What Does a Nutritionist Do – Part 2

trm_image43After learning how well read my blog was on the role of nutritionists, I thought you might be interested in learning more!   It is incredible to watch the rapidly increasing interest in nutrition, as more and more people are having health challenges and not finding the help they need through conventional means.

I remember being asked to go to a couple’s home to teach the father about feeding his children healthily (I have actually done this a few times!).  He didn’t know that I was there for him, so when I arrived, he tried to excuse himself from the meeting!  I asked him if he could stay, reminding him that the way in which we feed our children for optimal health was as important for him to understand, as it was for his wife.  He reluctantly stayed.  A little while into our meeting, he said “You nutritionists have just found a new way to make money.”  Here was my response: “I wish that there was absolutely no need for nutritionists.  Our ancestors didn’t need nutritionists or people to research food and its effects because their food was unadulterated, pure and nutrient rich.  The problem is that the almighty dollar and the general increased toxicity in the world has created a whole pile of unhealthy food in this world and as a result of consuming it, we are the most sick of any generation in the history of mankind.  This crisis has demanded that we research food and its effects and find healthy food for ourselves because it is no longer omnipresent.  And I can tell you that very few nutritionists are in this business for the money.”  I then proceeded to tell him how much money I was charging him to come out to his home and that I would only be meeting with him once.  I explained that we would set goals for implementing my recommendations and follow up via email, if he so desired.  We talked for an hour and a half and at the end of the meeting, the father said “So what you are saying is that if I were to stop feeding my boys all of this packaged stuff, filled with chemicals, and instead fed my children from an organic garden in my backyard (preserving for the winter) and got my eggs and meat from my brother’s natural farm, my children’s ADD will improve?” “That’s exactly what I am saying” I replied.

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13 Benefits to Having Your Child Cook with You in the Kitchen

Meredith Deasley - Pediatric NutritionistSome of you may think about the work involved and the increased time needed to make a meal with your little one but when you read about the 13 benefits to having your child join you in the kitchen, you may wonder why you ever doubted asking them to join you!  Here are the benefits:

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What is Causing Today’s Children to be Malnourished?

Sick Child With HeadacheOn Sat July 13th, The Observer announced that British child death rates are ‘a major crisis,’ stating that five children are dying a day due to lack of pediatric skills and a shortage of pediatric consultants.  It also stated that the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that there are 6,198 preventable deaths a year among children up to 14 across 14 European countries, which could be avoided if they tackled children’s health.  Generations ago, children did not need access to pediatric consultants, did they?  So what has changed?  What is causing today’s children to be malnourished? And unfortunately, malnutrition is rampant.

When the majority of the world has more access to healthy food than ever before, why are today’s children suffering so much and even dying?  The majority of adults do not understand the importance of feeding themselves and their children healthy food.   Generations ago, we did not need to understand the importance of healthy eating.  Our fruits and vegetables were made in nutrient rich soil, which contained more vitamins and minerals than even our organic fruits and vegetables do today.  We didn’t have drugs that deplete our bodies of good bacteria needed to prevent all symptoms, conditions and disease.  Chemicals did not exist in our food, water or air.  Flours, sugars and cow’s milk were not refined or pasteurized, depleting them of necessary nutrients and digestive enzymes.   Electro-magnetic radiation did not exist because there were no computers, televisions or cell phones.  Even alcohol and cigarettes were more pure as they didn’t have added chemicals (For more information on the toxicity of today’s world, please see my prior post: Why are the children of today so sick?).

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Meeting Our Children’s Needs Through the Lens of the Heart

Being a parent is hands down the toughest job that exists on the planet but it also has the potential to be the most rewarding job one could perform.  It is when we open our hearts to meeting our children’s needs and see the innocence and goodness in them, no matter what happens, that makes our job so rewarding.

I remember doing a nutrition seminar for a group of grade 5 students.  There was a boy in the class that was not allowed to sit with the rest of the children because he had misbehaved too many times.  I wanted to share samples of healthy chocolate bars, called Twilight, with the class.  The boy asked me if he could distribute the chocolates to his classmates.  Out of the corner of my eye, I could see his teacher start walking towards him, as if to prevent this from happening.  The boy knew she was coming and looked at me with fear in his eyes.  Before she could arrive at the boy’s desk, I held the tray of chocolates in front of him, looked him right in the eye and told him “I trust that you will take this around to each of your fellow students carefully and quietly, ensuring that every child takes only one sample and that you will return the tray to me.”  He did exactly that.  I could feel his gratitude for my trust in him and his pleasure at being given this responsibility.  And because I believed in him, he believed in himself.  Now, imagine if this boy was parented in this way each and every day.  How different would his life be?  How much would he come to love himself?

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5 Tips to Appreciating the Christmas Holiday Season With Your Young Family

bigstock-Little-girl-with-a-Santa-hat--19486547I remember when my girls were younger and I was still in ‘survival mode’ and the holiday season came upon me….I thought I wouldn’t be able to get through another day. This blog is dedicated to helping you appreciate this Christmas holiday season with your young family.

I was making all of my girls’ food at that time, dressing them, ensuring they were happy all day long, bathing them and putting them to bed each night. Then there were all the Christmas preparations… I remember having to decorate the inside and outside of our home with Christmas cheer.  I remember Christmas shopping for 27 people and for some of those people, I needed to buy multiple gifts.  I remember hitting more than one Christmas party in a night and always having to ensure that my girls were well taken care of back at home.  Then we would entertain family and friends in our home, as well.  This was, of course, all in conjunction with my job, which luckily was only part-time.  And the year that my youngest had the chicken pox and had her worst day of suffering on Christmas Day holds a special place in my memories.

Is it any wonder that I began to dread the Christmas season???  I have learned from experience that even though we feel alone when we go through challenges, we are never alone.  But I remember trying to find others at the time that felt the same way I did but came up empty-handed, which made my challenges seem even worse. No one wants to be a Grinch and eagerly wait for the holiday season to end!  But some of us end up feeling that way.  This article is written for those of you that are in “survival mode” at this time of year; I do not want you to feel alone as I did, nor do I want you to miss the magic of Christmas.

Here is a list of things that I did to appreciate the moment:

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What Does a Nutritionist Do and How Can They Help You?

So, what does a Nutritionist do?  Many people still don’t know.  And how do Nutritionists compare to Dieticians?  And what are some examples of cases that I have helped with in my decade long career of being a Nutritionist?

What does a Nutritionist do?

Nutritionists go to school for up to two years, depending on whether they are in the full-time or part-time program.  All they study is food and the body.  It is a very intensive program yet at the end of it, they still don’t know all there is to know about nutrition; there is so much to know!

I believe that every person can benefit from seeing a Nutritionist, unless you have done a lot of research yourself on how to feed your family healthily.  It is particularly important to see a Nutritionist if you believe your child has an issue with food.  I now know that the first person I should have taken my daughter, Taylor, to when she was in so much pain (with constipation from adverse food reactions) was a Nutritionist.  Unfortunately, like most people, I didn’t know that we needed one.  I thought our family was eating healthy foods.  In fact, I was wrong.  In addition, I learned that healthy foods for one person could be completely unhealthy for another.

The job of a Nutritionist is to help you identify and eliminate any health issues that your child is experiencing by recognizing symptoms.  If they believe your child needs further testing or help, Nutritionists will recommend you to other complementary practitioners.

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Are Height and Size Impacted by Nutrition?

happy young mother near sleeping newbornRecently, my girls and I made a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake, where we visited the home of Laura Secord.  There was a particularly well-researched historian there, named Kyle Messiana, who gave us an incredibly informative and interesting tour of Laura’s homestead.  Kyle talked about the myth of our ancestors being smaller than us and was well aware of the role that nutrition played in the determination of the size of some of our ancestors.  He was kind enough to share the following information with me.

There is a persistent myth that people used to be shorter centuries ago than they are today.  Do the smaller beds back then prove that people were indeed smaller?  Actually no.  Because beds back then had tall headboards and are often displayed in large rooms with high ceilings; optical illusion makes them appear shorter than modern day beds.

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What is Candida and What Can You Do About it?

How to Recognize Candida

20271236_sThe majority of today’s adults, as well as children, have candida.  Many clients ask me to explain what this is and what to do it about it.  All members of my family have experienced various degrees of candida and so I have had a lot of personal experience with bringing candida under control.

Candida occurs when one has insufficient good bacteria and yeast has overgrown.  Candida Albicans is a yeast that normally lives in our intestinal and vaginal tracts, along with friendly or good bacteria.  Yeast helps good bacteria grow, as long as the good bacteria is there in sufficient numbers and has the advantage in numbers.  It’s excessive growth (to at least 60 yeast and fungus type organisms) that creates an imbalance in multiple systems in the body that is called candida.

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