Have you ever had the struggle of trying to feed a child who refuses to eat anything green, or colorful at all? It can be a totally overwhelming experience, especially if your child has special needs too.
We asked Luke Miller, father of Archie, a young boy with autism, exactly how he got Archie to start drinking his greens.
There is definitely hope and it may take many attempts, but with patience and persistence, and a little treat here and there, it’s certainly possible! Plus the results are totally worth it.
Find out how he did it below.
“It suddenly hit me this morning as I simultaneously played good cop and bad cop with my son Archie- It is amazing that he will even look at this stuff let alone drink it.
I was attempting to get him to down a highly nutritious tall glass of berry, banana and spinach smoothie. This morning was not the best of attempts as I erratically switched from- “If you drink this we can go to the toy shop” To “If you don’t drink this there is going to be trouble”
Today I was facing
As we are ever so close to the Winter months, many of us have been topping up our intake of immune boosters, to try to prevent a cold or flu.
Sometimes, even with preventative methods in place, viruses or bacterias can still work their way through to our immune system, and we succumb to coughs or colds anyway!
If you are overworked, stressed, under slept, dehydrated etc, you may be more susceptible to these symptoms. Oftentimes you can’t put your finger on the reason. This is my situation right now.
So Here Are My 10 Favourite Fall Cold Survival Tips
Hydration is vital at all times of course, but during a cold, it can be extra helpful. Up your water intake, to keep hydrated in case of a high temperature, while flushing toxins from your system. Drinking water will also help to soften & break down any mucus that has built up.
2. MINT LEAVES
We grow mint in our garden, and together with coconut oil, we create our own vapor rub, which I find to be hugely effective. Rubbed on the chest or feet this natural, simple balm can provide relief and relaxation
Herbal teas, also known as tisanes and infusions, are a nutritious alternative to traditional black tea or coffee. Here are five reasons why herbal teas should find their way into your tea drinking ritual:
Herbal teas are made from plants – vibrant, nutritious plants! When hot water hits the flowers, leaves, roots or fruits in your herbal tea, vitamins and minerals are released from
the herbs. Different herbal teas have various nutritional qualities; some of the most nutritive herbs to drink as a tea are chamomile, hibiscus, nettle leaf and rosehip.
2. Therapeutic benefit
Looking for an easy home herbal remedy? Herbal tea may be just what you’re looking for. Herbs used in Western Herbal Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine can be taken therapeutically as a tea to ease symptoms. For example, ginger tea has long been used to help ease nausea, and peppermint tea is a great head-clearer if you are congested with a head cold.
3. Natural energy
The vast majority of herbs used in herbal teas are caffeine-free. Many herbs contain natural energy-promoting agents that won’t leave you with a caffeine crash. Licorice root herbal tea supports your adrenals to
Chips and crackers can be used to liven up a wide range of occasions. You don’t just have to serve them at children’s parties! Why not consider serving them at wedding receptions? Using the right chip and dip combination can add some spice to a wedding reception and keep the guests snacking all night long. Or, you could spread some plates out at a fundraiser and ask people to bring along their favorite dips. You might even find that some people get creative and even make their own! Speaking of which, why not serve those chips and crackers in new and creative ways to wow your guests?
Ideas for Serving and Presenting Chips and Dips
Chips and crackers can be presented in a variety of creative ways to really have your guests talking for the whole night. From a chip self-serve to a cracker hat, you can present them to suit any occasion, formal or casual. Here are just some of the great things you can do to liven up your next celebration, party, occasion or fundraiser.
- Chip Self-Serve Station: Take the concept of the buffet and add some chips. You can set up your chips on a long
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 objectives, adequate fruit and vegetable consumption is a national public health priority for disease prevention and maintenance of good health. Not only do fruits and vegetables furnish valuable dietary nutrients, but they also contribute vital elements to chronic disease prevention for heart disease, hypertension, certain cancers, vision problems of aging, and possibly type 2 diabetes.
With the nation’s health in mind, Network for a Healthy California is taking steps to prevent these problems by promoting fruit and vegetable consumption through a large-scale social marketing program funded in part by the United States Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formally known as the Food Stamp Nutrition Education program) to provide nutrition education.
A study in the July/August 2011 supplement to the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior describes the 10- year trends for California adults’ fruit and vegetable consumption using surveillance data. Investigators from the Network for a Healthy California, California Department of Public Health and Public Health Institute surveyed 1,400-1,700 California residents per survey year starting in 1997, before the Network’s launch in spring 1998, and continuing biennially until the most current data
Christmas and the Holiday season normally goes one of two ways….
- Healthy, happy and inspired! Taking you into 2016 with a fresh vision for yourself (and hopefully for all humanity!), OR
- It’s a pig out fest and you’re left wondering how you put on so much weight and feel more frumpy than ever before.
Let’s help you make your journey into 2016 a #1 this year and not a #2 (no reference to toilet jokes here!).
Here’s our list of 14 Healthy Christmas gift ideas to help you fill the stockings with goodness, and inspire your family and friends to even greater health and happiness!
1. Healing Essential Oils
I feel like Aromatherapy was popular in the 80’s, went into decline in the 90’s, and is now all of a sudden making a resurgence under its new guise ‘Essential Oil Therapy’. But the plant extracts (and their infinite intelligence) have always been there. It’s like it has just become awesomely trendy.
I interviewed an Australian Aromatherapist and Essential Oil expert Kim Morrison for FMTV the other day on Healing With Essential Oils and Creating Your Own Home Medicine Chest. Some of her absolute top oils she couldn’t live without include Frankincense, Lavender, Orange, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Eucalyptus
Wouldn’t it be great to have someone do our food shopping, cook our meals and clean up afterwards? In today’s hectic world, we are often rushed, tired, stressed or don’t have the time to prepare and enjoy a healthy meal. Instead of eating to nourish our bodies, we grab whatever we can and quickly devour the food, sometimes barely tasting it. Unfortunately, hiring a personal chef isn’t a viable option. We have to do the work ourselves but there are ways to make the job a little easier — and definitely healthier, which in turn, makes us happier.
Plan Your Menu For The Week
Planning ahead of time will save time later. Just knowing what you are going to cook makes the daily dinner grind less overwhelming. There’s nothing worse than coming home from work tired and hungry and having to think about what to make for dinner. You could jot it on a big chalkboard hanging in your kitchen, or schedule it on your phone calendar. A sunday is usually a good time to do this when there’s some down time. Look at the family’s schedule and see which meals work best on certain days. If everyone will be home late
Do you take a lunch break? If you don’t, you’re unfortunately not alone.
In 1990 half of Americans took a lunch break of at least 30 minutes, reports a Gallup poll. But in 2012 only one-third of workers were taking a lunch break. Recent reports show these figures are getting worse and only 20% of Americans are now taking a break from their desk at lunchtime. Most workers now are eating lunch at their desk, which as we will see below is very detrimental to health and wellbeing. Statistics vary slightly from study to study but the general conclusion is that the lunch break in the USA (and around the world) is sadly disappearing. This is also despite the law in 22 US states that workers must take 30 minutes to one-hour lunch break.
I worked in the corporate world for nearly twenty years, and I can honestly say that I can count on two hands the number of times that I did NOT take a lunch break! Ten of those years I spent working predominantly in a home office, yet I still took the time to leave my office, go into the kitchen and have a lunch break even if I
Are Superfoods Really All That Super For Your Health? I’m sure this question pops into your head when you read the latest news on the next great superfood that’s storming the market. Of course, the media makes a big deal about how great superfoods from acai to yum-yum berries are for you…but what are the real facts behind the superfood mystique?
What Really Makes A Food A Superfood?
How can you tell a real deal superfood from the media hype and myths? The first thing you need to look at when examining a superfood is the science-based evidence around the claims. Let’s take the granddaddy of them all, the acai berry. These little tart purple berries grow deep in the Amazon rainforest and are known to be high in cell-rejuvenating antioxidants.
As you eat acai berries, they scavenge and destroy deadly free radicals with their antioxidant super powers. The dark purple pigment of the berries fills it with two powerful compounds called anthocyanin and polyphenols, both of which boost heart health, help you shed fat, aid digestion, and improve your immune system.
But, So They Really Work?
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition found that the anthocyanin and polyphenols content of
FMTV Live 2015 has started off with a bang, we’ve screened the eye-opening documentary ‘Origins’ and James Colquhoun (Founder of Food Matters) has asked health expert Pedram Shojai all the burning questions about his film-making quests and what kind of health era our world is facing, and most importantly what we should be doing about it. But we are only warming up!
FMTV Live has only begun, it’s time to find out a little bit more about our second exclusive interviewee…
MEET KRIS CARR…
An all time Food Matters favorite and regular on FMTV Kris Carr is truly one of a kind. You’ve probably heard a bit of buzz about this incredible woman. Maybe due to her documentary ‘Crazy Sexy Cancer’ or her subsequent books ‘Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor’ and ‘Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips’… Or featured in one of FMTV’s top-rated documentaries ‘Hungry For Change’. Not only is Kris a New York Times best-selling author but a motivational speaker and wellness activist too. Well known for her contagious smile, loving personality, and let’s not forget the classic pink streak in her hair! You may have also noticed us constantly sharing her words of wisdom!
Kris’s journey to wellness begun in an unfortunate way, like
Can’t wait for your next vacation but already dreading the negative side effects of jet lag? Good news…there are ways around it so you don’t have to spend your holidays in bed!
Flying through different time zones, can take a toll on your body. Some of the side effects can be; lack of energy/feeling run down, which can result in getting sick, feeling bloated, sleep deprived and foggy thinking.
Here Are 10 Tips To Prevent The Above From Happening
- Drink lots of water – Before you leave, during the travel period and once you arrive! This is so important as dehydration is the major cause of the above symptoms
- Refrain from drinking dehydrators – These being coffee and alcohol, they can make you more dehydrated and groggy leading to a weakened immune system
- Exercise – Do this before you get on the plane, this will help you sleep. Once you arrive, try and go for a walk and do some stretching, this will re-energize you
- Come prepared – Bring healthy snacks with you to keep you from reaching for salty junk food. Examples – Healthy fats such as avocado and nuts, protein balls, apple, nut butter, celery, carrots
- Melatonin supplement – I always use this when I
Millions of Americans suffer from clinical depression each year, many undiagnosed or too embarrassed to take positive action. Yet, most people with depression seek treatment from their health care providers or GPs first, which generally results in being treated with drug therapy alone.
What many health providers fail to realise, is that there are a range of ways you can naturally boost your mood and help overcome depression naturally. Many of which are just as effective as the drugs given but are much safer and without side-effects. Here are 12 ways to get you started:
1. Take Vitamin B-3
Niacin is vitamin B-3, one of the water-soluble B-complex vitamins. Niacin’s feature is its ability to greatly reduce anxiety and depression. Dr Andrew Saul uses it on his patients and calls the effect the ‘niacin flush’. Read more here, including dosage amounts.
Your body is exposed to hundreds, if not thousands of chemicals each day. You can imagine then how many unwanted chemicals are lurking in your body on a daily basis. Many of which have trouble getting out of your system. Sherry Rogers M.D says “There are 12 common chemicals often trapped inside the average person’s body – all that have been found to cause depression
Air is one of the essential elements we need to survive. In order to stay alive and well, we must breathe. Without air entering your lungs, you would lose consciousness, and eventually your brain would suffer irreversible damage before shutting down. Interestingly, this can happen in a matter of minutes. Since breathing is an activity we are constantly engaging in at all times, don’t you want to make sure the place you call home is providing you with clean air?
“For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.”
~ Sanskrit Proverb
You Indoor Air is Toxic!
Did you know your indoor air can be significantly more toxic than the air outside? This is because the same stale air circulates throughout your living space over and over again. The air can be even more toxic if you have carpeting and/or use conventional cleaning products. Carpets and paint emit gasses called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are known to be toxic to every part and system of the human body. They are terribly unsanitary, requiring regular shampooing; which is usually done with toxic solvents and detergents. Conventional cleaning products also emit lots of chemical odors and gasses that pollute
Here’s What The Science Says
Superfoods are generally plant-based foods that are nutritionally dense and deliver multiple health benefits. Almonds, kale and blueberries are classic examples. White mulberry is a lesser known plant that’s been gaining in popularity for the past decade. More people are learning that both the leaves and fruits of white mulberry are rich in phytochemicals that enhance human health.
So… What Is White Mulberry?
White mulberry (Morus alba) is a medium-sized tree that is native to Northern China. 4,000 years ago, the Chinese first learned of the health benefits of white mulberry and began documenting the plant’s medical properties in the Traditional Chinese Medicine textbook, the Huang Di Ba Shi Yi Nan Jing. Now, fast forward to recent times. In this past decade, we’ve seen a large number of clinical and laboratory experiments reiterate and strengthen these initial health claims associated with the white mulberry plant.
A Tasty Dried Fruit With Many Benefits
We know that mulberry extract is rich in antioxidant flavonoids: such as quercetin, rutin and isoquercitrin.
These flavonoids seek out and destroy the free radicals in our body that would otherwise cause us oxidative stress. Additionally, just a small portion of dried mulberry fruit (1/3 of a cup) contains
Coffee has a cult following worldwide, photos of lattes fill Instagram every Sunday morning, and coffee dates are the basis of most friendly catch-ups — but it is time to get real about the effect caffeine has on your health.
Many clients sit down and tell me that they absolutely can not get out of the door in the morning unless they have had a coffee, or that there is no way that they can stay awake in their mid-morning meeting unless they have had their daily triple shot. Then there are others that tell me they don’t drink any coffee but have two diet energy drinks and a bar of dark chocolate each day, they tell me that because it’s a diet drink or dark chocolate it must be healthy, right?
Too many people are surviving on caffeine, rather than thriving with out it. Caffeine is a stimulant, it is found in coffee, energy drinks, tea, soft drinks and chocolate, it is the most commonly used drug in the world. One of the main concerns of consuming coffee regularly is the effect it has on sleep. Caffeine binds to the adenosine receptors in the brain, this prevents adenosine from causing the chemical cascade that tells the brain to initiate sleep or rest. It
Many people can benefit from going gluten-free. Those with Celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or autoimmune conditions reap the most benefits, but what about everyone else? Is gluten really so bad?
There are many ways that going gluten-free can help you feel lighter, gain more energy, improve the appearance of your skin, support your digestive health, and help you lose pounds. But it’s not just cutting gluten that does all of this!
When you replace key gluten-containing foods such as bread, pasta, cakes, cookies and other processed foods with processed, gluten-free versions of the same type of food, your body actually gets less nutrition!
So many of the gluten-free alternatives in supermarkets are full of unhealthy ingredients such as extra sugar, hydrogenated fats, trans fats, flavors, preservatives, emulsifiers and more just to try and mimic the gluten-containing versions. So in reality, you’re avoiding gluten, but consuming ingredients that are far worse for your health!
If you have to go gluten-free for health reasons, or you simply feel better for it, boost your health and avoid the gluten by choosing naturally gluten-free options!
All of these wholesome foods are naturally gluten free:
- Fresh vegetables
- Fresh fruit
- Meat/eggs/beans/lentils and other legumes
- Nuts and Seeds
- Fats and Oils
But we’re only human so of
This bright orange tuber is a superstar in the root vegetable world. It’s featured all over health bloggers Instagrams, on the menus of healthy cafe’s and restaurants. But why is it so good for you?
We did some digging and found these 12 great reasons to eat sweet potato:
1. Helps To Keep Disease At Bay
Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin B6. A vitamin which helps to reduce the chemical homocysteine in your body. High homocysteine levels have been linked to degenerative diseases including heart attacks.
2. They Are A Good Source of Vitamin C
That orange color isn’t just for show! These brightly colored spuds are packed with vitamin C, offering support for your immune system, bones and teeth, digestion and blood cell formation. It also helps to accelerate wound healing and improves the appearance of your skin by producing collagen.
3. Supports Your Bones
It’s not something we’d typically assume, but sweet potatoes contain small amounts of Vitamin D. A nutrient that helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, as well as support the thyroid gland. 100g of sweet potato also contains 33mg of calcium, a critical component of a healthy skeletal system!
4. Boosts Your Energy
A source of slow-releasing carbohydrates,
Raw cacao offers amazing health benefits for your entire body! The Incas considered it the drink of gods, an association that gave rise to the scientific name of the cocoa tree, Theobroma cacao, from the Greek words theo (god) and broma (drink).
You should never feel “guilty” about eating certain foods, but if you’ve ever felt a little naughty when indulging in chocolate, these 14 ridiculously good reasons to eat cacao will help you realize that high-quality chocolate and cacao are, in fact, a fantastic, healthy addition to your diet:
1.Get Happy With Cacao
Some days you just need to find your bliss – cacao is one of the healthiest foods you can consume. Cacao contains the mood improver, anandamide – known as the bliss molecule, which creates a feeling of euphoria. Plus it’s loaded with theobromine, found to halt coughs better than codeine or commercial cough suppressants with the equivalent of two cups! In fact, the UK-based study by the British Lung Foundation discovered codeine was only slightly more effective than the placebo at preventing coughing with no side effects.
2. It Puts You “In The Mood”
Another mood-enhancing compound found in cacao is PEA or phenethylamine, which triggers the release of endorphins and pleasurable opium-like neurochemicals. These
A three-year-old American girl has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes — a condition linked to obesity — making her one of the youngest people ever detected with the disease.
Type 2 diabetes used to be known as “adult-onset” because it is most common among the middle-aged and elderly, but in the last two decades increasing numbers of children have succumbed, due to poor diets and lack of exercise.
Details of the case are being presented on Thursday at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Stockholm by Michael Yafi, director of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Texas, Houston.
Since there is no global registry, it is not possible to say definitively that the girl is youngest patient ever but Yafi said his own research had not revealed any other cases in this age group.
“I’m sure there probably are others but they are either undiagnosed or not reported yet,” he told Reuters.
Diabetes is a growing problem worldwide with the number of diabetics estimated to be 387 million in 2014 and forecast to soar to 592 million by 2035, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
“This is a global problem,” Yafi said. “Type 2 diabetes is no
We carry around this unhealthy belief that putting ourselves first is wrong and selfish. But when we do things out of obligation or because we feel we “have to”, we approach these things with a sense of resentment and they create an unnecessary level of stress in our lives. By choosing to care for ourselves in a deep and intentional way, we naturally care for others in a healthier and more positive way. We make choices and decisions from a place of love, rather than resentment and this is where we can make the greatest contribution to the world. If you already have a self-care practice in place, try these steps to crank it up to the next level. If you don’t, then these steps are also a great place to start.
1. Connect With Creativity
With endless “to-do’s” and obligations, often the last thing on our mind is to become more creative. However, fostering a sense of creativity allows us to experience joy, freedom and passion, which aren’t found in a “to-do” list and for many, in our day-to-day lives. Perhaps you think that you left your creative, playful side behind in childhood. You may not realise that there is a creative side