Do you have an aspiring NBA player, veterinarian, dancer or singer in your home? How about a child determined to be an Olympian gymnast, MLB star, teacher, artist or policeman. Thousands of kids have shared their dreams with me and I simply tell them, “You can be that but you have to do 3 things: learn what you need to learn, practice what you learn, eat the foods your body needs to be the best you can be!” This gets their attention. Listen to how we connect why making healthier food choices will help them be great. Carolina Jantac, MS, RDN, LD (Kid Kritics Approved) and I will give you the keys proven to motivate children to choose to eat foods such as Broccoli Bites, Pepper Poppers and even Japchae Veggie Stir-Fry (filled with kale, spinach, shitake mushrooms and more). Facts are, these recipes tasted so good they begged for more. This show is your ticket to finding out how to turn your children on to feeding their brains, heart, lungs, muscles, hair, nails, eyes, teeth, bones and blood. No more nagging!
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Have you ever found yourself throwing your hands up when reacting to your obstinate kids while shouting, “Go ahead. I’ve had enough. Do want you want.” Kids have opinions about whether they should or want to eat healthy food. They are quick to tell us, their parents, what they think about our better-for-you food suggestions and rules. Do you wonder if their rejections are really what they believe in their heart and minds? Why do they resist? What can be said to change them so they willingly choose peanuts over cotton candy, water over sodas, turkey burgers over chicken nuggets, or salad over fries? For the first time, we have invited a young guest to answer these questions candidly, Julia. She will also give us some tips on what has worked to convince her to choose healthy food over junk food. Also, she’ll share how she learned a few food truths the hard way after doing it her way. Julia is outspoken so the perfect kid to guide us away from turn-off mistakes. She is for real. Wait until you hear her responses to our questions. There will definitely be some take-away for you!
Come into our Family Food Experts Kitchen with Julia, Co-Host Carolina Jantac, RDN (Kid Kritics Approved) and me as we wise up on how to speak to kids about better food choices! Thursday, 1pm ET, on W4WN.com and W4CY.com.
If you miss the live show, tune in on Sunday, 1pm ET, W4WN.com
If I posed the question, “Who in your life has hurt you?”, you might respond with, “Must I limit it to only one?” We’ve all been on the receiving end of someone’s thoughtless behavior – their anger, sarcasm, back stabbing or betrayals. We’ve been hurt by those we know and love and even some that are complete strangers and it appears that we are powerless to stop them. Some tell themselves that they don’t care if their boyfriend found someone else. After all, he’s going to regret it when he finally comes to his senses and realizes you were the best thing that ever happened to him. For those who have been profoundly wounded by someone particularly close to them, their pain runs deep and their trust has been so severely damaged that they may choose to distance themselves from anyone of the human variety in order to protect themselves from ever experiencing such heartache again.
Technically people don’t have the ability to hurt us. Our suffering occurs as a result of several factors: first, we take personal offense to what they are saying or doing. Reminding ourselves that a person’s behavior is an expression of their personal issues and has nothing at all to do with us prevents us from being offended by their actions.
Second: we all have expectations of those around us. When those expectations are not fulfilled we experience disappointment and hurt. Removal of all such demands allows us to simply experience others as they are. Acceptance of that which we cannot or should not change allows us to be more at peace with others. No demands, no disappointments, no suffering.
And finally, remembering that all emotions, including hurt, result from our thought process. Our internal dialogue (that little voice inside our head) is actually responsible for our suffering or lack thereof.
Yet even with this knowledge, it is easy to encounter those who seem to get pleasure out of hurting others. So is it possible to actually prevent people from hurting us? While I cannot offer an absolute guarantee, there is one thing many people overlook that acts as a shield to protect ourselves from being a target of someone’s bad behavior. Think for a moment of a time that you had ever contemplated hurting someone. (Yes, even us really nice people – we’ve all given it thought even if we would never act upon it.) Those who come to mind are typically those who have mistreated us, hurt someone we know and care about, committed horrific acts upon the innocent, or who are just plain mean (by our standards). We would never seek to deliberately harm those who consistently treat us and others with respect and concern. Those who are kindhearted and thoughtful win our respect and we desire only the best for them. We would rather bite our tongue than say anything offensive to them or die (figuratively speaking, of course) than inflict suffering upon them. In essence, it is harder to hurt those who are kind. Doesn’t it make sense then that the reverse is true? If we were to consistently treat all whom we encounter with the highest form of dignity, then even when they are having a bad day and misbehaving, they would do their absolute best not to impose their anger on us. And we would remain unscathed.
In the fifteen years I worked with battered and violent women, I repeatedly witnessed vicious verbal and physical attacks between staff and residents upon one another – angry, nasty, hateful women taking their issues out on one another and not giving it a second thought. And yet never once was I included in their vindictive behavior. On the contrary: I repeatedly treated all parties with dignity and respect regardless of how they were behaving. Both residents and staff alike were very protective of me and at the slightest inclination that someone might possibly mistreat me, they’d jump to my defense.
No one deserves to be hurt. But let’s be honest: it’s easier to contemplate being unkind towards someone we don’t like or someone whom we perceive to be mean. It is much harder to hurt someone who is consistently thoughtful and just plain nice. Be that person and you will protect yourself from much of the hate that abounds in this world. Kindness really is the key to a less painful existence.
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