Pamela Mahon Interview, Wholistic Kids
Pamela Mahon knows how healthy eating correlates with physical and mental well-being. She teaches people the benefits and healing powers of whole foods, with a dedication to supporting children and young teens. In 2012, she joined Wholistic Kids and Families in Los Angeles, CA. She has combined her knowledge of nutrition, health and creative cooking to develop dietary recommendations uniquely suited to the needs and lifestyle of each family she works with. Through Pamela’s help, children, teenagers and parents have learned how foods can help them achieve optimal health.
Wholistic Kids and Families are part of our Health Care Affiliate Program, which we could not be more proud of. We offer 20% off to health care providers who already prescribe bone broth to their patients. The program includes practitioners from both western and eastern medicine such as acupuncturists, nutritionist, chiropractors, doulas, integrative medicine, and more.
We chatted with Pamela because she is so knowledgeable about family health. How can we use food as tool to prevent health issues? Check out her answers on family health below.
What are some of the guiding principles for “ultra-prevention” for children?
Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, quality dairy products, lean protein, wild caught fish, and healthy fats.
Rotate your foods. Most people eat the same 7 foods weekly. This limits your nutrient profile and can contribute to food sensitivities!
Eat organic, local foods when possible.
Eliminate or reduce inflammation by removing offending foods. Gluten, dairy and sugar are common causes of inflammation.
Adequate hydration. Water gives the brain the electrical energy for all brain functions, including thought and memory processes. Water is also essential for delivering nutrients to the brain and for removing toxins. When the brain is fully hydrated, the exchange of nutrients and toxins will be more efficient – thus ensuring better concentration and mental alertness.
Restful sleep. At least 8-10 hours of sleep works wonders!
What are some of the best tactics for establishing healthy eating habits for youth?
Get kids involved in cooking. Talk to them why greens or fish are important to growth and development.
How do teens talk about dieting to you?
Mostly how to lose weight or clean up their skin. It’s really important to find a connection with anyone when talking about changing his or her diet. Everyone is different and not every change works for each person. It’s not about restricting everything but finding a way to reduce or eliminate the bad habits and improve or teach them about new habits or trying new foods. Once they start seeing the results they are more likely to keep up the good habits.
When do you typically advise parents to give their children bone broth? What are some of the earliest ages?
Bone broth when they start having solids. However, I work with a lot of breastfeeding moms. I recommend that they include bone broth in their diet. Whatever they eat and drink influences the babies’ system as well. We’ve seen so many good results from this practice!
How does working with a company like ours help you and your patients?
Quite simply, you have the best tasting bone broth out there. You make it very convenient to pick up at their local farmers market OR purchase on-line. I only wish you were at the Calabasas Farmers Market!*
At our practice we often eliminate foods because of sensitivities that cause all sorts of symptoms. Elimination reduces inflammation and is only part of the process. Bone broth is responsible for healing the lining of the digestive system. These two steps are key to regaining health and being your best self.
*Editor's Note: we will be at the Erewhon in Calabasas starting Mar. 13, 2017.