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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What To Feed Your Family

What we feed our kids matters.  Perhaps the most impressive study to date on the influence of early child nutrition on health later in life looked at the diets of 23,000 mother/child pairs from pregnancy through to age five. Among this group, poor diet in early childhood was shown to increase rates of depressive thoughts, anxiety,…

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Butternut Squash Babyfood

Butternut squash makes a great babyfood and is one of the first foods I suggest you introduce. It’s relatively easy to digest and full of nutrition. You can bake or steam a butternut squash. If baking, cut it in half lengthwise, place cut side down on a baking tray and bake at 375 degrees for…

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Top 6 Ways To Improve Digestion In Your Kids

In my book, Raising Resilience, I discuss Three Core Dietary Strategies to focus on if you want to improve the health of your kids. Taking steps to improve digestion is one of them. I picked “eat to improve digestion” as a core strategy because what goes on in the digestive system influences the entire body.…

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Egg Replacer Recipes

Chicken eggs are an amazing food for the brain! They are a particularly convenient source of cholesterol, choline, and fatty acids, all of which are critical for a child’s brain development and function. Sadly, however, many people can not tolerate egg. They rank as one of the top food allergens and often folks have to take…

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Why Focus On Resilience

The following is an excerpt from the forward of my book, Raising Resilience. Ready for your copy? Scroll down to the end of this post. We were living in a quiet log cabin in the woods—a safe haven of sorts— but still, too much of my energy was focused on worry. I worried about chemicals in…

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