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Your Child’s Health Is In Your Hands!

“Tomorrow’s world is already taking shape in the body and spirit of our children.”
– Kofi Annan

This quote from the seventh United Nations Secretary General (from January 1997 to December 2006) and 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kofi Annan, reminds us of the critical importance of attending to the needs of children, not only for their own sakes in the here and now (as “beings”), but also as the “becomings” of the future.

While children’s health and development is dependent on a myriad of factors that we mention below, their eating behaviours are fundamental to their health. If we as parents, want to ensure that we have not only healthy kids but smart kids as well, we must pay attention to what is affecting them.

Did you know that the development and long-term health of children, physically, mentally and emotionally, is linked to their nutritional habits from their early life onward?

Parents obviously have a high degree of control over the environments and experiences of their children, partly because children model themselves on their parents’ eating behaviours, lifestyles, eating-related attitudes and habits, and their happiness or dissatisfactions regarding body image. Eating behaviours are thus likely to be established early in life and may be maintained into adulthood with little thought given to their long-term effects.

So what can parents do to ensure their child gets the best start in life?

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5 Key Ingredients to Protect Ageing Eyes

As founders of the Savvy Team, we have had a long and intimate association with Eyes!

Working as Wellness Instructors and Iris Photographers since the early 1990’s, we’ve used the principles of Iridology to help thousands of people overcome issues using nutritional supplements. Many of these issues they had been previously told – were irreversible.

However, protecting or even improving eyesight has more to do with the delicate internal function of the eyes, rather than the outer colour and patterns we look for in the practice of Iridology!

The eyes are complex organs, with many parts that must work together to produce clear vision. The most common nutrients in eye health supplements are various forms of antioxidants. Antioxidants can help slow the progression of vision loss, especially from oxidative stress. The damaging effects of oxidative stress and toxin exposure – is implicated in most eye problems, as it is in most age-related diseases and in the ageing process itself.

The eyes need even more nutritional support today than ever before. For instance, research shows that between 50% and 90% of people who work at a computer screen have at least some symptoms of eye strain. People who look at computer screens frequently, (and who doesn’t these days!) may experience symptoms such as:

  • Eye discomfort
  • Headaches
  • Itchy eyes
  • Dry or watering eyes
  • Burning sensations
  • Changes in color perception
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty focusing

If this sounds familiar, it might be time to begin taking precautionary care of your eyes!

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Goal Setting: 13 Tips for SMART Goals!

Why Goals are Important

An often quoted 1953 Harvard Business School study on the topic of the importance of setting goals, stated that written down goals made all the difference! Is there merit in this? According to further research, this study apparently never occurred – yet has become an urban myth.

So in 2011, Gail Matthews, Ph.D., Dominican University undertook to confirm or deny whether there is merit in the myth!

A psychology professor at California’s Dominican University, Matthew’s research focus has been on the psychology of career choice and career development – goals obviously play a big part.

What the study found, provides empirical evidence for the effectiveness of:

  • Accountability
  • Commitment
  • And writing down one’s goals!

Accountability

The first key insight discovered was that accountability has a positive effect on goal outcomes.

Mathew’s conclusion on accountability was that, “Those who reported their weekly progress updates achieved significantly higher outcomes than those who didn’t.”

Commitment

The second insight is that just making a public commitment makes a difference.

The conclusions of the study in this area: “Those who sent their commitments to someone else, accomplished significantly more didn’t.”

Simply sharing the goals, even once with people who will encourage and support you helps you stick with it. (Be careful not to share with those who will ridicule you though)

Written Goals

Finally, if you only do one thing in relation to your goals, write them down!

Study conclusion here, “Those in the study who wrote their goals accomplished significantly more than those who didn’t.”

This confirms what I have seen in my nearly three decades of experience in helping people achieve greater outcomes for themselves and their life.

So the question that often is raised is, “How do I set Goals, now that I know they are important?”

Here are 13 Tips for Successful Goal Setting:

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Exhaustion Gone, Temper Tantrums Gone: How ‘Being Savvy’ Improved My Family’s Wellbeing!

Saturday Success Story: Carolyn shares the impact that ‘Being Savvy’ made for her family’s wellbeing!

After my first son Morris was born, he and I were quite unwell.

He had early surgery and wasn’t sleeping for more than two hours at a stretch – before or after. Obviously, we were both exhausted! At eleven months we stopped giving him wheat, dairy and breastmilk. His sleeping began to settle, but we were still not in a good way.

I spoke to a number of different practitioners and therapists (GP, naturopath, osteopath, Tresillian, cranial sacral therapist, a controlled crying person, all sorts of practitioners) to seek help.

“Nothing seemed to work. In fact we were both so exhausted that I was unable to make anything work.”

It was time to take different course of action . . .

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