Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Navigating Dinners with a Picky Eater: A No-Stress Holiday Guide

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Never is there a greater focus on food than at the holidays. And for parents of picky eaters, holiday meals can be immensely stressful family situations to navigate. If it wasn’t bad enough that you have to endure the never-ending playback of family stories from Great Aunt Bea, fate deals you a bum hand and […]

Member Musings: Body Image

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Let’s talk body image. For years I’ve worked out really hard to get a “tight, toned body”.  Sometimes I feel really strong and toned, but most the time I am grabbing my extra weight and wishing it was gone. I know soooo many of you out there

Member Musings: What is Autism?

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Autism is a genetically-based human neurological variant. The complex set of interrelated characteristics that distinguish autistic neurology from non-autistic neurology is not yet fully understood, but current evidence indicates that the central distinction is that autistic brains are characterized by

The Ultimate Baby Food Allergies Survival Guide – Part II

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In Part I of this article, Lori discusses how to determine if your child has allergies. In Part II, she gives practical advice on how to safely navigate food allergens for both breastfed and formula fed babies.  What do you need to know if your baby is formula fed? If you are a formula feeding […]

The Ultimate Baby Food Allergies Survival Guide – Part I

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My daughter has an allergy or intolerance to each of the following: dairy, wheat, soy, eggs, and peanuts. She also may have celiac disease. The first symptoms of food allergies appeared when she was two weeks old, which is a really common time for symptoms to develop. At the time she was exclusively breastfed. She […]

Understanding How Kids Develop Healthy Eating & Exercise Habits

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With all of the media attention on the obesity epidemic over the past few years, many parents are understandably concerned about helping their children maintain a healthy weight. Some parents have cut out junk foods and sweets altogether, whereas others worry that doing so will make their children crave them more and overindulge whenever they […]

Breastfeeding & Pumping

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If you’re breastfeeding a new baby, chances are at some point you’ll need to have someone else feed your baby. If you’re like millions of other moms, you may be wondering about how to pump and store milk, whether you’re going back to work or would like to be able to be away from the […]

Fresh Baby and Toddler Food. Delivered!

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Made by hand in small batches, the moms of Fresh Baby Bites are bringing local, organic meals and snacks to your table. Using the freshest ingredients of the season, we have been blending up tasty favorites for Bay Area babies since 2010.

Member Musings: What We Choose to Feel

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I often hear women speak of the pain of childbirth. “Why would I want to feel that?,” they cry. “Why on earth would I want to feel that pain?” I invite you to consider that the sensations of birthing your baby

Do-It-Yourself Nontoxic Cleaning Wipes

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Hundreds of chemicals have been found in the umbilical cord blood of newborns, and the lower you go down the socioeconomic scale in this country, the worse it is. How are the bioaccumilative effects of these chemicals affecting us, and worse, how are they affecting our babies?

Do You Prefer Childlike Wonder or Adultlike Wonder?

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The other night, I was at a dinner party, and a new acquaintance told me that he wanted to cultivate a life of childlike wonder and adventure. I was intrigued. What an interesting aim. I was particularly struck by his use of the adjective “childlike.” He used this phrase, “childlike wonder,” a few times, so clearly […]

Member Musings: Emotional Connection to Food Challenges

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I recently participated in a 30-day raw food challenge with some friends. Halfway through the month, some folks had a hard time “sticking with it,” and wanted to find ways to make a mental shift so it would seem easier.  Here are a few ideas that seem to help me when I’m dealing with emotions.

Free Assessment for Risk of Autism

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If something doesn’t seem right with your child’s development, it can be hard to distinguish between a developmental delay and what may be a normal part of growing up. But the sooner you know, the more you can help your child grow. Cognoa gives parents concrete answers, using a clinically validated video assessment developed over […]

Competition vs. Creativity

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We civilized folk seem to be addicted to competition — obsessed with who is the best and the worst, who has the most and the least, who are the winners and the losers. In our culture we habitually frame most everything in terms of conflict and competition. “Do you love dancing? … You should enter […]

When Do You Find Time to Exercise? No, Seriously. When?

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I love to exercise. I’m not an athlete by any stretch, and I would most definitely be picked last for any game except Quidditch (okay, fine. I wouldn’t even get picked for my favorite, broom-stick-enabled team sport because I’m hopelessly afraid of heights). I’m not wholly uncoordinated; I did ballet pretty seriously in high school, […]