I get this question all of the time. It’s scary when your kid stops pooping because it can lead to pain, holding, impaction, loss of motility, reabsorption of toxins and megacolon. Once a child starts to experience pain with pooping, it doesn’t take long for them to avoid further pain by “holding”. I’ve read all sorts of papers and articles about holding and the ‘experts’ will often proclaim it … [Read more...] about Help – My Kid is Constipated, What Can I Do?
Finding toys for children with neurodevelopmental challenges can be daunting sometimes. Many or our kids have preferences and obsessions that we DON’T want to keep feeding yet we can buy all sorts of toys that they will never look twice at let alone play with appropriately. And then there are the relatives wanting to know what to give them. They don’t get it when we give them our honest answer “I … [Read more...] about Gift List for Kids with NeuroDevelopmental Challenges
I was recently asked about recommendations for kid-friendly snacks. In particular, snacks that kids can take to school. If you’re anything like me, it’s hard to be motivated every.single.day. to cook/bake/plan/prepare/clean/shop for the other humans that live in our houses because let’s be honest, house chef is just ONE of our daily duties. If we are in low motivation mode for long, we often … [Read more...] about Healthy and EASY Snack List
A great way to get some gut healing food in your child is to make gummies. These lemon gummies are super easy to make and provide a ton of nutritional goodness. Ingredients: ¾ cup Organic Lemonade ¼ cup Organic Lemon Juice 1 Tablespoon Xylitol (from Birch, not corn) *You could also use Stevia 5 Tablespoons Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin Silicone candy mold The only silicon mold I … [Read more...] about Guilt Free Lemon Gummies
Congratulations on entering the Natural Healing and Recovery World. I know you are equal parts excited, nervous, scared and confused. It’s OK to sit with those feelings – we’ve all been there. Welcome. This will be the most challenging and most rewarding experience of your life. As you discover more and more about how you can improve your child’s expression of life through natural methods … [Read more...] about Dear Worried and Weary Mom
These cookies are seriously good. And if you are transitioning to a grain-free diet, it's a great "treat" to offer the kids (or adults) who aren't fully convinced that grain-free is what they need. If you make these per the recipe, they'll be very soft which is great if you love soft cookies. If you need something with a bit more crunch, I suggest putting them in a dehydrator for a bit to bring … [Read more...] about Avocado Banana Chocolate Cookies! ~ From Paleo Leap
If you have a kid - chances are they love chicken nuggets. The chances are also high those nuggets are made with ingredients that are not so great for the gut, the nervous system and the immune system. Have no fear - here's a great recipe for making your own delicious nuggets that your kids will love. It's a new kind of GF/CF - Grain Free/Crap Free :) I make up a large batch of the … [Read more...] about Almond Flour Chicken Nuggets
All children need exposure to new experiences. For most people, it goes something like this: Hey – let’s take the kids boating tomorrow. For me, it’s more like this: One year prior, make a goal to have a boating experience for son. 3 months prior to an actual boating event – ask friend that I know who has a boat if they would be willing to take my son for a boat ride. Select … [Read more...] about Hey, Let’s Go Boating!
Have you heard of “The Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo? It’s a wonderful method for decluttering your house and your life. Last night I decided to apply this method to my social media. Specifically, Facebook. Facebook is an absolute necessity in my life. My child would not be where he is today if it were not for Facebook and the people that I’ve met and connected with through it. … [Read more...] about Unfollow Your Way to Freedom
When people transition from one dietary lifestyle to another, the biggest concern is often 1. If their kids are going to eat any of the new foods and 2. If their kids are going to eat any of the new foods. Going from a Standard American Diet (SAD) to Gluten Free/Casein Free can be as challenging as going from Gluten Free/Casein Free to a grain free diet such as Paleo, GAPS or Specific … [Read more...] about What Am I Going to Feed My Kid?!?!
Do you make Jicama a regular part of your diet? After learning about all of its nutritional benefits, you might just want to consider doing that! Jicama is one of the very low-calorie root vegetables; carrying only 35 calories per 100 g. However, its high-quality phyto-nutrition profile comprises of dietary fiber, and antioxidants, in addition to small proportions of minerals, and … [Read more...] about Jicama – It Does a Body Good
Having a child with Neuro-Developmental challenges means that practically EVERYTHING is harder. It also means that sometimes you have to do things they are NOT going to understand but are necessary for understanding and monitoring their medical status. Blood draws are one of those events. I have never met a parent who had zero anxiety about taking their child in for a blood draw. And often, the … [Read more...] about Survival Strategies for a Successful Blood Draw