Women’s Wellness Weekend

When was the last time you gave yourself the gift of relaxation, downtown, and refreshment?  Camp Campbell’s Women’s Wellness Weekend is coming up next month (I’m attending as well as presenting)  Nestled in the redwoods off Hwy 17, this retreat is a faaaabulous to give back to yourself, to replenish YOU, and to enjoy the sisterhood, wisdom, and friendship other women. 

There is a wide variety of activities to choose from, including do nothing ~ simply being quiet, reflecting, and enjoying the beauty and serenity surrounding you.  Choose as much or as little as you want ~ examples of some options are below ~ it’s all about nourishing and rejuvenating.  All the delicious healthy meals are prepared for us so we spend zero time in the kitchen ~ how fab is that?  And the produce comes straight from their own organic gardens.

Massages (additional fee)
Latin Dance
Strength Training
Arts & Crafts
High Ropes Course
Nature Hikes
Tie Dye
Swim/Sunbathe/Pool Slide

Camp Campbell transformed themselves with a major renovation a few years ago and it’s beautiful.  If you can’t make this date, there’s another retreat in November as well as other events throughout the year. The weekend is only $190 for rustic cabins or $230 for Treetop Cabins from Friday night dinner through Sunday lunch plus all arts, crafts, activities, workshops etc.  Massages are additional but everything else is included.  Whether you come on your own or with 1 or more girlfriends, you’ll find a warm and welcoming sisterhood embracing the weekend with you.  Come and treat yourself!

Registration Women’s Wellness Weekend registration as well as other weekends, camps, and getaways.

At Moms Health Zone, we know the value and importance of Moms and the need to put ourselves not only on the list but first.  As the saying goes, “When momma’s happy, everyone’s happy!”  For more tips on keeping yourself and your family happy and healthy, check out more of our blog posts.

Don’t fall off your resolutions ~ Healthy Winter Breakfast You’ll Love

hearty, healthy breakfast

Health and fitness are one of the highest areas of concern as people face their New Year’s resolutions, commitments, issues, or interests.  By whatever name you use, let’s face it, sticking to it past the first week or month can be a challenge.  Having go-to solutions that work and are delicious is a huge help in being successful when we’re adding or changing habits.  So in support of your health, here’s a delicious, hearty, healthy breakfast.

Here’s one of my favorite wintertime recipes ~ no instant mush here; we only go for the real thing! When I opened the pantry, I saw orange flavored dried cranberries I’d picked up last week and a jar of Blue Agave sweetener a girlfriend turned me onto and was inspired.  If you’re like me and not a fan of raisins, you’re in for a treat.

Since we eat first with our eyes, presentation is key, especially when feeding kids.  This breakfast delights the senses, is delicious, and will keep you going all morning!

For more ease on school mornings, set ingredients out the night before, measured and ready to go.  Cooking and assembly is a snap and the kids are out the door with a warm belly and a delicious nutritious treat to fuel their morning.

Amazing Oatmeal -1 serving

1 cup water
½ cup Old Fashioned Whole Oats
dash salt
2-3 tsp finely ground flax seed
4-6 walnut halves, chopped or broken
1 tbls dried cranberries (orange flavored add a delicious pop and variety)*
Maple syrup or raw Blue Agave (at Trader Joe’s)
warmed almond milk (or other milk of choice) – ditch the microwave and use stove top pan
warmed bowl – turn upside down on lid while oatmeal is cooking or warm on low in toaster oven

* try any other fruit of choice; small apple or pear chunks, bananas, blueberries etc.

Bring salted water to a boil; add oats and simmer till thickened, approximately 4-5 minutes.  Stir in flax seed.  Transfer to warmed cereal bowl, top with nuts, cranberries and drizzle with syrup.  Add warmed milk (stay away from the microwave and use your stove top) and enjoy!

You can’t go wrong with whole grains and blood sugar-steadying fiber so this makes oatmeal an easy and ideal breakfast.  Additional benefits: it’s whole grain, gluten free, walnuts are brain food and much more, flax seed provides omega 3 oils and more, and cranberry provides antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits.  It’s wholesome, beneficial, and nutritious so get ready for a deeply gratifying delicious meal and welcome to the New Year!

For more tips, solutions, and strategies for healthy eating, see our other blogs www.MomsHealthZone.com/blog, join our community, and share your wisdom.

It’s All About Family

It's All About Family


Mom and Busy are synonyms if you have young kids. We get stretched and pulled in all directions, juggling and multitasking. It helps to have great resources that lighten the load and make things easier, more manageable and even fun. What a concept!

I’m part of Family Alliance Network (FAN) and tomorrow night we’re having a complimentary Parent Information Night at Sonoma Chicken Coop in Campbell from 7-9 pm.

Join us for an educational evening with family services offered in our community.  You will learn:

Five Tips to Get Organized and Save Your Sanity: Carrie Vawter-Yousfi, The Mommy’s Coach

Five Simple Shopping Habits to Improve Your Health: Tamara Archer, Moms Health Zone

Five Ways to Eat Healthier with a Busy Lifestyle: Ellen Hovey, Wildtree

Five Strategies for Making the Most of Your Photos: Lenore Sanborn, Creative Memories

Five Concerns in Today’s Real Estate Market: Kirsten Reilly, Sereno Group Real Estate

Five Simple Steps to Creating Wellness in Your Home: Tina Blease, Simply Green & Healthy Home

Five Tips for Family Friendly Interior Design: Thora Tam, Decorating Den Interiors

Five Ways to Shift Those Tense Mom/Family Communications: Amber DeAnn, Family Communications & Harmony Coach

In 2 hours, you will come away with 40 tips toward a simpler and healthier lifestyle for your family. PLUS samples and demos provided from all our FAN members including: *Send Out Cards *Blue Dolphin Creations *Stork Stopped Here *Active Avenue *PACE

To learn more about our members and their services, please visit Family Alliance Network.

Or for questions, please call Carrie, Founder of Family Alliance Network aka FAN at 408-386-0803.

Your reservation enters you into our raffle drawings for gifts from our FAN members, value over $500. Event is free though registration is required so we can plan for seating and food.

Plus, bring a friend and you both earn an extra ticket for the raffle prizes!

Register today and see you there!

The Best Fall Fruits and Vegetables

One of the best ways to stay healthy in any season is to incorporate fresh produce into your daily diet. Help your family eat healthier this fall by picking up some of fall’s best produce options. Use the resource link on our site to locate farmer’s markets or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) in your area.  http://momshealthzone.com/resources/ or check for local produce at your grocery store for these fresh fall fruits and vegetables.

The Best Fall Fruits

Apples: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. This is probably because apples are high in vitamin C and fiber, and are packed with antioxidants, which may help prevent chronic illness and slow aging. Apples come in a wonderful variety of flavors, textures and sizes, so this fall fruit is a great quick treat for anyone on-the-go. One of our favorites is the Honey Crisp; check it out!

Cranberries: A fall fruit most commonly found dried, juiced or canned, cranberries have a number of health benefits no matter how they are consumed. Fresh cranberries are at their best October through November. According to Kelly Fitzpatrick, “Research suggests cranberry concentrate can help prevent urinary tract infections and fresh cranberries can prevent oral diseases and slow the growth of breast, colon, prostate, and lung cancers.” We just found a delicious recipe using yams and we substituted dried cranberries for the golden raisins and it was absolutely delicious! We didn’t toast the pistachios either so the green color adds to a beautiful presentation. We eat first with our eyes so putting attention on presentation adds to the enjoyment factor at mealtime. http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2012/10/roasted-yams-with-citrus-sauce?printable=true

Pears: These sweet fall fruits hail from either Europe or Asia, although the European varieties like Bosc and Bartlett are most common in the U.S. and grow on the west coast during fall. “Pears are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower ‘bad’ cholesterol, or LDL. To get that daily dose of fiber or to satisfy a sweet tooth, incorporate pears into anything from savory entrees to creative cocktail recipes,” says Fitzpatrick.

The Best Fall Vegetables

Beets: While beets may be available year-round, they are at their best in the fall. Look for firm, smooth bulbs and bright, crisp greens. Be sure to trim these right away though, since the green, leafy part can leech the beets’ nutrients including betaine, a compound that may help prevent heart and liver disease, and nitrate, which may increase blood flow to the brain and potentially reduce risk of dementia.

Brussels Sprouts & Cabbage: Both of these fall vegetables are packed with vitamins C and A. They’re also packed with a high concentration of cancer-fighting glucosinolates.

Pumpkin: Pumpkins aren’t just for decorating anymore. Their sweet flesh makes a wonderful soup and is also good in risotto. The pumpkin flesh is also high in vitamins A and C in addition to folate. Pumpkin also offers a wealth of alpha- and beta-carotene, which can be converted into retinol to promote healthy vision and cell growth.

At Moms Health Zone we’re dedicated to helping you keep you and your family healthy. Check out our other blog posts to see what we’re all about.

Smile Your Way to a Happier Life

“Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa

Not only can smiling improve the lives of the people around you, it can also improve your life. Smiling is an incredibly easy way to make your life happier and healthier. At Moms Health Zone, we want you to be happy and healthy. We’ve put together this list of 5 health benefits of smiling.

  1. Smiling lowers blood pressure

Take your blood pressure when you’re not smiling, then take it again with a smile on your face. The proof is in the pudding. You will notice your blood pressure is lower when you’re smiling, possibly because of the reduced stress. Read more →

Workout 15 Minutes a Day and Get Fit

Think you don’t have time to workout? Recent studies show that working out for less than 30 minutes can produce the same effects as working out for an hour, and it may be better for your body. These workout routines will help you get fit in just 15 minutes a day.

The Real Simple 15 Minute Workout – This workout routine uses a fitness ball to increase its impact. Just start with the Dynamic Push-Up; then roll into The Frog, ending in position for another dynamic push-up. Go slowly enough to maintain control. Do 15 repetitions. Then go into the Supported Side Crunch, 15 reps on each side, followed by the Rolling Reverse Plank, 15 reps. Repeat this four-move sequence two more times. Read more →

Stretching – 5 Ways it Can Improve Your Health

Busy moms know the importance of making time to workout, but stretching is just as important. Taking the time to stretch can improve your health in many ways. Stretching can improve your flexibility, which can improve your athletic performance and decrease your risk of injury. It is important to understand how stretching helps and how to stretch correctly.

Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles and is great for warming up and/or cooling down. However, stretching is often considered a supplement to a good workout. “Yoga is one of the only exercises to really give stretching its proper due, respecting the anti-gravity, anti-stress properties of stretching as front and center in our daily routines. We can lengthen, undo knots in our muscles, smooth out hurts, aches, and pains. We feel freer in our skin, more relaxed,” says EmpowHER.com. Read more →

Genetically Engineered Foods – How Proposition 37 Can Help

The American food industry has been playing games of semantics when it comes to labeling genetically engineered foods for far too long. Products are labeled and marketed as “natural” or containing “natural flavors,” but consumers still don’t know whether or not the food they’re eating has been genetically engineered. This year’s election is giving Californians a chance to let their voice be heard on this issue. According to an article from LATimes.com, Proposition 37 would require “food manufacturers and retailers to label fresh produce and processed foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients.”

According to Dr. Mercola, “the greatest opportunity to give people the right to know if their food is genetically engineered will occur with the California ballot initiative – officially known as Proposition 37 – which is coming up for vote on November 6. Proposition 37 will require labeling of genetically engineered foods, and end the routine industry practice of labeling and marketing such foods as ‘natural.’” Read more →

Lactose Intolerance in Teens – What You Need to Know

Lactose intolerance is extremely common in people of all ages. According to MedlinePlus, approximately 30 million Americans have some degree of lactose intolerance by the time they reach 20. People with lactose intolerance do not produce enough lactase, a natural enzyme that helps the body digest lactose. The only way to prevent the symptoms of lactose intolerance is to live a dairy-free lifestyle. This means avoiding traditional pizza, ice cream and more, and for most teens this can be incredibly difficult. It’s very important to find foods that lactose intolerant teens will love to eat.

The symptoms of lactose intolerance, while not life-threatening, are very uncomfortable and easily preventable. “The most common symptoms of lactose intolerance include diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, bloating and gas,” according to Livestrong.com. “The severity of symptoms may differ among individuals, based on sensitivity to lactose.” These symptoms usually begin within 30 minutes of consuming lactose. Luckily, substituting products containing dairy with lactose-free products easily prevents these symptoms. Read more →

Gluten Sensitive Children – What You Need to Know

It can be hard enough to encourage your kids to choose healthy food, and when they have a food allergy or intolerance, it can be even more difficult to find nutritious items that they’ll eat. Gluten-free eating is becoming a necessity for many because of Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. It’s very important to find foods that kids with gluten sensitivity will love to eat.

Gluten sensitivity can be due to Celiac disease or a wheat allergy. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. Children with Celiac disease are more sensitive to gluten exposure than those with wheat allergies, but regardless of what you child’s diagnosis is, it’s important for those with gluten sensitivity to eliminate exposure to gluten. Read more →