Learning Portion Control in 2017

By Jacob Bustos
Jacob BustosWe live in the most amazing country! We have access to the best of the best. My focus is on Food. More specific, portion sizes! Food is a daily necessity and an everyday pleasure. Who doesn’t love food? We all love to eat! In fact, in most cultures, food means so many different things. Love, family, friendship, home and comfort.

It is unfortunate that in this day and age, we are dealing with a national epidemic. It is shocking to know that 1 in 3 of our youth ages 2-19 are overweight or obese. (more…)

Traveling without Kids

Anxiety or Bliss?

By Shirin Yadegar
Shirin YadegarThe anxiety of traveling without the kids for a week is overwhelmingly stressful and all consuming. A mother’s first instinct is to stay home and plan to get away when it’s more convenient, but it’s never convenient. One of your kids will undoubtably have a game, performance or life altering crisis while you’re gone. There is no “perfect” time to travel without the kids except for now. Now is the time to do everything we want to do because tomorrow will be filled with even more responsibility. (more…)

Children’s Hospitals

By Joseph Itaya
Children HospitalsIn a perfect world, two words you’d never find in the same sentence. But they are. Welcome to reality. A reality never more visceral than when you take an elevator to the dialysis ward at CHLA. Next to you, a mother of three. (more…)

Kid Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

By Catherine McCord
Pumpkin Pie ParfaitsPumpkin Pie Parfaits
(makes 10 parfaits)
Prep Time: 10 min.

I’ve got two little whipped cream addicts on my hands. It’s no mystery why to me because the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Whenever my mom served pie during the holidays (usually pumpkin, chess and/or pecan) she would hand out each slice…

Ingredients
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup whipped cream cheese, or non-whipped at room temperature
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 sleeves graham crackers, crushed (about 2 1/2 cups)
10 8-ounce mason jars (more…)

Screentime Guidelines

By Sarah Bowman
Sarah BowmanThe American Academy of Pediatrics has just updated their recommendations around screen time (again), easing slightly their caution around use of screens for children younger than eighteen months as a way of keeping up with the reality of parenting in the digital age — reiterating their focus on the importance of quality content and parent supervision. (more…)

Sahara Rose reveals how to achieve mind-body balance through diet and movement

By Shirin Yadegar
Shirin YadegarQ: As a holistic, Ayurvedic and Sports Nutritionist, how do you assess which foods create optimal health individually for each patient?
A: I look at the bigger picture of the individual—what their childhood eating patterns were like, periods of stress they’ve gone through in their lives, their ancestry, their blood type, hormonal panels, what their daily schedule is like, how often they’ve been on antibiotics, what they are currently eating, what foods they’re attracted to, their skin, even their dream patterns. I really try to get to know the deeper nuances of the person before making any suggestions because every little piece of the puzzle makes a huge impact on the ideal dietary and lifestyle suggestions for them. (more…)