Why Going Outside Is Beneficial To Mental Heath

So as it goes with working at home and being a non-driver, I don’t get out much. The times I do get to get some fresh air seems to instantly lift my mood. It is true that going outside is beneficial to mental health and can alleviate some depression symptoms. Getting some sun can also help you sleep better! We could all use some better sleep, yes? Here are some reasons to step outside:

You can lose more weight:

Not sitting at the desk all day and moving more means you are burning more calories than you would be staying stationary. Going outside daily can also increase brain function and creativity. One more reason to send the youngins outside! Being in nature can have a calming effect that relaxes the mind. It is still unclear why that happens, but I do understand because I feel the sudden calming myself when I step out to check the mail. Going outside seems to instantly calm babies as well.

When my then newborn seemed inconsolable, stepping out the door instantly did the trick! I hear the same from other moms as well. The sun can also help with vitamin D deficiency, which is important to babies who are exclusively breast fed because there is not enough of the vitamin in breast milk.

Vitamin D can also prevent osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and some autoimmune disorders. Statistics suggest that there are up to 50% otherwise healthy children and adults have a vitamin D deficiency. That is no wonder with the increase in technology, and the removal of recess in some places.

Better sleep was mentioned above. Natural light can help set the body’s clock for an earlier, more restful sleep. After coming in from somewhere, I get this burst of energy and it feels like I can clean all the things! Yep, that is another affect of being outdoors, increased energy, no coffee needed!



An Easier Way to Make Baby Food ( 7 Months)

I have found an easy way to make baby food for my now 7 month old (They grow so fast!) He was EBF until 6 months. I wanted to make his food instead of buying off the shelf because the added sugars were a worry to me. Not only did I want it to taste good to him, I wanted it to be nutritious as well.

So I began researching and it all seems so overwhelming to me! So many methods, so many recipes! I did come across something simple I call the Ice Tray Method. It is also a good method for storing and organizing food as well. Here is what I do:

For Vegetables

  • I take vegetables and I boil them for up to 30 minutes.
  • Then I put the veggies in the blender with some of its water for added nutrients.
  • I blend the veggies just using a cheap blender nothing fancy. Then I pour the mix into ice trays to put in the freezer for a few hours.
  • I pop the cubes out then divide them up into smaller Zip Lock bags and date them on the same day I prepared them. They should last for about three months, but I would like to use them all within 1 month.

For Fruits

  • I will just cut those up and place in the blender with some water on top.
  • Then I would go on to pour the mix into the ice trays.
  • Then I will freeze , pop them out, divide and date them.

Some Tips To remember

The time in the freezer should not extend beyond three months.
Do not refreeze what has been used.
You can also add breast milk to the mix. * Do not refreeze breast milk either.

I’ve tried this with blackberries and carrots and I like it and I think he likes it too. I also like that it doesn’t take very long to prepare, and is easy to organize.