Mumma's Own Blog

One condition I seem to treat over and over again is eczema in both children and adults. For young children and babies this can be very distressing and uncomfortable and in teens (especially young women) it can not only be painful and uncomfortable it can also be very damaging to their self esteem.

Are you constantly struggling to find different things to pack in the kids lunch boxes? Me too!! Popcorn is one of the cheapest, easiest and yummiest snacks to make and this recipe is one you can do in the morning when you're making the kids breakfast or even the night before (just store it in an airtight container).

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (or SIBO) is a significant health issue with many patients going through life not realising that their gut bacteria is severely out of balance. Although we have bacteria throughout the body the highest concentration should be in the colon, however, in the case of SIBO we tend to find there's too much bacteria in the small intestine and an overgrowth has occurred. SIBO can present with constipation (SIBO-C), a combination of constipation and diarrhea (SIBO-M) or with diarrhea only (SIBO-D), which is the most common. It can also be the cause of histamine intolerance, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, belching, flatulence and nausea just to name a few.

A question I get asked time and time again.. "how do I get my kids to take their supplements?" Yep that is a tough one and for me it was... let's say... a Battle Royale!! As many of you already know I was fairly convinced there were issues with my son from a young age so with this in mind I was seeing a Naturopath very early in the peace so he did get used to being given things to take when he was young. Not to say this made it any easier nor was he any more compliant.

The humble bliss ball has become a household favourite for many of my patients who often look for that little pick me up around 3pm each day. Instead of reaching for something less nutritious like chocolate or a bag or chips why don't you have a go at something a little tastier. As we know, due to allergies these aren't an appropriate option for the kiddies to take to school but for us big kiddies that like a treat in our lunch box they're a perfectly healthy and nutritious option.

It's hard to believe that 5 years ago we started The GAPS™ Diet as a family..... At the time, when we started the protocol I really didn't know how it would all turn out but 5 years down the track I can absolutely say, without a doubt, it was definitely worthwhile. So, given how beneficial it was and continues to be for our family I thought I'd take a little trip down memory lane to share some of the high's and lows of the experience.

Fermented dairy is a big part of The GAPS™ Diet and quite often even those who hav had difficulty digesting dairy in the past will find they can tolerate the yogurt and whey made themselves following the The GAPS™ Diet Protocol. The main difference between GAPS yogurt and commercial yogurt is that it is fermented for 24 hours to breakdown the lactose in the milk making it easier to digest.

Over the years I've worked with many families of children who have either been diagnosed with Autism, are going through the process or are thinking it might be something they should be considering. As a result many of them ask me about Zac's diagnosis and what it was that made us think he might need to be assessed and how did we as a family cope when he did finally get diagnosed so today, I'll share that story with you.

Generally we’re always worrying about what to put in the kids lunchboxes and whilst I know that’s important what about us? What about our lunchboxes? Unfortunately these aren’t appropriate for most kids lunchboxes, unless they’re in high school where there’s more flexibility in what they can take, but for us as working parents sometimes we really need a mid afternoon snack to get us through the day. These peanut butter bliss balls are a healthy, raw, vegan and satisfying snack with a nice blend of good fats, natural sugars and carbohydrates and you’ll only need one or two to get you through until dinner.

Keeping a kids diet on track can be hard work but in my experience NOT keeping it on track is harder work. Processed foods are so difficult to keep away from our children especially as they get older and are perhaps out with friends more or just socialising more. These foods are designed to be attractive, tasty and most importantly addictive and the problem I find is they also increase the behavioural issues we experience, especially as parents of children on the spectrum. Due to the highly sensitive nature of their gut health I find to many transgressions = more difficult to manage behaviours = frustration. My advice, if things go astray, don't beat yourself up, it happens. Simply get things back on track as quickly as you can and you'll soon turn things around again.

If you've every suffered from reflux, heartburn, indigestion, bloating, GERD, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohns, constipation or diarrhoea then this may be just what you're looking for.

For children on the spectrum their nutritional, diet and supplement needs are quite often far greater than that of our other children. It's important to review their requirements and make sure you're focussing on their current supplement needs at all times. These tips are to give you a bit of a general idea on some of the more common things they may need.

Mumma's Own was created by Naturopath and Certified GAPS Practitioner Sonia Tzerefos in response to my patients need for more support when it comes to their nutritional needs.