Getting children to eat their vegetables can be such a battle sometimes. I am very lucky that my son is a “good eater” but there are plenty of kids that aren’t. I have had much experience with patients and friends regarding giving advice on how to help fussy toddlers and kids find vegetables appealing.
I’m sure you will agree that when you have a small child, and that child is sick, everyone suffers – not just the child involved. Sleep deprivation plus grizzles and grumbles, often from the little person who often cant articulate what is wrong – it can be very unpleasant for everyone.
If your little one is at childcare, or kinder, then they will also seem to catch everything going around. A certain amount of this is healthy and ok (3 or 4 colds in a season builds and strengthens their immune system) however when they are sick more often than they are well, this is a problem and something can be done.
Many cultures have fermented foods as part of their cuisine. The Germans have sauerkraut, the Japanese have miso, the Russians have kefir, and western society has embraced yoghurt (although it originated in Asia). I have even written a blog on Kombucha, which is the latest fermentation craze – fermented tea.
So why all this talk on fermented foods?
Recently I have become a convert of drinking Kombucha tea – a fermented tea drink which is great for the digestive system. It has many good bacteria in it and can help the digestive system to function really well.
When I was pregnant, people would ask me if I was planning on breastfeeding. “Of course” was always my reply. I had a notion of breastfeeding in my head that it was natural, and easy, and the baby would just know what to do. I even went to a seminar on breastfeeding at my chosen […]
This is probably one of the most common questions I get asked as a naturopath, whether it is in my clinic, or a weekend BBQ, when the inevitable question “what do you do?” gets asked. This most often gets followed up by “what is better: butter or margarine?”
It seems on the surface that butter and margarine both have some good points and bad points, however I hope that I convince you in favour of butter by the end of this article.
Earlier in the year I read a blog post that got me thinking. It was about a woman who was a former vegan and had reverted back to eating a balanced diet containing animal products including meat – and how great she felt.
As a naturopath I am constantly hearing about the latest dietary fad. I have seen a few in my time
- High protein high fat
- High protein low fat
- Low fat
- No sugar
- No gluten
- High fat
- Israeli Army diet
- Fruit only diet
- Grapes only diet
- Raw food only
- Raw vegan
The latest one seems to be paleo 😉
A patient brought her 12-month-old baby to see me a few years ago. At 6 months of age he developed a nightly cough that didn’t seem to go away. He would go to sleep, and a couple of hours later, he would wake coughing. This would distress him, and keep him awake for a few […]
The best thing I read while I was pregnant was shared on facebook. The actual post I can no longer find but it was written by a mum and was along the following lines. The baby has gone from the womb, which is warm and dark, and funnily enough, reasonably noisy (with the mothers breathing […]
Those of us who have had the privilege of being pregnant and having a new born baby, know that it is open house for advice on EVERYTHING pregnancy and child related. Most of it I listened to. I took on board what resonated with me, and what I didn’t like, I discarded (politely!). Of everything that I heard, read, and saw, there were two gems of info that stuck with me. It was something my husband said when we finally had our beautiful son, and something my sister shared on Facebook when I was pregnant. (And I do realise the irony of giving advice through this blog post, even though I have just said that EVERYONE loves to give unsolicited advice!)