Nourish Your Stress – 8 Simple Stress Management Techniques for ADHD and Autism Moms

Stress-Free Living - Clouds w: SunburstHaving a child who requires special attention can prove to be an extreme stressor affecting your wellbeing.  You are so busy with the daily grind and the intensity of the work you do with your child that you may very well be distracted from the fact that you are stressed.  Every part of you is operating under extraordinary conditions, stretching you to your physical, emotional, and spiritual limits.

You see, stress does not discriminate; it can attack anyone, at any time, any way it so chooses, no matter where.  You probably don’t even notice it’s there but one day you wake up and something isn’t quite right.  Either you catch every cold or bug that comes around, you start getting headaches, your sleep is disrupted, your allergies are getting worse, your skin tissue becomes challenged. If you ignore these symptoms you might start developing more serious issues like cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases.

But all isn’t doom and gloom.  Stress can be a good thing … as long as it’s managed.  The way I like to look at it is that it is an opportunity for growth. We learn the lessons and we move on.

Here are 8 simple steps to help put things in perspective:

  1. Prioritize.  Do only those things that absolutely need to be done.
  2. Ask for help whenever you need it.
  3. Learn to say no.  You don’t have to accept every invitation just to please others.
  4. Learn forgiveness.  It helps you let go of difficult situations.
  5. Talk things through with a friend or someone you trust.
  6. Exercise.  Even short walks will help relax you physically and emotionally.
  7. Eat a balance diet with lots of fruit and vegetables.  Ditch the frozen dinner, canned soup and cold cuts.
  8. Take time for yourself. Take a “mommy break” if only for 10 or 15 minutes every day and leaf through a magazine, listen to music, or simply close your eyes and do some deep breathing.

It may take some time to put all of these into practice.  Take it one step at a time.  Remember the old joke “How do you eat and elephant?  The answer: ”One bite at a time.

Choose one step you feel you can implement today.  Once you’ve got it down pat add another step and just keep going.  It’s really that simple.

How do YOU keep stress at bay?  Share your secrets and start a conversation.

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Caramel Apples ~ Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Corn, Nut and Refined Sugar Free

I love, love, love caramel!! This easy recipe is quick and easy and is gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar free! Can also be nut free*!  There’s even no butter or milk to substitute. Deceptively delicious.

This recipe fits dietary guidelines for most allergies and is perfect for following a special diet for autism and ADHD. Guilt-free pleasure and perfect for Halloween! 

These caramels we made using almond butter and ground whole vanilla powder from the vanilla bean, not a liquid extract, so they were darker than usual, but so very yummy!

Please excuse the poor photos – a mom of many talents I am, but photographer is not one of them. :)

The following recipe made 15 caramels, as shown above, and 4 caramel apples, seen below. Plus many stolen bites from the four little ones dying to eat it before it was ready!

You can see the apples didn’t look pretty – but the taste more than made up for it. I often don’t post pictures and recipes because I’m a perfectionist and I want to “redo” it so it’s just right… which means never! In my attempt to get over my perfectionism, here are my perfectly unpretty caramel apples.

(Also, I waited to long to dip the apples and the caramel had started to thicken already. I know better, but next time I will have the apples ready and waiting and pour the caramel candies, if any at all, after the apples are done!)

Caramel Apples3/4 Cup Honey

1/4 Cup Nut Butter (can use cashew, almond, sunflower seed* butters)

4 tsp Vanilla Extract

6 Apples

  • Slowly heat the honey in a saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes, until it begins to slightly bubble.
  • Add nut butter and vanilla and cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Bubbles will form and the mixture will pull away from the edges.
  • Careful not to overcook – the longer you cook it, the harder it will get!
  • For caramel apples: Put a wooden stick in the apple, dip into the caramel and lay on wax or baking paper to harden.
  • For candies: Pour into a Silicone Candy Moldand put in the refrigerator until firm.
Special Tips & Suggestions
  • If you do cook it too long, try adding a bit of almond milk or water and stirring on low heat until it melts again. 
  • Go ahead and add a bit of almond milk or water to create a thinner caramel dip for cut pieces of fruit.
  • The candies are solid and firm out of the refrigerator. After sitting out, they get very soft and pliable.

Do you have a favorite Halloween recipe? I’d love to try yours, so please share in the comments below!

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What You Need to Know about GMOs

gmo-summit-2013-banner-180x250I don’t know about you, but I want to know the truth about GMOs. Are they safe or not?

And, yes, it’s important for my readers concerned about ADHD, Autism and Allergies!

Join me in attending this no-cost global event:

Click here to see what it’s about ==> GMO Mini Summit

I imagine your health is important to you, along with the health of your family and friends. (Including your pets!)

I think you’ll want to be there as top experts, researchers and activists share everything they’ve uncovered in this 3-day informative and inspirational summit that’s happening October 25-27, 2013.

Click here to see what it’s about ==> GMO Mini Summit

You’ll discover:

• Studies revealing the health effects of GMOs on animals, humans and the environment

• The possible GMO connection to allergies, autism, and leaky gut

• How to help your family eat healthier and avoid GMOs

• Ways to get involved and become active in the fight for GMO labeling and the future of agriculture

I’m going to be there for sure. I hope you’ll join me.

Click here to see what it’s about ==> GMO Mini Summit

Oh, and be sure to let me know YOUR thoughts and questions about GMOs in the comments below!

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Fresh Tip Friday: Eating Leafy Greens for Better Health

 

{Click to Tweet} Fresh Tip Friday: Leafy Greens are Power-Packed with Vitamins and Minerals. Experiment with new Ways to Eat them. @Stephanimcgirr

 Fresh Tip Friday

 

When creating and encouraging a healthy and effective plan for your autism diet and ADHD diet, try to include foods that are “closest to their original source.”  Leafy greens are the perfect source of  vitamins and minerals along with as many raw fruits and veggies as possible is a great foundation for a healthier diet.

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Fresh Tip Friday: Adding Legumes as an Excellent Protein Source

{Click to Tweet} Fresh Tip Friday: Dried Legumes, such as chickpeas, black beans & lentils, are excellent protein sources. @Stephanimcgirr

Fresh Tip Friday

 

We’ve been encouraging our readers to eat foods “closest to their original source” for several months now. Removing processed foods from our homes is essential if we want to make healthy choices for our family and continue to follow a special diet for Autism and ADHD. Dried legumes such as chickpeas, black beans and lentils are often forgotten about as a healthy option and are an excellent source of protein. Healthier choices will equal a happier and healthier family.

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Fresh Tip Friday: Don’t Forget The Nuts

{click to Tweet} Fresh Tip Friday: When eating Fresh Foods, don’t Forget about Nuts. Raw, unsprouted Nuts contain Enzymes in a “Dormant” state. @Stephanimcgirr

Fresh Tip Friday

Nuts in a “dormant” or unsprouted state are an often overlooked part of a healthy raw food diet. My hope is that your family is seeing the results and benefits from these new healthier choices and everyone is excited to continue to follow a special diet for Autism and ADHD. Healthier choices will equal a happier and healthier family.

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Fresh Tip Friday: Want to Eat Better?

 

{click to Tweet} Fresh Tip Friday! Want to Eat Better? Focus on eliminating artificial additives, MSG, HFCS, and Refined Sugars from your Diet. @Stephanimcgirr

Fresh Tip Friday

Sometimes the statement “I want to eat better” sounds like a daunting task. But by start with certain key changes, you will find yourself and your family eating better in no time. Start by focusing on eliminating artificial additives, MSG, HFCS, and refined sugars from your diet. Removing processed foods from our homes is essential if we want to make healthy choices for our family and continue to follow a special diet for Autism and ADHD. Healthier choices will equal a happier and healthier family.

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Fresh Tip Friday: Thinking Healthy Thoughts

{click to Tweet} Focus on what you CAN include in your Healthy Diet instead of Worrying about what you CAN’T. @stephanimcgirr

Fresh Tip FridayWe’ve been encouraging everyone to eat foods “closest to their original source” for several months now. Removing processed foods from our homes is essential if we want to make healthy choices for our family and continue to follow a special diet for Autism and ADHD. But sometimes we fall into the trap of “feeling deprived” and focusing on what we can’t have, instead of the food choices we can have. Just know these feelings are normal and they will pass. Healthier choices will equal a happier and healthier family.

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Fresh Tip Friday: Exploring Healthy Diet Options

Fresh Tip Friday

Exploring a variety of healthy diet options is essential if we want to make healthy choices for our family and continue to follow a special diet for Autism and ADHD.

To learn more about what dietary changes are best for you and your child and to find out how my services can help you, schedule a free initial phone consultation here.

 

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Fresh Tip Friday: Yes to Scrubbing-No to Peeling

Fresh Tip Friday! Scrub Your Fruits and Veggies but don’t remove the peel if possible.

Doing so removes valuable vitamins and nutrients.Fresh Tip Friday

We’ve been encouraging our readers to eat foods “closest to their original source” for several months now.

Removing processed foods from our homes is essential if we want to make healthy choices for our family and continue to follow a special diet for Autism and ADHD. But it’s also important to not peel our fruits and veggies whenever possible to preserve those precious vitamins and nutrients. Healthier choices will equal a happier and healthier family.

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