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Giving the gift of good health to families

08/16/13 10:05

Terri Murray, 35 of Fort Mill, began working in nutrition in 2005 to help moms give the gift of good health to their children. She started Carolina Health Coaching in 2012 and is teaching workshops as well as one on one care. You can meet Terri at our Back to School Smoothie Taste Off this Saturday at 1 p.m. at The Baby Grocery Store!

Q. How did you get started with Carolina Health Coaching?

A. Helping people realize their nutritional and wellness goals was empowering.

Q. What exactly do you do?

A. I conduct various workshops, lunch and learns, seminars, wellness talks, and work with individuals privately. I can help create meal plans, do a pantry overhaul, or simply recreate family favorite recipes with healthier ingredients.

I am also excited to announce I will be apart of The Live Well Foundation that will be a local non-profit that was created to help educate and serve our community through free and reduce cost services.

Q. What is a health coach?

A. A Certified Health Coach is someone who has completed coursework, practicals, and testing. They are a wellness authority and mentor who helps motivate and guide individuals to establish positive health choices. They educate and partner with clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and nutritional adjustments.

Q. Explain L.E.A.N.

A. L.E.A.N was developed by Dr William Sears and stands for Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition. It is a series of workshops geared towards various populations that all touch on those 4 pillars. They are fun, empowering, and solution packed.

Q. What are some of the worst ingredients parents can find in common kid foods?

A. Anything that has a number like Red 40 or Yellow 5. Dyes are absolutely terrible for developing brains. Transfats and hydrogenated oils are highly inflammatory to our cells and increase the risk of ALL diseases. Artificial preservatives. Many artificial preservatives are know carcinogens and young bodies have a harder time detoxifying them and have a much smaller body than adults so they can easily be harmed by artificial food overload. Plus, it sounds crazy. Why would we ever want to give our amazing bodies anything artificial. We are real people so need real food. Added sugars and high fructose corn syrup. Sugar intake has gone from 5lbs of sugar consumed yearly in 1700 to almost 5lbs of sugar consumed weekly today. It can cause a myriad of health issues such as diabetes, inflammation, behavior problems, and leads to premature aging.

Q. What are some of your kids favorite snack foods?

A. The ones that are mommy approved are any type of fruit but the mandarin oranges, pears, and apples in particular are a big hit, sliced red bell peppers, cucumbers, yogurt, avocado, frozen berries, and Newman's Own Fig Newtons. My 4 year old loves cherry tomatoes.

Q. Any lunchbox staples?

A. Water! Don't pack a juice or milk in their lunch boxes. Just water. And I also, pack and fruit AND a vegetable.

Q. Are you a fan of juicing or smoothies? What are the benefits?

A. I am a fan of both as long as they are made healthfully and without added sugar. Smoothies and fresh made juices are especially beneficial with children because they have small stomachs and limited interest in sitting still for too long. So, we parents need to make every bite count! With juicing and smoothies you can get a lot of variety and nutrition in a portion kids can enjoy. You can add a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins, seeds, and healthy add ins that kids might not eat individually. I also find you can use frozen fruits and vegetables in smoothies that are already washed and ready to be used (a nice time saver) and they are usually less expensive than their fresh version (and they won't spoil)! I also, find children that have aversions to certain textures are able to eat the foods they wouldn't normally touch through a blended smoothies.

They've also found that, juicing and blending up fruits and vegetables are more readily absorbed by the body than just chewing alone which is again a great benefit.

Q. What smoothies will you be making on Saturday?

1. Dr. Bill's School-ade smoothie

2. Dr. Oz's Berry Strong Spinach Smoothie

3. Dr. Russell Blaylock's Brainy Smoothie

Q. Where can our readers find your workshops?

A. I will be hosting my back to school workshops that are geared for families with kids aged 3 and up and for pregnant moms at The Baby Grocery Store in Pineville. You can call the store to register or visit my website. I will also have workshops at Clearview Family Chiropractic in the Southpark area starting in October that are geared towards adults and seniors and parents with school aged children.

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