Are Kids Entitled To Sugar

Are Kids Entitled To sugar?

This article spoke to me very clearly. (article below)

As my son recently turned 1 years old, I had a birthday party to plan. Although I am not one to get all crazy with decorations, I am one to look at what’s going on the food menu. The big decision to make was if it was ok to skip the “smash cake” or “birthday day” or if I would be robbing my child of his childhood by restricting the sugar intake.

I know it’s not the easiest for some to eat healthy or feed their family healthy meals but for me it’s my way of life, passion and career. Some may think of a birthday celebration as a time to have a “free day” or a “cheat day.” But for me, it’s another day of eating healthy. I got excited to host my  son’s first party as I get to share my clean, nutritious foods with family and friends and enjoy the deliciousness.

So, how did I throw a party for my 1-year old son? What was on the food menu? Paleo sloppy joes was the main dish (buns were available for those who request a bun). For my family and I, we use lettuce wraps or chips (Siete or Boulder Canyon chips) to eat our sloppy joes with.  For the kids, I bought grass-fed, uncured hot dogs that were real beef! The kids ate them up, one kid even wanted a 2nd hot dog. Then I had a fruit bowl with strawberries, cantaloupe, and blueberries layered together. I also had some homemade guacamole and chips (Siete chips), a veggie tray and corn on the cob that my husband made on the grill. I had my pink Himalayan salt and grass-fed butter next to the corn to top it off. I also had my husband cook some different brats (Kettle Range Meat Co.) and sliced them up, putting a pretzel through them. I also made a cheesy potato casserole that was a fan favorite! I loved it because it was easy and I could replace the ingredients with clean ones. And lastly, dessert. I made chocolate cupcakes (Kalyana’s-sold at Nourishing Wellness) with frosting (Simple Mills).

For my son’s “birthday cake, I decided to purchase raw vanilla ice cream from my CSA farm and saved a small, naked cupcake for him to enjoy. But he was not interested. I will continue to keep my son’s sugar exposure to a minimum as this is the time where I am building his health for both now and his future. And I think his childhood isn’t being robbed at all. If anything, he’s being given the best childhood anyone could ask for!

With all this being said, it’s possible. It’s possible to have a 1st birthday party or any celebration with clean, nutritious foods. It’s possible to eat healthy and still have a great time! Let’s be apart of the solution, spreading the word and lead by example!

*Article: Are Kid’s entitled to sugar

It’s not a news flash that Americans eat too much sugar.

According to SugarScience, a group of experts at UCSF who study the impact of sugar on health, the average American adult consumes about 19.5 teaspoons (82 grams) a day, or 66 pounds a year.

The problem is even worse for kids and teens, who get 16 percent of their total calories from added sugars.

And, according to a recent study, even some babies are consuming added sugar that exceeds the recommended amount for an adult. The researchers found that 99 percent of babies just 12 to 18 months old consumed over seven teaspoons of sugar a day—more than the amount in a Snickers bar!

This is insane.

Countless studies have shown that excess sugar intake contributes to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and many other modern chronic conditions.

There are many reasons that babies and kids are eating this much sugar. Money is one of them. Big Food spends millions of dollars a year convincing parents to buy sugar-sweetened cereals, snacks, and other packaged foods that are loaded with sugar.

But I’ve also noticed that there’s a pervasive idea in American culture that kids are somehow entitled to eat sugar. Whether it’s cotton candy at a fair, ice cream on a hot day, juice boxes in school lunches, sodas at the movies, or Froot Loops for breakfast, sugar seems to be woven into the fabric of what is now considered to be a “normal” American childhood. (Of course, the same is true for the UK, Australia, and the rest of the developed—and increasingly, the developing—world.)

The mentality seems to be that restricting our kids’ sugar intake is akin to robbing them of their childhood. I’ve heard (and overheard) parents say as much on several occasions.

This has to change. Today is the first generation of kids that is expected to live shorter lifespans than their parents—and there’s little doubt that excess sugar consumption is part of the reason for that.

You can be part of the solution—whether as a clinician, health coach, nutritionist, or “citizen activist.” Keep spreading the word and leading by example.

In health,



Chris Kresser LLC 1810 E Sahara Ave Suite 402 Las Vegas, NV 89104


My health journey prior to NW was a completion of conflicting ideas of wellness that left me feeling confused with all the information I had. NW has streamlined info to help me on my journey. I have really learned how different foods make me feel. When I fell “off course” my health and wellness suffered. I am thankful for the accountability and grace given be Jamie to root for me and my journey. The info I have is now so valuable as well as sustainable, as long as I remember to value my own wellness.

Leigh Ann K.

Cast Iron Steak with Herb Butter

We have dinner covered! Enjoy this simple, delicious and healthy meal for Father’s Day or everyday!

Cast Iron Steak with Herb Butter


Herb Butter
    • 8 Tbls organic butter or ghee, softened
    • 1 Tbls fresh thyme, minced
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1/2 Tbls coconut aminos
For the steak:
  • 2- 3/4lb New York Strip Steaks (grass fed/organic) *Why grass fed?…You eat what they eat! Grass fed cows will live their whole life on a pasture and forage  diet vs the grain and other unnatural foods conventional cows consume. Grass-fed beef contains more nutrients and more flavor!
  • 1 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1 tsp black pepper, divided


For the Herb Butter:
    1. Combine all ingredients into a bowl.
    2. Scoop into a log shape onto a square of parchment paper or cling wrap.
    3. Carefully roll the butter up into a log then place in the refrigerator until hard.
For the Steak:
  1. Remove steaks from fridge 30 minutes before cooking and coat each side of the steaks with 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
  2. Remove herb butter from fridge and cut into 8 even slices, about 1 tablespoon each.
  3. Melt 2 slices of herb butter in a large cast-iron skillet oven medium-high heat.
  4. Once butter is sizzling, add one steak to the pan.
  5. Cook for 2 1/2 minutes then flip and add another tablespoon of herb butter.
  6. Spoon melted butter onto the steak while the other side cooks.
  7. After another 2 1/2 minutes, flip and continue to spoon butter onto the steak for 30 seconds.
  8. Remove from pan.
  9. Add 1 tablespoon of herb butter to the pan and add second steak.
  10. Cook in the same method as above.
  11. Let both steaks rest for at least 5-7 minutes before cutting into the steak.
  12. Serve with a dollop of herb butter!

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Why Collagen?

Did you know that collagen is the material that holds our bodies together? It is known that by our mid-twenties, our bodies start losing their natural ability to repair connective tissue, bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, blood cells, skin, tissue, hair and nails. Scientists have discovered that hydrolyzed collagen can provide the missing nutritional links to aid in the body’s ability to repair these critical areas. Hydrolyzed collagen is a unique combination of amino acids that can promote healing and conditioning over other protein, especially for bone and joint health care. Amino acids are collectively beneficial to cell reproduction and the distinctive spectrum of this product can promote the growth of healthy tissue.

Amino acids such as alanine, glycine, and proline aren’t found in other protein supplements. At Nourishing Wellness, we sell Great Lakes Collagen and recommend 2 Tablespoons a day. Great Lakes Collagen is a bioactive product contains 92% protein and is easily assimilated by the human body.

You can add collagen into your water, coffee, broth or in a shake. Here’s a delicious shake recipe to mix your collagen into, found  in this months Paleo Magazine!



Berry Walnut Smoothie

2 cups fresh blueberries

1 cup ice

1/2 medium-size, ripe avocado, flesh only

1 TBSP whole chia seeds

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup walnuts, preferable soaked (sold at Nourishing Wellness)

1-2 scoops collagen protein (sold at Nourishing Wellness)

1/2 cup canned, full fate coconut milk (sold at Nourishing Wellness)

1-1/2 cups water


Combine all ingredients in a blender in the order listed. Blend on high until creamy and smooth. Serve and Enjoy!


Top 5 ways to use Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has become more and more popular in recent years. It’s a versatile and healthy fat! It boosts immunity, improves memory, prevents heart disease, and more. We love coconut oil! Here are some more ways to use coconut oil that you may not have thought of or tried before.

  1. Natural make-up remover:  Just a small dab of coconut oil will quickly liquefy eye makeup, making it easy to wipe off. Rub coconut oil gently onto the upper lids and lower lids in a circular motion. Wipe off with a warm cloth or Kleenex. The benefit over commercial eye makeup removers is that coconut oil will not sting or irritate eyes and, as a bonus, will help to hydrate around the eyes. Also, many commercial makeup removers are full of toxins!
  2. Shaving cream: Use coconut oil as your shaving cream while shaving. It will leave your skin soft, hydrated, and smooth. As a bonus, coconut oil has a natural SPF and is great for protecting your skin from sun damage.
  3. Cooking at high heat : It is great for frying and sauteing things up. Unlike many other oils, coconut oil can tolerate the high heat without becoming rancid like other oils, such as olive oil. Coconut oil is made up of healthy saturated fats and can remain stable under high temperatures.
  4. Diaper rash/Cradle cap: Great to use on baby’s skin as it’s safe and clean.  When your baby experiences painful diaper rash, rub some coconut oil around the affected area to sooth swelling, redness, itch, and burn. Cradle cap can be hard to remove from the scalp and messy. Place some coconut oil on baby’s head and massage it into the scalp. Let it soak in for about 15 minutes and then take a comb and brush/stimulate the scalp. The cradle cap with loosen, making it much easier and quicker to come off.
  5. Creamer: Great to add into your coffee, tea and/or broth for added flavor and an extra boost of energy. Adding coconut oil to your coffee can be a great replacement for your dairy creamer and give you the rich, creamy flavor you desire.

Coconut oil available for purchase at Nourishing Wellness.

Your lymph system and the why to how dry brushing

What is the lymph system?

The lymphatic system is our bodies’ cleansing system, naturally filtering toxins and wastes. It is also a very important role of our immune response. They lymphatic system is sometimes referred to as the “vacum cleaner” of the body, helping to cleanse the body of metabolic wastes, cellular debris, and excess proteins. The lymphatic system runs parallel to the circulatory system, much of which is flowing against gravity (in the direction from your feet to your chest). Because the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump like the circulatory system does with the heart, it relies on movement, muscles, and joints to keep it flowing. Exercises such as yoga, walking and rebounding are great options to get moving.

Stagnant lymph is a huge problem causing symptoms such as swelling, constipation, weight gain, itchy or dry skin, fatigue, brain fog, food sensitives, frequent infections and viruses, congestion or sore throat. When your lymphatic fluid is not moving through the body, toxins and waste will build up since the body is not properly draining, causing unwanted symptoms. When your lymph is stagnant, it gets thick and heavy. It’s like dumping thick bacon grease down your drain instead of just water—everything will start to slow down and back up. Here are some other functions of the lymphatic system:


-Aids in removing toxins and waste

-Removes fluid

-Produces immune cells that fight infection and disease

-Absorbs fatty acid and transports fats

How do you keep you lymphatic system healthy?

Dry Skin Brushing: Dry skin brushing helps to release toxins and stimulate the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is necessary to maintain health throughout your entire body. This routine is easy and should take around 5 minutes. Using a natural bristle brush (sold at Nourishing Wellness), start with the soles of your feet and brush with upward strokes as you move up your legs and towards your heart. Do the same beginning with the hands up to the arms. Brushing the abdomen, chest, and neck is important also. Keep the strokes light. Dry brushing is best done immediately before a shower (in the morning is ideal), because showering washes away all dead skin cells that get removed in the brushing process.

Water: Make sure you’re getting enough water throughout the day. Sufficient water intake keeps the fluid thin enough to move easily through our lymphatic vessels

Good Nutrition: By keeping our digestive organs functioning well, especially the liver, we reduce the lymphatic systems workload.