Stewed Rhubarb – delish!

So it seems that people either love rhubarb or actively despise it. I’m one of the rhubarb lovers and have been happily stewing rhubarb for the past few days. I’m the only one in my household who likes it, so, all the more for me! Here’s how I make it: Go in the backyard withContinue reading “Stewed Rhubarb – delish!”

Sunscreen for Grown-Ups

Here is the link to the Environmental Working Group’s list of moisturizers with sunscreen – the good and not good.  As a sunscreen hater, I’m doing my best to cover up with non-rashy, non icky sunscreens myself.  I’m finding the one by the Body Shop easiest to find and not too icky.  Good luck toContinue reading “Sunscreen for Grown-Ups”

Kids Fight Colds and Flus with a game of “TAKE THAT!”

I’m a big believer that kids want to do what feels good for their bodies but, let’s face it, sometimes things taste bad or feel icky.  Here are excerpts from an email from a mom who read my previous blog post, “Natural Remedies for Acute Cough”, and the game she and her boys played to fightContinue reading “Kids Fight Colds and Flus with a game of “TAKE THAT!””

5 Tips for Kids to Fight Colds and Flus

1.  EAT VEGETABLES. It seems so obvious, doesn’t it?  Before I was a mom, I thought my kids would eat 10+ servings of organic fruits and veggies every day.  I was sure they’d grow up thinking kale was wonderful and broccoli delightful.  Well, of course, I was wrong. I do find that they consume moreContinue reading “5 Tips for Kids to Fight Colds and Flus”

Antidepressants, weight gain, high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome

A recent study looked at the relationship between SSRI (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) and weight gain, waist circumference, BMI, blood sugar, cholesterol levels.  Each SSRI affected these markers for health with Paxil increasing each of them after only 16 weeks. These medications increase the serotonin available to the brain and body by interrupting the mechanismContinue reading “Antidepressants, weight gain, high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome”

Sensitive Children and Sunscreen – more…

The Environmental Working Group has come out with it’s recommendations.  Click here to check their evaluated list of sunscreens. Also check this link to read about a few more don’ts for sunscreen. Each year my older, very fair skinned and super sensitive daughter and I do a variety of patch tests on each of ourContinue reading “Sensitive Children and Sunscreen – more…”

Allergy Season is Here – Quick Do a Family Cleanse!

Spring is finally upon us and with it comes the sneezing, sniffling, itching, burning, wheezing, and irritibility of allergies.  It is not too late to nip these symptoms in the bud with a family cleanse.  If you and your family do a cleanse now, you can lower the inflammation in your body and help yourContinue reading “Allergy Season is Here – Quick Do a Family Cleanse!”

Wheat-free, (almost) Dairy-free Pumpkin Pie

My kids and I made this pie for Thanksgiving and my extended family gobbled it up.  Usually they’re a pretty tough sell on my alternative foods so I’m sure this one is a good one!  I think we’ll make it again for Christmas.  This recipe is adapted from one taken from, The Perfect Pie, byContinue reading “Wheat-free, (almost) Dairy-free Pumpkin Pie”

Alternative Treats – Ice Cream!

You may already know that I’m a fan of treats. I think it’s important to make good choices for ourselves in what we eat and drink, but I also think that enjoying life and the flavour and texture of food is important. And for kids, sticking to a super strict diet day in and dayContinue reading “Alternative Treats – Ice Cream!”