The Conscious Family Team is a team of professionals in York Region who support, guide and aid those who want to do their best each day to love, cherish and respect their children, and who want to learn and grow from their roles.

Giving birth and raising a family consciously used to be a matter of instinct. We trusted our bodies and our feelings to do the right thing. We learned from our families, and our communities how to care for and raise our children, and we just knew it would be okay. We had the support of those close to us - the village helped us to raise our children. There was no internet, no 24 - hour medical centres or helplines, and no bookshelf stocked with 50 or so of the latest advice books from "the experts", usually celebrities. Mom was at home during the day to lend a hand with the washing, or your neighbour would pop by with a casserole when times were tough.

These days, we're lucky to know our neighbour's first name. And if we need advice, we're more likely to consult Google than our brother, sister or mother. The village is truly gone.

Here with the Conscious Family Team, we want to bring the good days back by being your village and helping your family and village grow.

We believe that in order to accomplish these tasks, parenting must be a conscious endeavour, meaning that we are willing to examine ourselves, our background, beliefs, motivations, behaviours, and how these aspects affect the way we parent. Let's find the positives in the way we were parented, recognize the lessons we learned and empower ourselves to trust our own intuition and emerge as the parents we want to be.

Decisions made prior to conception, during pregnancy and in baby's first year and beyond provide the foundation for the creation of a conscious family. By consulting with one or more of the Conscious Family Team members, you will be inspired to take initiative to choose the style of caring for yourself and your infant/child that resonates with you and you'll be connected to the tangible tools and resources to support you on your journey.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Nutrition for Moms

A mother wants to be the BEST for her family. Nothing impacts the family like nutrition. If mother is feeling tired, sad, angry or scattered, she passes those feelings onto her children. What a mother eats can prevent each of these states of mind!

Eating a protein source (not necessarily animal based protein) every 2-3 hours is one of the best steps to ultimate nutrition that any individual can take. Regulating the blood sugar, in this way, helps prevent each of the feelings decribed above and prevents sugar and carb cravings. Examples of protein include beans, lentils, chickpeas, nuts and seeds, eggs, chicken, turkey and spirulina.

Wheat is another culprit for these symptoms! Wheat, you say? I eat this every day, usually multiple times a day, you say. Well, it may be time to switch it up a bit! Whatever we eat the most of is often troublesome for our digestion. Quinoa (also a protein source!) is a healthy versatile grain you could try (just make sure you rinse it in water first). Spelt and kamut are more easily digested than wheat - try Bagel Flame Bakery in Aurora on Wellington - our family's favourite bakery for healthy grains!

Written by Meredith Deasley, Pediatric Nutritionist and mother of two. For more information on the particular ways in which food impacts us, please look for the book "The Resourceful Mother's Secrets to Healthy Kids" at Nature's Emporium or Yoga Source in Newmarket or see

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