Introduction (00:00 -04:27):
Emily gave birth to healthy baby girl last week! In her absence, Janet is joined by Lindsay McFarland, the communications director for Goodness Me!. Lindsay is the mother of two young teens/preteens, and gives some great insights from her quest to help them live healthy, happy lives!
First Segment: Trending Topics (04:27 – 26:05): Teen Mental Health and Nutrition – The Link is Important!
Thanks to more research on the microbiome, we know that what we eat is closely related to our emotions and mental well-being. This is not only for adults; younger people can suffer mentally with a poor diet! In fact, one study found that teens who ate a low-quality diet had an 80 percent higher risk of depressionin comparison to those who ate a higher quality, whole-foods diet. Janet and Lindsay talk about the challenges of getting teens to eat healthy, and how to set good examples that will last a lifetime!
The subject of cell phones comes up often when we talk about our kids, but what about parents’ use of cell phones? How does that impact family life? A new study shows they can disrupt the natural connection between parent and child, AND lower parents’ enjoyment of their kids. Lindsay shares how she tries to create balance. Be sure you protect this most fundamental of relationships!
Second Segment: Audience Questions (27:41 - 40:49)
Josh asks, “I love spending as much time outdoors as I can during the warmer months but I’m often scared back indoors from the biting bugs. Is there a natural way to deter mosquitoes, ticks, black flies and the like without putting harsh chemicals on my skin and clothes?”
It’s a complicated answer, because government standards call for chemicals like DEET being in all products that can be labelled “insect repellant.” But you shouldn’t have to put chemicals on your skin every time you enjoy the outdoors! Here are some things you can do to keep the bites away:
Awaken My Senses’ Outdoor EO Spray
Blend the essential oils together and add the distilled water. Pour into a spray bottle. Shake before applying, and apply as often as needed.
Application: it can be sprayed on the skin, on clothing, hats etc. The above dilution is for teens to adults. For children or elderly, cut the amount of essential oils in half or use 240 ml distilled water. It will need to be reapplied every 30 - 40 minutes. Being water based it will not sustain the oils, but it also keeps the oils from passing through the skin's barrier.
THIS SHOULD NOT BE APPLICED TO BABYS. They can spray the baby carriage/stroller, but not directly on the baby or the babies clothing.
It can be applied on dogs. Spray the bottoms of the feet, up the legs and the underbelly. You can spray around the neck, but stay clear of the face and nose. Dilutions for dogs: Large dogs - use the recipe above, Medium size dogs - cut the recipe in half, Small dogs - cut it again in half.
CAUTION: Eucalyptus Lemon is very effective for ticks, however it does contain a high amount of Camphor. I purchase one that has less than 15% Camphor, so it is safe to use. Some commercial brands will be much higher, so be aware of that!
Recipe (40:49 - 43:06): Lindsay’s Breakfast Wraps
Lindsay says, “I base it from the recipe from the Egg Crepe recipe on Pg 29 of Grain Free Goodness by Sandy Pomeroy. A lot of what I use depends on what’s in my refrigerator – it’s fun to make it up as I go along!
Before getting the egg crepe started, take a skillet out and melt a good amount of butter in it, around 2 tbsp. Toss in whatever veggies you happen to have in the fridge— sliced mushrooms, asparagus cut into bite sized pieces, cubed ham, chopped peppers, diced onions… whatever suits you! Fry them up for a couple of minutes until tender.
While the vegetable mixture is cooking away, I’ll make the egg crepe (it only takes a couple of minutes)
To assemble: Put the egg crepe on the plate, spread the veggie mixture down the center, top with some grated cheese & roll it up.
The kids can then top with their choice of salsa, a bit more cheese and full-fat sour cream (it’s gotta be full-fat, that’s the yummiest!).