inspirational parent: Tui Fleming

Social media is an interesting place.  I spend way too much time there, which my husband totally hates, but sometimes it proves fruitful, and luckily for me, a few weeks ago it was.

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Tui Fleming

Tui is an Auckland mother of 2 girls.  Tui and I actually go way back, to high school years, it was great to reconnect to her through Facebook, as one evening a mutual friend posted about Tui’s book.

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Dear Mummy, You’re Important Too

The book title caught my eye, and I dug a little deeper (ok I totally stalked) and found a like-hearted soul in Tui, and instantly reached out to collaborate.

Tui has only this week launched her book: ‘Dear Mummy, You’re Important Too’.   Described on Dear Mummy’s website ‘Unlike other how-to parenting books, this book has mummies as it’s priority – at it’s heart. It understands you want to be the best mummy you can. It’s premise: that means being the best YOU you can be. This book offers musings, motivations and morsels to nourish a mummy’s soul’.

Tui has a lot of beautiful things to say about her family, thank you Tui for your honesty and your time to share with us your ‘musings’ (my new favourite word!).

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How old are your children?

I have two dynamite daughters: 4 ½ and 3 years old.

What is your food philosophy for your children?

There are so many things I ‘should’ say here. But shoulds are so often derived from other peoples’ expectations. The fact is, I don’t have a food philosophy for my children – well not one I’ve pre-considered anyway. I approached food differently with my first than I did my second daughter. It was circumstantial: with my first I had all the time in the world, it was just she and I at home together each day. So she received homemade solids and didn’t touch sugar until her first birthday. My second had many more ready-made baby pouches and I’m pretty sure she had her first marshmallow before she was one. If I had to define it, my philosophy would center around balance. Of course children need their fruit & veg; they need good quality protein. But I also think they should be allowed treats sometimes. 100s and 1000s sprinkles on fairy bread never hurt us growing up. Let children be children. Also, let them have a voice and listen to it. If they really hate something, so long as they’ve had a try, let it go. They’re little people. Respect them. Educate and encourage but don’t forcefly-d0ip7l5GB63bu10wSVXgt9VnwXnrNJwGCDPmJHg-846x400.jpg

Tui’s own French Onion Soup

What inspires you to feed your children the way you do?

I’m inspired to live a healthy, balanced life. A couple of years ago I tried going sugar-free. Then I lost my way. Last year I got more structured about it and signed up for the I Quit Sugar 8 week programme. I love baking, cooking and discovering new flavour combinations so I’m inspired by people like Sarah Wilson from I Quit Sugar and Eleanor Ozich from Petite Kitchen who continually fuel my mind with innovative new ways to feed myself and my children.

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What tips have you got for travelling families?

My travel-day secret is “eggy for brekkie”. It’s tested and true that when you fuel yourself with a good protein-rich breakfast then it’ll sustain you through the morning – on a travel day this could be a long transit until you get the chance to stop for your next good meal. When my girls eat “eggy for brekkie” they can go hours without needing (aka whingeing for!) more food. I also give them eggs on kindy mornings for the same reason – it gets them through a couple of hours of energetic play until morning tea.

What are your three top snacks?

Popcorn – cheap, quick to make, healthy

Yoghurt suckies – I buy The Collective brand as it has no added nasties

One of my healthy homemade treats like my Double Fruit Drops

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How do you look after yourself as well as your children?

I’ve just written a book about this! I believe that to be the best mummy you can be means being the best YOU you can be, and that means putting yourself first. This starts with your mindset and a base understanding of self – who you are, what you value, what lights you up: “Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?” (brilliant quote from Danielle LaPorte)

Motherhood is a journey, and so is finding oneself again after becoming a mummy. My book ‘Dear Mummy, You’re Important Too’ offers musings, motivations and morsels for a mummy’s soul, to help you reclaim and restore yourself – because you (we!) are important too!

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What brings balance to your family?

A calm, balanced family life starts with a calm, happy mummy. Happiness comes from living your life your way. For me, it’s fulfilling my need for independence and achievement by working 2 days per week, and ensuring vitality with a gym and yoga session each week, which helps to sustain a solid foundation for our family to thrive on. Then together we balance the busyness of our lives with time away at the family bach, family walks, opening up our house to fresh air and enlivening it with music… and lest I forget, snuggles in the morning when the girls climb into bed with us.

What is your favourite activity to do together as a family?

For me it’s going to the beach. There are no walls, no technology, just fresh air, sun, sand and surf. My grandparents had a bach at Whangamata on the Coromandel in New Zealand, so I grew up spending every holiday of my childhood there. It’s my soul space and I feel so lucky to be able to share it with my own daughters now.

When I asked my husband this question, he answered ‘family walks because we all enjoy it, it gets us out of the house, it’s quality time together – and exercise’: the same reasons really, why I love the beach. I guess this shows even within a family, the members can have a different perspective of what’s the family favourite. It doesn’t really matter what you’re doing; it’s how it’s being done – with intention, together, and full engagementae04e624-cbe3-44e9-82a1-de1bffeca27c.jpg

Relaxing and having extra snuggles with her young daughter

Do you have a favourite inspirational quote that lights up your life?

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‘When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.’ – Wayne Dyer.

And one perhaps a little less philosophical, which I share here specifically for mums: ‘Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, “I’ll try again tomorrow.”’ – Mary Anne Rachmacher.

I share dozens of other inspirational quotes in my book, sourced from a wide range of thinkers, writers and doers, who have all inspired me on my journey. If you choose to read ‘Dear Mummy, You’re Important Too’ I hope their words will illuminate your path, as they have mine.

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Photographs thanks to Tui and her Dear Mummy website.

inspirtational parent: Dr Kate Wood

There are some pretty phenomenal people in the world, and I find myself very lucky to know Dr Kate Wood.  Kate is an incredible chiropractor at Health Space (with acupuncture and kinesiology to boot), an author and adoring mother to gorgeous Maxim.  Believing that health is your greatest wealth, Kate inspires everyone she meets, from her daily care of herself, to her extensive knowledge and care of her clients.  Kate oozes wellbeing, she shines, she glows, she makes the most of her life, thoroughly enjoys being a first time mum and provides the best care for her growing family.

 

Most recently Kate has written a book, ‘An Integrated Journey Back to Health and Happiness’ about her experience with Lyme Disease, and how she regained her health through her journey of recovery, using an array of integrated practices.  The book has some great tips on how to get healthy and stay healthy from a physical, biochemical, emotional and spiritual perspective.  You can read more about her book here

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So clear the kids off for 10mins and get ready to become inspired.

 

How many children do you have?

I have one beautiful miracle child called Maxim

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The food philosophy I have for myself is the same one I hope to inspire in my family. Food is about nourishing body, mind and soul so we can enjoy optimal health and amazing quality of life. As such I always lead by example when teaching Maxim about food. I always sit down with Maxim so we can eat together and he can watch and learn from me. We eat predominantly fresh, seasonal, sustainable, certified organic whole foods, in a mixture of textures, flavours, colours and temperatures. Nothing with numbers, preservatives, flavours, colours or anything that is not “real” food. Daily staples include lots of vegetables, fermented foods, bone broth and cod liver oil. A lot of what we eat is inspired from what our ancestors ate. I provide Maxim with options but he always decides what he wants to eat, when he would like to eat it and how much he will eat. (I want him to learn to listen to his body as each persons needs will vary from day to day). I believe that by using different herbs and super-foods you can enjoy maximum flavour and we never feel like we are missing out!

 

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I believe that what we put in our mouth, and how we digest our food, directly affects the quality of our health and subsequently our life. Having had health challenges myself I changed my diet a lot to get well. I was even more motivated during preconception, pregnancy and now breastfeeding to eat the best quality food to give my son the best possible start to life. As he is only 11 months old I have the advantage of being able to choose exactly what goes on his plate, but I always allow him to choose when and how much he eats. As he gets older I plan to guide him and educate him about healthy choices for his tummy rather than restrict or not allow him to have ‘unhealthy’ food choices that his peers may be having. I want him to learn to read labels and choose for himself not to eat foods laden with sugar and additives. I understand it may not always be easy and every child is different but I am providing him with a framework and inspiring him through action everyday to make healthy choices. There will come a time when I may not be as influential in his life as I am now, so I want to ensure I give him the best chance of living and feeling what a healthy lifestyle can do for him and hope he chooses that for himself one day. that he has I am great at adapting recipes, using spices and making whole food treats and look forward to sharing these with him to bring balance to his diet. I use the term “sometimes foods” for whole food treats and “everyday foods” for those that need to be eaten everyday to stay strong, lean, energetic and healthy (such as fermented foods, fruit, vegetables and lean grass fed meats).

 

What tips have you got for travelling families?

I don’t travel much but I do know when I go to visit my family in the country it is often much harder to source good quality ingredients. Its all about being prepared. If you have an esky or a car fridge then you can pre prepare some food and snacks to take with you. Often we do a big shop and take it with us and take some non perishable items like tinned tuna, rice crackers or corn chips to snack on as we travel. We always look up places to eat so we can hit the ground running when we get there or know exactly where we will make stops along the way.

 

What are your 3 top snacks?

Fruit (especially seasonal berries)

Activated nuts

Super smoothies

 

How do you look after yourself as well as your family?

I am very big on making my health a priority so I am healthy enough to look after everyone else. Where possible I prioritise exercise, sleep, meditation and relaxation as well as my nutrition. Some things are out of your control, like when you have a sick child, so its all about doing your best. If you lead a healthy lifestyle then you will get sick less, you will deal with sleep deprivation and stress better and bounce back quicker when you do get sick or injured. I have a weekly schedule and pre plan meals / shopping lists. I always make extra food when I cook so I left overs for the next day, and if I know I have a busy week coming up I will freeze food (better than eating take away). If I am away I pre prepare food for my husband and son.

 

What brings balance to your family?

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Honestly it’s being organised. If I am away or get sick, or have a sick child, everything goes out the window and I feel out of control. Sometimes it’s important to just let go and get the job done at the time and then have measures in place to bounce back. Scheduling in “me time” and “husband time” is really important as once you have kids life gets more hectic and time seems to speed up. Taking time to yourself and with your partner is essential to maintain balance and remember why you started your family in the first place. Asking for help is another key way to keep balance.

 

What is your favourite activity to do together as a family?

We absolutely love being outdoors. Whether it be the park, going for a bush walk or going to the beach. The beach is probably our absolute favourite place in the world. Maxim and I are both water signs, so we are at our happiest in or near water. The grounding nature of the beach makes us all so happy!

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote that lights up your life?

Someone special in my life died when I was younger and I always regretted not spending more time with them. At her funeral I made a pact with myself that I would never have regrets again, so I make decisions in my life by asking will I regret this if I don’t do it / try it etc. So the quote I live by is “no regrets”. The quote I’m inspired by is one by Buddha; “What you think you become. What you feel you attract. What you imagine, you create”.

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Thanks Kate, it has been awesome to watch your family thrive and thank you for sharing such a large part of you with us.

About

Renee is an experienced holistic nutritionist, with a background of paediatric nursing. After 14 years of nursing around the world, Renee settled in Sydney to chase her dream of implementing natural health care into the everyday lives of people everywhere. Renee is passionate about changing the perception of health and inspiring people to develop better building blocks for improving their health and wellbeing. Renee adores good tea, nutritious food and connecting the two to support the body and its many biochemical processes. A lover of a balanced lifestyle, Renee enjoys many natural modalities to sustain a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. Currently striving for a sustainable lifestyle, Renee gently encourages (bosses) her partner about ensuring a healthy home for their young son.

Qualifications:

Bachelor Health Science (AUT)

Advanced Diploma Nutritional Medicine (ACNT)

 

Practice:

You can book an appointment to see Renee at health Space Kings Cross, Sydney (02) 8354 1534. http://healthspaceclinics.com.au/location/kings-cross

MORE ABOUT RENEE: Renee is a qualified nutritionist with a focus on children’s health at the Kings Cross clinic. Renee is also a registered nurse with 15 years experience working worldwide in children’s health, as a paediatric nurse.

 

By teaching families about food as medicine and helping them apply their new found knowledge to their every day lives, Renee believes there is great success in helping children thrive and maintain good health.  Renee is passionate about changing the way we think about health and inspiring people to improve their vitality by looking after the key areas of their lifestyle. Areas such as real food, important nutrients, hydration, sleep and laughter.

 

Renee has received comprehensive, best practice training and can provide families with unique nutritional treatment plans helping them with conditions such as:

• Eczema

• Asthma

• Allergies/intolerances

• Constipation

• Autism/ASD

• Gut health/issues: restoring and healing the gut

• Diabetes

• Immunisation support

• Learning behaviours

• Hormonal issues

• Stress/adrenal issues

• Womens health

• Fertility

• Preconception and pregnancy care

Family Nutrition: Renee can teach the whole family the reasons behind eating for health and encourage kids to enjoy their nutritious meals.

 

Renee will guide you through an individualised care plan, which may include supplementation of required nutrients, nutritional advice, menu planning, food as medicine, lifestyle advice and support for the whole family.

 

A lover of a balanced lifestyle, Renee enjoys the many natural therapies provided at Kings Cross to sustain a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. Renee also enjoys experimenting with nutritious meals on her growing toddler, and is enjoying watching him develop with gusto and good health.

 

 

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how to not be a stressed out mumma

POOPED? All the time? ME TOO!!! Having children, large and small, can be so challenging. I love being a mumma, adore my son, but somehow, somewhere I’ve lost a little part of me.  This little part of me has been my spiritual side.  And by spiritual, I’m talking about what connects me to ME, to being present, to being grateful, to feeling calm, and to feeling energised.  When I am connected to ALL THESE THINGS, I really feel wonderful.

To be honest, it’s been a rather large year for my family.  My beautiful big brother has had major neuro surgery.  This has been incredibly taxing, on all of us.  The stress of seeing a loved one really unwell is real.  It’s old fashioned stress.  BAM, there go the adrenals…running around all over the show, releasing in the short term stress hormone adrenalin.  Once tired of releasing adrenalin, stress hormone cortisol takes over…and this baby just keeps on keeping on.

To then add to my rather stressed out system, my dear dad passed away.  Worst 2 weeks of my life.  I feel blessed to have been present, I feel blessed to have connected to my dad and watch his strength as he peacefully passed.  My brother, his girlfriend and my son all came together and looked after each other as best we could.  Emotions were sky high, anxiety was tapping on my door, adrenalin was pumping, and cortisol was in the wings waiting to take over again.

 

What did I do to support my body physically?

NUTRITION! Back to basics… our cells are happy when we give them nutrients, this make them work well and support all our physical functions.  REALLY important through times of stress are vitamin C (keeps the adrenals very happy), zinc (keeps everything happy) and B vitamins.  I choose to take activated B’s, these little babies are all ready for absorption and to take action in the body, your body doesn’t need to work as hard to convert them to activated forms, because you guess it…the hard work is mostly done!  I also turn to herbal formulas to help through really tough times, however that is beyond my qualifications to give specific remedies to help.  I just smile and nod as my naturopath hands me mine!

It’s very hard to eat well when you are in a stressed zone.  But try, you know the drill…whole foods, lots of veggies, bone broths, nurturing food, soul loving foods.  Try to avoid alcohol, we think it helps us to unwind, but really it is putting more stress on the body, our liver then has to work harder to eliminate…snowball effect and our adrenals just have to keep pumping more adrenalin out to help our stressed bodies…. phew it’s exhausting!!!  So put down the wine and pick up a glass of bubbling water with a splash of lime. Or at least alternate.

Legs Up the Wall…YOGA  ! Here is a great yoga pose that helps the adrenals to relax.  Try it if you are awake in the middle of the night..seriously good.

Gentle walks…NOT RUNNING LIKE A MAD WOMAN! Slow down, walk the neighbourhood and notice the flowers, the trees, the wind on you skin.

What did I do to support my mind and spirit?

I confess, I didn’t.  I buried my head in the sand. Really.  I disconnected myself from my spirit.  I truly believed it was becoming ‘too cool’ to be spiritual, so I didn’t want to be a part of the trend. I just got on with it.  And down…I ….Went.  I didn’t have the energy for getting out of bed, making the bed, cleaning the house, playing with my son, cooking the dinner, conversations with my partner.  Sounds like I was borderline depressed, but it didn’t feel like that. It just felt like I couldn’t lift my arms.  Weeks went by, 10 in fact, and then I felt like I couldn’t cope with all the stress anymore.  I called my mum and I cried.  She made me feel better. Mums are like that!  Then I made an appointment with my kinesiologist Clare.  We hit a few home truths.  And then I worked it out, I had ‘forgotten’ my spirit, in an attempt to be different.  I had read a piece a friend had written about her morning rituals, and something ignited within me, I wanted that peace, that focus, that time with my son where he had all of me.  So over the last week, I have been connecting with me again.  Tuning into my greatness.  Setting intentions (thanks Oprah). MANIFESTING…oh god what will people think of me!!!!

 

SO WHAT DO I DO NOW!… slowly does it! I’m into Angel Cards, Doreen Virtue in fact.  So I play with the cards, to help me be present, to set intentions, to be clear, to connect.oprah-winfrey-quotes-23.jpg

 

I’m working on the meditation.

I’m working on the Manifesting

I’m working on the rituals too…lighting pretty candles, reading, gratitude diary

Do things that make me HAPPY

I’m working on Journalling

I love connecting with nature…I make sure Rafael and I put our feet on the earth every day. thats without shoes.

 

I am learning how to de-stress. How to find time for all the craziness life brings, and how to most importantly look after me in amongst all this.  I love looking after myself holistically, it’s so important to incorporate all aspects of health, to be a strong pillar for our children and families.  As Oprah (the great! OMG yes I’m a little obsessed after seeing her in the flesh) says: Remember your spirit.

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inspirational parent: Clair Ingleton

It has certainly been a while since we have an inspirational parent up on the blog!

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Clair is a naturopath in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, and when I trained as a nutritionist, Clair was training as a naturopath. Clair has a keen interest in children’s health, and has some great recipe ideas on her website. I love Clair’s gentle approach to health, her use of herbs and her passion to help children thrive.

 

How many children do you have?

2

 

What is your food philosophy for your children?

Definitely a whole foods diet.  Being a naturopath my kids rarely get to eat processed food and sugar. I cook most things from scratch and the kids and I are always trying to create new yummy treats from fruits and vegetables with a few natural sweeteners. I’m lucky enough to have a Thermomix which I use to mill my own flours and nut butters as well as using it to hide vegetables in just about everything I make!

 

What inspires you to feed your children the way you do?

I want then to be as healthy and happy as they can. I feel really strongly in educating kids from a young age about what’s is healthy and what is not. I also don’t want them to have to have pain or suffer from ill health, so for me, prevention is the best option.

Oh and behaviour! I know from my own kids when they have too much sugar they are definitely more defiant and energetic. I see this all too often in other children who may be causing disruptions in class or just making their parents life difficult.

What tips have you got for travelling families? 

Be prepared! I always pack vege sticks, and cherry tomatoes for the beginning. They keep quite well depending on the climate. I always make sure I have nuts in my bag for hungry moments.  Then at our destination I head to the supermarket or healthfood store to replenish supplies.  When at a restaurant with limited choices, I’ll often order “off menu”, that is I ask them for something I want like grilled fish and vegetables, or a simple salad with whatever protein they have.

What are your 3 top snacks?

-Chia pot – chia seeds, fruit & coconut yoghurt

-Celery and nut butter

-Nuts, seeds & piece of fruit

-Baby cucumber, cherry tomato and sugar snap peas.

Oops that’s 4… My kids are always wanting snacks!

How do you look after yourself as well as your family?

By eating well and ensuring we all get enough sleep. I’m hopeless when I’m tired and the kids act up, then everyone is miserable. I also try to walk most places so that I am getting exercise without having to think about it. I try to remember to look after myself first, so that I can then have enough energy and patience to make sure I am looking after everyone else’s needs to my best ability.

What brings balance to your family?

We are kinda old fashioned. We don’t watch a lot of TV, we play games, read books and try to do lots of things together as a family. We try not to be too busy.  So many kids have activities every single day after school and then the parents have all their things too, so there’s not enough time to prepare healthy food and enjoy each other’s company.  I guess we balance by trying not to be too busy, but doing just enough of the activities we like to keep us all happy.

What is your favourite activity to do together as a family?

Getting back to nature.  All of us love getting out of the city and exploring in the bush.  Feeling the earth beneath our feet and seeing, smelling and hearing all the amazing creations that mother nature offers.

Do you have a favourite inspirational quote that lights up your life?

Not really!  It’s a bit of a soppy one, but once you have a baby you know exactly what this is about:

“Before I met you, I never knew what it was like to be able to look at someone and smile for no reason”

(I smile just thinking about my girls )

 

Here is a recipe from Clair’s Blog

HIDDEN VEGE-BANANA-BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

Most weekends we bake. I enjoy creating recipes and we all enjoy eating the outcome (usually!).  Like most mums, I’m always trying to find ways to get that extra serving of vegetable into my kids.  I’m fairly lucky that both my girls like most vegetable and are usually happy to eat them, but still, I like to sneak them in wherever possible.  Here’s a muffin that the kids will never suspect has a serving of cauliflower in it.

Banana Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:
110g cauliflower
2 very ripe bananas (150g peeled)
2 large eggs
30g coconut oil (plus extra for greasing muffin liners)
10g (2 tsp) maple syrup (add more if banana aren’t that ripe)
5g (1 tsp) vanilla essence
90g buckwheat flour
25g tapioca flour
5g (1 tsp) bicarb soda
5g (1 tsp) creme tartar
48 blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Preheat oven to 180degrees Celsius. Grease 12 muffin liners and place in muffin try.
Place cauliflower in food processor and blend well.  Add banana and blend again.  Add all wet ingredients except blueberries and blend until well combined.  Pour into large mixing bowl and then sift in all dry ingredients.  Gently mix until just combined. Pour into greased muffin cups. Place 4 blueberries on top of each muffin and bake for approx. 17-18 minutes at 180.

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A portrait of my child once a week, every week for 2015

My nana was an amazing knitter.  All I ever wanted was her to knit me a baby blanket, so a few years ago my mum asked her, just in case.  What I got was a treasure trove of beautiful garments, and this hood is simply gorgeous.  It’s a bit hard in Sydney to get a baby to wear one as it’s not cold enough, so we did a quick (iphone) shoot when we were mucking about.  In the background is the beautiful baby blanket she made.  Delicious.

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A portrait of my child once a week, every week in 2015

Rafael is mastering the art of sitting! I love him on my bed, in the gorgeous light. Using my iPhone, with a filter, but aaaahhh his happy face.

inspirational parent: rebecca le harle

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Rebecca & Huia at a Tea Farm

Quite a while ago I asked Rebecca these questions about raising her gorgeous daughter Huia.  My facebook page had a huge response as people lapped up Rebecca’s awesome tips for growing a healthy, spirited and loving child.  Enjoy reading about the inspirational Miss Le Harle

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Rebecca reads to Huia, Rafael and Nannie enjoys Rebecca’s home brewed tea

How old is your child?
Huia is 2 years, 8 months.

What is your food philosophy for your child?
Food is fundamental to my daughters health, growth, immunity and mood. I am raising her vegetarian (aside from the odd bite of bakery ham & cheese bun that her father gives her!). My focus is on whole, organic plant foods, un-processed grains, plenty of healthy fats and delicious treats. Treats are whatever she is super excited over (currently: berries, raw cacao bars, coconut in all forms, eggs and an “on again off again” relationship with cheese). My bottom line in terms of her nutrition is: Purified water only and plenty of it, no cows milk, refined sugars make her crazy so I avoid them as much as possible, animal products must be organic and I abide by the “dirty dozen/clean fifteen” in terms of produce.  What she gets outside of this will not harm her as long as she is getting plenty of wholesome goodness 95% of the time! Food is a social thing so I do not want her to ever feel isolated or like she is missing out.

What inspires you to feed your child the way you do?
My mother gave me the best start in life by feeding my brother and I the most wonderful diet. We were raised on a vegetarian-wholefoods diet and I remember my meals being super delicious and wholesome. I remember feeling really good and strong as a child. Things changed when we went to school and she was working full time, but that good foundation has always stuck with me. I am glad that I returned to those ways before my daughter came along! I want to give her the best that I possibly can while following her lead in terms of what she is drawn to. She loves potato chippies one minute, the other all she wants to snack on is edible flowers and greens from the garden. I trust her eating instincts as her tastebuds are used to the good stuff.

What tips have you got for travelling families?
This is my specialty. Dried foods are wonderful, pack plenty of nuts, seeds, dates, organic dried apricots, dark chocolate, goji berries and snack bars and slices. Make up a container of scroggin before you leave if possible. I basically lived on scroggin and dark chocolate while travelling through Chile and I felt awesome. These will keep you full and nourished while you are looking for somewhere to eat and on long stretches between towns. Chocolate will keep moods high and soothe travel-worn souls. A good dose of magnesium rich, dark chocolate works a treat for Huia when she is restless on long car rides.

What are your 3 top snacks?
1. Kale chips – oh so hipster, but fricken delicious and ridiculously healthy. No-one in my family says no to a kale chip

2. Almonds + fruit (either dried or fresh) A favourite of mine! I love a good, crisp pacific rose apple and a handful of almonds, usually accompanied by a pot of green tea.

3. Raw crackers – Crackers made of almonds/flax seeds or various other nuts and seeds are wonderful! These are made in a dehydrator and are full of enzymes, minerals, protein and the flavour options are endless! We are currently loving Little Bird flax/almond crackers with either honey or nut butters.

3a. (tee hee) Parsley straight out of the garden.
How do you look after yourself as well as your child?
I drink a lot of teas (herbal and green as well as yerba mate). These keep me hydrated and nourished, I also take medicinal mushrooms, oregano oil and olive leaf to keep my immune system strong. My dietary principles are quite strong so I make sure that my diet is as clean as possible – the Mama needs to be fighting fit to keep things rolling! I also do my best to get to bed early for much needed sleep. Being a Mum is hard work so I do my best make sure I am well rested and eating enough greens.

What brings balance to your family?
Making sure that we are spending enough time together and having adventures.  Spending as much time outside being active and not too much in front of a computer = happy family.

What is your favourite activity to do together as a family?
I run and Olly rides his bicycle. One of my favourite things to do is a “Ride-Run” where Huia is on the back of his bike and I run alongside them.
And then sharing a tub of coconut “Nice Cream” afterwards.
Do you have a favourite inspirational quote that lights up your life?
‘Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.’ Dr Suess.
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Huia cuddles Rafael

Breast Awareness Smoothie

Today I had my first breast screening, as per protocol for having radiation to my mantle 9 years ago.
I sat there contemplating what I am going through, thinking about my breasts and how I truly believe they will always be ok, surrounding myself with white light. I wondered how many women are seen in clinic and have mammograms, receiving a small amount of radiation but never told they can help reverse the damage they may receive throughout their visits.

Home I went to make myself a smoothie to help my body cope
1 punett blueberries
I frozen banana
1 handful of kale
1/2 lemon squeezed
1 cup of water

Mix all in blender except banana, when mixed thoroughly add banana and mix again till smooth.

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Welcome to Dandelion Nutrition

Dandelion Nutrition: Helping Children Flourish.
Nutrition information for all the family

Renee Holmes: paediatric nurse, budding nutritionist
Helping children flourish
Biography
For the last thirteen years I have worked as paediatric nurse, and this vocation has given me excellent exposure to varying illnesses and the many problems families face trying to fix them within the public health care system.

My passion for health and well being comes after seeking the guidance of holistic nutritionist Dr Libby Weaver, and seeing dramatic, beneficial changes in my health afte…See more
Description
In the lead up to obtaining my nutritional medicine qualification (Dec 2013) I want to jumpstart Dandelion Nutrition by reaching out to mums and dads to help educate them on not only their own health and wellbeing, but that of their children too.
Renee Holmes (BHSc Nursing)

Disclaimer: please note this page is based on my journey as a health student and is for educational and informational purposes only. For medical advice, please consult your own doctor or healthcare provider.

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