Back to School- Keeping the Kids (and Yourself!) Healthy

It’s not just kids and parents who get sick in the fall. More sick kids = more sick parents = more sick people sneezing on your kale. We spend more time inside as the weather cools down. We find ourselves getting less exercise. We are more likely to turn to poor habits as we head into winter.

That said, this post will focus on the littles since it’s back-to-school season. I’ll be writing more about healthy immune systems as we head into fall!

A healthy developing child will on average get about 4 illnesses during any given year.  On the contrast, healthy adults would get approximately 2 illnesses a year.

What happens in the school environment that makes kids more susceptible to getting sick? (more…)

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To Sunscreen or Not to Sunscreen?

Why wear sunscreen? Put simply, to keep our skin from burning: Sunburns are linked to cancer. It is not known if sunscreen use prevents skin cancers like melanoma and basal cell carcinoma, but it does lower your risk. Keep in mind that sunburn is different than sun exposure. Regular sun exposure can means higher vitamin D production which means greater support for the immune system,...

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Cook This: Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps (paleo and gluten-free)

We are always looking for fun, easy, high-protein, low-carb dinners that everyone in the family loves. We tried the Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps from Nom Nom Paleo and we liked them but I didn’t care for the spice balance or the pickled carrots. So per usual I set to changing the recipe up to meet my own family’s needs! This is something I encourage everyone to...

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Ask Dr. Samantha: Food Tracking Edition

One of the most common things I investigate is how my patients and clients are fueling their bodies. After all, what we eat literally becomes who we are. Sometimes my they come to me saying they want to make dietary changes. And sometimes they come to me saying they are already eating very well, thank you and that they don’t need to address this. But, thanks to 20 years...

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Cook This: 20 Minute Dinner – Prosciutto Wrapped Halibut, Quinoa, and Garlic Spinach

This halibut main is one of our old staple dishes that I haven’t made in forever. For some reason I thought of it this week so thought I would go ahead and re-share it with you all (with edits of course.) A perfectly balanced meal (although now I would serve double the fish for more protein, less quinoa, more spinach, and probably another veggie on...

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Overcoming Overwhelm: One Change

Change is hard. For some people making changes is hard. For others maintaining changes is hard. And no matter how many times you read “it takes x days to make a new habit” or “fake it ‘til you make it” the reality is that our brains will fight us tooth and nail when we try to do something different because that’s what brains do. Believe...

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