Jillian Steele Acupuncturist Aurora, Author at Blue Butterfly Holistic Health
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Author: Jillian Steele Acupuncturist Aurora

Today, July 7, is World Chocolate Day!!! How many of you have or know someone who gets chocolate cravings??? Did you know that craving chocolate could mean a magnesium deficiency??? Did you know that dark chocolate has health benefits??? Well today I am going to tell you about dark chocolate's health benefits and some recipes to help you enjoy World Chocolate Day! HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE The average American consumes 12 lbs of chocolate each year, and more than $75 billion worldwide is spent on chocolate annually. (1)  That is a lot of chocolate!  There are health benefits to chocolate but not all chocolate is the same.  Processed, highly sweetened chocolate have very little, if any, real health benefits.  Dark chocolate (70% cocoa content) is quite impressive. Just an ounce of dark chocolate with 70 to 85 percent cacao solids contains: (2) 168 calories 12.8 g carbohydrates 2.2 g protein 12 g fat ...

The fire child is enthusiastic and spontaneous in his/her play.  They also can be described as a leader or performer. For example, the Fire child likes new things, are attracted to "bright, shiny objects," and would be happy to sing you a song.  Characteristics seen in the Fire child are they enjoy excitement and sensuality, and seek contact and intimacy.  Also, they are passionate, sensitive and empathetic.  For instance, as a playmate, they make sure that everyone is included.  Personality traits include lively, charismatic, optimistic and enthusiastic.    They are intuitive learners. Great ways to help your Fire child thrive at home is with regular meals including a protein snack after school and drinking plenty of water.  An Epsom salt bath before bed will help them to wind down and sleep.  Set clear goals to get beyond instant gratification.  These kids respond best with a mapped schedule for physical activity and quiet time, as well as, emotional regulation tools.  Helping them to balance humor and being silly, acting/performing, and teaching them to trust their intuition to manage their emotions. Great tips for the teacher to help the child excel at school include being aware that they may have difficulty focusing for long periods and tend to get disruptive so...

The wood child can be described as an artist, strategist and/or planner.  Characteristics seen in the wood child include enjoying speed, pressure, and novelty.  Personality traits seen in the wood child is confidence, assertive, competitive, decisive and bold.  These kids tend to be drawn to physical activity and have advanced motor skills for their age.  They are logical, linear thinkers, love exploring, pushing limits, and goal driven.  They tend to be kinesthetic learners.  Great ways to help your Wood child thrive at home is with positive reinforcement and avoid yelling, and feeding them a protein rich diet. At school, if you are able to let their teacher know, here are some tips to help them thrive in that environment.  Give them a job.  Let them try on their own with minimal guidance.  Find opportunities for them to get up and move around.  Seat them to promote focus.  Explain the logical consequences.  Structured learning environments work well. Imbalance of Wood Child When a Wood child becomes imbalanced they become the "wild child", out of control.  They are easily distracted, very easily frustrated, hyperactive, hostile, angry, aggression, shouting.  A wood child will feel constrained by stillness.  They become more susceptible to tension headaches, migraines, muscle cramps, stiff, weak joints, and more prone to tendon or ligament injuries. Exercises for the Wood Child Jumping Jacks Lateral Jump - jumping back and forth over a rope or line on the floor. Environment for the Wood Child To support your wood child's development make sure to...

The five elements is a foundation of traditional Chinese medicine.  They are related to the seasons, different organs of the body and their functions, and the constitution of a person.  The five elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.  The five elements create a cycle and help to nourish and balance each other.  An imbalance in one element can flow into the next element and cause an imbalance in that one as well.  A person's constitution usually has a dominant element and then has some tendencies from 1 or 2 of the other elements.  By understanding what element type your child is you can understand the unique way your child experiences and reacts to their environment and situations, learning and attention styles, and strategies to help you help your child take on the world and live a more harmonious life.   Below you will find a brief description about each element today and in...

'Tis the season for flu shots, runny noses, coughs, and sniffles. Being exposed to different viruses and having your immune systems fight them off is what makes your immune system stronger.  If your child catches a virus and it becomes really severe or seems to linger on for more than a couple weeks, this is evidence that your child's immune system is not as strong as it could be. What may be surprising to you is that what your child eats can either strengthen or weaken your child's immune system. 7 Things you can do to help your child Limit sugar intake No or very limited dairy products Limited cold foods Eat warm, healing foods Probiotics and prebiotics Hydration Acupressure   Limit sugar Sugar causes inflammation in the body.  When your child is sick their body already has some inflammation.  Some inflammation is necessary to fight off a virus or bacteria, but too much...

There is so much information and education regarding nutrition and autism. I could easily write multiple posts on the subject. These would include understanding digestion, typical digestion in a person with autism, nutritional deficiencies typically seen, and recommended diet that will most benefit and lessen severity of symptoms your child may be experiencing. This post will mostly be a quick overview on the digestive state and nutritional deficiencies typically seen in autistic children. I'll also tell you two of the best diet recommendations to help lessen the severity of symptoms. Digestion There are two divisions of your nervous system: sympathetic and parasympathetic. Sympathetic is also known as "fight or flight".  Picture a caveman running into a saber tooth tiger. His body would jump into sympathetic and either run from or prepare to fight the tiger. In sympathetic your heart rate rises, blood pressure rises, and digestion stops. Parasympathetic is also known as...

When people think about kids with autism they don't usually think about acupuncture (Chinese medicine) as a modality that can help.  Acupuncture actually can help tremendously with autism.  How acupuncture addresses autism, as well as any other concern or problem, is to look at the root cause of the imbalance in the child.  These are the small signs and symptoms that were seen before the diagnosis as well as the behavior, sleep patterns, appetite and other manifestations. With children, we start with looking at their character type.  In acupuncture there are five different character types: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.  These character types help us to understand why people behave, react, and interact in certain ways.  If you want to know more about the character types and determine what character type your child is, click here and you can sign up to receive my free e-book "Breaking Your Child's Code". We then...

I am so excited for the new addition to the fruit list this week. AVOCADOS!!! Avocados are such powerhouse fruits.  Avocados are considered a “super food” and when you read about all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals they include plus everything they help with to make you healthy you will agree.  Avocados are a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids and have a very low sugar content.  For those of you that are keto their net carb is 2g!!!  Avocados are a good source of calcium, iron (4%), magnesium (10%), potassium, copper, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.  They also contain vitamin C (24%), B6 (20%), B12, A (4%), D, K, E, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin.  And on top of all of that they are a great source of fiber containing 40% of your daily dietary fiber requirement. Some of the health benefits of avocados include prevents bad breath, aids in maintaining healthy skin, protects...

Hypnotherapy is never something that I really ever thought about. That was until I met Thomas (aka The Mind Guy) at a networking event.  I've always known that I have some limiting beliefs that I needed to work through in order to accomplish my goals and dreams in life.  Especially since my dream is to live my own life and not what society states is the way to live.  I have had my first hypnotherapy session and was very intrigued at what was brought up. Things that I thought I had dealt with and moved on from. I'm excited to continue my hypnotherapy sessions and dive in deeper into my subconscious to release some of my blockages.  In talking with Thomas about hypnotherapy and the mind I thought about how beneficial it would be in hospital settings to help with anxiety, for the person who is always trying to lose weight but doesn't...

I apologize for my absence the last few weeks but there hasn’t been any change in what is in season. But I’m so excited for spring and the constant change of new fruits and vegetables coming into season.  So without further ado, lets talk about the new fruit added to the list this week….. RHUBARB! Rhubarb is a great source of fiber and a good source of Vitamin C and Calcium.  When buying rhubarb you want to look for crisp, firm stalks with good color.  Store it in the fridge (fresh rhubarb will stay in decent condition for 1-2 weeks). When preparing rhubarb wash and trim both ends of the stalks, discard the leaves as they are poisonous.  Rhubarb has a very tart flavor to it and requires some sweetening, which is why so many people like Strawberry Rhubarb pie. Please share any fabulous rhubarb recipes you have either in the comments of this...