Health and Nutrition

How to Stay Healthy on a Gluten-Free Diet

While the movement to label boxes of food as “gluten-free” has certainly made a gluten-free diet much easier, eating right on any diet can be a challenge.  Gluten-free diets can be just as healthy or unhealthy as any other diet, so it’s important to watch what you eat and ensure you are receiving adequate nutrition.  Follow some tips to get your gluten-free diet off to the right start.

Gluten and Dairy Free Macaroni and Cheese

From the Editor:  Going gluten free doesn't mean you have to sacrifice Macaroni and Cheese -- check out this incredible recipe from Gluten Free Mom Jamie Eppenauer.

Gluten and Dairy Free Macaroni and Cheese

Signs and Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Gluten-free diets are hot topics, even for children with special needs.  Gluten intolerance is becoming more common, and it is important to know the signs and symptoms of celiac disease, which is one of the leading causes of gluten-related problems.

What is Gluten-Free and Casein-Free?

Gluten-free and casein-free diets (also referred to as GFCF) continue to grow in popularity as an alternative remedy for treating special needs like autism or ADHD.  While some parents say their child’s symptoms disappear while on these diets, other parents note their children do not improve.  So what exactly is GFCF and how does it help?

ADD/HD and US Healthcare: Fabulous or Just Funded?

As a country, we like to tout that we have the best medical care in the world, that we are cutting edge, innovative, and of the highest of quality.  We are simply fabulous.  And we are, depending on the stick we are measuring with.  We are also costly, money driven, and questionably ethical when it comes to our research and development (R&D) in the area of drug creation.  Funding directs the R&D.  Drug companies have a great influence on where the energies of research happens an

Recipe: Coconut Milk Yogurt from Lexie's Kitchen

Raise your hand if commercial non-dairy yogurt like So Delicious® and Amande have been a godsend. It sure has for this dairy-free, soy-free family!

Improving ADD with a Better Diet

Millions of children and adults are diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, or LD, all of which fall under the category of ADD.  With this diagnosis also comes the prescription of medication, some commonly known to the public, such as Ritalin.  There is much debate over the drugs given to treat children with ADD.  Many say that the drugs are making their child’s health and disorder worse over time.

Natural Remedies for ADD

Improving ADD in a Different Approach with Natural Remedies for ADD

The most common approach doctors take towards treating children with ADD is to give the parents a prescription for their child.  Medications, such as Ritalin, come with risks and side affects.  As a parent of a child with ADD, it is your choice whether or not you give your child the prescribed medication.

Preparing Your Child for a Hospital Stay

Hospital stays are rarely fun for anyone. But for a child in the hospital, the experience is unfamiliar at best and frightening at worst. However, parents can make a child’s stay easier by implementing three strategies before and during hospitalization:

  • Provide age appropriate details. 
  • Allow realistic control. 
  • Use soft language rather than hospital lingo.

Age Appropriate Details

Nick Jonas on Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Actor and singer Nick Jonas spoke to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien recently about what it has been like for him to live with type 1 diabetes. The star of Broadway’s How to Success in Business without Really Trying was diagnosed with diabetes at age 14 and is very vocal about raising awareness.