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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 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...

As I start building my practice and spreading the word, I have many people ask me how I came up with the name Blue Butterfly.  Let me tell you it was a process.  A bit of a stressful process to think of something that would resonate with me and be attractive to clients, especially kids. We will start with Butterfly. As soon as I started to think about a name the word "transformation" kept coming up for me - in my head, in classes, in readings.  But using the actual word sounded too serious, too weighty, too burdensome.  So I started thinking about what in this world goes through transformations.  Butterfly, caterpillar, moth, phoenix, etc.  I ruminated on these for close to a month while I thought about if I wanted another word to go with it. Coming up with Blue came about a little more organically. I had already had it in the...