Thomas’ Bagel Thins Morning Tips

Tips from Thomas’ Bagel Thins!

KERI GLASSMAN
Thomas’® Bagel Thins™ Bagels Morning Tips

Don’t skimp on sleep
o It’s important to get a good night’s sleep to feel well-rested – ready to take
on the day! Most adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep each
night, and studies have shown that those who get less have impaired
memory and physical performance. Not getting enough sleep can also
make concentration difficult, and leave you feeling drowsy all day. So aim
to get enough sleep each night. It’ll boost your immune system, help your
nervous system work properly, and leave you feeling energized all day!
Experts estimate that compared to getting 7 to 8 hours per night, the risk
of developing obesity rises 23 percent with just 6 hours of sleep per night,
50 percent with only 5 hours per night, and 73 percent with 4 hours per
night!

Have a healthy breakfast
o While sleeping each night, your body is in a fasting mode, so within an
hour of rising, you need to break that fast by eating a healthy breakfast.
It gives your body the fuel it needs to meet your busy schedule and
skipping breakfast decreases your metabolism, and increases your
cravings throughout the day! Studies have also shown consuming
breakfast improves cognition and memory in children and adolescents
making them able to concentrate and be more attentive in school. We all
have some kid in us, so use this tip to your advantage!

Eat empowered
o Every morning when you sit down to breakfast (and every meal!),
remember that each meal is an opportunity to get back in the game
and stay on course. You should feel empowered by making the right
choices. There are always healthier alternatives to the high-fat, high-
calorie, nutrient-less options that we all tend to go for, and I always keep
a healthy staple product on-hand to help me quickly make a delicious and
nutritious meal. Thomas’® Bagel Thins™ bagel is one of those better-for-
you options – they’re 110 calories each, low in fat and every flavor is at
least a good source of fiber. It’s not “I can’t eat that heavy bagel” – it IS –
“I can eat the Thomas’ Bagel Thins™ bagel!

Start with a glass of lemon water
o Drinking enough h2o throughout the day helps with weight loss in
several ways. First, there’s an emotional component; it will make you feel
empowered and will help spur you to make good choices for the rest of
the day. Second, researchers have long known that dieters who replace
sweetened drinks with water lose weight more quickly that those who
don’t. Finally, many people overeat because they are actually thirsty and
just can’t tell the difference between thirst and hunger. Also, when you’re
adequately hydrated, your metabolism functions at its best.

Exercise steady
o Aside from burning calories, exercise is important because it causes your
body to release endorphins, making you feel good, and motivating you

to eat well, do your job well, and simply be happy! I love exercising in the
early am, and eating breakfast when I’m done, and typically, people who
work out in the morning are more likely to stick to their routine, than those
who squeeze it in later. If you’re averse to starting your day with more
rigorous exercises like running, try a lower-impact activity like yoga. Just
do something!

Source for “Don’t skimp on sleep” stat: Inadequate Sleep as a Risk Factor for Obesity:
Analyses of the NHANES I

James E. Gangwisch, PhD1; Dolores Malaspina, MD, MPH2; Bernadette Boden-Albala,
Dr.PH3; Steven B. Heymsfield, MD4 1Mailman School of Public Health, Department
of Epidemiology; 2Department of Psychiatry, Division of Clinical Neurobiology;
3Department of Neurology and Department of Sociomedical Sciences; 4Obesity
Research Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center; Columbia University, College of
Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

http://www.journalsleep.org/Articles/281017.pdf

Thomas’ Bagel Thins, Review and Contest!

Thomas, famous for English Muffins, just came out with a new diet breakfast food.  They wanted to help start your day off right.  Breakfast being the most important meal of the day, so may people skip it when dieting.  Not good, folks!  So they created a bagel that was thin, had lots of fiber, and is only 110 calories.
These new Bagel Thins come in various size packs and flavors, like whole wheat, cinnamon raisin, everything, and others.  


I’m not loving them.  Sorry!  They are good if you put an egg between them, and thereby use less calories then a regular bagel or toast- but I just don’t like them regular.  To me, they totally taste like “diet” food.   My husband says they get crunchy fast, so he thinks that is a positive.

The way we ended up using most of them was with turkey bacon, and an egg on it for weekend breakfasts.  That was good.  They made up a low-calorie, high fiber way to add the bread part of the sandwich.

From the Thomas website- 
“Light texture and delicious taste in a 110 calorie bagel.

THIS PRODUCT IS:

  • 0g Trans Fat
  • Cholesterol Free
  • Good Source of Fiber
  • Low Fat”

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Ocean Nasal Sprays Review and Contest

Tis the season for clogged sinuses! Ok, so maybe you don’t feel so jolly- but I know how to cheer you up! Ocean Sprays are just the thing to help clear you up and help you breathe. No one feels like themselves when they can’t even take a breath!
Ocean Nasal Sprays comes in 3 varieties, Kids, Complete Sinus Irrigation, and Premium Saline Nasal. As you know, we are fans of nasal cleansing in this house. I believe the best cure is in prevention. I have had these products for a while, because I wanted to try them before I reviewed them (I’m funny like that, LOL) so I hope that no one minds! My husband is a big snore-er, which I think I have mentioned (and complained about!) on numerous occasions, LOL. He also has asthma, so that’s super fun! Little Man is the Cold and Flu King, and the poor kid has been on the nebulizer all winter, and uses a humidifier nightly. He seems to take after daddy’s respiratory system, which pleases me not one bit!!!!
I figured Kamikaze and I would be good product testers for these. We breathe like regular old people, LOL.
The hubs took the Sinus Irrigation to try it out, and see how it compared to our Neti Pot, which we both love (yes, we each have our own, don’t get grossed out, LOL).
He said they were comparable, except that the Neti Pot was more of a slow flow, and this was more of a stream. A little quicker. It also has a second tip you can put on for moisturizing- it gives you more of a mist. He said it made him want to sneeze, and was “mad tickely”. (His words.)

I tried the Ocean Premium Saline Nasal when I got my first head cold of the season. It was not fun, though not as yucky as my current pneumonia, LOL. (Good Grief, I HATE WINTER!) I am a big user of nasal sprays, and usually keep one in my purse for emergencies (I’m not kidding, I really do). It did a nice job of moisturizing my sinuses, and that always makes it easier to breathe (and blow your nose!)
I am also a sufferer of migraines, and some of them are sinus related. I really can’t explain to you the pain of migraine if you have never had one! I also use nasal sprays because they can relieve some of the sinus pressure that accompanies these sorts of migraines (I get all sorts, I’m not a “specific” migraine sort of gal! Jealous???).
The first time I used the Ocean Spray Premium Saline Nasal I was pleasantly surprised that it helped. I don’t usually get much relief, and so when I do, I’m happy to share the news.

Kamikaze was not happy at being a guinea pig for a nasal spray. She doesn’t like them, and hates when I make her do them. (Hahaha! Evil mommy laugh!) I’m not going to lie and say my kids love nasal sprays. It can be a fight. My kids are good medicine takers, but not good at eye drops or nasal sprays- what can I say. Buggars.
BUT, she did breathe better and have less nasal congestion after she used OCEAN for Kids

Reeds Natural Soda Review

Who loves being nauseous? Anyone? Not I! As a migraine sufferer, one of the things that can be the worst is the nausea that accompanies them. Reeds RX Natural Soda is made to combat nausea naturally. It is even safe for pregnant women (oh where were you 4 years ago, Reeds RX?) and children.
As luck would have it (or not! LOL) the day that the Reeds RX came, I was having an horrific migraine. I was vomiting, I was shaking, the whole 9 yards. I was laying in the bathroom on the floor when my husband came in to tell me I got a package. I’m thinking- and I care because why? He sits there, telling me what mail came, blah blah blah- I was too sick to tell him to be quiet and go away- and then he tells me that the package has Red Bull in it. I’m thinking “What? Red Bull?”
And he tells me, “oh, no- wait- it says Reeds Natural something, I don’t know, anyway”…
I shot my hand out and told him to give me one. He thought I was losing my mind, but I just left my hand out, so he gave it to me. (They do look a bit like Red Bull cans, haha)
The taste was terrible to me, I’m not going to lie. And it coated my whole mouth, tongue, and throat. I didn’t finish even half the can, just a few sips.
But- I felt better. And I stopped throwing up after about 20 minutes.
OKOK, I thought it was a fluke.
So, I left a can at work, and the rest at home. Two days ago, it was coming on. Migraine, complete with nausea. Took my meds. Nothing, it’s still coming, even a half hour later. Took more- stronger, and the anti-nausea medication. Nope, it’s still coming. I don’t want to take the shot, because I’m working, and it really makes me tired and a bit out of it. But I’m going to throw up. It’s coming, I can feel it. Anyone who gets migraines knows this feeling- you just KNOW. For me, once I’m vomiting, I’m a lost cause. I can deal with the migraine until the throwing up comes. Then…..not so much.
I grabbed the can, looked at it suspiciously (like it was going to bite me, LOL) and thought OK, lets see what you can do! Again- ugh! That taste! Blech! Didn’t take more then 3 sips- not only do I really hate the taste, but I’m really fighting that gag reflex at this point. But again, you know what? In 10 minutes, I felt better. And I never did throw up.
So, bad taste or no- it works. My mom says the medicine just kicked in- but I know my body. It was not the meds, they were lost on me by that point. Both times I drank the Reeds Rx Natural Soda, I either stopped vomiting or never stared.

Reed’s Rx

Ginger is a traditional herbal tonic for nausea. It has been in use in certain parts of the world for thousands of years. The earliest writings from China and India talk about ginger and its health promoting properties. Other cultures throughout history, including the Roman Empire, have used ginger extensively to settle stomach complaints. More recently, Vitamin B6 is being used for its anti-nausea properties. Reed’s Natural Ginger Nausea Relief uses both fresh ginger root and B6 to help alleviate nausea naturally.

I’ve had migraines since I was 9. I know them, we are old enemies. All the medicines I dump into my body every day would make your head spin. And they don’t always work. If the Reeds works even half the time, I’m a new buyer.
When you are sick, with the flu, with morning sickness (who ever thought of that term, anyway? ALL DAY sickness, LOL) with migraines, car sick, anything! I would totally try this.
If you want to have some on hand for your family, you can get some HERE– don’t forget the coupon!

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Zarbees Cough Syrup Review (and a coupon!)

ZarBees All Natural Children’s Cough Syrup has a long name, but it’s one worth remembering.
It’s safe for kids ages 2 and up- and you know most medicine is not recommended for kids under 4. No, now it’s 6. Soon it will be no medicine for kids under 18, good grief! 🙂
But ZarBees is available for your child over the age of 1 year. THANK GOODNESS! And it’s also all natural, which is such an added bonus. Who wants to put all sorts of chemicals into their kids if you really don’t need to?
Little Man likes the flavor, and he never gives me any problem taking it. He also likes the bee on the bottle- he thinks it’s “cutie” (his word).
A little bit about ZarBees All Natural Children’s Cough Syrup

  • Great for toddlers with night coughs
  • Children with sore throats, upper respiratory infection
  • Children with coughs caused by allergies
  • Children with hoarse or scratchy coughs

Children 12 months and older can safely take ZarBee’s Cough Syrup.

ZarBee’s™ Children’s Cough Syrup is an all-natural, honey-based cough suppressant that provides children relief from coughs while simultaneously boosting the immune system. The product is made with a unique blend of dark honey, vitamins and other all natural ingredients. ZarBee’s does not contain any Dextromethorphan or alcohol and is safe for children 12 months and older. It is high in antioxidants and contains the daily vitamin C requirements per dose. Pediatricians recommend it and you can find out more at www.Zarbees.com.
Les Walgreen said, “As we have seen a recent recall of DM children’s medicines, parents have nowhere to turn to. Those medications (DM) already were marked unsafe for children 4 and under. Finally, there is a safe and effective treatment for young children! I expect a resounding response from retailers that can now offer ZarBee’s on their shelves. Parents, get ready, ZarBee’s will be there for you and your children!”

I will be buying it again when we run out, for sure.
You can get it in Rite Aid for sure, and check your local drug stores to see if they carry it. Or you can just get it online!
(And make sure you click HERE for a coupon!)
Yay for ZarBees!

Coldcam Homeopathic Medicine Review and Contest!

Boiron, makers of great homeopathic medicines, recently sent me Children’s Coldcam to try out. I didn’t review it right away, because I actually wanted to use it and see how it worked, LOL.
The Coldcam comes in a little tube about the size of a chapstick- in fact, it is in the bag next to a Burt’s Bees chapstick, and I often mistakenly grab it when I am looking for the chap stick, LOL.
When you take the top off, you turn it to take out tiny little balls or pellets of medicine. They taste like sugar-water to me. Here is what Boiron has to say about Childrens Coldcam

Children 3 years of age and older: At the onset of cold symptoms, take 5 pellets every 20 minutes for 1 hour. Then take 5 pellets every 2 hours until symptoms are relieved. Allow the pellets to dissolve in the mouth.

Children younger than 3 years of age: Ask a doctor before use.

Active Ingredients
Allium cepa 3C HPUS Relieves sneezing and runny nose
Apis mellifica 6C HPUS Relieves nasal congestion
Belladonna 6C HPUS* Relieves colds with a sudden onset
Eupatorium perfoliatum 3C HPUS Relieves sinus pain
Gelsemium sempervirens 6C HPUS Relieves headaches associated with colds
Kali bichromicum 6C HPUS Relieves nasal discharge
Nux vomica 3C HPUS Relieves sneezing attacks
Phytolacca decandra 6C HPUS Relieves sore throat associated with colds
Pulsatilla 6C HPUS Relieves colds with a loss of taste and smell
*Contains less than 10-6 mg alkaloids
Inactive Ingredients
Lactose, sucrose
The letters HPUS indicate that these ingredients are officially included in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States.

My Little Man has been out with a cold, strep, ear infection, croup, pinkeye, flu, etc pretty much non-stop this year- poor kid really has not had a chance to recover before he gets nailed again!
Kamikaze is always physically healthy as a horse, we are lucky in that respect with her.
It came with two tubes, so one kid each.
I really didn’t notice any difference. Little keeps getting sick, and he didn’t seem to get better any faster. Kamikaze had her cold for about 3 days- which is pretty par for the course for her. I don’t know if they worked. I didn’t notice anything. I’m sorry that I don’t have more to say on this subject- but I can’t tell you something that I didn’t actually experience.
One thing- Little Man and Kamikaze, who both take medicine well, both thought that these little pellets/balls of medicine were “fun”, and they liked when I turned them out of the tube for them. We went through the tubes kind of quickly- not because we were OD-ing the kids, LOL, but because the directions told us to give them 5 pellets every 2 hours. Seems crazy, but they are really tiny, and designed to dissolve on the tongue- so it’s not really as much as it sounds like.
However, the kids had no issues eating them. So, if your kids are difficult medicine-takers, this may be one to try out.
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Boogie Wipes- Review and Contest!

Ah, cold and flu season. We all know it! Have had it, maybe have it now? (Wish it would go away and never come back, taking it’s lovely friends “mucus” and “congestion” with it?) One of the annoyances that come along with colds is the constant runny noses! As an adult, it’s bad enough. But when I see my Little Man with that red, chapped nose? I feel so bad! I can’t stand it when he gets worked up over a tissue- he doesn’t want me to wipe it because he knows it’s going to hurt his nosie. Poor bubbie! So what’s a mommy to do? Often, I end up using a wet wipe, like one that is made for “diaper messes”. But there is another kind of wipe- called “Boogie Wipes” that I just got to try out. Made just for runny noses, they don’t chap them like a regular tissue does. They are soft and sensitive, and come in 3 varieties- Unscented, Aloe, and Grape (LOL, like you are going to eat them!) They are really big, too- so if you have a GIANT boogie mess- you are good to go! I usually ended up cutting them in half, because I don’t like to waste, and they are too big for your average nose wipe. But it is good to have the option of the GIANT MESS WIPE if you need it- because we all know they come, don’t they?

Boogie Wipes are made with natural saline to dissolve boogies (mucus) caused by the common cold, allergies or otherwise booger-filled kid moments.
Extra soft, alcohol, phthalate and paraben free, Boogie Wipes are available in Great Grape, Fresh Scent, Magic Menthol and Simply Unscented. Recommended by pediatricians as a gentle, effective alternative to a dry tissue.

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Children’s Advil

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