The Whole Food Philosophy

Two of the most common questions I get from all the mamas out there:

  1. What types of foods do you feed your kids?
  2. What kinds of supplements do you give them?

First of all, I know very well that it takes time and knowledge to prepare a kid-healthy diet.

Is it easy?  No.

Is it practical?  Not all the time.

Can it be done?  Yes.

Here is a list of major food groups and what I feed my kids (or at least try to on a day-to-day basis):

Supplementation:

If kids eat healthy, organic foods most of the time, then I don’t think there is a desperate need to supplement.  But the case for supplementation does remain because farming methods (even some organic farms) in the US deplete our food of nutrients, and many families either because of expense or a fast-paced lifestyle- do not eat balanced, nutritious, healthy meals or snacks.

It’s also very important to understand that not all vitamin supplements are made equally.  Some are much better quality than others.  In my home we use Standard Process.  Established in 1929, Standard Process is the oldest physician supplement company in the country.  These products are only sold through health care professionals and are made from dried, organically grown whole foods.

Why is this important?

Dr Royal Lee, founder of Standard Process challenged common scientific beliefs by choosing a holistic approach of providing nutrients through whole foods.  His goal was to provide nutrients as they are found in nature – in a whole food state where he believed their natural potency and efficacy would be realized. Dr. Lee believed that when nutrients remain intact and are not split from their natural associated synergists – known and unknown – bioactivity is markedly enhanced over synthetic nutrients.  Following this philosophy, even a small amount of a whole food concentrate will offer enhanced nutritional support, compared to a synthetic or fractionated/isolated vitamin. Therefore, one should examine the source of nutrients rather than looking at the quantities of individual nutrients on product labels.

Makes so much sense!  And the best part- Standard Process has a line of children’s products!  My kids take Catalyn Chewable a daily multivitamin for a child’s overall health, Omega-3 Chewable provides beneficial omega-3s, and Congaplex Chewable for immune support.  We also use Standard Process Complete in our smoothies!

Two amazing quotes from Dr Lee:

“We have drifted into this deplorable position of national malnutrition quite inadvertently. It is the result of scientific research with the objective of finding the best ways to create foods that are non-perishable that can be made by mass production methods in central factories, and distributed so cheaply that they can sweep all local competition from the market. Then, after there develops a suspicion that these “foods” are inadequate to support life, modern advertising steps in to propagandize the people into believing that there is nothing wrong with them, that they are products of scientific research intended to afford a food that is the last word in nutritive value, …and the confused public is totally unable to arrive at any conclusion of fact, and continues to blindly buy the rubbish that is killing them off years ahead of their time.”  Dr. Royal Lee June 1943

“The American people have been humbugged into digging their graves with their own teeth!” -Dr. Royal Lee

If a consistent, vitamin-healthy diet is not practical, then expecting our kids to grow up healthy is not a practical outcome.

After all, you are what you eat, right?

dr. lisa

Person10 Handmade Organic Tank Top Giveaway

For this week’s giveaway, Sylvia from Person10 Etsy Shop is donating a $25 gift certificate to be used on one of her handmade, organic workout tanks.  I’m so excited because I know you gals are gonna love these!

But before I get into why I love her shirts and how wonderful she is for giving back to her community, I have to let you in on the true meaning behind the name Person10-

Origin of the Company Name-

“For every nine people who denounce innovation, only one will encourage it… For every nine people who do things the way they have always been done, only one will ever wonder if there is a better way. For every nine people who stand in line in front of a locked building, only one will ever come around and check the back door.

Our progress as a species rests squarely on the shoulders of that tenth person. The nine are satisfied with things they are told are valuable. Person 10 determines for himself what has value.” – Za Rinpoche and Ashley Nebelsieck, in The Backdoor to Enlightenment

Isn’t that awesome?  And so right up my alley!

Now more about her amazing tanks:

Sylvia designs and hand makes all the products at Person10.  She specializes in tank tops, with a little added flair, for active moms and women.  She use two types of fabric in her shop, catering to two different needs: organic cotton for the eco-friendly and sweat wicking for the hard-core running/gym enthusiast.

The organic cotton comes in softer, more subtle colors and is ridiculously soft!  The sweat wicking is a lighter fabric which absorbs sweat off of your body and dries at lightening speed.  Wear sweat wicking during hot yoga, marathons, or long-distance runs.

Sylvia sews all of her products and her partner (graphic designer and artist) silk screens on a custom quote or image.  Right now, they have several quotes related to working out and fitness- some motivational, some funny- ALL inspiring and positive!  And if that’s not enough to get you over to her etsy shop– Person10 donates 20% of all sales to a local Food for Kids Backpack Program.

Check these out:

And my favorite:

Is this motherhood or what?

A big THANK YOU to Sylvia from Person10!  Please take the time to visit her Etsy shop, her blog, and her Facebook page to learn more about her success in making shirts that make changes- 100% handmade! Make a purchase, make a difference.

To have a chance at winning the $25 gift certificate from Person10, just leave me a comment below or on my Facebook page under the Person10 giveaway link.  Easy! Giveaway open until Friday April 13th, 11:59 pm EST.  Winners selected through random.org and notified through email.  Winners will be notified by email within 5 days after the entry deadline date.  Winners must respond within 5 days or a new winner will be selected.  Contest open to USA and Canada.

FIT > skinny

dr. lisa

bunny love

 

I went shopping for my kids Easter baskets this week.  They are beyond thrilled that the hoppity hoppity bunny is on his way!  There is much bunny love going on at our house right now.  Except for the fact that neither of them wants to actually go see the Easter bunny.  Cracks me up!  I get so excited living vicariously through them.  Remember how fun holidays were when we were kids?  I do.  Easter was especially fun with all that yummy goodness I found in my basket!

Instead of mounds of chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, or marshmallow Peeps, I aim to live out a healthier Easter tradition with my kiddos.  A bit different from the way we celebrated Easter as a kid.  I try to be creative and avoid putting tons of candy in their baskets.  They each get one chocolate bunny sucker and that’s pretty much it for sweets.  Instead of sugary treats, I might bag up some healthy snacks or throw some organic fruit gummies in there.  My kids love when they get little ‘gifts’ for Easter and they don’t even notice the amount of candy in their baskets is practically zilch.

Ideas for healthier Easter basket treats:

  • Organic Granola
  • Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies*
  • Organic Trail Mix
  • Homemade oatmeal cookies
  • Organic Raisins*
  • Annie’s Gummy Bunnies*
  • Dark chocolate covered pretzels or raisins
  • Yummy Earth* lollipops, gummy bears, sour worms

Ideas for themed Easter baskets or Easter bags or Easter pails:

  • Garden Basket- Fill the basket with all things gardening!  Gloves, garden tools, seeds, small pots, sun hat, garden mat.
  • Dress-up Basket- Fill it with a tu-tu and wings, superman shirt, batman mask, lady bug costume, etc.
  • Outside Play Basket- Jump rope, chalk, jacks, beach gear, sunglasses, shovel and pal, sunscreen, etc.
  • Arts and Crafts Basket- Paints, crayons, coloring books, art pads, markers.
  • Doll Basket: You can buy a small doll or fill the basket with accessories for a doll your child already has. There are so many doll clothes, shoes, hats, bottles, and bags to choose from.  If you have a daughter, you already know this.
  • My Favorite Color Basket- Use your child’s favorite color for inspiration and fill, fill, fill!
  • Sports/Hobby Basket- Chess lover, make-up artist, dancer, singer…endless possibilities.
  • Book Basket- Your child’s favorite author and an array of new books to read.

There are countless ideas to make this Easter happy and healthy for your family!  All you have to do is think outside the box!

What are you putting in your kids Easter baskets this year?

dr. lisa

*A little FYI:
  • Yummy Earth is certified organic, gluten-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, and has no chemical colors, artificial flavors, or high fructose corn syrup.
  • Annie’s Gummy Bunnies are certified organic and made with 100% daily Vitamin C, no added preservatives, vegan, gelatin-free, gluten-free, and absolutely NO artificial colorings.
  • Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies are non-gmo and no sugar added.
  • Newman’s Own Organic Raisins are USDA certified organic  and high in antioxidants.

things crunchy kids say…

Okay so, I have to just come out and say it- I am raising two very crunchy granolas.  Isn’t it so true that kids say the funniest things?  Well let me tell you that “crunchy” kids say laugh out loud, the funniest, belly aching, most hysterical stuff.  Imagine sitting with your three-year-old and he starts talking about high fructose corn syrup.  What?  Or your five-year-old starts rambling to her little friend about the importance of using BPA free cups.  Totally happened in our house today!  Her sweet friend looked so confused!

Here are some other things my kids have said in the past:

Mom, I’m feeling sick can you rub some garlic on my feet?

Hey, we’re out of elderberry!

Can you please carry me in the Moby?

Asparagus is my best friend.

I think I’m out of alignment. I need an adjustment.

You forgot my Catalyn and Tuna Omega’s.

Can I have pickles, olives, and a seaweed wrap for lunch today?

Let me have a sip of your Kombucha.

Hi, my name is Ella Moon.

Are we going to the farmer’s market today?

Some other things crunchy kids say:

Are you raising a little granola?

What would make your list?

lisa