Dani Kelly, RHN

"The evidence for nutritional therapy is becoming so strong that if the doctors of today don’t become nutritionists, the nutritionists will become the doctors of tomorrow." – Anonymous Irish Doctor

Emeric’s Birth Story

On February 26th, I woke up in Queenstown to another grey and white late-winter morning.  Snow started falling softly, and then more fiercely, and another foot rapidly accumulated on the already-six-foot banks out of which we New Brunswickers had tentatively carved paths and roads and lives during the previous several months.  A winter wonderland.

When my husband and kids woke up, I told them how much I hoped not to receive the call from Dani on this day of the last (surely the last?) major snow-storm of the year.  Seconds later, my phone chirped with the text message from Dani.  She was in the birth process—entering the veil—and I had to leave. 

I packed my birth kit, dug my car out of the driveway, and by early afternoon, I had set off.  We live in a little rural hamlet, and to reach the highway that would take me to Woodstock, I have to pass over pitted roads, through field and forest.  At the crest of a steep hill, before the village of Gagetown, the snow paused, and the clouds parted, and through a break in the trees, a column of sun streamed across the road, illuminating the horizon, the river in the distance, the leafless branches, in one slow motion moment of glory.  It was beautiful, and I couldn’t help the wave of gratitude and joy that flooded over me: it felt like a visitation, and a sign, that the birth of this baby was being blessed.   

Dani is one of those great beauties, who nonetheless carries herself in a way that makes it seem as though she might not know how just how stunning she is.  She has an attitude and a countenance that strikes one, on first meeting, as airy and fun—which she is!—but when one gets to know her, it becomes clear just how thoughtful, substantive, brave and curious she is.  Dani’s first two daughters had been born in the hospital, both arriving a few days before the date they were expected.  But every pregnancy, and every birth is different, and this new baby was taking their time to come to earth.  During each meeting we had had prenatally, the closer time moved to the birth-day of this new baby, the more I expected that Dani would unload what must be her intense frustration at being almost 42 weeks pregnant—like most of us do!  Never.  She remained serene and gracious throughout the entirety of her very long pregnancy.  

When I arrived, Dani was sitting on her sofa like a goddess with a Mona Lisa smile, while her sweet and spirited daughters jumped around.  Colin, her caring husband was there, and their stunning high-ceilinged, open-plan home was tidy and warm.  Dani’s sensations were still quite mild, but I could see that she was entering that floating primal world of birth.  Rylan, Dani’s oldest daughter, was wired and excited, and I sensed that Dani would appreciate some time alone with Colin, and their younger daughter Norah.  By this time, my husband Lee and our kids had followed me to Carleton County and were staying in Florenceville, just a short drive from Dani and Colin’s, so I suggested to take Rylan back to Florenceville with me to watch a movie with my crew.  

Rylan and I had a great time chatting in the car on the way to Florenceville, and my kids were thrilled to see her.  I ended up falling asleep while they watched their movie, and when Lee woke me up close to midnight, the kids were all sleeping on the sofa.  Dani had texted me to let me know that the birth was picking up, so I woke Rylan, and she was immediately bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, eager to get back to see her mum, and to witness the birth of her new sibling. 

Dani and Colin’s house, set back from the road, looked magical as we approached from the dark road—fairy lights in the window and everything aglow.  It felt even more magical as we entered, leaving the frigid end-of-winter behind, and I really got the sense that the whole place was encircled in a warm halo of trust, and love.  Upstairs, Dani was sitting on the sofa again, and although her sensations were quiet, I could see that she was hazy; enveloped in the mist of the birth-dance. 

Gail, Dani’s mother was there.  I had only met Gail briefly before, but it was clear that her presence was entirely positive: gentle, trusting of the process, helpful and practical.  When Dani experienced another, stronger sensation, Gail gathered Norah and Rylan, and took them to bed.  I too decided to get some sleep before the baby’s arrival, and as I tiptoed upstairs, I peeked around the corner to see Gail, Norah and Rylan lying like sardines in Rylan’s single bed, giggling and whispering, the three of them, like it was Christmas eve—awaiting their new little love.

I fell asleep immediately and deeply, but woke at 4:15 am to the sounds of birth—deep primal sounds.  Not the sound of fear, or anxiety, but of strength and power; guttural sounds.  The sound of a baby coming down.  I rolled out of bed to the see Dani coming out of the shower, being helped by Colin, heading towards the birth pool.  Gail had woken up as well, and she floated over, ready with towels.  Dani stepped into the water, and I turned to the table to arrange some of my kit.  “I think I need to push”, said Dani, and I turned around, to see Dani slightly raised up in the pool, and another sensation, but quieter this time, as a beautiful little golden baby swam out, and up into his mother’s arms, at 4:24 am, the 27th of February. Colin was there, holding the space with perfect, gentle support, and I think he was teary when his so-very-wanted, adored, loved son emerged.  “It’s a boy!  He’s a boy!  Colin, he’s a little boy!”  exclaimed Dani, elated; euphoric. “I did it!  I did it.  All my dreams have come true.”  And that made me cry.

Colin and Gail helped Dani out of the pool and into the cozy bed.  Rylan and Norah woke up, and immediately gathered to adore and cuddle their tiny little brother, snuggling close to him and their mum, with dad and their grandmother too.  Everyone just stayed there, in that sacred place of witnessing: encountering their boy for the first time: son, brother, grandson.  The little baby nursed almost right away, and after the placenta was birthed easily, and the bedsheets were changed, we quickly weighed the tiny bundle, and he was almost seven pounds.  A beautiful, strong, perfect little angel.

I think it took Dani a few years to become comfortable with the idea of home birth, but when it came down to it, I don’t think I have seen a mother more centred, determined, or, at the moment of birth, more in tune with her body, or trusting of the experience.  

Love to you Dani, Colin, Rylan, Norah & Emeric


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Cucumber Salsa

I recently went to a gathering at a friends house and this was served with tortilla chips! Mmmm! Needless to say, it did not last long! So delicious — I had to make my own! Colin, who doesn’t like cucumbers, even ate it! I call that ‘a hit!’ 

Ingredients:

-dice 3 cups cukes, half cup tomatoes, half cup celery, half a cup red onion

-half cup fresh parsley, minced

-one jalapeno pepper diced

-half cup fresh cilantro, minced

-5 garlic cloves, minced

-half cup Greek yogurt

-half teaspoon of lime juice

-salt and pepper

-feta [optional]

Combine & stir ingredients. Set in fridge for one hour. Serve with tortilla chips or add to bed of salad greens.

Serves 5+ people!

Happy snacking!

 

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Do I need to boost my immunity?

It is self-evident that during any active infection, the need to support the immune system to fight off viruses and bacteria is important.

There are also many health conditions and symptoms that let us know that our immune system isn’t working as well as it should be. It can be weakened, overly responsive or causes too much inflammation in the body. Those that are at the top of the list include:

  • Frequent colds and flu (more than 2 per year).
  • Colds and flu that linger for many weeks.
  • If you find yourself saying, “I never get sick”.
  • Chronic congestion in the nose, throat or sinuses.
  • Colds and flu that turn into deeper infections (ie. lingering coughs as in pneumonia and bronchitis) or other respiratory infections (e.g. sinus or ear infections).
  • Allergies (food, seasonal, environmental).
  • Herpes outbreaks (cold sores or shingles).
  • Persistent fatigue.
  • Recurring Candida yeast infections (vaginal, oral, digestive, or skin).
  • Digestive disorders (ie. celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome).
  • Inflammatory disorders (ie. Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, Etc.).
  • Any autoimmune condition (ie. celiac disease, certain thyroid disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Etc.).

Contact Dani by phone  506.323.0727, Facebook or E-mail to schedule an appointment in an effort to boost your first line of defense against illness and infection – your natural immunity!

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Chicken Broth

Ingredients:

– 1 whole chicken (I purchase free-range and organic from our local market)

– water (to cover chicken in pot)

– herbs (summer savory, oregano, basil & minced garlic)

– sea salt

– onions (optional)

Procedure:

1. Place thawed chicken in pot and cover with water.

2. Add herbs.

3. Boil, with a cover, for 45 minutes or until meat falls easily from the bone.

4. Remove from heat and remove bones and meat.

In the past I have used this broth for making chicken rice, as soup stock (just add veggies) or drank it on its own when I felt a bug coming on.  It’s definitely my go-to “food” when I am feeling under the weather.  It freezes well, also.  To freeze, I fill a quart mason jar 3/4 full, leaving room for it to freeze and place it in the freezer. (Made the mistake of filling the quart jar full one time and the pressure caused the glass jar to burst in my freezer). This last time I made broth I also put the bones in a bag in the freezer to be reboiled and used another time.  I will let you know how I make out.

So not only does chicken broth taste great but the gelatin rich broth is full of minerals and other nutrients that help liver function, aid in digestion and allow bone and teeth health to flourish (just to name a few benefits)! To learn more, Weston A. Price Foundation has a great, but long article with many of the health benefits of consuming broths called, Why Broth is Beautiful .  Enjoy!

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Sweet Pink Beet/Carrot Pulp Cookies

Ingredients:
-1 cup of coconut oil
-2/3 cup of brown sugar
-2 eggs
-2 tsp vanilla
-1.5 cups of Speerville Flour Mill Pharaoh’s Favorite Mix
-2 cups of beet and carrot pulp

Directions:
1. Combine oil and sugar.
2. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
3. Stir in Speerville Flour Mill Pharaoh’s Favorite Mix and pulp.
4. Use spoon to transfer dough to cookie sheet & bake at 375° for 20-30 mins or until desired tenderness!

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Cookies! (not raw hamburger)

Enjoy!

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A Guilt-Free, Chocolatey Treat

If you are anything like me then you occasionally crave a treat and sometimes it’s even chocolatey in nature.  …Then the guilt sets in and we ask ourselves, “Was that really worth it?” For me the answer is often, “No.”
HOWEVER, I stumbled upon this recipe on a website entitled ‘Sustainable Baby Steps’ and have already prepared it twice this week, GUILT-FREE. The first time I shared it with some lovely ladies at a Birth Talk meeting, where I gave a brief presentation on eating for conception, pregnancy & breastfeeding, with raving reviews! This time, I have tweeked the recipe and added the following ingredients: walnuts, sesame seeds & coconut shavings and Miss Rylan approved.

Ingredients:

-1 cup of Organic, Coconut Oil

-3/4 cup of Organic, Raw Cacao Powder

-1/3 cup Organic Raw Honey

-1 tsp Vanilla Extract

-Dash of Sea Salt

-Optional – almonds, walnuts, coconut shavings, seeds, strawberries, etc.

Procedure:

1. Begin by melting the Coconut Oil & Honey. Using a glass measuring cup containing Coconut Oil and Honey submerged in a boiling pot of water (temperature= medium) is what worked best for me. (Be sure that no water gets into the measuring cup).

2. Once Coconut Oil & Honey are completely melted add Cacao Powder, Vanilla extract & sea salt and mix well.

3. Place optional ingredients in a glass dish and pour “chocolatey treat” on top.

4. Place in freezer for approximately an hour to harden.

5. Remove from freezer and store in fridge.

6. Be sure to share with friends!

This recipe is an enjoyable way to receive your healthy, saturated fats & nuts. :)

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Garlic Tea

Garlic, which in French is ‘ail’, is known for repelling vampires. This cure or prevent all, helps to lower high blood cholesterol & high blood pressure. When consumed regularly will prevent colds and flu, sore throats, infections & coughs, to name a few. This herb is an antibiotic, antiviral, astringent and immune-system stimulant. It contains sulfur which offers protection against cancer, inflammation, and high blood sugar levels, as well.
Naturally, when I woke up with a sore throat this past weekend, I brewed some garlic tea!

Ingredients:

-1 clove of pressed garlic
-warm water
-honey (optional, but will help cease dry cough)

Combine & sip!

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“You want me to do what with wet socks?”

1. Soak a pair of cotton socks in very cold water. Wring out the socks so they are not dripping and put them on your feet.

2. Cover the cold, wet socks completely with a large pair of wool or cotton socks. It is important that no part of the wet sock is exposed to the air.

3. If you are sensitive to cold, you can soak your feet in a hot foot bath to warm them first. Make the water as hot as you can tolerate so that your feet turn red. This will reduce the shock of the cold on your feet.

4. Go to sleep.

5. The socks will be dry in the morning.

Do you or someone you know suffer from congestion, swelling or inflammation? Look no further than your sock drawer. Warming Socks work while you sleep to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage by encouraging blood flow to the feet and extremities, as the body attempts to warm and dry the socks. Warming Socks can be used to clear congestion in the upper respiratory tract or lungs, to reduce edema and/or swelling, reduce inflammation anywhere in the body, and to improve overall health.

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The Most and Least Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables

MOST Contaminated [prefer organic]:

Fruit:

  • apples
  • pears
  • peaches
  • nectarines
  • strawberries
  • cherries
  • raspberries
  • grapes

Veggies:

  • peppers
  • celery
  • green beans
  • potatoes
  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • cucumbers
  • squash
  • pumpkins

LEAST Contaminated [growing methods less important]:

Fruit:

  • bananas
  • oranges
  • tangerines
  • pineapple
  • grapefruit
  • melons
  • watermelons
  • plums
  • kiwis
  • blueberries
  • mangoes
  • papaya [beware of GMO]

Veggies:

  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • cabbage
  • mushrooms
  • asparagus
  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • eggplant
  • peas
  • radishes
  • avocados
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Precautions: Mammograms and Dental XRay

A forwarded email I received stating:

On Wednesday, Dr. Oz had a show on the fastest growing cancer in women: thyroid cancer. It was a very interesting program and he mentioned that the increase could possibly be related to the use of dental x-rays and mammograms. He explained that on the apron the dentist has you put on you, for your dental x-rays, there is a little flap that can be lifted up and wrapped around your neck. Many dentists don’t bother to use it. Also, there is something called a “thyroid guard” for use during mammograms.

By coincidence, I had my yearly mammogram yesterday. I felt a little silly, but I asked about the guard and sure enough, the technician had one in a drawer.

I asked why it wasn’t routinely used. Answer: “I don’t know. You have to ask for it.”

Well, if I hadn’t seen the show, how would I have known to ask?

Spread the word.

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