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“My Stomach Hurts”

Children may say their stomach hurts when experiencing anxiety.  They may express their anxiety in different ways.  Some children may avoid people or situations, have meltdowns over small issues, or show signs of restricting their dietary intake or overeating. Stay aware of your children’s normal behaviors and habits and pay attention to their possible cry for help.  Seek professional assistance early to…

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Prevent Disordered Eating Habits in Your Child

Here are steps you can take to promote a healthy relationship with food for your child: Parents promoting a healthy relationship with food for children_docx 2

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Voices of an Eating Disorder

Colleen Thompson, sponsored by The Emily Program, articulates the “voices” of an eating disorder.  It is these “voices” that provide the fuel for disordered eating behaviors.  Click on the link to learn more about these “voices” and how to empower your loved one affected by an eating disorder to stand up and speak their own voice: Voices of…

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For All Parents Dealing with a Child Affected by an Eating Disorder

Kinsey Ouellette, Thank you for sharing your story and shedding light on one’s journey with an eating disorder.  You have paved the way for parents to understand the complexity of an eating disorder and how parents can be the best advocate for their child and provide the enduring support for recovery:  For Parents Dealing with a Child Affected by…

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Orthorexia Nervosa – the new “healthy” eating disorder

Dr. Steven Bratman coined the term Orthorexia in 1997.  Orthorexia is the new “healthy” eating disorder.  It is an unhealthy relationship with healthy foods.  It can begin by adopting a popular dietary theory such as clean eating, paleo, vegan or raw or elimination diets.  Over time, an increasing number of foods are eliminated and more dietary…

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ABCs of Diabetes

A1C: Hemoglobin A1C represents levels of blood sugar over the past 3 months. Normal A1C levels are between 4% to 5.6%. Pre-diabetes A1C levels range between 5.7% and 6.4% and A1C levels considered diabetes are 6.5% or higher1. Monitor your A1C levels every three months1. Check your blood sugar levels and follow your medication or…

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Nutrition Guide for New College Grads

Eating well is one of the greatest challenges new college graduates face.  Whether you are searching for a job, or going on to post-graduate school, or moving abroad, learning how to shop, plan, and prepare to feed yourself is one the most important basic skills in life.  Here, Nutrition Diva gives us simple tips to…

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Talking to Young Women about Body Image

Pre-teens and teens are most vulnerable to problems with body confidence.  Teaching our daughters that bodies come in all different shapes and sizes, to appreciate what their bodies can do for them, that their bodies do not define their self worth, to eat a wide variety of foods, and to respect their bodies can help…

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10 Daily Ways to Foster a Healthy Body Image in Your Child

Parents play a major role in how children come to perceive their bodies.  There are other cultural factors at play as well, but parents can be a critical source of positive or negative messaging from a young age.  Positive body image has been associated with higher self-esteem and healthy behaviors, where as negative body image has been associated…

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The Keto Diet, Explained

Julie Belluz, a Canadian Health Journalist, explains the substantial evidence about the Keto diet.  The Keto diet has a long history in science that leads to credibility in treating epilepsy or seizure disorder.  However, it is another fad diet when used for weight loss.  It is an extension of the low carb high protein, Atkin’s Diet. …

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