Episode 37 - Goodness Me!

Low Carb Diets, ADHD, and School Lunches


School is back in session! Emily discusses how the back to school transition has been for her and her family. Time management, kids lunches and getting the immune system up is something that most moms struggle with during the back to school season.  

First Segment: Can a Low Carb Diet Shorten Your Lifespan?
3:28 – 11:17

Emily and Janet dive right in and tackle all the issues that are presented within the article, they also discuss that the headline isn’t as scary as it seems.
Maybe a low or high carb diet isn’t the answer – but a whole food diet could be?
Going off how you feel after you eat certain food, and what makes you feel great and energized is important.
Overall, eat healthy fats, have enough protein and eat your vegetables! Your body should guide you in the right direction.

Products Mentioned:

“The Big Fat Surprise” by Nina Teicholz

St. Francis - Deep Immune for Children

Articles Mentioned:


Dr. Aseem Malhotra Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly4b-0ATbsw

Dr. Salim Yusuf and the PURE study: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)32252-3/abstract


Second Segment: Questions From Listeners

Question #1
Kevin asks, “My little guy is in the 3rd grade this year and is really struggling with his ADHD. Do you have any tips to help his focus or anything that can make a school day easier on him?”

Janet says,

  • We need to fuel and feed the brain, and take away things that confuse the brain
  • Get your digestive system on track and fuel the brain with nutritious food
  • Corn, wheat, dairy, and gluten can also trigger ADHD
  • Put good nutrition in first – Omega 3, Protein, etc.

Emily says,

  • Avoid food that triggers ADHD – like refined sugars and food dyes
  • Increasing Omega 3 with things like Fish Oil (Takes a few months to kick in)
  • Activity and exercise outside of school hours

Products Mentioned:

Garden Of Life - Dr. Formulated Probiotics Organic Kids+

Progressive - Ultimate Fish Oil for Kids

Question #2

Miranda asks, “Hey Emily! It’s my daughters first year in school and I’m trying to keep her lunch as simple and healthy as possible while avoiding allergies. What are some essentials that you pack in your daughter’s lunch?”

  • Pack items with protein and good fats – ideas include tuna cupcakes
  • Smoothies in reusable pouches are convenient and simple
  • Try to include at least one vegetable that they like
  • Hemp seeds – incorporate when you can for healthy fats and protein!
  • Keep lunch simple – you don’t want to overwhelm your kids


What’s For Dinner?
19:20 – 21:03
Emily’s Favourite BBQ Steak
Serves 4

  • 1 lb. naturally-raised blade steak
  • 4 tsp Steak Rub
  • 1 tsp. sucanat (optional, but adds visual appeal)
  • 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  1.  Preheat BBQ to very hot, as hot as it will go.
  2. Combine the steak rub and sucanat. Rub the mixture into both sides of the steak. Let it stand till it comes to room temperature.
  3. Grill the steak on one side for half the cooking time (generally 6 to 12 minutes’ total)
  4. Turn the steak over and continue to cook, until done as you desire. Cooking time depends on thickness, grill temperature, and preference. A pressure test can help you judge: a rare steak will be soft, a medium steak firmer, and a well done steak firm. Experience will help you perfect this.
  5. Remove from the heat and drizzle the olive oil over the steak. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes to set the juices.
  6. To serve, slice diagonally in strips and put on top of your favourite salad  


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