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

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
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Cook Time
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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!

10 Great Work From Home Facebook Pages

work from home Facebook pages

Do you want to work from home and earn some extra money? Or maybe you even want to earn a full time income working from home? Or maybe you have a child with autism or other special needs who demands that you stay home with him or her? In any case, working from home is a hot topic with moms and really with almost anyone. That said you do have to be careful because there are unfortunately a lot of scams out there. I wrote about 50 Work from hoe ideas for moms of children with autism in this post. However, today I would like to share 10 great work from home Facebook pages with you. These pages all have a large and highly engaged audience. Most if not all of them also have a blog and or website with additional articles and information, and all of them do an effective (in my opinion) job of screening their listings for scams.

1. Rat Race Rebellion This great work from home Facebook page focuses on work from home jobs although there are a few home businesses opportunities mentioned as well. Their focus is on larger companies hiring people to do traditional jobs working from home.

2. Work at Home Wife This page focuses more on part time gigs you can do to make a few bucks as well as ways to diversify your income. Both work from home jobs and starting your own business are mentioned with equal portions. They also talk quite a bit about selling on Amazon and Ebay.

3. Work at home mom revolution This page is similar to The Rat Race Rebellion with job leads for work from home companies mostly listed.

4. Work at Home Adventures This work from home Facebook page offers a mixture of tips, advice, job leads, and ideas on how to make money working from home.

5. The work at home woman This page focuses more on making extra cash and working from home with your own business with minimal job leads and job information.

6. Work at Home Moms This page offers more advice, tips and coaching on how to successfully be a work at home mom. While there are some jobs and business ideas, this page more or less assumes you already work from home and are needing help to increase your success and income.

7. The Work From Home Lifestyle
This page offers listings almost exclusively from one website. Although the listings are for a variety of work from home jobs. There are also videos and other educational information.

8. Work from home happiness- legitimate online jobs This page shares a mixture of work from home jobs including customer service and tech support jobs as well as tips for making money online with your own business.

9. Work from home opportunities. This page posts more tips to make money online as well as ways to generate part time and extra income working from home. There are not many actually full time work from home jobs shared.

10. Dream Home Based Work This page focuses on ways to make money online as well as work from home jobs. Most of the jobs are in the tech field or require a variety of online marketing and or research skills.

I hope you find these helpful. As always use your own intuition when applying and know that just because it is listed here doesn’t mean it isn’t a scam. While I’ve found these pages to be a reasonably high quality and they do their best to screen offers, they and I can’t guarantee that something didn’t slip through.

Want to work from home with me? Let’s chat.

10 Delicious Healthy Dairy Free and Gluten Free Christmas Holiday Drinks

Christmas Holiday Drinks

Believe it or not Christmas Holiday drinks can be full of gluten and or dairy if you buy them at the store or eat them at a restaurant. However, making your own delicious healthy gluten free and dairy free Christmas Holiday drinks can actually be quite easy. Here are 10 recipes.

1. Gluten Free and Dairy Free Eggnog with coconut milk This is easier than you think to make and is quite delicious. You can also buy it at the store. One brand that I have seen is the So-Delicious brand of dairy free ice creams. They make a dairy free eggnog too.

2. Eggnog with Almond Milk- You can try the recipe above in number 1 but with almond milk.

2. Apple Cider While apple cider usually doesn’t have gluten or dairy in it, it does often have more sugar than necessary.

3. Cranberry Smoothie

Put Coconut or almond milk, vanilla trim shake or other vanilla protein shake, cranberries, chia seeds, and stevia and blend in a blendtec or other high speed blender.

4. Pumpkin Smoothie
Put Coconut or almond milk, vanilla trim shake or other vanilla protein shake, canned pumpkin, banana in a blendtec or other high speed blender and blend.

5. Pumpkin Spice Tea. You can buy it above from Amazon or you could add clove, cinnamon, and or pumpkin spice to another kind of tea.

6. Raw Cocoa- Hot Chocolate- blend- warm coconut or almond milk with raw cocoa powder and stevia. Use about 1-2 tablespoons of raw cocoa per 8 0z. of coconut, almond or rice milk and 2-3 drops of stevia. If you want to stick with the chocolate flavor, then use chocolate stevia.

7. Chocolate Peanut Butter and Cinnamon Smoothie- chocolate trim shake, coconut or almond milk, peanut butter, cinnamon or 1-2 drops of cinnamon essential oil.

9. Apple Cinnamon Water- boil an apple in water- then drain the water and add cinnamon and honey.

10. Pumpkin flavored kambucha. I haven’t tried this one yet, but it sounds delicious.

Which one of these Christmas Holiday drinks is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.