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Aviva Allen is a mother of 2 boys and a kids’ nutritionist specializing in helping parents address picky eating and other feeding challenges. Aviva is also the founder of Healthy Moms Toronto, helping connect like-minded moms throughout the GTA.

Every Parent's Favourite Topic: Poop

Every Parent's Favourite Topic: Poop

When I first mentioned to our editor-in-chief that I was thinking about writing a post that addressed childhood constipation, she was far more excited than I was expecting. "Kids and poop?" she said, "Our readers will eat it up!" There was a moment of silence before we both burst out laughing. As parents, we may find ourselves handling poop more often than the average person, but hopefully not eating it.

That said, constipation in children is, unfortunately, a very common problem. When a child is not having a bowel movement often enough, it is often hard and dry, which can cause them to strain and experience pain. The anticipation of this can further aggravate the situation as children tend to "hold it in" in an attempt to avoid the pain.  Your child may start to experience bloating, smelly gas and complain of tummy aches. Constipation can cause a great deal of anxiety for a child and is a stressful experience for both the child and the parents. It is also a contributing factor for picky eaters. When a child is constipated they can feel bloated and uncomfortable leaving them feeling like there is no room to eat more food. If left untreated, long-term constipation can lead to more serious health concerns, so it is best dealt with as soon as possible.

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How Meal Planning Can Help Any Mom

How Meal Planning Can Help Any Mom

If there's one thing most moms can agree on, it's that there are times when coming up meal after meal for the family (assuming you're the main cook for the family) is not just exhausting, it's a huge challenge. It's easy to fall into a rut when you're coming up with ideas on the fly all the time, and if you've ever had a child roll their eyes at you and ask, "Do we have to eat that again?" then you've likely spent some time in that rut yourself.

 

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What Not To Do With Picky Eaters

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In parenting, as in all areas of life, mistakes are unavoidable. We set out with the best intentions, but somewhere along the way, things go awry. Every parent loves their child and wants them to be well nourished. Parents can be thoughtful and well intentioned but sometimes we interfere too much when it comes to feeding our kids. This is especially the case when dealing with a picky eater and sometimes we end up doing more harm then good. This information is intended to help you, not to place blame or make you feel any worse than you already do about your child’s eating habits. Watch out for common mistakes and learn how to implement best practices. It is never too early or too late to create a positive eating experience for the whole family.

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The Best Gluten & Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie

The Best Gluten & Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie

When you have food sensitivities or allergies, being able to enjoy a holiday favourite like pumpkin pie with your friends and family is something to really be thankful for. At my family’s table, we avoid gluten and dairy, which is why I created this delicious pumpkin pie recipe that is free of both. With coconut milk in the pie and a tasty maple-nut crust, you won’t feel like you are missing out on anything at all! 

 
The pie is sweetened only with pure maple syrup. If you prefer a light/flakey crust, you can use the filling of this recipe with a pre-made gluten and dairy-free pie crust, however, I like the flavour and texture that the nut crust offers. You also get the added bonus of extra protein and omega 3 fats from the almonds and pecans. 
 

Dairy & Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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