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18 Apr
As we gain access to fresh food over the spring, summer and fall, more and more people ask me if buying organic is still better than supporting local. I say, go to your local Organic Farmer's Market and get both! A landmark study published by an international team of researchers in the United Kingdom concluded that organic foods are compositionally different than their conventionally-grown counterparts, contrary to earlier reports. The meta-analysis conducted by a team from...
16 Apr
For many people across North America, allergy season is just around the corner. Symptoms of an airborne allergy range from mild irritation of the eyes and a runny nose to complete congestion of the sinuses, sneezing, itchy eyes and mouth, asthma symptoms, throat and sleeping problems, accompanied by fatigue and irritability. Given the diverse nature of the North American continent, from desert to coastal, from tropical to arctic, pollen season can occur all year round. You can...
13 Apr
Have you ever watched an injury happen? It can feel like watching a slow-motion video. That’s what happened to our family while out at the cottage last summer. We were all enjoying a fun summer splash with a rope swing when my husband Alan climbed up high into the tree and did a beautiful swing, leaping into the water. 

My sister-in-law Deanna was up next. She was brave so she climbed as high as Alan and launched herself off the branch. As the rope tightened, she fell 3 feet...
11 Apr
  Here is a vegetarian version of gell-o that contains kudzu, a wonderful thickening agent; combined with agar flakes, kudzu creates a perfect gell-o every time. Kudzu root contains a flavonoid called puerarin, which has been shown to help with headaches, high blood pressure or muscular tension; it also stabilizes blood sugar.   The agar in this recipe comes from seaweed that grows on the rocky areas in the tidal waters of Japan.   Ingredients: 1 cup       ...
07 Apr
  Fennel’s crisp, crunchy texture and aromatic taste has endeared it to my kitchen for a lifetime. Fennel has the distinct ability to leave you feeling fresh and has even been used for centuries as a digestive remedy. Science has shown us it is an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, carminative, diuretic and antispasmodic agent.   Medium chain fatty acids found in coconut cubes are used differently in the body. Instead of being packaged into lipoproteins and circulated in the...
07 Apr
A salad without dressing is almost unthinkable. But often your healthy bowl of greens is not well served by commercial dressings filled with unhealthy ingredients such as white sugar, white vinegar, poor quality refined oils and a load of preservatives and flavour enhancers. With your next salad, try one of my 3 super healthy dressings that are packed with health benefits.   Orange, Poppy and Hemp Dressing
 1/4 cup      organic fresh squeezed orange juice
 2...
06 Apr
  Wild leeks, commonly known as ramps, are quickly becoming a culinary delicacy in the Northern Hemisphere. With a flavour best described as a green onion with a strong garlic smell, ramps are used in many springtime recipes such as soup and egg dishes, or pickled and used in salads, but ramps can substitute for onion or garlic in any dish. Wild leeks are a perennial plant that grows in old woods and ravines, so if you are lucky enough to find a growth area, you can keep going...
04 Apr
Oil Pulling is an ancient yogic practice, recorded 1,500 years ago in the early Ayurvedic text, Charaka Samhita. Oil Pulling is a way to clean your gums and teeth by rinsing your mouth with oil. Don’t swallow the oil, because it now contains all the microbes, toxins and mucous it collected in your mouth! Oil Pulling therapy has been shown to strengthen teeth, gums and jaw, and can prevent bad breath, bleeding gums, dry throat, cracked lips and tooth decay (by killing the...
04 Apr
Do cravings derail your efforts to eat healthy? Your hormones cause your cravings because they influence how you feel, what you want, and how fast your body stores fat. Think of ghrelin as the gremlin that sabotages your weight loss efforts. If you let yourself go hungry, your cravings will be too intense to resist. Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the healthiest ingredients you can add to your diet, because of its effect on ghrelin. Aceic acid, the active ingredient in...
31 Mar
  Need a healthy decadent chocolate treat to win over your friends? This special occasion vegan recipe is a delightful addition a birthday party or festive celebration such as Easter!   Ingredients:    For the crust: 1 + 1/4 cup    almonds or pecans 1 + 1/4 cup    shredded coconut 2 tbsp            coconut oil, melted 1 tbsp            cocao powder  2 tbsp            honey or coconut syrup Pinch             unrefined sea...