About Kid's Health Revolution
My son was 2 years old and I had taken him to the doctor to check out what I thought was an innocent white spot on his skin. So, I was totally unprepared for the news that he had an autoimmune condition called vitiligo and that there was not much for treatment options other than some dubious results with heavy duty steroid creams. Even worse, I was told that his immune system could turn on other organs of his body too and we would just have to find a way to live with this condition.
Talk about shocked, big huge bomb just dropped on my life in that office. I remember feeling really scared and confused…even angry. But even in that moment standing in her office there was a part of me deep inside that was rebelling. I could not believe that there was absolutely nothing that could be done for my son’s 2 year old body to help it find its natural balance again. It did not seem right to me and I felt like I will be damned if I am just going to lay down and take this.
I accepted that my son had a health condition but I did not accept for one minute that there was not some way we could improve his health and chances at a happy, healthy life. I knew I had to look deeper and if I could not find answers then at least I knew that I had tried everything I could to help him. So began my journey deep into the world of holistic and functional medicine and nutrition.
We scrapped together the funds to consult a functional medicine doctor here in my home town and he told us we should put our son on a specific dietary protocol and ordered some tests. Then off I went to figure this diet thing out on my own! That is another day etched in my memory! I was so overwhelmed by the changes I would have to make for this protocol that I sat in my car after the appointment and cried!
I had no idea where to begin, how to make it work for us, how we were going to live some semblance of a normal life, how we would travel or go to parties…so much swimming around in my head that I honestly just wanted to ditch the entire idea! But I knew that I couldn’t do that. If this could help I had to try. Once I pulled myself together enough to drive…on the trip home I made a decision. I was going to research and find out how this diet worked before I went any further. Once I started reading about how diet in general affects health I started to understand about the gut, its connection to overall health and how food could be a powerful tool for making dramatic improvements in health. I was sold! This was something non-invasive with no side effects that could potentially make all the difference to my son’s life…how could I not give it a go? We had nothing to lose but a bit of time figuring it out and everything to gain.
We dove in with both feet and within a few months were noticing dramatic changes in my son’s health! I was hooked and went back to school to train in Holistic Nutrition and become GAPS certified because I knew I had to share this power with other parents so they could make a difference for their own kids.
I know what it is like to search for answers, search for solutions, any little bit of hope that you can help your child and not just have to live with this. I also know what it is like to feel overwhelmed by the information out there and figuring out how to make the necessary changes and still live life. That is the whole reason I have created Kids Health Revolution. It is a place to feel empowered and to find trustworthy information that is based not only on cutting edge functional medicine and science but on personal experience. It is about not having to feel alone and overwhelmed and finding the support and tools that you need to take action without having to make it your full time job. (and hopefully saving you a few tears and moments of crying in your car!) The resources and programs you will find here are not only about what you need to do but also how to do it and stay sane!
If you have child with any chronic health condition including but not limited to:
- Depression and/or Anxiety
I hope that you will dig in here and find the hope and information you are searching for. It really is possible for us to make huge improvements in our children’s health. We have an immense power in our own hands to influence their future health and happiness. Don’t ever underestimate it.
Take the Leaky Gut Quiz and see if this maybe an underlying factor for your child.
Join the community and connect with other parents on this path
Check out the podcast and blog for lots of great free information and recipes too.
Check out the courses I have to support you.
"I really like the uniqueness of Deborah’s background, having also worked in Counselling. I am now very convinced that any person helping others with chronic illness should be very good at listening. Deborah has listened carefully to our “struggle” stories which I have discovered often have clues as to the root causes of our problems. I think it also allows Deborah to gently guide us to implement certain changes when I am looking for excuses to not do it and have a more positive attitude toward the process.
I could go on and on, I just so appreciate Deborah’s support! She has been instrumental on my kids’ recovery and I hope that many others can work with her and find health for their kids."
"It's so hard to put into words how much Deborah has helped change my son’s life. I was so excited when I found her and couldn't wait to start my journey to help heal my son through diet being the huge step! Deborah is an honest and extremely intelligent individual that really listens to your concerns and helps you to make the best decisions. She has such a great knowledge of nutrition and makes you feel very comfortable during sessions. I can't thank her enough for her genuine care and help. I don't know what I would have done without her! We have seen amazing results and it keeps us motivated to keep going and I have her to thank for that!"
"We have consulted Deborah few months ago for my 4 year old ASD son for implementation of GAPs diet. We had tried this diet twice on our own but each time we gave up on the very first day because of severe detox reaction. But when we started under Deborah supervision it was a lot easier and smoother. She has been amazing support throughout our gaps intro stages, she is always available and answers my queries immediately. She helped us to pass the severe detox phase by modifying diet for my son's individual issues. Without her guidance and moral support, I couldn't imagine to delve into gaps diet. I really enjoy listening her live radio show, she invites different experts and experienced mothers to share tremendous amount of knowledge with parents like us. Also her website Kids Health Revolution has also tons of information."
Deborah is a very qualified teacher that makes it easy to understand supporting gut integrity.
Fantastic. Deborah is an expert in this area and keeps everyone engaged. Appreciate her story.
Deborah did a great job in the Gut Healthy Breakfasts Class. Open to questions, good answers and lots of information. Thank you!
Deborah is engaging and down to earth.
The class had lots of recipes and different ideas, a great way to begin a change in lifestyle and eating!
"Feeling empowered and ready to keep going! Deborah teaching things that can be applied right away."
- Audrey Baillargeon
Take the class! The recipes are deliciuos and the information is easily digestable and doable!
- Erin Johnson
Amazing, strong and powerful. I had tears in my eyes.
She did a really nice job of combining practical hands on knowledge regarding recipes etc. with broader, health based information. I found the session to be very interesting, I enjoyed watching and hearing her tips on various cooking techniques and I appreciated her passion for good gut health and how to incorporate that into your life / family’s eating.
A great resource with ideas on how to get started. Deborah makes it not so overwhelming.
Absolutely take a class with Deborah! She is in the trenches, gets it and knows her stuff!
- Laurie Quist
Good recipes and I really like the green light foods list!
Still not sure this is the right fit for you and your family? Book a 15 minute consult appointment with me and we can chat about your concerns and help you make the decision that is right for you.
I am not a medical doctor. I am a certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant, certified GAPS practitioner and certified Counsellor. My experience and personal research in order to help my son has taught me a lot about autoimmune and chronic illness from this holistic and functional medicine perspective and I want to share that information with you. This information is just that. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or replace medical advice.