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'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...

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...

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...

Happy Friday!!! Two weeks ago I asked for favorite recipes or ways to prepare potatoes.  My mom, one of my biggest supporters, sent me her favorite way to prepare potatoes.  She likes to cut them in half, place the cut side down on the skillet, and add butter or ghee to the skillet and cook for about 20 minutes.  This makes the potatoes crispy brown on the cut side, and soft on the inside.  Definitely one of my favorite ways to prepare and eat potatoes. I am so excited for the addition of a vegetable that is now in season - asparagus!!! I love asparagus!  One of my favorite ways to cook it is to wrap the asparagus in bacon and cook it in the oven at 350 for about 15 minutes.  So yummy! What are your favorite ways to eat asparagus??? Vegetables -  asparagus, broccoli, broccolini, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, celery root, collards, fennel, kale,...

For those of you who have been reading my blogs or have read through my website have probably seen me use the phrase “create health” a few times.  Let me explain what I mean by this. Have you ever noticed that “normal” has changed? Working in the clinic during acupuncture school and with talking to parents of patients as a nurse, I have heard the word normal thrown out so many times.  Do you have any reflux?  Yes, but it’s normal.  Do you have any pain?  Yes, but that’s normal as I get older.  Do your baby have reflux? Yes, but its normal and she will grow out of it. Did you know that none of these are actually normal and you don’t have to live with it. Another thing that most people believe is that if you have a family history of a disease or health problem, you will inevitably have that disease...

Hope everyone is having a good week! Did anyone try celery root last week?  If you didn’t but would like to it is okay, it is still in season!!! The highlighted vegetable of this week is potatoes. And have to be honest, it is partly because I found the cute picture.  What is your favorite way to cook them?  What is your favorite way to eat them?  Please share in the comments below. Again not much change in the line-up.  If you have a favorite way of cooking or preparing any of the following fruits or vegetables, please share in the comments below.  If you have a favorite recipe for any of the following and would like to share, feel free to email it to me and I will pick a recipe each week to share. Vegetables: Broccoli, broccolini, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, celery root, collards, fennel, kale, leeks, mache, potatoes (maincrop), rutabaga, salsify, sunchoke, turnips Fruits:...

Hey all!!!  Hope you have had a good week and looking forward to a great weekend. Here is your list of fruits and vegetables in season in North America this week. Not much of a change.  I do want to issue a challenge for each of you to try a new fruit or vegetable.  Today I'm going to highlight a new vegetable to me and see if anyone has ever eaten or cooked with it.  Would love to hear tips and recipes in the comments. The vegetable is Celery Root. Here is a link to suggestions on what to do with celery root and what you should look for when buying. https://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/celery-root-love Vegetables: broccoli, broccolini, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, celery root, collards, fennel, kale, leeks, mache, potatoes, rutabaga, salsify, sunchoke, turnips Fruit: grapefruit, kiwi fruit, oranges, tamarillo, tangerines, ugli fruit In happiness and health, Jillian Steele Acupuncturist Aurora (720) 767-2213 Find me on Facebook...

I had to get out of the city today and get up in the mountains.  Needed a break from working at the hospital and the house, which is where I have spent basically all of 2018 so far. When I road trip, my new obsession is podcasts. I listen to a variety but of course most address acupuncture, nutrition and functional medicine since that is my passion and I feel like I can never get enough information.  The interesting thing as I learn more about these subjects they all have one thing in common – the importance of gut health (the microbiome), and how it is affected by the foods and beverages that we ingest.  I will go into more specifics in a future blog but today I wanted to keep it short and sweet with just some basic information to help you make healthier choices when choosing what foods to buy in...