Eat Better and Live Easier with the Raw Food Lifestyle – Plus a Special Ebook Deal!

For a lot of people, the idea of eating raw foods can be intimidating, time consuming, and complicated. With so many different books and sources exclaiming so many different things, it can be difficult to adopt raw foods into your diet.

Judita Wignall, author of Raw & Simple, understands this. Having gone through the same process, she’s come out with her new book to streamline and enlighten the process for readers. Here, she lists some of the benefits of a raw food lifestyle and gives an example of a light, simple, and easy recipe you can work into your diet.

NOTE: Get this book right now for your Amazon Kindle for only $2.99 until July 31, 2014! 

Benefits of a Raw-Food Diet

So how exactly does raw food benefit us? Here’s an overview of some of the many advantages.raw

  • A raw diet is cleansing
  • You will have fewer cravings
  • You will have more energy
  • Your hormones will be more in balance
  • You will be better hydrated
  • You will have better digestion
  • Your immune system will be stronger
  • You will lose weight
  • A raw diet slows down the aging process

Morning Scramble

If you prefer a savory breakfast, this is as close to an egg–tofu scramble as you’re going to get using only raw ingredients and no heat. Get your hands on some black salt (which actually looks pink when it’s ground) if you can. It has a high sulfur content, giving the avocado an egg–like quality. It’s also a fun seasoning to have in your pantry to use in ethnic sauces and chutneys, especially Indian food.

Makes 2 servings042MorningScramble

Prep time : 15 minutes

Marinated Vegetables

  • 1 cup (70 g) sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 cup (30 g) roughly chopped spinach
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) tamari
  • ½ tablespoon (7.5 ml) olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped sweet onions

Put all ingredients in a mason jar with a lid and shake vigorously. Let sit for five to ten minutes while you prep the scramble.

Scramble

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1⁄₈–1⁄₄ teaspoon turmeric (optional)
  • Black or sea salt to taste
  • 1 Roma tomato, seeded and diced

Mash the avocado with the turmeric and salt. Top with marinated vegetables and diced tomatoes and serve.


9781592538201Find Your Balance. Simply.

Fresh, raw foods can nourish your body, calm your cravings, and energize you. And with raw food chef Judita Wignall’s Raw & Simple, it’s never been simpler to eat and live better. It’s healthy, fun…and easy. Inside you’ll find:

No dehydrator necessary! Basic preparation techniques with easy-to-find ingredients 100 delicious, simple recipes for breakfasts, soups, sides, starters, salads, main courses, snacks, and desserts Easy fermented recipes to help improve your digestion and strengthen your immune system No processed foods, trans fats, refined sugars, artificial flavorings and colorings, or preservatives—just real, wholesome foods, made simple All gluten-free recipes, with plenty of low-sugar options The nutritional benefits to keeping foods as close to their natural state as possible How to get all of your essential nutrients from a raw diet Tips and tricks for stocking your kitchen and living the raw lifestyle Lifestyle and weight loss strategies to help you achieve vibrant health

Making smart, delicious food choices in a short amount of time is now easier than ever. Raw and Simple provides easy (and incredibly tasty!) recipes that will feed your body and spirit without requiring hours of prep work.

Raw food chef and instructor Judita Wignall fully integrates her raw food platform with holistic health and wellness. It’s not just about food—it’s about feeding your whole body and fueling your life!

Remember: Get this book right now for your Amazon Kindle for only $2.99 until July 31, 2014! 

Do You Know the Eight Most Common Food Allergens?

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It won’t surprise many that peanuts are one of the most common food allergens, but do you know the other seven foods on the list? (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Lisa Howard’s new book, Healthier Gluten Free, takes gluten-free living to the next level by focusing on foods that are both gluten-free and good for you.

That’s right, just because something is free of gluten doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s healthy. Some gluten-free products can have as many fillers as regular food items. In her book, Howard provides a ton of great gluten-free recipes that taste great and are good for you, too.

She also provides lots of helpful information about allergies, which are especially helpful for anyone who is dealing with food allergies for the first time.

Here is an excerpt from her introduction, where she talks about the eight most common types of allergens.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology estimates that twelve million Americans suffer from a food allergy. Almost 90 percent of these allergens are caused by one or more of these eight common allergens:

  • Cow’s milk
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Peanuts (which are actually legumes, not nuts—they grow underground)
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Tree nuts (which grow on trees; almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, etc.)
  • Wheat

Because these eight allergens cause so many reactions, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 mandates that these eight ingredients must be clearly listed on food labels. That’s helpful for anyone trying to avoid these eight particular foods.

That said, while wheat and ingredients cross-contaminated by wheat must be listen on food labels, “gluten” is not on the list of official allergens, and as explained in my book, gluten can be found in other non-wheat foods, including barley and rye.

Therefore, anyone who must avoid gluten must either search for foods marked “gluten-free” or read ingredient lists with an attentive eye to verify that the food in question does not include a gluten containing ingredient. Buyer, please beware!


Healthier Gluten FreeDespite what many people might think, a gluten-free diet can be just as unhealthy as the standard American diet (also known as SAD). This is due to the fact that most store-bought gluten-free items–as well as many recipes in gluten-free cookbooks–include refined sugar, starches, fillers, and other nutrient-dead foods. You’re likely familiar with some of these ingredients already: White rice, flour, potato-starch, Xantham gum, corn-starch, tapioca flour, Guar gum.

Healthier Gluten-Free is a unique cookbook that educates the reader on how to cook without nutritionally deficient ingredients like xanathan gum and starchy flours and instead prepare recipes and meals that focus on flavorful, health-full, naturally gluten-free ingredients, such as: Healthy whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, etc.–all of which are gluten-free) Healthy flours (almond flour, coconut flour, millet flour) Healthy fats and binding agents (coconut oil, nut butters, eggs, avocado) Healthy sweeteners (maple syrup, molasses, honey) An abundance of produce and lean meats; It’s clean eating, gluten-free style.

How Well Do You Know Your Fiber Requirements? Take Our Quiz and Find Out…

Are you eating enough fiber?

That’s a question most of us have heard before, especially during a trip to the doctor’s office, or during visits with our parents and grandparents.

Many of us know that fiber is a remedy for our digestive ailments, but how many of us know why that is, or how much fiber we should have every day.

So how good is your fiber know-how? Take our quiz below, then read more about fiber in an excerpt from “Superfoods for Life: Chia” by Lauri Boone.

1. How much dietary fiber does the average American consume every day?

A. 15 grams
B. 25 grams
C. 45 grams
D. 100 grams

2. Approximately how many Americans suffer from frequent constipation?

A.  4,000
B.  400,000
C. 4,000,000
D. 45,000,000

3. How much do Americans spend on laxatives every year?

A. $100 million
B. $725 million
C. $1 billion
D. $3 billion

4. Which of the following is not an example of a food with insoluble fiber?

A. Whole wheat bread
B. Cheese sticks
C. Nuts
D. Berries

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds (photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

[Answer Key: 1. A. (15 grams), 2. B. (4 million) 3. C (725 million), 4. B (cheese sticks)]

 

Chia Seeds and Fiber

“It’s time to talk digestion—and elimination. Americans do not consume enough dietary fiber. In fact, the average person consumes only about 15 grams of dietary fiber each day—far below the recommended 25 to 35 daily grams for health and weight.

And not surprisingly, the National Institutes of Health reports that more than 4 million Americans suffer from frequent constipation (having a bowel movement fewer than three times per week).

Being constipated can cause abdominal pain, nausea and headaches. It can also lead to uncomfortable hemorrhoids, umbilical hernias, and diverticular disease (the presence of small pouches called diverticula in the colon).

In addition, it is estimated that more than 725 million dollars are spent annually on laxative products. How did we get into this bind (pun intended)? And how can we get out?

Simply stated, a fiber-rich diet is key to regulating bowel function. And experts agree that adequate fiber intake—25 to 35 grams per day— is enough to prevent and relieve constipation and keep you regular.

Fortunately chia seeds are an incredibly easy, fiber-rich food to add to the diet to help regulate bowel movements and prevent constipation. Just 1 ounce of seeds (2 to 2/12 tablespoons) contains nearly 10 grams of dietary fiber, about 30 to 40 percent of your daily needs.

And this relatively small amount of chia goes a long way in filling the gap between what most Americans are consuming (about 15 grams per day) and what they should be consuming (25 to 35 grams per day) for good health and digestion.

In addition, chia seeds contain a good balance of both soluble and insoluble fiber, the latter of which helps keep you “going” regularly.

In general, dietary fiber can be categorized into one of two types—soluable or insoluable—and plant foods typically contain a mixture of both. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel-like substance in the intestines. It may help lower blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels in the body (you will learn more about this in the book).

Foods rich in soluble fiber include oats, beans, berries, and apples. By contrast, insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and passes through the the intestinal tract pretty much unchanged. It helps increase the weight and bulk of stool to keep your bowels moving regularly.

Foods rich in insoluble fiber include whole wheat wheat bran, beans, most vegetables, and nuts and seeds—including chia seeds.

In fact, in a study published in 2010, researchers at the University of Arizona at Tucson found that approximately half the fiber in chia seeds—about 40 to 60 percent—is in the form of elimination-friendly insoluble fiber.

So if you find yourself frequently constipated and want to boost your fiber intake, chia seeds will be a great addition to the daily diet.


Superfoods for Life ChiaChia is one of nature’s all-star superfoods. High in protein, fiber, minerals and essential fatty acids, this little seed packs a nutritional punch. Moreover, it’s portable, versatile and easy to integrate into your diet. Just a spoonful adds a shot of nutrition to drinks, crunch to salads, or a tasty protein substitute in garden burgers and soups. This handy guide includes 75 delicious recipes, fun facts and lore, and tons of tips for using chia every day for health and beauty.

Learn how you can integrate chia into your diet for improved health and well-being. Superfoods for Life, Chia gives overview of the superfood, fun history and facts, and its reputed nutritional benefits. Once you’ve discovered how great chia is, you’ll learn more about key nutritional properties and “cures” associated with chia, including its role as an inflammation fighter, and natural source of potent omega-3 fatty acids and other essential nutrients. Each chapter references studies and research. The included 75 recipes within this book are sure to get you excited about integrating chia easily and deliciously into every meal.

Expand Your Fitness by Stretching With an Exercise Ball

Exercise balls can be a fun and challenging way to add variation to your workout. The great thing about exercise balls is that they can easily be incorporated into any fitness routine.

One example of this is stretching, an often-overlooked part of a routine. Lucy Knight, author of “The Exercise Ball Bible,” explains the importance of stretching and the three main types of stretches you can perform.

I find stretching the most deliciously satisfying way to release tension from my body. Add a ball into the mix and you have something firm and yet comfortable to drape yourself over in any direction, giving you more ways to stretch than ever. You can use the rolling motion of the ball to gracefully roll in and out of each position as well as easily control the intensity of your stretch.

It constantly surprises me that so many people seem to neglect this important and enjoyable component of their sport or fitness training. Not only should it be used to increase your flexibility and maintain mobility in later life, it should also form part of your warm-up routine to minimize risk of injury as well as your cooldown routine at the end of each workout to reduce post-exercise muscle soreness.

Exercise balls are easy to store and pull out when you have free time

Exercise balls are easy to store and pull out when you have free time

There are three main types of stretches; you will need to choose the right type of stretch, depending on whether you are warming up, cooling down, or trying to increase your flexibility.

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A static stretch is mostly used to maintain flexibility and is where you move into a stretch and hold for a predetermined amount of time—usually around 10–20 seconds. If you breathe deeply and relax into the stretch, you will find that after about 15 seconds your muscles relax as the body’s natural inhibitor switches off.

Developmental Stretches

This is the same as a static stretch, except the intention is to increase flexibility. Each stretch is therefore held for longer—usually 30–60 seconds—allowing the muscles time to relax and then extend.

Dynamic Stretches

This type of stretching is usually seen as part of a warm-up routine. The purpose is not to increase flexibility but to prepare the muscles for the work to come as well as to mobilize the joints. Examples of this type of stretching include arm circles, leg swings, or lunges. Dynamic stretches are performed in a steady, rhythmical motion so that the heart rate stays elevated and your muscles stay warm.


The Exercise Ball Bible is the most up-to-date, authoritative and comprehensive guide to maximizing the use of this ever-The Exercise Ball Biblepopular exercise equipment. Whether your goal is to stay trim and toned or you need to correct your posture, professional dancer and fitness trainer Lucy Knight offers over 200 exercises to help you lose weight and improve your strength and flexibility. With more than 300 full-color photographs, this book demonstrates the many different ways you can make use of your ball and offers a workout option for every stage of life. Chapters include exercises for getting toned, tight, and strong; fun cardio routines for burning fat; ball-assisted pilates and yoga; ball stretches for a healthy back and posture; and ball exercises for easier pregnancy and birthing.

Lucy Knight is a fitness consultant and a professional dancer and trainer in the U.K. She has more than a decade of experience in the fitness industry, regularly contributes to fitness periodicals, and has produced 13 fitness programs on video and DVD.

 

 

 

 

The Refreshing True History of the Moscow Mule

We all have our favorite summer cocktails. Some people like a frozen margarita. Some like a rum punch. Moscow Mule

But for our cocktail dollar, there is no more refreshing drink in hot weather than a Moscow Mule—a refreshing mix of vodka and ginger beer served in a copper cup.

According to Wikipedia, the cocktail was invented in 1941 by John G. Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc., an East Coast spirits and food distributor, and “Jack” Morgan, President of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products (which produced ginger beer) and proprietor of the Cock ‘n’ Bull restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. The concoction was basically a marketing ploy to sell more Smirnoff vodka and ginger beer.

According to CocktailTimes.com, in order to promote the drink, Morgan and Martin ordered specially engraved copper mugs and Martin traveled around the country to market the product from bar to bar.

He would take a picture of the barmen holding one of the signature mugs, and then use the photos to convince other bar owners that their competition were carrying the drink and they couldn’t afford not to.

According to us here at Body Mind Beauty Health, it doesn’t matter if the drink started as a marketing ploy, it’s downright delicious.

In fact, we were just out a bar that had four varieties of the Moscow Mule on the menu, includes ones made with whiskey, rum and pineapple vodka.

Here are two different takes on the Moscow Mule from two of our in-house cocktail experts.

From “World’s Best Cocktails” by Tom Sandham

[The Moscow Mule is a] marketing gimmick that became a classic when the American owners of the Smirnoff brand mixed the ingredients at the Cock N’ Bull bar on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Highball or Mule Cup
  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • ice cubes
  • Ginger beer to top
  • Lime wedge and a sprig of mint

Cut the lime into quarters and squeeze the juice into a glass or cup, dropping the shells into the drink. Add the vodka and ice, stir and then fill with ginger beer.

Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint.

From “Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails” by Ted Haigh

This drink is a good example of cocktail creep.

Anyone today would call the Moscow Mule a cocktail, though it is served on the rocks and traditionally, in a copper mug.

It is more correctly a vodka buck or a highball, both of which are considered cocktail forms today.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • Ginger beer or ginger ale

Squeeze the lime juice into the Moscow Mule mug.

Drop the spent lime shell into the mug.

Add ice cubes and the vodka, then fill with ginger beer.

DRINK NOTES

Although there is still a Cock ‘n Bull-branded ginger beer, there are spicier ones from Jamaica.

My favorite, though, is made in exotic South Caroline by a concern named Blenheim Bottlers, owned by the same folks who run that ubiquitous East Coast theme park, South of the Border.


 

VintageSpiritsCocktailsVintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails

In this giftable mini booklet of Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, historian, expert, and drink aficionado Dr. Cocktail includes his hand-picked collection of 52 rare-and-worth-rediscovering drink recipes, shares revelations about the latest cocktail trends, provides new resources for uncommon ingredients, and profiles of many of the cocktail world’s movers and shakers. For anyone who enjoys an icy drink and an unforgettable tale.

 

World’s Best Cocktails

World’s Best Cocktails is an exciting global journey, providing the secrets to successful cocktail World's Best Cocktailsmaking, their history and provenance, and where to seek out the world’s best bars and bartenders, from London to Long Island and beyond.

Cocktail and liquor connoisseur Tom Sandham provides a comprehensive appraisal of global cocktail culture, highlighting the trends and techniques that make the finest drinks popular in their native climes and across the world.

Cocktail lovers will appreciate personal tips from key bartenders such as Jim Meehan and Dale de Groff in New York and Tony Conigliaro and Salvatore Calabrese in London, while cutting-edge recent award winners point to the future with their new daring flavor combinations.

At last, discerning drinkers can learn more about what to drink and where, then bring back their coolest cocktail experiences to enjoy at home.

 

Can You Go A Year Without Yelling at Your Kids? The Orange Rhino Interview Part 2

Welcome to part two of our interview with Sheila McCraith, the author of the upcoming book, Yell Less and Love More. McCraith, the mother of four sons, challenged herself to go a year without yelling at her kids.

She has chronicled that challenge, and other insights about parenting, on her popular blog, the Orange Rhino.

In Part 1 of our interview earlier this week, McCraith talked about how she came up with the Orange Rhino name, the incident that led her to pledge to go a year without yelling, and more.

Here in part 2 of our interview, McCraith provides some advice for parents who are starting their own yell-free challenge, and alerts us to some possible pitfalls we may encounter along the way.

The book Yell Less, Love More will be out this fall, but you can preorder it on Amazon now.

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BMBH: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out on the 365-day challenge?


Orange Rhino: Here are the 12 “steps” I suggest: http://theorangerhino.com/12-steps-to-stop-yelling-at-your-kid/

And here are 5 nuggets of advice:

  1. Accept that this is a journey – it will take time but the more you practice, the easier and more natural not yelling will become. Forgive yourself immediately if you yell for dwelling upon it will make you yell more!
  2. In the beginning, practice yelling away. I started just teaching myself to turn my body away so that I learned to not yell “at” my kids. I would yell into closets, the freezer, the toilet. Any inanimate object without feelings! Soon I felt that I could indeed control myself and I started to just let out an “ahhh!!!” instead of mean words. Then not letting anything out naturally happened!
  3. Go slow. Start with a small goal that you can achieve so your confidence grows (say, not yelling at breakfast.) As you master that goal, add to it bit by bit.
  4. Find support. I know telling people you want to yell less is quite difficult, but the support is second to none. Besides, chances are high the person you tell will feel relieved because he/she secretly struggles too!
  5. Get creative and have fun! Learning to change bad habits can be so serious, boring, overwhelming and monotonous. I found that using out of the box alternatives (posting my kids pictures on their doors so I proceed as gently as I did when they were babies) made the journey feel less like a chore. You can find more alternatives at: http://theorangerhino.com/the-orange-rhinos-top-100-alternatives-to-yelling/

BMBH:Any early pitfalls to watch out for?

OR: There are definitely (unfortunately!) a few early pitfalls to watch out for:

  1. In the beginning, when you don’t yell, your children might very well challenge you even more. This is normal and not a sign that not yelling isn’t working. They are just testing the boundaries to see how far they can push you! Don’t give in. Stay strong and it will fall into place.
  2. Quitting! Oh quitting will be tempting! I wanted to quit lots of times. But it is when you most want to quit and you persevere that you will learn the most and become stronger. Plus, the benefits of not yelling are enormous – not just for your kids, but for your family, yourself and your life.
  3. Feeling overwhelmed by the strong desire to change and the perceived lack of change. Take the challenge one moment at a time. All the moments you don’t tell are a win. They will eventually add up to half days then days then weeks and months. But just focus on the moment in front of you to get there. http://theorangerhino.com/baby-steps-are-big-steps/

Yell Less Love MoreThe Rhino: A naturally calm animal that charges when provoked.

The Orange Rhino: A person that parents with warmth and determination and who doesn’t charge with words when angry, impatient, or simply in a bad mood.

Do you often find yourself losing your cool and yelling at your kids? It happens to us all, but it doesn’t have to. With Yell Less, Love More you’ll learn practical, simple solutions to keep you focused on loving more and yelling less, no matter what the circumstance. It is possible to change and enjoy a calmer life because of it!

Take the Orange Rhino 30-day challenge to yell less. In this guidebook to happier parenting, author Sheila McCraith shares daily thoughts, tips, and motivational personal stories to help you toss out the screams and welcome in the peace. Whether you have one child or twenty (or one you still yell at who is twenty), strengthen your relationships and maybe even laugh a little more–by taking the challenge today.

Can You Go A Year Without Yelling at Your Kids? An Interview with the “Orange Rhino”

Have you ever had one of those days where it seems like all you do is yell at your kids?

Parenting is a tough job that requires a lot of patience, and even the most even-tempered parents can be tempted to yell when their kids step out of line.

With four young sons all within five years of each other, Shelia McCraith found that she was giving in to the impulse to yell a little too often for her liking, so two and a half years ago she made a pledge to go for an entire year without yelling at her children.

Writing under the pen name of the Orange Rhino, McCraith chronicled her efforts on a popular blog.

This fall, she will release her first book, “Yell Less, Love More.”

We recently had a chance to interview McCraith about her yell-free challenge, why she chose the name “The Orange Rhino” and more.

Here’s part one of the interview:
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Body Mind Beauty Health: What is the Orange Rhino Challenge?

OR: The Orange Rhino Challenge® started in January 2012 as a promise to my four boys, then all under the age of 5, that I would go 365 days straight without yelling at them!

A few days prior to the start, my handyman had just caught me screaming at my boys; we’re talking red in the face, body shaking, full on screaming! I was mortified.

I took one look at my sons’ faces and decided at that moment that my yelling had to stop. The next day I made my yearlong yell-free promise to my boys and soon thereafter I launched my blog “The Orange Rhino Challenge” to publicly chronicle my progress, keep me accountable and find support.

Today, two and a half years later, The Orange Rhino Challenge is an international community of parents, grandparents, teachers and caretakers who support each other to yell less through advice, encouragement, and solidarity.

Some people share my original goal of 365 days and some have a goal of 365 minutes, but we all share the same goal of yelling less and loving more, one moment at a time. http://theorangerhino.com/forget-365-days/

BMBH: Can you tell me a little bit about the Orange Rhino name? Why did you decide to start blogging under it? What does it mean to you?

OR: This is my favorite story! I wanted an inspiring symbol for my Challenge so that in times of strife, it would help me remember my promise to my boys. I struggled and struggled to find an appropriate symbol and then one day as I buckled my then 5 year old into his car seat, he screamed in my face. I calmly said to him “#1, if mommy can’t yell what does that mean for you?” He looked straight at me, finger in his nose, and calmly replied, “I can’t yell but I can still pick my nose.”

That night I Googled the origin of nose and got rhinoceros; further research showed that rhinos are naturally calm animals but charge when provoked. Aha! I was a rhino; I am a naturally calm mom but when provoked, I charge with my words!

I added the color orange, a symbol of warmth and determination, to remind me of the warmer, more patient and calm mom I want to be and to give me the determination I knew I would need to overcome the difficult habit of yelling. Choosing the color orange turned out to be a phenomenal decision. It has been the “hot” color for the last few years and as such is just about everywhere I turn!

I am surrounded with orange reminders to choose gentle words and to not quit; it is nothing short of awesome. An added benefit of the symbol “orANGERhino?” The word anger is in the middle. Unbelievable and completely unintentional, this couldn’t be more perfect as learning to manage my anger has been at the core of this challenge! http://theorangerhino.com/managing-my-anger/

BMBH: Are there ever times when it is OK to yell at your child?

OR: Yes…in a way. I believe it is okay to yell to your child in emergencies, but not at them. I feel there is a big difference. Yelling at someone is often nasty, critical, and shaming. Yelling to someone is to get his/her attention. In the case of emergencies, I need my kids to respond ASAP. Yelling at them will not achieve that; it would just achieve hurt feelings and the desire to blow me off.

Yelling to them, in a firm, loud and non-quavering voice will, and has consistently gotten their attention. I always follow up emergency yells with a calm, loving explanation of the situation. This is especially important – when I need my kids to hear a serious lesson, they will tune me out if I am yelling.

The added benefit to only yelling in emergencies is that when I do “yell,” it really breaks through. When I yelled more frequently, all my kids heard was, “blah, blah, blah, blah.” You know, like Snoopy!

So when I yelled in emergencies, the yell wasn’t deemed any more serious. Now my boys know that if I yell, it truly matters. This change has saved me (and my boys) in several situations already. Here is a post that shows the impact of yelling just in emergencies: http://theorangerhino.com/the-emergency-yell/

Now, I do use a firm voice a lot of the time. It is more loud than usual but it lacks the shame and meanness that my old yells often had.

**OK, that wraps up part 1 of our interview. Stay tuned for part 2 to find out starter tips for parents who are looking to begin their own yell-free challenge, and lots more!**


The Yell Less Love MoreRhino: A naturally calm animal that charges when provoked.

The Orange Rhino: A person that parents with warmth and determination and who doesn’t charge with words when angry, impatient, or simply in a bad mood.

Do you often find yourself losing your cool and yelling at your kids? It happens to us all, but it doesn’t have to. With “Yell Less, Love More” you’ll learn practical, simple solutions to keep you focused on loving more and yelling less, no matter what the circumstance. It is possible to change and enjoy a calmer life because of it!

Take the Orange Rhino 30-day challenge to yell less. In this guidebook to happier parenting, author Sheila McCraith shares daily thoughts, tips, and motivational personal stories to help you toss out the screams and welcome in the peace. Whether you have one child or twenty (or one you still yell at who is twenty), strengthen your relationships and maybe even laugh a little more–by taking the challenge today.