Digital detox

by Christina on January 26, 2017

Check out San Francisco Mom Blog today to read about our efforts with digital detox…

“Many parents intuitively understand that ubiquitous glowing screens are having a negative effect on kids. We see the aggressive temper tantrums when the devices are taken away and the wandering attention spans when children are not perpetually stimulated by their hyper-arousing devices. Worse, we see children who become bored, apathetic, uninteresting and uninterested when not plugged in.

But it’s even worse than we think.” ~Dr. Nicholas Kardaras

The other night my 2.5 year old woke up from a dream screaming about the characters in his favorite show, Little Einsteins. He was having a nightmare about the show, and when I held and consoled him he woke up enough to say he wanted “Annie” (from the show) to come over.

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Here are some of the ideas we have to improve the situation… please share any others ideas you have!

  • Avoid TV first thing in the morning. This is hard, and I’m trying to find other activities could  in this early morning time to keep him occupied and engaged. Any suggestions?
  • Avoid TV in the evening before bedtime
  • Have books around – read books instead of turning on the TV
  • Play outside more (this is hard in rain/winter)
  • Never have TV/ipad in bedroom
  • When we do watch something – make it a special occasion and make it clear it is for a limited amount of time. If tantrum happens when we turn it off, deal with that, but do NOT turn the TV back on.
  • Most importantly  — set an example ourselves. We need to get off our phones and and be present with our family.

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A Toddler’s New Year’s Resolutions

by Christina on January 5, 2017

Check out San Francisco Moms Blog today for my post about doing New Year’s Resolutions with my 2 year old…

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One of my favorite times of year is in the quiet and peace after the hustle and bustle of the holidays. For me, those first few days of the year are filled with optimism, hope and excitement for the year ahead.

It’s when I get my paper planner organized for the year ahead and write out my New Year’s Resolutions. This year, I wanted to start a new family tradition: writing New Year’s Resolutions with my kids.

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How healthy is your liver?

by Christina on December 7, 2016

About one in four of us has “Fatty Liver.”

It’s often a silent problem and people have no idea their liver is being damaged.

I was glad to see this excellent article from Authority Nutrition about it, and will be sharing this with my patients.

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Fatty liver is a growing problem and goes hand in hand with obesity and diabetes. It’s often discovered when we’re checking for something else with liver function tests or imaging. Liver enzymes might be slightly elevated, and the liver might look enlarged with fatty deposits.

If treated early enough it can be reversed. Untreated, it can cause major problems including liver failure and liver cancer.

If you have or suspect fatty liver, here are some things you can do (in addition to talking with your doctor):

  • Follow a low-carb diet — those extra carbs (particularly fructose) turn into fat in the liver
  • Do not put sugary drinks into your body — no sodas, no juices, no sports drinks
  • Eat more monounsaturated fats: nuts, avocados, olive oil
  • Eat more fiber (over 10g/day)
  • Eat and/or take omega-3 fatty acids
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes/day
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Strengthen your gut health with prebiotics and probiotics: Interestingly, your gut health and microbiome may play a role in fatty liver

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