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Why Don’t Kids Like Green Food?

Written by Tana Amen on . Posted in Nutrition, Tana's Blog

There is a biological reason that you may end up locked in a battle of the wills when you ask your child to eat greens! Have you noticed that your kids don’t hate all vegetables? Usually it’s the really green, bitter ones like spinach, kale, and sometimes broccoli (unless we camouflage the taste). My daughter loves red bell peppers, carrots, squash, cauliflower, and even broccoli pretty much any vegetable except the leafy, dark green ones. This bothered me until I…

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Turbocharging Brain Power with Herbs and Spices

Written by Tana Amen on . Posted in Blog, Nutrition

I’m always reading research studies that focus on the food/mood connection. Think of the spice aisle at the grocery store as the natural pharmacy. A number of spices have brain-enhancing effects in addition to greatly enhancing the flavor in food. One of the healthy eating pillars I ascribe to is spicing up your food and brain, especially with those spices located in your kitchen cabinets. These can be powerful enough to help balance blood sugar, boost immunity, help prevent cancer,…

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Mindfulness and Meditation – 3 steps to get that “monkey” off your brain!

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Mindfulness and meditation are both great ways to relax and calm your mind. We are able to be in tune with our environment and become more connected to those we love and our surroundings when we meditate and are mindful. Life however, can be chaotic and in the midst of the crazy, some of us, especially women, tend to get “monkey mind”. What is “monkey mind”? It’s a term I use when my brain is inundated with chatter and is…

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Journaling – The Key to Creating Successful Habits

Written by Tana Amen on . Posted in Blog, Tana's Blog

Many people eat more often when they are feeling lonely, depressed, frustrated, bored and mad than when they are truly hungry. In fact, some people can go years without ever feeling hungry because they eat constantly. Food is their best friend. So, I’m going to show you how you can dump that “friend,” and make journaling your new best friend. In fact, just like a supportive friend who will never leave your side, a journal will change your life because…

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Summertime Snacks – Fun, Healthy and Great for the whole family

Written by Tana Amen on . Posted in Nutrition, Recipes, Tana's Blog

A lot of parents ask me for help on how to get their kids to eat healthy. My answer? Get your kids involved in the meal preparation process. Have them help you create their healthy snacks and before you know it, they’ll be doing it on their own. The easiest place to start is with a favorite snack. In my case, and probably most parents’ cases, chocolate is always a good snack to start with. While chocolate actually has antioxidant…

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Health Boosters- The Real Deal On Supplements for Kids

Written by Tana Amen on . Posted in Nutrition, Tana's Blog

Why? How much? Which ones?… are some of the frequently asked questions I get when it comes to kids and supplements. Summer can be a great opportunity to make healthy changes or refocus your families’ health routines. Or, better yet, if you don’t have a health routine, now is the time to start one. Typically, we don’t think of kids needing supplements but what we don’t realize is that our bodies do not get everything they need from food alone.…

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The Importance of a Healthy Community

Written by Tana Amen on . Posted in Tana's Blog

It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a community of supportive family and friends to keep that child living longer into his or her adulthood.

In their ongoing search for better health and longevity, people are reading up on natural health techniques, taking supplements, seeing natural health doctors and watching what they eat. Many of them are even doing the unimaginable: lowering their fists at one another while driving to lower stress. But they are overlooking an …

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Make My Day. Ask Me a Question

Written by Tana Amen on . Posted in Fitness, Nutrition, Tana's Blog

Many people think that to get rid of sugar cravings, reverse disease, having better brain health starts with a better diet. Almost. But it really starts with questions. The right kind of questions. Knowledge is having the right answers, but intelligence is asking the right questions.

How do I know if I’m gluten intolerant?

Can I overcome a family history of disease, or is it my fate?

How can I get rid of my sugar cravings, and feel fuller after

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Eating Cheap Doesn’t Mean Eating Poorly

Written by Tana Amen on . Posted in Nutrition, Tana's Blog

You looked in the fruit and vegetable aisle. You saw how fresh and green the broccoli looks, so you decided to take a couple of stalks, but not before doing a double take on the price. You sighed, put the broccoli back, and then headed on over to the "dead aisles"; the Alzheimer’s and high blood pressure aisles, attractively lined with man-made, processed foods filled with sugar and salt to draw you in.

No, I wasn’t following you. I just …

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Keeping Kids Omni

How My Independent Kid Stays Healthy

Written by Tana Amen on . Posted in Nutrition, Tana's Blog

What’s one of the hardest jobs in the world?

Deep-sea fishing? Lumberjack? Police officer?

Candidates for this (arguably) hardest job in the world must be willing to work over 100 hours a week, have impeccable time management skills, be on call 24/7, have unlimited patience, and be cool, calm and collective under pressure.

It’s being a mom.

(Arguably.)

One of the struggles of a mom is to make sure her kids eat right. We are what we eat, and food—especially …

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