“Barn’s burnt down – now I can see the moon”

Simple words written by Poet Mizuta Masahide in 17th century Japan now swimming inside my head and helping me understand my purpose with new clarity. When I started this coaching business I used to jump out of bed, like a horse out of the barn. Full of energy to create content and answer questions. Ready to serve,…

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What Is The Organic Acids Test And When To Use It

The Organic Acids Test (OAT) is a urine test that offers a snapshot of overall health. It includes over 70 markers that give us insight into intestinal health, nutrient absorption, hormonal pathways, detoxification, oxidative stress and neurotransmitter levels.   Pretty insightful! I sometimes suggest parents order the OAT test to give us some direction as to…

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What The Health – my thoughts

I watched “What The Health” last night on Netflix. Short answer is… I’m not a fan. The movie has a very obvious vegan agenda, which is fine… whatever.  I have nothing against vegans. But it turns a very complex subject (the question “what should we eat?”) into black and white, misses the entire concept of…

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My response to Children’s Mental Health Week

Last week was Children’s Mental Health Week in Ontario. Did you know? The intention was for there to be a flurry of “awareness” about the fact that our kids’ mental health needs to be a priority. True. It does.  Attention, focus, anxiety, depression, aggression, emotional outbursts… too many kids are struggling. But here’s the thing.…

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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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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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