When your child is not sleeping soundly, behaving well, concentrating in school, or is experiencing colic, constipation, eczema, recurrent ear infections or asthma, your child’s body is signalling to you that aspects of his or her environment are not agreeing with him or her; they may have a food sensitivity or allergy.

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This little girl started having the popsicles and within 4-5 days, I noticed dramatic improvements in her behaviour. She was able to maintain eye contact with me and hold a discussion, articulate her words much more clearly, did not have any random outbursts, and showed interest in exercise. The results were as incredible as the look of joy that I saw in her parents’ eyes; a perfect reminder as to why I love what I do.

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And speaking of mineral deficiencies, all those picky eaters out there are often missing a certain mineral that can help them taste their food better! I spend a lot of my time helping convert picky eaters, as well as sick children, into children that enjoy and are nourished by food.

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Some of you may think about the work involved and the increased time needed to make a meal with your little one but when you read about the 13 benefits to having your child join you in the kitchen, you may wonder why you ever doubted asking them to join you! Here are the benefits:

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One of the most common questions I am asked by parents is “How do I help my child eat better?” Their question is usually followed by the sharing of a litany of fears that they hold for their child’s wellbeing. My heart goes out to these parents. Most of you know that I only came to understand the importance of nutrition when my eldest became so sick; otherwise I know I would have been in the same boat. Below are the top 4 ways to help your child embrace better nutrition.

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I just helped a woman from Spain yesterday who told me that they don’t have access to organic food, whole grains or healthy food in general. Her daughter has hardly any hair, is pale, is developmentally slow, is continually sick and in the hospital with a weakened immune system and is hardly eating the food that is offered to her. Her mother has taken her daughter to numerous medical experts in Spain and was simply told that her daughter would eat when she is hungry.

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When parents make an issue out of food, food becomes an issue for their child. If a child knows that their parent wants them to eat a certain food or more of a food, more times than not, that child will refuse to cooperate; this is simply one area of their lives where they have control – let’s face it, there aren’t many. Therefore, it is paramount that parents say nothing when their children refuse a food or refuse more food.

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With the support of her parents, Ashley realizes that her diet is contributing to her health, weight and emotional issues. She has decided to remove all the gluten-containing bread, buns, and cookies she was eating from her diet to see if it will help. Within a few short days, Ashley has begun to feel better. Her mood is improving, she has lost a few pounds, and her complexion is now improving. She is elated and committed to remaining on this diet.

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Over 200 physical symptoms, conditions and diseases that you wouldn’t think are related to food can actually be caused or worsened by food. We eat food every few hours, all day long; it is the main substance that we ingest yet many of us refuse to believe its impact on the body. “The incidence of diet-related problems is greater than the incidence of any other type of illness affecting mankind.” James Breneman. What are 6 of these diet-related problems?

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