The 5 Most Fattening Thanksgiving Foods

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The 5 Most Fattening Thanksgiving Foods

It's no secret that Thanksgiving is among the least diet-friendly holidays on the calendar. Who can resist the savory aromas of casseroles and pies wafting from the kitchen, no matter how strong their dedication to fitness? Unfortunately, the foods of the season are often laden with butter, cream and sugar, all of which spell trouble if you're watching your waistline. But by avoiding the most fattening dishes on the table--or at least partaking in moderation--you can help spare yourself the post-feast guilt. Here are the worst offenders of Thanksgiving.

1. Sweet Potato Casserole

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Those soft orange tubers laced with melting marshmallows have a healthy main ingredient--sweet potatoes are high in fiber and vitamin A, and very low in calories--but the butter, brown sugar and fluffy marsh mellow topping make this indulgence one of the most fattening components of your dinner plate. Just one serving has about 460 calories, enough for a small meal. For a leaner version, go easy on the butter and sugar, and add just a few marshmallows.

2. Pecan Pie

Again, this dish starts with a relatively healthy base (pecans are nutritious, if naturally high in fat) and adds gobs of butter and sugar. Pair it with ice cream or whipped cream, and you're in even deeper diet trouble. If you can't resist the pie, lighten the calorie load by eating around the crust and avoiding toppings.

3. Stuffing

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Stuffing packs a one-two punch of refined carbs from white bread and fat from butter. Some versions also include fatty sausage or other meats. To make a healthier stuffing, use vegetables such as onions and carrots instead of meat, ensure half of the breadcrumbs are whole wheat, and use just a pat of butter.

4. Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

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Butter strikes again, and along with cream or milk, jacks up the fat content of an ordinary potato to artery-clogging levels. And who eats mashed potatoes without gravy? While the brown sauce may add juicy flavor to your spuds, it only adds more fat and calories. For a healthier side, use skim milk and just a touch of butter, and top your mashed potatoes with scallions and fat-free sour cream to enhance the taste.

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5. Alcohol

OK, so it's not really a food. But calories from "adult beverages" can add up faster than you think. Each 4-ounce glass of red wine you put away with dinner has about 100 calories, and each regular beer has 140 calories. Sweet liqueurs like amaretto and Kahlua may wash down the meal nicely, but each shot of just 1.5 ounces has 165 calories. Mixed drinks are often the worst alcohol offenders of all--a 5-ounce serving of a margarita has a mind-blowing 550 calories. Where do they all fit in that tiny glass?

One last tip: drink plenty of water before and during your meal. The calorie-free beverage will fill you up so can't overindulge, and you won't even miss the extra calories. 

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Article Originally appeared on fitday.com

Nina Kate is a certified fitness nutrition specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). She also studied journalism at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and has contributed to numerous major publications as a freelance writer. Nina thrives on sharing nutrition and fitness knowledge to help readers lead healthy, active lives. Visit her wellness blog at BodyFlourish.com.

 

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Reid's Premier Martial Arts September 2017 Open House Recap

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Reid's Premier Martial Arts September 2017 Open House Recap

Reid's Premier Martial Arts Open House September 9, 2017

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Reid's Premier Martial Arts held its annual Open House on Saturday September 9, 2017. The event consisted of a Bully Proof workshop for children ages 5-12 years of age.  The program taught proper body posture and vocal techniques, strategies for deescalation of bullying as well as actual physical techniques that children can use to protect themselves.  Plus everyone got pizza and all of our visiting participants got a chance to break a board and earn their "White Belt" at Premier Martial Arts.

The second event of the day was the Open House Martial Arts demonstration.  Premier Martial Arts Marietta demonstrated forms, techniques and applications form our KIdz 8-12 year old program, the Adult Kung Fu program, the Adult Internal Arts program, the Adult Krav Maga program and from the Kuntao/Silat Program.  This diverse showing of martial knowledge  allowed spectators to witness the wide diversity of material and training that is available at Premier Martial Arts Marietta.

The third event of the day was the Tai Qi & Qigong workshop.  7th Degree Senior Master Michael Reid explained what the Three Treasures of Chinese Qigong are, defined what is Qi is, it's 5 primary sources, what is Tai Qi and how all of this fits together.  Workshop participants then worked one on one with PMA Internal Instructors receiving foundational Tai Qi instruction.  As a special treat Senior Master Reid taught everyone Swimming Dragon Qi Gong from the Blue Dragon Qigong Lineage

The fourth and final event of the day featured Krav Maga.  Instructor Brenda Eaddy made sure that everyone understood the principles of Krav Maga.  This class featured physical conditioning, stress dress drills, empty hand solutions to real life problems, knife and gun defense.

Reid's Premier Martial Arts would like to thank everyone who performed, instructed, participated and came out to support the event.  We are very happy that we were able to share very valuable information and positively affect the lives of participants from age 4 to 70.  Thank you for allowing us to be a positive influence in your lives!

Photos From September 9, 2017 Reid's Premier Martial Arts Open House

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Free Bully Proof Workshop For Kids Ages 5-7

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Free Tai Qi & Qigong Workshop

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Free Adult Self Defense Featuring "Krav Maga" Workshop

Reid's PMA Martial Arts Demonstration

  • Leopard Fist - Gabriel Price - Kidz Premier Martial Arts Program

  • Sai Form - Logan Eaddy - Kidz Premier Martial Arts Program

  • Drunken Spear - Sifu Wes Otto -  4th Degree Black Sash Kung Fu

  • Punching Combinations  - Kim Ochoa, Beatriz Ochoa & Elijah Tihinen - Kidz Black Belt & Basic Program

  • Chen 18 Modified Form - 2nd Degree Internal Arts Instructor Melissa Dietz

  •  Inti Ombak Silat Linear One Form & Linear Two Form -  Gabriel Price - Kidz Premier Martial Arts Program

  • Inti Ombak Silat Saka Guru Knife Form - Instructor 3rd Degree Kung Fu Black Sash Kireeti Sangadala

  • Yang "64" Movement Tai Qi Demonstrations - 2nd Level Internal Program Green Sashes Liz Elberger, Heather vanGumster, Brandallyn Tihinen, Seth Elberger & David Shelby

  • Chen "83" Movement Compilation - Senior Internal Student 5th Degree Associate Master Diana Rixom

  • Kwan Dao - 4th Degree Kung Fu Black Sash Sifu Neil Skinner

  • Li Kwei Double Axes - 3rd Degree Kung Fu Black Sash Cecil Reed Jr.   

  • Samurai Sword - Cole Wallace - Kidz Premier Martial Arts Program

  • Eight Animal Ba Gua Excerpts - 4th Degree Internal Black Sash - Sifu Laurence Stacy

  • Fist of Lohan - Logan Eaddy - Kidz Premier Martial Arts Program

  • Sea Dragon Cane - Gabriel Price - Kidz Premier Martial Arts Program

  • 14th White Crane Strikes Out Its Beaks - Kung Fu 1st Brown SashAndre Haskett

  • Krav Maga Demonstration - Reid's Premier Martial Arts Self Defense Instructor Brenda Eaddy

  • Yang Tai Qi Broadsword - 1st Degree Internal Assistant Instructors Nancy Fritsch & Cida Lucus

  • Tri-Mande Muda Silat Four Count Form - Instructor 3rd Degree Kung Fu Black Sash Kireeti Sangadala

  • 9 Section Chain Whip - Sifu Wes Otto -  4th Degree Black Sash Kung Fu

  • Opening Remarks - PMA Marietta Owner/Chief Instructor 7th Degree Sr. Master Michael Reid

  • Closing Remarks - PMA Marietta Owner/Chief Instructor 7th Degree Sr. Master Michael Reid

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Martial Arts Is the Premier Tool for Personal Development for Kids

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Martial Arts Is the Premier Tool for Personal Development for Kids

By Michael Reid, 7th Degree Senior Master & Owner/Founder Of Reid’s Premier Martial Arts
Jul 27, 2017

As a former NFL player and coach’s son, playing three sports in high school, being blessed to attend school on an athletic scholarship and also having a 6 year career with our Atlanta Falcons, I am often asked "What is the best activity for kids that will get them in shape and also teach them life skills”. To the surprise of many, I do not say football or basketball. I absolutely loved the athletic challenges of both sports and can say that my athletic experiences, in addition to being a Scout and participating in numerous other activities, taught me real life lessons that I utilize to this day. 

FOOTBALL AND HEAD INJURIES

Let’s address the Albatross in the room concerning football and head injuries. I cannot say that I would not play if I had the information that I have right now. The truth is that we did not know and it is difficult to say if I would or would not play. I have been around football and football culture since I was 3 years old. My son, who is 22, played in high school and frankly, I love the game.

However, as an adult concerned about my future grandchildren and recognizing the undeniable link and correlation between playing football and CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), I will steer my future grandchildren toward other sports, academic interests and activities that do not take such a physical toll on the body and do not put the BRAIN, our most important and vital organ for a productive life, at risk. 

MARTIAL ARTS AS THE BEST ACTIVITY FOR KIDS

My answer regarding the best all-around activity for kids is martial arts. Martial arts is the one activity I know that provides a foundation of habits and life principles regardless of how long a child trains. If taught correctly, martial arts provides good habits such as goal setting, respect, self-control, integrity, self-discipline, compassion, teamwork and fairness. These habits will be guiding principles for your child throughout their entire life. 

Being in better physical condition, being up for mental and physical challenges, knowing that they can protect themselves and that it is better to use common sense to solve problems than physical violence are all things that will help your child compete successfully in the real world after they leave home. We have to keep in mind that kids are kids and that they are going through the developmental stages of their life. Martial arts help their brains to develop. The katas, forms, punching combinations, drills, etc. stimulate the brain and, in my opinion, help it to function better and organize and process larger amounts of information. 

In today’s world, our kids are oversaturated and overstimulated with electronics. Video games, cell phones and tablets occupy quite a bit of their time. It's not like when I was a kid. The primary video game was “Pong” and you could only play so many hours before you put it down and went outside to play. Kids today are truly in a virtual world. The realism of these games is quite impressive and the programmers are writing code that is designed to stimulate our kids to never want to stop playing. In addition, many schools are reducing or eliminating PE. To develop properly, kids need exercise and martial arts, by traditional design, have always included physical training to sharpen the mind and strengthen the body. The goal of martial arts is to create a highly connected, highly functional, situationally aware practitioner who can function well in numerous environments and operate successfully in both calm and stressful environments.

s a parent, these are certainly attributes that I desired for my own kids. As a teacher, they are the types of things that bring me great satisfaction, instilling in the young eager minds that I see each day. It is a blessing and truly my privilege over the last 25 years to be able to share and teach children life skills. I know that it is working when students who were once kids come back as teenagers and tell me how they use the skills that they learned in the studio in their lives today. 

 

Michael Reid
7th Degree Senior Master & Owner/Founder Of Reid’s Premier Martial Arts

Reid’s Premier Martial Arts is located at 2727 Canton Road in Marietta, Ga. 30066. You can reach us on the web at www.pmamarietta.com, our phone number is (770) 422-9250 and our email is Marietta@ReidPremierMartialArts.com.  We would love the opportunity to work with your family. If you cannot get to us, there are many good schools and I encourage you to reach out to one and get your kids training! 

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Reid's Premier Martial Arts Class Schedule

Reid's Premier Martial Arts      Marieita, Georgia

Reid's Premier Martial Arts      Marieita, Georgia

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Lil Champs (Ages 5-7)

  • Basic Program - Monday & Wednesday 3:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Basic Program - Tuesday & Thursday 6:00pm - 6:30pm
  • Black Belt Program - Monday & Wednesday 3:30pm - 4:15pm
  • Black Belt Program  - Tuesday & Thursday 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Kidz (Ages 8-12)

  • Basic Program - Monday & Wednesday 4:30pm - 5:15pm
  • Basic Program - Tuesday & Thursday 6:45pm - 7:30pm
  • Black Belt Program - Monday & Wednesday 4:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Black Belt Program - Tuesday & Thursday 6:45pm - 7:45pm
  • Premier Program - Monday & Wednesday 4:30pm - 5:45pm
  • Premier Program - Tuesday & Thursday 6:45pm - 8:00pm
  • Advanced Kidz Class - Monday & Wednesday 6pm-7pm

ADULT SELF DEFENSE FEATURING KRAV MAGA

  • Basic Program - Tuesday & Thursday Night 7:45pm - 8:45pm
  • Black Belt Program - Tuesday & Thursday Night 7:45pm - 9:00pm
  • Premier Program - Tuesday & Thursday Night 7:45pm - 9:15pm

ADULT TAI CHI / INTERNAL ARTS

  • Yang Tai Chi - Monday 8:00pm - 9:00pm, Wednesday 7pm - 8pm, Saturday 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Level II Internal - Monday 8:00pm - 9:00pm, Wednesday 7pm - 8pm, Thursday 8:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Black Sash Internal - Sunday 9:30am - 11:30am

TRADITIONAL KUNG FU

  • Lower/Brown - Monday 7:00pm - 8:15pm, Wednesday 7pm - 8pm, Saturday 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Black Sash Kung Fu - Wednesday 8pm -9:30pm, Saturday 8:30am - 10am

KUNTAO / SILAT

  • 1st & 3rd Sunday of Each Month 2:30pm - 4:30pm unless otherwise noted.

Our VIP PASS Quick Start Program For Kids Includes:

  • A Uniform!
  • Two Private Lessons!
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Use this to try out one of our many programs, featuring: Kickboxing, Krav Maga, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Karate for Kids, and more!

Our VIP PASS Quick Start Program For Adults Includes:

  • Training Attire
  • Two Group Lessons!
  • All for only $29.95

Select your program below to begin your Quick Start with Reid's Premier Martial Arts!

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10 Rules for Summer Safety

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10 Rules for Summer Safety

Dust off your grill and grab your swimsuits, because the lazy days of summer are here! With the right tools and preparation, summertime can be a relaxing and safe time for you and your family. Here are 10 ways to avoid seasonal mishaps.

By Sara DuMond, MD from American Baby

Sun Protection and Heat Exhaustion

Protect Baby When in the Sun

First, avoid being in the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and stay in a shaded area as much as possible when outside. Dress baby in a hat, sunglasses, and clothing made with a tight weave. For babies 6 months and older, use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 (SPF 30 and higher is even better) that offers both UVA and UVB protection. For babies younger than 6 months, if adequate shade isn't available, put sunscreen in small amounts on exposed surfaces of skin. Always apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside -- even on cloudy days -- and reapply it every two hours. Even waterproof sunscreen loses its effectiveness after about 80 minutes of swimming.

How to Treat: If your child does get a sunburn, the best remedies are cold compresses, over-the-counter pain relievers, and aloe preparations.

    Keep Kids Cool

    As temperatures rise, heat exhaustion becomes a concern. Symptoms include fatigue, extreme thirst, and muscle cramping. If a person doesn't cool down and rehydrate herself, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke (signs are headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and lack of sweat), which is potentially fatal.

    How to Treat: If you notice heat illnesses in kids, spray them with cold water from a bottle or hose, fan them, and get them into the shade. Ice packs to the groin and armpits can speed up the cooling process even more. If you suspect heatstroke, call 911.

    Special Concerns: Infants are vulnerable to heat-related illness, so keep them in air-conditioned areas when possible. And never leave kids in unattended cars, even with the windows cracked.

      Use Caution When in Water

      Sadly, drowning is among the leading causes of accidental death in children. The American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should not enroll children under age 4 in formal swimming lessons that teach water survival skills. If you want them to play in water, supervise them within arm's reach, even in shallow water.

      Special Concerns: When choosing a flotation device, go for a child-size life vest. Little arms are less likely to slip out than they are with water wings. And when compared with using a swim ring, there's less chance of tipping over. Also, take a CPR course (find your local American Red Cross chapter at redcross.org) so you'll be prepared in case of a near-drowning incident.

        Burns and Poisonous Plants

        Guard Against Burns

        About half of all accidental burns that occur each year happen to kids under age 4. That's why you shouldn't leave a small child unattended around hot appliances, such as a grill or a stove, and why you should keep kids at a distance while you're cooking. Also keep sparklers away from children.

        How to Treat: First-degree burns are painful and red but don't blister. To care for these minor burns, hold the area under running cool tap water for about five to 10 minutes. There's no need to use topical creams or ointments, and don't apply ice, as this can lead to frostbite and delay healing. Place a loose, sterile dressing over the site, and keep it clean with soap and water as it heals.

        Special Concerns: Second-degree burns are deeper and typically blister (don't pop the bubbles). Contact your child's doctor if you suspect this. Third-degree burns are even more serious and appear white, waxy, or black. Often, they are so deep that the area feels numb. These burns require immediate medical attention.

          Avoid Poisonous Plants

          To further help you sidestep these summer spoilers, here's information on recognizing these plants: Poison ivy grows as a vine or shrub in the grass or on trees. Poison oak grows only as a shrub, usually in the western United States. Poison sumac is a tall shrub or small tree found in wooded areas of eastern states.

          The good news: the rashes (caused by oils from these plants) aren't contagious. Once the skin has been washed and clothing is removed, the rashes can't spread.

            • Poison Ivy -- Look for three pointed, notched leaves per stem.
            • Poison Sumac -- Six to 12 leaves grow in pairs with a single leaf topping stems.
            • Poison Oak -- Looks like poison ivy, but tips of leaves are rounded.

              How to Treat: If your child's skin comes in contact with one of these plants, you have a window of about 10 minutes to wash away the rash-causing oil. If you don't catch it in time, a rash may develop within 12 hours. Use topical hydrocortisone cream and an oral antihistamine to calm the itch.

              Special Concerns: If the rash involves the eyes or if it covers a large portion of her body, contact your pediatrician. Oral steroids may be recommended for severe cases.

                Beware of Bee Stings

                Bees are attracted to flowers, so don't put fragrances or floral-patterned clothing on kids. Likewise, don't leave out open containers of food and drink, and if your kid's clothes get stained, change them. Should a bee land on or next to your child, remain calm and gently blow it away.

                How to Treat: If your child gets stung, brush the stinger away with the edge of a credit card. Next, apply a salve of one part meat tenderizer to four parts water and leave it on the area for about 30 minutes to neutralize the venom. Then apply cold compresses and topical hydrocortisone cream, and give an oral antihistamine to reduce swelling. You could also apply a paste of baking soda and water.

                Special Concerns: Bee stings often look worse the next day -- skin reactions are normal and may last up to a week. But some people have severe allergic reactions to bee stings that include all-over hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness or fainting, and swelling of the lips and tongue. These can be life-threatening reactions that require immediate medical help. If your child has this allergy, his doctor will prescribe an injectable form of epinephrine, a lifesaving medicine.

                  Bug Bites, Swimmer's Ear, and Food Poisoning

                  Bypass Bug Bites

                  When outside, cover children with lightweight clothing and use mosquito netting over strollers and infant seats. Ticks are also a concern, so check your child's body for them at the end of each day spent outside.

                  When choosing bug repellents this summer, know that the most effective products contain DEET because it's proven to repel both mosquitoes and ticks. Products with a DEET concentration of less than 30 percent are safe for kids, but not for babies under 2 months old. Apply the repellent once a day and don't use combination sunscreen/bug repellent products. All-natural repellents, such as lemon eucalyptus and citronella, aren't proven to protect against ticks, nor should they be used in children younger than 3 years. It's safe to apply them on older kids.

                  How to Treat: Topical antihistamine preparations can help relieve the itch of mosquito bites. If you find a tick on your kid, use tweezers to pull it off by its head. Ticks have to be embedded in the skin for about 24 hours to transmit germs. If you suspect a tick has been on your child for this long, contact your pediatrician.

                    Avert Swimmer's Ear

                    It's an infection of the outer ear canal, and pain is the earliest symptom. As it progresses, you might see drainage from your child's ear and extreme tenderness when her earlobe or the outer part of the ear is tugged. Because swimmer's ear is caused by germs that invade the ear canal due to excess moisture, dry the outside part of the ears after water play.

                    How to Treat: Apply prescribed antibiotic drops and curb pool time.

                      Steer Clear of Food Poisoning

                      If you're outside at a picnic and can't wash your hands (or your kids' hands), use an antibacterial hand gel. Clean all raw fruits and vegetables, and keep raw meats separate from cooked foods. Wash food-preparation surfaces and utensils well, and cook all food thoroughly. If you're marinating food, make sure it's in the refrigerator or a cooler.

                      The FDA recommends keeping cold food at a temperature of less than 40 F. Make sure to refrigerate all uneaten food, not just foods containing mayonnaise, after one hour if the outdoor temperature is above 90 F., or after two hours any other time.

                      How to Treat: Signs of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Usually there's blood in the stool, as well as a fever. If you suspect that your child has it, contact his doctor. Treatment involves fluids, rest, and a bland diet, but the illness may require medical attention.

                        First-Aid Kit Essentials

                        What better time to stock a first-aid kit than at the start of the summer season, when many accidents occur. While you can't prevent all accidents, you can be prepared. Here is a list of helpful things to include:

                          • Band-Aids
                          • Soap
                          • Antibacterial gel or foam
                          • Triple-antibiotic ointment
                          • Hydrocortisone cream
                          • Sterile gauze pads
                          • Adhesive tape
                          • Tweezers
                          • Washcloths
                          • Cold packs
                          • Infant and children's Motrin or Tylenol
                          • Oral antihistamine
                          • Rubbing alcohol
                          • Digital thermometer

                            Sara DuMond, MD, is a pediatrician, a mom of two young children, and an American Baby adviser.

                            Copyright © 2008 Meredith Corporation. Originally published in June 2007 issue of American Baby magazine.

                            All content on this Web site, including medical opinion and any other health-related information, is for informational purposes only and should not be considered to be a specific diagnosis or treatment plan for any individual situation. Use of this site and the information contained herein does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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                            Internal Components Of The Human Condition - Master Michael Reid

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                            Internal Components Of The Human Condition - Master Michael Reid

                            Master Reid Video Blog March 23, 2017

                            Master Reid responds to a student who was having a hard time seeing how the soft fluid movements of Tai Chi can be used by for self defense.  

                            He discusses the plurality of usage regarding Tai Chi and contrast different internal modalities used around the globe and that the holistic components that tie them all together are based on the understanding that at the very least we are:

                            • Physical Beings
                            • Emotional Beings
                            • Energetic Beings
                            • and Spiritual beings

                            He also notes that holistic practices around the globe understand and utilize the understanding that:

                            • Posture Effects Structure
                            • Structure Effects Function
                            • and Intent Effects Functionality.

                            Go to MasterReid.com to learn more about Master Reid.

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                            The Blue Dragon, Dr. Love's Visit To Atlanta.  What Did We Learn!

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                            The Blue Dragon, Dr. Love's Visit To Atlanta. What Did We Learn!

                            Master Reid discusses Dr. George Loves's visit to Atlanta.  His thoughts on food, holistic healing and internal arts training and what the students who were blessed to attend "The Blue" Dragon's Workshops were able to learn and take away from these great training opportunities

                            February 2017 Workshop Information

                            • Detoxification Transformation & Asian Food Therapy
                            • Psycho-puncture & Tibetan Dream Programing
                            • Three Treasures Qi Gong - Jing -> Qi -> Shen
                            • Tea Cup Qigong, Flying Dragon Qigong, Flying Buddha Palm Qigong
                            • Liver Dance Qigong, Animal Dance Qigong
                            • Historical Correlation & Relationship of Taoism, Shamanism & Development of Natural Healing 
                            • Neidan (Internal) & Waidan (External)
                            • Martial Qigong, Medical Qigong & Spiritual Qigong

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                            for more information about Master Michael Reid and to see his other blog post

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                            The Importance of Stretching and Flexibility

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                            The Importance of Stretching and Flexibility

                            "Stretching & Flexibility" - Master Reid Video Blog February 2, 2017

                            Master Reid gives a shout out to his Atlanta Falcons as they prepare to "RISE UP"!!!  He quickly discusses the importance of stretching and flexibility and introduces Roel Fung-A-Wing, a level two internal student of his with over 40 years experience as a Physical Therapist, and gives you guys access to a very special free workshop entitled "Stretch and Stay Flexible". 

                            Thank you Roel Fung-A-Wing & Kireeti Sangadala for a great workshop!

                            Thank you Roel Fung-A-Wing & Kireeti Sangadala for a great workshop!

                            Reid's Premier Martial Arts would like to thank Roel Fung-A-Wing of Remobility Physical Therapy for coming out and providing a free workshop on "Stretching & Flexibility".  Roel provided detail instruction of how to stretch all of the major muscles groups on the body along with why it is important that we stretch our bodies.  He stressed why it is absolutely essential that we stretch and maintain our flexibility as we get older and fielded numerous questions about stretching and how to properly stretch if a person has physical limitations.

                            Roel we want to thank you and Kireeti Sangadala (3rd Black Sash at Reid's Premier Martial Arts) for donating your time and sharing your insights so that we can all understand at a much deeper level why we stretch and how to stretch properly!

                            Learn the personal philosophy of Roel Fung-A-Wing and what separates Remobility from other physical therapy centers. 

                            Remobility Therapy Center

                            Click below to see Physical Therapist Roel Fung-A-Wing's "Stretching & Flexibility" Workshop that was held on Saturday January 28, 2017 that was held at Reid's Premier Martial Arts Marietta located at 2727 Canton Road #500 Marietta, Ga. 30066 and is located in the Piedmont Walk Shopping Center.

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                            What Is True Understanding!

                            Master Reid discusses if a person should know everything about what they are doing in regards to any activities in life and particular with regards to internal training. Then he discusses the importance of “Doing”, the “Human Condition” and how this relates to internal training to help us develop "True Understanding".

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                            Thank You To My Teachers - Our Past Supports Our Future

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                            Thank You To My Teachers - Our Past Supports Our Future

                            I want to publicly says thank you to all of the students, parents and family members, relatives and friends who have supported me over my life. I especially want to take time to acknowledge and say thank you to the instructors who have made huge contribution to my personal development.  I hope that my work as an instructor honors each of you and I want each of you to know that it is through your inspiration and lesson taught that my candle stays lit and I continue to walk my path!

                            I read the poem "Growth In The Martial Arts" back in the beginning of my martial arts journey. It resonated with me so much that is one of the first thoughts to go up on wall of my school in 1993 and I have never had a moment since that this has not been up.  It is something that I knew was true when I first read it, and even today many years later the truth and wisdom of the words vibrates at a higher frequency edging me on toward higher evolution as a martial artist and more importantly as a person!

                            In photo above are the people who have been my major role models, martial arts instructors and friends.

                            Bottom Left to Top Right (What They Have Shared With Me)

                            • Sifu Terrance Walker - Praying Mantis, JKD Concepts, African Martial Arts
                            • Elder Master Tim Nance - Shaolin
                            • Guro Bruce Jolly - JKD Concepts, Weapons Training, Silat
                            • Dr. George Love - Chinese Qi Gong & Tibetan Healing & Philosophical Concepts
                            • Guru Daniel Prasetya - Silat Principles, Dayabatin Breathing, Tama Yoga, Tenaga Dalam Principles
                            • Kumu Michelle Manu - Lua "public version" & Life Philosophy 
                            • Elder Master Garry Mullins - Shaolin
                            • Sifu Steve Johnson - Shaolin, Structure, Martial Principles
                            • Elder Master Gary Grooms - Shaolin, Tai Chi, Pa Kua and Internal Studies
                            • Guru Phillip Ghee - Kuntao/Silat
                            • Pendekar Bahati Mershant - Kuntao/ Silat, Tenaga Dalam, SaJen

                            Other instructors mentioned but not in the photo

                            Grandmaster Sin Kwang The' - Shaolin Martial Arts

                            Grandmaster Sin Kwang The' - Shaolin Martial Arts

                            Grandmaster Billy White - Silat, Bare Knuckle Boxing & Catch Wresting Principles

                            Grandmaster Billy White - Silat, Bare Knuckle Boxing & Catch Wresting Principles

                            Tuhon Ray Dionaldo - FCS & Silat Principles

                            Tuhon Ray Dionaldo - FCS & Silat Principles

                            Mas Adji - Gendam for Healing & Martial Arts

                            Mas Adji - Gendam for Healing & Martial Arts

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                            How Do We Test Our Internal Training

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                            How Do We Test Our Internal Training

                            How Do We Test Our Internal Training?  Master Michael Reid Video Blog Dec 20, 2016

                            Master Reid speaks about physical markers and measurements that are easily tested and explains how it is through physical and mental discipline that we elevate our awareness of ourselves so that we can sense the subtle changes that take place inside our bodies.  He also discusses the importance of not fooling oneself or getting stuck on trying to manifest a side effect that can cause you to loose site of what is truly important, and that is elevations of oneself.

                            Discipline is the key! Discipline in training and discipline in diet lead to a better life, along with the introspective personal sensitivity to become aware of the subtle side affects that alter our state of being and allow us to experience life at a higher level ! Master Michael Reid

                            Discipline is the key! Discipline in training and discipline in diet lead to a better life, along with the introspective personal sensitivity to become aware of the subtle side affects that alter our state of being and allow us to experience life at a higher level ! Master Michael Reid

                            If you have a question for Master Reid email him at Michael@MasterReid.com 

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                            Breath & Meditation Regarding The Human System

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                            Breath & Meditation Regarding The Human System

                            Master Reid discusses a question asked last week regarding how breath & mediation correlate to exercise, water and qi as they relate to the human system.

                            • Clean and efficient system bioelectric conducting system
                            • Repair maintenance and self awareness 
                            • Importance of breath and self awareness
                            • Self discipline to accomplish daily task and elevation of our personal state

                            If you have a question for Master Reid email him at michael@masterreid.com

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                            The Importance of Exercise & Water During the Holiday Season from a Holistic Perspective.

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                            The Importance of Exercise & Water During the Holiday Season from a Holistic Perspective.

                            Giving Back To The Community By Sharing Simple, But Important And Effective Concepts and Ideas!

                            Video Blog December 6, 2016 - Master Michael Reid

                            Many Americans gain quite a bit of weight in period that runs from Thanksgiving to New Years.  Generally this can be attributed to the fact that we eat a lot more than normal and with all of the travel and extra activities we stop exercising.  From a holistic perspective this cause blood stagnation.  To be healthy we need to get oxygen/qi into the blood.  

                            There are two primary ways to do this.  

                            • #1 is Exercise
                            • #2 is Water

                            Just by drinking water and exercising during the holiday period we can increase our vitality and come out of the holiday period with great memories and our health!

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                            13 Signs You Need To Lose Weight

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                            13 Signs You Need To Lose Weight

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                            • Jennifer Knightstep
                            • Allwomenstalk #weightloss

                            The girl at the donut shop knows your breakfast order by heart, you can’t remember the last time you saw the inside of the gym, and for the first time ever, your cat seeing you naked after you shower freaks you out.

                            These, among many other things, are perhaps some signs you need to lose weight.

                            Hey, it’s marvelous to be a curvy girl, but you have to be healthy, right?

                            Here are 13 telling signs you need to lose weight.

                            1. YOUR CLOTHES DON’T FIT

                            The last time you tried to squeeze into your favorite jeans, you almost fainted, and has your roommate shrunk your bathing suit?

                            If your clothes don’t fit, it might be a sign you need to lose weight… or maybe your roommate is just playing a prank…

                            2. YOUR MOTHER MENTIONS IT

                            Moms are fantastically tactful and loving people, so if your mother gently broaches the issue of your weight with you, especially in regards to your health, chances are, she has a point.

                            Give her a patient ear, and listen without being offended.

                            She may be telling you a difficult truth — you need to lose weight.

                            3. YOU HAVE NO ENERGY

                            If you’re constantly feeling sluggish and tired, it may be another sign you need to lose weight, especially if you’ve never had energy issues before.

                            Of course, there are many other causes for a sudden drop in your lust for life (like depression), so this is also a tipoff to see your doctor.

                            4. YOUR DOCTOR SUGGESTS IT

                            … and speaking of your doctor, if he or she mentions your weight as a health issue, it’s definitely a sign you need to lose weight, seriously!

                            Being overweight can lead to serious chronic and even deadly health issues, like sleep apnea, diabetes, heart disease, and more.

                            If your doctor feels you’re at risk for any of these, listen to her, and ask for her help in putting together a weight loss plan just for you.

                            5. YOU AVOID MIRRORS

                            If you’re not feeling good about how you look, it’s another sign you need to lose weight.

                            You might be your own worst critic, but sometimes, you have to trust your instinct and listen to your inner voice.

                            6. YOUR BMI SAYS

                            Your Body Mass Index number is another sign you need to lose weight, or even gain weight.

                            The BBC website has an excellent free BMU calculator that takes into account your height, weight, age, and more, to tell you what your number is, and what it means.

                            7. YOUR SCALE

                            I don’t normally suggest using a scale to gauge your weight (it can be a little deceiving), but it’s another tool in your kit of figuring out whether you need to lose weight.

                            If you’re not sure whether or not you need to lose weight, a step on the scale may add a little more illumination.

                            8. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU EAT

                            Most adult women need to consume about 2,000 to 2,500 calories per day to keep at a healthy weight.

                            If you have no idea what you eat, or how many calories your diet provides you, then it’s another sign you need to lose weight.

                            This would be an ideal time to start a food journal, to see what you eat, and when, and what your daily caloric intake might be.

                            9. YOU DON’T FIT

                            While your roommate was shrinking your swimsuit, did she also make all the kitchen chairs smaller, and the bathtub more narrow?

                            If your body doesn’t fit into the furniture or the house quite the same way, this could be another sign you need to lose weight… or you have a very, very crafty and cruel roomie.

                            10. YOUR BODY TELLS YOU

                            All of these signs you need to lose weigh pale in comparison to what your heart, and the rest of your body, is telling you.

                            Listen to yourself… again, your inner voice may be trying to tell you something you just don’t want to hear.

                            11. HEART PALPITATIONS

                            One sure sign you might need to lose weight is if you have heart palpitations.

                            Many overweight people will have an increased heart rate, or heart palpitations due to high blood pressure from a poor diet.

                            Be sure to get tests run by your physician to see how your heart rate is, and if you constantly suffer palpitations from stress, or unknown reasons, don't just ignore them.

                            This could be a sign you're overweight, or suffering other issues.

                            12. YOU CAN'T SEE YOUR FEET

                            Look down at your feet standing up.

                            Can you see them?

                            If your belly is in the way of seeing you feet, you need to lose some weight.

                            An increased waistline is unhealthy, but when it reaches the point you can't see your toes without bending at an angle, weight loss needs to be something you consider.

                            13. BODY SIGNS

                            When you're overweight, your body will tell you.

                            Signs include things like frequent headaches, constant cravings, poor sleep, trouble waking up in the mornings, sluggish metabolism and no energy.

                            Obviously when you see the pounds increase on the scale, this is another sign, but other signs in your body mentioned here are also very important to pay attention to, so don't neglect them!

                            If you’ve read this list, and three or more of these points sound very, painfully familiar (especially #4), it’s definitely time to consider beginning a serious weight loss journey.

                            It’s not an easy realization, but it’s an important first step to a healthier, fitter, happier you!

                            If you’ve lost weight, which of these signs helped get you going?

                            Or was there another sign you need to lose weight that got you started?

                            Please share!

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                            Krav Maga Girl | How To Get Him Off

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                            Krav Maga Girl | How To Get Him Off

                            Krav Maga is the world's most effective personal system of self defense. Join us to learn real life combat techniques for the real world and get in the best shape of your life!

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                             Have you talked to your child about safety this Halloween?

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                            Have you talked to your child about safety this Halloween?

                            Hello there,

                            We all know that Halloween can be such a magical time for children. However, we do know there are some risk at hand that children may not encounter daily.

                            So here are some tips to review with your children to ensure this Halloween is nothing less than magical!

                            Walk Safely

                            1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

                            2. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 

                            3. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.

                            4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.

                            5. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to

                            the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.

                            6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

                            Trick or Treat with an Adult

                            1. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

                            Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

                            1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.

                            2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.

                            3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 

                            4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

                            Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

                            1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

                            2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

                            3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

                            4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

                            5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

                            6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

                            Also, if you have not had an opportunity to take us up on this year’s SPOOKY SPECIAL be sure to email us or call us at 770.422.9250

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                            Could your child use more FOCUS, SELF-DISCIPLINE and CONFIDENCE? How about self defense, and goal setting?

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                            10 Amazing Benefits of Sweating You Didn’t Know

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                            10 Amazing Benefits of Sweating You Didn’t Know

                            BY LISA STEWART

                            We learned about it in health class…sweat is the physical evidence that we have a built in air conditioner.  Our P.E. teachers seemed determined to push us to sweat in hot gyms and outdoor playgrounds; we were then advised to replenish with liquids so that our system could function properly.  And THAT is the extent of what most of us learned about perspiring.  In the celebration of ongoing education, it’s time to truly understand the amazing benefits of sweating.

                            1.  You didn’t know sweat glands help heal wounds?

                            For the last few years, more and more research has been done on eccrine sweat glands which exist in the millions on our skin.  At the University of Michigan, researcher Laure Rittie is discovering that these glands host an important reservoir of adult stem cells which aid in the process of wound closures.  “By identifying a key process of wound closure, we can examine drug therapies with a new target in mind: sweat glands, which are very under-studied,” Rittié says. “We’re hoping this will stimulate research in a promising, new direction.”

                            2.  Amazing benefit of toxin release

                            What exactly happens when we sweat it out?  It’s true…we literally release toxins from our system using sweat as the conduit.  Experts agree that we mainly release excess salt, cholesterol and alcohol. Which means that a sweaty work-out will de-bloat us, clean our clogged arteries and help with a hang-over?    Johnny Cash and skateboarders take this theory for a RIDE.

                            3.  Sweating as an antibiotic

                            Who needs antibacterial ointment when sweat spreads highly efficient antibiotics on to our skin!  If our skin is wounded by a small cut, a scratch, or the sting of a mosquito, antibiotic agents secreted in sweat glands, such as dermcidin, rapidly and efficiently kill invaders.

                            Read more HERE.

                            4.  The enemy of kidney stones is an amazing sweat benefit

                            Its pain has been dubbed worse than childbirth!  Avoiding kidney stones should be a goal for anyone who imbibes in too much of a high fat, high salt diet and has difficulty “flushing” their bladder on a regular basis due to their schedule. Research shows that regular exercisers and dedicated water drinkers flush their system more efficiently and help to control the onset of kidney stones.  Sweating during exercise causes the body to demand more hydration which in turn keeps the kidneys flushed.

                            5.  Regular physical training produces amazing sweat glands

                            In the grand fight against ill health and obesity, we’re pushing ourselves into whole new arenas of training.  5Ks, marathons, IronMenWomen competitions demand intense and regular training sessions.  Fortunately, our body’s incredible anticipation of these sessions allows it to begin cooling earlier as well increasing the actual size of sweat glands to keep up with body’s needs.  Evaporating Wonders

                            6.  Pollutants and the amazing sweating benefit of cleansing

                            When BPA and DEHP were introduced to our environment with modern industry, we were unable to determine its impact on our health.  All agree now that having these chemicals in our systems is detrimental to our health.  Remarkably, our amazing sweat glands tend to be one of the ways our body rids itself of these and other dangerous pollutants.  Even when not detected in blood or urine, our sweat has shown potential to effectively eliminate BPA from our system.

                            7.  Sweating is happy juice for the brain

                            The proof is in the smiles after the sweat!  Believe it!  Exercise puts you in a better mood. But before you think that tiny dumb bells or casual walks can give you happiness, be aware that you have to SWEAT with heavier weight training or anaerobic exertion to get the real benefit.  Your endorphin level is unique and it will be through trial and error to find the right kind of physical activity that will induce your very own brain “opiates” and get you hooked on feeling the “rush” after sweating it out.

                            8.  Pain, pain go away

                            Those exercise endorphins not only stimulate your brain’s mood enhancers, they also are natural pain relievers.  Who knew that a run around the block or a dance class could help relieve aches and pains?  As noted by sports medicine physician, Dr. James Ting of Hoag Orthopedic Institute, “Exercise stimulates neurochemical pathways in the brain, resulting in the production of endorphins that act as natural painkillers.”  As the body becomes accustomed to this relief and your overall fitness improves, you may find yourself reaching less for the aspirin and more for your sneakers.

                            9.  The Zit Hit is an amazing sweat benefit

                            We were supposed to be done with the “zit hits” after puberty but like a bad penny, they keep showing up as we journey through hormonal changes throughout adulthood.  Sweat to the rescue!  By opening up your pores, the perspiration process helps them release the grit and grime that holds in bacteria which as we all know, leads to ZITS.  Don’t be lazy, though.  Getting all the yuck out onto your skin’s surface means it has to be washed off.  Don’t encourage its re-entry by leaving it lying around!

                            10.  Sweating as our personal HVAC system

                            It was mentioned before that our past P.E. teachers kept us “sweating to the oldies” and then dashing for liquids.  As we go through our day, our bodies adapt to temperature changes in our environments.  Perhaps you’ve dealt with cold offices, hot automobile interiors, MENOPAUSE, etc. and wonder if your personal HVAC system is out of whack?  Regular exercise, which keeps our sweat glands in tip top shape, help our bodies regulate its temperature more easily in these modern society environments.

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                            6 Ways To Boost Your Child’s Immune System

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                            6 Ways To Boost Your Child’s Immune System

                            Runny noses. Constant colds. Recurrent flus. Gastrointestinal bugs. Most parents think these conditions are just par for the course with children in day care or school. But not all children are getting sick. Not all children have runny noses. Not all children will contract that GI bug.

                            As a naturopathic physician and expert in pediatric natural medicine, I see children of all ages coming in with recurrent infections and immune systems that catch every bug that crosses their path.

                            But after ten years in naturopathic medical practice, I have seen firsthand that a great immune system is not all about great genes. I also know how many powerful tools there are available to parents to easily boost their child’s immune system safely and effectively.

                            We don’t just have to accept our child’s current state of health. We can actually take measures to boost their defenses, speed healing, and help them to gain a greater level of wellness.

                            Here’s how:

                            1. It starts with a great diet.

                            Children’s immune systems can take a hit if they're constantly being bombarded with food intolerances, additives, preservatives, and sugar. When a child has a food allergy, her digestion suffers, inflammation is ramped up, which makes fending off viruses and bacteria much more difficult. It’s a similar story when a child takes in more additives and preservatives than her body can deal with.

                            Sugar has been shown in many clinical trials to actually suppress immunity. To keep kids well, limit their overall intake of additives, sugar, and find out which foods are allergens. Focus on plenty of fresh veggies, whole fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, eggs, and meat.

                            2. Maintain your child's microbiota!

                            Probiotics are the friendly helpful bacteria that naturally occur in our guts. They protect our digestive tracts, help us to digest food, assist in toxin clearance, and shield us from invading bacteria and viruses. When this bacterial balance becomes disrupted in children, we can see changes in a child’s ability to fend off infections.

                            I recommend starting children on a probiotic supplement containing lactobacillus and bifidobacteria strains early on — between 5 and 20 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) per day depending on age.

                            3. Help calm their stress and anxiety.

                            In today’s fast-paced world, parents are overstressed, children are over-scheduled, and everyone suffers. Children’s bodies have the same response to stress that adults’ do — their cortisol and adrenaline rises. When this elevation in stress hormones is sustained, their immune systems’ response is lowered.

                            It’s important for children to have lots of down time, time for creative play, and simply times of rest. Busy bodies need to take a break every now and then for their immune systems to thrive.

                            4. Make sure they're getting enough good sleep.

                            Most children are not getting the required amount of sleep. Depending on age, children need between ten and 14 hours of sleep per day. And it’s the quality of sleep that matters most. For proper secretion of melatonin (our sleep hormone), children need to sleep in the dark, without a night light. Since electromagnetic frequency has also been shown to affect sleep quality, make sure your child’s room is unplugged. Make sure all electronic devices are unplugged or better yet, just keep them in another room.

                            5. Remember that fever helps fight infection.

                            Although many parents panic at the first sign of a rise in temperature on the thermometer, it’s important to recognize that fever is only a sign of and not an illness itself. Fever is your child’s body’s response to an infection and without it, her body isn’t as effective at fighting the illness. The truth is, your child’s immune systems works better at a high temperature too, so she can get better quickly. Please note that while I do encourage fevers, it’s important to see a physician to make sure the fever is not a sign that something else is going on.

                            6. Supplements and herbs can work wonders.

                            The best supplements to boost a child’s immune system are vitamin D and zinc. The herbs elderberry and astragalus are my favorites for recurrent respiratory tract infections. For allergies, fish oil, vitamin C, and nettles work wonders. Please make sure to see your physician before starting your child on any new supplement or herb regimen.

                            by Dr. Julie Durnan

                            www.mindbodygreen.com

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                            7 Ways To Raise Grateful Kids In An Over-Entitled World

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                            7 Ways To Raise Grateful Kids In An Over-Entitled World

                            by Amy McCreadyAugust 9, 2015 8:48 AM

                            In a world of “I wants” and “Can I haves?” it can be daunting for parents to raise grateful kids.

                            I get it. As a mom of two boys, I’ve watched and learned (sometimes the hard way) how our society is now seemingly pre-dispositioning kids to feel entitled to have it all, simply because “everyone else does.”

                            Does having the latest and greatest gadget make them better people? No. But what will is raising them to be grateful not just for what they have, but for the opportunities that are available to them.

                            With that in mind, here are seven powerful strategies from my new book, The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic — A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World, that will help parents model gratitude in their daily lives and help their kids do the same.

                            1. Go without a luxury for a week.

                            When we cater to kids’ every whim, from packing their favorite hard-to-come-by treat in lunches to ensuring they always have the latest smartphone, kids feel entitled to the niceties of life.

                            To help kids feel grateful for what they have, try doing without. Figure out what your family can do without for a week or a month. Is it eating out? Turning on the TV? Air conditioning? Cutting back on some conveniences may not seem comfortable at first, but it’s a great way to do a family appreciation check for what you do have, and foster empathy for those who do without.

                            2. Make service part of your schedule.

                            We all have grand plans to volunteer with our kids, but the reality is that life gets in the way of our good intentions. Like most things in life, unless we put service on the calendar, chances are it won’t get done.

                            Teach your kids the importance of service by putting it on the calendar — just once a month. Brainstorm activities that feel like a good fit for your family all year around, not just during the holidays. Your kids may enjoy playing board games with nursing home neighbors, making a meal at the Ronald McDonald house, or cleaning up a park. The ideas are endless — and the rewards are life altering!

                            3. Verbalize the silver linings.

                            If a long line at the drive-through sends your kids into a tailspin, or if a soccer game getting rained out is “seriously, like the end of the world," then it's time to talk about silver linings.

                            That means looking for your own silver linings in tough situations and sharing them with your kids. For example, “I have to work Saturday, but the extra income means we can do a little something fun next week.” Or when the thunderstorm kicks up on the way home from the store, “Well, I guess we can cross ‘washing the car’ off the to-do list today!” Finding the lesson, the blessing, or the humor in less than ideal situations will teach your kids to be grateful with whatever life throws their way.

                            4. Explore the “What if’s?”

                            One of the most powerful ways to foster an attitude of gratitude is to let your kids explore the realities of those who make do without.

                            During a family meeting or after your service time, ask your kids the tough “What if…” questions. What if you had to stand in line for a meal? What if you didn’t have a place to sleep? What if you had an illness and couldn’t afford to go to the doctor? Without getting too preachy, explore the “what if’s” and let them discover just how good they have it.

                            5. Give genuine thanks out loud.

                            If we expect our kids to live lives steeped in gratitude, we need to step up our game as parents. That means generously thanking everyone who interacts with us in positive ways — from the grocery bagger, to the gentleman who holds the door, to the waiter at lunch.

                            Use specifics such as, “Hey, thanks for making sure those eggs didn’t go on the bottom of the bag!” Or, the next time you’re at a restaurant and you enjoy great service, take a minute to ask for the manager and let them know your server was terrific. Your kids will be amazed at how one small act can lift someone’s whole day.

                            6. Make gratitude part of the daily routine.

                            According to research, grateful people are among the happiest. So make gratitude a staple at your family dining table. Take time at meals to say three things out loud that you’re thankful for. Or, create a gratitude jar and pull from it to help count blessings. With practice, gratitude will eventually become a permanent part of your kids’ attitude.

                            7. Shift your perspective.

                            One of my most profound lessons in gratitude was when I learned to stop saying “I have to…” and start saying “I get to…”

                            For example: “I get to drive my kids to school.” “I get to watch my son play soccer.” This simple tweak will help you remember to be grateful for the little, mundane, sometimes frustrating moments of parenting.

                            And the best part: by hearing how you get to do all these things with your kids, you’ll be giving them a giant dose of self-worth and teaching them to turn their own “have to’s” into “get-to’s”.

                            Article Credit: MBG - Mind Body Green mindbodygreen.com

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