Flu shot alternatives – keeping the troops happy

Cold and flu season is upon us!  Are you looking for flu shot alternatives?? Health Canada recommends that all children receive a flu shot as a preventative measure.  But many parents choose not to go that route for various reasons.  If you are choosing to avoid the flu shot, instead of sitting around hoping to…

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Child obesity… and WTF?!… I guess I don’t get out much

What’s the real cause of the child obesity epidemic? ….And let’s just get to work and stop it…. I’m trying to keep my anger about our toxic food environment under control. I really am.  I’m trying to just plug along, smile, and do my little bit to make the world a better place.  But this…

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Nut-Grain-Gluten Free Homemade Granola Bars

These bars have quickly become a staple in my house.  They are packed full of good stuff and the best part is that they are quick and easy to make. This recipe is… FILLER FREE – CHECK!      GLUTEN FREE – CHECK!     DAIRY FREE – CHECK! NUT FREE – CHECK! (or you can…

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How to Cook Oatmeal – not bloatmeal!

  Back when I was a canoe trip leader, oatmeal was a staple breakfast.  But we called it bloat-meal. I hated the oatmeal breakfast because it make me feel heavy in my stomach and I was hungry an hour after eating it. After I studied nutrition, it all came clear.  Now I know why I felt…

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Why Is My Kid Such a Picky Eater?

Post #4 in a series of 4 for managing picky eaters!  This is the final one for now. All of the advice so far has had to do with social dynamic issues that can be underlying picky eating.  Now in this post I’m shifting gears to talk about physiological concerns that can be part of…

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Picky Eaters – Tip #3 (video)

Now for tip #3 for managing picky eaters! In a previous post I started explaining my approach to picky eaters and how I approached our picky eater when he was 3.  He’s now 4 and things are going much, much better. The first post was all about food battles and how to avoid them (and why).  The second one…

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Tricks to get kids to eat

  This is post number 2 about managing The Picky Eater. When my middle child was three he went through a very picky stage which allowed me to actually test out some of the recommendations I give other parents.  Guess what? They worked.  He’s four now and these techniques work to avoid a simple “phase”…

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Is feeding babies liver ok?

I’m still trying to perfect the liver pate.  It was something that intimidated me for the longest time.  But when my chef friend Jamie brought me some and my 12 month-old devoured it, I knew I had to learn to make it. There’s a real art to making liver pate, but this is a pretty…

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Got picky eaters? Here’s how I manage mine (video post)

Tip #1 for Managing Picky Eaters I have three children.  My three year old, I used to  characterize as “one of those picky eaters”. This post is part 1 of a series in which I want to share some of the things I did in this situation.  He’s not nearly as picky any more.

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Ground Pork Lettuce Wraps

What to do with a pound of ground pork??? Make ground pork lettuce wraps… a quick and easy dinner reminiscent of family gatherings at the local Chinese restaurant (but without the additives). I had defrosted some pastured pork a few days ago and just didn’t really know what to do with it.  Then for some…

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