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Homeopathic Aggravations

Your Homeopath will guide you; however, finding the correct remedy and potency/dose will likely require much trial and error.  I was told recently that once you've been using homeopathy for six months, you are truly just starting to begin using homeopathy. Therefore, commit to giving it for at least eight months before using homeopathy. Patience is needed, but the number one thing I am most grateful for in this journey is that I did not give up on homeopathy. Now that we know how homeopathic potencies and dosing work, we must understand [...]

Homeopathic Aggravations2023-07-01T15:40:33-04:00

What is Homeopathy?

Listen, I know that a good bit of the information found below will sound a little woo-woo. I have been in your shoes before, and I am well aware of how it sounds. I went into homeopathy, not believing in it, so there was very little risk to me. However, our lives have been forever changed by it, and it has been the most important decision we have made in our health. Homeopathy has helped to restore our health in more ways than I can count. Though our homeopath recommends we always [...]

What is Homeopathy?2023-04-29T17:07:44-04:00

Treating Underlying Immune Disturbances

The information shared within this site has been gathered by a mother, not a physician, and should not act as medical advice. Nourished Blessings assumes no responsibility for anyone using the information provided by a Nourished Blessings employee or consultant. Nourished Blessings does not represent that its advice will treat or cure any specific health issues. In consideration of the services of Nourished Blessings, under no circumstances shall Nourished Blessings be responsible for damages arising from use of the information provided, whether in contract or tort (including negligence or otherwise). The biggest heavy-hitter in lowering glutamate is [...]

Treating Underlying Immune Disturbances2023-04-04T12:10:10-04:00

Just Removing Gluten and Casein

The very first thing we did to help our son and improve our health was to try the removal of gluten and casein/dairy. While it did not completely remove our son's symptoms, it did significantly help to decrease them enough that we knew we would benefit from the removal for the long haul.  His seizure-like shakes (CMS) decreased from over 40 a day to about 4 a week (Johns Hopkins later came out with a study linking CMS to an imbalance in glutamate and GABA), his eye contact improved, and the fog lifted.  I also personally [...]

Just Removing Gluten and Casein2023-05-02T20:58:29-04:00

Talks & Media

Over the years, I have been asked to share more about our journey, which is quite the task for an introvert. Because of this, I presented with Dr. Katie Reid at the CoMo Wellness Conference, participated in a radio interview with Dr. Elizabeth Allemann, and presented in the Autism Abilities Workshop. However, I most enjoyed being a TACA (The Autism Community in Action) Chapter Head & Parent mentor.  Here are just a few talks and podcasts I have participated in that may also be helpful for you: Dr. Reid and I did a series of Instagram Lives to [...]

Talks & Media2023-04-27T18:58:39-04:00

Making Better Smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to get some much-needed nutrients. Proper nutrition alone can offer neuroprotection against excess glutamate, and we've learned through Dr. Reid to treat our morning smoothie as our daily multivitamin. The fiber found in smoothies is essential in reducing inflammation and restoring fiber fermentation in the gut. Like everything, it is hard to make a blanket statement about what is right for each person.  Depending on individual needs and the status of one's gut health (refer to testing for microbial imbalances), some may need to work to increase fiber and smoothies slowly.  In these [...]

Making Better Smoothies2023-04-29T19:36:46-04:00

Our Lessons in Healing Timeline

As most of us have discovered, there are lessons to be made when things get rough, even though you may not see them at the moment. This is my very shorthanded abbreviated version of our lessons learned and our healing timeline.  While I know everyone's journey is different, I hope some are able to learn from the mistakes we've made and the lessons we've learned. I heard GFCF is beneficial for Autism and cut it out cold turkey, despite our pediatrician's discouragement.  Replaced with mostly whole foods because I didn't fully understand where it was [...]

Our Lessons in Healing Timeline2023-04-24T19:09:03-04:00

Digging Deeper Into Diet Sample Weekly Meal Plan

I know more than most how overwhelming diet changes can be, especially when going to a low-glutamate diet! While our compliance with a low-glutamate diet has fluctuated over the years, this meal plan is an example of keeping it lower in glutamate while maintaining some sanity with cleaner packaged food options.  There will ALWAYS be room for improvement in diet, and this is a better, not perfect, idea of a typical week. It is important to note that we always strive for more green vegetables in our meals. Ratios served can make a substantial difference. Some [...]

Digging Deeper Into Diet Sample Weekly Meal Plan2023-04-27T18:55:09-04:00

Food and Behavior Journal

Keeping track of food intake with stool, mood, and behavioral changes is one of the easiest and most cost-effective (who doesn't love free) ways to provide insight as to what foods might be problematic for you.  It is important to note that changes in stool, mood, and behavior may appear the day following consumption and can last for days in some people.  Please feel free to use this free tool to help recognize food sensitivities contributing to your overall inflammation, glutamate levels, and health. Remember that underlying microbial imbalances in the gut can contribute to food sensitivities. [...]

Food and Behavior Journal2023-04-12T16:47:32-04:00

A Story of Hope with Homeopathy: “I Should Have Done It Years Ago”

I frequently receive stories of hope, but I struggle to find the time to share them. Here is a story of hope sent to me last week from a mom that incorporated a low glutamate diet (REID) and then homeopathy. “I haven’t thanked you yet for being a huge motivator of me finally doing homeopathy for my son. I should have done it years ago when you were preaching about it in the REID Facebook group. He had huge gains, decreased stimming, etc., when we did about 80% REID many years ago, but it seems [...]

A Story of Hope with Homeopathy: “I Should Have Done It Years Ago”2022-09-23T12:32:57-04:00
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