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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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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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. Once I tell you about these 4 “secrets” to good health, calm and confidence, you might think “well duh… ok… that’s simple”. Or you might think “uh… ok… so, um… how?” I’ll…

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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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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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Setting a mindset of possibility (video)

Sometimes its a mindset shift that stands between you and meaningful change. In this post I address a little phrase, or a mindset actually, that can be a real barrier to achieving your goals. Do you fall into this trap?  How do you handle it? Let me know what you think in the comments.

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The Power Of the After School Snacks

September is a transition month. Schedules are changing, expectations are changing, even the weather is changing. For many kids, transitions are a mood triggers. More melt downs, more “crazy” behaviour, or perhaps more exhaustion, apathy, and withdrawal. Different kids, different moods. But often similar underlying issues we can try to relieve once we become conscious…

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Gluten – is early introduction to gluten a good idea?

Is early introduction to gluten a good idea? The latest government guidelines for feeding babies suggest that introduction to gluten at an early age can reduce the risk of celiac disease. This is based mainly on statistics gathered from 2 studies done in 2000 and 2005.  The studies have lead to guidelines that teach parents that…

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