So many times I have people ask "Can't I get everything I need from eating more fruit and vegetables?" It's a misunderstood area in nutrition. All of us grew up believing that if we ate a reasonable diet, that would take care of our vitamin needs. But the evidence now shows that not to be … Continue reading Are Fruits and Vegetables Enough?
When planning my daughter's Japanese food themed birthday party last year, I became aware of the additives in wasabi paste but just could not find an alternative locally! All the brands I could find here in Invercargill had artificial colours (102 and 133 - both on my list to avoid) and no actual wasabi either, … Continue reading Yes To Sushi But Leave The Accompaniments Please
As of last month, I'm the parent of two teenagers!! And while peer pressure hasn't really shown itself (yet), I'm beginning to wonder whether the desire to fit in is starting to show itself in my otherwise self-assured daughter - when it comes to what food she eats. Or perhaps it's just FOMO (fear of … Continue reading Teenagers and Healthy Food Habits
Lolly cake, fairy bread, chips, fizzy drink... Children's birthday parties often come with lots of sweet treats and unhealthy food and drink as we all celebrate the yearly milestone. We can lose control with what and how much our children consume, especially if we aren't present. The result: a hyped up child, sometimes with the … Continue reading Children and Party Food
With a title like that, don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying academic intelligence is everything; I would actually go as far as saying emotional intelligence is more important. Yes our children use their brains for learning English and Math and for understanding the world around us, but they also use it for everyday cognition (thinking) … Continue reading Feeding our Kids’ Brains
Would you be surprised if I told you that all food - even if it's labelled organic - is not equal? Country of origin matters. I am quite naive (growing up in a stable family in a small country town does that I think). I trust others perhaps too easily - some might even say … Continue reading Country of Origin Labelling
Is carrageenan listed as an ingredient in your almond milk, dairy-free cheese or coconut icecream? Most people these days know there is controversy around the safety of the flavour enhancer MSG (additive #621 or monosodium glutamate). Although I had no idea back in my uni days until I had a flatmate who reacted to soy … Continue reading The Additive Hiding in Dairy-Free Foods
A shock coming from me - I know! We do try to limit the amount of sugar in our house, especially refined sugar. But there are some circumstances where other considerations matter more!!! I still remember the day. We were in the middle of our 2 1/2 year long ADHD diagnosis journey with our son … Continue reading Why Sometimes Sugar Wins!