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Ketogenic Diet – Everything You Need to Know

Ketogenic Diet – Everything You Need to Know

The ketogenic diet is one of the most talked about diets right now. No doubt you’ve heard of the wave of people eating a very low carb, very high-fat diet. Many people have asked my professional opinion, so I’m covering the basics in this post.  In general, I favour any nutrition approach that is sustainable long-term. Unless of course you’re…

Mindfulness and Meditation…Can They Really Improve Your Health?

Mindfulness and Meditation…Can They Really Improve Your Health?

The short answer is yes, mindfulness and meditation can improve your health. Science shows definite health benefits for people who use mindfulness and meditation. Before we dive in, let’s just make sure we’re on the same page with the terms “mindfulness” and “meditation.” Meditation is the ancient practice of connecting the body and mind to become more self-aware and present.…

Heartburn – Can I Help it with Foods and Lifestyle?

Heartburn – Can I Help it with Foods and Lifestyle?

The odds are that you or someone you know experiences heartburn. Around half of North American adults experience it at least once per month. Somewhere between 10-20% have it at least once per week! Heartburn, also known as acid reflux, occurs when the strong acid in your stomach creeps up into your esophagus. It can feel like a burning sensation;…

Make Cooking More Fun

Make Cooking More Fun

If you don’t love cooking, maybe I can help to make it more fun. I know that sometimes I don’t find cooking to be all that fun… Particularly when I’m hungry and cooking out of necessity, rather than because I’m inspired to be creative. I can get into a rut just like everyone else. That’s why I’ve created a list…

The Real Deal About Artificial Flavours

The Real Deal About Artificial Flavours

Let me ask you something… Have you looked at the ingredients on a food label lately? How about a “processed” food label; like famous brands of cookies, cereals, or snack foods? Think about the ingredients you see on the label. Do you have those ingredients in your house? Do you even know what all of those ingredients are? There are…

Reduce Inflammation With These Key Foods

Reduce Inflammation With These Key Foods

Inflammation. It’s not just for health headlines. It’s real. Scientists are measuring levels of inflammation in our bodies and finding that it can have negative consequences for our health. This is especially true when it’s chronic (i.e. lasts a long time). Inflammation has been linked to obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, chronic fatigue and diabetes, just to name a…

The Gut-Brain Connection: How To Feed Your Brain

The Gut-Brain Connection: How To Feed Your Brain

If there was ever a call for digestive health, this is it! Yes, it’s true. Your gut is considered your “second brain.” There is no denying it anymore. And because of the new scientific discoveries about the vagus nerve, the enteric nervous system, and the amazing influence your gut microbes can have, it’s no wonder what you eat feeds not…

Could Phytic Acid be Stealing Your Minerals?

Could Phytic Acid be Stealing Your Minerals?

Do you soak or sprout your nuts, seeds, grains and legumes? Is it to help improve their digestibility? To help increase their nutrition? Perhaps, it’s to reduce phytic acid? Phytic acid is naturally present in most nuts, seeds, grains and legumes; it is the plant’s storage form of the mineral phosphorus and is used as energy when the plant starts…

Paleo Diet 101

Paleo Diet 101

You may have heard of the “paleo” diet. It was the world’s most popular diet in 2013. If you’re like me all diets raise eyebrows, and questions like what is it? Is it a fad? Could this eating style have points that are right for me? Scientist and “Paleo Mom” Sarah Ballentyne, Ph.D. defines The Paleo Diet as: “The Paleo…

What is the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load?

What is the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load?

Glycemic this and glycemic that. Does it even matter? I’m asked this question often enough by my clients. When you do your own research about what to eat, when, and why, you’ll find a confusing mess of information out there. Here’s how to make things clearer with respect to glycemic load and index. First, you’ll notice that they both begin…