6 Tips para ayudar a tus hijos en la escuela

Nosotros como padres tenemos una expectativa muy alta de cómo nuestros hijos deberían de llevar los estudios.  Nosotros esperamos que nuestros hijos tengan notas altas, que sean responsables con sus tareas y proyectos escolares, que se porten bien durante clases, y ahora esperamos que no toquen nada y mantengan sus mascaras todo el día.

A mis hijos siempre se les ha pedido, como única responsabilidad, dar el 100% en el Colegio. Independientemente de la clase, o de la maestra, o de el grado. Es importante para nosotros que ellos entiendan que la expectative es alta y qué se espera que den lo mejor de sí para alcanzarla.

Como padres también entiendo que tenemos una responsabilidad con nuestros hijos. De darles las herramientas, el espacio, y el apoyo necesario para que puedan alcanzar sus metas. Aquí les dejos 6 tips importantes que nos ayudaran como padres, como hermanos major, como tíos or abuelos, a darles a nuestros niños mejores oportunidades para alcanzar sus metas escolares.

Crea el habito de la lectura: Dale a tus hijos el tiempo para leer todos los días. Estudios confirman que leer todos los días es básico para el desenvolvimiento intelectual. El tiempo para leer se debe de ajustar a la edad de los niños. Por ejemplo un niño de 9 debería de leer de 20 a 25 minutos, y un niño de 12 anos debería de leer de 25 a 30 minutos diarios. El habito de la lectura les ayudar a crear una fundación de disciplina que mantendrán durante su vida estudiantil.

Provee un lugar para estudiar: Puede ser un escritorio en sus cuartos o tu cuarto, la sala, o hasta la mesa de comer o la mesa de desayuno. Cualquier lugar funcionara mientras sea un lugar que sea cómodo, que este bien iluminado, que puedan sentarse con una mesa (no acostados), y que puedan usar diariamente. Los niños distinguirán con tiempo la importancia de tener un lugar reservado para el estudio. Donde puedan ir a estudiar que no sea sus camas.

Aprende con ellos: Esta claro que después de un día de trabajo, quehaceres en el hogar y manejar largas distancias lo que queremos hacer cuando llegamos a la casa es descansar. Pero tomarse el tiempo para aprender con tus hijos es importante en sus formaciones educacional. Leer con ellos alguna enciclopedia, por ejemplo es un acto divertido, dándoles la oportunidad de escoger el tema y compartir con ellos la lectura. Ver como sus ojitos se iluminan con información nueva es un momento inolvidable tanto para los niños como para nosotros los padres. Hacerse cómplices de su educación es sin duda algo increíble.

Apoyarlos en los que les interesa: El mundo tiene infinidad de cosas que aprender. Desde el Titanic a piedras preciosas, desde Dinosaurios hasta el espacio, incluyendo historia, religiones, o geografia. La imaginación de nuestros hijos sera cautivada por alguno, o varios de estos temas, y cuando es así, deberíamos de apoyarlos. Ayudarlos a encontrar más material ya sea por la internet, o en una librería o biblioteca. Si les apasiona el mundo de el espacio llevarlos de la mano mientras nutren su curiosidad es un regalo que le daremos para toda sus vidas. Aprenderán que cuando algo les interesa esta bien seguirlo, leer y aprender sobre el tema.

Recompensa los éxitos y entiende los fracasos: Cuando nuestros hijos sacan excelente nota o son reconocidos por sus maestros tenemos que felicitarlos, decirles que estamos orgullosos de ellos, de sus triunfos. Por el otro lado cuando fracasan en algún proyecto o examen en vez de gritarles y hacerlos sentir peor, debemos hablar con ellos, entender cuál es el problema (falta de estudio, no entender el material, distracciones). En vez de atacarlos de una vez debemos de tratar de ser pacientes y abrir así las puertas de la comunicación. Estoy de acuerdo que a veces como resultado de esa mala nota se deben de tomar medidas de repercusión como disminuir el tiempo de ver TV o jugar juegos electrónicos. Guiarlos con un plan que les ayude a subir sus notas o hacer un proyecto para extra crédito también es importante.

Darles un desayuno saludable: Darles en el desayuno un alimento rico en nutrientes, bajo en azúcar, y con buenas grasas es prioritario. Cuando nuestros hijos comen sano y nutricioso, esta científicamente demostrado que sus cerebros están mas atentos y sus cuerpos mas energéticos y alertas. Desde batidos de vegetales y frutas (como en nuestra casa) hasta barras nutritivas, frutas frescas, huevos con tostadas, yogurt con frutas, o cereales bajos en azúcar. También sus snacks durante el día deberían de ser nutritivos, incluyendo zanahorias o otros vegetales, humus, almendras o otros nueces, tostadas con aguacate o mantequilla de mani. La nutrición es pivotal en su desempeño escolar.

Estos tips son importantes para alentar y apoyar a nuestros hijos en su Educación. Para poder exigirles su alto rendimiento escolar tenemos que apoyarlos y darles siempre ese aliento y confianza tan necesitado. Ya sea por su lado educativo o deportivo, debemos ser sus fanes numero uno. Hacerlos sentir que aunque esta sea su responsabilidad, y el trabajo tiene que ser 100% de ellos, aquí estamos para hecharle la mano, para darles aliento cuando caen, y para celebrar sus metas alcanzadas.

Siempre hay tiempo para la remembranza

La melancolía siempre ha sido una solida acompañante en mi vida. Siempre he disfrutado de esos momentos de soledad en los que los recuerdos se apoderan de nuestros pensamientos, y nos secuestran a un viaje gratuito, directo y sin escala al pasado.

Con el tiempo he aprendido a reconocer esa chispa de la memoria que se prende al escuchar esa canción en la radio. Esa canción que cantábamos hasta el amanecer rodeados de amistades, lugares extraños, risas, y bailes. Esa canción que transporta mi alma a ese momento en el que solo era importante reír y cantar y bailar. Esos momentos de felicidad.

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Viejas amistades son esenciales para poder recordar. Aferrada a los recuerdos dedico un tiempo para agradecer la buena fortuna de tener amistades que van a más de 30 anos. Amigas que iniciaron un Kindergarten conmigo jugando al escondite durante el recreo y que en un abrir y cerrar de ojos caminamos juntas a recibir nuestros diplomas. Corazones rotos, graduaciones con honores, bodas y divorcios, hacernos madres, y perder a nuestros seres queridos, todo ha pasado entre bailes, risas, y canciones.

Hoy hay lluvia afuera, busco entre mis CDs viejos y encuentro Duncan Dhu, y mi memoria me lleva a la Universidad, sentada en ese tranvía interminable que me llevaba de la Universidad a la casa, y donde Duncan Dhu y su disco “Piedras” me hicieron compañía mientras apoyaba mi frente en la ventana.

Dicen que recordar es volver a vivir… y en ese tranvía tengo 21 anos, no sé que pasara en mi futuro, pero pienso que me fue bien en el examen, mi corazón me duele un poco menos desde que termine con mi novio, y es Viernes y me voy de fiesta! Oh los recuerdos!

Ahora que ya se esta por terminar este ano, habrán muchos recuerdos que querremos enterrar en el baúl sin fondo donde guardamos los malos ratos… pero siempre habra esa canción, esa noticia, esa comida, ese comentario, esa palabra que nos hará recordar. Cuando es así cierra los ojos y sumérgete en la memoria. Recuerda con amor y con dolor, con risas y con lagrimas. Abre tus puertas a la remembranza, aun cuando viene acompañada de la melancolía.

When and why would you do a self-discovery journey?

When we think about our daily life we really fast start feeling overwhelming with our calendars full of things-to-do, appointments, family commitments, including our significant other and our kids.  We think of ourselves as the wife, the mother, the co-worker, the boss, the teacher, the nurse, the daughter, the aunt, the sister, the friend… the list is endless.  But is that who we are? Are our different “titles” what defines us? 

The answer is no. We are just running day after day fulfilling all these commitments and obligations, most of them with a big smile, a feeling of satisfaction, a feeling of love and gratitude… but is not who we are, is what we do.

This is why a journey of self-discovery is so important.  It is not to put a stop to all the things we do, but to learn to do them mindfully.  To consciously act upon our to-do list with the certainty of knowing the core of who we are, with the ability to extend the love to ourselves, to learn to be kind and compassionate towards our feelings, to believe we are in the pursuit of our happiness and this happiness is tangible.

There is no better day than today to start working on transforming our lives for the better and by doing it from within us.   Start today and you will be thanking yourself for the rest of your life for the gift of loving you.

Giving thanks when dealing with sadness

I woke up this morning with my home phone ringing. My home phone only rings if my parents or my grandmother calls… or if there is an emergency concerning my parents.  As soon as I heard the phone I had the certainty that there was bad news.  My uncle, Bishop Uriah Ashley, had passed away during the night. 

He was not a natural brother of my dad, but was for that it is worth, a brother.  Throughout my life, Monsignor Uriah, like he was usually called, was a constant rock of love, hope, and faith.  My grandmother invited him once for dinner when he was part of the seminary in a small town where my father is from.  From that dinner, from that moment, he became one more brother to all my father and his 7 siblings. 

He officiated his first Matrimony ceremony then he married my parents.  He baptized me and my brother and every other cousin (we are many).  When my grandmother got diagnosed with ALS he was there to give faith, strength, hope, and most importantly comfort.

When he has ordained Bishop he took his sisters (my three aunts and my mom) to the Vatican where they were given an audience with Pope John Paul II, which has been the highlight of my mother’s life ever since.   A few months later when my brother died in a tragic accident, he was there again, loyal to his faith and guiding us with his strength on God.

He married me, he baptized my sons, he spoke very well English and always took the time to talk with my husband, reassuring him that although he was not Catholic, he was family.  He would come and visit us in New Orleans when possible and after Katrina when we lost everything, he was there to help us see that all is not lost, if we had each other and the will to rebuild.  He blessed our homes, he blessed our lives, he blessed our hearts.

Today I am sad, I am sad that he died alone in a Hospital room with no one around him except for nurses and doctors due to complications of Covid.  I am sad that after everything he gave us, all his time and love, my parents and my aunts and uncles were not with him to say goodbye.  

Today is Thanksgiving, and I am focusing on giving thanks to him, to Monsignor Uriah Ashley, for teaching me unwavering love for God’s will and I thank him for always remind me that having faith is our choice a choice we make with our hearts.

Today I am sitting at my table, with just my husband and my kids, thankful that I was touched by him, taught by him, guided by him, loved by him. 

growing pains

Taking accountability for actions, or rather the lack of actions in my life has always been my biggest problem. Accepting that something has not been completed because I did not complete it has always been my downfall.  We can say that as a child my parents did not really make me accountable for my actions,  but we would have to understand their reasons for raisin me with a big sense of entitlement, and in the end, they cannot be judge, but just understood. 

It was not until in my adult life, that I got married and had children when in an argument with my husband I reflected on my actions. I had lived a whole life blaming the world and each one of its inhabitants for my problems, my disappointments, my sadness, even my inappropriate actions, everything was everyone’s fault, except mine. 

The moment this clicked in my head, I started to change that negative attitude for one that would lead me to be accountable for my actions, especially my lack of actions. Froma accepting the reasons I did not lose weight to the reasons why I kept on failing on keeping track of the family budget, I had always had an excuse …pointing fingers at my work (including bosses and coworkers), my children, my husband, my parents, the lack of time,  the lack of money, the house chores… oh my! the list is endless.

I believe that accepting our lack of accountability is an achievement, committing with oneself to learn to accept our failures, our mistakes to correct them and through kindness and gratitude, take responsibility for our actions, our mistakes, and even more important our victories.

I still have a lot to learn, I still fall into the trap of pointing my index finger at the culprit of these extra pounds, or putting my hands up asking the heavens above for more time to finish this or that, when I know very well that there are pieces of my time wasted on things that do not help in the mission of my goals … but I keep trying. I keep meditating, I keep searching inside myself for my doubts, my fears, my uncertainties, and I try to scare them away with kindness, faith, organization, and love for my family and myself.

What color is your food?

Recently I was asked what color of food I gravitate towards when I do our grocery shopping.  I thought about it for a while, going back and forth between yellow and green, green to red, red to orange, and back to yellow.  The truth is that I like my food to be colorful. I consciously cook our meals thinking about the colors they will have at the end.  We, as a family, love veggies in our meals, so I will do vegetarian rice bake (recipe is at the end) and purposely make sure that we have broccoli for green, squash for yellow, red peppers for red, and so on, and after thinking about this I realize that colors become more important when cooking meats which are usually colorless…

I grew up eating veggies, my father, who is Panamanian and where being vegetarian is now something more or less acceptable, have consistently make sure that there is no meat in his lunch meals.  So eating vegetarian sandwiches, or soups, or just plain salads, was something I was used to early on.  We will go to restaurants and when everybody was ordering sweet and sour chicken, my father was ordering tofu stir fry… it was lunch… no meat allowed.

Then I married my Korean husband, which grew up eating an even wider array of veggies in each and every form from fermented to fried, and for whom eating veggies in every meal was the norm.

Fast forward 20 years together, we have changed our diets  A LOT from the old Atkins to vegetarian, to vegan, to keto, to fasting… you name it… we have tried.  But the constant has always been the veggies and we wanted our kids to feel that eating a bowl of brussels sprouts is as good as eating chicken wings… and for years we have incorporated different veggies in different styles, from fried to baked to teriyaki veggies stir fry or vegetarian curry. 

One Sunday I did breakfast which included scrambled eggs, when I served I realized I forgot the spinach… it looks yummy but all yellow… no greens. I quickly cooked some spinach and put it right on top… we were all happy.  We needed the veggies, we needed the color.

I consciously make sure that 4 out of the 7 meals (dinners) we eat are vegetarian based, the other three meals are meat-based.  We enjoyed it and I feel good to know that the kiddos, genuinely smile when I come back from the supermarket with the biggest brussel sprout bag ever…  We know we will eat good… and green.

Vegetarian Rice Bake

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cook white rice
  • 1 bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange)
  • 1 cup of green beans cut into 2” 
  • 1 large onion (or 2 medium ones)
  • 2 medium carrots cut into bite sizes
  • 1 can of chickpeas (optional)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • Mozzarella cheese (about 1 cup)
  • Feta cheese (about 1 cup)

In a baking dish put the white rice (this can be basmati, jasmine, even quinoa and other grains like farro or barley or a mix of grains). Spread the white rice in the baking dish.

Cook the veggies, first the onions and bell peppers (and chickpeas if using) together with one tablespoon of the oil and add the cumin and coriander, salt and pepper to taste. Cook until soft and then add it on top of the rice. 

Then do the green beans and carrots with the other tablespoon of oil, paprika, sumac, and salt and pepper to taste and cook until soft again and put it on top of the rice too.

Mix all together until the veggies are distributed.  Top with the mozzarella (I used about a cup) and on top of the mozzarella at the feta cheese (about 1 cup).  Cover with foil paper and put it in the oven for about 15 minutes, then take the foil off and bake for another 10 minutes, then put the broil on and broil for 5 minutes (or until the feta cheese is brown/melted) 

Enjoy!

You can use any veggie you like, we have used corn, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cherry tomatoes, zucchini (really good), and yellow squash. 

WHAT DO YOU WHEN YOU FIRST WAKE UP?

My mindfulness journal tasked me today with being mindful in the morning.  This took a bit of thinking from my side… like many of us I wake up when “I need to” which is right before everything starts moving.  I wake up, I go straight to the bathroom get myself semi-ready and start working on the kid’s lunches and breakfast and all while having some fun family talk. Then I finish my makeup and tidy up my bedroom and kitchen and leave right after to go to work with my oldest son who has early cross country practices.

So you see, taking a few minutes to be mindful put me in a pickle… So I tried a different approach to my morning.  I woke up EARLIER and allowed myself to have a me-time without interruption. Of course, for this to happen, I had to go to bed EARLIER too! No caffeine after 4:00 pm and did my best to be in bed earlier than usual.

So I woke up at 4:25 gave myself a pep talk and got out of bed. I worked out for 45 minutes and after I was done, I dedicated time to do my journal.  I did my best to be mindful in the morning while waking up, working out, journaling, and writing…

I liked the way I felt, more in-tune with the morning routine, more in-tune with myself. I did not like the fact that I felt that in order to achieve that I need to move my schedule (go to bed earlier, wake up earlier) instead of having the freedom to take a chunk of time of the day just for me… but I am learning with time that to be responsible of my actions and choices do make a different and I chose to have a house, a husband, two kiddos, and a full time job, so I think that being grateful for those choices is better than feeling grumpy because of needing to wake up earlier…

I have plans of doing this again, at least 3 times a week and for the other days, I plan to move the mindful moment for the night incorporating it in my night routine… we will see how that goes.

We will see with time how the new routine works, and looking forward to more challenges my new mindful journaling adventure may bring.

Chasing after that nighttime routine and why it is so important to catch it

It is well known and scientifically confirmed that having a healthy sleeping pattern is crucial to our overall mind, body, and soul wellness, and that adults should have between 7 to 9 hours of sleep every day. I have to recognize that throughout my life my sleeping patterns have been inconsistent, erratic, and flat out not sufficient.

When I was in high school I was the first one to enlist in an “all night study group” with my friends. We will pick a home (sometimes mine) and we will START studying around 8 or 9 and we will stay up thanks to coffee, lots of coca-cola, and chips throughout the night. We would close books around 3 or 4 in the morning, sleep for two hours, and get ready to go to school, acting like zombies during school hours, but lucky enough, acing every test.

I applied the same concept in College and it worked! I graduated with an Engineering degree pulling all-nightersat the library and bars (no judging I did graduate).

While in high school and college my sleeping ritual and pattern had been sneaking out of the window, once I
became a mother it went running out of the front door never to look back. Between breastfeeding and working full time, being sleep deprived became normal. I remember about five years after becoming a mom that I woke up one day at 8 a.m., and oh my it was a miracle. I had by then two boys, a full-time job, and shared every household responsibility with my husband, including cleaning and cooking. I was a very happy and sleepy mother and wife.

My boys were never the ones to sleep until late, they would wake up at the crack of dawn, with happy faces and empty bellies. I loved every minute of those mornings, and my husband was up for family time too. Now my boys are older, if they wake up before me they know how to start with their breakfasts until I roll out of bed around 7:00 a.m. (yes, the crack of dawn is still their wake up alarm).

In the years to come, my nights have had several rituals and several patterns. From using my nights to sew and quilt, from devoting long nights to reading, to use them to study for my Life Coaching certification, and for a while, I turned off the lights and went to bed at 9:30 sharp (with an alarm set up at 4:00 a.m.).

When I started my journey of self-improvement I came across the importance of a nighttime routine and hours ofsleep. I immediately downloaded an app and started logging in my sleeping hours and to my surprise, I was sleep deprived at an average of 5.5 hours of sleeping time! I have been working hard to try to create an automatic nighttime routine which is easily doable and without too many steps. I have been able to increase my hours of sleep, and I do feel the difference especially on my happiness vs grumpiness when I am tired and sleepy. I learned to put my sleeping time as a priority instead of letting it be the last action of the day and compensating for the lack of sleep with coffee cups at 5:00 pm!

It is a work in progress and I do have several factors working against me in order to maintain a healthy 8 hour sleeping time, but taking into consideration the importance of a good and healthy night sleep I keep my log, I check with myself, I check my moods, my fatigue, and I do take it seriously. Nighttime may be running away from me must of the time… but I am certainly running towards it as well.

Why to look inward to find our balance

Every day we have the opportunity to redefine ourselves, I have been knowing this for a while and I do work daily on positive personal development. Practicing awareness with our surroundings as well as internally allows us to detect parts of our daily thoughts and beliefs that interfere with the goal of just “being a better person”. 

During my interaction with friends and family for the last three months, it has come very clear how differently people are reacting to these challenging times as we try to consolidate the external worldwide chaos with our neurotic, monotonous, boring, and scary household life. 

Some friends and family will clearly state out the commitment to take this mandatory “time-off” to re-evaluate themselves, take the time to look inward, to take upon projects and goals unfinished and get them done. From improving our communication (and patience) with our children to becoming a better baker or to read more books or simply cleaning that forgotten drawer you’ve been avoiding for years… 

I personally found myself on this side of the balance, especially at the beginning (yes nothing remain the same after three months of constant uncertainty and immobilization). As soon as I realized that the kids were not going back to school and as we followed the stay-at-home orders, I sprung into thinking how I can use this time positively. I soon became discouraged as my work from home completely consumed my day due to the lack of “fast and easy technology set-up” I had in my office. That combined with two school-aged children doing all their school work at home and having to feed the family three times a day plus snacks did not help. 

So I slowed down the list of goals for self-improvement, embraced my new days as they came, and put my mind into making my husband happy, my kids smarter, my boss content, and my parents relaxed. I did learned how to sew masks, I did continue with my never-ending life coaching learning, I did become a better baker (thanks to the Great British Bake-Off), I did continue to exercise as I would normally do and improved by nutritional intake, however, there where other items I have yet to complete, and I simply don’t care. 

As the days (and weeks) progressed I saw how my friends and family switch from being positive and getting personal goals set up to straight up complaining about why now we are in this frenzy of improving ourselves… like one friend said: “I have enough not to lose my mind thanks to the extra anxiety I have with kids, and unemployment, and not getting out of the house, and making and remaking budgets, I don’t need the pressure of redefining myself so at the end of this ordeal I come out a better person which of course includes for some weird reason being on a better physical shape too. Idon’t want to be a better person, I just want to survive this in one piece”. I deeply sympathize with this feeling, and I do get it, however, it was hard not to hear the fear speaking out, the solid acceptance that we are in a deep hole, that all is dark, that is hard and difficult, that the way out looks impossibly far away. 

Although I do understand the refusal to take this moment to look inward, when outward is going ballistics, it’s for that same reason that we should take time to analyze ourselves, our feelings, and our thoughts. Perhaps not with the purpose of redefining ourselves, but surely with the goal of finding our center, our own personal stability, our balance, and our hope.

watch out 40 here i come!

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

I am turning 40 with a whole new healthy lifestyle and following Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet was the best gift I could have given myself. 

After one month of following the diet, I can honestly say that the results are not only visible, but I can internally feel them too. 

I feel more energized, happier, in control of what I eat, and extremely satisfied every time I realize I have reached another weight loss goal! (the scale never lies). I do believe that when we are happy with ourselves we show it to those around us, and my family has been constantly complimenting my new attitude and self-love. Watch out 40 Here I Come!!! 

What I like about this diet (or what I like to call it: Healthy Lifestyle) is that it is easily accommodating to my day to day life, turning into something that you not only adapt just to lose weight or just to gain energy but, something that you can adapt as a permanent lifestyle. Your everyday life will only be improved when this plan is constantly followed (I know I feel and look like the young active mom I want to be). 

I would like to complete this journey by providing you one quote from the book that better describes why this new adapted healthy lifestyle is the one you need to get on right now… 

❖ “So, despite all the bad press over the years, certain carbohydrates play an important role in balancing your hormones and regulating your metabolic rate, while avoiding the dreaded weight loss plateaus that accompany conventional mainstream diets. Furthermore, when you eat these carbohydrates, you’ll feel much better than you would if you were following a traditional diet.”

The reason why I think this is a very important part of the book is that it shows that by adapting to this lifestyle we are moving around how we eat and when we eat, but there are no severe restrictions to any foods, and for me, that is a major hit with this diet. I am a mom with growing kids, a full-time job, a husband that has health issues,  and I cannot create two or three separate meal plans, I needed to downstream our diet as a family while making sure we are all healthy and fit, and this book did just that. 

As the book says 

❖ “Always Eat After 7 pm is a three-phase program that teaches you how to lose big by strategically eating big when you are naturally hungriest—in the evening. This may sound too good to be true, but let me assure you it is no gimmick. It’s all about making strategic and smart food swaps, and you can still eat your favorite foods.”

I am glad I shared my journey with you. I hope it motivates you to start your own journey towards a healthier lifestyle, not only for you, but also for your family. (for post 1, 2 and 3 see below). 

Post 1: https://themariparklife.com/2020/06/12/the-road-to-a-healthy-lifestyle-when-you-are-turning-40/

Post 2: https://themariparklife.com/2020/06/18/weight-loss-with-the-right-guidance/

Post 3: http://themariparklife.com/2020/06/18/1139/

I have seen the changes in my body and the changes in my mentality towards nutrition, this book has allowed me to become more nutrition smart, allowing me to understand my metabolism (especially now that I am turning 40), my eating habits (old and new), and my confidence in making the right healthy choices for me and my family.

Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion which is now available to purchase and you can learn more about the book and how to purchase here http://bit.ly/2wNaFIx

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.