Lolly cake, fairy bread, chips, fizzy drink... Children's birthday parties often come with lots of sweet treats and unhealthy food and drink as we all celebrate the yearly milestone. We can lose control with what and how much our children consume, especially if we aren't present. The result: a hyped up child, sometimes with the … Continue reading Children and Party Food
I used to believe that being a healthy weight was THE most important thing you could do for your long-term health. Something everyone should strive for. No excuses. When the body positivity movement - with it's acceptance of all bodies, no matter the form, size or appearance - peaked last year, it made me nervous. I had … Continue reading Health At Every Size
With a title like that, don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying academic intelligence is everything; I would actually go as far as saying emotional intelligence is more important. Yes our children use their brains for learning English and Math and for understanding the world around us, but they also use it for everyday cognition (thinking) … Continue reading Feeding our Kids’ Brains
A few years ago I became aware of how the produce we eat this century is so very, VERY different from the previous. Due to modern agriculture, important nutrients are depleted - even missing completely - from the soils we now grow our grains, fruit and vegetables in. Add to that artificial ripening and the … Continue reading Getting The Most From Your Fruit and Vegetables
As a young adult and into my early thirties I was a more-often-than-regular visitor to the dentist. I was on a six-monthly checkup schedule with most visits requiring multiple fillings. I was told I had acidic saliva - whatever that meant - and was given no further advice, other than reducing sugar in my diet … Continue reading An End to Kombucha For Me
Would you be surprised if I told you that all food - even if it's labelled organic - is not equal? Country of origin matters. I am quite naive (growing up in a stable family in a small country town does that I think). I trust others perhaps too easily - some might even say … Continue reading Country of Origin Labelling
Is carrageenan listed as an ingredient in your almond milk, dairy-free cheese or coconut icecream? Most people these days know there is controversy around the safety of the flavour enhancer MSG (additive #621 or monosodium glutamate). Although I had no idea back in my uni days until I had a flatmate who reacted to soy … Continue reading The Additive Hiding in Dairy-Free Foods
A shock coming from me - I know! We do try to limit the amount of sugar in our house, especially refined sugar. But there are some circumstances where other considerations matter more!!! I still remember the day. We were in the middle of our 2 1/2 year long ADHD diagnosis journey with our son … Continue reading Why Sometimes Sugar Wins!