Self-care isn’t selfish

We often forget to take care of the most important thing: ourselves. When we are on an airplane, the flight attendant tells us at the beginning of the flight that in the event of emergency to put our own oxygen mask on before helping other people – if we do not take care of ourselves, we cannot be there for those around us.

In the spirit of taking care of ourselves first, here are 10 ideas to spark some self-care in your life this month:

1. Take a bath

2. Take a nap

3. Take a walk

4. Try a guided meditation

5. Read something spiritual or inspirational

6. Journal

7. Enjoy a cup of tea

8. Play with a child

9. Visit a family member

10. Make yourself a nourishing smoothie or juice

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Autism and Nutrition

Healthy Diet | April 17, 2015 | By

We all need good nutrition to think clearly, have stable moods, sleep better, maintain focus and fight infections. This is particularly true for a child living with autism. According to autism experts, 70% of children living with ASD’s experience a direct link between the food they eat and their behaviour. As a result of years of research, we now know that interventions that address diet, nutrition, and digestive support can be an integral part of an effective autism treatment plan.

When I learned one of my sons was on the the autism spectrum I wish I had these tips to start with. I was looking for ways to alleviate his digestive issues to help him feel and function better. Below are 6 healing protocols you can start with:

Get your child off of ALL processed sugar. This does not mean ‘no treats’, only removing refined sugars. Learn to make naturally sweet whole food snacks you can feel good about.
Get your child off of ALL processed foods, and eating organic whole foods. No packaged food containing chemicals, food dyes or GMO’s. These ingredients can contribute greatly to autism spectrum behaviors and conditions. In addition cause cancer.
Go GFCF, or gluten free, casein free. Try one at a time. The GFCF website offers support for parents. Don’t just switch to gluten free packaged food. They often swap gluten for artificial chemical ingredients. Learn to prepare GF, nourishing whole foods.
Add daily probiotics and incorporate probiotic rich foods, to reinoculate healthy gut flora.
Lastly have a complete allergy test done. Food sensitivities or allergies can trigger ASD conditions.
For a testimonial on food as medicine hear from Dr Natasha Campbell McBride – author of Gut And Psychology Syndrome talk about her personal experience as the mother of an autistic child.

Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit is for families who have a child recently diagnosed with autism.

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that while I am a Certified Health Coach, I am not a registered dietitian or doctor. This blog is not intended as medical or nutritional advice and should not be relied upon to determine diet or medical treatment. You should always consult a medical professional before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle, and every person is different so please make the best choices for you.