by: Carrie Williams

Tips from One Mom to Another: Keeping Yourself and Your Family Healthy

Tips from a regular mom of 2 active boys who tries her best to balance marriage, kids, work, volunteering and personal health!

Let’s face it Moms; we typically put our needs last on the priority list, so let’s take a few minutes to reflect on our needs and what will keep us and our families healthy. If you are like most families I know, if momma is living a balanced healthy lifestyle, then the rest of the family can easily follow. Since Mom typically handles the majority of food shopping and preparing along with activity planning, we can head the charge of a healthy family!

Here are a few tips!

  1. Keep some white space in your planner. Being over programmed is exhausting for you and the family. Find a good balance of planned activities and allow for the free flow planning to encourage creativity for you and your kiddos!
  2. Exercise with your kids! Tune that college bike up that’s collecting dust and get out there and ride bikes! Play basketball, dance, roll and stretch along with your kids. It’s a great example for them to know staying fit and healthy even as an adult feels good and can be fun.
  3. Volunteer! The joy of giving to others provides a special fulfillment. Giving your time to those in need within your community also gives your children a broader perspective of the world. Being a volunteer with NothingPink has been a joy of serving others and meeting new friends with a similar passion!
  4. Add Ground Flaxseed daily to your smoothie, cereal, oatmeal, or bake in muffins! It supports colon detoxification, may help with fat loss and can reduce sugar cravings. Most adults should aim to consume between 25–40 grams of fiber from high-fiber foods daily. Eating just two tablespoons of flax seeds per day will provide about 20 percent to 25 percent of your fiber needs. Check out 10 benefits of flax seed here https://draxe.com/10-flax-seed-benefits-nutrition-facts/
  5. Out of sight out of mind. You control the shopping so don’t bring the temptation in the house. We all have those ‘special treats’ we like to indulge in, but if you don’t keep them around on a regular basis then they really are a ‘special treat’ and not a every night treat. Choose healthy snacks to keep in supply – think less processed is always best.
  6. Make your own popsicles! A thrifty and healthy Summer snack for the whole family. Pick up a few popsicle trays from the dollar store, then fill with fresh fruit (some of our favorites are banana, blueberry, strawberry) and a juice of your choice. Apple juice, orange juice or coconut water are great options.
  7. Stay on top of your Breast health! You know your body and your family history best. Talk with your OBGYN if you have a concern or have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. You may need a mammogram before age 40 or want to consider genetic counseling for genetic testing if you are considered high risk. Remember you are made from 2 people, so review your family history on both your mother and father’s side of the family when discussing with your doctor.

Come see Kelly Kashmer founder of NothingPink at MommyCon May 5th, 2018, 11:15am Room 5 to learn how genetic testing for hereditary cancers saved her life at the age of 31.