Jess first became interested in the topic of physical and mental resilience as a high school teacher. Her concern for the growing number of her students struggling with recurrent illness and infection, aberrant behavior, blunted energy, sleep disorders, challenges with learning and mental health, compelled her back to school to study holistic health and nutrition with a focus on child development.
Since 2007 she has been helping families improve the lives of their kids with unstable moods, behavior concerns, and learning troubles, while reducing their reliance on medication, through her writing, speaking and coaching.
Jess's training in digestive health, traditional foods, yoga and stress management, early childhood trauma, education, attachment parenting, biological approaches to mental health and autism spectrum disorders, and functional diagnostic nutrition, coupled with her front-line work supporting families with autism, ADHD, and mental illness and her mothering of three boys, converge to bring you the insights you’ll find in Raising Resilience.
There is nothing I am convinced of more than that food influences behavior. Food interacts with the body in profound ways and both, directly and indirectly, effects every system of the body. So yes, food influences your child's behavior and in Raising Resilience you'll learn exactly how to shift that to your advantage.
One of the things you'll learn in this book is how food influences the immune system. By following the Three Core Strategies in Raising Resilience, your whole family's immune systems will get strong and be better able to efficiently handle illness and infection.
Food is a powerful tool at your disposal. In order to leverage it without losing your sanity, you need to be systematic and strategic. In Raising Resilience I show you simple ways to change what you're already doing in order to maximize your efforts, and I share with you stories of my clients who experienced remarkable changes in mood, energy, infection, learning, sleep, aggression, and growth - all by changing diet. Then you can decide if it's worth it.
Like any child behavior, picky eating is a signal - something is up. You'll learn the three most common contributors to picky eating and practical ways to get your child to eat more. As with all behaviors, when you uproot the cause, you see change.
There is a two-step process to improving resilience. This book walks you through the process, helps you find a manageable starting point, and shows you a clear path forward. You'll learn how to keep your eye on what's most important, and how to keep things manageable.
You're right to be concerned! Whenever you take food out you have to pay close attention to what you're putting in. You'll learn how to do that in this book so if you do have to take anything out, you can do so without risking nutritional deficiency. You'll also learn the critical steps to take so that you can eventually diversify the diet once again - an important phase of healing, missed by many.