What is MSPI

What is MSPI & How it Affects You and Your Baby

Milk soy protein intolerance (MSPI) is a temporary inability to digest the proteins found in cow’s milk and soy products. MSPI is different from a traditional food allergy. You may also see it referred to as food protein-induced colitis or cow’s milk protein intolerance (CMPI). It may be related to other diagnoses, including eosinophilic gastroenteritis/ esophagitis, or allergic colitis.

Find out more about MSPI at Complete Children’s Health News!

Baby

Around baby boy’s 2 month checkup we discovered that he has MSPI. He was diagnosed because he had several symptoms like green, blood and mucous in his stools, skin rash and he was pretty fussy around feeding time. Now since I’m breastfeeding this meant a lot of changes in my food choices like a diet free of all dairy and soy. Of course this sounds much easier than it is. Quickly I learned just how many foods I’ll have to avoid because hidden dairy and soy are just about everywhere.

After dairy and soy elimination diet some symptoms persisted like skin rash and mucous in stools. That’s when I realized that he was sensitive to other foods next to dairy and soy. For a while we also had to avoid all top allergens and some extras like meat, beans, rice, oatmeal and some fruits and veggies.

My diet quickly turned into eating a lot of fruits, vegetables, quinoa, food made on extra virgin olive oil, all seasoned with salt and pepper only. Our safe foods were (in case I messed up and consumed unknowingly one of his triggers) bananas, watermelon, grapes, raisins, avocado, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, spinach, potatoes and quinoa. Over time I learned how to avoid all triggers and how to stop craving foods I couldn’t have.

He is 5 months now and we haven’t had any symptoms or triggers in a while. Now we are slowly adding back in foods from his trigger list and so far we had luck with pork, corn, tomatoes and strawberries. We had mixed responses from chicken and rice so we decided to avoid it a bit longer.

Baby boy is thriving on this diet and is all around a happy baby. As for me I’ve lost a lot (and I really mean a LOT) of weight (we are talking 35 pounds in 3 months). So far my doctor is not concerned and thinks that this unplanned diet change was good for me, because next to weight loss I’m also feeling better, my skin has cleared completely and my migraines are gone.

I will continue eating this way for as long as I’m breastfeeding. I breastfeed my daughter for 12 months and I’m hopping to do the same this time around, maybe even longer if his sensitivities continue. I will slowly add in foods as his system starts to tolerate them.

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Please Note – This diet is not for everyone. My circumstances forced me to go on this dietary change for well-being of my baby and I am glad that it helped both of us. But you have to consult with your doctor before cutting out any foods from your diet. Both my baby and I see our doctors regularly to make sure we are both well and not deficient of any vitamins or minerals.

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Best Foods for Weight Loss

What You Eat Matters

While exercise helps you build muscle and lose fat, eating healthy plays the biggest part when it comes to weight loss. To successfully lose weight you can’t deprive yourself, but rather choose the right foods like the ones we are listing here. They will satisfy you without overload in calories and give you the results that you want.

Best Foods for Weight Loss

  • Avocados – they are high in monounsaturated fatty acids which can help diminish belly fat.
  • Eggs – eat the whole eggs, because the yolks are full of nutrients.Plus eating eggs at breakfast, or any other meal, can add much-needed protein to your diet. The result is you will feel fuller for longer.
  • Salmon – is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is great for lowering the blood pressure and a healthier heart. Plus salmon can help you recover faster after a long workout because of its ability to reduce inflammation in your body.
  • Apples – because they are very high in pectin, a soluble fiber that helps you feel full and satisfied apples are great snacks. They will help you feel full longer and eat less at meal time.
  • Cinnamon – the smallest amount of cinnamon has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels, curb cravings and boost metabolism.
  • Berries – it’s proven that the antioxidant anthocyanin, found in berries, can alter gene activity in fat cells, making it harder to gain weight.
  • Chia Seeds – fiber, protein, omega-3s chia seeds have them all.
  • Lentils – besides being high in protein and fiber, lentils are also a great source of resistant starch, a type of carb that just might make you burn more fat and lose weight faster.
  • Beans – they are great protein source that is low calorie, easy to make and budget friendly.
  • Quinoa – is a super-food for a reason. The pseudograin is an excellent source of protein and fiber to help you feel satiated longer.
  • Sweet Potatoes – high in fiber to keep you full and regulate blood sugar which can help you kick cravings and lose pounds.
  • Hot Peppers – capsaicin, the compound in peppers that makes them hot, has been shown to have metabolism-boosting properties.
  • Popcorn – full of antioxidants and low in calories, popcorn makes a great substitute when you’re craving salty, greasy chips. Just skip the butter!
  • Nuts – a recent study found that people who ate an ounce of nuts a day had higher levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin, which can act as an appetite suppressant. Higher serotonin levels may also help diminish stress levels, a big help when it comes to the fight against belly fat.
  • Dark Chocolate – people who eat a small square of dark chocolate a day report feeling fewer cravings for dessert.
  • Lean Meats – excellent source of protein for building muscle.
  • Green Tea – drinking green tea throughout the day is a great way to boost your metabolism and suppress your appetite while also hydrating your body.
  • Pears – like apples, pears are high in the fiber pectin, which has been shown to help suppress appetite.
  • Oatmeal – change your breakfast cereal for a bowl of oatmeal and you just may see the pounds disappear.
  • Soup – it fills you up, it’s relatively convenient and low in calories. A perfect meal, just make sure to make your own to avoid too much sodium from store bought.

Hosting a Halloween Party for Kids

Halloween can be perfect time to host a Kid party.

Everyone loves parties and Halloween is a perfect time to host one for your kids. There will be yummy food, lots of treats and fun costumes. Read our tips for hosting a successful Halloween Party for Kids!

  1. Start with invitations. Include the starting and ending time. And don’t forget to invite all the little guests in their costumes.
  2. Your party should be in color theme. Orange and black are perfect for Halloween. Decorate chairs with ribbons in these colors and your table with orange tablecloth. Throw Halloween decorations all around. Lots of small pumpkins that kids can take one with them afterwards.
  3. Don’t forget to play games. Kids love them and they keep them busy. Kids can decorate pumpkins, or play bowling with apples. Make some of your own and you can always reward winners with some Halloween novelty prizes .
  4. Buy some inexpensive Halloween plates and glasses. Serve punch in plastic witch’s cauldron. Tip: Mixing blue and yellow drinks is perfect. They create that perfect green color for the Halloween.
  5. Serve Halloween cupcakes and cookies. They are fun, small and interesting to kids. Decorate them in fun orange, black, purple and green with touches of white all perfect colors for the occasion.
  6. Serve finger foods like cheese, crackers and dips. All in the Halloween theme.
  7. Don’t forget to take ton of pictures. Capturing every moment of your party will be priceless.
  8. Send your guests home with a sweet treat (it’s Halloween after all), fun mini pumpkins, Halloween coloring pages or similar.
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Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes – What It Is – How to Treat It

Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar (diabetes) that starts or is first diagnosed during pregnancy.

Gestational Diabetes

During pregnancy – usually around the 24th week – many women develop gestational diabetes. A diagnosis of gestational diabetes doesn’t mean that you had diabetes before you conceived, or that you will have diabetes after giving birth. But it’s important to follow your doctor’s advice regarding blood glucose (blood sugar) levels while you’re planning your pregnancy, so you and your baby both remain healthy.

I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes at 32 weeks pregnant with my last pregnancy. At first I didn’t know anything about it, or how I will manage to keep it under control. But luckily with help of my doctor and dietitian I was able to manage my Gestational Diabetes with diet only without any medications. Once baby was born my diabetes was gone and both baby and I were doing well.

To find out more on what is Gestational Diabetes and how to treat it doing pregnancy visit American Diabetes Association!

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Hairfinity Hair Vitamins

Hairfinity is an Innovation in Hair Care

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hairfinity. The opinions and text are all mine.

It’s the end of the summer and we all know what sun, swimming and vacations do to our hair.

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How does Hairfinity work​:

  • Biotin promotes healthy hair growth and protects against dryness. Increases the elasticity of the hair’s cortex, thus preventing breakage. Helps produce keratin that prevents hair loss.
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3) promotes scalp circulation Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) – prevents hair loss.
  • Vitamin A is an antioxidant that helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp.
  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps maintain hair and skin health.
  • Vitamin D helps prevent hair shedding which is critical to a voluminous fuller head of hair.
  • Vitamin B12 is essential to the formation of healthy red blood cells and helps transport oxygen to the scalp and follicles, which is required to sustain hair growth.
  • Vitamin B Complex nourishes and supports a healthy scalp environment and healthy hair growth. Deficiencies in these vitamins can lead to hair thinning, hair loss, graying, and weakening of the hair structure.
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  • MSM The sulfur provided by MSM is required for healthy collagen and keratin, which are essential to healthy hair growth.
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Hairfinity Hair Vitamins contain the basic nutrients for overall health. A healthy body is the ideal environment for healthy hair to thrive. This means that a good metabolism, and immune system are also key factors for growing healthy hair fast. They also contain specific nutrients that are essential for faster hair growth.

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Book of the Month: The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world’s most popular thriller writer.

The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling that finds famed symbologist Robert Langdon in a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths . . . all under the watchful eye of Brown’s most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol is an intelligent, lightning-paced story with surprises at every turn. This is Dan Brown’s most exciting novel yet.

Anchor – October 19, 2010 – 656 pages – $21.72