Nutrition Category

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
Image credit: DI Wine and Dine  In a cold winter’s evening at dinner time, I rolled out of my bed from a two hour nap. Glorious scents filled the house with my mother’s sweet European cooking, fresh hand-cut sweet sausage and spinach ravioli pasta, freshly made tomato sauce, a warm baguette from the oven, veal meatballs, hand-cut French fries and a garden salad, all to fill my starved and depleted self. Little did I know, I was really filling a void; an empty feeling that had submerged into the deepest depthsRead More
In relation to the concepts of sustainability, green earth, preserving our resources and caring about our earth, here is ONE simple thing you can do that will cut your food budget as well as limit your level of food waste. Make your own broth! Just think about it, when you buy broth, you are buying something pre-packaged that has been sitting in a box for an unknown length of time, with ingredients that you may not know of and can’t verify. It also generates waste. Making your own broth isRead More
Buddha said, “My actions are my only true belongings: I cannot escape their consequences. My actions are the ground on which I stand.” When people use the word consequence it usually implies an action or inaction with a negative outcome. Most of our actions involve getting something we want or think, we need. Based on the fact that that we are bombarded with messages to buy, buy, buy for almost fifteen hours every day, we are not a culture that acts like  we spend much time considering the consequences ofRead More