What’s your PMS type?

What’s your PMS type?

So not fair!  After birthing a baby, suffering through chapped nipples, and surviving (hardly) sleep deprivation, mothers should NOT have to deal with this PMS BS.  Right?   The persistent headaches, debilitating cramps, and insatiable cravings – every. single. month. Until menopause?  No thanks! Did you know there were different PMS types?  More on this below. Raising kids is hard enough without the added PMS symptoms. How can we be calm and collected, or ‘parent peacefully’ when all we really want to do is curl up in a ball (with a bag of salty chips, and maybe some mint ice cream too). Being a Nutritionist, I see enough clients come to be with PMS symptoms among other challenges.  I feel their pain as if it’s my own.  But as they’ve witnessed, PMS does not have to be your normal. Let’s start to nip it in the bud, starting with some PMS 101…   So what’s your PMS Type?   When you have a PMS chat with your girlfriend, you’ll realize this time of the month doesn’t look the same for all of us.  You may crave chocolate like it’s nobody’s business.  She might cry at the sight of spilt milk. PMS manifests in different ways depending on what’s happening in your body.   As I explain to clients, there are actually 4 PMS types or categories (some experts argue there’s 5). Where do you fall? PMS Types Potential Causes  Symptoms Incidence of women PMS-A  ANXIETY High estrogen Low progesterone Difficulty sleeping Tense feelings Irritability Clumsiness Mood swings 65-75% PMS-C CRAVINGS Hypoglycemia Increased insulin (especially in early part of cycle) Hormonal regulation Carb & sweets cravings Cravings for salt Increased appetite Headaches Fatigue, fainting...
3 reasons nutritional yeast is awesome for families

3 reasons nutritional yeast is awesome for families

Nutritional what?! I first heard about nutritional yeast a few years ago from one of my vegan friends.  She was talking about the cheesiest, most delicious mac and cheese that she had just eaten. I was totally confused: cheesy vegan mac and cheese? Neither the word “nutritional” nor “yeast” made my mouth water.  I started probing her with a laundry list of questions and I have to say, I’m glad that I did.  Today, nutritional yeast is a staple in our cupboards and one that I don’t often run out of. There are so many reasons nutritional yeast is awesome for families, especially those with a dairy or lactose intolerance - you’ll get the benefits of the cheesy flavour without the discomfort afterwards. What is nutritional yeast? A deactivated yeast and fungus (it tastes better than it sounds, I promise!) Produced by culturing the yeast with a mixture of sugar cane and/or beet molasses.  After 7 days, it is harvested, deactivated by pasteurization, dried and packaged. Bakers yeast and nutritional yeast are not created equally!  Nutritional yeast is rich in vitamins and minerals, whereas bakers yeast can deplete the body of B vitamins and other nutrients. And nutritional yeast won’t leaven a loaf of bread like bakers yeast does. 3 reasons nutritional yeast is awesome for families (and kids) Don’t let the fact that it resembles fish food deter you from enjoying this nutrient dense food. Rich in Folate (vitamin B9) - 530 micrograms of folate per 1/2 tablespoon Pregnant and breast feeding mamas have a higher risk of experiencing folate deficiency and should be particularly careful to get enough in their diets. ...
Why parents should ‘fix’ picky eating early

Why parents should ‘fix’ picky eating early

So my techy husband set up our television at home to function as a digital photo album when the screen is idle (i.e. when my girls aren’t watching Calliou or Frozen for the 20th time).   He’s also a photographer so I have the luxury of seeing beautiful family photos cycle through – photos that bring back mostly pleasant early parenthood memories. Although, the other day I caught a photo that didn’t spark those fond memories in the slightest.  It was a picture of Sienna looking unhappy at the table.  What you can’t see is her anxious mother (me) sitting nearby and wanting so desperately for her to eat more. Those were not my happier days. That photo sucked me in and brought me back to ‘those times’…when I shed tears at the table and truthfully was fearful of mealtimes.  I was a foodie and loved to cook/eat but living with a picky eater took the joy out of eating. It saddens me to think that I spent the better part of time together consumed with getting Sienna to eat better and worried about her nutrition (being a Nutritionist, I knew what she needed).  I worked so darn hard trying to expand her appetite and food favourites, but with no real plan…and no real results. While our wonderful pediatricians were telling us everything was “fine”, my mommy instinct was telling it was not ‘fine’. Sienna was far from fine (she was so unhappy at meals and not interested in food). I was far from fine (I was worried and emotionally exhausted from the constant food battles). I see and speak with so many parents who are in ‘my old shoes’ and I so...
6 Healthy Breakfasts for Picky Eaters

6 Healthy Breakfasts for Picky Eaters

Full disclosure.  Mornings are usually a little messy over here as everyone rolls themselves out of beds and cribs (often feeling hangry).  We’ve all been fasting through the night and are more than ready to refuel our bodies and refill our bellies.  Patience is a virtue although it’s not something our kids have much of. The want breakfast. NOW. And we have to come up with an edible solution. FAST. Especially when Sienna was her pickier-self.  She had no appetite in the morning (not the case anymore!) and breakfast options were limited.  I was desperate for healthy breakfast ideas for picky eaters but I was too darn exhausted to search.  So I stuck to the staples. Now, my kids want breakfast ASAP and often aren’t willing to wait and get some clothes.  So naked breakfasts are typical. To avoid the potential of early morning tantrums, I have a tendency to reach into the cupboards and grab Mary’s crackers to accompany some hummus, or pull out the ol’ Yoso Coconut yogurt from the fridge with some fruit.  It gets repetitive. But I get it!  When you have a picky eater, options aren’t that vast.  At least not the healthy ones. In the morning it’s important to get our family off the right foot with the food they eat.  A sugar-based cereal is going to send their blood sugar way up there and won’t keep them satiated for a good period of time. Even with picky eaters, we can still spice things up in the mornings and do so with a nutrient-punch.  All of the breakfast ideas below include some healthy fats (our little...
Homemade Healthy Raspberry Gummies

Homemade Healthy Raspberry Gummies

It never fails! Every time my 4 year old and I walk into the bulk food store, Sienna makes a beeline for the section with rainbow-filled bins of glowing gummy worms and gummy bears.  Even the healthiest of bulk food stores has candy.  And while it may be “sugar-free” and “organic”, it is still candy. Sienna’s favourite: the gummies.  Ugh. The odd time I’ll begrudgingly toss some in a baggie, and cringe as she eats them.  My sanity saver is that picky eating is in our past - I know she’s a much better eater and gets her nutrition at home. Well, instead of cringing, I decided to make my own homemade healthy gummies that actually had some nutrition to offer. For those parents with fussier eaters who love their sweets, this recipe is going to be a favourite - for you and them! Your ‘picky eaters’ can get their sweet fix while we improve their eating.   Click here to join the webinar These Homemade Healthy Gummies are SOOOO much better than the store bought ones, because: They are made with organic, nutrient-dense and vitamin-packed berries (versus just fruit juice) They only have a bit of sweetener from quality honey (versus simple processed sugar) They are also a source of important amino acids (versus just a sugar hit) Protein in gummies?  That’s right!  The amino acids come from something called Gelatin. What is Gelatin? Gelatin is a translucent, colorless, and flavorless food (thank goodness!) derived from collagen, which we find in animal parts.  The parts that we no longer consume such as skin, tendons, and other gelatinous cuts of meat.   It is commonly used as a gelling agent in food and other products and give gummies their...