How to keep your toddler off drugs

If you were told your child needed medication for ADHD and they were 2 or 3 years old, what would YOU do? As a naturopath trained in numerous disciplines, I want to scream from the rooftops NOOOOOOOO!  After seeing an article today on this alarming statistic, I had to write this article. Here’ what you can do instead of drugging …

Erika ElmutsHow to keep your toddler off drugs

Healthier fast food options

This morning, I had the pleasure of talking with Heather Meyers at San Diego 6 in the Morning, about healthier options for “fast” food on the go.     Parents, on the go, kids complaining of being hungry, so when we think of “fast” food, we end up at a drive through First, “fast” food does not mean you are …

Erika ElmutsHealthier fast food options

Parenting picky eaters (Part 1)

In this week’s video blog, I share my perspective on how to parent a picky eater.  First, from the health perspective, and secondly, from the conscious parenting perspective.  This video is intended to give a foundation for this topic, and also some food for thought (pun intended).   Tune in next week for some more specific how tos relating to …

Erika ElmutsParenting picky eaters (Part 1)

Disaster preparedness family food strategies

This morning, I was interviewed on San Diego’s channel 6 news about disaster preparedness food strategies. Here are some of the main strategies: Plan for enough food and water to last a week Realize you may or may not be in your home, so you need to think about portability Remember baby formula Keep these things in one place so …

Erika ElmutsDisaster preparedness family food strategies

Conscious Parenting FAQ: Are supplements worth it?

Frederic Poirot / Foter “I have taken vitamins before, but I do not usually stay with it because I do not know if they are actually doing anything for me, and I wonder if I am wasting my money. How do I know if it is worth the money or the time?” A day does not go by that I …

Erika ElmutsConscious Parenting FAQ: Are supplements worth it?

Chicken, sun dried tomato, artichoke, arugula pasta recipe

elana’s pantry / Foter A number of years ago, I made up a recipe with all of my favorite ingredients in it, and it has since become our family’s favorite dinner. The kind where when you make it, it’s pretty much gone, even though I make a lot extra for leftovers….it just is one of those things where you cannot …

Erika ElmutsChicken, sun dried tomato, artichoke, arugula pasta recipe

Sunscreen myths on San Diego 6 In the Morning

  Summer is here…and many well-meaning parents may actually be doing some more harm than good when it comes to sun safety.   While you never want to get burned – EVER – the sun is not the dangerous villain it is portrayed to be. What I’m going to share here in no way means you should use reckless abandon …

Erika ElmutsSunscreen myths on San Diego 6 In the Morning

Are you confused by all the contradictory information on natural supplements?

selva / Foter Last week, I saw a headline that caught my attention.  It was “Vitamin overuse tied to men’s cancer risk.”  The article talked about how research proved that men who “took too many” multivitamins had higher risks of dying from prostate cancer. Rather than address the specifics of the study itself, and all the nutritional/herbal approaches to cancer, …

Erika ElmutsAre you confused by all the contradictory information on natural supplements?

Refreshing (and healthy) poolside snacks for kids

Summertime is here, and with it comes fun outdoor activities and playdates. Many parents reach for the easy frozen snacks – the standard popsicles, Otter pops, and ice cream treats. Unfortunately, they are full of things parents don’t want their children eating.  Not only do they contain ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, and artificial sweeteners, they have …

Erika ElmutsRefreshing (and healthy) poolside snacks for kids