Health Tips (135)

19 Jun
One of the tastiest vegetables to enjoy this time of year is the summer squash. The soft and delicate nature of this squash is distinguished from the more familiar, harder winter squashes (butternut, acorn, spaghetti) as their rinds are edible. For this reason it has a much shorter shelf life. Popular summer squash varieties include pattypan squash (scallop or sunburst squash), yellow crookneck squash, yellow summer squash and the ever popular zucchini (courgette). My personal...
05 Jun
The whole world has gone coconut crazy and there are plenty of reasons why. Let’s take at look at the variety of coconut options and the health benefits associated to them.   Check out the research that is putting coconut back on the menu:   1. Coconut oil is the safest oil to use for cooking: Because coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is the least vulnerable of all the dietary oils to oxidation and the formation of free radicals. (1) Consuming oils that have...
01 Jun
While in the past I would have recommended that you feast on carbohydrates within the one hour post-workout window, fat breakdown and utilization actually reaches a peak right after exercise. Glycogen is your body’s most immediate and preferred fuel for survival activities, such as the fight or flight response activated during workouts. After an intense period of training your body is forced to swiftly convert fatty acids into glucose in order to replenish glycogen stores in your...
24 May
  Lyme Disease is a growing issue in North America (and the rest of the world!) that is creating a significant health crisis for many people across this huge continent. If you follow my social media platforms, you know that I am an advocate of organic food and natural approaches to health and wellbeing. I also speak out against products that contain harmful ingredients and the companies that produce them. But today I am going to talk about a potentially dangerous condition that...
17 May
By their very nature children are more sensitive to pesticides than adults. A child's body continues to grow until 18 but their brain and nervous system are under development until the age of 25. We are all exposed to more chemicals than ever before but can you imagine the body burden our children are experiencing while their systems are growing? Is it any wonder that cancer rates are on the rise in our children? On October 22, 2012 there was a report released in The...
16 May
  Spring is here, which means it’s time to CELEBRATE FARM TO FORK!   On Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 12-6pm at Christie Pits Park, the Toronto Non-GMO Coalition and David Suzuki Foundation present CELEBRATE FARM TO FORK: Toronto’s 4th Annual GMO-free Festival & Farmers’ Market. Click here for more information.   The phrase FARM TO FORK means many things: knowing where your food comes from; accessing safe, nutritious food; supporting local, family farms and...
12 May
  Happy Mothers Day! Every single person came out of a mother, so it is a time for all 7 billion humans to celebrate the person who created us.   Rebecca Solnit put it perfectly; "Comprehend the heroic labor it takes to keep one alive, the constant exhausting tending of a being who can do nothing and demands everything. I realized that my mother had done all of these things for me before I remembered. I was fed; I was washed; I was clothed; I was taught to speak and given a...
10 May
  Julie appears regularly on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show where she acts as a nutritional encyclopaedia for viewers and fans alike. She shares information about food and life-style tips that viewers can use to get healthy. Julie also co-hosts the Healthy Gourmet show, a program that is literally a culinary showdown between health-conscious Julie and flavour-focused Chef Ezra. Each week Julie and Ezra take on a contestant's favourite meal and battle to make it healthier AND...
25 Apr
  If you are overweight there is a very good chance you are eating extra food for comfort or out of boredom but your cravings are not just an emotional issue. Hunger isn’t all in your head. There is a very physical reality occurring that creates a “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” phenomenon. Emotional Eating is the root cause of many health problems. When we go overboard on refined food, we create nutritional imbalances that create hormonal havoc.     Are...
20 Apr
  I have been practicing yoga for 16 years. In all my years, Yogi Shambu has been the best teacher. He is deep and wise but also has an incredible sense of humour. I like that he believes in sticking closely to the authentic Hatha yoga practices in India. He teaches me WHY I am doing a pose. How each posture helps to balance hormones and strengthens our nervous system.   I want to share one of the greatest tools I use daily to stay happy and calm. Yoga Nidra...

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