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

and The Common Good… 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…

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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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3 low sugar summer treats

I admit, I’m one of those health-nut moms.  To be honest, I used to be somewhat shy about that (not really sure why), but I’m getting used to the identity.  What’s so shameful about wanting to be healthy and raise healthy kids?? My kids are really healthy – I want to say something like “I’m blessed”…

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3 Fundamentals for Health

I was honored to present last week at the 4th annual Compassion Fatigue Care 4 You conference. This is a yearly conference put together by Compassion Fatigue Solutions which is an organization that helps those in helping professions manage what is known as “compassion fatigue”. The conference had little to do with children, but it…

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10 ways to raise unhealthy eaters

We all love our kids.  We want them to be happy, healthy, and resilient.  We do the best we can by them day in and day out. When it comes to food and feeding, many of us fall into the same traps.  We rely on age old strategies to get our kids to eat, we…

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The microbiome – (video)

If you’ve ever met me, taken one of my workshops, heard me speak, or read any of my writing, you’ll know that I’m gut obsessed. If I could teach parents just one thing about how to raise resilient, healthy kids it would be how to support their digestion The microbiome of the body – that is,…

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Flu shot alternatives – keeping the troops happy

Cold and flu season is upon us!  Are you looking for flu shot alternatives?? Health Canada recommends that all children receive a flu shot as a preventative measure.  But many parents choose not to go that route for various reasons.  If you are choosing to avoid the flu shot, instead of sitting around hoping to…

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