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19 Jul

The Power of Family Dinner

29 Jun

Power of Family Dinner

As part of our continuing pursuit in finding that elusive balance, I wanted to touch on the importance of family dinners. The good news is that research shows that adolescents and parents perceive family meals positively. It looks as though family meals could be a useful mechanism for enhancing family togetherness. They’re also good platforms for parents to model behaviors that they would like their children to emulate.

For younger kids, the benefits are further motivating… Wouldn’t we all love to enjoy our kids again, instilling in them more grace and courtesy as we prepare them for the privilege of an enjoyable dinner at a restaurant? (Getting them to eat more fresh more fruits and vegetables would be nice too.)

Read on for some tips for creating that vital ritual of family dinner:

Before dinner:

  • Set a regular dinnertime.
  • Take on fewer activities if these are getting the way of family dinner.
  • Prepare (or pick up pre-made) food to eat together at home.
  • Include children in setting the table (a toddler placemat can empower littles to set the table).
  • Turn off the TV and music and remove technology/phones/tablets from the table.
  • Light a candle and/or dim the lights.
  • Say a prayer or express gratitude for your time together and for the food.

To read more of Dr. Naumes’ posts head over to D-Moms Blog.

Cultivating Female Friendships Amidst Crazy Schedules

26 Feb

Cultivating Female Friendships

 

At the end of last year I wrote about the health benefits that friendships and a rich social life confer. This week I want to brainstorm how to cultivate female friendships amidst our full lives. Now, I love my husband, but as evolved as he may often show himself to be, there are some needs he is simply never going to fulfill (among them, stylist, professional back-rubber, and home-organizer). Since the joys of parenthood and running a household don’t always  allow for ample girl time, I think it’s necessary to get creative and intentional to make sure it happens!

See a few of Dr. Naumes’ ideas in her post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog to get you started.

Cultivating Couple Time

19 Feb

Cultivating Couple Time

 

As you come down off your Valentine’s Day high this week, let’s talk about a few ways to consistently cultivate and strengthen your relationship with your spouse. If you happen to have a marriage like mine, nothing works better for us than turning on music – our favorite right now is some nights by fun! – and dancing for 5 minutes.  We’ve also appreciated the benefits of creating a family mission statement.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog for some other ideas you might implement to improve your health, happiness, and stress levels for years to come!

 

Finding the Elusive Balance

12 Feb

Finding Elusive Balance

Amidst our hyper-busy, multi-tasking urban lifestyle, I’m often asked about finding balance in one’s life. The art of saying “no” (which I like to reframe as the art of saying “Yes!”) starts with organizing your big picture around what’s truly important to you and your family, long-term. Here are four specific ways to do this.
  1. Make a family mission statement – A strong mission statement can drive every other decision that your family makes. If you and your partner can agree on your mutual mission, you may find that assuming this bird’s eye view of life helps you decide what is worth pursuing and what to set aside. Look at your primary relationships and take care that your actions support each other rather than push your family members away from one another. From time-to-time, my husband and I get out our family mission statement to use as a litmus test – we want to see if we are being true to vision. Then we try to let go of everything that’s not of vital importance.

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazines DMoms Blog

Fertility 101 for Couples

26 Nov

Pre-conception & Fertility Optimization – Private Classes for Couples

ONGOING | 6 Week Series | 90 Minute Weekly Private Sessions

Please email frontdesk@naumesnd.com to schedule
with Kate Naumes ND

Dr. Kate Naumes, ND is enthusiastically offering a program for optimal pre-conception preparation. Pre-conception care is what you do to prepare yourself to become pregnant. Come learn how to enhance your health in preparation for optimal fertility, a healthy full-term pregnancy, a straightforward labor, a rapid recovery, successful breastfeeding – and of course, a bright, healthy beautiful baby! Learn how nutrition, changes in body composition, exercise and sleep can positively impact male and female fertility and impact the health of any future pregnancy. Learn how to protect yourself from exposure to substances in the environment that can decrease fertility and harm a developing baby. Your future baby will benefit from the simple, non-invasive, cost-effective tools that naturopathic medicine has to offer during the pre-conception period. We will use journaling, discussion, and creative hands-on projects to explore mind/body issues surrounding fertility.

Numerous studies have shown the beneficial effects of pre-conception care, including lower rates of miscarriage, birth defects, low birth weight babies, and early-term babies (preemies). The Foresight Study, conducted in England, showed the effects that proper preconception care has on fertility. Out of 300 couples who had previously been declared “infertile”, over 89% were pregnant within 2 years without the assistance of IUI (Intra-uterine insemination) or other similar fertility interventions. The same study showed twice the success rate of in-vitro fertilization in couples who were also undergoing optimum preconception care.

Over the course of 6 weeks we will:
– Learn through interactive, creative participation, in a spirit of fun and curiosity
– Improve nutrition, exercise and sleep habits as it relates to optimizing fertility
– Learn how men’s food choices, emotions and stress responses can positively affect the genetics of your future child
– Learn how to positively impact the health of your sperm

Who is this class for?

– “We plan on becoming pregnant in the next 6 months to 1 year”
– “We have been diagnosed with infertility and we want to explore natural ways to promote conception”
– “A doctor has already recommended IVF or IUI, but I have heard that these work better when I am as healthy as possible”
-“We have had multiple miscarriages and we want to learn to optimize our health naturally to decrease the chances of another miscarriage”

Group Class 6 week series –
To inquire about pricing or to signup for your Pre-conception & Fertility Optimization for Couples Series please contact us at frontdesk@naumesnd.com

Tips for Staying Sane During the Holidays

20 Nov

Managing stress is one of the most important things you can do for the health and well-being of yourself and your family. My #1 tip is to take on less! Keep life simple and don’t compare yourself to others. The fall and winter are darker, slower times for rest and reflection; the holidays should be enjoyable and relaxing.

Tips for keeping life simple:

  • Take time for introspection and give children a break from activities, research shows that unstructured play time is vital to development and creativity.
  • You can stay stylish and keep it simple with a mom “uniform.” Or build your wardrobe around a simple color palette so that everything you pull out of your closet already matches. (Your husband will appreciate the break from having to be your stylist.)
  • Learn to say no to holiday parties and get-togethers that don’t bring you and your family joy and peace and that aren’t true obligations.

 

Ok, so you’re just going to have a busy fall and holiday season… no way around it. What can you do to stay energized and sane? How can you manage your stress?

Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazine’s D-Moms Blog

Interview on CW33’s Dallas Closeup

4 Mar

Eco-friendly, holistic health loving mom’s checklist

30 Jan

 

The lovely blog tinydallas has a regularly occurring “moms we love” segment.

“Not too long ago, Dr. Kate Naumes weighed in with a post on how to keep the kiddos healthy during flu season using natural remedies. Dr. Naumes is a naturopathic doctor that works with women and children, showing them how to use various holistic methods to maintain and improve their health. I’ve always been intrigued by (and a big believer in) the practice of holistic medicine and was eager to learn more about this former Oregonian, now an Oak Cliff resident. So without further adieu, here’s a peek into her world….”

Read more here

Also, if you haven’t checked out this blog and you live in DFW it is a delight to read.  I count myself lucky to be included in its posts.  Thank you tinydallas.

Interview on ABC’s Good Morning Texas

9 Jan

Prevent Colds Naturally

23 Oct

Creating and sustaining community is a wonderful way to nourish ourselves. I find it to be an essential part of spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing. Join me in creating community with other parents who want to learn how to ward off the common cold naturally.

How to Stay Healthy in Cold & Flu Season
Wednesday October 26th | 6:30pm-7:30pm
location: Arlington Family Wellness

3901 West Green Oaks Boulevard
Arlington, TX 76016
(817) 457-3030


Children younger than the age of six years average six to eight colds per year (up to one per month, September through April), with a typical symptom duration of 14 days. Young children in daycare appear to be more susceptible to these infections than those cared for at home, but also less vulnerable when they enter primary school.

At the talk we will explore:
– What are colds good for and how often should we get one?
– What can you do to improve immunity through nutrition?
– What botanicals and supplements can help ward off viruses?
– How can you speed recovery and avoid more serious illness naturally?

Organic Vegetable Garden

12 Oct

I'm watering!

As of this week, I now have an organic vegetable and herb garden on my 6×4 patio. It’s not hard to make happen and there are a lot of great reasons to do so:

1) Those thirsty plants provide a daily reminder to get outside, move around, smell fresh air and put my hands in the dirt.

2) The food is as fresh as it gets. Do we want a salad tonight? Lots of different lettuces, kale, beets, and more to choose from.

3) It’s also as local as it gets, we open the door and just take exactly what we need – nothing goes to waste.

4) The plant diversity is improving our ecosystem – the flowers accompanying the plants attract pollinators (bees).

5) A little playground for my son to spend time, learn about where his food comes from and get excited about vegetables. But it goes further than that. “Child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.” Louv brings together “a new and growing body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults.” And he’s got specific solutions, for example: “Invite native flora and fauna into your life. Maintain a birdbath. Replace part of your lawn with native plants. Build a bat house. For backyard suggestions, plus links to information about attracting wildlife to apartments and townhouses, see the National Audubon Society’s “Invitation to a Healthy Yard,” at http://www.audubonathome.org/yard”.

Yum!

Fertility 101 in the Oak Cliff Advocate

29 Sep

Fertility 101

CORRECTION: Class actually begins November 15th!

“The ladies at Oil and Cotton Creative Exchange have announced a fall schedule that includes the usual suspects — bookbinding, watercolor painting, photography, silkscreen — as well as a not-so-usual offering: “Preconception and Fertility Optimization” with Dr. Kate Naumes. “There is nothing quite like it available in Dallas,” Oil and Cotton’s Shannon Driscoll says of the class. The seven-week series, which began Sept. 27, is the second time Oil and Cotton has touched on the subject. “We tested the idea this spring with five couples, and it was extremely successful,” Driscoll says. Naumes is a naturopath, midwife and primary care physician with a special interest in women’s and children’s health, and the class is for those interested in learning how to enhance their health in preparation for optimal fertility. Naumes suggested the class to Oil and Cotton with the idea of exploring a question each week through art. “I needed help developing and facilitating the art component of each class and thought, ‘Who better than Oil and Cotton?’ ” Naumes says. She teaches how to protect oneself from exposure to substances in the environment that can decrease fertility and harm a developing baby, and the class is meant to be an opportunity to meet other Oak Cliff and Dallas couples with similar hopes and fears.”  See article here 

• Oil & Cotton, 837 W. Seventh

Healthy & Easy Finger-Foods for Toddlers

8 Sep

This is a list of my favorite foods that I have been feeding my, almost-13-month-old, son.  I hope you find them helpful.

All Organic, All Easy, All Gluten-Free:

1.  Steamed Carrots
2.  Baked Sweet Potato with Coconut Butter
3.  Free-Range Chicken from Urban Acres, Broccoli, Brown Rice with Wheat-free Tamari and Sesame Oil
4.  Sautéed Zucchini and Squash
5.  2 Egg Yolks (just the yellow part!), fried with pepper
6.  Purple Cabbage sautéed with Ginger and Wheat-free Tamari
7.  Steamed Beets
8.  Bite-sized banana, watermellon, cantelope, and peaches
9.  Apple Sauce with Triple Berry Probiotic Therapeutic Foods
10.  Nitschke Natural ground beef with cumin & coriander

More about my food philosophy

Herbal Home Remedies for Kids

24 Aug


Today Wednesday August 24th, 2011 7:00pm
location: Call 415.754.8305

Come learn simple and effective ways to nurture your little one during their time of need. We’ll cover common childhood ailments such as:
-bruises
-cold sores
-conjunctivitis
-cradle cap
-sore throat
-insect bites

$10
to signup call: 415.754.8305
or email: drnaumes@gmail.com

Read more about Herbal First Aid Kits here