Celeste McAteer

Certified Holistic Health Coach & COTA

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EMOTONAL REGULATION 

Does your child ever get mad?

Do they seem afraid of something for no good reason to you? Do they throw tantrums, or negotiate with you until you give in? Some children do not have the vocabulary or understanding of how to express their feelings appropriately. As a parent or caregiver, know how you are feeling first. Behavior is a form of communication, so be in tune to the signs, like a detective, and learn to help them understand their emotions and prevent negative behaviors before they strike.

  1. Food changes everything! Current research indicates that every cell in our bodies serves in our overall emotional regulation, and that the brain acts as a central organizer of this information. Our brains communicate directly with all of our muscles, internal organs, skin, bones, blood and lymph fluid. Because nutrition affects every cell in our body – it affects our brain. Our brain uses energy to manage all of this organization.
  2. A child may have a poor self-awareness of emotions. Help them learn what emotions look and feel like. Make facial expressions and describe them. Share experiences of when you felt sad or excited, etc. (watching a game is exciting) (taking a bath is calming) (movies can be scary)
  3. Allow them to identify when they feel a certain way. Let them say how they feel or ask them, “are you excited, scared, nervous, sad, tired, happy, cranky, shy, sleepy, sick”?.  It is more important for them to identify how they feel than you telling them what you perceive. They need to recognize how they feel more than what others think. Practice playing with emotional words at different times of the day.
  4. Explain the fight for flight response. Help them understand it is an innate and automatic physical reaction that is activated in response to what they perceive as a threat or danger. We either want to run and hide and avoid a situation or fight to survive. They need to understand what a “real” threat is and that it is not happing “here and now”. This is important to control initiation of an over reaction. This distorted perception leads to over-reaction and escalation of negative behaviors.
  5. Anger and negative emotions are secondary to: hurt feelings, frustration, and/or feeling unsafe. So ask them how they feel and pay attention to what happened prior to their reaction. If they are feeling hurt, frustrated or unsafe, most likely it will cause a behavioral reaction. Talk about it.
  6. Try role playing, nicely. It can be a lot of fun, which leads to a great learning experience for everyone.
  7. Give your child an opportunity to collaborate.  Allow them to come up with ideas with you on what to do to help them feel better. This is a powerful force. Give them a choice of two things you need them to do and let them decide which one they will do. When it is there idea, they are more likely to conform.
  8. Validate feelings. Always let them know it is ok how they feel and you’ll work through it together.
  9. Make a chart of feelings and behaviors.  I use a variety of tools including activities to Integrate the Brain, the Alert Program and the Stop, Think, Choose method. See me for details.
  10. Do they seem sad or depressed? These feelings can suggest anger turned inside. Feelings of overwhelm can often lead a child to a shut-down mode and avoidance.
  11. Be safe.  Some behaviors are just not acceptable, like kicking, hitting, spitting or using bad words.
  12. Consistency is Key. Say what you mean and mean what you say, so there is no confusion. Consistent action over time makes the biggest change.





Healthy Family Fun, by Celeste McAteer, CHHC & COTA

Looking for something yummy, cooling and fun to do? 

I’d like to share this wonderful recipe and activitiy I discovered years ago. You can make it as the original recipe states or try my twist on an old treat. Easy and entertaining.

Years ago while on vacation with my family, I came across a recipe for Rock 'n Roll Ice Cream. It looked delicious and fun to do.  I copied the recipe to take home with me and decided to make it someday. We made it together as a family and loved it. We decided to make it again during a family party too. However, the second time around we had a little mishap. So I have the directions for the original recipe, some tips to avoid problems and alternatives for the health conscious person.

You’ll need: Friends, family, and about 20 minutes.

1 large coffee can (2lb 7oz)

1 small coffee can (1lb)

1 pint half & half (or organic half & half)

½ cup sugar (1/2 cup agave or ½ cup honey)

1 tsp vanilla

¼ cup rock salt

6-7 cups crushed ice

Directions:

Make sure the cans are clean

In the small can, mix the half & half, sugar and vanilla. Cover tightly and for security place a few strong rubberbands around the lid and bottom of the can to avoid the lid from opening

Place the small can inside the big can. Add the crushed ice around and on top of the small can. Sprinkle the rock salt onto the ice. Secure the lid on the big can.

Here’s the fun part! Roll the can back and forth for 15 min or so. Be creative, do it outside on the driveway, on a large table (be careful not to drop it), or on the lawn! This is a great partner pass game and everyone can take turns. Do it to music, count the # of rolls, guess how long it will take and have fun with it.

Check to see how firm it is. Take the small can out to avoid getting the salt inside. Scape the sides of the can, stir the cream. If it needs to be firmer, put everthing back together and roll some more.

You can add your favorite flavors inside the cream before you roll or add themas toppings. What’s your pleasures? Cherries and almonds, peanuts and raisins, pistachio, chocolate chips, mint, dates and cashews, rasberries, peaches, etc. The list is endless when you use your imagination. Enjoy!

Caramelized Pineapple and Coconut Rice Pudding

Caramelized Pineapple and Coconut Rice Pudding

(Serves 6)

Cambodians include rice at dessert time, too. The rich contribution of the coconut milk and the unique topping of ginger-infused, caramelized pineapple turn this simple rice pudding into a real treat. If you make this dessert ahead, chill the caramelized pineapple separately and warm it just before serving - you'll be glad you did!

2/ cups lite coconut milk

VA cups unsweetened soymilk

2A cup vegan sugar*(page 17), divided

A cup sweet rice, also called sticky rice

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

VA teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon lemon zest

2 Tablespoons toasted, dried unsweetened coconut

1 large ripe pineapple

2 Tablespoons sesame oil

2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated

2-3 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds or toasted shredded coconut for garnish

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and lightly oil an 8 x 8-inch baking dish.

In a medium bowl, combine the coconut milk, soymilk, 1/3 cup of the sugar, rice, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Mix well and pour into prepared baking dish. Mix again to distribute the rice evenly.

Bake the mixture for 30 minutes. Remove and stir in the toasted coconut and bake for another IV2 hours.

"Scallops" and Butternut Curry

(Serves 6)

The lure of Cambodia is its gentle caress on the hearts and memories of those who come to visit. With its lush tropical jungles, bright sunshine, and gleaming Buddhist temples whose spires reach for the sky, this Southeast Asian locale is also the land of warm-hearted people, sprawling rice paddies, and an unhurried pace of rural life along the meandering Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake. These forested lands and essential waterways are the indispensable lifelines contributing to a rich culture of food traditions that revolve around abundant rice, exotic fruits and vegetables, and everything coconut.

In this aromatic curry I use king oyster mushrooms to stand in for the scallops because they provide that perfect hearty base and offer a satisfying similar chewiness to that of scallops. This dish provides plenty of sauce to spoon over steamed brown rice or noodles. If you can locate galangal, experiment with it in place of the ginger and you'll discover a delightful new richness of flavor. When cooked, galangal also becomes pleasantly soft and can be eaten like a vegetable.

1 medium onion, thinly sliced into half moons

¼ cup water

2 red chilies, seeded and slivered

1-inch piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

1 Tablespoon canola oil

2 teaspoons dried curry leaves

3 teaspoon ground turmeric

2 ¼ cups lite coconut milk

1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces

7 Things You Didn’t Know About...Pasta

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For a food as ubiquitous as pasta, I bet there is a lot you don’t know about it or its history. 

It’s one of America’s favorite foods—we eat more of it per capita than any other country—and although we consider it to be an Italian food, its original beginnings were in China. 

While no one would dispute its role as a comfort food, there is a divide over whether or not it should be included in a healthy diet. Those on low carb or gluten-free diets shun it, while marathon runners often load up on it before a big race. 

So what’s the real deal on pasta? Check out these 7 interesting facts about pasta: 

Founding (pasta) Father: You can thank Thomas Jefferson for introducing pasta to the United States. While serving as the US Ambassador overseas, he sampled a macaroni dish in Naples and liked it so much, he promptly sent crates of macaroni and a pasta-making machine back to the States.

Brooklyn beginnings: In 1848, the first American pasta factory was opened in Brooklyn, New York, by a Frenchman named Antoine Zerega. He managed the entire operation with just one horse in his basement to power the machinery. To dry his spaghetti, he placed strands of the pasta on the roof to dry in the sunshine.

Why You Should Add These 10 Superfoods to Your Diet

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Superfoods are one of the trendiest topics in the health and nutrition world. It’s almost impossible to read any book or article about nutrition without the mention of them! But what exactly is a superfood and why are they so good for you?

The term “superfood” is a classification for foods that have the highest concentration of nutrients and vitamins. While you might immediately think of things like chia seeds or maca, which are added recipes to boost their nutrients, superfoods aren’t just additives! Many superfoods are actually vegetables, like kale or mushrooms, which can be eaten on their own!

For the most accurate information on superfoods, I went straight to the expert: David Wolfe. David is a health, eco, nutrition, and natural beauty expert as well as an advocate for the power of a plant-based diet. The first time I heard him speak was while I was a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where he talked about the benefits of raw food. I was instantly hooked!

Beginner’s Guide to Urban Gardening

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Who says you need wide open spaces and top-notch soil to have the garden of your dreams?

If you’re an apartment dweller like me, all you really need is some repurposed containers, dirt and seeds, and a windowsill or small outdoor space.

And voila! You’re on your way to growing some amazing plants and produce (think about the money you’ll save on groceries!).

Here are the easy-to-follow directions to help you get the ball rolling on your very own urban garden.

1. Choose your planters. Go ahead and mix it up by planting in containers you already have at home. Coffee cans, paint buckets, and even milk jugs work as long as they’re big enough to allow for healthy root growth. This means using planters that are around 10 inches deep by 10 inches wide for small herbs and leafy greens and between 5 and 7 gallons for larger vegetables like tomatoes and carrots.

Natural Skin Treatments for Summer Weather Woes

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Summer’s gorgeous sunshine, soft breezes, and blooming flowers can make you want to linger outside for hours, but all the time outdoors can also make summer a bummer for your skin. Remedies for bug bites, sunburn, heat rashes, and other common summertime ailments are a dime at dozen at the pharmacy, but most are laced with chemicals and preservatives. Remember, your skin is your largest organ and it absorbs whatever you put on it. Most holistic experts agree – don’t rub into your skin what you wouldn’t be willing to eat! The good news is there are plenty of holistic ingredients that can effectively treat common summer skin ailments. 

Aloe Vera Gel

What it treats: Sunburn

The gel of an aloe vera plant is soothing and cool, making it a natural burn remedy. To treat a sunburn, simply slit a leaf of the plant the long way and gently apply the leaf’s juice directly to your burned skin. Repeat the application several times a day until your sunburn is less painful and stops peeling. 

Crushed Basil

What it treats: Bug bites

How to Find You’re Ideal Career

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When I think about where my career has taken me since I first declared my major in my sophomore year of college, I’m amazed that it’s gone in such a different direction that I originally intended. I’ve grown and learned so much about myself since I was 18, it seems like choosing a career path in college was about as accurate as trying to magically predicting the future!

The reason that my career continued to change since then is because of the amount of effort I put into finding my true self—and subsequently figuring out what job would make me happiest—during my twenties. Does this sound like you? If it does, then you’ve probably already discovered the many personality tests and quizzes that promise to help you instantly reach an answer! 

One of the most widely trusted and credible tests, and the one that I found most helpful, is the Myers-Briggs test. In fact, this test is used by many companies (including the majority of the Fortune 100) as part of the application process for new employees to see if they will be a good fit for the job. 

How to Find Your Ideal Career

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When I think about where my career has taken me since I first declared my major in my sophomore year of college, I’m amazed that it’s gone in such a different direction that I originally intended. I’ve grown and learned so much about myself since I was 18, it seems like choosing a career path in college was about as accurate as trying to magically predicting the future!

The reason that my career continued to change since then is because of the amount of effort I put into finding my true self—and subsequently figuring out what job would make me happiest—during my twenties. Does this sound like you? If it does, then you’ve probably already discovered the many personality tests and quizzes that promise to help you instantly reach an answer! 

One of the most widely trusted and credible tests, and the one that I found most helpful, is the Myers-Briggs test. In fact, this test is used by many companies (including the majority of the Fortune 100) as part of the application process for new employees to see if they will be a good fit for the job. 

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