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    Fevers: To Treat or Not To Treat?

    After an unprecedented four months of wellness, Felix had a bad cold last week that left him feverish for five interminable days. Predictably, Daylon and I debated whether to give Felix some children’s Tylenol or just let the fever run its course. Our usual rule of thumb is to reserve the Tylenol for those times […]

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    Most Moms Don’t Exclusively Breastfeed Their Newborns

    I was recently surprised to read that, in the United States, only 33 percent of mothers “exclusively breastfeed [their babies] to three months of age…and only 14 percent to six months.” Considering that a standard maternity leave is three months long, I find it really hard to believe that only one-third of mothers make it […]

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    Kids and Nature: Free Good Stuff!

    By Suzanne (“Nana”) When I spend time with my grandsons, Felix and Theo, I see the world anew through their eyes. The boys delight in watching a bunny crossing the front lawn, or a pesky squirrel scurrying up a tree. They love to stop and pick up a speckled rock or observe a tiny mushroom; […]

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    Johnson & Johnson’s Toxic Suds

    Johnson & Johnson is under fire for its continued use of two carcinogenic ingredients in its baby washes and shampoos. On November 1st, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released a report–“Baby’s Tub Is Still Toxic”–which reveals that the J&J baby shampoo sold in the United States contains the formaldehyde-releasing chemical quaternium-15. Formaldehyde is listed as […]

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    These Delicious Brownies Just Happen to Be Gluten-Free

    -By Suzanne (“Nana”) What is it about cool weather and falling snow (!) that brings up cravings for warm cookies or brownies? In honor of the winter weather that’s arrived in the Northeast before Halloween, I am making a batch of carob brownies…again. Since a bunch of you requested the recipe, I’ll provide it below. […]

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    My Two-Year-Old Doesn’t Sleep Through the Night

    Felix is 25 months old and isn’t sleeping through the night. And guess what? He never has. In fact, he’s never slept more than four hours without waking up to nurse. Most people don’t know this, because I’ve been in the closet about it for a long time. Here’s how it went: Felix Is 2 […]

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    Rediscovering Carob

    -By Suzanne (“Nana”) Ah, the joys of chocolate. I indulge more frequently now that chocolate (the dark kind, of course) has risen to health-food status. When I first discovered healthy eating (more than 35 years ago), chocolate was a major no-no, and carob was the chosen food for baking desserts. While carob and chocolate have […]

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    Sprouted Carrot Cake with Lemon Maple Icing

    The trick to this cake is tons and tons of cream cheese icing. Sprouted flour can be a bit dry, and the thick and tart icing is the perfect pairing. It is even better when topped with a large scoop of homemade ice cream!

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    Essential Eating in Action

    I enjoy the process of these new health kicks, but often find my motivation waning after a week or so and want to just eat whatever! Generally, I’m really strict for a time and then slowly come to a place of moderation, incorporating some important aspects of the new diet and abandoning those aspects that feel too restrictive.

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    The No Poo Method Doesn’t Stink!

    For the past month, my mom and I have been “washing” our hair twice a week, and that’s with baking powder and apple cider vinegar (see text box below for the no poo method we’re employing). Believe it or not, our hair looks great!

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