Immune system

5 Reasons Your Kids Should Eat Their Greens -- and 5 Ways They’ll Do It

Part 1 of Our 3-Part ‘Eat Your Greens’ Series

 I’m reading the Joel Fuhrman book, Disease-Proof Your Child, in an absolutely occasional moment where my son Aidan is quietly playing next to me and Ammie is sleeping. In the book, he mentions that his children have known since the age of 5 why eating greens is important. I turn to Aidan (a boy who, mercifully, has always been willing to eat his greens -- at least with a little cajoling), absorbed in his model car parking lot, and the conversation goes something like this:

In Honor of Mother’s Day: How NOT to catch the Stomach Flu

What to Do When Your Kid Gets Sick and You’re Not Sick...Yet

You know how you think you’re a healthy person when you’re in your 20’s and single and you can stay out all night (maybe with a cocktail or two:)), maybe not even make yourself a home-cooked meal for days at a time, and you never get sick? And you may even start believing that you’re the kind of person who doesn’t get sick, you have a strong immune system, and your body is resilient enough to handle whatever you throw at it? Maybe you even start to feel self-righteous about it -- it’s the yoga, the Pilates I do, the salads I eat, the juice? And then, you have kids...

Back-to-School Basics… This Time, for Mama

Well, I’m back from an extended summer vacation – if by vacation, I mean having to entertain my amazing, precocious and only OCCASIONALLY demanding six year old 12 hours a day. Now he’s safely back in school, where someone else, in this case a beautiful young French woman named Katell, can be his intellectual and social coordinator — someone with infinite patience and a salary that rewards her infinite patience (although surely not enough!). Aaahh, I might dub the month of September Mommy Vacation, and renamed Summer Vacation ‘Summer Onslaught’, just so I stop mentally confusing the two and pretendingthat summer is something it’s not.

Nine Day Countdown to Paris…

So it’s nine days and counting until take-off… a family of five (my husband, son, and parents) taking off for the Summer in Paris…and beyond?

My Kids Health: Natural Travel Kit for our Summer Travels…

So we’re leaving for Paris now in 13 days and counting, and I’ve finally, just now, graduated to that category of planning that transcends watching stylish French movies as part of my ‘language and culture’ research into actually figuring out how I’m going to take a family of three and move us out of our comfortable spacious house into 4 suitcases and a 3rd floor Parisian walkup. (Did I mention that the next step in my travel planning beyond pragmatic to-do lists – and far beyond film noir – is panic?)

But for tonight, no panic yet, just a few deep breaths and… Project Natural Health Travel Kit.

Can Parents Help Prevent the Swine Flu? 10 Ways to Keep your Kid’s Health and Immune System Strong

We’ve all been listening to and reading the news about Swine Flu (especially if, like me, you live in Austin, just an hour from San Antonio, and bordering Mexico.) And , if you’re also like me, your instinct might be to take your child out of school and hibernate on a desert island until the scare has passed. Anything labeled ‘epidemic’ can be scary. And what might end up being some sick days and discomfort to us, can really hit our children’s immune systems hard. Before you head for that proverbial desert island, however, lets talk a little bit about Swine Flu, what it really is, and what it means to your child’s immune system.

Keeping Our Children Healthy This Summer

Summer is nearly upon us – and with it, a lot of changes, excitement, and challenges for our little (and too rapidly, I fear, not-so-little) ones. Some of the changes in temperature, activities, and schedule may be obvious to us as we transition our children into summer programs, take them on vacations, and spend more time outdoors – at the pools, playgrounds and outdoor events. Some of the changes may be less obvious to us – the dramatic changes our children’s bodies make when they move from the outdoors to highly air-conditioned indoor activities, the digestive changes their bodies make from season to season, the immune challenges their bodies may face when traveling.

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