Getting kids to eat veggies

We have become quite removed from our food chain in today’s world.  Drive-thru windows, convenience foods, and ready-made meals make it easy to forget where our food comes from.

It’s also easy to forget what fresh food tastes like.  Fresh as is as nature intended.  Farmer’s markets are making a comeback as is the eating local movement.

 

Mommy has to get the strawberry stains out after a successful pick your own berries day :)

Mommy has to get the strawberry stains out after a successful pick your own berries day 🙂

 

We have taken the approach with our kids to immerse them in fresh food.  To connect them with what they eat.  Here are a few ways to engage your kids with food:

  • Plant some food.  Kids are more eager to try foods that they had a hand in growing.  Let them pick some seeds, plant them, and care for them.  You only need a small area of your yard, or use planters on your deck or porch.
  • Take them to the farm.  Sign up for a CSA and pick up your food weekly.  It’s a great way for them to see how a farm operates.
  • Go to the ‘pick your own’ farms.  Berries in early summer, pumpkins in the fall.  Help them understand that food grows from the ground not in the store.
  • Let them get dirty!  Watering the garden and picking weeds can be made to be fun.
  • Check out the farmers market.  Your kids can often try different foods right there and the farmer’s can tell them some cool stuff about what they are eating.

Salads all around!

Our little gardner

 

Do This, Not That – Spring Tips

We are exposed to so many chemicals in our modern society so the small things you can do to reduce your exposure will go a long way to keeping you and your family as healthy as possible. Here’s a little list of things you can slowly do or change at home for a healthier environment.

Do This Not That
Wear slippers or have indoor shoes Avoid wearing your shoes indoors – they pick up lots of chemicals, pesticides, and germs from outside
Air your dry-leaning out in your garage or car trunk for a week Don’t bring your dry-cleaning into the house right away
Use essential oils, soy or beeswax candles, use baking soda to deodorize Avoid using air fresheners or most commercial scented candles
Use plain soap and water for cleaning when possible, use watered-down vinegar instead of anti-microbial products Avoid scented cleaning supplies and laundry detergent
Use zero- or low-VOC paints Avoid paint that isn’t labeled zero- or low-VOC
Heat food on the stove in a stainless steel or glass pot or cast-iron pan Avoid Teflon-coated pans or re-heating food in plastic in the microwave

 

Book Review – Clean, Green, and Lean by Dr. Walter Crinnion, ND

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This book has been on my shelf for a couple years now but it’s a go-to for many reasons, some of which are:

  • It’s written well by a fellow naturopathic doctor
  • Written by THE leading expert in environmental medicine in North America
  • I want to have a healthy home for my new daughter
  • Helps me make personal decisions when deciding what new furnishings to buy or renovations to make
  • Helps me guide patients who are chemically sensitive
  • Gives me information for new parents who want to keep their kids healthy

This book is geared towards people wanting to lose weight and not being able to because of the toxins that have accumulated in their bodies. However, this book is fabulous for any family who wants to reduce their exposure to chemicals that surround all of us.

Many diseases and health issues are occurring because of the chemicals that people have created and have begun to rely on heavily. This may or may not be you, but the less exposures you have the better your body can work and thus the less likely there will be any health issues for you and your family down the line.

I highly recommend this book. Go get it, order it online from Amazon and it will arrive shortly!

– Whitney

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Does Christmas visiting cause you Heartburn, Gastritis, Stomach Ulcers, Diverticulitis, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Chronic Constipation, acid reflux or Diarrhea.

Does Christmas visiting cause you Heartburn, Gastritis, Stomach Ulcers, Diverticulitis, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Chronic Constipation, acid reflux or Diarrhea.

Do you have to live with this, or a life time of Tums? Well, no not really. While it may be that fatty foods, or too much turkey, wine or plum pudding has caused you distress in the past it may help you to know that the digestive system stores neuropeptides – the same molecules that make up your brain – except we have ten times more of them in the body than in the brain! By using a technique called Active Memory, Body Talk is especially successful at retrieving and neutralizing the thoughts and emotions from the gut that have become pathologies.I’m not saying your pain is psychosomatic, I am saying it may not be food allergies alone causing your stomach upsets, and yes our emotions affect our hormones, our absorption and assimilation of food.
The consciousness of the large intestine relates to the idea of letting go of the past, e.g., old resentments, trauma, or former relationships. Environmental factors affect the internal chemistry of your digestive system. Stress relating to your boss, mother, son, husband, or finances al directly affects the intestinal lining of your digestive tract, minimizing the absorption of vital nutrients. So-o-o….what can you do about that?
Jessy uses Body Talk to teach the body to produce its own digestive enzymes and regulate its stomach acids in order to assimilate foods within the small intestine that previously caused harm or discomfort.

Body Talk is a holistic form of therapy that recognizes the interrelationships within the body/mind and works to achieve balance and healthy communication among all body systems.

“All disease has psychological, nutritional, emotional, spiritual, & physical dimensions each of which plays a distinct role” – Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Wouldn’t you like to enjoy this holiday season without a “tummy ache”? Call Jess to reduce that stress. Book a 20 minute FREE consultation to see if Body Talk is indeed for you. You will be surprised at the results.

Back to School Lunch Dilemma

Yes, I saw the first back-to-school commercial on TV as soon as August hit. The summer is going way too fast but let’s squeeze as many more memories out of this one as possible.
However, we can’t deny that school is upon us. I got a recent email newsletter from EWG – the Environmental Working Group – which I subscribe to. http://www.ewg.org/
Many Moms and Dads are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impact on our health and their children’s health. What can parents do to lessen the environmental toxic burden on their kids? Here are a few tips I found in that newsletter:

1. LUNCH BOXES
These hold food, so it is especially important that lunch boxes contain fewer toxic materials. Look for boxes with NO lead paint, PVC, BPA and antimicrobial chemicals. Some options are
– Cotton lunch bags
– BPA-free plastic
– Unpainted stainless steel boxes
Try reusing utensils from home and pack food in reusable, rather than disposable, containers.
– lightweight stainless steel
– #1, 2, 4, or 5 plastics
Buy a safer lunch box on Amazon and you will donate money to EWG by going to http://www.ewg.org/ website and click through to Amazon.
For more tips on lunch ideas read our past posts as well as check The Healing Oasis out on facebook.

Green Tip – Coconut oil…and then some!!

I have been experimenting off and on with consuming more of a raw diet for the last few months now. I will admit some weeks are more raw than others, but even just getting more fruits and veggies into my diet has made me feel much better.

One of the main oils used in the raw culture is Coconut oil because it is not processed and completely natural. In one of the books I found the author noted that she uses coconut oil, not only as a moisturizing natural alternative to shaving cream or gel, but also that she uses it as an eye makeup remover!! So of course, I had to try it…and yes it works, extremely well actually. It’s also used as a good carrier oil for massage. So instead of buying a bottle of shaving cream and a tube of makeup remover – you can save all that packaging and just buy a large tub of coconut oil and use it for many different purposes. A nice environmentally friendly natural resource!

I shared my new found information with a girlfriend a few weeks ago and she just sent me a really great article on coconut oil and some health benefits of using it…including help with weight loss, immunity, and skin irritations. I thought I would share the link for the article as well…it makes for some very interesting reading and potentially a few more naturally healthy people!

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html