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My Little Naturopathic Foodie

Yesterday we had the most delicious dinner--stir fried organic chicken, steamed green beans with a roasted pumpkin seed pesto on top of japonica black rice. Super easy and super tasty! Who chose this dish? My 3 year old - the little foodie. The best part of this being is that she eats her whole dinner because she is the one who chose the ingredients (with the help of her naturopathic mama of course!). So many a night, I will ask her what 1. Vegetable 2. Protein 3. Grain (or noodles) that she wants for dinner. Then I'll create a sauce to go on top or the side. I haven't had a meal yet that she doesn't like or eat when we do this. Try it at home! Recipe:
  • Cut and stir fry chicken in 1 tbsp of extra virgin coconut oil
  • In a separate pot, add green beans to an inch of filtered water and simmer until you can put a fork through the bean (less than 10 minutes).
  • In a separate pot, cook water with japonica rice 2:1 on low heat, covered. I like to use chicken or vegetable stock that I have on hand instead of water.
  • While food is cooking, roast 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds for 3-5 minutes. Take out and put into food processor/blender with 1 tbsp flax oil, 1 juiced lemon, rind of lemon, 2 tbsp water, 1/2 avocado, handful of pea shoots or cilantro or basil and process.
Add pesto to rice or beans, add chicken to dishes and presto--delish! Kirsten Almon ND

Little Foodies

I think there is a 'foodie' in all of us - kids start to become aware of the assortment of proteins, grains, veggies, fruit at a very young age. Finding ways to engage them can be challenging. Here are some helpful tips for bringing healthy and fun ways to enjoy food. 1. Involvement: ask kids to choose a favourite vegetable or fruit when in the supermarket. They can stir something or add an ingredient when cooking (like almond butter rice crispy treats from OhSheGlows.com) It all helps to get them excited about trying the snack or meal later. 2. Rainbow: Ask them the colours in the rainbow and to eat a veggie from a couple of colours. 3. Timing: when kids start to get hungry around meal or snack time, offer them a vegetable or fruibelly starts grumbling. 4. Role model: Monkey see monkey do-if your not eating good food, chances are your kids aren’t either. Check out some recipes. Every night can be a them night i.e. Mexican Monday, Thai Tuesdays etc. You can be a foodie too…. From Dr. Kirsten Almon - Naturopath " ["post_title"]=> string(29) "My Little Naturopathic Foodie" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(26) "little-naturopathic-foodie" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2017-06-28 12:20:07" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2017-06-28 12:20:07" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(39) "https://www.erinmillshealth.com/?p=1062" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } -->
naturopathic foodie salad

My Little Naturopathic Foodie

My Little Naturopathic Foodie

Eat your greens like my little Naturopathic Foodie!

Last night was a hit in the dinner department. The kids couldn’t get enough of this salad!
I sprung for wild pacific coho salmon and on the side the kids had jasmine rice with flax oil drizzled on top and some himalayan sea salt along with a colourful summer salad.

Salad ingredients:

  • 2 organic nectarines chopped into chunks
  • 1 avocado chopped into chunks
  • 3 handfuls org spinach
  • chia seeds (approximately 2 tbsp)

Dressing:

  • handful of cilantro washed well
  • 3 tbsp flax oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Method:

Pile nectarines on top of spinach on one side and avocado on the other. Blend all ingredients of dressing then drizzle over top of salad. Top off with chia seeds.
naturopathic foodie salad

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Dr. Kirsten Almon
In life as in clinical experience, Dr. Kirsten Almon believes that each person must be assessed on 3 levels… mind, body, and spirit. She believes that symptoms are warning signals of improper functioning of the body and when ignored, can result in chronic disease.

She has a naturopathic Family Practice with special interest and training in fertility (helping couples conceive naturally as well as improving outcomes for couples using assisted reproductive technology), pregnancy, birth, postpartum and pediatric care. She loves seeing children for “naturopathic well child visits” and consults on common issues such as food introduction, how to avoid colds, flus and ear infections. She works along side of Midwives, Obstetricians and MDs while attending births as a Doula.

Her practice tools include clinical nutrition, homeopathy and drainage, acupuncture, herbs and detoxification. Dr. Almon is also trained in Craniosacral therapy and Applied kinesiology.

Dr. Almon is the co-author and instructor of a Doula course specifically designed for Naturopathic Doctors and teaches across Canada. www.naturopathicdoulacourse.com

Dr. Almon enjoys living a naturopathic lifestyle with her husband Doug Andrews ND, daughter Evelyn and son Callum. Activities include playing ultimate frisbee, doing yoga, meditation and Dr Almon especially enjoys swimming in near-freezing ocean waters.

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” RW. Emerson.

New Mom after delivery with help from the Naturopathic Doulas at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Infant with GERD helped with Chiropractic

Infant with GERD helped with Chiropractic – Report on Recent Research Paper

Resolution of GERD in an Infant following Chiropractic Care: A Case Report &  Selective Review of the Literature from the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health May 2016.

This case report highlights the chiropractic care of a 1 month old infant who was experiencing a medical diagnosis of GERD.  The little patient had a great response to chiropractic care.  After each Chiropractic visit the baby’s symptoms improved according to the mother.  The improvements originally lasted 1 day and then lasted up to 11 days before reappearing.  After 3 months of care the chiropractic appointments were able to be extended as the infant continued to improve.  The mother rated the baby’s improvement as a very great deal better on the Global Rating of Change scale.

What is GERD?

According to an international consensus group referred to as the Montreal Definition and Classification of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Global Evidence-Based Consensus:

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is “GERD was defined as a condition that develops when the reflux of stomach contents causes troublesome symptoms and/or complications.”

What Chiropractic techniques were used to help this infant?

The Chiropractors in this case series used digital pressure (touch with their fingertips) as well as an activator to adjust the subluxations in the infant’s spine.

The researchers referred to this as full-spine adjusting vis-à-vis modified technique to accommodate the patient’s size and unique biomechanics.

They also used abdominal touch referred to as a gastroesophageal pulldown to impact the stomach directly and cranial work to address the asymmetries in the baby’s skull.

Are there other Chiropractic studies on this topic?

This research paper also did a selective review of the literature regarding “acid reflux”, “gastroesophageal reflux disease”, “GERD”, and Chiropractic for children under the age of 17 years old.  They were able to identify 9 case studies / series that described improvements in children undergoing chiropractic care who were suffering with GERD type diseases.

Here is a case study and review of this topic from 2018:

Resolution of Failure to Thrive, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Infantile Colic & Breastfeeding Difficulties Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation: Case Study & Review of Literature

Learn more about Chiropractic and kids?

Kids need Chiropractic too!

Failure to Thrive helped with Chiropractic

Palsy improved with Chiropractic care

Approach to constipation from Chiropractic perspective

-Dr. Callum Peever – Chiropractor in Mississauga

getting ready for the first day of school backpack and food ideas

Backpack Safety

Backpack Safety

A Backpack is an important part of getting ready for the first day of school – Here is information on how to use them properly

The Ontario Chiropractic Association puts out information regarding backpack safety each year. Backpacks are an important part of a child’s school life, but can negatively impact their spinal health if not used correctly.

We want our kids to grow up without injuring their spines!

  • Backpacks can affect your children’s health
  • Prevention is Key
  • Pack your bag properly
  • Put a bag on properly
  • Wear your backpack properly

Here is access to the pamphlet titled Pack it Light Wear it Right:

Pack it Light Wear it Right Ontario Chiropractic Association Handout PDF

 

Get your kids checked by a Chiropractor to ensure that they are ready for the demands of the school year after a busy summer.

Read more about spinal care for kids!

We are here to help,

Dr. Callum Peever – Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Chiropractic is a way of life for Dr. Callum Peever. He was very fortunate to experience the vitalistic and natural lifestyle of Chiropractic first hand as Dr. Ken Peever’s son. Now he considers himself very lucky, as he gets to help others experience Chiropractic and live towards a longer, more comfortable and active life.

The science, art, and philosophy of Chiropractic have always intrigued Dr. Callum Peever. After studying Kinesiology at McMaster University he studied Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. From day one at Chiropractic College he started to master the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique to deliver a specific Chiropractic adjustment for his patients. He has been practicing with his father at Erin Mills Optimum Health since 2010. Dr. Callum Peever considers himself a lifelong learner and is always happy to teach others in his clinic through talks and discussion.

As the active President of the Halton Peel Chiropractic Society and the past Director of the Halton Urban Core Community Health Centre Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Callum’s passion for education has also led him to share his knowledge with other Chiropractors to facilitate their proficiency with the Activator Technique in seminars for Activator Methods International.

Dr. Callum Peever enjoys being active and participates in many individual and team sports. Having competed in wakeboarding, hockey, running, and biking, he has a keen understanding of the commitment and energy that must be put in to accomplish goals and the impressive ability of the body to recover after set backs in health. Lately he has put his energy back into running. He also uses this energy to update the office blog and literature with information about natural health, Chiropractic, and Erin Mills Optimum Health. When he is not at the office, Dr. Callum enjoys spending time with his wife, Laura, and two children, Ava and Brooks.

Chiropractic Care For Children

Five Myths About Chiropractic Care For Children

Five Myths About Chiropractic Care For Children

There was an article in the Canadian Chiropractor magazine in May 2015 that I would like to share with my patients in Mississauga.  The article is titled “Five myths about care for children” and highlights and responds to the myths associated with Chiropractic care for children.

The five myths that they highlight regarding Chiropractic for Children are:

  • Chiropractic care for children is new
  • Children don’t need Chiropractic care
  • Chiropractors use the same techniques on children as adults
  • There are no real experts in Chiropractic care for children
  • Chiropractors don’t collaborate with pediatricians and medical doctors

The last paragraph highlights it all regarding Chiropractic for Children:

“Chiropractic care for kids is not new. Children benefit from chiropractic care. Techniques for children are safe and nowhere near as forceful as they may be for adults. Many [Chiropractors] are qualified experts, and many child-focused chiropractors establish strong connections with medical doctors. The truth is, [chiropractors] can and do share the benefits of their profession with patients across the entire age spectrum.”

 Where is a great resource to learn more about Chiropractic Care for kids?

The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) is a great resource to learn more about Chiropractic Care for kids.  They have an excellent website and have great resources that I use as a Chiropractor as well.  The Pathways to Family Wellness magazine is also a great resource for parents looking for “Holistic Insights, Empowering Resources.”

If you have any questions that you’d like to discuss with me, I’d be able to answer them from a Chiropractor’s perspective.

Kids need Chiropractic Too!

Dr. Callum Peever


Rolling Over Already! With Help From Child Chiropractors

My son is now four months old and babbling up a storm! He surprised us (and himself) the other day and rolled over! I thought it must have been a fluke, there is NO way he should be growing up this fast, but sure enough he has continued to roll and is very proud of himself.

After overcoming my initial shock I knew I had to call Erin Mills Optimum Health and have him seen by one of the four child Chiropractors in the clinic. Since the adjustment he is able to hold his head up longer and steadier and continues to roll with ease.

Although I work here (and might be slightly biased) I love the care the whole family has received at the clinic. This isn’t a stuffy clinic but a full Chiropractic wellness centre located in Mississauga. The doctors are all trained child Chiropractors and have taken the time to educate me as a new mom what milestones we should be looking for to book in Chiropractic adjustments in addition to the routine maintenance.

Yvonne, new Mom and part of the Front Desk Staff

one of our smallest chiropractic patients from infancy to elderly


Kids can accomplish amazing things – Chiropractic can help

My brother recently sent me a video of a 1.5 year old child skiing that is quite amazing.

Another video that shows how some amazing things kids can achieve is professional wakeboarder Parks Bonifay waterskiing at 6 months+ 29 days old.


Parks Bonifay Documentary – Wake Teaser by VASentertainment

These feats are incredible to see, but would not be possible if a child was progressing through life slowly – unable to balance or turn their heads properly, unable to coordinate their movements. By checking infants and children throughout their life a Chiropractor can help children adjust to challenges that they are facing immediately.

This helps kids express themselves and accomplish incredible things at such an early age, if that is what they want to do (and their parents). And as children are learning new skills, it is even more important to get them checked regularly by a Chiropractor. This helps keep their spine and nerve system in check along the way. This can all be done naturally through gentle and specific Chiropractic adjustments.

What will your children accomplish?

 

Chiropractic is a way of life for Dr. Callum Peever. He was very fortunate to experience the vitalistic and natural lifestyle of Chiropractic first hand as Dr. Ken Peever’s son. Now he considers himself very lucky, as he gets to help others experience Chiropractic and live towards a longer, more comfortable and active life.

The science, art, and philosophy of Chiropractic have always intrigued Dr. Callum Peever. After studying Kinesiology at McMaster University he studied Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. From day one at Chiropractic College he started to master the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique to deliver a specific Chiropractic adjustment for his patients. He has been practicing with his father at Erin Mills Optimum Health since 2010. Dr. Callum Peever considers himself a lifelong learner and is always happy to teach others in his clinic through talks and discussion.

As the active President of the Halton Peel Chiropractic Society and the past Director of the Halton Urban Core Community Health Centre Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Callum’s passion for education has also led him to share his knowledge with other Chiropractors to facilitate their proficiency with the Activator Technique in seminars for Activator Methods International.

Dr. Callum Peever enjoys being active and participates in many individual and team sports. Having competed in wakeboarding, hockey, running, and biking, he has a keen understanding of the commitment and energy that must be put in to accomplish goals and the impressive ability of the body to recover after set backs in health. Lately he has put his energy back into running. He also uses this energy to update the office blog and literature with information about natural health, Chiropractic, and Erin Mills Optimum Health. When he is not at the office, Dr. Callum enjoys spending time with his wife, Laura, and two children, Ava and Brooks.

Chiropractic Care For Kids

Kids Need Chiropractic Too!

There is a growing interest in Chiropractic care for kids.

We often see that when people experience how Chiropractic can help, they naturally ask if their kids would experience the same positive effect from our care.

The answer is yes! Kids need Chiropractic too!

Amazingly, children regularly experience an even quicker response to Chiropractic care than adults. This can be due to adults having poor habits ingrained into their lives and spines and children having such a high vitality.

Why do children get checked by a Chiropractor?

Children should be checked by a Chiropractor because of the importance of a child’s spine and nervous system. A properly functioning spine and nervous system is essential to good health. A Chiropractor can support the proper functioning of a child’s spine throughout their development naturally. This can greatly impact how a child grows and experiences life.

Children also should be checked often due to the incredible amount of physical, chemical, and emotional stresses that they have to adapt to while they are growing and learning their new world.  Read below for some milestones that are important to get a chiropractic check up for your baby.

Insure the health of the next generation with regular family chiropractic care.

The late Larry Webster, D.C., the father of chiropractic care for children and founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, wrote numerous articles on the need for chiropractic for children. He said that there are six times in a baby’s first year of life when spinal examinations are especially important:

1. After the birth process.
2. When the baby starts to hold his/her head up.
3. When the baby sits up.
4. When the baby starts to crawl.
5. When the baby starts to stand.
6. When the baby starts to walk.

Learning to walk can certainly create some spinal stress on our little ones!

Here is a video of Dr. Callum Peever’s little girl learning how to walk at 1 year old.  All the little stumbles certainly add up! This little girl is fortunate that her father is a Chiropractor and can help ensure that her spine and pelvis stays subluxation free!

 

With all you do for your newborn child, please ensure his or her spinal health with a chiropractic spinal checkup.  We can help in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health. We look forward to meeting your little one! – Contact Us.

For information on chiropractic and healthy birth visit the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association at http://www.icpa4kids.org.  – Dr. Callum Peever has attended some ICPA events and commented on them here.

Curious about Chiropractic care for children?

In this blog we discuss and link to common myths associated with Chiropractic care and children.


International Chiropractic Pediatric Association for Adjusting Kids

I had the opportunity to attend an ICPA conference in Toronto for adjusting infants, toddlers, kids, and children. It was great to learn more ways to analyze an infant and toddler’s spine for subluxation. It always amazes me how incredible the human body is when you can input such a gentle touch and have such an incredible reaction to a child’s body functioning.

The majority of the testing was comparing muscle tone of identical muscles from left to right to determine what the body was attempting to do. If the body was attempting to move an Atlas (the first vertebrae in the neck) from right to left but was unable to accomplish this because the joint was resisting the movement then this is identifiable through gentle touch by a trained Chiropractor. The specific and corrective adjustment supports the body in its attempt to align the spine.

As the tree is bent so grows the tree.

The importance of having a child’s spine checked for subluxations regularly was also highlighted during the course. Not only is the birth process challenging for a mother but for a baby too. The earlier the spine can be checked for any subluxations the less time the body has to function in a poor position. Also, the rate at which kids grow is astounding. My daughter is almost 6 weeks old as I write this and I am trying to slow time down as I watch her change, grow, and learn. As she starts to experience life and learn new things her body and spine will be put under new strains and she will experience more falls, slips, and twists. By checking her regularly for subluxations in her spine I plan on making life as enjoyable and positive for her. Also, these small mechanical and neurological skills she is learning so quickly are being ingrained into her nervous system everyday and at every moment. If she is in a poor position or is subluxated in her neck or pelvis these movements will develop imperfectly over time. The longer these imperfect behaviors are left to time the more improper the behaviour will be as an adult. That’s why as a Chiropractor I am curious about an adults childhood history, as bad and good body habits in the past are one reason why you are who you are now.

Insure the Health of the next generation with regular Chiropractic care!

Dr. Callum Peever

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Chiropractic is a way of life for Dr. Callum Peever. He was very fortunate to experience the vitalistic and natural lifestyle of Chiropractic first hand as Dr. Ken Peever’s son. Now he considers himself very lucky, as he gets to help others experience Chiropractic and live towards a longer, more comfortable and active life.

The science, art, and philosophy of Chiropractic have always intrigued Dr. Callum Peever. After studying Kinesiology at McMaster University he studied Chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. From day one at Chiropractic College he started to master the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique to deliver a specific Chiropractic adjustment for his patients. He has been practicing with his father at Erin Mills Optimum Health since 2010. Dr. Callum Peever considers himself a lifelong learner and is always happy to teach others in his clinic through talks and discussion.

As the active President of the Halton Peel Chiropractic Society and the past Director of the Halton Urban Core Community Health Centre Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Callum’s passion for education has also led him to share his knowledge with other Chiropractors to facilitate their proficiency with the Activator Technique in seminars for Activator Methods International.

Dr. Callum Peever enjoys being active and participates in many individual and team sports. Having competed in wakeboarding, hockey, running, and biking, he has a keen understanding of the commitment and energy that must be put in to accomplish goals and the impressive ability of the body to recover after set backs in health. Lately he has put his energy back into running. He also uses this energy to update the office blog and literature with information about natural health, Chiropractic, and Erin Mills Optimum Health. When he is not at the office, Dr. Callum enjoys spending time with his wife, Laura, and two children, Ava and Brooks.