Overcoming Picky Eating and Promoting a Diverse Diet: Essential Health Tips for Kids and Adults

Today we will delve into two essential health tips that can positively impact your well-being and overall health. The first tip focuses on picky eating among children, highlighting the need to overcome this challenge and promote diversity in their diet. The second tip, relevant to both adults and children, emphasizes the significance of maintaining a diverse diet to support a healthy microbiome and prevent cancer. Join us as we explore practical strategies and insights to make positive changes for you and your family’s health.

Tip 1: Overcoming Picky Eating for Kids

Children these days are often exposed to an abundance of processed foods, making picky eating a common concern for parents. Overcoming picky eating habits is crucial to ensure children receive the necessary nutrients for their growth and development.

Here are three practical steps to help navigate this challenge:

Meet Them Where They’re At: Understanding the severity of picky eating habits is essential. Tailor your approach based on your child’s level of pickiness, ensuring they feel safe and comfortable around new foods.

Transition with Familiar Foods: Start by introducing healthier versions of your child’s favorite foods. For instance, if they enjoy chicken nuggets from a fast-food restaurant, you can gradually transition to homemade chicken nuggets using healthier ingredients. Maintain the familiar shapes and flavors to ease the transition.

Celebrate Small Wins: Make the process of trying new foods fun and rewarding. Create a positive environment by celebrating each little win, implementing reward systems, or introducing negotiation strategies that align with your child’s interests.

Tip 2: Embracing Diet Diversity for Everyone

The significance of a diverse diet cannot be overstated when it comes to promoting optimal health and preventing chronic illnesses like cancer. Research suggests that feeding your microbiome at least 35 to 50 different plants in a week can have profound effects on your overall well-being.

Here’s why diversity matters and how to achieve it:

The Gut-Brain Connection: The gut and the brain are intricately linked, with the gut microbiome playing a vital role. Toxic exposures and imbalances in the microbiome can lead to inflammation, affecting both physical and mental health. By prioritizing diversity in your diet, you can support a healthy gut-brain axis.

Reducing Toxic Load: Our modern environment is filled with numerous toxins that can accumulate in our bodies over time. While it’s impossible to eliminate all sources of toxicity, you can take actionable steps to reduce exposure. Start by switching to non-toxic household cleaning products and using apps like Think Dirty to scan and choose safer personal care products.

Embracing Lifestyle Medicine: Lifestyle factors such as nutrition, sleep, stress management, exercise, and social connections play a crucial role in overall well-being. By focusing on these pillars of lifestyle medicine, you can positively impact your health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Prioritizing your health and the health of your loved ones is crucial in today’s fast-paced world. By implementing practical strategies to overcome picky eating in children and embracing a diverse diet for everyone, you can create a solid foundation for optimal well-being. Remember, small steps taken today can lead to significant long-term benefits, supporting a healthy microbiome and reducing the risk of chronic illnesses such as cancer. Start your journey towards a healthier lifestyle today!

Listen to the full podcast episode below:

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Believe Big’s review of “100 Acts of Love: A Girlfriend’s Guide to Loving Your Friend Through Cancer or Loss”

As an organization that supports cancer patients and their loved ones, we highly recommend “100 Acts of Love” by Kim Hamer. This book is an incredibly helpful and heartfelt guide for anyone who wants to support a friend or loved one through a cancer diagnosis or loss. This book is based on Hamer’s personal experiences of caring for her husband with cancer and the support she received from her friends. Through practical advice and meaningful insights, she helps readers navigate the ups and downs of a cancer journey. From how to be a good listener to creative ways to show your love and support, “100 Acts of Love” is full of practical tips and thoughtful ideas that will help you be there for your friend in a meaningful way.


What we appreciate most about this book is that it emphasizes the importance of connection and community in times of difficulty. Hamer encourages readers to lean on their own support networks, while also offering guidance on how to build and strengthen those networks during a challenging time. Overall, “100 Acts of Love” is an essential guide for anyone who wants to show their love and support for a friend or loved one dealing with cancer or loss.


Three key takeaways we had after reading it:


  1. Small gestures can make a big impact: The book emphasizes that it’s often the little things that matter most when supporting a friend through cancer or loss. From sending a thoughtful text message to making a homemade meal, the book offers many practical suggestions for simple yet meaningful acts of love.


  1. Connection and community are crucial: The author emphasizes the importance of building and maintaining strong support networks during times of difficulty. Whether it’s reaching out to family members, joining a support group, or simply spending time with friends, connecting with others can provide much-needed comfort and help alleviate feelings of isolation.


  1. It’s okay to not have all the answers: Hamer acknowledges that supporting a friend through cancer or loss can be challenging and that there may not always be easy answers. However, she emphasizes that being present and listening to your friend’s needs is often the most important thing you can do. By showing empathy, compassion, and a willingness to simply be there, you can make a significant difference in your friend’s life.


We highly recommend this book to anyone looking for practical advice, heartfelt encouragement, and inspiration on how to be a good friend and a strong source of support in difficult times. You can find it on amazon: https://amzn.to/40pNzzM

Listen to the podcast episode below where we had the pleasure of speaking with Kim Hamer about the book and these important topics.

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Common Myths About Colorectal Cancer and Prepping for a Colonoscopy

March is National Colorectal Awareness Month

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and as I’m getting ready for my annual colonoscopy, I wanted to share a few things with you. For those of you that don’t know, colon cancer is the second leading cause of death among men and women combined in the United States. It used to be that colon cancer was mainly found in those over 50, but we at Believe, Big have personally seen a rise in those, even in their twenties and younger.

Recommendations say to start at age 45, but we would suggest talking to your integrative practitioner and consider starting earlier with even a non-invasive test like a Cologuard . If you have a family history, your first colonoscopy should be 10 years prior to the family member’s diagnosis. So for example, I was diagnosed at 37, so each of my kids will have their first colonoscopy at 27 years old because they have a family history, they are unable to do the at-home test like Cologuard.

Here are some symptoms for you to look out for:

  • Ongoing changes in bowel habits.
  • Stools that are narrower than.
  • Feeling very weak and fatigued.
  • Rectal bleeding blood in the stool or black stool.
  • Weight loss for unknown reason.
  • Frequent gas pains, cramping, or feeling of fullness.


Prepping for A Colonoscopy

As I’m prepping for my colonoscopy, I wanted to share with you a few things that I’ve learned over the years. The first is to speak to your integrative practitioner about alternative preps. Consider avoiding the usual bowel prep as it wipes out all of the good bacteria from your gut. It would then take about a year to restore it, and we need it for immune function our hormone regulation and more. Out of all the conventional preps that are out there, the magnesium citrate seems to be the least destructive. Though I have found that all of them contain artificial coloring and sweeteners, which I’m actually allergic to.

I now use a combination of drinking calm without the calcium. The day before your colonoscopy, begins taking “Calm” magnesium citrate powder (make sure doesn’t contains calcium!), 1 tsp every 4 hours until you reach bowel tolerance—loose, watery stools. Keep your hydration up and move your diet to a liquid only consisting of water and bone broth two days before. I’ve tried many and my favorite is Denver Bone Broth.

Then I do colon hydrotherapy. We are going to be doing a podcast about this very soon, stay tuned. I struggled for years with my gut, and I realized a few years back that it was my conventional prep that was hurting me. Always be your own advocate and please tag and share this with those you love.

Colon cancer is the second deadliest cancer.

However, there are quite a few myths surrounding colon and rectal cancer that prevent people from getting tested.

Myth #1: “It only happens to men.”

The truth: The overall lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer for women (1 in 24) is only slightly lower than it is for men (1 in 22). Age is a much bigger risk factor than sex.

Myth #2: “I’m too young to get colon cancer.”

The truth: While it’s true that more than 9 out of 10 instances of colorectal cancer occur in people over the age of 50, the American Cancer Society recently changed their guidelines to recommend screenings starting earlier, at age 45. This is due to a sharp rise in the number of young adults diagnosed with colon cancer each year.

Myth #3: “Colonoscopies are painful.”

The truth: Colonoscopy is a common test familiar to many but not well known by all patients. Sure, it’s not exactly pleasant, but it’s not as bad as you think. For starters, most people only need one every 10 years.

To prepare for the procedure, you’ll have to avoid solid foods and take a bowel-cleaning substance the day before the procedure to clear your colon. During the procedure, you’ll receive a sedating medication to make you more comfortable, and most people can return to their normal activities that same day. All in all, the hassle is worth it. Precancerous polyps can be removed during the procedure, which is much easier than treating late-stage colon cancer, which may involve surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy.

Myth #4: “Colonoscopies are dangerous.”

The truth: A colonoscopy is a medical procedure, so yes, complications are possible. Rarely, a colonoscopy can create tears in the colon or trigger diverticulitis, an infection of the pouches inside the colon wall. Overall, the complication rate is estimated to be less than 1% for all complications. Your doctor will discuss these risks with you before the procedure, but in most cases, the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks.

If you’re still anxious about having a colonoscopy done after talking with your doctor, there are other tests used to screen for colon cancer. While a colonoscopy is still the most accurate test available, you may be more comfortable with a fecal blood test (FOBT) performed every 1 or 2 years, or a sigmoidoscopy, which is similar to a colonoscopy but is less intensive.

myths source: https://www.floridamedicalclinic.com/blog/colon-cancer-awareness/

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Gratitude vs. Stress

5 Practical Steps to Manage Stress & Your Health During the Holidays

Functional medicine expert, Dr. Jill Carnahan, MD shares that having some stress in life is unavoidable, but there are positive, healthy strategies to help you manage it. And while there’s no such thing as a stress-free life, building habits that support you can go a long way in keeping your stress levels in check. Regularly practicing these techniques can prevent stressful times from interfering with your life. Even if you can’t rid yourself of the source of your stress, you can learn to manage it and prevent it from affecting your health. Dr. Kelly Turner shares that stress can keep the body in fight or flight mode, instead of rest and repair mode.
What can you do this holiday season to manage stress? How can you make this year different? Here are our favorite tips.
  1. Practice Gratitude – It isn’t always possible to change your circumstances, but you can change where you focus your mind, heart, and soul. The words we speak can set the course for your future. Need a tool to help you? Our new Gratitude Journal will encourage you to speak God’s promises over your daily life, affirm his blessings, and help you to pray from a place of victory.
  2. Plan Ahead & Set Boundaries – Be intentional with your time. Get adequate consistent sleep by setting an alarm on your phone for the same time each night to turn technology off and get ready for bed. Planning ahead by simply taking the time to write out a daily or weekly to-do list can work wonders for keeping stress at bay. “It’s ok to say “no”. You are not obligated to accept every invitation, request, or opportunity that comes your way. Especially if you know saying “yes” will make you anxious or doesn’t align with how you really want to be spending your time.”
  3. Learn New Ways to Relax – We love the NEW One Minute Pause app or learning a new hobby like photography or painting.
  4. Make Time for Exercise – Exercise not only decreases stress hormones but also boosts energy levels and the feel-good chemicals in the brain. You don’t have to join a gym. A short, brisk walk outside can do wonders for your mood. There are also several apps you can use at home to help keep you motivated like Sworkit, 7-min workout, or the Peloton app.
  5. Know What You Can (and Can’t) Control – For some people, the holidays can trigger stress and anxiety because of past experiences. Many have family members that can be difficult, leaving us with a lot of negative emotions. Set an intention to create a different way of navigating challenging relationships. Acknowledge the triggers and set an intention to approach that person with a positive outlook. Keep conversations light and don’t get drawn into their drama or debate. You don’t have control over what others say and how they act, but you DO have control over whether you allow others to affect your mood and stress level.
** Photo by Nathan Dumlao @ Unsplash

Grateful to be alive. Message from Ivelisse

This was me during the holidays in 2008. I remember being filled with fear at the thought of not seeing my four kids grow up or growing old with Jimmy. Some people say that God won’t give us anything we can’t handle, but I believe that He often allows situations that are too much for us to handle – alone. It’s in these times that we realize how much we need each other and most importantly, our need for God becomes obvious.

As we reflect on all the things we are thankful for leading up to Thanksgiving, I am sure that your health is at the top of that list. I know for me I am forever grateful to all of you who gave of your time and resources to help my family all those years ago. I know that God spared my life so that I could work for Him. And, to breathe hope into the lives of those I meet who are feeling hopeless. You were that for me and I can’t thank you enough.
Will you join me this holiday season to help more children and adults struggling with cancer by helping Believe Big reach our end-of-year goal?
You can help by:
  • Making a one-time donation by December 31st. You can donate HERE
  • Becoming one of our Monthly Partners (or increasing your monthly giving)
  • Becoming an annual Family or Corporate Partner (click here for more information)
  • Participating in your employer’s Matching Gift Program
  • Sharing MY VIDEO STORY with 10 friends via text or email.
As of this email, we have raised $67,766 of the $400,000 needed.
I thank you in advance for whatever gift you can make!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving,
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Releasing Suppressed Emotions

Dr. Caroline Leaf shared great information about how to express intense emotions in a healthy way. Below we summarize what we learned.

Original source article can be viewed here >

Your emotions will impact how you decide to behave and they can end up controlling you and impacting your relationships if you don’t learn how to regulate them and express them in healthy ways. You can start doing this by:

  1. Embracing and accepting the fact that you feel a certain way.
    Don’t suppress your emotions or feel guilty for them. Recognize that these emotions will pass. They don’t have to define you!
  2. Asking yourself questions in the moment, such as “What am I feeling? Where does this emotion come from?”.
    When the thought is recalled, the informational memory (what happened, or the facts), emotions (feelings), and physical sensations (flu-like symptoms, sore stomach, and so on) come flooding back. What is all this data telling you about yourself, or about what is going on in your life?
  3. When you can grasp your own emotions and their root(s), you can understand more fully what you are trying to communicate or express to the other people in your life. Indeed, we are often so confused about our emotions and may not be able to put a name on what we are feeling. Sometimes, we may even need to speak to someone we trust or a mental health professional to begin to understand how we feel and why. But the key is asking ourselves these kinds of questions and trying to grasp a way of conceptualizing our feelings before just unloading them onto the people in our lives.
  4. Remembering your body language. What we think and feel in our minds is often communicated in what we say AND our body language. In fact, it is estimated that non-verbal communication accounts for around 50% of our communication as humans. This means that expressing emotions doesn’t just happen verbally—you also need to be aware of how your emotions affect your body language, such as avoiding eye contact, moving away from someone, crossing our arms, and so on, and how this can impact the people in your life.
  5. Working on the way you talk to yourself. One way to improve your emotional expression is to work on your positive self-talk. If we are constantly thinking in negative patterns and expressing how we feel with negative self -talk, the way we communicate our emotions to others can also have a negative impact on our relationships.
  6. Checking your state of mind before you share how you feel. One of the biggest ways to avoid impacting others in a negative way when expressing your emotions is to make sure you are in a good state of mind when you communicate how you feel. For example, if you haven’t slept the whole night and feel emotional, you might say things you don’t actually mean, and they will probably be pretty hurtful to the person you are communicating with, so it may be a good idea to rest before you open up to someone.
  7. This also means understanding your triggers! If you are in a space where you feel triggered, expressing your emotions can sometimes lead to more pain; you might be so triggered that your emotions come out in anger, sadness or aggression. Learn your triggers by paying attention to how different people and places affect your emotions. This can be done by keeping track of your emotions and the reasons why you feel the way you do in certain situations. (The Neurocycle is a great way to do this, as it only requires a few minutes a day to make emotional awareness a habit!)
  8. Having empathy and compassion and recognizing that everyone is struggling. Knowing that some of the feelings we have are felt by others as well can help us to share those feelings in a way that won’t trigger others. For example, you may be struggling with self-hate, and if you talk for ages about how you hate yourself to someone else, that may trigger their feelings of self-hate in a negative way. However, if you recognize that they too may be struggling with these feelings, then you may adjust how to communicate your emotions in a way that helps them feel like they can also share what they have been going through. Recognizing that all humans struggle will help you express how you feel in a productive way.
  9. Listening. One of best ways to have more compassion and empathy is by listening to other people. Taking time to listen to and try to help others can completely transform the way you feel and express your emotions. First, you won’t feel so alone in your struggles. By listening more, you are bound to recognize some of the feelings you struggle with are also things other people in your life struggle with. You may also find that by helping others, you will feel better yourself. There is a lot of research out there that shows how when we help others, we also improve our own chances of healing.
  10. Practicing forgiveness. If you are angry at someone or even yourself, the way that you express your emotions can be clouded by that anger or pain. As a result, everything that you express or share may be a lot more negative, and most likely make your relationships worse.
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Food For Thought – Nutrition Program

Join Us for “Food for Thought”

Nutrition plays an important role in cancer at all stages – prevention or risk reduction, treatment, and post-treatment. The time to start eating well is now and Food for Thought was created to give individuals a simplified look for incorporating healthy practices and dietary therapies into their daily routine.
Classes will be led by Paula Weinberg, Integrative Oncology Nutritionist and founder of Healthspan Nutrition, and moderated by Believe Big’s patient advocate and owner of Fit2Order, Stacy Fritz.
Register today and start now to learn the foundational basics of nutrition to optimize and enhance your overall health and wellbeing. This class is for everyone – patients, caregivers, and those wanting to learn more about nutrition.


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You Made Our Day, Month, YEAR!

You Made Our Day, Month, YEAR!

Thank you for linking arms with us! You helped us surpass our goal and raise $439,000 once we add the $100,000 challenge grant funds! We are in awe of your goodness and God’s. These additional funds will allow Believe Big to help more patients gain access to mistletoe and nutrition therapy through our grant program. These funds will also help to provide the resources needed to continue our mistletoe research with Johns Hopkins, which will one day make mistletoe therapy part of the standard of care in oncology. It will help to provide the building blocks to see The Believe Big Institute of Health realized and much more! With so many unknowns in this world, what comfort to know that we have such an incredible support team behind us to keep our programs running. Without your support, none of what we have done and will do in 2022 would even be possible!
Take a moment to read the most recent messages we received over the holidays about how your generosity impacted lives.
From a Hope Package Recipient:
“Dear BB Family, Thank you! We are so grateful for the care package you sent our family. Holidays are hard-especially the first one after a loss. The tools of faith you sent are much needed. I fully believe that your group and the mistletoe extended my Mom’s life far beyond expectations. And of course, our FATHER had a hand in that as well. Pat is safe and happy in Heaven. We will see her again someday! Until then she continues to send us reminders of her love.”
From a Grateful Parent:
“Thank you! Your research and information helped cure our son of Stage 4 colon cancer.”
From a Grateful Patient:
“Thank you Believe Big for helping people faced with cancer. I appreciate what you did for me. I am celebrating 2 years cancer-free today!”
Thank you again for your incredible support!
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Help Families Face, Fight, and Overcome Cancer – Believe Big

Recently Ivelisse Page was interviewed by Go Solo. That article is copied below, original source can be viewed here >


Interested in starting your own journey in a non-profit organization, but not sure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Ivelisse Page, co-founder of Believe Big in Colorado, USA.

Tell us about your organization…

It is our mission to help families face, fight, and overcome cancer. We do this by educating individuals on a comprehensive approach to cancer prevention and treatment. We help connect patients with physicians trained in mistletoe therapy, oncology nutritionists, and the resources necessary to allow them to advocate for their health. We provide spiritual and emotional support to help patients and their families overcome fear and anxiety. Lastly, we plan to overcome cancer with The Believe Big Institute of Health and support the ongoing phases of the Mistletoe Clinical Trial in collaboration with The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

How did you get started? What is your motivation?

After facing, fighting, and overcoming stage IV colon cancer, I wanted to reach out to other patients facing the many challenges I encountered through my cancer journey. After assembling a team of doctors and accumulating extensive research, my husband and I established Believe Big in 2011 to help families bridge the gap between conventional and complementary medicine for treating cancer.

What’s your biggest accomplishment so far?

My most significant gift in what I do is bringing hope to those feeling hopeless in their cancer diagnosis. I have witnessed in the lives of hundreds of patients that Believe Big helps not only quality of life but also quantity of life.

What’s one of the hardest things that you’ve faced with your organization?

One of the biggest challenges we face is to continue to meet the funding needs of our organization. The number of those diagnosed with cancer continues to grow, and thus the need for our help grows. All of our resources are free to patients that contact us, and at times it can be challenging to meet all of the funding needs of our programs. I am grateful that we have been able to help every patient that has reached out to Believe Big due to our faithful donors. Just last year, we impacted over 170,000 individuals.

What are the top tips you’d give to anyone looking to start, run and grow an organization today?

To someone starting, I would advise them to know their why, share stories, and engage with other businesses and organizations for support. Your why will carry you through the difficult days and help you be creative when things are hard. The stories you share of the lives you impact each day build loyalty and inspire others to know their donations or support make a difference. Lastly, engaging with an organization or business five years out from you can help you maximize your efforts and energy.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

In the days ahead, when you are facing seemingly impossible challenges, remember that God can turn your adversity into victory, your obstacles into opportunities, and your problems into possibilities.

Where can people find you and your organization?

Website: https://www.believebig.org/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/believebig/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/believebig
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChM9CgletyS8WEq5FNoV3MA

If you like what you’ve read here and have your own solopreneur story that you’d like to share then email community@subkit.com, we’d love to feature your journey on these pages.

Feel inspired to start, run or grow your own subscription business? Check out subkit.com and learn how you can turn “one day” into day one.

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Childhood Cancer Awareness with Dr. Dagmara Beine

There is a big difference between BLAME and Awareness. Parents who live in this cancer world are aware – too aware of the pain, the worry and the statistics. Parents of children who do not have cancer are not aware- but they SHOULD BE because it is currently the number one cause of death by disease in children.
Number 1 and… in many cases it CAN be preventable. This does not mean that all the parents who have children with cancer caused it – or could have done better – ABSOLUTELY NOT. THEY DID THEIR BEST. I am one of those parents. I have always done my best. Yet my daughter’s journeying in this world again. Some cancers are relentless – BUT THOSE PARENTS WHO’S KIDS have never had this diagnosis can be more AWARE THAT THEY CAN DO BETTER- I wish I knew before Zuza was diagnosed that living behind a corn field that sprays roundup can affect her.
I wish I knew the Clomid I took to conceive her raised her chance of having leukemia. This is not blame – this is true awareness 95% of cancers are a mix of environmental factors with our epigenetics. So many but definitely not all – cancers can be prevented by making the BEST decisions for our children before ANY diagnosis enters your world. Our country allows MANY cancer causing ingredients into our food and our toiletries- start there- do not allow anything on or in your children that is cancer causing.
Roundup (Glyphosate) has now been proven to cause cancers, especially in kids. We have amazing epigenetic testing now that can educate us on our kids genetic hiccups so that we can make the best decisions for our kids in life. That is AWARENESS.
Everyone knows someone with cancer.  I encourage you to get involved with Believe Big today!  Your support will help so many thrive in the face of cancer!
About Dr. Dagmara Beine
Dr. Dagmara Beine is a Masters Degree Physician Assistant and a PhD practicing Functional and Integrative Medicine. It wasn’t until her daughter was diagnosed with cancer that she learned the real value of Integrative Medicine. Learn more about her a her practice Zuza’s Way Integrative here >
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Little Sip, Big Benefits

Making Good-For-You Taste Great

POWERFUL BENEFITS: Powerful high dose of functional mushrooms & adaptogens to support your immune system, productivity, and glowing skin everyday


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