Grain Free Pancake

One thing I’ve learned as I experiment with different foods and different ways of eating is that there are a million ways to make a pancake!  We’ve been grain free on-and-off in my family, so I came up with a bunch of grain free pancake recipes.  This is my favourite. You’ll find more grain free…

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Cheese Muffin

Here’s a quick breakfast recipe that could be just the thing for those of you who feel rushed in the morning. You could make a whole bunch, freeze them and then stick them in the oven in the morning. PrintCheese Muffins Ingredients4 eggs 2 tblsp full fat yogurt 2 tblsp coconut flour 2 tblsp ground nuts…

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The Resilient Family: Toxic Free Living With Alexis Reid

As part of the Resilient Family interview series Dr Alexis Reid and I sat town to talk about how to (and why to) avoid chemicals. The goal of these interviews is to give parents like you simple strategies to raise healthy kids naturally. It has never before been so important to avoid chemicals where and…

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The Resilient Family: Natural Cold-Flu Prevention And Treatment – with Dr Jenn Keller

As part of The Resilient Family series Dr Jenn Keller and I sat down for a chat about how to set up your home medicine cabinet. The goal of these interviews is to give parents like you simple strategies to raise healthy kids naturally. Dr Keller shared some of the BEST tips for the foods, herbs, tinctures…

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My response to Children’s Mental Health Week

Last week was Children’s Mental Health Week in Ontario. Did you know? The intention was for there to be a flurry of “awareness” about the fact that our kids’ mental health needs to be a priority. True. It does.  Attention, focus, anxiety, depression, aggression, emotional outbursts… too many kids are struggling. But here’s the thing.…

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How To Dissolve Overwhelm (video)

It’s so easy to slip into a feeling of overwhelm. Overwhelm is a “sticky” place and getting out of it requires some conscious effort and energy. It’s well worth it, though, because when we are overwhelmed we get paralyzed and we can’t move forward. Here are 5 strategies for how to dissolve overwhelm and learn…

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Managing Nutritional Contributors To Mood And Behaviour

In my book, Raising Resilience, I posit that a child’s troubling behaviour – from temper tantrums to aggression and anxiety – is always triggered by something; we just have to figure out what it is. In the book I draw parents’ attention to social, environmental and biological stressors that contribute to behaviour concerns and outline ways…

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Top Tips For Holiday Recovery (video)

Easter just happened. In our home that means 4 days off school, visitors, late nights, too much sugar, more overall stimulation, lack of routine, dinners out…. so it’s not surprising that behaviour, energy and mood have been a little “off” in the days after. Holidays can bring on what I call “a stress storm”. In the 30 minute…

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The Gluten-Free/Casein Free Diet – Helpful or Hype? (video)

Gluten, dairy and behaviour – is there a link? Is this all hype? Or is there something to this diet strategy? Is it worth the trouble? I hear these questions all the time from parents so I want to give you some answers. I work mostly with families who are trying to help their kids…

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The Problem With Paleo

A Paleo-type diet is often recommended for myriad health issues including depression, ADHD, autism, chronic pain and autoimmune disease. The simplistic definition of this strategy is to remove grains, dairy and legumes and focus instead on meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. I find Paleo to be a very helpful starting point for children who are…

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