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My Kids Can’t Eat That: How to Deal with Allergies & Intolerances in Children. Christine Bailey Nourish Books August 2018

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As a coeliac myself and mother of three boys who between them have reactions to various foods I have learnt how to adapt our family life and eating patterns without compromising our health or enjoyment of delicious foods.  I feel I am lucky. As a qualified Nutritional Therapist and Chef if anyone was going to be able to create delicious healthy allergy free family recipes it was going to be me. Being trained through the Institute of Functional Medicine I am also aware that there are many reasons why allergies develop and if you can address the route causes and the underlying imbalances in the body you can reduce your child’s allergic potential and optimise their health long term.

As parents we want the best for our children. Being diagnosed with a food allergy can feel very daunting both for the parent and the child. That is why my latest book includes plenty of practical advice on living with a food allergy in addition to tackling the underlying imbalances – whether it’s avoiding cross contamination, coping when travelling, eating away from home or managing parties and family events.

Supporting Your Child With Allergies

When doctors refer to a food allergy, most of the time they are referring to an IgE-mediated food allergy, which is also called a “true” or “classic” food allergy. These types of reactions are more common in children rather than adults. Symptoms tend to be immediate, typically occurring within two hours of eating and are normally very obvious. It can be triggered by consumption of only a tiny amount of food.  It may result in a range of symptoms, including itchy rashes, sneezing and in some cases anaphylaxis. While any food can trigger such a reaction the most common are cow’s milk, eggs, fish and shellfish, peanuts, soybeans (and related products), tree nuts (e.g. almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, Brazils, macadamia nuts) and wheat.

Once you know what your child’s allergies or intolerance are then you can start to make practical steps to ensure their diet is safe and nourishing. This includes taking steps at home, eating out, dealing with schools and nurseries, parties and travelling

At Home

Caring for a child who has been diagnosed with a food allergy is a whole household – even lifestyle – experience. From the moment that you know there are certain foods that are now out of bounds for one (or more) of your children, you’ll need to get organized.

For many families, the simplest, clearest and most failsafe approach to ensuring that home is not a place that exposes children with allergies to foods they can’t eat is to remove the culprit foods completely. That is, everyone eats in the same, allergen-free way. For example, if one child is diagnosed coeliac, the whole family switches to a gluten-free diet; if a child is diagnosed with a nut allergy, your home becomes a nut-free zone.

If you are cooking separate meals you will also need to take steps to avoid cross contamination. Using separate chopping boards, baking trays, dishes, pans and so on for free-from foods and washing utensils thoroughly is important.

Whatever food allergy your child has, instead of focusing on what your child cannot eat explore all the nutritious foods they can enjoy. By cooking real food from scratch you’ll find your meals are fresher, tastier and more nutritious. It can also be cheaper too.

School Life

Just as it is important to speak to children about their allergies, it’s really important to have good communication with your child’s school staff. When your child starts a new school and at the beginning of each school year, make an appointment with the head teacher, the class teacher and the school nurse to talk about what your child is allergic to and what to do if he or she has an allergic reaction. If they are having school meals you will also need to speak to the school caterers to ensure the menu is suitable. If you’re worried, you may prefer the option of bringing a packed lunch rather than eating a school meal.

In many schools it is common practice to share a birthday cake or sweets on special occasions. There may be other times, such as festivals or international celebration days, when new foods are shared in class.  When you speak to your child’s class teacher at the start of the term, explain that you’d like warning of any occasions that the class will celebrate in order that you can provide alternative foods for your child to enjoy at the same time as everyone else, so that he or she can join in.

EATING OUT

European and UK law require eateries across all European countries to let customers know which foods on their menu contain any of the 14 primary allergens. However, there is no regulation as to how this information might be conveyed, which can make eating out incredibly stressful, particularly in the early days of diagnosis, when you’re just getting used to the kinds of questions you need to ask on behalf of your child.

Some restaurants, for example, will train their waiting staff to convey information about allergen foods on their menu directly to their customers in response to queries; others might add labels, highlights or symbols to the menu; in takeaway restaurants, labelling might be on the counter, on signage or in fridges next to food itself. Many restaurants will have special allergy-free menus to make choosing appropriate dishes as straightforward as possible – you just need to know to ask for one. In the book I provide my top tips on how to keep eating out the fun experience it should be.

Points to consider

Choosing your venue – Some restaurants – and cuisines – may be better suited than others for catering for people with allergies. For example, restaurants that cook everything to order, from scratch rather than buying in prepared sauces and other menu items are usually good choices.  Look at the menu online – do they have a special allergy free menu. This can help you decide if they have a good selection of dishes your children will enjoy. Forget the children’s menu – good restaurants will be able to provide smaller portions of dishes on the main menu

Plan Ahead – Book a table and explain your child’s allergies when you book – make sure they note it and you feel comfortable they understand the implications. Ask about cross contamination – how do they prepare allergy free dishes and make sure it is not contaminated during preparation and cooking.

Ordering –  When you order, ask questions if you need to double check ingredients. For example, ask whether sauces are thickened with wheat flour, or whether fried foods are dusted in flour before frying. If your child is dairy free, ask whether butter is used as an emulsifier in sauces or to coat vegetables before they come to the table. Have eggs been used to bind burgers or as a glaze on meats or breads?

When your order arrives, double check with the staff that they’re confident your requests for allergen-free ingredients have been followed and check to make sure there aren’t any sauces or extras that might have been added inadvertently and be problematic.

PARTIES AND PLAY DATES

No child should feel awkward or embarrassed about going to a party and not being able to eat the food. One thing I would say: there will always be a handful of children at a party who won’t eat what’s put in front of them, simply because of personal likes and dislikes – a child with allergies almost certainly needn’t feel alone.

Take control. If your child is invited to a party, let the host know when you accept the invitation about his or her allergies and tell them you’ll drop off a special party tea when you arrive. Ask what sorts of things their party tea will serve up and offer to bring similar allergy-free food to take the pressure off the host. Some parents will even be happy and confident to make something special for your child themselves – especially if it’s as simple as swapping in gluten-free bread or pasta, for example. But many will be grateful not to take the risk. Good hosts will never be offended if an allergic child refuses food. Reinforce the idea of saying no politely before your child goes to the party, so that he or she feels confident when there.

If your child is staying overnight at a friend’s house, offer to provide plenty of provisions to cover breakfast, as well as other meals and snacks. Use a cool bag, if you need. Keep foods wrapped or sealed within the containers and label them clearly. Remember to pack drinks, if relevant, too. Before you leave your child, make sure the host knows what to do if your child has a reaction and leave labelled medications just in case. Ask if he or she would like a list of culprit foods, and make sure you provide your mobile phone number. This is not only essential in case of emergency, but if the host is concerned about a certain product he or she is serving up, they can take a photo of the food label and send it to you to check yourself.

My Kids Can’t Eat That is available on September 18th in the US and August 16th in the UK and available to buy at Amazon and in all good book stores.

Hey all! Big thanks to Katy Blevins for handing over the reins to me at the end of 2017 to fulfill my new years resolution to write...often! Based in Miami, you can find me blogging about family life as a mother of two young kids. But i'll also continue the Chaos and Kiddos theme of business, fashion, parenting, product reviews, and...well, I could go on and on.

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Are Results of Upper Arm Lift Permanent?

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An upper arm lift (brachioplasty) is a procedure commonly performed on individuals who have lost a large percentage of body weight in a short time frame. Once the redundant skin is removed and proper postoperative protocol has been followed, the longevity of results will solely depend on the efforts made by the patient to maintain the same body weight. As with any area of skin that stretches due to weight gain, it is entirely possible that results from a brachioplasty could be undone without a proper diet and exercise routine.

Is there more than one type of arm lift surgery?

A traditional brachioplasty involves making an incision from the armpit to roughly the elbow region. Excess fat and skin are removed, and the skin is contoured and sutured together. This results in scarring, and each scar has varying degrees of thickness and appearance. Anyone with a history of developing thick scars may want to weigh that factor into the choice of surgery very carefully, especially if hoping for a very pleasing outward appearance with little scar visibility.

There is also a minimal-incision arm lift, which consists of making a small incision in the armpit and performing liposuction to remove some of the fat from the area. That incision is then closed, and the recovery is much shorter. This procedure is an option for individuals who do not have sagging or loose skin.

When will I know I’m ready for the arm lift procedure?

Loose, hanging skin from the upper arms can be very bothersome in that it can force an individual to purchase larger clothing, to accommodate the excess skin, and also due to possible skin rashes or infections that occur due to rubbing and chafing of the skin. The appearance of sagging skin on the upper arms is largely what drives patients to seek removal of the skin, in hopes of boosting their self confidence.

We advise patients to reach and sustain a weight that is within 30 lbs of their recommended BMI. While it is possible to perform the brachioplasty more than once, it is most beneficial to the patient to undergo the procedure only one time. If a patient is having extreme discomfort and has not yet reached their goal weight for the surgery, we can discuss options.

Depending where a patient carries weight in their body, it is entirely possible that more than one brachioplasty procedure will be necessary to help the patient achieve their desired outcome.

 

Will recovery take a long time?

The upper arm lift is done as an outpatient procedure, under general anesthesia; and you will go home on the day of surgery. The usual recovery time is 2-4 weeks. This time will be spent with compression garments around the arms and drains that collect blood and fluid. These drains will need to be managed for a few weeks as well. The compression garments help the skin adhere to the underlying tissues. Edema, particularly of the hands and fingers, is very common following this procedure. Compression garments will help minimize swelling of the arms, but it may take a few months for all swelling to completely resolve. Following the postoperative instructions very carefully will ensure the healthiest and speediest recovery.

Is there any chance that insurance will cover this procedure? 

Currently, most major health insurance companies are not covering the brachioplasty procedure. There may be the rare instance that the procedure would be covered, and we can submit documentation to your insurance company to see if the procedure receives prior approval, but history has shown us that most insurance companies consider an upper arm lift to be a cosmetic procedure.

Can I have other procedures done, while I am under anesthesia for the arm lift? 

In some instances, this is a possibility. Combining procedures is not uncommon, and we can discuss what your options are during your evaluation. There are several factors to consider, and the complexity of each case dictates what is safest. We take all of these factors into consideration when planning the best strategy for each individual patient.

To learn more about your arm lift options, you may visit or consult Dr. Joseph Rucker. Dr. Rucker is a board-certified plastic surgeon and owner of Rucker MD Plastic Surgery Clinic, who specializes many intricate plastic surgery procedures including arm lift surgery in Wisconsin. As arm lift surgery has grown in popularity, Dr. Rucker has stayed at the forefront of his field, educating future doctors as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

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How to Make Sure You Are Getting the Best Care

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As a society, we are more health-conscious than ever. With access to information at your fingertips and the premium on preventive care, you’re probably asking questions about how to make sure you are getting the best care.

It’s a big question and one that everyone should be asking, especially when the stakes are high. By being informed about the best care, you’re likely to receive, and how to get it, you’ll be in a better position to ask the critical questions about your personal care. Here, we look at a few factors to consider when thinking about your health care.

Check your medical records

What does it take to make sure you are getting the best medical care? Check your medical records for errors and inconsistencies. When it comes to your health, it is vital that you verify that your doctor is giving you the best care and treatment. And for that, periodically checking your medical records is important.

The law says you’re entitled to a copy of your medical records any time, for free, from any doctor or hospital that has them. Your medical care is more integrated than ever before – from surgeries to specialist consultations. A few minutes going through your records could save you from a mistake later, or even save your life.

Look for a communicative doctor

How communicative is your doctor? How much time do you spend with him or her? Do you feel like you understand your diagnosis and treatment? ​Are they taking the time to properly explain things to you and make your feel comfortable with your diagnosis and treatment?

When a doctor listens closely to you and thinks more about what you say than what they have to say, that’s called communication. Communication is a skill that must be learned and earned. Good communication is at the heart of a positive clinical encounter.

Explore other options

It’s always good to hear different points of view when making healthcare decisions. More than half of all patients are not happy with their healthcare providers. More than 80% say they would like to see another doctor. If you’re not 100% confident with your current health care provider, now is the time to explore other options.

You may not be taking advantage of the complete range of medical and health options available to you. There are a ton of innovative and life-saving treatments, medicine and more. Depending on what is most important to you, you may decide a new doctor is the best choice. Some may be a specialist in the field you need. Some may offer fast-track appointments or 24-hour care.  Some may be cheaper or offer more suitable treatments.

The only way to know is to explore your options.

There are easy ways to make sure you are in good hands. Often we assume someone is better than they really might be, but if you are unsure of your current doctor or any healthcare professional’s qualifications, it is as simple as asking or doing a little research online. With the internet and the proper tools, you can find out all there is to know about them in no time.

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9 Tips to Reset Your Adrenals When You Don’t Have Time to Rest

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When you’re a busy mom, it feels like there are never enough hours in the day. You are constantly rushing to and fro to take care of your family.

But when you are living like that, you are burning the candle at both ends. Eventually, you are going to find yourself in a situation of chronic stress and even burnout.

When it hits, you might feel symptoms like fatigue, difficulty waking up or going to sleep, anxiety, and increased muscle tension. Any physical or mental health conditions you have could flare.

“You just need to take some time off and rest,” may be good advice for resetting your adrenal system and de-stressing, but what if you don’t have that luxury?

Let’s go over some tips to help you fight adrenal fatigue and chronic stress even if you can’t take time out of your busy schedule.

  1. Take a healthy herbal supplement for adrenal support.

One big step you can take which won’t take any time at all is to start taking a natural supplement like the highly-rated VITALITY Adrenal Support & Fatigue Fighter by Eu Natural.

This supplement contains powerful ingredients like Organic KSM-66® Ashwagandha, Zinc, Kelp Iodine, Holy Basil, and Rhodiola to support your adrenal system.

Make it part of your daily routine, and before long, hopefully you will start noticing an improvement.

  1. Eat a wholesome, healthy diet.

If you are eating a lot of sugars and greasy foods fried in unhealthy fats, you will be promoting inflammation and feeding into the problems you are experiencing.

Instead, eat healthy foods which are high in antioxidants and which fight inflammation. A balanced diet which is rich in meats, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables can help.

While you’re at it, make sure you are staying hydrated and also keeping up with your electrolyte needs.

  1. Get a full night of sleep each night.

There is no excuse for not having time for a full night of sleep every night. Even if it means that there are other things you cannot get around to, make sure you are getting the sleep you need.

Doing so will help your body reset. It will also help you function at your best and stay safe with everything you do, which is extra important for any mom!

  1. Learn to say “no” to unnecessary obligations.

As a busy mom, it is easy to get swamped in commitments. Between taking care of your own family, participating in the PTA, helping out other moms and maybe juggling a day job, you might find yourself forgetting how to say the word “no.”

But not every commitment you are making is necessarily one that you need to make or even should. Practice setting boundaries to keep life balanced and manageable.

  1. Realize it is okay to ask for help.

We often feel that as moms, we need to wear a lot of hats and do everything ourselves. But the reality is that nobody should have to do everything on their own.

If you have a spouse, a family member or a friend who could help you with something now and again, there is nothing wrong with asking so that you can focus on what is most important for you to do. In fact, it is the smart thing to do and a good lesson to pass on to your kids.

If you don’t ask for help when you need it, your kids probably won’t either, and you don’t want that.

  1. Spend more time in nature.

One good way to de-stress is to spend time outdoors. Get some sunlight and fresh air. Surround yourself with nature.

That doesn’t mean you have to find time to go on a camping trip. It might just mean sitting outside while you work on a task instead of doing it indoors.

  1. Meditate, try deep breathing, or use visualizations.

Relaxation techniques can help a lot of people to de-activate the sympathetic nervous system and turn on the parasympathetic nervous system.

You can try a deep breathing exercise, visualize something calming, or meditate. There are many ways to approach each of these relaxation activities. Even just five minutes can help!

  1. Exercise.

As with meditating, working out doesn’t have to involve a ton of time and energy. Even if all you do is take a quick ten minute walk at some point each day, you are going to boost circulation, burn off some excess adrenaline, and fight inflammation.

  1. Make yourself a priority too.

Your first priority is, of course, your children. But it is important to remember that you shouldn’t make yourself last on the list. You are important too, and you can only be a good parent to your kids if you are taking care of your wellbeing.

So, don’t make yourself an option—make yourself a priority. Just by adjusting your mindset, you may find it easier to start saying “no” to unnecessary commitments and maybe scheduling in a little more “me” time.

Even Busy Moms Can Find Ways to Reduce Chronic Stress

Now you have a bunch of ideas for how you can fight adrenal fatigue and chronic stress even as a busy mother.

Start by taking VITALITY, and begin introducing exercise, meditation, time outdoors, and other simple, positive changes to your life, even in small increments. You will be surprised what a difference just 5 or 10 minutes a day of true relaxation can make!

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