty Cropped2By: Dotty Hagmier, RN, BSN, CHC

As the president and founder of Moms in Charge and also a mom of three beautiful children, Dotty’s passion is to guide families into a place that will provide them with the best possible choices to raise healthy and vibrant children.

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Where Do I Start?

womanponderingI hear this comment all the time:

“It all seems so confusing, WHERE DO I START?”

For me it can be overwhelming to explain and lead someone because I get so excited and would love everyone to make all the changes and magically transform their pantry, fridge and kitchen into a health promoting “pharmacy”.
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However, I have had to take a few steps back to pull it all together so I can make the first transitions easy to understand without seeing so overwhelming and daunting.

I am so blessed to have amazing resources and partners for Moms in Charge who can give even more expert advice,  insight, recipes and understanding of why we would transition and make healthier substitutions.

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Lauren                                    Jessica Lopez                  Nina Manolson

Empowered Sustenance       RN & Health Coach         SmokinHotMom.com

The exciting part is that we don’t have to sacrifice taste for health.
My goal is to share how we can have the same foods we love, but just a healthier life promoting version.

We are going to be discussing the transitions from gluten, dairy, soy and sugar and how you can survive and thrive with better ingredient options.

So, join us on our MIC INSIDE EDITION Facebook member exclusive page as we talk with our experts and unravel the healthy kitchen mysteries in easy to understand ways!

To Join in the discussion, get tips, recipes and become empowered to begin making  your kitchen your health ally, join Moms In Charge today!

***Basic membership includes the FB discussion and all our online resources.***

Join HERE!!!

Blessings,

Dotty 🙂

Dotty Cropped2By: Dotty Hagmier, RN, BSN, CHC

As the president and founder of Moms in Charge and also a mom of three beautiful children, Dotty’s passion is to guide families into a place that will provide them with the best possible choices to raise healthy and vibrant children.

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Revive the Resolutions

We are rocking on through January!

Plate-Spinning2Many of our best laid plans, resolutions and motivations may already be squelched beneath the burdens to everyday life demands of raising kids and keeping all the plates spinning.

However, today is still the best day to make the decision to be the most awesome version of you.

No matter what has happened until this point, you do not have to stay in that space.
keep_moving_forwardYou can move forward.
Each day we have choices.
Making the ones that strengthen us are not always easy.
The more we know and understand about WHY we would make these changes, the easier they are to make.

I recently resolved to begin a fast.
This was not a super strict fast, especially for my “normal” diet.
However, it did include leaving out some things that I do particularly enjoy from time to time.

Preparing for the fast by a super clean raw vegan diet helped kick start my 21 day journey.Raw Foods

juicingThis was followed by a 3.5 day juice fast. Saying no to solid food for a period of time takes you out of the ritual of life.

But understanding the need my body has to begin to detoxify from the many avenues of toxic insult helps me push through those difficult times.

Food chemicalsOur bodies are in toxic overload from our environment, diet, and the vast toxic-household-cleanerschemicals that pervade our lives.

Fasting and having a time of proper periodic detoxification is crucial to getting rid of the sludge that keeps our bodies from optimal functioning.

It also strengthens our minds and if done with the intention, can also be a spiritual journey that can bring a new joy and awareness to our lives.

febcalendarAs this first month comes to a close, we have yet another opportunity for new beginnings.

Don’t throw in the towel. Dig in and get reconnected to your ” WHY” and see mom_and_daughteryourself as the strong, healthy and beautiful woman you already are.

It’s time to shed back the layers that are keeping you from fully realizing it.

If you are ready, Moms In Charge has partnered with some individuals we are confident can help you each step of the way.

There are 2 specific coaches that are offering programs coming up that I highly recommend.

jessicalopezrnJessica Lopez, RN is starting her EMPOWERED WOMAN program.
This is a fully comprehensive and life changing program that I personally will be going through.

If you are sick and tired of wondering what is wrong with you, why you are so tired, and need the pieces put together for you with specific life direction, this is the program for you!

Check it out HERE and let her know you are with MIC for a special gift!

Peggy-Hall

If you need a tune up and need personalized support and direction for a cleanse, I recommend Peggy Hall,  who will help you take your life from dull to vibrant!
Check out her upcoming cleanse HERE.

I am on the tail end of my fast.

gracetreeIt has been met with many challenges, most of them I have  overcome, but I have also allowed a little grace in the tough times, realizing that beating myself up is counterproductive for my goals.

So,  I will finish my course and pray for the strength and results that will keep me moving toward a healthier happier version of myself than when I began this year.

After all, we all have a choice.one-step-forward
Stay where you are, move backward or forward.
Get a clear picture of where you want to be at the end of next month.
Take a step forward.
You may just amaze yourself with how strong you really are!

I believe in YOU!!!
See u on the journey!

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Blessings,

Dotty 🙂

 

Dotty Cropped2By: Dotty Hagmier, RN, BSN, CHC

As the president and founder of Moms in Charge and also a mom of three beautiful children, Dotty’s passion is to guide families into a place that will provide them with the best possible choices to raise healthy and vibrant children.

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Hot Buttons

Empowering your kids to make THEIR OWN healthy choices takes a little bit of creative thought.

** WHAT ARE THEIR ” HOT” BUTTONS?

This means what are the things that peaks your kids’ interest right now:

Ideas are:

superheroes2Being a Superhero, Princess, Ninja Warrior, Best Athlete, Fastest runner, better studentdisneyprincess

Using the particular things they aspire to be will help you entice and ultimately empower them to choose healthier options for themselves.

These tips work best for ages 2-8.

These are the most malleable years and your window of opportunity to shape their taste buds and lay a healthy foundation.

Here is what you do:

Let’s use the example of green food like kale or spinach.

These are intimidating for kids and really turn them off.

(There are specific reasons for this: click HERE to find out WHY and get more tips when you JOIN the CHARGE)

When you are at the store, farmers market, garden and/or home, have them come check out the green stuff.

Ask them a question:

Do you know what I found out today?vegetable-stand

Superman has a giant garden and stocks up his fridge with tons of this stuff!

Usually the kids want to know “WHY?” (it’s their favorite word)  :)- use it to your advantage!

You will tell them that is where they get their super powers from.

It’s what makes them super strong.

Let them know that the superheros are very clever with how they include it in their diet to taste amazing!

Ask them, “Do you want to see one of the clever ways they include it?”

This is where you break our one of your mom empowered recipes, which you will slyly already have ready to show them.

nachokaleshipsWho doesn’t love delicious crispy chips? This Nacho Cheesy Kale RECIPE is a perfect thing to make with them and begin showing them the clever tricks of superheros.

Nacho Kale Chips

By Chef Raya Belna

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch curly kale, washed and de-stemmed
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 c cashews, soaked 8 hrs
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 T  lemon juice
  • 3 T nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ]optional 1 jalapeno

Directions:

  • Water to blend
  • Combine all ingredients, except kale, in vita mix.
  • Adding water as  needed, blend until smooth.
  • Adjust flavors if necessary.
  • Toss kale  with mixture until well coated.
  • Dehydrate on mesh screen at 110 degrees for 12-16 hours or until crispy.

Oven option:

Bake on parchment lined cookie sheet at 300 degrees for
20 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t burn.

(Find out more superhero/princess/high performance recipes here when u join the MIC COMMUNITY)

Join the Charge HERE.

Ask them, “Also, have you ever seen a super hero sick?”

nobugsThat’s because they eat so much green food, it kills any bugs that come to attack and make them sick.”charlaprincess

You can work the same kind of angle for “princess wanna be’s”.

Share with them they eat so much green stuff because they want their hair to grow thick, shiny and strong.

They need a lot of energy for all their dancing and playing with others in the kingdom.

Use this line of thinking to continue inspiring your kids about the TRUTH of eating green ( or any other healthy food you struggle to get them to eat).

paper_kidsEach of the things are true and are what will help them be their human version of superhero, princess, and perform their personal best!!

For more inspiration and support on how you can empower your kids to make THEIR OWN healthy choices, JOIN THE CHARGE HERE and the community of moms who are ” Changing the SHAPE of our future”

Blessings,

Dotty 🙂

Dotty Cropped2By: Dotty Hagmier, RN, BSN, CHC

As the president and founder of Moms in Charge and also a mom of three beautiful children, Dotty’s passion is to guide families into a place that will provide them with the best possible choices to raise healthy and vibrant children.

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Empowering our kids to make THEIR OWN healthy choices: “Skittle Smoothie”

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Getting our kids to eat their “greens” or “healthy food” is often not only a challenge but a frustrating battle.  There are some things you can do to decrease your frustration with this process and begin empowering them to make THEIR OWN health choices.

Tap into the point of reference of your kids.

Find their “hot buttons”.Image For mainstream kids, most are unfortunately familiar with candy and can relate to something like “skittles” or “starburst”.

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I have come up with a version of a “candy smoothie” that of course has no candy or harmful ingredients in them.

(I REALLY LOVE this smoothie because it’s NOT GREEN in color, but full of superfoods)

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P5There are 2 approaches to making smoothies with kids.

1. Let them be involved with creating it.
This greatly increases the chances they will drink it because they become connected to the creation and they get empowered with respect and ultimately feel “ownership” of the final outcome.

Image2. Make it without them.

This is also a great way to prepare smoothies for those kids who freak out on any “foreign” and or green substances in their food supply.

Because this smoothie is so amazingly sweet and yummy, they will almost always love it, but if your kids have a major aversion to the “foreign stuff”, then the  psychological power of perception may overtake the reality of deliciousness.

So, choose how to prepare it based on knowing your own kids.

Here’s the recipe:

” SKITTLE SMOOTHIE”

(Feel free to change the name to fit what your kids are familiar with and can positively connect with)

 Ingredients:

1 cup frozen organic strawberries

1 cup frozen organic wild blueberries

1 frozen banana

3 kale stalks( leaves)

1 – 2 mejool dates

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tsp spirulina

1 cup pomegranate (or other berry flavor GOOD BELLY)

1/2  cup alkaline water

Stevia drops to taste

Directions:

Blend all together in high speed blender

Add more of Any ingredients for desired taste and consistency.

FUN TIP:

I make a little extra and pour into my favorite popsicle molds and freeze for yummy fun “Skittle Pops” for a refreshing treat!

For more fun ideas and guidance on how to empower your kids to make THEIR OWN healthy choices, join the COMMUNITY of Moms in Charge!!

Check our all the amazing benefits here!

http://www.momsincharge.org/preview-of-mic-membership.html

Dotty Cropped2By: Dotty Hagmier, RN, BSN, CHC

As the president and founder of Moms in Charge and also a mom of three beautiful children, Dotty’s passion is to guide families into a place that will provide them with the best possible choices to raise healthy and vibrant children.

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Are You Tired of Being Tired

We have all just gotten through the rush of the holidays with all it’s fun and madness!
Let’s face it, it’s stressful!
I am thrilled that Moms In Charge has partnered with one of the best Health Coaches, who I have full confidence can help empower us all to better understand our health and how to get to the underlying issues that continue to contributing to our stress and less than vibrant health!
She is now an official MIC guest blogger!
This blog is amazing and I’m honored to share it with you!

Let´s see if this describes you at all….

6:00am- alarm goes off and is greeted with a puffy face and a slam to the snooze button. 5 minutes later your alarm screams at you once again and your growl and hit it once again. 15 minutes later you slowly sit up and rub your slightly open eyes and blindly walk into the bathroom and splash some water on your face to try to wake yourself up. You drag yourself into the shower and little by little you start coming to consciousness and wish you hadn’t had so much trouble sleeping the night before.

You throw on your clothes and by this time you are running late so you grab your things and rush out the door. On your way to work (or school) you anxiously rush through the drive-through and grab a venti caramel macchiato and a pastry or piece of fruit (if anything) to help wake you up before your day starts. You try to focus on your plan for the day but you feel ¨foggy¨and are unable to think clearly.

3pm comes around and you really crash, you need that mid-day pick me up and decide to reach for another large cup of coffee, soda, or energy drink to help you push through the rest of your work. For lunch (if you eat lunch at all), you eat it on the go or at your desk while you are multi-tasking. It is usually a microwave meal, maybe a combo meal from the nearest fast food restaurant, or a compilation of snacks: a bag of trail mix( with salted nuts, dried fruit,&  chocolate),  diet coke, banana, a granola bar, and a ¨sugar-free¨ yogurt. Then its back to your crazy schedule as you struggle through the end of your day.

After work, you get home and unwind with a couple of sodas, beers, or a bottle of wine and decide you deserve to ¨treat¨yourself from your crazy day and you are too tired to cook, so you order pizza and for dessert you are craving sugar and nothing sounds better than a nice bowl of ice cream with your favorite toppings. 11pm rolls around and oddly enough, you can´t sleep! All day you were so tired, but your body won´t shut down now that it is time to sleep. You are feeling anxious and thoughts keep racing through your mind about the next day and all of the things you have to do. You finally drift away around 2am and the next morning it starts all over again.

So tell me…did that hit any trigger points with you?? Maybe you are a full-time mom and instead of rushing off to work, you are rushing off to feed the kids, take them to school, do the laundry, shopping, errands, pay the bills, then pick the kids back up, soccer practice, piano lessons, then back home to make dinner, clean up after dinner, play with the kids and struggle putting them to bed.

No matter what your role or job, the truth is that most Americans live a similar lifestyle to the one I just spelled out. This is why Adrenal Fatigue has been coined, ¨The 21st Century Stress Syndrome¨.

I want to tell you a little bit about our incredible adrenal glands, how they work, and why it is CRUCIAL to our health to take care of them and also teach our kids and family members to do the same.

Click HERE to read the rest of her blog & to learn how to take care of your adrenal glands & have more energy!!!
Find out more about Jessica and her amazing opportunities:
www.JessicaLopezRN.com
Jessica@JessicaLopezRN.com
It’s time to take our health back!
Check out my new program…
“The Empowered Woman”
ABOUT JESSICA LOPEZ:
Jessica is a Registerd Nurse, as well as, a certified Health Coach having been trained through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Her education has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and the knowledge of different dietary theories, Jessica work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
She is an official MIC partner and “Fast Track” Health Coach
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