Nourish Mom on Mother’s Day

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I think for most moms, a day of rest and nourishment would be a beautiful day. Having the kids (age dependant) make up a beautiful meal for her could be a way to nourish her on many levels.

Rather than make her up a batch of cookies, cakes or other, how about a super duper salad with some beautiful extras.

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Babies and Toddlers Still Don’t Have a Balanced Diet – According to a US Study

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I do love it when medical studies echo what I say, or have said, for years. I sometimes feel like a broken record saying and writing the same things, over and over again. According to a recent study in Pediatrics, it seems that I need to keep going, and not stop! This CBC article expanded on the study and really said a lot of what I say every time I speak with a client or at a speaking engagement.

I know parents know that eating a colourful variety of fruits and vegetables, every day, is important for health. I wonder what the disconnect is between knowing it and it actually becoming a reality. When it comes time to feed babies and toddlers, according to their data collected from a total of 2,359 participants, they just aren’t getting enough.

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Is yogurt the best source of probiotics?

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Probiotics are “good” bacteria that survive digestion and reach our intestines. They can be found in fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, kombucha and a supplement; pill or powder. They’re a bit like water soluble vitamins – go in and do their job and then get excreted, although we don’t ever lose the billions that we have, a bunch go down the toilet with a bowel movement, so they need to be constantly replenished.

Antibiotics are a different story, they are after bacteria to kill off and while we want them to kill whatever bacteria is making us sick, they also kill our good bacteria or probiotics. Replenishing is key.

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Pre and Post Natal Nutrition Before and After Your Workout

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Here are a few tips and suggestions to nourish your body before a workout or gym session or after you’ve worked out and your muscles are in need of refuelling, ready for the next workout.

My basic tips:

  • Drink plenty of water!  Aim for over 1.5L filtered water a day.
  • Keep a food diary of what you are eating.  Along side your food, write down some notes about your energy and mood and when you are exercising.  
  • Eat three meals each day and two to three snacks, about every two and a half to three hours. Eating regularly helps keep your blood sugar stable.
  • Include protein at each snack and meal. For instance, breakfast enjoy eggs, cottage cheese or protein powder in a smoothie. I like mixing hemp and rice protein together to get a high level of protein and extra omega 3’s and fibre.
  • Increase fruits and veggies. Aim for 10 servings a day. Combine an apple with a handful of almonds with an apple for fibre, carbohydrate, protein, essential fats and essential minerals.

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