5 tips for surviving your first 12 months of mothering

I have three children.  And each time I got a little better, a little bolder, a little stronger.  With each child I felt a little more in control.  But for each child, the first 12 months were the hardest, emotionally and physically. Pregnancy, birth and recovery take an immense amount of energy.  They are energy…

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Baby Pancakes

These pancakes are suitable for babies once whole eggs and seeds have been introduced. That is generally after about 8-12 months. They make a great finger food. Make a bunch at a time and serve then any time of the day or carry them with you for on-the-go snacks. These are full of nutrition, are…

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Full Confessions – do you hate me for this?

Full confession.  I’m a whole food evangelist, I’m a health nut, I am a supporter of organic, local food and farmers….  And I shop at Costco. Now I fully expect to get some comments like, “I’m disappointed to hear this from such a health advocate” or, “how can you support such a corporate machine that…

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Nutritional Strategies for Mental Health and Emotional Stability

Change Your Food, Change Your Mood…. so the saying goes… And it’s true.  Food holds massive potential for influencing your mood, your behaviour, your general outlook on life.  For you and for your kids. Why?  Because food affects your physiology.  Food gets broken down into thousands of different components and those little pieces interact with…

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8 tips for weaning off sugar

Sugar, sugar oh sugar. It’s bad, we know. But we love it. Our kids love it. It’s everywhere. …And, it’s more addictive than heroin. I’ve written about cutting sugar out before because it is one of the core processes I take my clients through.  Sugar is upstream of so many health issues.  You can find…

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Are Probiotics Safe For Your Baby?

Over the last decade or so, there has been an explosive interest in understanding the bacteria that inhabit our bodies.  Supplement companies and researchers have been hard at work investigating efficacy and safety of probiotics as a tool to support health.  But the questions remain for parents:  are probiotics safe for your baby, and are…

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Kicking Sugar’s Butt

I suspect you’re tired of hearing about how bad sugar is.  We all know that. We’re tired of hearing it because it’s addictive, delicious and ubiquitous. We love it.  Our kids love it.  We do our best but there seems to be no escape. But I’ll go ahead and say it again to strengthen your resolve… the…

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Sticking To New Year Resolutions…. it’s not about willpower

January is a time for setting goals and planning. But follow through takes a lot of energy and motivation. Maybe that’s why, according to Forbes magazine, only about 8% of us are successful at sticking to new year resolutions. Your ability to stick to those amazing health goals you set might have less to do…

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Why Probiotics are not the answer to healthy digestion

Are you tired of hearing about the microbiome?  About probiotics?  I’m not.  I’m fascinated to watch our understanding of the body change and evolve. I have a few things to say about probiotic supplements. In recent years probiotic supplements have become  a panacea among alternative health consumers.  Suggested for everything from depression to diarrhea, probiotic…

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Homemade immune booster – Superimmune jello

When the kiddos are sick they usually don’t want to eat much. That’s fine… I generally try to trust the body on this one.  It’s right more than it’s wrong.  This homemade immune booster is a supercharged jello recipe – a nice gentle way to keep their immune systems strong and nourished so they can bounce…

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