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For this segment on feeding our children, I wanted to focus on what to feed our children to keep them healthy. Most illnesses are the result of excess toxins in the body or poor nutrient absorption. Healing occurs when you eliminate these toxins from the body and ensure that all the nutrients (proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals) are properly absorbed in the body. This is why good digestion is so important. Proper digestion also keeps your liver and kidneys healthy—your liver isolates and transforms toxic molecules so they can be removed, and your kidneys catch wastes and toxins circulating in the blood and eliminate them. Finally, It is also important to eliminate inflammatory food which will worsen illnesses like ear infections or colds.

What does this mean in terms of what to eat? Here’s a short list:

  1. Eat good sources of fiber. Fiber helps eliminate toxins from the body. Fruit and vegetables are great sources of fiber. These include: leafy green vegetables, legumes and beans and whole grains.
  2. Eat foods rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps stimulate the immune system. Foods rich in vitamin C include: citrus fruit, broccoli, red and green peppers, Brussels sprouts, dark leafy green vegetables.
  3. Eat fermented foods. These have a lot of beneficial probiotics to support your immune system. Good sources of fermented foods are sauerkraut, kimchi, and yogurt.
  4. Eat lots of garlic and onions, both of which have antimicrobial and antibacterial elements which help fight off infection (…and vampires!).
  5. Eat real foods and stay away from the sugar and processed foods. Sugar wreaks havoc on the body’s immune system so it is best to avoid it as much as possible. For more information on the effects of sugar on the body, check out Sugar Blues by William Dufty.
  6. Limit the dairy products, such as milk and cheese. Dairy products tend to create a lot mucus and worsen inflammatory conditions so it is best to minimize these, especially when one has a cold.
  7. At the onset of a cough or sore throat, prepare a hot lemon juice with honey and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Lemon is rich in vitamin C; honey helps soothe an irritated throat; and cayenne helps promote circulation of the lungs, bloodstream and bowels.

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We tend to underestimate the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. Sleep is crucial to our well-being because our bodies use the time to heal and revitalize, and lack of sleep can cause severe health problems. Chilren should sleep 8–10 hours per night. Here are some sleep tips:

  • Try to stick to the same bedtime every night.
  • Disconnect from all electronics a few hours before going to bed.
  • Have your child/children take some time to unwind and relax in a cool, dark room.
  • Drink some chamomile tea. Chamomile has a natural sedative that relaxes the body.
  • Eat plenty of green vegetables. Leafy greens have magnesium, which helps relax muscles and nerves.
  • Eat a bowl of oatmeal in the evening. Oats have properties that calm the body and nerves.
  • Foods rich in tryptophan are also calming. This is because tryptophan gets converted to melatonin, which is the sleep hormone. Foods rich in tryptophan include: turkey, brown rice, peas, pumpkin seeds, oats, figs, bananas, fish and plain yogurt.

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.”—Doug Larson

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I am the mother of four daughters and a Certified Health Counselor, as well as a passionate advocate of organic and local food and a healthy lifestyle. I decided to become a health counselor to fulfill my passion of working with children and parents to improve their health and family life. Learn more about me at healthytiffin.net/about.html

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Recipes

Spicy Lemon Chicken (Serves 6):

  • 6 chicken legs
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped

The onions and garlic in this recipe are anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, so help protect the body from harmful bacteria. The lemons and parsley are rich in vitamin C, which helps stimulate the immune system, and help eliminate toxins from the body.

  1. Mix together the lemon zest and juice, garlic, onion, olive oil and some salt and pepper. Place the chicken and lemon mixture in a resealable plastic bag and seal well. Leave the chicken to marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Take the chicken out of the marinade and place in a roasting pan. Roast until cooked through, about 30–45 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken legs. When the chicken is pierced with a knife, the juices should run clear. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

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