Healthy Habit Thursdays: Dealing With Colds

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AAAAACHOOOOOOO!

How did this happen?

I have a cold!!!!

I never get a cold! 

Well, I guess I should never say never. 🙂

And, I do know how this happened.

We actually have all the necessary “germs” right inside our own nose and throat, waiting for a moment of weakness when the “germs” can breach our immune system and get a foothold.

So, what can we do to improve the odds of staying healthy?

Here are a few tips:

1.   Get enough sleep!  Your body renews and your cells rebuild while you are asleep.

2.   Stay hydrated.

3.   Dress appropriately for the weather…when you feel chilled, beware!  Here in Colorado, we can experience seasons in the space of 24 hours.

4.   Wash your hands often.

For me, drinking LOTS of tea with honey is what helps the most when I do get a cold.  It soothes my throat, clears my nose and seems to shorten the life of the cold.

I’m sure everyone has their own sure-fire remedies.  Please share.

When young children are not feeling well, it is often difficult to keep them quiet and in the house…and giving them their medicine can be a tough task.  There are several picture books and activities in SHOW ME HOW! that would be helpful to use when your children are sick.  Visit my website to get your own copy of this wonderful resource, now on sale till March 9th for half-price.   It’s filled with story summaries and lots of activities…each takes just 15 minutes…15 minutes that can shape your child’s future.

What do you do when your child is ill?

Healthy Habit Thursdays: Give Your Kitchen a Health Makeover

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What do you think are the dirtiest, most germ-laden areas in your home?

Most people would probably say the bathroom or the kitchen.

Interestingly enough, studies reveal items like your television remote, cell phone and computer keyboard are actually the culprits!

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2010/08/ten-most-germy-places-in-the-home/

How many of you lifted your fingertips off the keyboard just now? 🙂

No worries…you can easily clean it by turning it upside down and gently shaking to release any crumbs…then wipe with a cotton ball slightly damp with alcohol or special computer cleaning fluid and finish with an antibacterial wipe.  Clean each key…the black ones are dirty even if you can’t see the bacteria. 🙂  For more detailed information: http://www.ehow.com/how_2215315_clean-computer-keyboard.html

Even though some research has put computer keyboards, TV remotes and cell phones at the top of the germ hot-spot list, the kitchen is not far behind.

So what can you do to insure that your kitchen is a safe place to prepare and store food for your family?

Here are 6 simple steps to give your kitchen a Health Makeover!

1.   Always start with freshly washed hands when preparing or serving food…then wash hands, utensils, countertops and cutting boards, especially after touching raw meat or poultry.

2.  Promptly refrigerate leftovers…bacteria can grow at room temperature.

3.  Switch to glass food containers because some plastics contain chemicals that leech into the food.

4.  Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly and remove outer leaves of lettuce and cabbage.

5.  Wash off the tops of cans before opening…you never know who or what was crawling on the merchandise in the store warehouse.

6.  Rinse off your can opener after each use…and give it a good wash on a regular basis.

Young children love to help in the kitchen…mixing and measuring give them a sense of competence…one of the building blocks in the formation of a positive self-image.  If you are looking for fantastic fun-filled cooking activities, check out SHOW ME HOW! BUILD YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING, available right now at half-price on my website. 

Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is coming sooner than you think (May 8th)…why not grab a copy for a special mom or grand-mom in your life.  And maybe one for yourself!  It’s a gift that provides 100’s of fun-filled educational activities…and answers the question…what are we going to do today?