The Importance of Calcium in Brain Health

When most people think of calcium I am sure two things pop into mind:

Strong bones and…

Dairy!

Calcium is so much more.  According to Columbia psychiatrist, Dr. Drew Ramsey, “calcium regulates the electrical circuitry of our brains and hearts.”  He goes on to note that calcium is “involved in the survival of neurons and the formation of new connections in the brain.”

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The High Cost Of Cheap Food

Whole Foods. Whole paycheck.  Or so the joke goes.  The misconception that organic, whole food is too expensive is a convenient excuse to make ourselves feel better for the choices we make.  We all have different incomes, budgets, and life circumstances.  I know when I speak; I speak from a place of white privilege.  I do not live in a food desert.

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The Brain Boosting Benefits of This Breakfast Bowl

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Try saying that title 5 times fast!  If you follow me on Facebook (by the way, I would love it if you did) then you are well-aware that I attempted to write this post approximately 3 days ago.  An article filled with glamorous nutritional content was swiftly derailed by my three little bears.  Not one to be easily deterred, I have set out to write the article you are longing for in the quiet hours of your evening.  Here we go.

The base of this delicious breakfast bowl is created by simply pouring kefir from the jar into a bowl.  Rocket science, I tell you! The type I purchase is  Maple Hill 100% grass-fed, whole fat and organic kefir.

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Kefir and Three Little Bears

 

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Don’t worry! This is NOT a post about kefir. It was GOING to be a post about the health benefits of this delicious breakfast bowl but my children thought otherwise. No, this post is about the struggles we all face feeding our children something weird like REAL FOOD.

Who does that? Who buys and then puts together actual food for their children to eat in the morning? I suppose a lunatic because that is how I was treated when my three baby bears woke up this morning and made their way into the kitchen.

It Doesn’t Have To Be All Or Nothing

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Jamming in the mini-van with tired and cranky children, you suddenly realize you are about to face the dreaded second shift.  Overwhelmed by the thought of taking a turkey, plucking the feathers, and cooking from scratch; you veer off the road at the quickest stop-McDonald’s.  You reason it is a justified evil.  “It is this or Hell when you get home,” you tell yourself.  Frankly, who wouldn’t pick McDonald’s over Hell?  So you roll into the drive-thru and buy your Hell-avoiding Happy Meals.  Now you can leave with the peace of mind that you have just gained back two hours of your life from torturous cooking methods.

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Food Hack for Fish

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If your kids don’t eat salmon but you want them to enjoy it for its brain healthy Omega-3 content, try this: Buy a can of canned salmon and add it to your child’s mac n’ cheese, bed of rice/quinoa, salad or a bowl of spaghetti with olive oil, salt, pepper and a little grated parmesan.  They won’t be overwhelmed by the new taste when it is mixed into a food they already love and you won’t be overwhelmed by spending the money and time on buying the fish whole and serving it as a filet.  With time, they will love it and then you can make your move to serving it freshly caught!  Let me know if this food hack works for you. Enjoy!

Helpful hint:  Be mindful of your seafood consumption.  Please check this website for guides and regulations: www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm393070.htm

Can You Pronounce This?

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Methylcellulose.  It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue; does it? I am not a linguist.  Surprise! Surprise!  However, I would like to think I have a firm grasp on the English language especially since it is the only language I know.  And methylcellulose makes me question myself.  For one, why am I having difficulty pronouncing it?  Secondly and most importantly, what the heck is it?

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Moods and Foods: What No One is Talking About

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I’m no scientist but I am going to take a leap and say your brain is attached to the rest of your body.  Crazy, I know. Now, I am really going to go out on a limb and say that the brain is a vital organ we ignore, better yet, shun.  If our brain isn’t functioning; let’s say, up to par; we simply write it off.  We dismiss illnesses of the brain.  We shame the poor health of the brain.  We take a diagnosis of the brain and we call it, “crazy.”

Last time I checked, no one called an illness of the heart, “psycho.” No on one has ever labeled an illness of the pancreas as “nutso.” In this day and age, most people, mildly agree to the notion that the way they live and the foods they eat influence their health. But not if that health is above the neckline.  Nope, that is where we stop dead in our tracks.

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Go Ahead. “Get Egg on Your Face.”

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If there is one whole food most children love; it is eggs.  For good reason, they are delicious.  What you may not know is how nutrient packed these little gems are.  Eggs contain vitamins B6, B9, and B12.  Without these essential vitamins, your child’s brain begins to feel agitated and sad. He/she may have trouble focusing while feeling lethargic throughout the day.

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