Simplicity Parenting

Simplicity Parenting.  Catchy title, isn’t it? It’s the name of the best parenting book I’ve come across.   My go-to resource. Sim-pli-fy – “to make something simpler or easier to do or understand”.    Simplify.  Just the sound of the word makes my shoulders drop and eyes close and my body breathe in… deeply.  It sets my…

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What’s The Healthiest Food?

What’s The Healthiest Food You Can Think Of? Well, certainly there are lots to choose from.  Kale? Liver? Broccoli? All good…. But in my books, the answer is kefir. Don’t know about kefir yet? Kefir is a fermented drink.  The most common kind is made from milk – but you can also make a dairy free version using sugar water.  You can also kefir coconut milk! If you’ve perused my website at all…

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Should Kids Go on A Grain Free Diet?

There’s been a lot of talk in foodie circles lately about the powerful effects of a grain free diet. Is it all hype? Call them what you want – paleo, primal, ancestral, low carb, high protein, GAPS, SCD, autoimmune/paleo, grain-brain, wheat-belly – all these dietary regimes have picked up on a few reasons why you…

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Can I handle this one?

Parental intuition is a valuable tool.   I wish parents were taught to nurture it.  As a new mother, when it came to my children’s health I was constantly faced with the same decision – can I deal with this myself? Or do I need the help of an expert? I still second guess and panic, but 3 children, 6…

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The Dinner Battle

This one’s for parents….Imagine this scenario: You come home from a busy day and you have 30 minutes to get dinner on the table before you can expect one of your kids to melt down.  You’re hungry and tired, but you get to work in the kitchen.  You marvel at your own creativity as you…

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Why snacks matter

I’m always looking for healthy snack recipes.  I’m a busy mother of three young children; they need to eat a lot and they need to eat often. Aside from offering my family healthy meals, keeping a supply of healthy snacks on hand that can be whipped up quickly – offering one mid morning, and one…

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What’s the deal with Fructose?

If you happened to be listening to CBC radio early this morning (for all you Canadians out there), you might have heard a Canadian professor being interviewed about a new study on Fructose. If you didn’t hear it, don’t distress…. they didn’t really say anything.  Just, you know, eat less sugar, eat less processed food…

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sugar, sugar… what’s the big deal?

(The following post is taken from an old edition of my newsletter from 2011.  ) A journalist by the name of Gary Taubes has become famous for his writing about fat and obesity.  Last week he wrote an excellent article in the NY times about sugar.  His question – is sugar REALLY all that bad? …

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Lessons From the Spiral

Yesterday my oldest child walked the spiral. See, my five year old is in kindergarten at a remarkable school.  At this time of year they celebrate.  It’s a time of light and joy and giving and receiving; they tell stories, sing songs, create art. And they hold a spiral walk ceremony.  I think this tradition…

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Healthy Fat – an oxymoron?? (video)

Have you ever second guessed yourself? I mean, you find yourself doing something that you’ve always done but you start thinking “I wonder if this is a good thing to do?” When it comes to fat, this seems to come up a lot.  Can I cook with olive oil? Is butter good or bad? Should…

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