I hope you guys are enjoying Plants-a-palooza 2014 as much as I am. I will write a wrap-up post next week with the lessons I Imagelearned and things I will be changing going forward. But please feel free to share your thoughts here or on Facebook.

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I always tell my children that if there is something that has gluten that they really want to eat, to tell me and I can either find or make then a gluten free, real(er) foods version. So, one day, my son asked if I could make them, “Those black crackers with cheese in the middle that everyone eats?” After a few minutes, I realized he meant Oreos. Until now, I hadn’t had a recipe. Check these out from Gluten Free on a Shoestring.

I know Easter has come and gone, but really? I couldn’t NOT share this creative cake-in-an-egg post from Wallflower Girl.

I’m a chocolate kind of gal, but there is something so soothing and comforting about a nice vanilla pudding, no?

I am ALWAYS on the lookout for natural stain removal techniques. I cannot tolerate most conventional laundry detergents, so I rely on old school means to get out the gnarly stains that my children (and sometimes I) acquire on my clothes. So I will absolutely save this great post from Simple Life Mom.

Oh, Nom Nom Paleo! Can someone just make me her Cantonese Egg Custard with Minced Pork? Please?

I’ve shared with you before Julie Wiebe PT’s “Dear Coach” letter to her child’s gymnastics coach. Here’s a good quote to help you get the gist:

In addition to wearing my mom hat, I am also a women’s sports medicine physical therapist that specializes in returning women to fitness and sport after injury and pregnancy. This area of focus demands that I understand and keep up with emerging research about the core, how it develops in girls, how to recover it after injury. I have some concerns I wanted to pass on about the messaging the coach communicated to the girls (9-12) about their cores. The coach asked the girls to feel their abdomens and determine if they were “soft, hard, or somewhere in the middle”. He told them it should be hard and he wanted them to have “strong cores”. He then proceeded to ask them to perform a series of planks and high reps of a few variations of crunches.

Julie Wiebe, PT

Listen moms and dads, we have GOT to start getting serious about the experiences our children are having in their physical activities at school and afterwards. As Julie says:

We are shaping their physical future. For the girls my daughters age through their teens we are quite literally “shaping” them as they begin to develop through puberty. We can guide that physical growth and change with the great information at our disposal or hamper it.

I know I have turned a blind eye to some of the potentially harmful things I have seen coaches doing with kids, knowing that my best opportunity is to start a dialogue through my blog, not provoke an argument. There is a whole blog post brewing, by the way.

But in the interim, I saved this letter offered by Fit2B, asking that her child be excused from performing crunches and sit-ups in PE class. It was something I wanted to share with you all and I had just filed it away.

So I was a little taken aback when my oldest child, W, said to me this morning, “Mommy, I am supposed to do sit-ups in school, but I just don’t think they’re good for me.” We talked a little about the movement and I said that he could tell his teacher that his mom didn’t want him to feel like he had to do them and if she had questions, to let me know. I will let you all know how this all unfolds. I am really grateful that Julie Wiebe and Fit2B have already walked this path and I can learn from them.

Why does it matter, you ask? Because every time I teach a class, I see the effects of overtrained and mis-trained abdominal muscles. And every time I am with a group of my peers, invariably the whole “peeing when you sneeze” issue comes up. Incontinence is common, but it is not normal. We can stop doing this to ourselves. But first, we have to talk about it.

Like I said, much more on that to come.

Let’s end with a chocolate milkshake, why don’t we? (But I would use honey.)

Eat those plants! Check out the Primal Life Kit bundle! And I will see you next week!

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