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Mindful Eating with Berry Kabobs

We do mindful eating in every class and kids love making berry kabobs!

Berries are loaded with vitamins and minerals, making these kabobs a healthy and delicious snack for kids. To add an extra dose of calm, play ambient music while your child loads his skewer.

Benefits

Threading the berries on the skewer builds eye-hand coordination and focus. Mindful eating helps the body digest food better. Berries are a powerful super food that are important for brain and immune health.

What to Say

  • We are going to make berry kabobs. Did you know that eating a variety of berries keeps us healthy and can help us remember things better? Eating a variety of colors is even healthier than eating just one color.
  • Pick eight berries from these bowls. While we are making our berry kabobs we are going to notice every detail of it. Notice the different colors, textures, and smells.
  • Thread the berries onto the skewer. Can you make a pattern with your different colored berries? Listen to the music and be mindful while making your kabobs. Notice what you see, hear, smell, and taste.
  • Eat your kabob slowly, noticing each bite. What did eating silently and mindfully feel like? Did you notice anything that you haven’t noticed before?

Gut and Psychology Syndrome

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 “The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”

-Voltaire

The human body has an amazing ability to heal itself, given the right help.  The downside is nature is super slow.  Correcting nutritional deficits can take months if not years. Dr. Campbell-McBride has developed a nutritional treatment for psychological disorders based on the assumption that the association between physical and mental health, nutrient intake, and the condition of our digestive system is conclusive. This means that by fixing the child’s diet, hence the gut, cognitive and social impairments can be significantly improved.

WHAT IS GUT AND PSYCHOLOGY SYNDROME (GAPS)?

Antibiotic use has a serious damaging effect on the good bacteria in the gut.  This coupled with a diet filled with processed and fast foods give nourishment to pathogens or bad bacteria, which then grow into big colonies and take over areas of the digestive tract.  Yuck!

Gut flora is needed for appropriate digestion and absorption of food.  If the child’s gut flora is not balanced then the child will not digest or absorb foods appropriately, which will result in nutritional deficiencies.  Since gut flora is needed for a good immune system a cycle of infections and antibiotics follow resulting in further damage to the child’s digestive and immune systems. This results in allergies, asthma, and eczema. Additionally, without the good bacteria balancing out the bad bacteria the bad microbes begin to digest food in their own way making vast amounts of toxic substances, which are absorbed into the blood stream, carried across the blood-brain barrier, and into the brain.  Thus, the child’s digestive system becomes a source of toxicity.  This toxicity establishes a link between the gut and the brain forming the Gut and Psychology Syndrome.

HOW IS GAPS TREATED?

Dr. Campbell-McBride holds degrees in medicine and post-graduate degrees in both neurology and nutrition.  Dr. Campbell-McBride has a developed a diet to heal the digestive system.  She stresses eating foods in the form that nature made them.  No processed foods, please! Many of the chemicals in processed foods contribute to hyperactivity, learning disabilities, and psychological disorders.  The appropriate diet for GAP syndrome is one that avoids sugar, lactose, processed foods, grains and starchy vegetables.  In her book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Dr. Campbell-McBride goes into great detail about diet and provides wonderful recipes. This book is a little technical, but a fantastic resource for parents.

Campbell-McBride, N. (2004). Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Natural Treatment for autism, ADHD/ADD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, and schizophrenia. York, Pennsylvania; Maple Press.

 

Research Participants Needed

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WHY PARTICIPATE?

Mental health disorders are rising in children and being referred to as an epidemic. Numerous studies have shown micronutrient deficiencies and poor diet quality are suspected of playing a contributory role in the escalation of certain disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and autism.   Conventional treatment for social emotional disorders in children typically involves medication, including stimulant medication and antidepressants. Medications only treat the symptoms of the disorder and not the cause. Parents are increasingly turning to complementary and alternative medicine to treat their children with a method that is individualized and holistic. Thus, the relationship between diet and mental health has become of increasing interest in recent years.

WHAT DOES THE STUDY ENTAIL?

I’m conducting research on the link between social emotional functioning and nutrient intake in children ages three to five-years-old. The information gained will offer an alternative or supplemental treatment modality to psychotropic drugs. Participants will be asked to complete a personality test and 3-day diet record.  If you are interested in being part of this study and learning more about your child’s nutrient intake and social emotional functioning please contact me as soon as possible at Tracy@mindfulchildwellness.com.

Action for Healthy Kids

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Action for Healthy Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting childhood obesity, undernourishment, and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places. The development of lifelong habits that promote health and learning is of the upmost importance with the current rise in obesity rates. It is a significant concern, especially in children due to the higher risk of not only medical issues, but psychiatric problems as well

Action for Healthy Kids guiding document, Commitment to Change, provides schools with a blueprint to transform schools into healthier environments by:

  • Ensuring schools have an updated wellness policy
  • Providing all students, with physical activity and healthy eating educational programs
  • Ensuring children and adolescents get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily
  • Making sure all school foods meet nutrition standards

I ran the Chicago marathon with Action for Healthy Kids in 2012 and 2013 and have been a volunteer and fundraiser for this organization since 2012.  Without the help of Action for Healthy Kids, 1,000’s of children would not have a nutritional breakfast, lunch or physical education program, which would, in turn,  hinder their physical and mental development.

On December 6th, Mindful Child Wellness will host an 80’s yoga fundraiser along with a silent auction at Radiant Yoga + Wellness, 4431 W. 119th Street, Leawood, KS 66209. Please consider joining us for this fun event benefiting Action for Healthy Kids.  Unable to attend, consider making a donation to support this amazing organization. Ready?…