Ahhh, I do love Kava. Actually I am using a combination I found at Pharmaca. It is their own brand and it has two types of Kava, Passion Flower, St.John’s Wort, Lobelia and Pulsatilla. Very good stuff. Herbs are mostly meant to be taken over a long period of time, similar to eating your greens every day, but calming herbs seem to have a very immediate effect. When I worked at natural foods stores the rule of thumb was always to take a new supplement for two months and at least two bottles of it before deciding if it works for you. That is a good general rule considering most people expect herbs to work like aspirin~ take two pills and the effects will follow immediately. But herbs are on a continuum between food and medicine and are meant to built into your diet and therefore your body. I remember this Richard Scarry book my grandmother had that had a fantastic picture of the old saying, “you are what you eat” and the older I get, the more I see how very true that is. I hate to think what exactly that makes my youngest son who is an extremely picky eater. I love this article about picky eaters because I can relate to every single part of it. I was my own family’s picky eater and turned out to be gluten intolerant. My youngest son has tested negative to food allergies, but I don’t honestly believe it. A naturopath is the next step in that mystery, and although I hate the idea of him having food allergies, especially because he eats such few foods, it would certainly be a good thing to catch early.
Speaking of gluten intolerance eating, I tried Glutino’s frozen pizza yesterday and was very impressed. The crust was delicious~ no weird taste or texture like a lot of gluten free products. The individual size was perfect for dinner although I tried to share it with my oldest son who said he’d rather not. He did share my artichoke later though, so perhaps he just wasn’t hungry at that time. The only thing I would change is the sauce was a little weak. It is probably a good sauce for kids actually, but for me I’d rather have a bit more taste in my red sauce~ specifically more garlic taste. For a frozen pizza though, it was really good.
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