I wanted to share samples of healthy chocolate bars, called Twilight, with the class. The boy asked me if he could distribute the chocolates to his classmates. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see his teacher start walking towards him, as if to prevent this from happening. The boy knew she was coming and looked at me with fear in his eyes.

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I decided that it was time to provide you with some DELICIOUS, EASY and HEALTHY recipes created by Nutritionists for your children! The first two recipes came from my book The Resourceful Mother’s Secrets to Healthy Kids and the last one came from my wonderful friend, a fellow nutritionist, Nancy Morency.

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The sales of products with GM free labels have increased from 348 million to 1.5 billion in the United States because the research on the horrific effects of genetic modification on the human population is becoming known. The movie talks about and provides numerous studies on the link between GM foods and increased sickness, infertility, miscarriages, birth defects, autism, conditions and diseases caused from inflammation and weakened immune systems (allergies, hypothyroidism, Parkinsons, cancer etc.) in North America.

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A few months ago, I was in a radio station with a hockey coach, waiting for my turn to be interviewed. The hockey coach was told that I would be up next, providing tips on how nutrition can improve one’s hockey game. The coach said that he didn’t see how nutrition would improve one’s game. Well, isn’t that the way of things? Why is it so hard for people to see that food and supplements are our fuel and that without them, we cannot perform to full capacity? Therefore, I thought it might be helpful to provide information on 20 superfoods and answer the top 5 questions to explain the power of nutrition when it comes to sports:

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Continue to visualize achieving your goals with enthusiasm, feeling the joy of each accomplishment within. If your goal is to become slimmer, only view yourself in your mirror when you are in slimming clothes or at a certain angle that is most slimming or do not view yourself in the mirror at all but in your mind’s eye, see a slimmer version of yourself. And then allow yourself to feel the joy that will ensue when you reach your goal.

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And you know what we all face when we go about things differently than the majority? Contempt, anger, labels of “crazy” or “obsessed” or “ignorant” or we are told to ‘live a little’ or ‘you only live once.’ For some of us, relationships end because of our food choices! Some of us end up extremely isolated because attending social functions is too difficult emotionally. Some of us forfeit careers because we end up home schooling, due to the fact that our children cannot eat the foods that other children eat.

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Today, exotic spices and herbs are readily available but many of us are not fully aware of their value. For example, did you know that just 1 teaspoon of paprika or chili powder provides as much as 16 percent of the daily requirement of Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene? In this blog post, we’ll talk about the health benefits and healing power of some common herbs and spices.

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Certain fruits, vegetables and spices can be combined to assist in the healing of certain ailments. Juicing carrots, celery, garlic and parsley can treat the flu and other infections. Parsley is a good source of zinc, which promotes healing and boosts the immune system. Garlic is a natural antibiotic (no need to juice more than one clove per glass of juice). Carrots and celery are high in potassium and sodium, which are nutrients that can be lost if one has a fever or diarrhea. Carrots also provide energy and help sweeten concoctions.

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As a pediatric nutritionist, I am deeply concerned by these new guidelines. No babies are born with mature digestive systems. And the digestive systems of today’s babies are at even more risk than the digestive systems of babies born in previous generations, due to the toxicity of the world we live in today. And more babies than ever are being born by caesarian, which means these babies are already born with less good bacteria in their digestive tract than babies who go through the vaginal canal and collect good bacteria there. Because a baby’s digestive system is rapidly developing in their first year, the last thing a parent would want to do is to introduce hard-to-digest foods to a baby. All of the new recommended first foods for baby are hard to digest compared to other foods i.e. meat, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, legumes and cereal!

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What factors contribute to oral health? Genetics, diet and dental hygiene all contribute to the health of the teeth. Children born to parents who have poor teeth are more susceptible to cavities. So are children who consume foods and drinks that are high in refined sugars and starches (breads, pasta and baked goods), sweetened carbonated or non-carbonated drinks and acidic foods. These provide a food source for bacteria, which produces the tooth-damaging acid, contributes to plaque build-up and inhibits the ability of the white blood cells to fight off bacteria. A child’s diet should focus on vegetables, legumes (green peas, lentils, chickpeas and beans), whole grains and healthy protein sources.

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