Well Yes! To A Stronger, Healthier, Happier Life

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Be inspired by this story of personal strength and determination while eating a delicious and nutritious cup of Well Yes!® Soup.

 

Well Yes! To A Stronger, Healthier, Happier Life

A Story of Challenge and Personal Determination.

 

There is something beautiful about a person who is confident, positive, and happy despite any struggles and challenges they may face. This type of person is an inspiration and encouragement to others with their strength and determination.

It is a mindset, one they live by day-by-day. One that starts with making good choices. Good choices such as eating deliciously crafted food, with real nutritious ingredients like Well Yes!® Soup. Good choices that inspire Moments of Yes!

 

Today, I’d like to share one such Moment of Yes!

My daughter, Rory, was born with a mitochondrial disorder — an energy metabolism disorder. What does that mean? Well, basically, she doesn’t always have the energy to make her body function properly. Because of this, she spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital while growing up, and that meant she missed a lot of schooling.

School Is A Challenge

The lowest point of her illness came when she was in the sixth grade as she spent six months in the hospital. She was at a children’s hospital, so that meant she could get some sort of schooling. But here is the rub, to qualify for schooling, your admission must last for two weeks, then your schooling may begin. Once discharged in the hospital’s computer system, even if immediately readmitted, your two-week waiting period begins all over again. Just think how crazy that is for chronically ill kids.

Well, during this six months in the hospital, they would try to get Rory home and discharge her. Sometimes we didn’t even leave the hospital room before being readmitted, others we’d get part way home before turning around, and a couple of times we made it home for a few hours before returning. That meant her schooling was constantly disrupted, and then you have to take into account the fact that she was gravely ill and not up to school as well.

Once Rory’s health stabilized somewhat, she qualified for medical home teaching through special education at the public school. They promised us that she would be able to achieve her high school diploma, after all, she had until she reached 21 years of age. It was important to me, but more importantly, the high school diploma was important to Rory. She is a smart girl; she could do the work and accomplish her goal.

Fighting To Make Dreams Come True

Of course, receiving only 2-hours of teaching 2-days a week, makes for slow progress, but that is all the California school district allows. As she turned seventeen, the school district suddenly changed their tune about Rory getting her diploma. They wanted her to take the test for her GED and move on her way. Her teacher was appalled, I was upset, and Rory was staunch in her decision that a GED was not acceptable to her. She was determined to earn her high school diploma!

With Rory leading the charge, we persevered. She earned her high school diploma! It was a fantastic and emotional day, a definite Moment of Yes!

Today, Rory attends a local college where she works hard and has attained membership in the Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa. Can we say, “Proud Mama?” Well Yes!

Rory sips her favorite flavor, Tomato Carrot Bisque, from our vintage Campbell’s Soup mug.

 

Find Your Moment of Yes!

So, I encourage you to make your own Moments of Yes! Find the courage and the strength to make your dreams a reality. A great way to start is with a real, nutritious bowl of Well Yes! Soup.

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Looking for another heartwarming story? Check out A Random Act of Kindness and see one woman’s amazing Moment of Yes! You just won’t believe what happened…

Do you have a Well Yes! Moment? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. Or you can share them on Facebook and Instagram and find additional inspiration too.

 

 

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Superfoods, Are You Eating Them?

Superfoods

Are You Eating Them?

I am always looking for delicious and healthy foods to feed my family, and I am sure you are too. Good nutrition plays a big part in overall health, and with Rory’s energy metabolism disorder, her special dietary needs become all the more important. When Peter Minkoff from High Style Life Magazine contacted me about writing a guest post about the Superfoods Trend, I was excited to accept.

So, now, please welcome Peter, and join with me in learning more about Superfoods.

Family Diet: Introducing the Superfoods

Health is a primary concern, especially when you have kids. One of the ways of achieving it is by having healthy diet habits. With today’s life pace, it seems hard to take time to care about a diet; still, most of us are constantly on the lookout for that special diet to solve our problems. You have probably heard about the popular culinary buzzword- superfoods. It does sound super, right? These are nutrients packed foods, rich with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and fibers. The benefits of such foods go way beyond the ordinary “I eat because I am hungry.” Introducing the superfoods into your family diet will definitely make you and your family members healthier and happier.

Super Trend of Superfoods

Once again, the Internet has changed the way we think of food. Superfood is the term that appeared in a book “SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods that Will Change Your Life”, written by Steven G. Pratt, MD. Since then it exploded on the web. People started buying fruits and vegetables with super components. Not only that, apart from those 14 foods in the famous book, every now and then we discover new foodstuff (chia seeds, cacao, coconut flour, rice malt syrup) so packed with nutrients that they automatically qualify as super.

Health Benefits

Besides being full of minerals and vitamins, superfoods have many other benefits. They are very low in processed sugar and fat, but can still meet the body’s needs. Because they own certain phytochemicals and nutrients, superfoods can strengthen one’s immune system. This is a great natural way to protect the kids from catching a cold or flu. One of the best benefits for parents is this food’s ability to fight free radicals, and thus slow down the aging process. Good fats, fibers, and phytochemicals are also beneficial for the normal function of the heart. An amazing thing about these foods is that they can be high in calories, but low in “bad” nutrients, which works as a metabolism booster, while keeping hunger at bay. They are responsible for a glowing complexion and an increase in energy.

The Best Superfoods for Kids

Rosy-hued vegetables and fruits (tomato, guava, watermelon, etc.) are rich with lycopene, which protects the skin from sun damage and strengthens the heart. Beta-carotene, which can be found in orange fruits and vegetables, improves the vision. Oatmeal is rich with fiber that helps the children focus better and pay attention in school. Blueberries and salmon can also improve brain function. Tofu is an ideal source of lean protein and has a positive impact on developing tissue. Greek yogurt can improve digestion and immunity, and so can cruciferous vegetables. Cocoa powder is beneficial for the heart and oral health. Black beans, eggs, basil, and cinnamon, are also great for kids.

How to Introduce Superfoods in Kids’ Diet

Lucky for you, the task will be simple enough, because superfoods are colorful and fun. You just need to present them the right way. Blender will be your best friend in this case, because you can make delicious protein shakes. If you run out of ideas, you can find great recipes on the web every day. Spinach in a lunchbox sandwich, why not? As for the nuts and seeds, you can grind them and sprinkle on everyday dishes. Interesting and fun decorations are always helpful. Here’s a special treat.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 2 apples (sliced)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt

Preparation:

Mix the apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon in the bottom of the crock-pot. Sprinkle the oats and then pour salt and water. Cook on low fire for about 8 hours (there is no need for stirring, so you can leave it overnight or just check occasionally if you wish). Serve with milk or cream.

As you see, even with today’s hasty life pace, it’s not that hard to live a healthy life and nourish the healthy diet in your family. All it takes to feel super are some superfoods! Use them.

 

Thank you, Peter, for this insightful look into Superfoods, and how to improve health and good nutrition for the entire family.

 

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