When I was a kid, my mom sent us out to play. We went out for hours, and didn’t come back till someone was hungry. We played in the trees in the yard, or in the “trails” across the street – some wild undeveloped land along the banks of Bear Creek, that boys had ridden . . . » read more: Raising Healthy Children, part 6
Herbal remedies are often much better choices for illness than over-the-counter or prescription pharmaceuticals. It’s true that antibiotics are miracle drugs, but miracles wear out when we use them every day: bacteria become stronger and the antibiotics don’t work as well over time. Not only that, but our bodies get lazy if we always let . . . » read more: Raising Healthy Children, part 5
Sleep is absolutely critical to good health. While we sleep, we repair damaged tissue (including things we can’t see!), we grow, we replenish hormone supplies and the immune system – we even burn fat (as long as you skip the bedtime snack)! Most of us adults get by on 7 hours of sleep or less . . . » read more: Raising Healthy Children, part 4
Our last post was on cultivating your child’s inner foodie: here is one of the BEST ways I know to get them to eat their greens: Make a Wild Salad! You get to go outdoors, eat good food, identify plants, “cook” together, experience new flavors – all in one salad bowl!
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Food is the absolute number one most important factor in a person’s health. In my own professional opinion, that is! I have had clients walk in with cervical cancer, with auto-immune disease, with all manner of illness, and in some cases, the *only* thing we changed was diet! Although many doctors and certainly mainstream culture . . . » read more: Raising Healthy Children, Part 2
When we become parents, we suddenly realize, kids don’t come with instruction manuals! But let’s think about that in reverse: when you’re a kid, life DOES come with instructions. Those instructions come from your parents, primarily, and other family, teachers, and later peers. A few hundred years ago, even here in America, those instructions absolutely . . . » read more: Raising Healthy Children, Part 1
My 9-year-old daughter Amber is gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free, and most of the time, paleo. She is autoimmune to gluten and casein, the rest we avoid for overall health. A lot of folks think that this kind of thing must be hard for a kid, or that kids won’t go along with it. Let’s ask Amber . . . » read more: Interview with a Paleo Kid
One of the biggest challenges for families who are eliminating grains and dairy and/or limiting carbohydrate intake is what to put in children’s lunchboxes. Making this problem even more difficult is that most schools have nut-free policies, so one obvious staple is immediately out. (I definitely think schools should be a safe place for all . . . » read more: What’s For Lunch?
Today was day two of our Natural Kids Summer Camp. We spent the morning building fairy houses in the woods, using whatever natural materials the kids could find to be imaginative with: bark, leaves, sticks, pine cones, acorns, rocks… They worked collaboratively to gather materials, and then to build five little houses together around a . . . » read more: The Importance of Unstructured Time
Yesterday when I picked my daughter up from school, she was telling me the story of a rather nasty looking cut on her leg that she got while she was at her dad’s house. She’d been climbing a tree with her neighbor-friend, a little girl one year older. Somehow she missed her footing on the . . . » read more: Proud Mama