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on December 2015 | in Health | by Dr. Michael Carozza | with No Comments

Sugar, the unwanted enemy! It’s the quick fix in life that really steals nutrients from our body.

This holiday season should be about keeping our families healthy and active. It’s easy to reach for unhealthy food when stress levels escalate. There is no better time to test some of my tips on staying healthy and still enjoying your family and friends over the holidays. It doesn’t have to be difficult and you don’t need to give up your joy or fun. But what you eat and what you serve your children can determine if you get through the holidays or the winter without infections or influenza.

Simply, eating poorly means you pay the con- sequences with your health. If we put more effort into preparing meals and make better choices on the foods we select then we will get the ultimate return; more energy and feeling great. Eating habits and nutrition should be something you discuss with your children. A bad diet = low immune system and the immune system starts in the gut. Be cautious of what you put inside your body and more importantly what you feed your kids.

We are all busy and preoccupied with work and life in general and the holidays are no exception, but the truth is that at the end of the day, health is wealth. You can’t function or work if you’re sick and the same goes for children who actually depend on us to feed them and take care of their young brains and digestive tracks.


Here are five tips for keeping your family healthy during the winter and the holidays:

1
Provide a balanced nutritional diet, low in sugars and carbs but high in proteins and fibre. Substitute frozen waffles with gluten free buckwheat pancakes and real maple syrup. You can make the pancakes ahead of time, freeze them and reheat.

2
Cycle your diet to not make it the same thing daily (rotate) dairy, nuts & seeds, etc. wide variety and not being limited – this will lead to less allergies. Try avoiding something that causes a problem like dairy and substitute with Almond Milk or Chocolate Almond Milk.

3
Supplementation is critical. It is hard to attain all the nutrients we need to function just from diet alone. You can eat as much organic as you want but the question is how much of the daily nutrients is your child absorbing? Supplement their diet with Vitamin D3 and fish oil like NutraSea Kids. It has everything your child needs to function all day at home and at school. Introduce a balanced probiotic for a healthy immune system.

4
We live in a fast paced environment. I can make life easier for all parents by providing a quick smoothie recipe containing everything your child needs. Pack a punch in your child’s day to keep the cold and flu away!

5
Make sure your kids get plenty of rest. Kids often misbehave when they don’t get enough sleep.

Dr. Mike’s
Smoothie
Recipe

Ingredients
1 cup of Almond milk or Milk substitute of choice
1 Banana (frozen for thicker shake)
1/4 cup of Blueberries
1/4 cup of Strawberries
1 cup of Organic Baby Spinach
1 tbsp of Organic Honey
1 tbsp of Almond butter or Sun Butter

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Add Vitamins/Supplements
Probiotic
Vitamin D
Vitamin C
Fish Oil

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Directions
Mix all together in a blender. If it seems too thick, add more liquid until you have reached your desired consistency.


Although these tips should make things a little easier for your family during the holidays, they really are necessary throughout the year as well. It’s about adopting a new lifestyle aimed at healthy eating and cooking. If you have any concerns or questions, find me on Facebook @VaughanNaturalCare, feel free to ask me questions, inbox me, call the clinic 905.417.4000 or email me at [email protected]

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