How Food Impacts Mental Wellness

Has it ever occurred to you that your mental wellness is impacted by the food you eat? While it makes sense if you really think about it, too often people don’t think about the impact of food and mental wellness. One simple way to think about it, is to think about how you feel after eating a something with a lot of sugar and processed white flour. Do you feel good? Do you feel like your memory and brain power is increased after eating junk food? Most people will say no and in fact, brain fog after eating is one of the symptoms that the food you have eaten isn’t good for your mental wellness.

Watch my interview below with Dee Doanes where we chat in detail about food, nutrition and supplements and the impact they have on your mental wellness.

Want to improve your memory? Watch the food you eat.

Feeling sluggish and tired all the time. What are you eating?

and so on and so on.

How health coaching can help people with food sensitivities

When I first found out how bad my food allergies and food sensitvities are I was overwhelmed. I really wish that I would have hired a health coach. My experience with the ALCAT test

Here are some of the ways a health coach can help children and adults with food allergies and or food senstivities:

1. Help with finding recipes for foods you can eat. While there are recipes everywhere at the same time, if you have more than one food sensitivity and in some cases maybe even lots of them, then recipes will be harder to find than you think. A health coach can help you find recipes you can actually eat and enjoy.

2. Help with accountability. Health coaching can help you stay accountable and actually achieve your health goals.

3. Help you create a well balanced diet and menu. When you have food sensitivities and even worse when you have multiple food sensitivities, then health coaching can help you to eat a balanced diet rather than only eating the 10 foods you know are safe and enjoy eating.

4. Help you overcome cravings. When you first start eating according to a new way of life, it can be tough. Health coaching can help you succeed and avoid giving in to your cravings.

5. Help you deal with people in your life who don’t understand why you are avoiding certain foods. This is a big one and it’s a much bigger deal than many people think or realize. Often the people closest to you won’t support you like you had hoped and health coaching with a trained health coach can help you help them to understand your new way of eating.

6. Help you with reading food labels and help you to understand how to really avoid things like gluten and dairy. It’s much harder than you might think.

7. Help you to not go crazy while avoiding certain foods. This is a bigger problem than you might think and a health coach can help you stay sane.

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Are you magnesium deficient?

magnesium deficiency

Are you getting enough magnesium in your diet or through supplementation? If you are like most people the answer is no. I’ve read statistics that say that as much as 90% of us aren’t getting enough and are therefore magnesium deficient.

Why is this happening? The short answer is that we don’t eat enough of the foods that have a high amount of magnesium in them.

When was the last time you ate these foods?

Raw Spinach
Squash and Pumpkin Seeds
Macquerel Fish
Lentils
Black Eyed Peas
Quinoa
Millet
Buckwheat
Avocados
Figs
Bananas

If you are like the average American (and probably Canadian and other Ango-Saxon countries too). Most of these things are not things you eat on a regular basis. Even if you do our bodies actually require more magnesium than you might think. Some of the things we need magnesium for include:

A healthy heart
Healthy circulation
Reduction in inflammation in pain- for example a magnesium spray or supplement can sometimes help to reduce back and leg pain from walking long distances, working out, cramps due to the female menstral cycle and other common causes.
It also helps with focus and concentration as well as proper sleeping habits.
Builds strong bones

What can happen if you don’t get enough magnesium?

Well in addition to the things listed above, a magensium deficincy is also one of the causes of cravings. Did you know that if you are craving chocolate, it usually means that you are magnesium deficent? In fact dark chocolate also has high magnesium. No that doesn’t mean you can just eat chocolate all the time, however, it is one way to get more magnesium.

Check out this article on 7 reasons to get more magnesium.

Magnesium supplements are readily available and easy to use. I really like the spray magnesium from Amazon as it’s easy to use and you can spray it on your stomach, legs and arms for relief and relaxing and it absorbs into your skin and body much easier that way.

Life-flo Pure Magnesium Oil, 8 Ounce

10 Books Every Autism Parent Must Read

autism books

What are the best autism books every parent of a child with autism must read? Here is a list of what I consider to be the top 10 autism books every parent must read.

1. Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: This comprehensive book talks all about how to heal from allergies, asthma, adhd and autism without drugs. It also includes information on what the author who is a doctor believes is causing these disorders.

2. The Autism ADHD Diet– a book all about how to help reduce the symptoms of autism and adhd through diet, this autism book also has recipes.

3. The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder– A classic guide to helping you understand and work with your child’s sensory processing issues.

4. The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed– This is a great book by Temple Grandin foremost expert on autism all about the different kinds of brains of individuals on the autism spectrum and how to help each kind of autism brain to succeed and thrive in life. If you have a child on the autism spectrum and this is the only autism book you read, make it this one.

5. Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism This is a great book on how to see autism through new eyes.

6. Engaging Autism: Using the Floortime Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think (A Merloyd Lawrence Book) Learn about how to use floortime therapy to help your child with autism spectrum disorder.

7. Eating for Autism: The 10-Step Nutrition Plan to Help Treat Your Child’s Autism, Asperger’s, or ADHD A comprehensive guide to nutrition and health for autism and ADHD. Learn about how to help your child with healthy eating and good nutrition.

8. Almost Autism: Recovering Children from Sensory Processing Disorder: A Reference for Parents and Practitioners This book was written by another Integrative Nutrition Health coach and is a great book for anyone with a child with sensory challenges.

9. Healing without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively without Harmful Medications A comprehensive look at how to help treat autism and similar disorders without drugs. This book is especially interesting because it was written by a former psychiatrist.

10. Raising a Sensory Smart Child Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, Revised Edition-A great book for helping your child specifically with sensory issues.

Have you read any of these autism books? If so, which one is your favorite?

How Essential Oils Can Help You Achieve Your New Years Goals

essential oils goals

Have you ever considered how essential oils can help you achieve your new years goals? Here are some ideas for you.

Balance- help you to get and maintain more balanced in your life

Peace- Help to reduce fear and worry

Forgive- Help you to discover the liberating action of forgiving, forgetting and moving on

Motivate- Help you to have more feelings of confidence, courage and belief

Passion- help you to have more feelings of excitement, passion and joy

Serenity- help you to reduce worry and things in life that cause you stress, it also has the added benefit of helping you to have a more restful sleep

Cheer- help to put you in a more cheerful mood

Console- help you when you are suffering from a loss or grief such as the death of a pet or loved one.

Learn more about how to chose the right emotional wellness blend for you.

Do Autism Diets Work?

Do Autism Diets Work? There is a lot of information out there on autism diets as well as many claims about a certain autism diet did this, or that. Yet, do autism diets really work? Watch this video and learn about my 2 cents about whether or not autism diets work.

What has been your experience with autism diets? Please share in the comments below.

Why Certified Aromatherapists Aren’t Always Right About Essential Oils

certified aromatherapists

Do you follow and listen to certified aromatherapists to learn about essential oils and how to use them? So do I. However, I think it is important for you to understand why certified aromatherapists aren’t always right about essential oils and why they don’t always know everything when it comes to essential oils. While I’ve learned a lot from them, there are some key reasons why you can’t just assume they know it all.

1. There are three main different schools of aromatherapy. The German school, the British School and the French School plus there is also an American school that is less known but nonetheless is still in existence. What this means is that each school has different methods of teaching about essential oils and in some cases they even believe different things. For example the French school of aromatherapy has taught for years that safe usage of the right essential oils internally is okay, whereas the British, German and usually the American schools are strictly against it and believe that essential oils should never be used internally.

2. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of providers of essential oils and most certified aromatherapists are only familiar with maybe five providers if that many. Most have 1-2 providers they use and may have used a few others in the past.

3. Many certified aromatherapists seem to have an agenda against essential oils from direct sales or network marketing companies despite the fact that most of them have never even used their oils. There are a variety of reasons but the most common reason is that some distributors ruin things by making health claims about essential oils that they should not make. There are also some who are still holding on to the outdated idea that people should only use essential oils when under the instruction and care of a certified aromatherapist. As much as they would like to believe this, it simply isn’t true anymore. There are lots of ways to learn about essential oils and how to use them safely and effectively.

What things have you heard a certified aromatherapist say that you have questioned? Share below in the comments.

ABA Vs Floortime Therapy for Autism

ABA Vs floor time

Have you ever wondered what are the differences between ABA vs floortime therapy? This is a common question asked by many parents of a child with an autism spectrum disorder.

While I mentioned a few of the differences in the graphic above, here is a more complete list.

ABA Vs. Floortime Therapy

ABA

Based on behavior modifications- been used for a longer period of time

Requires a trained therapist

More scholarly research exists

Is more commonly used

Many adults on the spectrum aren’t fans of it if they had it as a child

Floortime

Newer therapy and less widely used

Prefered by a lot of adults on the spectrum

Can be done by a parent of a child once the parent is trained

Is a form of play therapy

Is based on relationships rather than behavior

More adults on the spectrum have good memories of it

While I personally only had Floortime therapy as a child, I’ve heard that many professionals are know encouraging the usage of both ABA and FloorTime rather than limiting your child’s therapy to only one. I think this makes a lot of sense for a lot of children.

Watch this video below to listen to Dr. Stanley Greenspan who created the FloorTime therapy method talk about how he created it and why.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegetable Soup

Do you struggle to cook gluten free dairy free vegetable soup? While it’s true that many recipes for soups call for things like cream of chicken soup, or tomato soup that have wheat flour in them and therefore aren’t gluten free, it really isn’t too difficult to cook a gluten free dairy free vegetable soup. Most of the time when I’m cooking gluten free and dairy free soups and or other recipes I follow an exact recipe. However, once in a while I will experiment and see what I come up with. I made with my mom for dinner this really yummy gluten free dairy free vegetable soup last week and it turned out too yummy to not post.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Vegetable Soup
Serves 3
This is a delicious gluten free dairy free soup that I cooked with my mom while using whatever we had in our fridge. It turned out so good I decided to post it here.
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Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. Chicken Broth
  2. Carrots
  3. Onions
  4. Cauliflower
  5. Zucchini
  6. Cheyenne Pepper
Instructions
  1. Shop vegetables into small pieces.
  2. Cook until about half cooked.
  3. Add in 1-2 cans of chicken broth in pan.
  4. When done sprinkle in a small amount of Cheyenne Pepper.
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What do you think? Do you want to try and cook this recipe? Do you have other recipes for gluten free dairy free vegetable soups that you enjoy?

Special Diets for Special Kids

The book “Special Diets for Specail Kids” is a nice big book with over 350 pages. Updated a couple of times, the most recent edition was published in 2011 however, the information is still very relevant.  This book is based on the idea that the Gluten Free Casein Free diet is the best one for children with autism, sensory issues and or ADD/ADHD.  The book starts with a very thorough introduction about why diet changes can help special kids as well as explaining the various ways to get tested for allergies and food sensitivities. The next chapter talks about nutritional support including an overview of the various vitamins and nutrients and the role they play in health. The next chapter is called How and What to Feed Your Child. This chapter talks about how to start the gluten free casein free diet and what exactly to feed your child.  The rest of the book is divided into chapters based on meals and types of food including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Also included are recipes on how to make dairy free milks, gluten free breads and recipes for holidays including Christmas and Thanksgiving.

The book also includes a CD at the back with the recipes in PDF format on it. While I’ve read a lot of books on special diets for special  kids I have to say this is one of if not the best one. The recipes are for the most part simple and made with ready to find ingredients. The book is made with pictures and bigger print making it easier to read and follow along. In fact, even some children may be able to follow the recipes if they are old enough and can read.

The biggest disadvantage to the book “Special Diets for Special Kids” is that the focus is exclusively on the Gluten Free Casein Free diet. While this is great for parents who are trying out or using this diet with their kids, there are other diets such as paleo and this book does not take these diets into account at all.

Buy a copy of the book here. Special Diets for Special Kids, Volumes 1 and 2 Combined: Over 200 REVISED and NEW gluten-free casein-free recipes, plus research on the positive … ADHD, allergies, celiac disease, and more!