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Samantha’s Salt PDF Print E-mail
Written by Samantha Krieger   

Motherhood: Giving yourself permission to fail

Not long ago, my 7-year-old boy John came home from school ecstatic about some prizes he had earned at school. One of his favorites was a bouncy ball that he bounced on our floors and on the ceiling, and his sister was jumping off the walls in sync with it.

“John, take that outside please,” I told him, as I desperately wanted some peace and quiet.

He opened the door and ran outside, and within three minutes, he yelled my name.

“Mom! You shouldn’t have told me to go outside! I bounced the ball, and now it’s lost.”

Oh boy. There goes my quiet time.

I walked outside to help him look for it, and it’s nowhere to be found.

“I’m sorry, John.”

“It’s your fault. You told me to go outside,” he said on the verge of tears.

I reason with him and share how he’s still responsible for the ball. We talked more about it, and I let it go, but something inside me still felt like I failed him and didn’t suggest the best solution for play.

My feelings toward his lost bouncy ball reminded me of how I often feel in motherhood. Am I failing at this? I never feel like I quite have it down, and as soon as I do, some other struggle and difficulty surfaces.

In her honest article “My Pact to Become Good at Failure,” Mandy Arioto said, “In a sense, motherhood offered me new eyes to see that failure can be the thing that saves us. This is what I’ve come to believe about failure: It’s good. Just like childbirth is good. And by good I mean incredibly painful. Failure hurts, but there is tremendous potential for goodness to be born through it.” (Hello, Darling MOPS Magazine Spring Issue, pg. 29).

I think she is right on. For so many years, I have looked at failure as a bad thing. Could it be though, that failure can be turned into a good and godly thing?

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Holyoke Enterprise November 26, 2015

Extension Corner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tracy Trumper, CSU Extension agent   

Holiday eating tips

With the arrival of the holiday season, that means food, food, food. Often recipes and foods that are not consumed all year are now part of the holiday menu. Enjoying food is so much a part of enjoying the holidays. It is often common thinking, “Well, I am going to gain a few pounds over the holidays.”

Just that thinking alone can lead to overeating behaviors. Enjoying food does not have to mean gaining weight if one follows principles of mindful eating and portion control.

“Mindful Eating” is simply being aware while you are eating. Out of habit, from busy lives or because of too many distractions, often we eat so fast that our brains do not have time to catch up to our stomachs.

Being that it takes 20 minutes for our brains to register impulses from our stomachs, eating slower allows for us to eat to satisfaction rather than eating until we are overly full. Eating slower will also help to send pleasurable messages to the brain about texture, smell and tastes of food that help us to enjoy the food.

So, in order to “listen” to your body while eating, do not eat in front of the television or with other distractions. Take time to chew food and pause by putting down the fork or spoon in between bites. Finally, use the “Hunger Scale” to determine what your hunger level is on a scale from one to 10.

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Holyoke Enterprise November 26, 2015

Thinking About Health PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service   

Obamacare policyholders question rising deductibles

Is health insurance really affordable? That’s the question thousands of Americans who signed up for policies under the Affordable Care Act are beginning to ask as third year open enrollment gets under way.

A few weeks ago, a 63-year-old woman, a reader of these columns, contacted me about the health insurance policy she had bought through the Illinois exchange. She lost her coverage after her husband died and had been uninsured for nearly two years before Obamacare came along. She had some health problems and worried, she said, that she was “playing the odds.” She was just the person the law was intended to help.

Realizing she could lose everything if she had a serious illness, she signed up for a Blue Cross Blue Shield bronze plan, the kind with the lowest premiums and highest deductibles. Her monthly premium for the first year was an affordable $93 because her low income — about $25,000 a year working part time at an insurance agency — qualified her for a tax subsidy of $451.

The catch, of course, was the $6,000 deductible. She also had to pay the full price of her drugs, which didn’t count toward the deductible, although once other medical bills exceeded the deductible, drugs were covered in full. She didn’t use the policy because she didn’t “have $6,000 lying around” for some recommended tests.

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Holyoke Enterprise November 26, 2015