How I calmed the Mamabear and Made Peace With Halloween

When I became a parent, Halloween down right enraged me. The mamabear in me was horrified – outraged, even – at the thought of allowing my children to go door-to-door to receive poison. Poison! Let’s call a spade a spade… sugar = poison. We all know it to be true. Are you rolling your eyes at…

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Getting everyone through cold and flu season

I went to the doctor today for a physical – my first in years.  I was offered a flu shot and politely declined.  I have never accepted a flu shot, for me or my kids.  Instead, I pay constant attention to supporting each of our immune systems.   I’m not saying you should or shouldn’t get…

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In Search Of The Perfect Diet

What if I told you that there was one way of eating, one diet, that could ensure proper growth and good behaviour in your kids, could reduce sick days, could ensure weight control, could eliminate brain fog and lethargy, could improve sleep and energy, and could avoid all disease? Would you say, “oh… finally! Please…

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Kids Can’t Sleep?… The role of calcium

Sometimes kids complain that they can’t fall asleep and they are up until 11 or 12 at night.  This can drive parents crazy as it eats into their own downtime, not to mention it can make for a grumpy morning. But lack of sleep also leads to reduced concentration and ability to learn and can also…

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Signs of Zinc Deficiency

Zinc – it does a body good….. Do you or your child have zinc deficiency? The first mineral that I was taught about as a parent was iron. Iron is a critical mineral for development, but equally as important, but much less talked about, is zinc.  Zinc deficiency is something to become aware of at is is…

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Mental Health and Nutrition – the need for nutritional support in early childhood

  Parents need some awareness about the connection between mental health and nutrition because mental illnesses begin during childhood 70% of the time. The average age of onset for anxiety disorders is age 6 and for depression it’s age 13. I was stunned when I first learned that. 1 in 5 children is affected by a…

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Artificial Sweeteners… Friend Or Foe?

When artificial sweeteners first hit the market they were embraced by many as The Answer. We could satisfy our cravings for sweets without spiking insulin levels, gaining weight and suffering blood sugar drops. Yipee! Sugar has become such a problem. It leads to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, fatigue, hyperactivity, hormone imbalances…. …and yet…

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Vitamin C overdose… is it possible?

There is some controversy around how much vitamin C is good for children. Current recommendations for children are 15 mg for ages 1-3 and 25 mg for 4-8year olds (1).  That’s not very much!  To give you some context, a small orange contains about 51 mg of vitamin C. But go to the supplement section…

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Food Allergy in Children

Where do we go from here?? When peanuts became such an allergy issue, an entire market opened up… peanut- free everything.  Now most schools and even school boards are placing nut restrictions on students’ lunches and snacks to protect those students who are severely sensitive. It’s not nuts anymore, though…. A new study now shows…

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What To Look For When Choosing Supplements

  Though I generally choose food first in my practice, very often supplements are also necessary. It takes some time to transition your family’s diet, good quality food is sometimes hard to access, and in some cases deep nutritional deficits can be supported more effectively with the addition of a supplement. Supplements can be helpful…

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