Today I would like to continue the discussion by introducing adaptogens. Adaptogens are plants which can come in the form of roots, leaves, mushrooms (technically fungi, I know) that can help your body normalize the stress chemicals you produce. This means that if your stress chemicals are high, these plants help lower them back to normal.Read More
Honey – The Sweet Sweet Truth!
Did you know that honey has been coveted as a natural sweetener long before processed sugar became widely available? It is a remarkable substance that has many health benefits besides a tasty sweetener for your tea and baking. No two honey jars contain the same sweet honey! There are over 300 kinds of honey, each with a unique color and flavor that is dependent on the nectar source.Read More
Sunshine, Happiness and Rainbows Everywhere!
I don’t know about you, but I am SUPER excited about the longer days! I find it easier to wake up in the morning and my energy levels are much improved. Is this a spring thing? An anticipation of warmer summer days or is there more to this phenomenon? It’s actually a brain thing. Sunlight stimulates your brain and does more for your health than you may guess.Read More
Summer is on the Horizon
Okay, so it’s only March, but let’s be honest, the New Years Resolution thing has worn off, the winter weather has had us huddled indoors for warmth, and we are beginning to crave sunshine, activity and maybe even…. salad!! Spring will be here, and then comes summer with short sleeves and exposed skin. Are you ready? Do you feel confident? I only bring this up because it’s just about now that spring fever hits and it’s a FANTASTIC time to change because the world around us will start to change and blossom very soon and why shouldn’t we change and blossom as well?Read More
Let’s talk about eating our feelings.
Too often we use food as a physical weapon to conjure a happier feeling within ourselves when things aren’t going well. Most of us were never taught to sit and feel our feelings or understand that if you do have a bad day it’s okay to feel bad. We are scared to feel our feelings and being surrounded by social media where everyone only takes pictures of themselves living their most amazing lives, does not help things.Read More
Could a Little Magnesium Solve Your Problems?
I have recently been learning more and more about the mineral magnesium. I have even been supplementing with it and have been finding the benefits are changing my health in great ways! As most of my readers know, I am a foods first holistic nutrition consultant. I will always recommend you try to get the foods high in magnesium before supplements but according to Health Canada nearly half the population is deficient in magnesium.Read More
What is Nutritional Yeast and Is it something I should be eating?
The first time I really learned about nutritional yeast was a couple years ago when reading a food label. What is this funny thing and isn’t yeast supposed to be in bread? I thought yeasty things were bad for my health not something I want in my food!Read More
Vitamin D – What is it and Why do I need it?
I keep hearing that summer is coming. Spring is apparently here but there is still snow in the forecast!! This gets me thinking about Vitamin D, the “sunshine” vitamin. I am supposed to be able to make this essential vitamin in my body by getting exposure to the sun. But, I live in the great white north so is it possible to get enough vitamin D from the sun when there are very few days when the sun seems to shine?Read More
What is mindful eating?
So often we eat without even thinking of what we're doing. We stuff food into our mouths while working on the computer, watching TV, or when we’re on the run. We’re all busy, I get it. Did you know that when we eat on the run and when we’re stressed digestion actually slows down and can even stop? You need to be in a relaxed state to optimize digestion. When digestion is hampered symptoms like bloating, belching and indigestion can occur.Read More
It's been a busy week! On Thursday night of last week, I was privileged to speak at the Telus Spark Adults Only Night. It was a session about food and...Read More