Kids (and adults) often get snotty as soon as the weather turns cold.
And, snot is totally avoidable.
Families on the SAD diet (Standard Amercian Diet) don’t connect their daily choices with the body’s responses. Snot is simply a by-product of poorly digested food. Feed your kid cold cereal and milk when the leaves outside get crispy… and you’re sure to end up with SNOT! Layer on kit-kats, snickers and 3 musketeers and you get a kid with a cold between now and Turkey Day.
What is the problem with snot?
Here is the scoop: snot is a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. It’s also a sign that the stomach lining is full of wet, soggy, mucus. Gross. Mucusy stomach lining means that the next time you eat, you’ll generate more mucus. You’ll absorb less nutrients. You need a strong digestive fire to turn food into vibrant tissue. Having mucus is a sign that your agni is less than adequate. Here are some more signs of poor digestive fire:
- a white, coated tongue
- stinky breath
Here is what poor digestive fire leads to:
- colds, viruses, flues
- sinus infections
- poor immune function
- asthma and allergies
Snot-free kids are simple to design. Here is what to do:
- Eat warm, spiced foods on cold days. Like oatmeal with cinnamon.
- Drink only water between meals.
- Take “boo candy” at the first signs of snot, bad breath or a coated tongue.
- No more ice-cream or cold dairy (including yogurt and granola) after Columbus Day.
Cate’s Recipe for Boo Candy
Get out a cutting board and a wide knife.
- Add 1/2 cup raw honey to the cutting board.
- Add 1/3 c. turmeric powder (you can dry roast it first in a skillet for added benefit).
- Add 1/2 tsp. ginger powder
- Add 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- Cut the spices into the honey with the knife until you have a smooth texture. Add more spices for desired taste.
- Store in a small tin or small glass jar.
- Put on the kitchen table in reach for all ages. Little ones like to roll it into pea-sized balls.
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Alex StricklandPosted at 12:24h, 26 October
Great advice. I will share on my Facebook page.
Alex StricklandPosted at 12:51h, 26 October
Also wondering, how are you going to handle it when Indy starts school, and they insist on having morning and afternoon snack?
BPosted at 21:23h, 26 February
Yeah I have a daughter starting school too, any advice on the snacking at school thing?
Pingback:Boo Candy « all things veggiePosted at 14:31h, 03 October
[…] throat and was thinking he may be coming down with a cold. I had just finished reading this post, Snot Free Kids – Yogahealer, by Cate Stillman and was inspired to make her recipe for Boo Candy in hopes to help keep my sweet […]
Cate StillmanPosted at 15:44h, 03 October
I think just encouraging her to eat when she is hungry is good.
Also having dinner ready very early helps!
Sara TagamiPosted at 01:54h, 27 August
Hm, thanks for sharing this. I just stumbled upon your website while looking for blogs about yoga and I find this site just soooo full on information I need., I’m gonna have to try this one as I am recently suffering from persistent cold and cough ., I’ll see if this will help., keep the good pots coming ., 😉
Sara TagamiPosted at 01:55h, 27 August
oh..I mean “good posts” in my comment up there ., sorry for typo ., 🙂