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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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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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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The 4 Secrets To Good Health, Calm and Confidence

Ok… let’s get real. I hate quick fixes. I hate “miracles”,  I hate “cure-all” mentalities. I hate the word “secret”, to be honest. I want good health for your entire family. I want confidence for you. I want calm for you and all those around you. You’ll read elsewhere on my blog about the main…

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Finding Your Starting Point (video)

So… You want to make some health changes for your family? Of course you do. That’s why you’re here. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the task at hand, relax. You are NOT alone. Every single parent who walks in to my world has lofty health goals for their kids… and is overwhelmed. Maybe…

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What Causes Picky Eating

So you’ve decided that now is the time to take control of your family’s health. You’ve decided to make more time to try new foods and prepare family meals. You’re ready for some change and excited to make it happen. Awesome. You cook a fantastic meal with new foods from the market, excited to share…

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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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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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A simple little ninja trick

Last week I was sent a message from our school (our new school, I should add).  It was something to the effect of: “we have arranged for all the students to get freezies at lunchtime on friday.  If you would like your child to be exempt from this activity please let the office know.” So…

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