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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...
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...
29 Mar
With Easter just around the corner, there's a lot of talk about eggs! Are they good for us? Are they really bad for us? Let's get to the bottom of it! In August 2012, Cardiologist Dr. David Spence completed a study at University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, in which he claims the cholesterol found in an egg's yolk is almost as dangerous as smoking. His study found egg consumption accelerates atherosclerosis, or plaque build-up, on arteries, and says the culprit is the...
20 Mar
Magnificent mung bean sprouts are crunchy with a delicate hint of sweetness. You may have seen them in your Chinese take-out spring rolls, but they really shine when served raw.  Bean sprouts are a good source of protein, vitamin C and Folic acid, and why you really want to make them part of your weekly menu is they are the perfect diet food. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one cup of bean sprouts contains a mere twenty-six calories. To put that in perspective, one...
19 Mar
While in Greece I had the chance to vist the oldest known olive oil tree in the world. (See photo below) It was such an amazing experience! It was so big that I could not put my arms around its trunk. Most olive trees can live over 500 years but this one is over an astounding 3000 years old! Did you know that Greeks eat 25 kg of olive oil per year compared to 5 kg in North America and that 1/4 of Crete is covered with olive trees? I had such a magical time tasting the amazing food...
07 Mar
When talking to readers about their dietary concerns one of the first things they ask me about is breakfast or more specifically, breakfast cereal. For a large portion of the North American population, a bowl of cold breakfast cereal is a normal way to start the day. Bacon, eggs and toast might be an option for the weekend but people on the go want something quick and convenient. Problem is that convenience is one of the worst ways to start your day. The content of most cereals is...
05 Mar
  I love Goji Berries! They are one of my favourite additions to a trail mix. Considered both a fruit and an herb, goji berries grow in some of the most extreme and harsh climates. It has become very popular and known as a “superfood” over the last few years due to its highly nutritive and antioxidant properties. Try my Goji Berry Spice Latte!     5 Reasons Why You Want These Red Jewels In Your Trail Mix:   1. Goji berries can protects your eyes: Glaucoma is...
22 Feb
It is time for thyme to take a front seat in cooking. Thyme comes from a Greek word that means courage. While climbing the cliffs of Greece last year, I could see thyme growing out of the jagged landscape and understood why it has become such a popular spice in Greek Food. This small delicate herb is as hearty as a Spartan. It grows easily in rough terrain and has a long history of healing. The essential oil in thyme is a powerful antiseptic and soldiers would bathe in thyme tea to...
21 Feb
Do you love the warm, aromatic flavour of oregano in Mediterranean cuisine? The word Oregano translates to mountain joy and this cheery herb brings joy to the immune system of anyone who enjoys it. It was a tradition for Greek and Roman weddings to crown the couple with a laurel of oregano. It was not until soldiers returned from Italy after the second, world war that Oregano became popular in North America.   5 Reason To Include Oregano In Your Pantry And Medicine...
08 Feb
“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious. 
Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets. 
The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to...