Kids’ Nutrition – Hitting The High Notes

The Truth About Nutrition

Let me start off by saying, when it comes to the food my kids eat, we are not perfect.

It seems like we used to do really, really well keeping the toxic garbage out of their mouths, but as time has gone on, that has gradually changed.

If I could keep them in a bubble, protecting them from outside influences, that might help!

Actually, no… not really all that much. Their father and I aren’t perfect either… so sometimes it’s US that are the negative nutrition influences, truth be told!

If you’ve followed our story for any length of time, then you may recognize that our nutrition journey has evolved over the years. Naturally so.

What started off as a very disciplined approach to food was rattled when our eldest entered the school scene. I was no longer with her all day to help her make the most intelligent nutrition choices… plus, those in charge were consistently offering toxic food choices based on an inaccurate understanding of nutrition.

That’s OK.

It meant that the journey evolved to one of teaching my children how to make the best choices possible without me there.

Nope. They’re not perfect.

When the adults in charge would wave goldfish crackers, pretzels, popcorn, and graham crackers in front of their faces every day, and they would watch their classmates gobble these up time and time again, they caved to the pressure more than once! Understandable.

Well, we chose to home school… so the primary person who taunts them with food now is ME.

Actually, that has been a mainstay of my ‘argument’ from those early days of school… if anyone is going to offer my kids tasty toxins, it’s going to be me, dagnabbit!

In all seriousness, I felt it was important for me to know what was going INTO my kids each day. I still feel that way. As their guardian and protector, I want to know what their source of fuel is so that I can make a more informed decision about their health in general, and teach them to do the same.

They have their tasty toxins, all right. They have their Halloween candy (some), their Valentine’s chocolate (some), their birthday cake, their occasional dessert, their pie at Thanksgiving, and their occasional ice cream in the summer (hormone-free)… so I get pretty tired of hearing silly statements about kids being “deprived”.

Honestly, as my “mommy guilt” kicks in, I’m more concerned that I’m depriving my kids of 100% for the expression of optimal health when I cave in to the peer pressure of the aforementioned societal norms.

But that’s just my issue!

I work it out in my own mind by telling myself that they need to learn, under my roof and with my guidance, how to function well and make good (healthier) choices in a society that’s hooked on sugar and other toxic choices.

I want them to be balanced. I want them to enjoy various social settings without feeling ostracized… BUT, without caving in to the pressures of toxicity. (At least not to the extreme.)

It’s a work in progress.

If they eat the way “everyone else” eats (a.k.a. the Standard American Diet), they’ll get what “everyone else” gets. That is: toxic, overweight, frequently ill, and developing more serious chronic conditions.

I don’t want to be the Nutrition Police, so I aim to teach healthy choice-making and how to be responsible for your own body. The choices they make now DO add up and will determine their future health.

I gave up on being militant with their nutrition a long time ago.

However, I’ve found there are certain lines in the sand we’ve created over time that have stuck. Things like:

  • They don’t drink pop, or juice drinks, or energy drinks, or sports drinks, (conventional cow’s) milk, etc. They drink water, cultured & fermented beverages, tea, and various smoothie & “shaker” concoctions I make for them.
  • They don’t eat fast food.
  • We don’t buy candy, chips, munchies, etc. When it’s in the house following something like Halloween, it’s doled out in small, controlled amounts for a short period of time… then it magically disappears.
  • There will be vegetables. Plenty of vegetables. And good, “clean” protein & healthy fats. It’s a given.
  • We “fuel up with health FIRST.” That has been a mantra in our family for years. If we give our body its nutritional requirements first, we tend to “crowd out” the less healthy choices.

These are just “normal” choices for them.

Where their parents tend to be the negative influences is with the fact that we tend to eat out more than I’d care for. So, we have our opportunity to make the best choices, considering our circumstances.

 

Another strategy I’ve employed that helps me feel better about their nutrition is what I call “Hitting the High Notes” each day. I choose to believe that these ‘high notes’ will help counteract some of the less-than-ideal nutrition choices we make, as well as consistently work to create better function.

The “High Notes”:

1. They start the day with a “shot” of Terrain Living Herbs – a raw, fermented, organic liquid ‘supplement’ that enhances immune function, pH balance, gut health, and metabolism. They don’t love it. That’s not my point. :)

Part of their ongoing lesson in nutrition is that we don’t base all our choices on how something tastes. That would mean BIG trouble if we did!

2. Breakfast always includes clean protein and healthy fats. Even on the days that a “starchy carb” might be served (i.e. sprouted or gluten-free toast, or bagel, or cereal), they start with protein and fats, like free-range eggs cooked in grass-fed butter, or some grass-fed, &/or hormone-free, antibiotic-free meat, or left-over protein from dinner.

3. Breakfast often includes vegetables, too.  Spinach, kale, and chard in the eggs, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, or broccoli on the side. Pretty normal around here. They don’t always love this… but they are very used to it. :)

4. If they’re eating grains, we do our best to opt for healthier choices like sprouted, gluten-free, and organic. I prefer to steer them towards grain-free.

5. Each morning, I make the kids a “Shaker Shot”. They’re not at a stage yet where they like to swallow their capsules and tablets whole, so I use this Shaker Shot as the vehicle for getting the goods into them!

I start with 1/2 cup or so of a cultured beverage, like Suero or Amasai, or diluted organic juice in one of our shaker cups (or blender). Then I open various capsules and pour them into the liquid base: probiotics, a thyroid supplement, colostrum, a “gluten-removal/gut repair” type supplement, vitamin C & D, ionic minerals (liquid), greens superfood powder, and a digestive enzyme.

I shake it up, pour it into small glasses for them, give them their fish oil on a spoon, then they gulp down their “Shaker Shot”.

Ka-POW!

The magic is in the liquid base. If they like that, we’re golden!

6. I’ll occasionally make small smoothies for an afternoon snack that include some protein, greens, something fun like chia seeds, and most likely more probiotics.

7. There will be veggies with lunch and dinner. It’s a given. Usually as part of an afternoon snack, too… along with a healthy fat again… like avocados, or even a bit of almond butter to dip the veggies in.

8 . We have an “understanding” about back-to-back “junk” meals. For example, if there were substantial grains at breakfast, we don’t expect any at lunch. If lunch included a sandwich, dinner will be protein/fats & veggies.

Yep. There have been days when this didn’t play out all that well… especially if we’re visiting family or on vacation or otherwise don’t have easy access to our usual choices. So be it. That’s life. It happens. I’ve learned not to sweat it.

9. If I know we’re going someplace for dinner that might lack healthier choices, I’ll serve them some veggies and maybe a hard-boiled egg before we go. Again, I never worry about “spoiling their dinner” if dinner is potentially going to be nutritionally lacking or toxic!

If we are going out, mom always leans toward the one and only establishment in our vicinity that serves grass-fed meat. The kids know, if we’re going there, that’s what they’re ordering!

10. We don’t “do” dessert on any regular basis. If I offer anything at home, we’ll have some berries, or some simmered apples with cinnamon. I try to dissuade them from the additional sugar at night, though… even if it is a natural form from fruit. Sugar is sugar.

 

So, they may have pizza with friends, the occasional bowl of pasta, and chips & salsa at our favorite Mexican establishment, but I feel we’ve got enough “good stuff” going into them, too, that they just might be OK!

One can only hope!

Your thoughts? What are some nutritional choices you’ve made on behalf of your kids that you’d like to share?? We’d love to hear!

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a popular personality in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 19 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, autoimmune conditions, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at info@drmomonline.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Personalized distance programs are available.

 

 

 

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The Influence of School on Nutrition Choices ~ The Pendulum Has Swung!

The Truth About Nutrition

Our 11 year old daughter has come a long (interesting) way with her nutritional choices, preferences and standards.

Like so many young children, she started out great… would eat any healthy food I put in front of her.

(Unfortunately, at that time, I was still vegetarian and consuming food products made with modern soy, as well as a lot more grain-based foods than I’d eat now… so it certainly wasn’t all healthy.)

But the kid would scarf down any and every vegetable I could provide! Ah, those were the days!

Then, she went to school.

We had our nutritional battles. I became painted as the “bad guy” because I didn’t agree with her teachers doling out goldfish crackers, graham crackers, and pretzels every single day, or using things like Skittles and M&M’s to help teach math.

I also disagreed, openly, about the children being “rewarded” for good behavior with toxic junk food. Crazy, but I thought that feeling good about yourself because you’re doing a good job at something was reward enough! Nope, apparently, we need poison (ok, “tasty toxins”) to reinforce just how wonderful you are.

Ever heard of a star on the forehead, people?

Ridiculous.

Or, I didn’t pack all the packaged “desserts” and candy in her lunch, like so many of her classmates had.

I think I may have said, “What. Ev. Er.” Maybe not… because I was still trying to raise a non-sarcastic human at that point. Perhaps I just said that in my head!

Anyhow, this nutrition disaster happening in the school setting was one of the major driving forces behind our decision to home school.

Over the years, our kids have learned that owning a body comes with major responsibility. Give it good things, and it will do good things in return.

I’ve also taught the kids, the best I can, about balance and making healthier choices in the “real world”.

It’s not about being “perfect” when it comes to nutrition. I’d argue that nobody is, despite what their self-help books and programs say.

I used to have teachers and other parents on my back on a regular basis about “depriving” my kids of their childhood experience because I didn’t think an ice cream party for the class was necessary on a monthly basis, or a pizza party every time the class met a reading goal, or popsicles because they all returned their library books, or because I didn’t provide dessert for them, or juice boxes, or whatever.

Deprivation.

What. Ev. Er.

To shake this notion loose from my own children’s heads, we’ve focused on providing our body with what it needs on a daily basis… and not too much of what it doesn’t.

Maybe it’s to justify my own less-than-healthy choices on occasion, but I follow the “Never Say Never” rule.

I do not tell my children that they can NEVER have ice cream or dessert or tasty toxins. I have taught them that some of those things are just so utterly ridiculous in their ingredients that it’s not even worth the moment of pleasure they might have when consuming it. (pop, most junk food, etc.)

I tell them if they’re going to choose toxicity, make it “good”… like a homemade dessert, or hormone-free ice cream… or even the ‘regular’ kind on occasion.

Our motto for years has been, “Fuel up with Health FIRST“.

Give your body what it needs each day: clean sources of protein & fats, a plenty of vegetables, some fruit, and ample pure water. Simple.

 

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Contact me to order your copy of this 8-page nutritional guide while supplies last! $10 + S & H.

 

If you think you might choose a tasty toxin at some point in the day, make sure you’ve fueled your body with healthier choices first. That’s all.

Having an ice cream party at school? Then make sure you’re keeping it clean up to that point – no grains with breakfast or lunch, no sugary foods, limited fruit, etc. That’s being a bit more responsible with your body.

Of course, they always had the choice to skip these events… but we sure wouldn’t want to deprive those children…

Being responsible with serving sizes is something else we’ve taught. You can try something, like a bite or two of the cake, or cookie… then toss the rest, or bring it home if you can’t find the inner strength to release the toxin! As a family, if we choose something less-than-healthy, we tend to share it instead of consuming full portions of it.

So, my daughter has become significantly more responsible with her choices over the years. She still likes to sample her tasty toxins when someone offers, but she has become far more selective.

I remember the whining that used to take place every time a restaurant server or bank teller or church leader would offer a sucker or candy. Not anymore. She’s a toxic food “snob”, evidently! “Why would I waste my time eating that?!” (In her mind, probably thinking, “Bring on the chocolate chip cookie!“)

Now, she’s coaching her younger brother. He’s not quite there!  He’s of the mindset that, “If it’s in front of me, it must be for my consumption.”

With our daughter, we’ve now experienced the nutrition pendulum swinging in completely the opposite direction of where she was when in school.

She is the food police.

This doesn’t work for our family, I’d like to point out!

If a meat choice is presented to her, we are riddled with questions and concerns, like:

“Is it grass-fed?”

“Is it drugged with hormones or antibiotics?”

“Is the chicken (or eggs) free range?”

Or, if there are grains…

“Is it gluten-free?”

“Is it sprouted?”

Heaven forbid the answer is “No”! Sheesh… she’s hard core!

So, while we appreciate that she has solid nutritional standards in place, we’ve been working to nudge that pendulum back to a place that is more ‘balanced’ and tolerant, without sacrificing her principles.

If we’re potentially going to have the opportunity to eat elsewhere, we say: You can always choose not to consume food that doesn’t meet your healthy, non-toxic standards. You can choose to eat healthy, clean food at home before going. You can bring some healthy options with you. You can select the least offensive item off the menu, or party-spread, or dinner table at someone else’s home.

What you may not be is judgmental or cranky about the non-perfect food that is available.

We’ve been working on choosing to enjoy the social connections without being (excuse me) anal about the food. Nobody likes the food police. I know this personally! It’s a fine line between sticking to your guns, and being offensive about it.

Where we live, eating at home is always the best choice from a health perspective, hands down.

But when you’re out and about, being social and living life with others, you’ve got to learn to go with the flow… within reason, of course. (I may not be using these words, exactly, when she’s off to college!)

Otherwise, we may never attend another family get-together, play date, wedding, or holiday gathering ever again! It’s impossible to be perfect! I’d rather eat some less-than-perfect food in the company of loved ones, than live in isolation with my grass-fed cow and organic broccoli.

I have no problem with one of my kids choosing not to eat because the food isn’t ‘healthy enough’. So be it. They can eat before we go, or wait ’til we get home. They’re not at risk of starvation anytime soon.

So, we’ll see where this pendulum lands. For now, it has been an interesting phenomenon to observe. It’s also a good reminder that life isn’t all about food… thank God.

 

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at info@drmomonline.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Highly successful personalized distance programs are available.

 

 

 

NEW! Back-to-School Bulk Pricing on The Healthy School Days Menu & Nutrition Guide!

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Are you starting your shallow breathing at the thought of another year of packing school lunches? Wondering how on earth you’ll provide healthy, nutritious options all year long? Back-to-school time each year can be a glorious time for parents, no doubt… but it can also be very stressful for some.

 

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If you’re one of those folks who needs some more “healthy food ideas”, or is wondering how to create a healthier diet overall for your kids, then let me remind you about The Healthy School Days Menu & Nutrition Guide. (And, keep reading for a NEW way to save some BIG bucks on your order!)

 

Don’t know about the “menu”?

I created it in response to the nutritional myths (and lies) my eldest child faced when she first attended school years ago. For the sake of my own sanity, and to preserve my relationship with my daughter (and not always be the nutritional “bad guy”), I created a FUN, geared-to-kids, 8-page nutritional guide that literally sat on our kitchen counter for our children to refer to when making their food choices on a daily basis.

It solved a LOT of problems at meal time and snack time!

The Healthy School Days Menu builds a solid foundation of nutritional know-how from a very young age… when ideas and opinions about food are being formed.

Strong opinions!

I originally called it a “menu” for simplicity’s sake with my own young ‘uns… but, in reality, it’s much more of a “Nutrition 101″ guide.

 

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Here’s what some folks have had to say about The Healthy School Days Menu:

 

From a teacher…

“Wow! This menu is wonderful! It is very well organized, gives lots of choices to pick from, and most importantly, it teaches me how to feed my family more nutritiously!

I like the Golden Rules of Nutrition part because it gives me guidance in the pure choices I can make in a day, and it’s easy to remember when organized this way. I also think it’s really important that you identified all the toxins we put in our bodies. We can’t change to become healthier if we don’t understand the “insufficient” choices we’re making.

And, of course, your funny, caring, energetic, and intelligent voice shines all the way through, concluding with “Dr. Mom’s Kitchen Agreements”! Very clever!”  S. T.

 

From another teacher…

“It is great to see a menu that focuses on what we need and the positive effects it can have on our daily energy and lifetime health. Dr. Mom Online has laid out what we need to fuel our bodies, and how we can teach our kids to make better choices when it counts. I believe that most of us do not know what health really means, or how to go about achieving it.

Dr. Mom Online presents a wonderful menu for each part of the day, as well as snack times, allowing us to be the voice of health, rather than the TV, the internet, and the many other forms of media that are influencing us and our kids on a daily basis.

This menu could have such an impact, not only on our kids, but on the generations that follow, and the behaviors and legacy we (and our kids) will leave.

As a teacher, I’m excited to see a menu that schools could adopt, which would have a powerful impact on the ever-increasing problem of obesity in childhood and adolescent populations.

Thanks, Dr. Mom! I look forward to seeing your work show up in schools and homes across the country!”

Charles T.

 

“Not only does Dr. Mom Online ROCK and know her nutrition, she also knows how to make every child and adult want to eat healthy with her “Healthy School Days Menu”. Her explanations and reasons are written in an awesome, cheerful, and easy to understand manner. Dr. Mom Online’s “Healthy School Days Menu” is fantastic!

H.O. and P.O.

 

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Although this menu was originally intended for childhood nutrition, I’ve found these principles are universal and apply easily into my lifestyle, too! (And I’m much older than a child!)

Dr. Mom Online gets down to the basics of healthy eating for any age!”

M.M.

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Pretty neat stuff, eh?

The Healthy School Days Menu has been a popular addition to households and classrooms for awhile now. In case you haven’t yet ordered one for yourself, or for grandma & grandpa to refer to when the kids visit, or for your kids’ teachers and coaches, or for your entire class or team… now’s a great time!

*** I’ve had several requests for “bulk” or “bundle” pricing so that groups can purchase the guide at a significant savings.

Parents love it…

Teachers love it…

School administrators love it…

Home school groups love it…

Church groups love it…

Child care providers love it…

 

Well, here you go!

The NEW bulk pricing is as follows:

1-4 = $10 each

5-9 = $8.50 each

10-24 = $7 each

25+ = $5 each

(Shipping & Handling is additional)

 

Just send me a message directly at info@drmomonline.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and let me know how many menus you’d like to order and we’ll go from there!

 

Please spread the word with other parents and decision-makers who are looking for simple, successful, and scientifically-sound strategies for raising healthier families!

 

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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at info@drmomonline.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Highly successful personalized distance programs are available.

 

 

Childhood Injuries & Vaccinations

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It was the dreaded phone call no parent wants to receive… ever!

(Here’s an oldie-but-goodie – a post I did on the original DrMomOnline site approximately 6 years ago. Cracked me up, so I wanted to share it again!)

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Yesterday we got a call from our daughter’s school… actually I missed the call when it came in, but checked my message immediately. It went like this, “Hi Colleen. This is ____ from school. (Your daughter) has been in an accident, has cut open her head and is bleeding pretty badly. She needs you.”

Holy crap! There is nothing that compares to the intensity of emotions that a parent feels when their child has been hurt, or is ill.

Thank GOD my husband was home at the time… I think I would have had a heart attack, had he not been there! We woke our son up from his nap (which is always a lovely experience!), stuck him in his car seat, and drove like h-e-double-hockey-sticks to get to her school at warp speed.

A little background: this is the THIRD time in a year and a half that this kid has split her head open!!! Unbelievable! I swear, anytime I hear a scream or a cry in a room full of children, I automatically assume that it’s most likely my daughter!

Makes me wonder what on earth the adult supervisors are doing at recess while all these shenanigans are going on. Hmmm…

I digress.

Anyhow, ultimately, she’s fine. This time, they were able to “glue” her. Good thing – I’m sure I would have passed out if I had to watch the whole needle into her forehead and stitches thing again! Not my area of strength!

Some ‘funny’ things happened during this little adventure with her yesterday.

First, it was her third time at this emergency clinic… and her fourth time at any doctor’s office or clinic since birth. She’s almost 6.

(Yes, we took her to “the clinic”. This is the time we believe conventional medicine helps the most – in crisis and emergency care. Not in “health care” or in the recovery from chronic illness. Just sayin’.)

She went to see a family doc we personally know when she was one. We took her in to confirm that she had Rubella… and wanted a 2nd opinion about whether or not we should proceed with our plans to travel by air to a seminar the following day. He confirmed that it was indeed Rubella… “most likely contracted by exposure to another child who had been recently vaccinated”. He agreed with us that she was absolutely fine to travel, as the virus was already passing through her system quite efficiently. No treatment of any sort – more like a visit with a trusted friend.

Interesting, he also commented on how lucky she was to have contracted this… “Now she’s immune for life… easy! 3 days from beginning to end for the virus to pass through the body, then you’re done! I don’t know why we vaccinate for this.”

Smart man.

So, when we started this little parade of head injury trips nutrition, diet, healthy foodto the emergency clinic, we had to deal with the shock, disbelief, disdain, and disapproval of everyone involved in the process – from check in, to consultation, to examination and treatment, to check out.

We just laugh now! We’re used to it.

The dialogue usually goes something like this:

“Immunizations up to date?”
“No.”
“Excuse me?”
“No. She has no vaccinations.” (The pen goes down, the head comes up. The look of confusion appears! The entire consultation comes to a screeching halt… and we’re only 15 seconds into it… this is gonna’ be interesting!)

“What, you don’t believe in immunizations?” {Insert sarcastic, sassy tone here. And we’re 21 seconds in…}
“Oh, no. We believe vaccinations are real. We choose not to give them to our children.”
“Do you care to explain?”
“No.”

(Believe me, we could give you a 12 hour scientific dissertation reviewing and dissecting every shred of evidence [and lack thereof] and research pertaining to vaccines and their entire progression throughout history… but our daughter might bleed to death in the process! We’re not trying to pick a fight here … can we stop talking about this now???)

“Hmm… “ (Head goes down. Writing begins.)
“Immunizations are very, very important you know.”
“We’ve done our research and choose not to. We’re here to have her injury treated, that’s all.”
“So, I suppose you don’t want a tetanus shot for the open wound she has, either?” (not the most approving tone at this point.)
“No thank you. Just proper wound cleaning, then whatever she needs – stitches or glue.”

“OK. What about previous medical history? Any problems?”
“No.”
“What medications does she take?”
“None.” (Suspicious eyes comes up from the paper again…)
“Any allergies to medications?”
“None that we know of. .. she’s never taken any.”

(They’re now certain that we have stepped right off another planet!! Guess what? We feel the same!)

We add, “She has never needed any.” (hoping to make the note-taker feel better!)

… the interrogation goes on for awhile… we’re pretty sure the note-taker has pressed a secret button under the desk to have the police and child protective services come and take us away!!!

Fast forward to dismissal instructions. “If she asks for it, or looks mopey, give her Motrin.” My daughter begins to question me… I ‘shush’ her and say “I’ll tell you later.”

Moments later, when we’ve been released, she asks, “What’s Motrin?” I tell her. She says, “Why would I give my body drugs when it’s already injured and working so hard to heal?” I say, “I’m sure there’s a time and a place for Motrin honey… I just can’t think of it off the top of my head.” She asks if we even have any. Nope.

On our way out, we walked by the vending machine in the waiting room. My daughter turns to me and asks, “Mommy, isn’t it mostly sick or injured people who come here?” I answer affirmatively. She astutely observes, “Then they shouldn’t have all that junk here for those people to eat. How can their bodies heal properly if they’re putting all that junk in?”

Well spoken, little Scar Face! I say, “Someday, when you rule the world, you can fix all that!”

 

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By the way, have you noticed how we’ve been home schooling for over 5 years now? And, check this out… NO head injuries!!

(Well, except for ME banging my head against the wall on occasion!)

 

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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Distance programs are available.

 

Treats, Rewards, & Other Nutritional Lies We Pass Along To Kids

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Prior to a recent interview I did for my latest weight loss book, the interviewer spent some time getting to know me before the recorded call took place. One of the areas she took a keen interest in was our choice to home school, and our reasons for doing so.

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When I mentioned that one of my main reasons for taking the kids out of “traditional” school years ago was nutrition based, she wanted to know more. I guess, when there are no major food allergies or serious health issues, you don’t too often hear of parents pulling kids out for nutrition reasons.

The interviewer’s questions brought back some memories…

Our daughter started out in school years ago. I didn’t realize I was destined to home school. Ever. It just wasn’t on my radar at the time.

Almost immediately, I was shocked by the bombardment of inaccurate nutritional information being passed along to children, and sent home to parents. The lists of “recommended healthy snacks and lunches” used to make me cringe!

Another biggie that I had a very difficult time with was the pattern of teachers and other parents giving my kids food that I had not approved of and without my permission. I’d arrive for pick-up time to discover that so-and-so’s parent had brought in ‘surprise’ cupcakes for everyone… “just because”. Or the teacher gave everyone sugary cereal bars for a snack… “because she thought it would be a nice treat”. … even after I had very clearly put in writing what our kids could and coweight loss, fat loss, toxic fatuld not consume.

My wishes were ignored.

Some of the mixed messaging that used to drive me batty was:

Providing the kids with “treats” for just about anything and everything under the sun. “You finished your math? Great job! Here’s a cookie!”

“You shared nicely with a friend? Here’s a pretzel stick!”

“You all lined up quickly for recess? You washed your hands (for the millionth time today… with toxic antibacterial soap!)? Crack open the Goldfish crackers and graham crackers!”

How about this? “Great job class… we all returned our library books on time. Let’s have an ice cream party as a reward!!”

Maybe it’s just me, but, I think you should do your math, share nicely, line up quickly, and return your library books on time even without ice cream! (Gasp!)

Of course, the winning classes or teams for various contests, fund raisers, field days, and so on, were always rewarded with food – pizza and ice cream parties being the most common rewards. Oh. My. Goodness.

It always boggled my mind how we could call those foods “treats” or “rewards”. How can something be a “treat” if it’s subtracting for our health?

Call it like it is.

We call these foods “tasty toxins”. They are not treats. They are not goodies. They are toxic, plain and simple. They may taste good, sure. But they are toxic. “Tasty toxins” is pretty darn easy and accurate for a kid to understand.

Treat is mis-leading.

Why would we reward good behavior with toxic food? Weird. Sounds more like a punishment to me!

 

Why do we train children that being “good” equals food at all?! Or, being “bad” (making bad choices) means you get no food? Why should behavior and choices have anything to do with food at all (generally speaking)? How very odd.

We (grown-ups) also lie to our children and tell them that “just a little bit won’t hurt”… or, “it’s OK in moderation”. Science continues to demonstrate that we’re off base with assumptions like that. There are, indeed, cumulative effects to our toxic choices over time.

(I don’t say “never” regarding tasty toxins, but I also don’t say they’re “OK” or “perfectly fine”. That’s simply not accurate.)

We wonder why we’ve got problems with weight gain and obesity in children, adults who just can’t seem to lose their excess weight, chronic illness, hormonal imbalance… crikey! It’s not like we’re “rewarding” with organic broccoli! Nope. In this culture, the most common “treats” and nutrition, diet, healthy food“rewards” are often the most toxic and deficient.

When one of the teachers told me she thought that kids shouldn’t be “deprived of” all the tasty toxins, I had to shake my head. I get where she’s coming from… I really do. It’s why I’ve taught our kids how to have some of the tasty toxin after they’ve fueled up with healthier choices… or to make sure they’re adding healthy foods to the more toxic choice, etc. It’s why I’ve taught them how to make a less-toxic choice, like hormone-free organic ice cream, or gluten-free baked goods, etc. No deprivation here.  In fact, I’d say we err on the side of over-indulgence too often.

What I think is a bigger concern than “depriving kids of toxic food” is depriving children of the opportunity to grow up with greater potential for optimal health and function, maximum performance both physically & mentally, and a lean & clean body that allows them to pursue their passions and keep them healthy for life.

When you start making choices on behalf of children that chip away at this potential, well, now we’ve got a much bigger issue, don’t we.

School should be a “safe zone”, nutritionally speaking. At the very least, it should be “neutral”… not necessarily making my kids any healthier (because that would be a lot to expect), but definitely not taking away from their health!

It became abundantly clear that the whole school thing wasn’t working for us… especially the part with other adults making health decisions for our children. So, long story shorter, we’ve home schooled ever since.

However, if you’ve been around this parenting block a time or two, you know that school is not the only place where grown-ups feel compelled to hand out tasty toxins! Sheesh! It has happened with virtually every team and sport the kids have played, in their church classes, in summer camps, in performing arts classes, in their home school co-op classes… everywhere we turn.  Apparently, our culture is afraid of raising “deprived” children!

You know the saying, “Success leaves clues”? So does chronic illness.

Kids would benefit from teaching them to think beyond the 5 minutes of “pleasure” they may derive from eating that tasty toxin. Actually, we’d ALL benefit from that!

Easier said than done, I know.

 

 

Here’s the link to the interview, by the way…

 

And, don’t worry. I wasn’t on any “tasty toxin” soap box in the interview! The interview is all about the subtle-yet-critical shift in thinking that results in successful weight loss… and health gain.

 

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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Distance programs are available.

6 Easy Tips For Hosting A Less-Toxic Birthday Party For Kids

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In honor of our daughter’s birthday tomorrow, here are some thoughts on hosting a “healthier” (less toxic) gathering for kids…

 

  1. I try to remove the focus from food, food and more food! Years ago, I’d have a buffet type table set up where the kids could just repeatedly serve themselves… and graze. Not so much anymore. Depending on the length of time of our gathering, I’ll set out one healthier snack – huge veggie tray, hummus, guacamole, (no ranch), and maybe a little bit of fruit after the veggies, like some grapes or cherries. And then, if the party will go through the dinner hour, I’ll set out the fixins’ for the main meal a few hours later. We’ve done everything from do-it-yourself/homemade/less toxic pizza, to kabobs, and taco bar. I’ve learned that the bigger the veggie tray, the less they eat for dinner. Hmmm… imagine that!

 

  1. The emphasis is very much on providing active things to do. The kids go swimming, jump on the trampoline, go tubing, play various water balloon games, play Wii Dance (the boys were into this even more than the girls, by the way!), and even go fishing. The last kids’ party we hosted included a steady cycling through of all these events for several hours! There are also the scooters, skate boards, bikes, pogo stick, various lawn games like croquet, playing catch & Frisbee, and even just hanging out outdoors and decorating our walkways with sidewalk chalk. This year, I’m sure there will be some stand-up-paddling and archery… with some keen adult supervision!

 

  1.  I think every child that has been to my house knows they’re going to drink water. No high-sugar concoctions here, and definitely no pop. I will offer an assortment of frozen berries to put in their water for a fun way to naturally flavor their beverage. Plus, they like how it looks, and like to choose their own combinations. I place a few (very cool vintage) pitchers of ice water around, designate everyone their own water glass, and tell them to help themselves whenever they like. Occasionally, I’ll make a very diluted organic lemonade for them… but it’s not a free-for-all with servings. Why? Because, I know what’s coming later in the party. Gotta’ keep the sugar somewhat in check. Besides, what are you worried about sugary drinks for anyway, people?? Go play!

 

  1. In the past, when I’ve served something like chips, I’ll buy organic corn chips and serve them with fresh salsa and the aforementioned homemade guacamole. I like to serve the veggies as the very first part of any snack because they tend to load up on those… and have less room for chips. Even though they’re organic (and non-GMO) doesn’t mean they benefit you in any way! Air-popped organic popcorn cooked in pure coconut oil with added (pink) sea salt is another option. Again, I’m just not a huge fan of corn, because it’s a grain… but this is less toxic than many other options.

 

  1. I’ve learned from experience about the whole cake ordeal! Many years ago, I remember purchasing a large sheet cake since we were having a large number of people here. Mistake. Too many servings, too many leftovers, too much waste, and worst of all, too many sugar comas! Now, I still allow the party-goers and hosts to indulge in birthday tradition, but we just keep it in check a bit more. I tend to stick to things like a small cake or mini-cupcakes made with organic ingredients, or a skinny little cookie cake, or homemade cake-pops. Smaller servings means less toxicity. Also, I may lose my Mother-of-the-Year chances here, but I don’t serve cake AND ice cream. I don’t know why I don’t… I just don’t! One or the other seems like plenty to me. Oh, those poor deprived kids! (my fingers are playing a tiny violin now…)

 

  1. In the past, I’ve sent home goodie bags with non-food items, like crafty little things, or tiny build-it-yourself toys, or non-toxic tattoos, or little notebooks and cool pens… you know, clutter stuff that moms just love to see coming into their homes! The last few parties we’ve had, I have my kids pick their party activity of choice that will serve as the take-home gifts for their guests.

So, we peruse the craft store and find plenty of ideas there. We’ve done beading of necklaces and bracelets/ankle bracelets (boys, too – we’ve found some really cool beads and stones they love to wear), the girls have made hair accessories with ribbons, flowers, etc., we’ve done tie-dyed shirts, sand art, decorated sun visors and picture frames … lots to do. Plus, the act of working on the project allows a bit of “chill time” in the midst of the party. Seems to work out very nicely.

 

Two of the most popular activities in recent parties have been:

(i) Decorating their own cake pops. My daughter made less-toxic, gluten-free cake pops ahead of time. Then we purchased a small assortment of icing and toppings and let the kids go to town! I couldn’t believe how much they got into it… some serious artistry! I let them decorate some extras to take home for siblings, too, complete with plates &/or boxes they can also decorate. (Get those things outta’ my house… or I might eat ‘em!)

 

(ii) Silly photo shoot. We got out our old “dress-up box” and let the kids have some fun with crazy hats, feather boas, some wacky wigs, mustaches, and so on. Then I took some silly group photos of them, and printed off their photo of choice to take home. While I was printing photos, the kids got to work on their self-decorated picture frames. When they were little, I’d get those foam frames. But now we’ve moved on to some colorful metal frames adorned with various beads, glitter, and anything else that will stick! Once again, kids always amaze me with their creativity and artistic talent. Awesome!

 

Special side note:

Anytime I can get kids involved in asking “WHY” I serve/don’t serve certain things, use/don’t use certain ingredients, etc. it’s a huge blessing! It’s an opportunity for a brief nutrition and health lesson that they might even remember some day! That’s why I like a lot of the serve yourself and make-it-yourself options, like the assorted frozen fruit for water, or make your own pizzas starting with organic &/or gluten-free dough, organic cheeses and healthy toppings. Or the taco bar with lots of veggie toppings, or build your own kabob, or lettuce wraps. It seems to open the door for more conversation about food choices.  This year, these kids are going to learn to make their own healthy guacamole… and then I’ll be the taste-tester! A perfect plan, don’t you think?!

It has been funny over the years to have kids come back to our home and repeat my own nutrition lessons back to me… or tell me how they’ve avoided certain toxic foods or beverages ever since I explained what made it toxic and how it was subtracting from their health. Even if it’s just something like them drinking more water, or adding something a bit more healthy to their less-than-healthy meal… it’s a win!

 

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OK, all you birthday party masters… let’s hear from you! How do YOU keep birthday parties FUN, yet on the healthier side?

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Distance programs are available.

 

 

Is Chiropractic Safe for Babies? A Case Study Worth Reading.

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I don’t too often write about Chiropractic “results” here, but this is a little case study I felt compelled to share.

I know there are people out there who will be helped as a result of sharing this.

Recently in our practice, a new mom brought her 9-week old baby girl in to see us.  Sweetest little cutie pie! I’ll call her “Baby Girl” here.

Baby Girl spent the last several weeks in her mother’s womb “folded in half like a lawn chair”, according to what the doctors had told mom.

She was taken by c-section as a result of her contorted position.

As a result of her lawn chair maneuver, Baby Girl has a rather significantly misshapen head that has not improved much in her first 9 weeks.  Mom could even feel that her spine seemed distorted, as well. Mom was right – this is one subluxated little girl. When I laid her on the exam table to palpate, she looked like a little banana!

Subluxation = a misalignment &/or malfunctioning area of the spine that is directly related to neurological interference.

As a result of her cranial and spinal subluxations, Baby Girl hasn’t been able to hold her head straight. She’s always tilted and turned to one side.

On a side note (not really!), she has been constipated for the last few weeks, ever since mom stopped breast-feeding. And, her hands and feet are always ice cold.

This little angel hasn’t been vaccinated yet, thank goodness, so that’s not part of the problem here.

She came to us as a “last resort” before following through with her pediatrician’s recommendations to run a series of x-rays on Baby Girl to more closely assess her cranial situation and measure her for a corrective helmet.

X-rays and babies are not my favorite combination, unless it could save that baby’s life.

The pediatrician told mom and grandma that the chances of seeing improvement were virtually impossible at this stage of the game, unless she wore a helmet… and even then, the chances were not all that great.

Um, are you talkin’ smack about the Master Creator’s work? He will determine what Baby Girl’s chances are, thankyouverymuch.

Seriously. Don’t limit people like that, for cryin’ out loud. Anything and everything is possible.

Next, mom was given a referral to an internist for Baby Girl’s constipation issue. The plan was to do a scope to find out the problem, and then, most likely some medication to “help”. Owie.

Now, before I tell you what happened, let me make one thing perfectly clear. When we adjust someone, we are absolutely clear that we are simply the “vessel”. We may be master “technicians” with the intuition and skill that comes along with years of hands-on experience, but we are certain that any and all healing does not come from us.

When I adjust someone, I have no control over what the body’s God-given  “Innate Intelligence” will do with that newly improved neurological communication and decreased stressful interference.

However, I have faith and certainty that something good comes of every adjustment, whether the person on the receiving end feels ‘symptomatic relief’ every time they get up off the adjusting table or not.

Now, in the case of Baby Girl, she wasn’t complaining much of low back pain or headaches!

I checked her spine and cranium to determine where her initial adjustments were needed. Then, I gave her a gentle cranial adjustment in one particular area, an atlas (C-1) adjustment with my pinkie finger, I applied a very light pressure to one particular vertebrae in her mid-spine, and finished off with a special technique in the lowest part of her spine and tailbone area.

The whole thing took a couple of minutes.

I saved the “special technique” for last because I had a fairly good idea of what would happen next…

She pooped!

Within 60-90 seconds of finishing the adjustment, she cleared her system VERY thoroughly! That was one diaper that mom was thrilled to change!

By the way, in case your only idea of Chiropractic adjustments is the “popping” and “twisting” kind, and you’re wondering why/how we’d do that to a baby, think again. There are many extremely gentle, low-force techniques in our tool belt! Oftentimes,  the parents don’t even realize the adjustment has already been given. (I can’t say the same for getting scopes and shots!)

Baby Girl slept during most of her adjustment. Pretty darn gentle.

This is not the Stone Age. It’s time to get up to speed with the general understanding of Chiropractic!

Before the family left, mom called me over to look at Baby Girl in her car seat. She was sitting with her head straight for the first time, and mom and grandma commented that they could already see a difference in the shape of her head and face. Her little hands weren’t so cold.

Another Practice Member nearby said, “It’s a miracle!” Maybe, maybe not. I do know that the body is truly amazing! Reduce some interference, and watch it go!

Who knows how many adjustments it will take to get Baby Girl’s “melon” (as her mom affectionately calls it!) back into shape. Again, that’s not so much up to me. Maybe it will go back to “normal”… maybe not. Maybe she will end up needing outside intervention someday. The good news is that babies and children tend to respond very, very quickly to their adjustments.

In the meantime, each adjustment she receives is allowing her little body to function with less stressful interference. And, keeping the x-rays, scopes, vaccines, and drugs out of the equation can only help this little cutie.

Why am I sharing this baby’s story? Because somebody, somewhere is going to take their baby to a Doctor of Chiropractic now instead of (or, at least before) taking her for x-rays and GI scopes.

Somebody will try the least-invasive measures before the most invasive.

Somebody will realize that Chiropractic isn’t about “back pain” or just for adults, but about improved function for ALL ages.

Somebody will have faith that the body is designed to be healthy, self-healing,  and self-repairing… and that it doesn’t really need much help, but it just needs no interference.

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Please share this story with parents who need to know!

Do YOU have a Chiropractic “miracle” story to share? We hear them all the time… but NEVER get tired of them! Please share your story!

 

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Distance programs are available.

Menu & Nutrition Guide Price Reduced… Only While Supplies Last!

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I cannot believe I’m about to utter these words…

Right around the corner, it will be “Back to School” time!

Ack! Didn’t I just finish with school, for cryin’ out loud?!

Don’t worry, I’m not actually going to talk about Back to School yet… but, I do have some things coming up on the calendar to help you make the upcoming school year a healthier one.

One of those things on the to-do list is a revised and updated “Healthy School Days Menu & Nutrition Guide” that will do an even better job of meeting the particular needs of those with food sensitivity issues and autoimmune conditions. That should be ready in August.

In the meantime, I’ve got a small stack of my original Healthy School Days Menus sitting here that would like to be adopted!

Don’t know about the “menu”?

I created it in response to the nutritional myths (and lies) my eldest child faced when she first attended school years ago. For the sake of my own sanity, and to preserve my relationship with my daughter (and not always be the nutritional “bad guy”), I created an 8-page nutritional guide that literally sat on our kitchen counter for our children to refer to when making their food choices on a daily basis.

It solved a LOT of problems at meal time and snack time!

The Healthy School Days Menu builds a solid foundation of nutritional know-how from a very young age… when ideas and opinions about food are being formed.

Strong opinions!

I originally called it a “menu” for simplicity’s sake with my own young ‘uns… but, in reality, it’s much more of a “Nutrition 101″ guide.

 

 

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Here’s what some folks have had to say about The Healthy School Days Menu:

“Wow! This menu is wonderful! It is very well organized, gives lots of choices to pick from, and most importantly, it teaches me how to feed my family more nutritiously!

I like the Golden Rules of Nutrition part because it gives me guidance in the pure choices I can make in a day, and it’s easy to remember when organized this way. I also think it’s really important that you identified all the toxins we put in our bodies. We can’t change to become healthier if we don’t understand the “insufficient” choices we’re making.

And, of course, your funny, caring, energetic, and intelligent voice shines all the way through, concluding with “Dr. Mom’s Kitchen Agreements”! Very clever!”  S. T.

(No, I did NOT bribe this person into writing that last paragraph!)

 

“It is great to see a menu that focuses on what we need and the positive effects it can have on our daily energy and lifetime health. Dr. Mom Online has laid out what we need to fuel our bodies, and how we can teach our kids to make better choices when it counts. I believe that most of us do not know what health really means, or how to go about achieving it.

Dr. Mom Online presents a wonderful menu for each part of the day, as well as snack times, allowing us to be the voice of health, rather than the TV, the internet, and the many other forms of media that are influencing us and our kids on a daily basis.

This menu could have such an impact, not only on our kids, but on the generations that follow, and the behaviors and legacy we (and our kids) will leave.

As a teacher, I’m excited to see a menu that schools could adopt, which would have a powerful impact on the ever-increasing problem of obesity in childhood and adolescent populations.

Thanks, Dr. Mom! I look forward to seeing your work show up in schools and homes across the country!”

Charles T.

 

“Not only does Dr. Mom Online ROCK and know her nutrition, she also knows how to make every child and adult want to eat healthy with her “Healthy School Days Menu”. Her explanations and reasons are written in an awesome, cheerful, and easy to understand manner. Dr. Mom Online’s “Healthy School Days Menu” is fantastic!

H.O. and P.O.

 

“Health is a priority and I value sensible and healthy options, especially coming from one of the most genuine, intelligent, educated, and well-rounded individuals I know and trust.

Although this menu was originally intended for childhood nutrition, I’ve found these principles are universal and apply easily into my lifestyle, too! (And I’m much older than a child!)

Dr. Mom Online gets down to the basics of healthy eating for any age!”

M.M.

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Pretty neat stuff, eh?

The Healthy School Days Menu has been a popular addition to households and classrooms for awhile now. In case you haven’t yet ordered one for yourself, or for grandma & grandpa to refer to when the kids visit, or for your kids’ teachers and coaches… now’s a great time!

Why?

The Healthy School Days Menu is ON SALE!

For as long as my supplies last, you can get your own menu/nutrition guide for only $10, plus shipping & handling.

(The menu was $29 originally, then $20… so you’re getting a sweet deal!)

 

Just send me a message directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and let me know how many menus you’d like to order and we’ll go from there!

 

Please spread the word with other parents who are looking for simple, successful, and scientifically-sound strategies for raising healthier families!

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Distance programs are available.

 

 

Does Summer Snacking Make Kids Fat & Unhealthy?

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Around these parts, school is out for the summer!

Of course for some of us who home school, that’s not exactly an enormous change in the dynamic of things… the kids were home with me all year… they’ll be home with me all summer. These people are velcroed to me for the next few years, it would appear!

I see many articles and postings about healthy snacks for kids, now that summer is upon us and you will probably be asked for food throughout the day during the summer months.

Join the club!

I always joke that, if I didn’t care so much about good nutrition, I wouldn’t spend so much time in the kitchen… and I’d actually get things DONE!

In all seriousness, I’ve had to attach some rules to our re-fueling times. Since the kids are home all day (in theory), they have access to food all day. Now that most kids are on some sort of summer break, and might be around the house more, having more access to food, it’s important to think about what they’re eating and how often.

My mantra, that is useful in a number of settings, is “Just because it’s there, doesn’t mean we need to eat it!”

This can apply to junk food or sweets that are offered to the kids, or extra servings of food, or a buffet-type spread at a party, etc. It can also apply to the healthy food in our own home.

I no longer support the idea of casually grazing throughout the day, generally speaking. I think we need to be a bit more intentional about fueling and re-fueling our bodies. Over-consumption throughout the day, even on popular “healthy” foods, can turn our children into “sugar burners” rather than “fat burners”.

Obviously, this sets the stage for serious health challenges, in addition to increasing the risk of weight problems, down the road. Being a sugar burner vs. a fat burner means we store fat.

Those cute little “100 calorie” snack packs are NOT the solution here! They are loaded with toxic, inflammatory ingredients, and provide virtually zero positive nutritional benefit. Caloric content is NOT what to look for first in a snack (or meal, or beverage). Look at the source and quality of those calories vs. the number of them.

 

Anyhow, two ways to prevent our kids from turning into toxic, inflamed “sugar burners” are:

 

1)      Spread out the time between meals and snacks. Unless you’re currently training for an ultra-marathon, chances are pretty good that you don’t need to snack and re-fuel every 60-90 minutes!

In fact, one of our ‘fat-burning’ hormones, leptin, actually does its job better if we spread out our feeding times and actually allow our bodies to feel a little bit hungry for awhile.

I can’t promise you that your children won’t whine as their leptin is kickin’ it!

2)      Provide snacks that have (non-toxic) protein and healthy fats rather than foods that turn to sugar so quickly, like fruit and most grain-based foods.

Settle down. Your kids can still have fruit. I like to say that we should focus on “controlled consumption”. Stone fruits and berries are your best bet.

When I say “non-toxic protein”, ideal choices are grass-fed meats, free-range poultry & eggs, wild game, and deep cold-water wild fish.

So, snacks around here can be variations of the above types of foods: jerky, sausages, hard-boiled eggs, chicken or turkey pieces, avocados & homemade guacamole, etc.

“Clean” animal sources of protein, like grass-fed, inherently come equipped with their own healthy fats. This is not the case with conventional meat, eggs and dairy, by the way. Buyer beware. So, if you’re not eating all grass-fed and free-range meats, along with fish like wild salmon and sardines, then you need to be sure to add more healthy fats, like grass-fed butter or ghee, pure coconut oil, and avocados.

We also have controlled consumption of nuts and nut butters. I’d rather cut those out all together for the kids, but I might need to wait until I can purchase truck loads of grass-fed jerky at a time!

Our kids may have a small handful of nuts (raw, pre-soaked is best), and a few times each week, they love to have carrot sticks dipped in almond butter. If your family can cut out the nut butters, go for it! Many health authorities say you’re far better off without it. Really, compared to a bag of Cheetos, they’re better off with nuts!

Grains. Oy. Whether you’re talking white flour or whole grain, grains can cause some serious problems, from cellular toxicity & inflammation, to leaky gut & gut permeability… which opens the door nice and wide for food sensitivity issues and autoimmune conditions.

If you’re not ready to cut out grains completely, at least put some thought behind the quality and quantity. Modern grains are a health nightmare. More ‘ancient’ grains that are traditionally prepared are a step in a better direction. Grains that have been soaked, cultured, fermented, sprouted… these are better. For many, they’re still not “ok” though. Gluten-free is an important choice, but keep in mind that much of the gluten-free stuff out there is pure junk, too. Read the ingredients.

So, try not to make grain-based foods the center of the meal or snack. (e.g. a bowl of cereal or a plate of pasta) If there’s going to be pasta, cereal, bread, crackers, pizza or any other heavy grain-based food served, decrease the serving size of it and serve up some healthy protein and fats first, or along with it.

There are creative ways to decrease the amount of grains we’ve been programmed to serve. For example, instead of always having a sandwich, try lettuce wraps, or ‘meat wraps’ (wrap the cooked meat around some veggies), or provide what would have been inside the sandwich on its own or on top of a fresh salad.

I hate to break it to you, but corn is a grain. It’s also known to be the most common GMO plant around. Keep that in mind as you’re thinking about air popping some “healthy” popcorn or serving tortilla chips with homemade dips… or serving something “gluten-free”. Corn is an incredibly common ingredient. Clean it up.

Our family doesn’t consume much dairy, with the exception of some raw cheeses. If you’re doing dairy, aim for grass-fed, raw, organic sources. The yogurt sold in most mainstream grocery stores is not “healthy”, by the way. It’s even worse if it’s low-fat or fat-free.

 

I know it can seem like, “what’s left to eat?!” sometimes! We basically stick to the least toxic protein sources, with plenty of veggies, controlled fruit consumption, and healthy fats like avocados, olives, and coconut-based foods & beverages. Sometimes, I’ll offer something like a tiny bowl of chick peas, but not too often since we try to keep legumes to a minimum, too!

{Sigh}

We are a work in progress!

I know it can seem tough at times, cleaning things up. There’s a definite mind set shift that needs to happen.

I try to teach our kids that food is primarily about “fuel”… therefore, we look at it differently when thinking about required quality and quantity. I try to steer them away from eating because they’re bored, or because they’re chilling out with a movie, etc. “Try” being the key word!

I know not everyone agrees, but I’m also trying to equip them with some real life skills that help them function in a food culture that is not all about clean eating, Paleo foods, and organic options (around these parts, at least). Our family has become masters at fueling up ahead of time, packing healthy options to take along… and even bring into parties and restaurants.

It’s a journey, that’s for sure!

 

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading expert in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Integrative Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at trombley68@gmail.com. Distance programs are available.

 

 

The Great Breakfast Cereal Battle

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I was reading through some old blog posts I had written several years ago… back when I was still over at http://DrMomOnline.blogspot.com

At that time, my daughter (who is now almost 11) was only 4 and 5 years old, and her little brother was still just a little goober.

Anyhow, I was cracking up, re-reading the posts! I had forgotten, thank goodness, the seemingly daily battles my daughter and I would get into… all over food and nutritional choices. Oy!

Nutrition (and the lack thereof) ended up being one of my top 3 reasons for pulling the kids out of ‘conventional’ school for good. I couldn’t imagine putting up with that kind of “health” influence for 12 years of education!

Thankfully, my prayers have been answered over time, and she has become more responsible about making healthy choices on her own. No food police required… most of the time! (The little goober, on the other hand…)

Our family is far from “nutritionally perfect”, but we’re doing all right.

Here’s the post from spring of 2008.

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I’m not sure exactly how or when it happened, but somehow I got suckered – hook, line and sinker – into providing breakfast cereal for my children.

I thought I was beyond peer pressure.

Actually, it wasn’t really my peers… it was my offspring! Seems as though my school-aged child had been led to believe that, once again, her mother was an awful, unloving, mean person because she didn’t provide cereal like all the other mommies of her friends. Where’s my barf bag when I need it??

BUT… I fell for it!!!

For most of this past school year, many of her school day breakfasts have included cereal. It was always organic, never any high fructose corn syrup, GMOs or trans fats, sweetened with “natural” sugars… blah, blah, blah… but insulin-triggering CEREAL nonetheless.

Thankfully, I’ve always ‘mandated’ fresh fiber and protein/fats in the morning as well – apparently to offset the poisonous effects of the cereal I was providing her.

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What on earth was wrong with me??!! I KNOW better! Organic or not, it’s still useless food that’s worse than “empty” calories… it’s “negative”, “harmful”, “toxic” calories.

The grains in sugar (and bread, pastries, bagels, crackers, pizza, pasta, etc.) are broken down to sugar so quickly. This stimulates insulin production and can lead to insulin resistance over time. This is true even if it’s “whole” grains. The more I learn, the more I understand, it’s all sugar.

And I was wondering where her big attitude was coming from.

Anyhow, fast forward to the last few weeks. I’ve been back to my heavy-duty nutritional studying and reviewing in preparation for some upcoming books I’m writing. By simply reviewing studies by the godfather of nutrition, Weston A. Price, and several of his followers, I was reminded of what a DORK I’ve been!

Here I’ve been serving my kids cereal because they were begging for it, but I wouldn’t touch the stuff with a 10-foot pole! Heck, I certainly didn’t want the insulin spike! No thank you. I start my day with protein/fats, greens, maybe a little fruit and fish oil… plain and simple!

I had a very grown-up conversation with my daughter about the dangers of regularly consuming cereal and eating too many grains (we’ve had this conversation many times before!), and we laid out a game plan for getting rid of cereal at breakfast.

Was she happy? Not at all. Was she eager to welcome breakfasts without her beloved cereal? Nope. Oh, well. I’m fully aware of who wears the responsible nutritional pants in our family!

To her credit, she was a very willing and enthusiastic participant in selecting healthier breakfast options at Whole Foods the last time we grocery shopped together. She chose some “clean” grass-fed or free-range meats and different fruits that we don’t normally purchase… and she thoroughly read each and every ingredient in the whole milk and yogurt/kefir products we occasionally choose.

So, for the last several days since beginning our new & improved breakfasts (which are pretty much the type of breakfasts we used to eat BEFORE she began school, for crying out loud!), we’ve been doing exceptionally well. Our breakfasts have consisted of free-range turkey bacon or sausage &/or organic free-range eggs, a few chunks of avocado, and a bit of fresh fruit. Some days, we’d throw in a touch of  whole milk organic yogurt or organic kefir. Yum!

She has been joking at the breakfast table, “I think I must be in Heaven! This breakfast is SO delicious!” A bit dramatic, I know.

Suddenly, the cereal monster returned this morning!

Holy cow… I wasn’t quite sure what hit me! I’m pretty sure what she had is scientifically known as a “hissy fit”! That kid must have been in the middle of a sugar withdrawal… or pre-puberty! Either way, it was UGLY!

I tried to rationally explain that, as her good and caring parent, I simply couldn’t knowingly poison her and destroy her health. (Apparently, drama runs in the family!) She retorted that “If poisoning me means I can have cereal this morning, I’ll eat poison!”

Did I mention she’s only FIVE????

Yes, it was a rather tumultuous morning in our house today. Did I give in and let her have the cereal? No. Was it because I needed to “win” this one? No, not really. It was mostly because I had already prepared her entire breakfast and I cannot stand wasting food… or money… or my time! Will I ever let her have cereal again. Yeah, probably. Maybe. That’s not really my point anyhow.

My point is that we don’t NEED it. There are SO many healthier options to choose from. My number one goal with food is always to create more health in the body. The choices we make are either adding to our health… or subtracting from it.

One of these days my kids will get it, too. If not, the stress from trying to provide healthy foods will outweigh the benefits and I’ll be back in the loony bin!

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2013 update: Of course the kids have had cereal since I wrote this post almost 6 years ago. Not in excess, however. My daughter “gets it” on a nutritional and scientific level. Even the goober knows it’s not good for his body to have this regularly.

AND, we have rules with cereal consumption: very small bowls, no second servings, gluten-free or sprouted or ancient grains (organic), and they must have healthy proteins & fats along with the cereal… preferably first.

They know they are free to make their own health and safety choices as they get older. For now, we’re still in the teaching phase and learning the consequences of our nutrition choices.  (Mom and dad included!)

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading expert in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen in an Integrative Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact her directly at trombley68@gmail.com. Distance programs are available.

 

Drug Commercials (Part 3): Numbness, The New Normal

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In part one and part two of this mini-series on Drug Commercials, I ended with one of the lessons we’re trying to instill in our children is that we do not need chemicals in order to live a normal, healthy, happy life.

Also, real life, normal life, doesn’t always feel perfect and symptom-free. I do not believe we are designed to live our lives in a state of numbness!

That’s sure not the message we get if we watch any television or listen to the radio or read the newspaper or flip through any magazines or surf the internet or see any billboards…

The message is “Have a symptom? Your life’s not picture-perfect? Take a drug.

It breaks my heart particularly when I see this mindset in teenagers and young 20-somethings in our practice. They’re going through massive social and emotional changes and growth (normal), and yet so many have been convinced that they’d feel better – more “normal” – if they took drugs during this process.

No, wait… I thought we told our young people to “Just Say No To Drugs”… or that they’re in “Drug-Free School Zones”.

(Oh, right. That’s just for the pushers who don’t have prescription pads. We should respectfully call the prescribed drugs “medicine”, right? OK. That makes it all better.)

What a mixed up message.

If you’re in pain, big or small = take drugs.

If your body is expressing symptoms (the full expression of healthy function) in the form of a runny nose or sneezing or coughing = take drugs.

If your body is trying to burn off the cause of the aforementioned symptoms in the form of a fever = take drugs.

If you have a headache = take drugs.

If you have an earache = take drugs.

If you need to shed some excess weight = take drugs.

If you want to eat toxic food but it gives you heartburn = take drugs before you eat it.

If you have trouble sleeping = take drugs.

If you have trouble waking up and feeling energized = take drugs.

If any of your body parts aren’t functioning normally or are expressing symptoms = take drugs.

If you have trouble with sexual function = take drugs.

If you don’t want to get pregnant = take drugs.

If your legs are restless = take drugs.

If you can’t sit still and pay attention = take drugs.

If you’re tired because you work the 3rd shift = take drugs.

If you can’t stop smoking, but want to = take drugs.

If you aren’t comfortable in social settings = take drugs.

If you feel sad, mad, worried, stressed or anxious = take drugs.

If you feel anything at all = take drugs.

If you have a diagnosed dis-ease = take drugs.

If you’ve been given the “clean bill of health” = keep taking drugs… just to be “safe”.

If you are sick = take drugs.

If you’re addicted to drugs and need help stopping = take drugs.

If you are healthy, happy and breathing = take drugs… because I’m sure you need ‘em for SOMEthing!

 

(Yes, I’m being facetious with some of these… but only a tiny bit.)

“Now hold on!”, some of you are saying…

I KNOW there are temporary “solutions” in some of these measures. I was not born yesterday. I am not completely oblivious.

There’s really no need to argue with me about how this drug or that drug helped you or someone you know. I get it. I was very appreciative of the drug intervention given to my mom at the very end stage of her life ~ I was grateful for the “numbing” in a circumstance like that… where healing, restoration and recovery were no longer options.

I am appreciative of the potential benefits of drug intervention for life-saving endeavors, and in crisis & emergency care, or short-term use.

I am very appreciative of the relief drugs can provide on many levels to the person ‘afflicted’ AND to their loved ones.

But, REALLY?!

What I’m talking about here is clearly not the same. We’ve gone TOO far.

Somehow, we’ve created a culture that jumps ahead to drug-intervention without spending the necessary time in lifestyle-intervention! (I personally believe this is pure marketing genius!)

Health can be defined as homeostatic cell function. Drugs to do not improve this. Oh sure, they alter cell function, all right… but improve homeostatic cell function? No. If that ever happens… sign me up!

So, if drugs do not restore health, what’s our goal… our desired outcome… if we choose to take them? I think we better know that going in.

And, knowing the insane types of side effects and negative consequences we’re seeing in our current drug line-up, for safety’s sake shouldn’t their use should be short term?!

If utilizing drug intervention, then there’s got to be:

1) A deliberate plan of action to restore health and function simultaneously… to correct (or at least improve) the dysfunction;

2) An EXIT strategy! We can’t “chronically” take drugs and expect healthy function to result!

It’s all a very strange message we’re being sent. Some would call it corrupt.

Is this what we want our kids growing up believing? That they can’t possibly live a normal, healthy, happy life without ongoing chemical intervention?

I don’t want my kids thinking that every time they have a cold, or a stomach ache, or a fever that they must “need” drugs. I want them to understand that those are SIGNALS… the God-given innate intelligence of the body is sending a clear message.

I especially don’t want them to grow up thinking that experiencing a range of emotions is abnormal and requires drugging. I’d rather them learn:

  • how to properly fuel their bodies, hearts, minds and spirits
  • how to avoid or limit the things are toxic and act like poisons to their bodies and minds
  • AND learn how to respond in the “best way” possible to all the things that happen around them.

Real life is full of ups and downs… smooth sailin’ as well as some pretty stormy (rotten, stinky, challenging, maybe even horrible, devastating and dark) times. I call that normal. I call that part of the deal.

I believe we’re equipped to manage and flourish without drugs.

Once again, yes… I know there are “extreme” cases. However, I think we need to be very careful with casually re-defining what constitutes an “extreme” case. Speaking both clinically and personally, I don’t believe that the masses are suffering from anything “extreme”.

Except desensitization.

We’re buying the message that we must need drugs in order to get through the day… to get through the challenges… to get through the symptoms.

As far as I can tell, the only way to “remove darkness” for good is to ADD MORE LIGHT.

I won’t be making “drug decisions” for our kids once they’ve reached a certain age, but I pray they learn enough in their childhood to keep their faith in the Master Design of their bodies and minds… and their God-given right to feel feelings… and their God-given ability to heal and repair. I also pray they learn how dangerous it can be to interfere with this design.

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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading expert in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.com and http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen in an Integrative Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact her directly at trombley68@gmail.com. Distance programs are available.

 

Drug Commercials (Part 2): Core Principles Inside the Drug Culture

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In Drug Commercials (Part 1): What’s the Message Kids Are Hearing I started this conversation about the inundation of drug commercials in our culture.

I always wonder “Does anyone actually listen to these?!”

The side effects are officially beyond ridiculous. 99% of the time I’m thinking, “You’d be far better off living with your original condition or symptom, than dying with this drug!”

Hey, there’s a time and a place for intervention. Yes, I know. If you have a raging bacterial infection, or acute pain of known origin, or you just had a body part removed, for cryin’ out loud… then go for it! (Although, there are still alternative options and remedies available to you, even during these crises… however… let’s not go there right now.)

Emergencies and traumas are the perfect time to consider medical intervention.

Short term. Temporary. We know it’s not about correcting the cause, or creating better health. We’re just putting a little bandage on things until we can get down to the business of getting better.

(Or, as I’ve experienced with both of my parents and cancer, there comes a time when, medically speaking, there’s no chance for “cure”, so they’re simply taking a drug(s) for the long-run in an attempt to keep their horrible symptoms at bay. I get that.)

When it comes to chronic and degenerative illness, I don’t believe that chronic, long-term drug intervention is the wisest choice… especially if it’s at the expense of working on correcting the root causes.

However, we live in a culture where the masses obviously don’t see things this way.

Being on drugs is a perfectly acceptable way of life… unless we call them “drugs”… because that makes people uncomfortable… So, we’re supposed to call them “medications”.

Sorry. I’m not trying to be insensitive, just accurate.

With the endless barrage of drug ads on television, in magazines, on the internet, and everywhere we turn, we certainly don’t get the message that taking drugs is dangerous. Instead, we’re told what drugs we need to tell our doctors to give us.

Or, we just zone out… somewhere in our subconscious, accepting that “taking drugs is normal”. We’re desensitized to the whole mess.

As I mentioned in the first article, this can all be very confusing and contradictory for kids. They may have grown-ups telling them “Just Say No to Drugs”… but that’s not necessarily what they’re seeing day in and day out.

It comes down to that “drugs” vs. “medicine” thing again, doesn’t it?

I like my kids to know the WHY behind our choices:

  • Why drugs are not the first choice for treating conditions or symptoms
  • Why we choose to eat the way we do
  • Why we need to move our bodies daily
  • Why we home school
  • Why we don’t use toxic household & personal care products
  • Why we don’t watch or listen to certain shows, movies, songs, etc.
  • Why we choose not to use certain words, phrases, or expressions
  • Why it’s critically important to proactively take care of your body now… rather than in a reactive way later

And so on.

If they understand the principles and the “why” now, hopefully they’ll make “good” choices based upon these core principles down the road.

So, in the case of drug use (the “medication” kind), we want them to understand some “big picture” concepts, as well.

Some of the core principles we’re attempting to teach are:

* We do NOT judge a person who chooses to use drugs (medication). The vast majority of the time, they’ve trusted someone in a position of ‘authority’ and have been led to believe that it’s their best option. It’s not their fault, so to speak. (Although, professionally speaking, I think people need to take more responsibility for their health and their future.)

* The’decision-makers in pharmaceutical companies and every single person who KNOWS the physiological, mental and emotional devastation caused by many of these drugs they’re creating and marketing… yet still pushes them on the public, well… my thoughts aren’t as kind toward them.

I’m sure some believe they’re doing the right thing. Others must know. Still, it’s not our job to judge. It IS our job to be aware, be informed, do what it takes to stay healthy… and stay away from this threat.

* We do not develop dysfunction because of a drug deficiency. Therefore, we will not restore normal function with a drug.

We lose normal (optimal) function when we are chronically toxic and or deficient. To “cure” the condition (and the person as a whole), the obvious starting point must be to add purity and sufficiency. This is “The Wellness Formula” - if it becomes imbalanced, symptoms and dis-ease result.

Drugs may halt a life-threatening situation (a very good attribute!), keeping you alive long enough so that YOU can get down to the business of getting healthy, happy and restoring normal function. Drugs do not create health or healthy function. Health comes from WITHIN.

* One of the most challenging lessons for our kids to wrap their young brains around is that people will DO things and SAY things to make money… placing the safety and health of others second. It sure can be dark out there.

* Another ongoing lesson is centered on the strikingly different paradigms of “health”. One is more short-term, fractionated and limited in the way it ‘thinks’ about health and function.

There’s a primary focus on symptoms and isolated ‘body parts’ and systems of the body. (Yes, this is the one that can save a life in an emergency situation. No doubt.) This is actually the “sickness care” paradigm – with the focus on pathology. We DO teach that good people are working within this paradigm… doing what they feel is the best possible thing to help others.

* The other paradigm looks at the big picture of health and function. It looks at the cause of dysfunction as the starting point for restoring health and improved function, holistically. It considers the need for the systems of the body to work in coordination and harmony. It considers whether or not the “treatment” is actually adding to the overall health and quality of life of the person, or putting them at further risk for loss of health (even if isolated symptoms might be improving). This approach strives to restore homeostatic cell function – overall health and the interrelated function of all systems of the body & mind.

(Yes, we’re seeing some “cross-over” where individuals in paradigm #1 are realizing that paradigm #2 is beneficial. Hopefully, our kids will see this much-needed change in thinking flourish in their lifetime.)

* Finally, a critically important point we want our kids to understand is that a normal, healthy life is NOT always symptom-free, pain-free, and “sad-free”! There’s a deep, disturbing message that’s passed along through drug ads… one that has far-reaching social ramifications. The message is that if we FEEL something… anything other than “perfect”… then the solution is in a drug.

As a parent, this is potentially the most dangerous point of all.

If they become desensitized and brainwashed into thinking that their health and happiness are up to external sources, we’re in trouble.

It’s critical that we teach our children (and remind ourselves) that the true source of health and happiness comes from Above… down, and inside… out.

 

Terrain

 

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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading expert in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.com and http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen in an Integrative Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact her directly at trombley68@gmail.com. Distance programs are available.

Vitamins & Nutritional Supplements for Kids

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I’m often asked what type of vitamins and nutritional supplements I give our children. First, I’m a firm believer in getting whatever nutrients you possibly can from your daily, healthy, real food sources. Above and beyond that, many of us may still need to supplement – or “complement” – in certain areas.

If our diet was more perfectly aligned with “Paleo” or “primal” standards 100% of the time, I’d feel less inclined to supplement much at all. Also, if I strictly avoided all sugar, grains, dairy, and provide our kids with a gazillion servings of organic vegetables each day, I’d probably never consider supplementing!

However, I have a different reality for the time being… so we supplement!

The most significant supplement I give our children is omega 3 essential fatty acids – fish oil. There’s no possible way our natural food sources could give them enough of this critical element these days. Many nutrition experts note that even “wild”, deep cold-water fish is now too toxic to consume enough of in order to create optimal health.

Eating meat and animal products from livestock that are only grass-fed and/or pastured is a very important choice on many levels, but essential fatty acid content is one of the biggest reasons to make this choice whenever you can. (It tastes FAR better, too, if you ask me!)

If you’re not able to eat this way all the time, then it’s important to supplement with the purest sources. We primarily use Innate Choice products, although I know there are other reputable companies out there now. Look for sources that are pure, pharmaceutical grade, ultra-refined, unheated, etc. Also, don’t just look at overall omega-3 in the product: look for the amount of EPA and DHA. If those aren’t making up the vast majority of the omega-3 content, then you’re buying and ingesting a lot of questionable-quality excess fats. Spend the money to get the best, safest, most nutritionally sufficient brands.

In the cooler weather months, I usually switch to cod liver oil and I definitely add Vitamin D3.

We also give our kids probiotics. These are the naturally occurring, healthy bacteria that are supposed to be living in our gut. They are destroyed by antibiotics, stress, artificial sweeteners, coffee, drugs, tap water, etc. To keep our digestive system and immune system healthy (and, therefore, every other system healthy as well), we must ensure a sufficient amount of probiotics in our system. These days, kids don’t have much of a chance for optimal health unless we supplement with probiotics.

Again we like Innate Choice and also Garden of Life’s products for this. There are a few other good, full-spectrum choices as well. We also work with some high-end “physician’s only” nutraceutical companies to be even more specific with the exact strains of probiotics that individuals may need based on their health history.

I like to add some greens/”superfoods” to the kids’ smoothies several times per week, as well as a colostrum immune-boosting supplement.

Finally, we have a multi-vitamin/mineral on hand for the kids. I say “on hand” because we don’t necessarily give it to them every day. Most days I make a concerted effort to make sure the kids are getting ample sufficient and pure sources of the essential nutrients they need from the foods I supply for them. If, for some reason, that’s not the case, that’s when I make sure they get the multi-vitamin/mineral supplement.

That’s it, for the most part. We keep it pretty simple… because we know that real health shouldn’t be hard!

Now, if one of the kids (or their parents) are “coming down with something” or experiencing a specific body signal, like ear pain or sore throat for example, then I have a few other tricks up my natural remedies sleeve!

(More on what’s in our “Natural Not-Medicine Cabinet” in an upcoming discussion.)

 

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School Lunch ~ Are Fewer Calories and Less Protein the Answer to Childhood Obesity?

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This school year, there has been quite the buzz about the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This legislation was put into effect this school year and with it, several changes to school lunch (and breakfast) programs. Although there are a few underlying reasons behind this program, a big one is the increasing rate of childhood obesity.

On one hand, some of the processed food has been cut out of school food programs, while more fruit, vegetables and whole grains have been added to the daily menu. (I won’t even pick on the grains issue right here… knowing that whole grains are probably a huge improvement for countless kids.) However, there has also been a decrease in protein and overall “allowed” calories.

I’ve talked to many health-minded parents who are scratching their heads over this one, too.

Friends of ours with kids in middle school who rely on the school lunch program recently told me that their son could no longer create his favorite lunch in the school cafeteria because it contained “too many calories”. I was bracing myself for them to tell me that his favorite was something like a platter of pasta with Alfredo sauce and a side of cheese fries!

Nope. His favorite was a piece of flat bread topped with turkey and other lunch meats, plus lettuce, peppers, onions, tomatoes, olives, shredded cheese, etc. Basically, it was a “subway” type sandwich without the 12 inches of thick sub bread. Too many calories… mostly from the meat, they said.

Go have a plate of pasta or piece of pizza instead instead.

Crikey.

OK, so I’m not a fan of eating toxic meat or dairy… but that’s clearly not the point here.

Not all calories are created equal.

When you make a sweeping generalization like, “fewer calories means less childhood obesity”, you overlook some critically important distinctions. For example, cutting calories can also cut out key nutrients. Our bodies can use some calories far more efficiently than others.

More on that in a minute.

And how about the protein requirements? It’s recommended that children in kindergarten through eighth grade receive  ONE ounce of protein daily!  For high school kids this is ever-so-generously increased to two ounces.  Protein is a crucial source of essential amino acids, and especially important to growing children.

In adults, eating MORE quality protein is actually a critical component of body weight and body fat SOLUTIONS! People who start eating more protein will shed more fat and gain more lean muscle. Lean muscle is what helps us metabolize fat throughout the day.

Protein gives you the feeling that you’re full, even more than fat or carbs. Protein boosts your sensitivity to a hormone called leptin – this is the hormone tells your brain that you’re full. As a result, you feel satisfied and don’t tend to overeat as much.

Protein is also key in helping us develop lean muscle. This lean muscle helps us burn more fat and calories throughout the day.

How did we end up at a place where “nutritional” guidelines drastically limit the intake of protein for children?

We are starting kids on the WRONG track with their nutritional mindset. This is not the solution to childhood obesity.

The source and quality of calories must always remain the primary focus, both for healthy nutrition, as well as for achieving and maintaining a healthy body composition. It’s not that decreased caloric intake is a flawed concept – it’s not. However, taken out of context, or applied out of order, and the results can be exactly the opposite of what we desire.

If we consider the Standard American Diet full of processed foods, toxic dairy and grains, grain-fed toxic meats… all loaded with chemicals, hormones, insecticides, pesticides, artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners… our bodies already think they’re starving. To some extent, they are! They’re starving for nutrients.

Now, keep eating foods from that diet, but strictly limit calories? Now your brain believes the situation has just gotten worse. Your body will take in everything you’re consuming and store it as fat for your survival. Our food choices – more than the calorie count – will direct our physiology toward building fat at the expense of everything else.

Know what you end up with when you restrict calories in the Standard American Diet? You end up with a population that feels run down, tired, is immune-suppressed, is pumping out stress hormones like crazy, has a hard time focusing and balancing their moods and emotions, and is developing chronic illness faster than at any other time in human history!

We can change that by convincing our brains and bodies that “it’s OK… we’re not starving… we don’t need to store fat… we’re safe and the environment is good!”

Our ancestors laid the foundation for our own cellular requirements. Thousands of years of evolutionary experience continue to drive what our bodies require for optimal function and composition.

Consuming more protein is part of this healthy equation.

 

“Clean” sources of protein, plants, healthy fats, and pure water. How’s that for a simple menu?! (OK, there’s a bit more to it than that, but this is a great starting point.)

We should try to get our protein from a variety of sources, keeping in mind that many leading health and nutrition experts agree that our bodies absorb animal protein more efficiently than plant protein.

For adults, it’s recommended that we consume one gram of protein for every pound of lean muscle. This helps us utilize our stored fat instead of hanging onto it in the event that we might starve someday! (So, if you weigh 160 lbs. and you have 25% body fat, then you have 120 lbs. of lean muscle. So, you could work toward 120 grams of protein per day. Get it?)

By the way, if you’re not sure what your body fat percentage is, the average woman is somewhere between 18-22%, while the average man is 15-18%.

Unfortunately, the body fat percentage rates for children, adolescents and teens are quickly gaining ground on adults!

It’s quite a drastic difference in protein recommendations, isn’t it?

We have this legislation telling us 1-2 grams of protein per day for kids, yet true health experts unequivocally state that we should be consuming much, much more protein for a variety of health reasons, including the correction of weight issues.

At the very least, we can make more of a concerted effort to add quality sources of protein to the meals that we DO oversee  for our children. If they eat breakfast at home, be sure to incorporate a healthy protein to start their day off in a healthier, more hormonally balanced and more metabolically effective way.

 

Of course, the same is true for after school snacks and dinner. Be sure to incorporate a balanced mix of healthy protein, healthy fats and fresh fiber in the form of vegetables &/or fruit.

Hopefully, the decision-makers behind school foods will get on board with current nutritional and metabolic at some point in the near future. Until that point, we can just make sure to provide a healthier foundation for our kids while they’re under our wing.

 

 

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