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“Soy Mama” Revelation

silksoymilk_jpg1Being a “lactose” intolerant girl, I thought I had found pay dirt with soy milk.

starbuckslatteIn my mind and as I understood it,  my calcium replacement came in the form of daily (sometimes more) soy lattes with one pump of toffee nut from Starbucks.

Soy milk replaced dairy on my cereal and any soy protein bar was welcome in my snack bag.

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My lattes were the coveted part of my day and I looked forward to each one with delight and great pleasure.
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I drank them throughout my first pregnancy with confidence that I was getting a double whammy of my yummy experience as well as giving my baby and me the calcium we needed.

When my baby daughter was born, she had a little light brown mark on her hand that we affectionately referred to as her “latte spot”.

earthsbestsoyI breast fed her until she was 6 months old, which at the time was the “gold standard”.

I switched her to organic soy formula and as a first time mom, without a background in babies and childcare, I thought I really was doing a fabulous job.

She immediately began having the worst constipation issues imaginable. I took her to the doctor, but the soy formula issue was never in question.

The remedy that was given was in the form of drugs (suppositories)  or adding some glycerinsuppositoriestype of oil to her bottles.

constipatedbabySad to say, these did not work, and we battled with excruciating digestive problems for her baby years.

The proverbial “I wish I knew now” saying rings very true with my food choices during these important years.

Since then, I have come to understand the significance and dangers of soy in our diet.

industrialwasteSpecifically in infant formula, the soy is generally made from soy protein isolate (SPI).

SPI is a protein-rich powder extracted by an industrial process from the waste product of soy oil manufacturing.

During the processing of soy, many additional toxins are formed, including nitrates (which are carcinogens) and a toxin called lysinoalanine.  In studies, it has also shown to cause B12 and zinc deficiencies.

Soy is one of the top culprits in food allergies.

Unfermented soy has been linked to “estrogen dominance” in a woman’s body.
Soy can also suppress the thyroid, which can lower energy and create other health problems.
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This was played out in my body as I suffered with chronic fatigue and a myriad of symptoms I have since found out are linked to consuming soy.

It can depress the immune system as well as cause endocrine system imbalances and decrease libido.

Sneezing-womanMy immune system had been so weakened that I would get a cold if someone sneezed across town.

My daily soy lattes, protein bars, and soy milk for my cereal were certainly contributing.

It was also setting me and my baby up for an increased risk of endometriosis, heart disease and cancer, specifically breast cancer.
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It seems unreal that unfermented soy products can continue to be on the market and promoted as a health food.

FDA-ApprovedMost of us, as I did, simply trust the system that is set up to protect us and our health.

But, as you begin to peel back the marketing layers and get to the truth, you will find answers and become more empowered to make the best and most informed choices.

Although I wish I had this knowledge when I was pregnant to avoid the many pitfalls of consuming soy, I am blessed to be able to share it with you so perhaps you can live a more vibrantly healthy life with your kids.

Please refer to this article for more insight into why FERMENTED SOY is a better option.

http://bodyecology.com/articles/fermenting_allergy_soy.php#.USK1pr-9Kc1

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/09/18/soy-can-damage-your-health.aspx

http://www.naturalhealthstrategies.com/dangers-of-soy.html

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/soy-milk-dangers.html

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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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Honoring His Path: A Gracefully, Healthy Valentines Day

ONEFoodClassHouseYou have had a revelation about your food and are learning about superfoods and changing the way you prepare them!
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You are so excited and enjoying this new found way of life and eating.

However, you may have discovered that your husband may not share your same sentiments!
If your husband is like most, he may be pushing back and even grumpy about it.

VdayWith Valentines Day only a few days away, I wanted to take a few minutes to share some tips and insight into ways to nurture and honor the men in our lives, even if they do not share our views or are on the same path as us.

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When I first began my journey, I went “all in”. Even though I was transitioning while learning, I was still very committed to the healthy choices.

disappointedhusbandHowever, in doing so, I realized my choices were not particularly celebrated by my husband.

I have been learning the importance of grace to give those we love as we make new discoveries.

I had a very wise woman share with me at the very beginning when I was actually annoyed and upset that my husband wouldn’t see it how I saw it and care as much about his health as I did.lightintrees

She shed light into my life that I feel important to share with you.

She told me that the path that my husband was on was his own path.

He came for a completely separate background and life experiences than I had.

She went on to share that although I may desire certain things for him or want him to “change”, it is not my responsibility to try to make it happen.

man-walking-on-path-in-forestMy responsibility is to bless and honor exactly where he is on his own journey.

The point is, if your husband is in a place and making choices you feel are not the best, have compassion for him, love him and continue on your own journey.
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While he may not share all of your views, he will be appreciative if you honor his place by preparing foods that continue to appeal to his taste buds and where HE IS on his journey!
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I am still in the learning process, as I’m sure I will be until my time is over on this earth.

I am learning that I can prepare his favorite foods, if I learn healthier ways and ingredients to add.
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Our MIC partner, Jessica Lopez, wrote a very insightful blog about helping with this process!

Please read it, and remember in your “healthifying”, do it with honor, grace and love!

Click HERE to read Jessica’s blog!!!

 

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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WHITE-WASHED: Milky-White Lies

schoollunchMilk- the white liquid that flows throughout the fabric of our society.
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It is so accepted and expected that we have been “white-washed” into believing that if we don’t give our kids cows milk, we are depriving them of vital nutrients that will have detrimental results to their growth.

gotmilkbabyHowever, the milk industry has a big stake in keeping this myth perpetuated and spends an enormous amount of money to ensure it.
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The milk of today that lines our grocery store cooler shelves is not the same milk from the days of cow’s milk from a farm.

The cows that produce the massive amounts of milk demanded from our white washed society are factory farmed.
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cowsgrazingThis means they live in close quarters, in conditions that are not conducive to a “happy cow” life, which means sickness is much more prevalent than in they grazed on the grass in a green pasture.

This requires many medications including antibiotics.

milking-cowsBecause the mama cows are needed for massive milk production, they are milked continuously through pregnancy, post birth, and through the next impregnation without breaks, being stripped of their calves after birth.

They are also given hormones to keep the milk production at a desired high level.
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Then this white “gold” has to be pasteurized to kill all the pathogens from the “less than sterile” and many times filthy conditions.

jugs-of-milkThe end result that makes it to our plastic jugs is a beautiful white liquid from a factory merging of cows that is filled with traces of medications, hormones and often “pus”.

The rBgh that is a genetically modified hormone made by Monsanto has been linked to woman-drinking-frappuccinoincrease the chances of cancer, yet it is still allowed to be used and fill up bottles for babies and make frothy lattes everywhere.

Our society mindlessly sip, and guzzle this glorified drink and has no idea of the process that it took and from where it came from.

The health implications are many, including the notorious “lactose intolerance” that many complain of when ingesting milk products.

This is because the enzyme “lactase”, which is required to break down the lactose for digestion is destroyed in the pasteurization process.

Milk is also very mucus producing, exacerbating allergies and colds.

Kids-and-ColdsEar infections and other upper airway issues and illnesses have been highly linked to the consumption of pasteurized dairy products.

The truth is there are many other sources that are bioavailable in lieu of cow’s milk for our calcium and other minerals to help us build healthy bones and bodies.

The highest incident to osteoporosis is in countries who drink THE MOST cow’s milk, not the opposite.  (Click HERE to read article.)
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A few alternatives are freshly made almond, hemp or coconut milk.
(see how to make your own almond milk HERE.)

Fresh organic green leafy vegetables are a great source of calcium, especially kale and can be easily incorporated into delicious smoothies. (see how to make the smoothie HERE.)

FoodswithCalciumHere is a great chart to see some foods high in calcium.

Finding the best sources of nutrition may mean thinking out of the “box” or “carton” and washing your minds with truth, without being led by others who have an agenda other than your vibrant health.

Make it the “right white”.

For my full article on milk & pasteurization, click HERE.

Blessings,

Dotty 🙂

 

 

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By: 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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What are You DYEing For?

Three years ago today I was blessed with a ray of sunshine from above.

sprinklesredvelvetMy sweet hubby took good care of me by weekly runs to “Sprinkles Cupcakes” to bring me an abundant supply of red velvet with cream cheese frosting!
After all, nothing says love like sprinkles, right?

The immediate gratification was euphoric and I was very territorial about those delicious, deep red delicacies!  It seems this is quite a normal and accepted concept.  Of course, kids are drawn to sprinkles and bright colors that entice them and draw them in to the “fun yummiess”.

Isn’t that what life should be all about?5-senses

We have been created with 5 senses for a reason. Enjoyment is certainly one of the reasons for them.  Nature provides us an array of brightly colored foods that have a purpose to help and support the health of our bodies.
But we have learned how to artificially replicate the colors we were given to help us.  The result has given us the false illusion that these are more delicious and provide more fulfillment than that what’s given to us naturally.

coloredcakeThe unfortunate truth is they have dulled us to the reality of natural pleasures that come without cost.  Instead we are lured by vibrant colors, which are laden with chemicals and the trap of unnatural highs.

The sugar, in and of itself, actually is and meets the criteria of being a drug and is 4x more addictive than cocaine.

So why are the dyes needed to top off products that may already carry a lure all by themselves?

SkittlesFirst, our sense of sight has been proven to dictate our choices so heavily that companies build entire divisions to focus just on creating the perfect color hue to entice us.

Second, without products being colored, the end result of stripping, processing and chemicalizing them would leave a dull and mostly putrid color scheme.  This would probably deter us from choosing them.

mmsSight is such a crucial part of marketing products to us, that to alter this method of dying our goods would mean a huge loss for major players in the world of processed foods.  It would really be a huge loss to all of them.

The issue at hand is then, why shouldn’t dyes be allowed?
It’s a free capitalist society and perhaps this shouldn’t be questioned.
However, testing and safety of what is allowed in our good supply is supposed to be mandated with the best interest of the consumers, not the pockets of the companies who produce them.

In depth studies have been conducted on food dyes and have come up with results that have raised red flags high and large.
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A double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the Lancet concluded that a variety of common food dyes as well as the preservative sodium benzoate cause some children to become measurably more hyperactive and distractible.

"May have an adverse effect on activity and attention of children"So much so, that the UK has since July 2010, taken a stand against these food dyes. Their Food Standard Agency issued an immediate advisory to parents with a warning to limit their children’s intact of additives if they notice it having an effect on them.
From this warning and the mandate to label foods with dyes in them has all but nearly eliminated them from being used in the products for their citizens.  The ones that remain contain warning labels stating that the food “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children”.

However, here in the US, our safety umbrella of the FDA has failed to open enough to cover us with these standards of protection.

They have taken a round about stance on the proof that food dyes are deniably harmful, by stating in March 2011 that the “FDA concludes a causal relationship between exposure to color additives and hyperactivity in children in the general population has not been established”.

Dr. Feingold, in hallmark studies found overwhelming evidence of the link between them and ADHD and hyperactivity symptoms in children.

Numerous studies with food dyes have linked them with increase risk of cancer and other health concerns ranging from cancer and hyperactivity to allergy-line reactions.

food-coloringRed dye # 2 was taken off shelves in 1976, after findings linked it to being a suspected carcinogen.

The most commonly used food dye; Red Dye #40 may accelerate the appearance of immune-system tumors in rats and hyperactivity in kids.

Blue #2 has been linked to brain tumors.
Yellow #5 has been linked to containing several cancer-causing chemicals as well as hyperactivity, hypersensitivity and other behavioral effects in kids.

It doesn’t logically make sense to continue these potential threats to our family’s health, especially our children’s, as if we’re conducting some type of ongoing science experiment on them before these dyes are finally pulled from our shelves.
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GatoradeBut take a look around…Because food dyes are so widely used and accepted, moms and dads don’t think twice about feeding it to their kids.

It’s rather encouraged and laughed about as kids have blue tongues, help make cookies and cupcakes with lots of sprinkles, and to pouring sports drinks into all our little athletes’ mouths during games and practices.

The light must begin to shine in the understanding of the fact that it DOES matter and that the choices we make CAN and DO affect our kids.

Fruit and colorsAfter my health failed and I learned the connection these food choices were making on my body, I was able to finally give up my beloved and coveted “sprinkles”.  I began to become alive again to the love and enjoyment of foods that are naturally and beautifully colored, especially as they began to support my body’s ability to heal itself.

It’s not easy when you don’t have a why…It’s actually very painful…

But knowledge is power and strength can come to all of us as we learn and unite and vote with our dollar!

Next time, start a new trend!  Hold the sprinkles and pour on the vibrant life of true color!

No to Food Dye   kidsfruit&veggies

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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Mountain Top Experience

mountaintopexperienceLooking down through the fluffy white clouds, I reflect on my amazing ” mountain-Carl50top” experience to celebrate my husband reaching the half century mark.

As I sit reviewing the amazing experience, I realize the best part about my trip wasn’t the majestic mountains, breath-taking views, exquisite accommodations,  fabulous food, and fun skiing.

Carl50FunIt was spending the time with some of my dearest, closest friends on the planet.

bestfriendsSince we all live in different and opposite parts of the country, getting together is few and far between.

Most of us have to move heaven and earth to finagle our schedules.

Our time is so precious, that it has stopped me in my thinking tracks.
We are all blessed with good health, even though some of us have already had the big C scare.
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I picked up The USA Today paper my husband bought out if boredom, since I had to turn off my electronic equipment. Although I know the cancer epidemic is growing, I saw new startling statistics printed.

1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer in their lifetime.

This information, coupled with hearing that a medical doctor had prescribed 7 different antibiotics to my girlfriend’s 18 year old daughter in just ONE YEAR, has me reeling.

This is the rub:

I love my friends. I want to see them all again and for many healthy years.
We may be that group that defy the statistics. I hope so.

Pharmacist Holding Pill BottleThe sad reality is, our standard American system and “trust” is in the hands of the WRONG PEOPLE!
Many of us are just NOT INFORMED about what to do to stay on the positive side of these sad numbers.
Many still run to the doctor to “pill their ills” because they do not know there are other ways!

To stay healthy requires information.

Without knowing how to keep our immune system strong, understanding what is in our foods and products and how it affects our bodies and how to fight against the attacks on them as a first line defense, will leave us feeling helpless and vulnerable to do whatever the “powers that be” have to help us.pills

Unfortunately, as in the case of my friend’s daughter, it is almost always drugs.

So, what can I do?

DottyWalkingA prophet has no honor in his own country, but yet, I will continue to do my best to walk the walk, talk the talk, learn and make myself available for those searching and looking for healthier alternatives to help them on their health journey.
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As Moms In Charge moves forward, it’s my desire that more people will get empowered, share their info with others and create a ripple effect in our nation to begin turning the tide on cancer and other health thieves.

I was honored to be asked by my girlfriend to write down some things to help her precious daughter begin to heal from this health crisis.

She may become a health warrior and help change her sphere of influence …That’s my hope anyway. 😉

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Learn, share and live vibrantly so we can all have more “mountain-top” experiences!

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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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The SHORELINE

ShoresEdgeThis is the question so many have!
I began “all in” because physically I didn’t feel I had another choice.
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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.

Lauren        jessicalopezrn        NinaManolson
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.

Leave a comment »

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.

Leave a comment »

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!!

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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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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.

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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!

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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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