Little People, Big Eaters

How do we get our kids to love food and be healthy eaters for life?

That’s one of my personal missions and part of raising healthy, happy & hearty kids.

I recently spoke at Food Revolution Barrie about kids and nutrition. Here is the presentation I did. I’d love to hear what your biggest health issues are when it comes to kids.


Talk soon,

Whitney

Meet our new intern

Do you have a friend or family member who would benefit from seeing a naturopath but has limited funds? Now is the perfect opportunity to become a patient and get an individualized plan.

Francesca is joining our clinic this week for the next couple months to complete her naturopathic studies.

Her super powers: She’s a brilliant mom of 3 and has a special interest in fertility, pregnancy and babies. 

Francesca will be supervised by one of the naturopathic doctors at Rooted, so your friend or family member has the benefit of 2 people working on their plan.

Costs are reduced:

  • First Visit $60
  • Follow ups or Acupuncture $30

Contact the clinic or simply book online under “Student Intern”

See you soon!

I Found More Rope

This week has been a bit crazy.

My oldest has been home sick for a couple days with a fever and bad cough.

The night times have been rough. I’m sure you can relate – no matter what age your kids are now. There are just some of those nights.

At the end of 2016, I made a list of all my “wins” and accomplishments. 

One of them was that I got up every night and night-time parented my kids. WIN!

I got up and comforted, cuddled and reassured either of them or both of them. Sometimes at the same time (those times are super hard!).

But there were times that it was really, really hard. There were times that I was at the end of my rope. That I felt like I didn’t have it in me.

Sometimes I would cry. Sometimes I would leave the room, let them cry while I took a time out to regroup and go back in and try again. Sometimes I needed some late night texts with my sister to get me through.

Somehow, I always found more rope.

I know we’ve all been there. When you’re exhausted and feel all alone and briefly hopeless. When you’re at the end of your rope, what do you do to find more rope?

The ability to bounce back….that’s called resilience.

And how do we build resilience in our children??

The #1 way is for those children to have one (or more) consistently supportive adult in their lives. A person who is their cheerleader and will be there no matter what.

So, if you’ve found more rope…and you keep on finding more rope when you’re at the end of it…you’re being that person to your child and building resilience in them.

Keep it going. One step, one night, one moment at a time. Sometimes those nights can be hard…but the cuddles are worth it.

Talk soon,

Whitney

p.s. join me over at Guiltless Grace on Facebook with some other supportive moms as we get through this together with grace and poise but without the mommy guilt.

“You actually spend time with your kids?!”

I was recently at my doctors office with both my daughters. The receptionist wanted to show them the dancing snowman she had on her desk. It was really sweet to watch my girls in awe of this magical snowman.

Then she said to me that the girls behaved so well and she could tell that someone actually spends time with them!

I was shocked. What did she mean?

She said it was obvious when she saw the children where the parent doesn’t spend much time with their child. Language is not as developed and behaviour is a bit worse.

I have been doing some research for my upcoming book. So I wanted to look into this further.

We all assume that spending time with our children is a good idea. But how much? What do we do during that time? What are the benefits?

  • talking with children helps develop language skills and stimulates brain development
  • the more words your baby is exposed to the better they are prepared to read on their own
  • children who were read to as newborns have a bigger vocabulary and more advanced math skills
  • the number of words a baby hears is directly related to her language skills
  • babies who’s parents spoke to them a lot had higher test scores at age 3 than those who weren’t as verbal
  • reading to them teaches them about emotions early on
  • reading shows her that reading is fun and not a chore, she will develop lifelong love of learning

Steps You Can Take:

  1. Do a Mommy Cooking Show – when you are in the kitchen and your baby is in her high chair, face her towards you and describe everything you’re doing. It will help her vocabulary and you’ll be spending time together!
  2. Visit your Local Library – I know I get bored of the books we have at home. They might too! If you keep switching up the books, this keeps her brain growing and learning new words, shapes, colours and emotions.
  3. Discuss the Emotional Situations in Books – studies have found that babies aged 19-21 months know the difference between right and wrong. Use their story books to explain different situations e.g. how to treat one another, feeling compassion for the sad elephant and happiness towards the animals playing nicely together. This gives her context to real life situations so she will start to develop empathy and a good conscience.

I’d love to hear about your favourite books!

One of my favourites is “Sometimes I like to Curl Up in a Ball” by by Vicki Churchill and Charles Fuge. It has lots of good fun and emotions, about playing fair, not always winning the race, and coming home for a snuggle at night. 

Dr. Whitney Young, ND. Super Baby Coach.

I’d love for you to join me in my moms group on Facebook called Guiltless Grace – how to raise a happy, healthy, & hearty kid without the Mommy Guilt. We share lots of things about food, exercise, play and overall raising healthy kids.

Resources:

www.parents.com/baby/development/intellectual/benefits-of-reading-to-your-newborn

Baby Food Workshop

Feed their futureHi there,
I wanted to share with you the news of our first ever Advanced Baby Foods & Beyond class. This is for moms and dads who have started to introduce foods but want more info. It’s perfect if your little one is 3-12 months old.

Baby Food Workshop Details:

BABY FOOD & BEYOND
Feed their Future from Milk to Meals
Thursday March 3rd 9am-12pm at Serenity Birth Studio in Barrie.

In this workshop you will learn:

BABY FOOD BASICS
– what to feed them, what order and how to do it
POOP PATROL
– the steps to take if they get constipated
THE 5 D’s OF ALLERGIES
– what the science says about developing food allergies
THE PEANUT PLAN
– the 3 steps to take to avoid developing peanut allergies
CRUSH CRADLE CAP
– 5 steps to beautiful baby heads
IRON INFO
– does my baby need iron?

Cost $47 +HST. Click here to register https://rootedinhealth.leadpages.co/baby-food-and-beyond/

What to bring:
Paper, pen, water bottle, layered clothing (in case it’s too hot or too cold for you), snacks (I’ll provide some too) and your baby.

Yes, babies are welcome!

To register visit: https://rootedinhealth.leadpages.co/baby-food-and-beyond/
Email whitney@rootedinhealth.ca with any questions

I look forward to seeing you there!

Dr. Whitney Young, ND

The Peanut Plan – Preventing Baby Peanut Allergies

3 Steps for Introducing Peanuts to your Baby

Preventing Baby Peanut Allergies

Allergies – Preventing Peanut Allergies

I was devastated to discover that my little sweet daughter was allergic to nuts! You expect your children to be perfect, right?

Well I did. I expected, since I’m a Naturopathic Doctor, that my kids were going to be the healthiest. I was going to do everything right and they would be the epitomy of health. So funny! I think I was bit delusional.

Being a first time mom, I guess I really didn’t have a concept of my plans and what actually would happen. You plan on doing everything right: going all organic, being a perfect mom, feeding them in a serene environment with only the best.

But life doesn’t happen that way. You are low on cash, so don’t buy this or that organic. You are at a friend’s house and your baby eats something you hadn’t planned. You swore you wouldn’t do antibiotics or meds for fevers but you do – and believe me – THAT’S OK!

This is actually a good thing. It really taught me to roll with it, to be more flexible. It’s also not healthy for my child if I’m a stressed out, neurotic mom who thinks everything they put in their mouth is poison. That won’t help them develop a healthy relationship with food.

So, back to the peanut thing. Yes, little Jillian turned out to have an anaphylactic reaction to walnuts and peanuts while in our home. Luckily it didn’t block her airways, she could breathe, but it was scary for sure. She vomited, was itching her face and tongue, and kept coughing. It was scary! So, how could I prevent baby peanut allergies in my newborn who would come along 2 years later?

Allergies are the earliest chronic disease to develop and the most common one in children.

The 8 most common allergies for kids are:

  1. Milk
  2. Shellfish
  3. Soy
  4. Treenuts
  5. Ragweed
  6. Bees
  7. Wheat
  8. Peanuts

People ask me – what’s with all the peanut allergies these days?

Why are there more allergies? Here are some theories:

  • More ceserean sections and antibiotic use, which can increase risk of eczema and asthma which are risk factors for developing food allergies
  • Use of NSAIDs which can damage the lining of the intestines (part of your immune system)
  • Higher obesity rates
  • Higher rates of vitamin D deficiency
  • Less exposure to parasites, bacteria and viruses that help teach the immune system what’s safe and not
  • Delayed exposure, so then more likely to be introduced via another route – skin or inhalation which alters how your immune system might respond to a food in the future
  • More environmental toxins, like BPA and heavy metals, which have been proven to affect the immune system
  • only 1.9 percent of peanut eaters developed a full-blown allergy, compared with 13.7 percent of peanut avoiders. (study in UK, 600 children)

The Peanut Plan – Preventing Baby Peanut Allergies

  1. Introduce peanuts early. When you start to introduce foods around 6 months (see Is my baby ready for solids) include peanuts in that first month.
  2. Try Bamba or natural peanut butter – get that good stuff from a health food store
  3. Eat peanut butter 3 times a week going forward – my pediatric allergist said this is a great way to prevent allergy. Don’t just give it to them once and then not again for 6 months. More allergies may develop that way.

So that’s The Peanut Plan. I’ve got so many more things I want to share with you parents so please let me know if you want to stay in the loop about it – Like us on Facebook so that you are sure to get all the news.

Also – sign up for my talk at Goodness Me! On Jan 26th in Barrie. Register Now.

Talk soon,

Whitney

 

Resources:

http://www.todaysparent.com/family/kids-with-serious-food-allergies/

http://www.todaysparent.com/family/family-health/8-most-common-allergies/image/9/

http://avivaromm.com/preventing-food-allergies