Dealing with a Sugar Addiction

 

Have you ever watched a documentary and it changes the way you think? Ever listen to a speaker and have it have a deep impact? Just over a week ago I was at the Archangel Summit here in Toronto and Dr Stephanie from the Health Loft spoke about fats and sugars. As she spoke I knew she was talking to me. I am a sugar addict and need to deal with my sugar addiction. Since that day I have also watched That Sugar Film on Netflix Canada. It was very insightful.

Many of the ” healthy foods” we eat on a daily basis aren’t all that healthy. For me add to that, I turn to sugar and food for comfort and have since I was a young child. I realized I had an issue and I need to deal with this. As I type this I am in the midst of a sugar detox. No sugars of any kind. Let’s just say my body is definitely reacting to the years of abuse.

As I watched the documentary it did teach me some things I never knew. The average person here in Canada averages 88 pounds of sugar a year. It is literally one in every five calories. If you are at the grocery store and looking at labels 4g= 1 teaspoon. Our kids eat almost double that! The documentary scared me as I do want to have a good number of years ahead of me and diabetes after the age of fifty and heart disease run in my family. Literally, I am a walking time bomb. This has to change and it can

Are you at all worried about how much sugar you are eating?Your family eating? Here are some simple swaps you can make.

Healthy Food Swaps for kids

 

 

How am I dealing with my own sugar addiction?

  1. No pop, did you know that just one can a day increases your chance of diabetes by over 20%? I was drinking on average 2 cans a day. Now I am drinking lemon water, carbonated water with lemon (made at home with my Soda Stream) and my herbal teas.
  2. I am eating healthy fats. I wasn’t doing well with these so I am increasing my fish and avocado intake.
  3.  There are no white sugars, hidden sugars in my diet currently. I am currently sugar-free.  No sugar substitutes either for now but I do know in the days ahead I will add Stevia, Maple sryup, and honey to a small degree.
  4. I threw out 4 bags of food that was full of crap.
  5. Increased my greens and nut consumption.

Are you ready to take a look at the labels and see how they hide sugar or try to give it a healthy name: barley malt, agave nectar, beet sugar, carob syrup, coconut sugar, cane juice, brown sugar, honey, lactose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, yellow sugar, syrup, rice syrup, confectioner’s sugar, oat syrup, maple syrup, maltose, malt syrup, galactose, ethyl maltol, dextran, and the list goes on. There are over 60 different ways sugar is hidden in the labels of food.

Seriously learning is not about counting calories but more important is making the calorie count. Will they help my body heal?

I will be documenting this journey on my Instagram account mostly if you would like to follow it. I also highly recommend the documentary That Sugar Film on Netflix.

* I am no longer a member of the #streamteam so this post is not sponsored, no payment of any sort was received. My opinions as always are mind. Now go watch this documentary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Handle Hard Conversations with Your Teen

I am blessed. I have a teen daughter who is doing well. For us, life has not always been easy, we have had to tackle some hard things. Life has thrown a few curve balls. In all my years I never thought it would be my child who would suffer at the hands of other children, who would say out loud she wanted to die, who would need mental health assistance.  We have had to have hard conversations along the way. So how do you have hard conversations with your teens?

My teen and I have developed great communication skills over the years with a few bumps along the way. So how do you have those hard conversations with your teen? For us, those conversations often begin while we are watching some of our favourite tv shows. These are the ones we watch together. For us, that time on the couch together seems to bring on the perfect time to talk. Over popcorn, candy and soda come conversations that are hard to have. Because my teen and I are both so busy those times when we do slow down and have a Netflix chill night allow us to have real conversations.

For us, I normally let my teen take the lead. Often there will be a part of the show that she wants to talk about.  Currently, we have been watching two favourite teen dramas: Breaking Bad and the new Netflix teen drama 13 Reasons Why. Having a teen who has had mental health issues, as a mom, it was important for me to watch these with her so I could see if there were any triggers for her. For us watching shows like these have given us reference points for real conversations.

Recently Netflix brought parents and teens together to ask them what they would watch. The conversations can and will happen when we purposely put ourselves in our teen’s shoes. Shows like these allow us to connect deeply and powerfully.

If you are of my generation, you may remember the ABC after school specials or the episodes of Degrassi that tackled hard topics. Everything was dealt with from drinking, drugs, sex, rape, death and even suicide. For me, it was when watching a movie I first learned the word rape, the words childhood sexual abuse. It was while watching a made for tv movie I learned I was not alone. I learned it had happened to others and it was okay to talk about it. I was my daughter’s age when that happened and in my first year of university before I had my first hard conversation. It was not with my mom; it was a professor. I wanted my teen to know she was not alone. That she could always talk to me and we could have these hard conversations. Yes, having a community you can talk to is a need, but I wanted my teen to know they were loved and supported by me.Netflix recently released an infographic that talks about this.

Now Netflix has been criticized for 13 Reasons Why because it could trigger a young person. That is to be expected when you are bringing up topics like mental illness, bullying, rape and suicide. So as a parent I was glad that Netflix went a step further and not only produced conversation- starting content but met with mental health experts and created the 13 Reasons Why Talking points and the after show 13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reasons and if you are concerned about your teen they also have the 13 Reasons Why Global Resource.

How do you have hard conversations with your teen? Yes, this mom wants to know.

*I am a member of the Canadian #StreamTeam which means I do receive free Netflix, some swag and often a sneak peek at what is ahead. As always though my opinions are my own. I have loved Netflix long before I was a team member and will watch long after I am no longer on the team. 

 

 

Finding Humour in Life Lessons – One Day at a Time

Being a single parent isn’t always easy. As parents, we try to do our best with what life throws us. We don’t always know when or how to begin conversations with our children. Looking at finding humour in life lessons? That is exactly what you get with the new Netflix Original series One Day at a Time.

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Finding Humour in Life Lessons

Families will always argue or fight over certain issues, not everyone has the same opinion. We fight and we make up, it is what helps keep families strong. We agree to disagree. When finding the humour in life lessons through the eyes of a TV Show, it helps us understand the individuality of ourselves and of our children and gives us the strength to get through. If we can’t laugh at ourselves and find humour in our lives, we don’t learn a thing.

The show covers REAL issues that many families will experience. As a single mother, I sometimes struggle with raising my daughter. We pull together, we talk and we learn from each other in the changing times. Remember to spend time together and have fun.

Finding Humour in Life lessons

As a fan of the original show from the 70’s, I couldn’t wait to view the new version. While slightly different than the original series, it has the same all around theme. A single mom and her children and the granddmother, surviving life the best they can, dealing with everyday issues. Oh yes, we can’t forget the lovable handyman Schneider.

Check it out on Netflix and fall in love with this funny family.

I have been a proud member of the #streamteam since it was created and as always my opinions are my own and I have been a loyal Netflixer for years (long before the #streamteam was formed).

Celebrate Canada Day Weekend with the Canadian Content on Netflix

Can you believe school is done? Summer is here and tomorrow is Canada Day! For my daughter and I, this long weekend is all about Canadian pride. We love to celebrate all things Canadian! Really, who doesn’t love Canada? We have a busy long weekend planned that includes barbecues, the beach and a movie or two on Netflix. Did you know that you can celebrate Canada with Netflix?

There is plenty of great Canadian content on Netflix if you are in the mood for a Canadian only marathon. From great actors and actresses that are Canadian breed to great original Canadian content, you can find it all on Netflix.

 

For the Little Ones:

Netflix Canadian Shows

After the Kids are in Bed

Canadian Netflix Adult Content

Not into these Canadian shows?

There are lots of great Canadian actors and actress in movies and shows on Netflix, or you could do a marathon of movies shot in Canada, again you can find several on Netflix. Let me know who is your favourite Canadian actor and actresses.

My favourite actor has to be Jim Carry, and my favourite actress is a toss up, but I am loving Elisha Cuthbert and can’t wait to see Sarah Gadon in the new Margaret Atwood drama “Alias Grace”.  Now tell me yours.

 

 

 

OITNB

I am a Repeat Offender, Are You? #StreamTeam

Ever have a date circled on your calendar for weeks? That’s me. I have had the release date for Orange is the New Black literally circled on my calendar since March and was lucky enough Mother’s Day weekend to get a sneak peek of the first 6 episodes of this season. I am so anxious to see what happens next. Really it one of my must watch Netflix originals. Is it one of yours?

Season 4 debuted today (June 17th, 2016) and as soon as this post is written I am grabbing a soda, some chips and dip and settling in for a night of Netflix with some of my favourite ladies. Netflix did some research recently and found that Orange is the New Black is one of the most re-watched globally! Can you believe that? I can. More than half, just over 53% have re-watched at least one season. Have you? I know I have, so I am one of those repeat offenders.

Can you guess which are the most re-watched episodes?

Let’s see if you are right.

From Season 1:

Episode 1 – “I wasn’t ready”    
Sentenced to fifteen months for a crime committed in her youth, Piper Chapman leaves her supportive fiance Larry for her new home: a woman’s prison.

Episode 12 – “Fool me once”
Painful truths reorient several relationships and careers: Pennsatucky feels disrespected by Piper; Larry gives a revealing radio interview.

Episode 13 – “Can’t fix crazy”
Red’s scheme to reclaim her kitchen backfires; the inmates stage a Christmas pageant; Piper’s plans unravel even as she realizes her life is in jeopardy,

From Season 2:

Episode 11 – “Take a break from your values”
Piper is shocked at an unexpected change in her status; Soso’s hunger strike attracts new support that takes on a religious fervor.

Episode 12 – “It was the change”
Tensions run high as a prison power outage forces several issues to come to light; Piper finds herself compromised and is forced to think on her feet.

Episode 13 – “We have manners. We’re polite”
Several futures hang in the balance as the inmates face and confront their worst nightmares: Life will never be the same again.

From Season 3:

Episode 11 “We can be heroes”
Caputo and Piper confront labor issues. A miracle occurs in Norma’s group. Crazy Eyes’ erotica winds up in the hands of the staff.

Episode 12 – “Don’t make me come back there”
Daya goes into labor. Sophia suffers a hate crime. Stella helps Piper with a business snag. Taystee takes on a new role.

Episode 13 – “Trust no bitch”

Miracles and conversions occur, but Piper and Caputo know that some situations can’t be dealt with through spiritual means.

The team at Netfix really did some digging and found out some really cool facts.

OITNB FANS REPEAT OFFENDERS

Here are some interesting Canadian-specific highlights about OITNB 

Almost one-quarter of Canadian respondents (23%) plan to watch the previous season while 42% plan on re-watching all seasons before the season 4 launch

Close to half of respondents (43%) said they will start preparing for the new season (S4) this week, and Canadian fans are willing to give up house chores to do so — cleaning the house (41%) and making your bed (38%)

Outside of refreshing their memory, one-third said they like to re-watch to relive moments with their favourite characters and 30% said they look for possible foreshadowing

Over one-quarter (28%) said they re-watch because it’s their favourite show and they can’t get enough

It can be lonely in Litchfield. Over one-third of Canadian respondents (32%) said they plan to re-watch by themselves.

So are you re-watching any episodes before you watch the new season or are you jumping in?

Well time for this girl to pour a glass and get watching, hope you enjoy the new season.

* I am a part of the #streamteam as such I get certain perks like free Netflix and to watch some shows early and get to attend some cool special events, as always my opinions are mine. 

 

 

Netflix Can Be a Mom’s Best Friend

 

 

netflix-televisionNetflix can be a Mom’s best friend after a long day of working and taking care of the kids. There are so many fantastic shows to watch, and when you find one you love the urge to binge watch until you can barely keep your eyes open is unavoidable. Here is a list of just a handful of some of the ones you need to put on your Mommy Binge Watching List.

Grace and Frankie ( the new season comes out this week) – Get ready to laugh. This is a funny and touching show about two women who’s husbands fell in love with each other and divorced them. A Netflix original that has 1 season available and another on the way. A great TV Comedy to start watching.

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House of Cards – Who doesn’t love Francis and his rise to the top. This political drama will have you wanting more. A Netflix Original TV Drama that offers four seasons, with a 5th on its way.

Mindy Project – A show about a real woman who refuses to conform to societies ideals. A TV Comedy that currently has four amazing seasons to curl up on the couch and watch.

Prison Break – Exciting, Thrilling, Engaging, every single moment you are engaged. A TV Crime Drama that offers the full series, four non-stop seasons.

Scandal – A strong female character who does not succumb to male oppression. A Crime TV Drama with five seasons to watch.

Supernatural – Two brothers have spent the past ten seasons investigating the paranormal and fighting demons, ghosts, and monsters. Talk about a marathon binge watch. Settle in and start the 1st season out of 10 of this TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy show that are currently available on Netflix, and the news is there are more seasons ahead.

The 100 – Futuristic story of life on earth 97 years after the nuclear apocalypse. It pits young against old and survivors against each other. Never a dull moment in the three seasons of this TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy show.

The Walking Dead – Get ready for a roller coaster ride of emotions. The world has been taken over by Zombies and a small group of humans struggle to survive and fight for their lives. Tune into Netflix now and start watching the 1st of 5 seasons of this edgy TV Drama.

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UNbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – This show has been described as Honest, Fun, and Hilarious. It is a Netflix Comedy Original that currently has two seasons to binge watch. In our house, it is a favourite of mine

So many great shows for mom to watch, where will you begin?

A Month In And I am Making New Resolutions #Netflix

I think if you are a regular reader of mine you know I love Netflix. Over the Christmas break my teen and I got to watch quite a bit and even did some binge watching but then came January and the rush and hustle and bustle to get back into routine and our viewing time was at a minimum.

 

With the end of the semester for my teen and things finally setting in here at home this week we are finally making a viewing resolution. We each have our favorite shows that we want to binge watch and yes you can. My daughter loves “Dragons Race to the Edge”. She adores Toothless. I can’t wait for Fuller House that comes out later this month and I might even get caught up with some Friends. I am also looking forward to the next seasons of Orange is the New Black, House of Cards and Drop Dead Diva. I know what a mix.

Binge-watching can be dangerous for you if you don’t like to be left waiting. I know I am left here waiting for certain shows but they are easy resolutions to make even if you are late to the game like me. So tell me what are you looking forward to watching on Netflix this year?

*this post was brought to you by team at Netflix Canada. Once again I am a member of the #streamteam. I do receive compensation in the form of gifts and free Netflix. 

 

5 Must Watch Christmas Movies on Netflix & a Giveaway #streamteam

One of the things we like best about the holiday season is that we can watch Christmas movies. We have our favourites that we must watch year after year. They never grow stale in our eyes. It seems most evenings in our house, in December, end with a Christmas movie. It’s one of our favourite things to do together. We pop some popcorn and decide what we are going to watch that night.

Here are our 5 Must Watch movies. All are on Netflix right now, so you can watch them whenever you want:

1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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2. The Nightmare Before Christmas ( my teens favourite)

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3. Christmas with the Kranks

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4. Mean Girls

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5. The Legend of Frosty the Snowman.

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A Netflix Very Murray Christmas #StreamTeam

On Wednesday night, here in Toronto, a group of the Canadian #StreamTeam were invited to a very special event here in Toronto. It was a holiday party based on the new Netflix orginial ” A Very Murray Christmas” with no other than one and only Bill Murray. The show debuts on Netflix today, Dec 4th, 2015.

A Very Murray Christmas Party

The party was so much fun as was the mixology class right before it. Imagine a room full of bloggers and our plus ones learning how to make several drinks over the course of an hour. I even got in on the action and tried to do a little mixing myself. It was a hoot as I tried to remember all the steps to a perfect Chris on the Rocks.

Here is the details on my favorite drink of the night:

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Now for “A Very Murray Christmas” think back to those old classic Christmas classics with Bob Hope, Perry Como and the like. Yes, I know I am aging myself. It is a twist on that kind of holiday special. It starts with a snow storm and has quite the cast of characters including Chris Rock, George Clooney and Miley Cyrus. From snow storm, to hanging out at the Carlyle Hotel to a dance segment it has it all. As I watched it today, I definitely did laugh, so it might make a great watch when you want to laugh this season. Now, if you need a drink while you watch try the Chris on the Rocks. It is pretty good, especially when made by me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking the Bedtime Stalls with Netflix in Just 5 Minutes

Long gone are the days of the great bed time debates between my daughter and I, but I remember them like they were yesterday. She was the master negotiator always begging for just 5 more minutes. She wanted that victory and when she wouldn’t get it she was thirsty, slow as could be and sometimes when she was in a mood I just couldn’t get her to bed no matter how hard I tried. Ever have a night like that? I think most of us have. Well, Netflix has come up with a way that we can get our little ones to bed while giving them just 5 more minutes.

Netflix polled parents and found that kids are willing to do almost anything to stall bedtime. My daughter would of been a master negotiator with a side of thirsty. What is your child’s stall technique?

Check out this infographic from Netflix and let me know:

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To help with the bedtime rituals and to get rid of the bedtime stalls, Netflix and Dreamworks Anmation came up with the new Dinotrux 5 Minute favourites. It’s a great way to let your child have a little win at bedtime and then go straight to bed. Perhaps it’s a great way to cut down down on the bedtime battles at your house.