Omega 3: A Whole ‘Nuther Meaning for Essential

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You've heard people talking about essential oils at the soccer games, your mother has given you a sample, and EO information is consuming your Facebook feed. But this post isn't about those kinds of oils, although we're going to do a post about soon. (Add your comments on the subject here, please.) This post is about another oil that is truly essential to the human body - Omega-3 fatty acids. There's been a long debate about whether or not Omega-3 fatty acids have an effect on ADHD symptoms. Last month, a brief was released that once again suggested that they absolutely do. In the study, … [Read more...]

Have a Happy, Healthy Halloween!

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It’s that time of year. Every parent is on a full-speed-ahead journey headed directly to fun size chocolates, lollipops, bubble gum and chewy candy of all shapes and sizes. But does it have to be that way? Creative parents everywhere have shared all kinds of fabulous ideas to counteract an incredible influx of sugar. Some of these ideas are plain EVIL. Bwhahahahah!! Maybe that’s why I love them! Take a look: 1. Hand out candy your kids don’t like. 2. Trade it in for money – or take to a dentist. 3. Let them gorge one night, then have only two pieces a day, and toss it out if … [Read more...]

The Weighting Game

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At our house, weighing in at the psychiatrist's office has been a stressful event. Loss of appetite was the most worrisome side effect for Lesley, our tall, slim 15 year-old-daughter taking Concerta to help her manage the symptoms of ADHD-inattentive. Her weight gain was closely monitored, much to her chagrin. Although she didn't lose any weight, any measured weight gain was miniscule during the school year. Yet she gained very little weight over this past summer when she wasn't taking the meds, a fact that would seem to point to genetics rather than the environment of Concerta's … [Read more...]

“Momma, What’s For Supper?”

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I quickly realized what bad timing it was to send a newsletter focusing on nutrition on Halloween. So I waited a couple days. Ready?   This ghoulish holiday brings me to an important nutritional point: all things in moderation. It seems the most efficient way to bring unprecedented attention to any food group is to make it a forbidden fruit, so to speak. Lesley has one friend whose parents are diabetic and isn't usually allowed sweet snacks. Lesley has noticed that whenever there are cookies, brownies or any sort of dessert available, her friend routinely overindulges. Halloween … [Read more...]