Friday, August 22, 2014

Easy Paleo Waffles

Back to school means more planning for healthy and nutritious (but fast) breakfasts. That's where this waffle recipe comes in! It is pretty easy to make, freezes well and reheats well for those busy school mornings.

  • 3 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk or water 
  • 1/2 cup ground sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup ground pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • Tallow or coconut oil for waffle iron
Directions:

Preheat waffle iron, I use cast iron so I put it on medium heat as I begin the recipe to ensure it is hot enough. In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks and milk. Add flour and salt. Combine until smooth. Add melted coconut oil. Add vanilla. Whisk egg whites until they form moist, stiff peaks. Fold about ¼ of egg whites into batter. Fold batter into remaining egg whites in three parts. Scoop 1/2 c. of batter onto a preheated and greased waffle iron depending on your waffle iron size. Close the lid gently! Cook until golden brown. If it sticks, it is not quite done (hard lesson learned). Double and store leftovers in freezer. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Another option for lab test ordering and interpretation from Dr. Kurt Woeller

I get asked all the time how to go about getting testing ordered when you either don't have a Dr. willing to order them or you aren't currently working with a Dr. Some Drs. refuse to order tests because they are not familiar with specialized testing options for hard to treat issues like autism, auto-immunity, Hashimoto's, food allergies, etc. And even worse, many will tell you they are a waste of time! Many families like mine know the power of testing when it comes to treating underlying issues of these hard to treat disorders. Below is a guest post from Dr. Kurt Woeller on lab testing options for those who may need it.
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Lab tests give us the ability to test our body’s chemistry, and are critical for overall optimal health. There are many benefits to lab testing, yet many people overlook the absolute necessity of this type of internal evaluation.

For example, we can surmise that a person’s hormone levels are low based on an individual’s complaint about how they feel, but obtaining the absolute value is impossible without diagnostic assessment. Lab tests help to determine the exact level of hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Why this is important is when using therapy such as hormone replacement medication. In order to know how much hormone to give, we must know how low the hormone is in the first place, then guide our therapy over time with symptom improvement, along with laboratory data to show whether the hormone levels have become optimal, are still too low, or too high. A particular lab test to help in this process is the Functional Adrenal Stress Profile plus V (five), from BioHealth, available at Lab Tests Plus. This salivary test is an accurate way of determining excess or deficiency of various hormones such as progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. Also, evaluated from the #205 panel is adrenal function through cortisol measurement. Adrenal exhaustion is a common pattern with many people and affects energy levels, mood, sleep, and immunity. Without knowing exactly what your particular values are the implementation of specific hormone and adrenal therapy is just a guessing game.

Another example of the importance of lab testing is for chronic infections. Often people suffer from chronic digestive complaints such as bloating, gas, pain, diarrhea or constipation. These types of complaints can persist for months and years and many times individuals try various supplements and medications to no avail. Stool pathogen testing can be very important to rule out an infection in the digestive system that is compromising health. The #401-H Gastrointestinal Pathogen Screen from BioHealth is an excellent stool test to look for chronic infections such as parasites, bacteria, and yeast. Without the data from a stool test many people suffer needlessly when their issue could be resolved quickly through appropriate treatment of an intestinal parasite.

It cannot be overstated that the role of lab testing in health assessment is critical. Only treating of symptoms wastes valuable time and can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Laboratory testing is able to identify problems and allow for more appropriate intervention, ultimately saving time and money.

 Lab Tests Plus is a specialized lab ordering service for health education and information. If you have questions about lab testing or which lab test may be most appropriate for your situation, you can post your questions through the “Which Test” section of www.labtestsplus.com.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kaibab Veterinary Clinic, Best in Flagstaff for Service and Care

So I know the power of social media, and I know the power of blogging and keywords. I also know the power of great customer service and the power of word of mouth when you get bad customer service. I don't want to just focus on the negative so I do have a good story to share as well. Here goes.....

We decide to make a quick trip to the store for our 4th of July celebrations tomorrow. We all jump in the car and the dog goes outside (it was raining so of course he was next to me as I worked at my desk this afternoon). We live on acres and he RUNS. He greets cars, runs along them as they enter and leave our property, it is his thing. I don't know why he does it, he just does. People think they are going to hit him all the time. But, he always seems to know the limits of the car, of himself, it is slightly odd really, a little Jedi-esque. He also knows what to do when we back up to leave. He always gets out of the way. Always. Except today. The unimaginable happened. As my husband made frantic calls to Kaibab Vet to make sure they were still open, it is a Thursday evening before a holiday after all, I cried and tended to our dog. No bones seemed broken. I administered Arnica in pellet form. We verified Kaibab Vet was open and would be for 2 more hours. We put him in the car and rushed there.

After getting us seen immediately Kaibab Vet went right to work with IV fluids, pain meds and xrays. It was determined he has lung contusions. He needs an oxygen cage for the best chance at recovery. OK, so where do we find one in Flagstaff?? Well there is only one vet hospital that has that, Canyon Pet Hospital, literally across the street from where we are. Yes, this would be a downside to small town living. OK I say, let's get them on the phone and get me prices. I need to know what to expect. The vet looks at me and says "OK....I will call them" she knows something she is not telling me. She calls, they refuse to quote her. They say I need to transport my now stable animal across the street for THEM to do the same assessment Kaibab Vet has already done? Why would Canyon Pet Hospital need to do another assessment when he has already been assessed and has minutes old xrays? The vet at Kaibab Vet tells me that they held off on one additional xray in case we do want to transport him to Canyon Pet Hospital. Why? Well because in the past when Kaibab Vet has sent patients to Canyon Pet Hospital they have required patients to do another one even though they already did one. Hmmmm......shadiness abounds.

So they won't tell a vet at Kaibab Vet Clinic pricing, I kind of get that. So I call. No dice. I get a little "Shawty" on them. Yeah, that's right. I just friggin hit my own dog and you won't tell me what it will cost to put him in your nifty oxygen crate??? Canyon Pet Hospital "No maam we need to assess him first". "He's BEEN ASSESSED AND IS STABLE NOW, I know what he needs, you can't tell me how much that will cost me?". Canyon Pet Hospital "No we cannot quote price until we assess him". "Ah so let me get this straight, you want to charge me for something I have already paid for to get the same info Kaibab Vet can tell you right now, you want me to move my now-stable dog to your facility to have you tell me that what I need is too expensive and then I have the tough decision of deciding whether to do it or not, that is SHADY business practices right there!". Canyon Pet Hospital "Let me get our nurse on the line to see if she can get you a price". Then I sit on hold with Canyon Pet Hospital for about 5 minutes when I say "F this" and hang up. When I vent my frustration to the vet at Kaibab Vet all she can say is "That is a very common thing we hear and often we send an animal over with a catheter and tell them we just put it in, they will take it out and put in a new one". I get it, every vet is different and they have their own style but seriously? That seems shady, sheisty and just plain bad business Canyon Pet Hospital!!!!!!

So where is my dog?? He is at Kaibab Vet where they are improvising for us. Then we have been able to secure oxygen for tomorrow and I will be making my OWN oxygen crate for him and will monitor him myself. By the time we left him, about 3 hours after we got there, I gave him another dose of Arnica, he was on oxygen the whole time with a dedicated, caring vet tech and we have a plan for the night/morning. He was already looking better, gums were looking better and tongue less purple. He even tried to stand up at one point and turned his head when he heard me talking in the hall. We all gave him tons of pets, hugs and kisses the whole time we were there. I have no doubt that Kaibab Vet Clinic will take wonderful care of our Rudy. And as for Canyon Pet Hospital I say animal owner beware. As an animal parent in distress this afternoon they did NOTHING to provide any help during a very stressful time. So yeah, Canyon Pet Hospital receptionist, I was the one who unleashed on you this afternoon. I am sure you will find as many people giving them rave reviews, I however will not be. Nor will I EVER take any of my (many and varied) animals to them.

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Update: At 6:30 am on July 4th Kaibab Vet Dr. Penrod called to tell us the sad news that Rudy passed earlier that morning. We are all heartbroken at the loss of our dear friend. We miss his doggie smile as he greeted us at our gate, seeing him each morning right outside our bedroom door, sleeping next to one of the kids in their room, laying next to me as I worked, seeing him running after crows and squirrels, etc.  He was a true companion who without fail would get up and follow me wherever I went. I wish we could have just one more day with him to show him how much he meant to our family. Rest in peace sweet Rudy, you have changed our hearts and souls forever. We love you!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Evolution of a Revolution: From Hope to Healing: How Thinking Parents are Recovering their Children and Uncovering the Truth

The day has come, our book has been published!! I cannot quite describe the pride I feel knowing MY son's journey has been documented. It lays among the other stories of brave, fearless, passionate, driven and loving mothers recovering their children too, healing the new "normal" of chronically ill children. Wow. And we always knew it would be an eBook but thanks once again to this same amazing group of women, it will be published in hard copy very soon as well. As of today, it is available on Kindle. Each purchase helps other families! This is why I did this, so others can get grants to fund the real treatments that help our children. Many are very expensive and families often cannot bear the brunt of those costs. ALL proceeds go to this grant program.

So please consider purchasing a copy for someone you know who needs some encouragement that autism recovery is real. The link to the Kindle version is below, Nook and hard copy coming soon.

Evolution of a Revolution: From Hope to Healing: How Thinking Parents are Recovering their Children and Uncovering the Truth [Kindle Edition]


(HOLY CRAP I AM AN AUTHOR NOW!!!!!!)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Wonder Woman Complex and the New “Normal” of Autism, Allergies, Asthma, and ADHD

My 2nd blog on The Thinking Moms Revolution was published today. Please head on over, read and share it. Sometimes we all need a little pat on the back and the acknowledgement that we are kicking butt while healing our children and families!! So here it is!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Team TMR helps families fund autism treatments

Please watch and share the latest Team TMR video. This video gives HOPE to other families that autism treatment and recovery is possible. My son, and many, many other children are proof. And yet we all know how expensive treatments are. That is why I am so proud to be involved with Team TMR which is a non profit specifically created to help families fund autism treatments. Our eBook will be coming out soon which will feature my son's story of his journey in and out of autism as we figured out what his biomedical challenges were. All proceeds of our eBook will benefit others helping to recover their children as well. Team TMR is something I am so thrilled to be a part of, it has taken my own personal drive to help others to another level and has grown into something (already) that I never could have imagined. This is a dedicated group of warrior moms and we are hell bent on changing this world for YOUR child as much as for our own!! So please encourage others to share the message that Team TMR has and if they are inclined, donate to this non profit. And let me know if you spot my little cutie and our family in the video.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

My Thinking Moms blog!

Hey, head on over to The Thinking Moms Revolution and check out my guest blog. I am honored to be among these women and included in their next ebook that is currently in the works! You will get to read stories of hope, recovery and perseverance from some really kick ass moms! But in the meantime, I was asked to write a guest blog so click HERE, go read it and leave me a comment! Please share with others as we all need to support one another and starting with ourselves is the first step! I know it can be hard as a mom in general and especially with special needs children, but it is imperative. Ok, enough giving it away, get on over there, read it and give me some feedback. Oh and Namaste! ;)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Paleo, grain, gluten, dairy, soy free pop overs (pop tart)


As my son gets ready to head off on a sleep over field trip, I am in full meal prep/planning mode. I start with breakfast. It has to be something simple, easy to eat, not require refrigeration or reheating. OK. I think through some of my recipes, especially since a new round of IgG testing have made us rethink our "normal" ingredients.

I decide to try the Fig Newton recipe I've posted in the past but with a few modifications. For lack of a better term they make a really good, healthy pop tart. I am not a fan of trying to recreate junk food just for the sake of it (I will however make an exception for chocolate chip cookies). Otherwise I like to keep things as close to nature, and besides my kids have never eaten a pop tart so it is not like they are begging for them but that helps you envision what they would replace!!

In a food processor grind 2 cups pumpkin seeds (preferably soaked/dehydrated). Add in 2 cups potato starch, 4 tbsp melted coconut oil, 1/2 cup coconut nectar or organic, grade B maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt. ** Note - I usually add in all the dry ingredients and mix a few times to ensure that it is all evenly mixed before adding in the "sticky" stuff.

Combine until a dough forms and sticks together. Divide in half. Roll out between two pieces of parchment paper, make into a long rectangle. Spoon a layer of jam/jelly (for lower sugar content use a xylitol sweetened jam/jelly) or like I did, mashed pears with a sprinkle of cinnamon on the lower half of the rectangle so as not to over fill. Leave a border around the edges.

Fold the top half of the dough onto the lower half so you now have a long skinny rectangle. Gently pinch edges to seal. Square the edges. Using a sharp knife, cut into 6 tarts. Cook in a 325 degree oven for 12 minutes (DO NOT OVER BAKE!!). Repeat with other half of the dough! Enjoy!!

The picture above is from the blog I did on the Fig Newton style cookies using almond flour. The pumpkin seeds do have a green color and the pop tarts are much bigger than this but it gives you an idea!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Acetaminophen and Autism, ADHD and Asthma

Have you read Dr. Shaw's latest published paper "Evidence that Increased Acetaminophen use in GeneticallyVulnerable Children Appears to be a Major Cause of the Epidemics ofAutism, Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity, and Asthma" yet?

If not, please do and then share this info!! We need to bring more people's attention to the role that this commonly used drug may play for many individuals. He is also doing a webinar later this month. Click here for that link as well. 

This is important information that needs to be shared so that others can be educated about the choices they make for their families. I am constantly humbled by my ability to work in this field which is so near and dear to my heart. Not only do I get to grow my knowledge base daily and help others in Autism recovery but I get to work with the people on the forefront of this exciting new research and data. So please, help support Dr. Shaw's work and share this information far and wide! And, parents, please understand the side effects of this commonly used and seemingly benign medication. No medication is without side effects and when you read this data, you will see a far different side to Acetaminophen (Tylenol) than is portrayed.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Grain Free Coffee Cake



I've been asked for this recipe after sharing on FB that we make this pretty regularly and my family LOVES it! I love that it is sweetened with honey and is grain free. The moist consistency is amazeballs! But, it is NOT my own recipe, as a matter of fact, this is one of the few recipes that I follow exactly as written. So, I am going to just share the link of the original site where I got this. Go head on over to Oven Love and check it out!! The picture above IS mine! ;)

Enjoy and remember, don't recreate the wheel, use what's out there if you can!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

My Guest Blog on Nuture Parenting!

If you haven't read my guest blog on the Nurture Parenting website, I would encourage you to get on over there and read our experiences with a Waldorf inspired charter school! Let me know what you think!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Healthy Allergen Friendly Lunch Ideas for Back to School


 
 
School lunches....dun dun dun....nothing can strike fear in the hearts of mothers everywhere than those two words.

OK well seriously though, one of the things I LOVE about vacations and breaks is that I don't have to pack lunches!! Sometimes I feel stuck in a rut and of course, nutrition is of utmost concern. I can't just slide, I can't take the easy route. I just can't. And many of you can't either which is why having easy, batch items at the ready in your freezer is key. I'm going to share some with you now.

We've been transitioning to more of a paleo / SCD diet. Why? Well, as someone who has battled gut dysbiosis in my son, grains break down into sugars and feed the beasts. PERIOD. I am not here to tell you never to eat another grain but for us, this is a good idea most of the time. And if you are struggling with any blood sugar issues/diabetes, I would really encourage you to look into it. We eat LOTS of veggies, and no I do not consider corn or potato veggies, lol! But that is a talk for another time. Each lunch always includes veggies, their choice, sliced how they like them. Since tomorrow is a special day, they even got a fruit, lol. You may think that is weird but when you fight yeast, even healthy sugars from fruit can be the demon spawn. Pears do not feed yeast so they are a common fruit for us but even then we limit. So in the stainless container they have their veggies and their fruit. Then they have a paleo granola bar. You can get creative and adapt as you need to. Play around with the sweeteners. Coconut nectar, syrup or honey all work well, it just depends on what you are looking for (I do NOT use agave). You can even add a few allergen friendly chocolate chips for a real treat! I adapt the recipe here from Elana's Pantry. I use sunflower and pumpkin seeds as the base not almond. I add a TON of coconut and then some additional sunflower and pumpkin seeds. I always use coconut oil so more good healthy fats. I have also added hemp seeds, chia seeds, etc. in the past. Get creative, you know what your kids like. Double the batch and use a 9 x 13 pan, works like a charm. Bake them at the same time as your paleo muffins to save energy and time! Slice, transfer to a freezer safe dish, put wax paper between each layer and freeze for easy lunch packing!

 I have already blogged on the sandwich bread I made. It is a pretty common SCD bread with just eggs and squash, that's it. Works well with organic lunch meat or with nut or seed butters and either xylitol jelly/jam or honey! And it looks like a fast food hamburger bun which is pretty cool!

I also usually include some sort of paleo muffin, this time it is a coconut flour blueberry muffin. This recipe is also from Elana's Pantry, with just a few modifications. Once again I do not use any agave but instead use coconut sugar. Works just fine! Double the batch and they freeze really well. And, by the time lunch comes they are nicely thawed and ready to eat, or pull out to pack the night before.


Other lunch options:

Quinoa (soaked overnight of course before cooking) and black beans
Rice (same thing as above) and beans
Paleo lasagna
Hummus with homemade seed crackers or flax crackers and veggies to dip
GF pasta with mixed veggies with olive oil
Leftovers from the night before!

I don't recreate the wheel! I can't think up new recipes everyday and work and take care of my children, husband and house! We need to use the resources out there. Elana's Pantry is great, Real Sustenance is another amazing website. Google then adapt. Don't get discouraged because you can't use one of their ingredients, think of a sub and give it a shot. But use what is already out there if you need to! Pancakes are another way to make a "bread". If your child is on a special diet and you cannot find a good bread, make a pancake (I cut the sugar completely when I do this) and use it! Great shape, usually holds up pretty well, just make a plain pancake. Then freeze with wax paper between each "slice". On the weekends I usually make a double batch of pancakes so I always have some in the freezer too! Plan ahead, making double does not take twice as long and usually ends up saving you time in the long run, especially when talking about muffins. And muffins can be a wonderful form of food that your child will eat and you can add all sorts of nutrition!

Here's to a wonderful first day of school and happy, healthy, well nourished children!!

USAAA Conference Recap

Last weekend I spent working at the USAAA Conference in Salt Lake City on behalf of New Beginnings Nutritionals. That is what I do, attend conferences and talk to parents about Autism recovery and specifically supplements, which were instrumental in my son's improvement. Each time I am brought to tears. Newly diagnosed parents, parents who have never heard of supplements or biomed, parents desperate to help their children (some already adults!). Hearing the stories, either understanding because I have "been there" with that particular issue - regression due to vaccines, destructive, self-injurious behaviors, no pain sensation, food cravings due to gut dysbiosis - or maybe it is hearing their story which is very different than mine, they hit home. This time I got to meet many adults with Autism and it was incredible! I love getting a look into their opinions, ideas and the way they see life. I even got to hear Dr. Temple Grandin speak, meet her and speak with her personally. Talk about an amazing opportunity!!! It was just so crazy. Her keynote speech is one I will not soon forget. She focused a lot on basic skills (that quite frankly as a whole our society is NOT teaching even neurotypical children which is awful!) like shaking a person's hand when meeting them, saying hello, please and thank you. She also spoke about little tips and tricks to help them learn. Like did you know that writing on pastel or lightly colored paper can be easier for children with Autism? She covered things like cooking to help learn math and fractions. They need hands on learning many times. They cannot stand fluorescent lighting. She had some pearls of wisdom:

"Boys who cry keep their jobs, boys that get angry go to jail" - true and a good thing to learn early! We can have our emotions but the way we express them is important.

"Most of Silicon Valley is on the spectrum!" - I have often thought that myself, how else could we have achieved so much brilliance and advanced technology?? ;)

She talked of building on these kids' strengths and those strengths begin to emerge around 3rd and 4th grades. She thinks with "movies in her head" and has a hard time with generalized thinking. She thinks in specifics using the items she has seen personally for reference. She has trouble in math - my son can relate. She says that many times visual processing is an issue and to ask children if the letters jiggle on the page - my son said his did not.

Of course she covered sensory issues, of which my son has struggled with and continues to do so to a point today. He is also an auditory thinker. She made a cute statement "How can I think if my lips don't move". I do think my son feels that same way. She emphasized increasing social interactions through shared interests like Boy Scouts / Girl Scouts, 4-H, school clubs. She spoke about the job shortages in skilled trades and in computers/electrical engineers as potential careers. Beyond it all, she was in absolute inspiration to hear, see and meet! She has accomplished so much in her life and has never let Autism stand in the way of achieving. It is what all parents of a child with Autism wish for their child. A life filled with their passions realized and happy with who they are.

Then on Sunday I got to present a session with Julie Matthews on how to get supplements into your child using fun and creative ways! Our talk was not on problem feeders and we made it clear that hiding supplements in foods is NOT a good idea! But, if your child KNOWS they need the supplements, knows you are giving them but you are looking for more palatable ways to get them in, then this class was for you! What a great time we had, showing parents they can make supplement taking fun and yummy too! We talked a lot about the power of nutrition, how diet is truly your foundation and then the supplements "fill in the gaps". We even covered some supplements that treat specific things. We gave a demonstration on making a nutrition filled smoothie with the Spectrum Mate multi-vitamin/multi-mineral. It was a hit! It was an incredible time helping families begin to understand the power of HOPE and healing that can come when you embark on biomed! It was an exhausting weekend and now right back into the swing of things since tomorrow is the first day of school for my children. I hope your summer has been one to remember, and in the good way! ;)

Monday, August 12, 2013

A one two punch for allergy control


So thanks to the wonderful monsoonal moisture we've been having in northern AZ everything is blooming! Add to that some much needed yard work on our property as a result and my allergies are going crazy! Since moving here I know I am particularly reactive to the tumbleweed which I have never had to deal with before. But even still, I am not one to usually struggle with allergies.

As I have written about before, allergies are important to control especially for your child with Autism who may battle yeast overgrowth. If you need a refresher on that, here is that past blog. I regularly start using New Beginnings Nutritionals' A & I Formula for my son in his morning supplements when allergy season begins. It is a pre-emptive attempt to keep the immune response at bay. Then today I read this article that talks about mast cell activation and mitochondrial dysfunction in relation to pollen exposure. Clearly allergies are something that need to be addressed when the barrage of pollen begins.

So the other day after some time weeding in the garden plus the normal exposure plus the fact that we have acres (and are surrounded by additional acres) of pines, tumbleweeds, native grasses, other weeds and flowers, my allergies were going crazy! I had it all, itchy eyes to the point where I wished I could scratch them right out of their sockets, itchy throat, runny nose and sneezing. I was a mess! That night I took 2 A & I capsules (they also come in chewables) and then 2 of our new Curcumin/Quercetin capsules. Wow! The next morning I woke without the itchy throat and eyes and no sneezing! I was pretty blown away. I had been meaning to try the new Curcumin/Quercetin but to be honest I had been just giving it to my son. Us moms are like that, not taking something we really need to save money so they can have it! But you need to take care of yourself too! You can't care for your family effectively when you are under the weather. The blend is so helpful when it comes to inflammation in general but when you add in the quercetin you also get that respiratory/allergy support as well!

So there you have it, if you have someone who really battles with allergies, I highly recommend trying these supplements. And if you do, please share your experiences!

Monday, August 5, 2013

USAAA Conference in Salt Lake City Utah

I'm just about bursting with excitement! I have been asked to speak with my friend and mentor Julie Matthews at the upcoming US Autism and Asperger Association (USAAA) conference in Salt Lake City Utah on August 18th! We will be covering the topic of getting supplements into your child through the incorporation of food. Now, this is not to confuse the issue of feeding problems, which can be very problematic in Autism Spectrum Disorders! This is not about that and we would never advocate hiding supplements in foods as that can cause worsening of picky eating/problem feeding, lead to loss of trust with your child, and make a bad situation worse! But, if you have a child who knows they need supplements and you are looking for a way to incorporate them into foods/beverages to make them go down easier, then this is for you!!

Our session is called Nutrition Workshop: Supplements, Kids, and Fun with your Blender and it runs from 9:00 am - 10:00 am Sunday, August 18th.

You can read my speaker bio here.

I will also be at the New Beginnings Nutritionals booth during all exhibit hours. If you are attending this conference, please stop by so I can meet you in person!

I cannot say what an honor it is to be asked to speak and share tips on getting supplements into children at a conference of this magnitude. I will admit that I am more than a little nervous. The funny thing about this journey of Autism recovery, I would never have chosen this but I feel extremely fulfilled and purpose driven. I wish my son did not have to go through what he has. But through his journey of recovery, and all I have learned as a result of healing him, has given my life so much more purpose and the ability to help others in a way I have never could have dreamed. I have learned you always have to look at the bright side and if there is a bright side to Autism, this is it! I am blessed to utilize what I have learned over the years and be able to work in this field sharing what I know with others to help their children. I wake up each day loving what I do and feeling so honored to help others in their Autism recovery journey.