An open mind helps you try new things. Listen to yourself: your heart, your body, your mind, your soul. What do you need to give to yourself? Make a list of needs. Make a list of possible healthy solutions to fulfill your needs. Try things until you find what works for you. Invent your own recipes for your unique life.
Sweet Fuyu Persimmon Cucumber Salad
With a sweet, almost melon flavour, this fruit is an amazing new addition to your weekly delights. The Latin word for persimmon means “food of the gods.” They are native in China and Japan.
It is a powerhouse of nutrition. Vitamin A (55% of daily nutrition), Vitamin C (21%), lots of manganese, promotes healthy mucus membranes and skin, protectant against lung and mouth cancers. They are an excellent source of fiber and has B-complex vitamins. They help filter light in our eyes. They are known for having anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Persimmons are associated with killing breast cancer cells without harming normal breast cells (according to one study.) They are said to contain elements that aid in fighting and preventing colon and prostate cancer.
Eat in moderation as it is a fruit and contains fructose. Babies 6M+ and children love these too! Fuyu are the sweet ones. Know which type you’ll buy or grow as the astringent ones are bitter. Both types are very healthy. I wish we had a persimmon tree that grew wonderfully here. It’s a wonder I’ve never tasted this understated sweetness before.
Non-GMO, organic ingredients:
Freshly Ground Pepper
Peel persimmons and cut off the beautiful leaves/calyx. Cut into bite size pieces. Slice cucumbers. (Peel if needed for babies or anyone who has trouble with sharper veggie skins like this. Leave peel on if possible as nutritious.) Lightly pepper and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Enjoy this amazingly sweet treat.
You can also prepare a simple sauce with sliced persimmons cooked on the stove in a pot on low with a very small amount of water for steaming. Use on anything from dinner to dessert.
Breathing to Sleep
These are all recipes from one of our upcoming books. Here is a fuss-curbing technique for baby naps, for them to practice, and build a healthy inner voice. (This was devised for very sensitive babies who have a hard time sleeping.) As you read this, practice mindful breathing in and out down the page. We hope it works for you, so you spend less time trying to accomplish naps, and more time resting and exploring this new and beautiful world. “Live in the light!”
As you place your angel in the crib, you smile, hug yourself, say slowly, quietly, and sweetly “Say to yourself ‘Name, I love you!’ Use your little nose and breathe in and out.” Then you mini squeal, hug yourself smiling, and breathe in and out so they can hear. They practice the breathing. It teaches them how to be patient and softly loving with themselves. Walk away slowly, smiling, breathing and “mmmmm”ing softly and sweetly. They baby mimics and repeats. What a lovely game.
Quieting the mind and allowing it to unwind in breaths helps everything. New air in, toxins exhale out. More air helps your brain communicate not only the person’s needs, but to the body and soul inside. Our most important relationship is the one we have with ourself. From knowing and loving ourselves in healthy ways, we can then love others in healthy ways. This good chain reaction ripples out into the universe, which is entirely created out of love. It’s very simple. Everything is based on love. Everyone is made of love. You are love. Look within to see love and allow it to fill you up, beaming love out into the world.
If loud cries occur, try to breathe them to sleep from nearby without them seeing you, remind them to hug themselves. If crying continues, check for the usual needs such as diaper, needs repositioned, a comforting touch, etc. Then do the little hug-breathe routine again with your eyes closed and show them how breathing is calming by doing 10 deep breaths and soft sounds-quiet sighs. Sometimes a very short, funny book helps to calm so they can do the calming routine. Using real words in calming tones can help babies learn your language. Why teach them a made up language that you don’t use? They’re very intelligent and understand everything said, unsaid, and felt. A calm home lessens the pressure on sleep routines.
Remember, that sometimes they will need to unwind with their own noises and little fussing bouts to self soothe, so limit your part after you get them on track. Practicing builds a sound memory, trust in themselves to self-soothe, and the calm breathing will be associated with soothing and loving the self.
Eating healthy, organic food can help with sleep. If your body is balanced and fulfilled, you sleep and play much better. A balanced amount of natural sugar such as in fruit is healthy, but sugar grains and packaged foods can cause an imbalance in your body and every aspect of your life. The key to life is balance. A little of everything, except always infinite amounts of love.
With practice, the breathing helps in all fussy situations so they can calm down enough to tell you what they need. It also helps you calm to the core so they can calm to the core. It changes your approach to overwhelming stressors. You set a good example to calmly deal with difficult situations. Babies can practice this over their lifetime and keep healthy stress-managing habits to avoid unnecessary, bad habits like anxiety, anger, illness, panic attacks, negative thinking, violence, a life stuck in a bad vicious circle, etc.
What you put out into the world comes back to you. At every moment, we all have the potential to release bad habits, and allow good, peaceful thoughts and actions to inhabit and surround us. Inhale new healthy thoughts, exhale old bad habits.
The sound of our own breathing calms and helps us to sleep. The nervous system is nourished with new air. Every healthy choice leads to another and makes it easier to follow in the same footsteps on a path to a healthy, happy life.
Learning about the body: Melissa and Doug Magnetic Human Body Anatomy Set.
Learn about your love for yourself within: Mirror Work by Louise Hay. We highly recommend this, and You Can Heal your Life, for everyone, any age! Hay House has made so many beautiful messages in books for all ages. Check them out at your library today. Open a journal to a new page. Live being truly you. Nap time is the perfect time to do these once a day exercises. You may be surprised that you may have gone your whole life without getting to know yourself. Helps with all kinds of struggles and transitions in life. Be honest and open with yourself and see what an amazing life you can live right now. Their line of books is printed with FSC certified paper! You can buy this paper for your home computer paper uses without harming the environment.
Try out this gentle yoga exercise whether pregnant or not, man or woman, child or teen, and babies learn it by watching you. One of my all time favs: Apple Yoga with Practice with Katie Appleton. Use with sound off when baby naps. Breathe your baby to sleep as you breathe and stretch.