The last race I ran was probably six or seven years ago. At my age now (going 42 in a few months), I feel that I need to get back into some form of fitness routine. Then I got the email inviting me to join this year’s Mommy Milkshake Run. I felt that it will be perfect to ease me back into running.
Nate is in the midst of what could be his worst and longest skin asthma flare-up yet. And it is breaking our hearts to see him itching, oozing, struggling, wanting to do so many things in school, but not being able to do so. Even simply joining P.E. class is hard for him because sweating makes him itch. And sweat on his broken skin – very very painful. 🙁
Sometimes, I think I’d put a sandwich sign around my son’s neck. It will read:
I have skin asthma.
No, not contagious.
Yes, very itchy. And painful.
Yes, I have meds. Lotions too.
And creams. And ointments.
And salts in my bath.
Nope – chips, candies, chocolate and Coke not allowed.
Yes, a little compassion please.
He’s been getting really bad flareups lately. And things get very frustrating at times. Today, he is absent in school again because the skin on his neck is oozing, and just turning his head is painful.
I really did not need to see the horrified look on that mommy’s face in school when she saw his neck yesterday. Pfffft. Or hear from Nate that some classmates think he looks like a zombie. (That’s rude, kids. But, oh well…)
After over a year of hiatus from blogger events, I finally attended my first a few weeks ago. I chose to go because I like the event sponsor (BlueWater Day Spa), and the event was parent-oriented. The event launched the BlueWater Day Spa Baby Massage Treatment.
We all know the benefits of touch, especially for babies. When my kids were still babies, I would massage their bellies when they were colicky. Bedtime massages were part of our nightly rituals. Up to this day, I still massage Nate as an added bonus (because I have to apply his creams for skin asthma, anyway). Massage soothes an irritable baby, makes them feel secure, and strengthens their bond with the parent.
The relaxation benefit actually has a physiologic basis, according to this article on parents.com. Massage stimulates a chain reaction in the nervous system: the brain starts to produce more serotonin, a feel-good hormone, and less cortisol, a stress hormone. As a result, the baby’s heart rate and breathing slow down, and the body begins to relax.
Other benefits include: Continue reading BlueWater Day Spa Baby Massage Launch
Helloooooooo, blog! I just wanted to share my latest fascination – healthy smoothies!
The summer went swooshing by and, before I know it, school’s about to start in less than a week! The summer was filled with activities for the kids – the girls had music classes, and Nate learned martial arts. In May, the girls resumed to their Chinese Character Canon lessons. In between were several family events and family-related tasks.
So there go my excuses for not updating my blog. 😀
Anyway, what I wanted to share today is my recent fascination with smoothies! I love smoothies. I make them everyday; I try as much as possible to include greens in them. And here’s what I also learned: I can lose weight, as much as 5 pounds in one week, by having healthy smoothies for dinner instead of a full meal.
I was inspired by this Facebook page – Incredible Smoothies by Tracy Russel. Her smoothies are awesome, and she lost weight by drinking green smoothies.
At first I was using my old blender, which wasn’t powerful enough so my smoothies would often have chunks.
On Mother’s Day, my thoughtful hub and kids surprised me with a better, more powerful Oster blender! So now I enjoy smoother, finer healthy smoothies.
I don’t intend (just yet) on going full vegetarian. But fresh fruit/veggie smoothie dinners seem like a good place to start eating healthier. Here are the smoothie dinners that I’ve been enjoying all summer, along with a few tips. 🙂
Wash your fruits and veggies thoroughly!
Before chopping fruits and veggies for smoothie making, I soak them in a DIY veggie and fruit wash:
Mix 1 cup white vinegar + 1 tbsp baking soda in a large bowl of water (approx. 2 liters). Soak the veggies and fruits for 10 minutes, then rinse them in cold water.
This step is important for veggies and fruits that we eat with the skin on. However, I would still peel fruits such as apples and pears (which are usually waxed before being sold in the market).
I spend about an hour every 2 days or so washing and chopping fruits and veggies for freezing and/or storage in the ref. Frozen fruits are amazing in smoothies because I don’t have to add ice anymore. Also, it’s so convenient to pop frozen fruits into the blender for a quick smoothie anytime of the day.
Fresh grapes and carrots + frozen pineapples and cucumbers + apple juice + water. If I’m blending frozen fruits, I have to add a bit more liquid. Continue reading Healthy Smoothies with fresh fruits and veggies
Have you considered traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for growth? We paid a visit to Beijing Tong Ren Tang TCM clinic for my eldest daughter, Patch who seems to have stopped growing three years ago when she was 12.
She loves to play volleyball, and would want to become really good at it. That’s one of the main reasons why she wants to be taller.
I am not sure if Chinoy parents still commonly practice giving tien chit to their kids at puberty. Tien chit is an herbal medicine that is supposed to help kids attain their optimal height. Well, Hub and I have been letting Patch take tien chit for 2 years now. Unfortunately, we did not see any improvement in her height. As it turns out, we may have been buying a sub-standard ready-made version of the herbal medicine. Worst-case scenario: tien chit doesn’t work.
But we’re not about to give up just yet. Besides, tien chit worked for several of our friends’ kids, and hub’s friends themselves when they were younger. One of Patch’s classmates is taking tien chit, along with acupuncture therapy, and this boy who used to be little is not so little anymore. He grew at least 5 inches taller in a span of just over a year!
I’m aware that there are a lot of other factors that contribute to growth, genetics being the major player. On this account, we may have a good case since Hub and I are of average height.
Nutrition and sleep are also major contributors to growth. I’m pretty sure Patch doesn’t lack good nutrition. But sleep – oh yes she lacks. Scientific studies have proven that growth occurs during deep sleep. So I have a lot of convincing to do for her to get more sleep -about 8.75 hours for her age.
Sleep requirements for children (slide for Johnson’s Baby)
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)
The short of the story is that I brought Patch to Tong Ren Tang where the classmate who grew by at least 5 inches goes for treatment. Yep, we’re exhausting all means. Continue reading Traditional Chinese medicine for growth: Beijing Tong Ren Tang