Nutrition Category

When I gave up dairy years back, it was a big blow to my ice cream obsession. It was not until I met my now husband that I learned about coconut ice cream. While I loved the taste and texture of coconut cream as substitutes to the real deal, the sugar content was too high for me. In addition to removing dairy and gluten from my diet, sugar was top on my list because of the negative effects I was experiencing soon after I ate anything sugary. Recently, I startedRead More
Most nutritionists (especially holistic nutritionists) include lemons in their daily practice. For me, my day hasn’t started until I am sipping on a 1 litre mason jar filled with warm water and freshly squeezed lemons. Lemons provide us with an abundance of nutritional value and support. 10 Top Health Benefits of Lemons 1. Lemons are alkalizing for your body; when you eat or drink the juice of a lemon- the ‘acidic’ properties of the lemon enter your body, which stimulates a series of responses that create a more alkaline balanceRead More
This is a go-to soup for when you just need to get something hot, healthy and nourishing on the table quickly. I developed this soup for myself when I was in a period of repeated late nights, coming home from work exhausted, chilled from a commute on a poorly heated streetcar, and not wanting to put in effort to get a nourishing meal. It comes together quickly and loads you up on veggies. Do all your prep and chopping beforehand so that nothing overcooks while you get the next ingredient ready.Read More
Special occasions – New Year’s parties, birthdays, weddings, other celebrations – can be pitfalls for anyone trying to reduce their sugar intake. It is all too easy to say “well, just this once – it’s a special occasion” and take in something we know will not make us feel good. For those who have sugar addictions, it can be a slippery slope where we start finding excuses to splurge on less and less “special” occasions until we find ourselves back to regularly consuming sugar. This dessert will help you satisfyRead More
Comfort food can be a challenge for people trying to reduce their carb intake for health reasons. Many standbys pack a punch to blood sugar. But with a little creativity, you can find ways to enjoy comfort food in new nutritious forms. Cauliflower is one of the unheralded heros of the vegetable world. While it doesn’t have the chlorophyll of its Brassica family relatives broccoli and kale, it does have cancer-fighting and anti-oxidant phytochemicals. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of vitamin K,Read More
As the weather cools off, the days shorten and the wool socks come out, the Vata energy of this time of year can lead to intensified carbohydrate cravings. It is natural and healthy to eat more grounding foods at this time of the year, and the root vegetables that ripen with the first frosts and star on most Thanksgiving dinner tables can be naturally grounding. But for those who are healthiest with minimal carb intake, myself included, those root vegetables can pack a sugary punch! My ideal Thanksgiving or holidayRead More
Parvati Magazine interviewed holistic nutritionist Sara Best of “If Your Body Could Talk”. Parvati Magazine: What inspired you to get into holistic nutrition? Sara Best: From a very young age I was aware of the power of food to affect our overall health. Then, in my 20s I struggled with a lot of chronic digestion issues that doctors were never able to help with. In an effort to heal myself, I read every book I could get my hands on about natural and holistic wellness and managed to dramatically improve myRead More
As the weather warms up and we naturally seek lighter fare, some of the hearty breakfast standbys like oatmeal or pancakes or animal proteins may not seem so appealing. Yet fruit on its own can deliver a hit to your blood sugar while not filling you up long term, and cold cereal is often laden with sweetener and may not pack enough protein to help you feel full. Smoothies can be great, but protein powders are not right for everyone and do not always combine well with fruits from aRead More
Image credit: Nicholas Collister This recipe is completely raw, hence “rawlicious”. Raw recipes are chock-full of enzymes, vitamins and minerals. When I don’t feel like turning on an oven, this is one of my go-to’s, especially in the summer when zucchinis are growing like mad in Ma McCarthy’s garden up north. Ingredients – Serves 2 2 zucchinis, ends trimmed Hemp Spinach Pesto 3 cups (750 mL) spinach 1 or 2 cloves garlic 1/2 cup (125 mL) pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup (60 mL) hemp oil or extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 tsp (2Read More
Image credit: Peppergrasss Everything that you ingest passes through your liver via the blood. Since the body does not know how to get rid of many of the unnatural toxins we ingest daily, such as chemicals, preservatives and additives, many toxic substances end up stored in the liver. Once overloaded, the liver begins to have trouble digesting and eliminating wastes from the body. This can then lead to a buildup of toxins in other organs and tissues. Illness can manifest as a result. Diet and exercise are essential for a healthyRead More