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Gluten Free Recipe:
Sicilian Cauliflower
4 servings
1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
2 cloves garlic, smashed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
6 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons golden raisins
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
15.5-ounce can (no salt) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Instructions: Heat the oven to 425°F. On a rimmed sheet pan, toss together the cauliflower, garlic, 2 tablespoons of the oil, and ⅛ teaspoon of the salt. Spread into a single layer. Roast for about 30 minutes, stirring half way through, until golden brown and tender. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and toast them, tossing often, for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a small bowl. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet. Stir in the onion and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cook, covered tightly, for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. In a small bowl, whisk together the tomato paste, water, and vinegar. Add to the onion along with the raisins, red pepper, and black pepper. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the chickpeas and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring, until heated through. Add the roasted cauliflower to the onion mixture and stir to coat. Serve topped with the parsley and pine nuts.


Exercises to improve attention, working memory and executive function

February 1, 2019
Everyone knows exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  But did you know that exercise can be especially important for people with ADHD?  Exercise can improve attention, working memory and executive function. 
The 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth states that regular exercise can help creativity and social functioning in ADHD and Autistic children. Even a small burst of exercise before a test can produce stronger brain function.
However, the report states, “Only 35% of 5- to 17- year-olds are reaching their recommended physical activity levels.  On average, kids are still sitting too much and moving too little to reach their full potential.”
Fitting exercise into the day can be a challenge, especially for families who need to spend extra time helping a child with ADHD or special needs. However, there are ways to get exercise without even knowing it and you can have some fun!
Here are 10 tips for sneaking physical activity into your child’s day:
  1. Go the distance. When you are running errands, park farther away in the parking lot, choose to take the stairs instead of the elevator, or get off the subway one stop earlier so you can walk the extra distance. Every little bit counts!
  2. Playtime with Fido. Encourage your child to spend quality time with the family dog. Suggest they play fetch, throw a frisbee, or take the dog for a walk (or a run!). Your pets need to expel energy too so it’s a win-win.
  3. Keep a clean house. Assign household chores that require lots of movement like vacuuming, dusting, yard work, etc. Reward your child for extra chores like washing your car by hand.
  4. Family game night. Play an active video game as a family so you can keep them on track and get a little competition going for motivation.
  5. Bowl away. Have a bowling night and include some friends. This sport burns calories, strengthens muscles, improves balance, and works on hand-eye coordination.
  6. Roller disco. This is another fun activity where you can get friends involved and work on balance and coordination. Skating also improves core strength and lower back muscles.
  7. Let’s dance. Get your child signed up for a dance class or have a dance out at home to have some fun. Dancing can reduce stress along with improving cardiovascular health.
  8. Get down to the water. During warm weather, get your child to a pool or lake for swimming and water sports. There are so many water sports to choose from!
  9. Bounce. Get a trampoline for your child. It encourages outdoor time while improving balance and stamina.
  10. Practice martial arts. Martial arts can improve focus and mindfulness. 
Moderate exercise is typically safe for most individuals, but health experts recommend a consultation with your health care provider before starting a new physical activity.

The Diet Linked To 40% Higher Depression Risk

December 24, 2018
A diet of ‘inflammatory foods’ is linked to a 40% higher risk of depression, new research concludes.
Common inflammatory foods include fast food, cake and processed meats. These all have high levels of saturated fats, cholesterol and carbohydrate.
Fast foods and the like cause excess inflammation in the body, which is linked to depression. An anti-inflammatory diet includes more vitamins, fibre and unsaturated fats.
The Mediterranean diet, containing tomatoes, green vegetables, olive oil and fatty fish is anti-inflammatory.
The conclusions come a review of 11 separate studies that included over 100,000 people living in the US, Australia and Europe. Everyone reported how inflammatory their diet was, as well as any depression symptoms.
The results showed that people eating ‘pro-inflammatory’ diets had a 40% higher risk of developing depression or depressive symptoms.
The same was true for young and old.
Inflammation is how the body protects itself against toxins.
However, brain cells are killed when the body remains in a constant state of high alert, while fighting toxins.
Dr. Steven Bradburn, study co-author, said, “These results have tremendous clinical potential for the treatment of depression, and if it holds true, other diseases such as Alzheimer’s which also have an underlying inflammatory component. Simply changing what we eat may be a cheaper alternative to pharmacological interventions, which often come with side-effects. This work builds on recent advances in the field by others, including the first ever clinical trial into dietary interventions for treating depression, which have shown beneficial improvements in depressive symptoms. It should be stressed, however, that our findings are an association, rather than causality.
Further work is needed to confirm the efficacy of modulating dietary patterns in treating depression with relation to inflammation.”
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for both children & adults:
  • Neurofeedback & Biofeedback
  • QEEG / Brain Mapping
  • Cognitive Retraining: memory, processing & problem solving skills
  • Attention, Concentration & Focus Training
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  • Reading Development: fluency & comprehension
  • Balance, Coordination & Motor Planning Development
  • Stress & Anxiety Management
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