Snacking? Healthy Combos:

On Snacking

Youngsters eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. Some where along the way adults were told to eat 3 big meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. What happened to snacking? Folks, having light snacks throughout the day actually helps keep your metabolism working hard. I’m not saying graze all day AND have your 3 big meals. More like have 5 mini meals.

Nut & Fruit Combo. I was always told, when you eat fruits to combined them with a protein (i.e. nuts, or eggs). Simply put: fruits are high in sugar, so when we combine them with a protein it lowers the sugar content.

It’s simple to make one of your mini meals, or snacks everyday a fruit and a nut combo. There are numerous fruit & nut combos you can do.

Hard-boiled eggs & fruit. Hard-boiled eggs are easy to make. Boil in water for 10 minutes. Wha-la!

A Special trick my mother taught me: when cooking hard-boiled eggs take one of the prongs on a fork and poke a tiny hole at the base of the egg. This allows for the water to cook around the egg and make peeling the shell A LOT easier!

 

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Georgia, MSW, LSW

Basil Chicken

IMG_7248This meal is extremely easy and really tasty!

Ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Basil (you can use those basil tubes at the grocery store if you want (2tb spoons)
  • 1 can of Stewed tomatoes

Directions:

1. Put oil in pan on medium heat.

2. Slice up chicken into strips, then add to the pan.

3. Cook chicken alone for about 2 minutes on each side, then add in the can of stewed tomatoes.

4. Add in basil, a bit of salt and pepper, and let the chicken finish cooking- and soaking in all the yummy flavor.

You can serve this over mashed yukon gold potatoes for a warm hearty stew like meal.

 

 

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Georgia, MSW, LSW

 

Forever Freeing: A poem

The truth?

I’m scared. I often am.

Scared to meet new people,

and go new places.

But, I do it.

Facing our fears is important.

The truth?

Staying at home is hard.

Chasing a picky eater, and

barking dogs.

But, I’ll do it.

Sacrificing is enlightening.

The truth?

My life is truly blessed.

With love, family, spirit, laughter—

and knowledge.

And, I’m thankful.

The truth is forever freeing.

An Advocate for Change | The chance for growth is infinite

Georgia, MSW, LSW

Autism vs Asperger’s

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As a society we are comfortable, probably too comfortable, noticing our differences, and pointing fingers at others who are not like ourselves.

It’s time we start realizing individual potentialities for greatness, success, and achievement, no matter the differences.

In lieu of autism awareness month and as a licensed Social Worker I thought I might shed some light for parents about Autism and Aspergers.

Below I have made a Similarities & Differences chart including the diagnostic features for each disorder as seen in the DSM-IV-TR.

Autistic Disorder

Asperger Syndrome

 

SIMILARITIES

  • Impairment in social interactions evident by impairment in nonverbal communication behaviors, development in peer relationships, lack of social/emotional reciprocity, and lack of seeking to share enjoyment or interests with other people.
  • Restricted repetitive patterns of behavior/interests /activities evident by preoccupations with that is abnormal in intensity or focus, inflexible adherence to nonfunctional routines and rituals, repetitive motor mannerisms, persistent preoccupation with parts of objects.

 

DIFFERENCES

  • Impairment in communication evident by delay or lack of spoken language, impairment in ability to sustain or initiate conversation, repetitive use of language, or lack of varied, make-believe play (age appropriate/ course of development).
  • Delays/abnormal functioning in at least one of following areas, with onset prior to 3 years of age: 1)Social interaction, 2)language, 3)symbolic/imaginative play
 

 

  • Impairment in social interactions evident by impairment in nonverbal communication behaviors, development in peer relationships, lack of social/emotional reciprocity, and lack of seeking to share enjoyment or interests with other people.
  • Restricted repetitive patterns of behavior/interests /activities evident by preoccupations with that is abnormal in intensity or focus, inflexible adherence to nonfunctional routines and rituals, repetitive motor mannerisms, persistent preoccupation with parts of objects.

 

 

  • Disturbance causes significantly impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
  • No clinically significant delay in language or cognitive development or age-appropriate self-help skills (other than in social interaction).

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

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Georgia, MSW, LSW

Book Destroyer: Wordless Wednesday

I wonder how much paper McKinley has consumed? Hmm. #InfantsIMG_7224

 

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Georgia, MSW, LSW