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 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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Nutritional Psychiatry. Do You Know It Exists? (video)

Nutritional psychiatry involves looking at the interconnection between what we eat and how our brain functions. It is new, it is revolutionary, and yet it is also common sense. This video rant is reposted from my Facebook page. Clearly hit a lot of pain points for people. I want to broaden the discussion about mental…

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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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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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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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