Best Substitutes for Cows Milk

Pasteurized cow’s milk is considered the top allergen and many children’s symptoms improve greatly when it is taken out.  Hyperactivity, impulsivity, aggression, perpetually stuffy nose, exhaustion, headaches, bed wetting, and eczema are  some of the issues I have seen resolve when dairy is removed. Removing dairy can be problematic for some families… perhaps your child…

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Why I adopted the Gluten Free Lifestyle

If you’ve been browsing my work for a while you’ll notice that all my recipes are gluten free.  At least the most recent ones are. Is gluten free the next “thing”?  Is it a passing fad like rainbow loom bracelets or jelly shoes?  Or is there really something to it? I get this question quite…

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Is all food toxic now?

So, just as a follow up to my last blog post about rice cereal….  Consumer Reports just published another report warning about inorganic arsenic in rice. There’s a great little video and summary about it here. In essence, they are warning about over consuming some types of rice because, as it turns out, rice absorbs…

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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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3 Tips For Relieving Constipation in a Child

  I wish there were an easy bomb-proof solution to this one.  I see lots of children who suffer from constipation.  Truth is, lots of things can cause constipation so typically parents have to play around with various tactics before finding that perfect something that works.  It’s worth the trial and error, though, as relieving constipation…

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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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Postpartum mood disorders….dietary strategies

It’s time to take on Postpartum Mood Disorders…. Having a baby is the most beautiful, exciting moment of your life, right?  Not for some.  Postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD and psychosis – a collection of mental illnesses particular to the circumstances of pregnancy and mothering –  are estimated to affect about 10-15% of women (1). That some…

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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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