Wellness Beets Episode #17: Natural Movement for Babies, Physical Therapy, and Yoga with Jennifer Cohen

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Interview with Jennifer Cohen, Pediatric Physical Therapist and Children’s Yoga Teacher: 

#1.  We first met you when you submitted a question to the podcast! So cool! When we chatted, we found out you are a pediatric physical therapist and teach yoga for kids and we wanted to learn more about what you do. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

#2.  What do you think are some of the biggest benefits of kids doing yoga? What are the things you see the most?

#3.  Yoga is so great for everyone. Do you see kids who are resistant to the idea? How do you advise parents to deal with this problem?

#4. When we chatted, you brought up this really fascinating topic of alignment and natural movement for babies. So, so interesting! Can you walk us through how you think about this?

#5. It makes so much sense that we create an unnatural, movement less environment for babies that get them set up for future problems. What are your best tips for parents?

#6.  What are your thoughts on strollers, baby harnesses, shoes, and toys?

#7. Where can people learn more about you and get in touch with you?

Connect with Jennifer at: www.luvwhatyoudo.net and rootskidsyoga@gmail.com

 

Here are some resources that Jennifer recommends:

►APTA – Physical Therapist’s Guide to Container Baby Syndrome 

►Children’s Hospital of Atlanta

►Tummy Time Tools (I love this one because it’s not just tummy time but holding too)

►Where Jennifer did her certification: http://rainbowkidsyoga.net/

 

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Wellness Beets Episode #8: Elimination Diet, Natural Movement, Exercise, and Breakfast Foods

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Elimination Diets:

Alex and Brittany share their experiences with elimination diets. We discuss common restrictions like eggs, dairy, nightshades, nuts, legumes, FODMAPs, gluten, and dairy.  We also discuss special alterations, such as the autoimmune protocol (Sarah Ballantyne’s work), Terry Wahls protocol, and Nutrient Boot Camp.

Related Articles:
Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt of Autoimmune Paleo
Strict AIP isn’t Meant to Last Forever – What a Personalized AIP Looks Like by Eileen Laird
What is Nutrient Rich Paleo
Paleo Approach

 

Natural Movement:

Natural Movement is the practice of moving your body in a way that helps you to get things done in your life.  A different way to say it is “functional movement”…an example is squatting to pick up something off the ground but doesn’t incorporate squatting 200 times as a means to work out.  Brittany and Alex talk about the value of incorporating natural movement into everyday life and how doing some of these activities in nature can be dually beneficial.  We both love Katy Bowman for more information on this topic, and we reference her book about foot health.

Also discussed are all the consideration that go into working out when a person is dealing with adrenal fatigue…and especially the concept of “earning the right to work out”.  This includes a discussion on yoga, running, and long walks.

 

Breakfast Foods

We talk about why breakfast food is one of the hardest parts of the whole food diet to change. It’s hard to move away from foods that are sweet and carb loaded…but our major takeaway is to look at breakfast like you would lunch or dinner.  We both eat plenty of protein, veggies, safe starches, and fats to keep us full and satiated all the way until lunch time.

Here’s a guide to building a better breakfast plate.

Our favorite breakfast dishes:

  1. Oatmeal Alternatives
  2. Pumpkin Breakfast Mash
  3. Crispy Potato Crust Breakfast Casserole
  4. Spaghetti Squash and Cranberry Mash
  5. Paleo Sweet Potato Pancakes
  6. Salted Caramel Faux Latte

 

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Wellness Beets – Episode 3: Body Alignment, Natural Movement, Changing Food Preferences, and Going Nutty Over Nuts

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Alignment and Natural Movement:

Hear about how we set up our home offices: Brittany does more standing, Alex changes up ways to sit on the floor.

Movement throughout the day: incorporating movement into breaks, our take on treadmill desks, functional movements and varied positions, setting timers, and the importance of being outside.

Grounding mats: read more about them on wellnessmama.com

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Changing Food Preferences:

Making changes from breakfast can be the most challenging thing.  Here are our oatmeal-type alternatives:

►9 Paleo Oatmeal Alternatives up on sparklekitchen.com 

►Paleo Pumpkin Mash

►Cranberry and Spaghetti Squash Mash

Alex’s experience with Paleo Baked Goods when first starting Paleo and how Brittany went way too low carb: feeling satiated from good carbs and fat sources (sweet potatoes, ghee, coconut oil) can set up a better baseline for making new, positive food choices.

Changing food preferences in family: exposure, hiding things appropriately, no pressure, and trying a bite.

How to make changes slowly.


Nutty Over Nuts

►Nuts are designed by nature to protect themselves; because of this, they are quite difficult to digest.  This difficulty in digesting stems from phytic acids, missing enzymes, and how minerals are bound.

►Other nut considerations: omega 6s and inflammation, as well as co-processing with unstable oils.

►How to prepare nuts in a more digest-friendly way: soaking (for about 8 hours), sprouting, dehydrating, and roasting.  More on how to sprout buckwheat.

►Almond flour vs Nut Butters

►Fun cashew fact!

►Nut recommendations: use an elimination diet to find your perfect balance, as well as sourcing and preparing as needed.

►Alex’s favorite use for nuts: homemade Larabars!

►Important legume considerations and comparison to nuts.

►Find the helpful guide on Brittany’s blog, Not Going Nutty Over Nuts.

 

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