Inflammation equates to certain health issues, here’s how..

Everyone is better off gluten free?! Yes, and here is why..
Put all your health issues, chronic diseases, childhood issues, every single one out on the table. And then google this + ‘inflammation’. Pretty much every condition is related to inflammation.
Today, it’s not just inflammation that is of great concern but SILENT inflammation. The inflammation we can’t see or feel inside us. This is the precursor to chronic disease including diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disorders (very common, even among children) and cancer.
So whilst gluten will cause inflammation in the gut, it wreaks even more havoc by causing ‘leaky gut’ which in short, provides a direct route for food particles and toxins to make their way to our brain…hello ‘leaky gut symptoms’ by the dozen.

Of course it’s not just gluten that is responsible for this inflammation we aren’t aware of. ¬†Add in vegetable oils, other refined carbohydrates and a reduced or zero intake of omega 3 oil (which can balance out this inflammation).
Obviously we can ignore and remain oblivious to the fact that our diet contributes to inflammation which contributes to chronic disease (and mostly before it’s too late) but being proactive, especially from childhood, means you’ll never be fighting an uphill battle. And covering issues up with medications…

If this post has caught your eye, you could look into ‘leaky gut’, ‘leaky gut symptoms’, ‘silent inflammation’ or the specific health issue you have OR start thinking about how much Omega 3 oil your family is taking and how you could reduce and ideally eliminate refined vegetable oil and processed carbohydrates (including those with gluten).

Some people have heard a lot about this already and others may not be so aware. The reason I am putting this out there is to start educating more people on the importance of reducing the inflammation in our bodies, whether you can see or feel it!
Amongst all my health lectures, inflammation and Omega 3 oil are the common denominators.

Let me know if you want more information. ūüôā Heidi

How can our family’s health story help your family?

A little update on the ‘saving my family’s health’ tale with some ways to spot whether you or your children are also as sensitive. The end is getting happier for us ūüėÄ

Today I am thankful to have my son’s brain working so much better than it ever has. ¬†Many of you have seen how I have been on a journey with Master4, initially to eradicate his ECZEMA without the nasty creams, then to reduce his ‘brain inflammation’ (aka ADHD), then to improve his nutritional health and get rid of the DARK CIRCLES under his eyes and consequently, we got rid of his SLEEP APNOEA, improved his SLEEP out of sight, stopped the BEDWETTING and improved his IMMUNITY. ¬†It sounds quite extreme but we have had to remove gluten, dairy, soy, yeast, corn, sugar, some grains (such as white and brown rice), some fruits/veges (such as kiwi fruit and capsicum) and of course all food additives. ¬†We have also removed chemicals by way of many non-organic foods, soaps, sunscreen and regular toothpaste.

Yes Master4 is very sensitive! ¬†Master2 and I are also as sensitive. ¬†But instead this has made our family take on more of a NUTRITARIAN diet. ¬†Making everything we put in our mouths be filled with nutrients instead of foods that do nothing for our health (many of those above) and it is still very much a work in progress! ¬†And through thinking outside the box, I do manage to fill their lunchboxes each day ūüôā although I have spilt tears at making lunches some days!

After studying him closely, I’ve realised just one mouthful of gluten will inflame Master4’s brain for four weeks. ¬†Four weeks of STRESS for the whole family.

Master4 flies off the handle at what feels like every minute of his day. ¬†His brain can’t process language as well so you can’t talk him through his experiences. ¬†He has little empathy for others which makes interactions with his brother harder. ¬†He has no ability to direct himself to play nor much motivation. ¬†He is more aggressive and shows less eye contact. He has about a 2second window to give an instruction or explain something. ¬†I am forever saying ‘look at me, look at me, listen, LISTEN!’ His world is one big ‘gluten hangover’ (and what appears as Asperger’s Syndrome) and so we hold our breath and wait it out….

Last week, Master4 came out of yet another gluten hangover (from sampling a child’s Tiny Teddy at kindy). Can you hear our HALLELUJAH’s??! ¬†He is now much more easy going, is smiling, plays imaginatively for hours, shares and thinks (a little bit!) about his brother, comes up with brilliant ideas, draws amazingly and can actually listen and be reasoned with.

This is the reason I have realised my life’s goal is to ‘save’ more families from scenarios like this and to improve children’s potential through health and well being. ¬†All with diet and environment, not medications or putting up with it. ¬†Right now, spare minutes are filled with me studying and organizing business logistics.

I hope everyone will benefit from some of the information I will soon have to share, after all who doesn’t count their family’s health as their #1 priority? ¬†It is not easy but once you have seen the difference, you will never go back.

I am looking to start my health coaching business next year, but in the meantime, if you’d like any advice, please let me know. ¬†Or if you know anyone that may need some direction, point them in my direction ūüôā Heidi

Yes to crying!

We encourage crying in our family.¬† Not alone but with someone providing ‘love’ at the same time.¬† This might be a hug, labeling how they feel to show empathy or even just being there with them.

Crying is a physical way of releasing the energy from emotions that you feel.¬† And as emotions are ‘energy in motion’, it is very important to let these feelings out so that they don’t get trapped in the body. ¬†Children innately know to do this. ¬†It is only by adults telling them not to cry that we as adults forget how calm and clear your head can be when you’ve cried all the feelings away.

Of course we then talk about the situation that lead up to these emotions to understand better what just happened.  All in the name of better emotional intelligence!

Tantrums are a milestone, a good one!

Whilst it is tricky negotiating a two-year-old some days, I do get excited that my little boy is working how to think for himself, be independent and make his own choices. Working with children with disabilities makes you realise what an important milestone this is.

Helping your child to talk – take the time

[from 6 mths]

Just like with reading, exposure to words does all add up to the ‘more you put in, the more you get back’. Picture two children at a cafe.¬† The first child’s parents get on with their coffee, smile at the baby and give it a few toys.¬† The second child’s parents label what the child is looking at, playing with and even take the time to point out say a dog or a bus going past.

Then take this scenario to the shopping trolley, driving in the car, in the bath, while you’ve got visitors and out in the pram. ¬†It takes more effort but you will be sure to have a child with a larger vocabulary and stronger relationship with you than those little ones who have spent more time by themselves.

Let the children show you how yoga is done!

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Despite being more of a physical exercise for adults, yoga for children possibly has more benefits for their brain and mind.¬† Let’s first look at the¬†benefits of introducing yoga to your little ones.¬† What’s in it for them?

No age is too young to start!

No age is too young to start!

Yoga¬†connects the body, mind and spirit.¬† Children are very in touch with their intuition at a young age however, our early education system promotes a focus on the child’s ‘mental body’.¬† Children are prompted to learn literacy and numeracy from a young age.¬†¬†Shifting their attention to these cognitive tasks, draws attention away from important right brain development which is responsible for creativity and imagination.¬† It¬†is also the reason that many of us as adults have lost¬†our ability to use our intuition, creative skills and the ability to just ‘feel’.¬† Yoga helps children to access their ‘spiritual body’, to be creative, to use their ‘gut instinct’ and their senses, by paying attention to their breathing, body and surrounding environment.

yoga's finished...time to listen to the sounds around us

yoga’s finished…time to listen to the sounds around us

Yoga promotes increased focus and attention.  It provides your child with a useful toolkit of self-calming strategies, particularly teaching how to breathe and relax.  It is also a useful strategy to promote mindfulness.  See more about mindfulness here.

Yoga teaches your child about body awareness.¬† Brain development occurs very quickly when a child has to work out where their body is in space.¬† How do they move their body to get into THAT pose?¬† And from cobra pose on their tummy, to downward dog on their hands and feet, to baby pose on their back?¬† Body awareness is also developed when talking about the different body parts and explaining where to put each.¬† This might be ‘put your hand down next to your foot’ or ‘now turn your shoulder up to the sky’.

my feet where? hands where?

my feet where? hands where?

Yoga promotes respecting the environment, and others.  Yoga is done cooperatively together, not competing against other children.  It is ideally performed outside where children can take notice of the environment (the wind, the trees, the wildlife, the weather), whilst they are doing yoga.

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And of course strength and balance comes with yoga.  Kids are just maintaining flexibility!

So what happens in Kid’s Yoga?

First things first, you’ll need to keep your child’s attention, so it must be FUN.¬† Kid’s Yoga not only means body poses, but also learning about breathing, body awareness and their surroundings.¬† Giselle Shardlow has created enticing Kids Yoga Stories to motivate children to practice yoga.*

Just one of the many titles from Giselle Shardlow!

Just one of the many titles from Giselle Shardlow!

ooh they saw a ‘monkey’!

 

Being like a tree... and not thinking about it too much!

Being like a tree… and not thinking about it too much!

They feature adventure-style stories which feature a character who not only cares for the environment but also stops to do a yoga pose or two on each page of the story.¬† This gives children something visual to go by but also a theme to help them visualise the pose they are attempting.¬† So when your child goes on a jungle adventure, they might end up doing¬†‘cat’ pose for¬†a¬†jaguar¬†or if they went on a beach trip, they would end up doing ‘warrior’ pose for ‘surfing’.

Being a butterfly in the jungle

Being a butterfly in the jungle

This is how¬†Kids Yoga sessions compare with an adult’s session.

1. Set up –¬†yes a yoga towel or mat¬†+ a drink¬†bottle is still ideal.¬†¬†A Kids Yoga Story really does hold their attention however you could¬†certainly attempt your own stories once you are familiar with some of the poses.¬† Or go online for some inspiration too.¬† We love to do yoga outdoors so we can be with nature and notice the environment with all of our senses, but inside is good if the weather isn’t great!

'Sailing' at the 'beach'... with Master 2 spectator

‘Sailing’ at the ‘beach’… with Master 2 spectator

2.¬†Music – no, you don’t have to stick with any particular type of music.¬† Whatever gets your children inspired in the theme is a great choice.¬† But do think outside the box.¬† The Wiggles Beach Party songs might be a first pick, but could also be distracting.¬† The Beach Boys is a different alternative.¬† You could even create a playlist of all of the songs that relate to say ‘the jungle’.¬† Or you could just put on ‘rainforest’ songs or classical music.¬† OR you could just go with the sounds around you.

3. Preparation – not so much on body and breathing, but of the story and theme.¬† Taking the time to discuss what you might expect to see on your adventure gets children into the theme even more so and excited to look at the book.¬† Don’t forget to remind your children about their surroundings and to use their senses.

4. Structure – this one does go out the window with kids! But the great thing is, sometimes the children will show you how they like their yoga sessions to flow.¬† And as long as they are still enjoying yoga and receiving any of the benefits listed above, you can let go of following the story exactly or doing the pose so precisely.¬† Let your children show you how kid’s yoga is done!

Fun wins over precision

Fun wins over precision

5. Taking time – there is no rush with kid’s yoga.¬† If the kids stop to go and grab a stick for a prop or if they decide they would like to enjoy their rest and watch the clouds for longer at the end, that is what happens.¬† As long as you are enthusiastic and accepting of their ideas, they will run the session in their own way!

taking the time on his own..

taking the time on his own..

6. Post-yoga activities – the list is endless of what you could carry onto.¬† Morning tea on the towels noticing the trees or clouds or birds is a great way to stay ‘mindful’ and relaxed.¬† Other activities could be continuing the yoga theme (such as ‘the beach’) and exercising the right brain with some painting, drawing or playdough modelling.¬† Make use of the towels in summer and let the kids have fun blowing bubbles in cups with straws until their hearts are content!¬† Blowing involves breathing and the diaphragm which promotes further relaxation.¬† Alternatively, you could think about a theme for the next yoga session.

For those interested in one of the Kids Yoga Stories to get them started, here is the website http://www.kidsyogastories.com/.

Otherwise, take a towel outside and see what moves your children might come up with!¬† You might be surprised as to how much they enjoy it¬† ūüôā Heidi

* This is not a paid presentation but an endorsement of a really great set of books ūüôā

Where am I going today Mummy?

[9 months+] Have you started defining the different places your little one goes?¬† This means saying the word and showing them by pointing or with gestures ‘at the time’.
For example, when you arrive at daycare say at the front gate, ‘daycare’, point, ‘daycare’.¬† Repetition is good!¬† Extend this to ‘granny and pop’s’ at the front of their house or ‘play group’, ‘shops’, ‘home’, when you arrive.¬†¬†Be sure your little one pairs the word with the correct meaning.

Short term goal – Soon you’ll be able to say this word prior to going there and seeing if your little one gives you recognition that they understand.

Longer term goal – You’ll be able to let your little one know every place they are going to before you get in the car or leave the house.

I know I’d want to know where I was going each time I was being taken out of the house and also when I was going home.


The key is to define define define every place you go to first!

Enough with the left brain and more of the right brain!

We began with our morning tea in the garden and discussed the art project : to draw an item and then paint it too.
Master 4 chose our new ‘child’, our avocado tree. We got out our beautiful rainbow dice (Thanks Apple n Amos) and decided to pick three colours for our project.
Purple, orange and yellow.
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Here is Master 4’s results. And of course this project lead into experimentation with these colours and the feel of paint, particularly for Master 2. But that is another story!

I encourage everyone to try this. You could do lucky dip for colours or even have a go at the project yourself.
Or check out Apple n Amos!

 

Sign of the week – NO

No means NO!
Who has a little toddler that likes to test the boundaries? What do you do when you really mean ‘no’?
A sign can really help your child to understand ‘no’ means ‘no’, in a visual and concrete way.

The good thing is, you can sign ‘no’ into your little one’s visual field, even if they choose not to look at you.¬† It is also a good one to be able to sign when you can’t talk, like when you’re on the phone or have a mouthful of water.

The sign site for Auslan is¬†not working tonight, so here is my description!¬† Make a fist and shake it back and forward like you would shake your head ‘no’, moving from your wrist.
Happy signing!

It’s time to turn two!

Just three months difference

Just three months difference

My little boy turned 2 today!¬† Just recently I’ve noticed he has begun to ‘look’ two. ¬†On the left was only three months ago and when you look closer, you see his head shape has changed…. His brain has really grown lately – personality blooming, vocabulary sky-rocketing, physical skills ever-improving and he is becoming more and more aware of the world he lives in.¬† And another big change is the muscle tone in his face….¬† He has lost the baby cheeks, all because he has simply been using the muscles more for talking!
(I can’t say chewing as he is still experimenting with ‘no thanks Mummy’ to the new foods I present him with, but that’s another 2-year-old story..)
Do you have a coming-up-2-year-old who is going through these changes?¬† ūüôā Heidi