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23 Jun
  Bees are one of the most fascinating and important insects in the world. They make the most delicious natural sweetener, but more importantly they pollinate 1/3 of our food supply. They are so busy that the hive has to visit a shocking 200,000 flowers to collect enough tasty nectar to create 1 kg of honey! One bee will make less than 1/4 teaspoon of honey in its entire lifetime, so when we hear about the decline of the bee population we should take it as one of our top...
21 Jun
Refined carbohydrates are often called empty calories. Actually, they’re worse than “empty” – they’re comparable to credit cards that create nutritional debt in the body. For example, a teaspoon of white sugar seems harmless – it tastes good and contains only 15 little calories. However, a closer look at the chemistry of its metabolism reveals that a tremendous effort is needed for the body to use those 15 calories as fuel. Sugar robs your body of nutrients in order to process...
12 Jun
  If you’re a strawberry addict like me, then this time of year must make you very happy. Local organic strawberries are the best. Unlike their oversized waterlogged conventionally grown cousins that come from places like California, berries grown locally can teeming with flavour. The common garden strawberry that we find in stores today is actually a hybrid of the French (for flavour) and Argentinean (for size) varieties. In our modern world, we’re accustomed to strawberries...
29 May
I used to hate radishes until I discovered the ones by the friendly farmers Vicki Emlaw and Tim Noxon. It seems that many radishes are only as good as the farmer who grows them. Commercially grown ones can have a musty/woody flavour in the centre, but the organic beauties that I had the chance to enjoy from the farmers’ market this week were as sweet, crunchy and juicy as a crisp local apple. Check out your local farmer's market to see if you can find an organic farmer that...
24 May
You probably view dandelions as pesky weeds keeping you from lawn perfection. But, what you might not know is dandelion greens serve up almost a full multivitamin and mineral supplement. The leaves are packed with vitamins A, B, C and E and are a rich source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese iron, and zinc and are a perfect slimming food! Similar to arugula in flavour, the dandelion’s slight bitterness can be offset if you sautéed them with onion.    Still...
23 May
Most of us have heard of the famous grapefruit detox and wondered about its effectiveness. And while the results are overblown, there is something to be said about the healing power of this wonderful bitter and sweet cousin of the orange.  Even if grapefruit won’t help you drop 10 lbs the way the fad diet promises, it does make a great alkaline breakfast suggestion. What this means is that while you might think that grapefruit is an acidic food, when we “burn” them in our body,...
18 May
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...
15 May
  My GMO Story... Nineteen years ago I had an interesting encounter with one of my favourite Canadian celebrities. I was a co-operative owner of The Big Carrot Natural Food Market at the time and one of my tasks as the in-store nutritionist was to organize events that pertained to health. Dr. David Suzuki was giving a presentation at one of these events and after he was done I asked him if he would mind autographing one of our store signs as a memento. The Big Carrot’s main...
09 May
  I am frequently asked why I don't recommend Kombucha for the Hot Detox. The reason is that I feel it is like a “gateway drink” for new health seekers. It tastes and fizzes like soda pop, so a person seeking an alternative may be tempted to try this less inflammatory choice. But there is strong evidence that there is a downside to Kombucha.   On the positive side, Kombucha is a step up from the junk food beverages that contain harmful colouring and carbonation. If you...
02 May
Eaten freshly harvested, asparagus tastes similar to snap peas and can be quite addictive. Asparagus is brimming with B-vitamins that energize and protect your heart and brain. It also boasts five grams of vegetarian protein, vitamin C, fiber and tissue-repairing manganese and iron. Your local farmers’ market is a great spot to buy asparagus because the farmer will pick it only hours earlier, letting you enjoy its delicate fresh flavour. If you have a chance to buy it fresh,...

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