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    Once You See It, You Can’t Unsee It: A Case for Calories on Menus

    My favorite Starbucks latte has 260 calories.  The Asian sesame chicken salad, which seems like a healthy option at the sandwich place that’s such an easy lunch stop, has 420 calories. And the fries I love to splurge on with my kids? A small fries rings in at 300 calories. And a quick bagel from […] Read full story

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    Should Kids Count Calories?

    As adults, we might be very focused on exactly how many steps we take each day, can rattle off how many fat grams are in the food on our dinner plate, and how long we have to gut it out in spin class before we feel OK enjoying dessert. But the moment we hear a […] Read full story

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    Move It, Move It: How to Be Sure Your Kids Are Active Enough

    With school, clarinet practice, a bit of screen time and all that homework, your kids’ after-school schedule might feel pretty packed. Now consider that children need one full hour of physical activity every day – overwhelming, huh? With limited recess times and gym-class cuts, not all children will get enough activity during the school day. […] Read full story

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    3 Ways to Promote Healthy Eating for Life (Plus a Few Bonus Tips!)

      Kids are awesome. They love to explore and learn and by the age of 3, they are always asking “why?”. This presents a great opportunity to teach them about food and nutrition – and to set a foundation of healthy eating for life! This doesn’t mean pursuing perfection. The fact is that between playdates, […] Read full story

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    Cow Milk Intolerance: What parents should know

        As a mom and naturopathic doctor who is passionate about nutrition and wellness, I love introducing my children to healthy new foods. But both at home and in my practice, I have seen first-hand the effects of food intolerances, which can present with symptoms including rashes, digestive discomfort and chronic congestion. As a […] Read full story

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    Rise and Shine: 3 easy ways to harness the power of protein for kids at breakfast

      We’ve all heard the refrain that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but the real key – especially for busy families– is what’s on the menu. Protein in particular is essential for muscle contraction and movement and the production of hormones like insulin, which regulates blood sugar. It is also involved […] Read full story

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    3 Reasons to Love Goat Milk for Kids

      In my naturopathic practice, I have often treated children presenting with symptoms including chronic congestion, rashes and digestive discomfort, which are all indicative of a cow milk intolerance. My first recommendation is nearly always to eliminate cow milk and switch to goat milk, or for younger children, a goat milk formula. The main reason […] Read full story

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    How Toddlers Can Benefit from Supplements

      The toddler years are a time of huge transition – and one of the biggest changes is in how they receive the majority of their nourishment. Not so long ago, their diet consisted of milk or formula, but now they are (hopefully!) enjoying a balanced diet, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, adequate […] Read full story

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    The Questionable Safety of Replacement Fire Retardants

      Several years ago, a class of fire retardant chemicals known as PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, were phased out of consumer products because of toxicity concerns. Scientific tests showed that these chemicals were persistent in the environment, accumulated in peoples’ bodies and could disturb endocrine signaling pathways critical for normal development. Research also indicated […] Read full story

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    EWG-Duke Study Finds Children Have Higher Exposures to Toxic Fire Retardants

      When fire retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, were pulled off the U.S. market due to toxicity concerns, public health advocates hoped they would be replaced with safer alternatives. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Scientists at the Environmental Working Group and Duke University recently released an analysis of children’s exposure to TDCIPP, a […] Read full story