Nutrition Category

Each year during the holidays, I pull out this recipe to make for my family. I always need to make it in large quantities as we eat it all day long: as breakfast, a mid-day snack or as a creamy dessert. The richness of the pumpkin and coconut milk make it very satisfying, which helps keep us away from other sweet (but less healthy) treats around the house. Ingredients: 3 cups (750 mL)   water 1/4 cup (75mL)  coconut milk (“light” if you want to reduce calories) 1 cup (250Read More
Baby carrots are so cute and easy to eat at picnics and cocktail parties, but little did we know that they are wasteful for the environment and not as healthy as the large variety. The following is information from a farmer who grows and packages carrots for IGA, METRO, LOBLAWS, etc.: “The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots. Once the carrots are cutRead More
Q: My 16-year-old son has taken up bodybuilding and he’s under the impression that he must consume massive amounts of animal protein to reach his goals. I only buy organic or naturally raised but with the prices so high, the budget is getting out of control. My intuitive sense is that he should be looking for other sources of protein – quinoa for example – but 16 year olds don’t like to listen to their moms! I’d like to know the best way to go about resolving this issue.  Read More
I remember eating my last bit of pork product when I was 16. I was sitting in the car, making a pact with my sister to become a vegetarian. We had this amazing pie from the local fine food store and it was made with lard. I will never forget chopping into that last bite of pie and saying goodbye. It was so flakey and delicate. Fast forward 17 years and I was diagnosed with severe anemia. I am a nutritionist and I faced this news as a failure. NoRead More
The survival of ancient civilizations has a lot to do with the types of food they live off. It’s no wonder many ancient foods, like the coconut of the Pacific Islanders, have all the nutrients to sustain such robust societies. These foods are now called superfoods in today’s society, in contrast to villainous fast foods. However, these superfoods were considered the norm by history’s most productive civilizations. Coconut is a superfood in a class by itself because it contains saturated fat – yes, the fat we’ve all been told toRead More
Recently the TV show 60 Minutes aired an amazing segment on the toxicity of sugar. The research that has gone into this broadcast is groundbreaking for mainstream media and I applaud their efforts. Many us in the complementary health field have been telling the world for years that sugar is destructive. Having scientific studies to back us up is exactly what we need to get the message out there about the toxicity of sugar. In this 60 Minutes show, honey was lumped in with the rest of the sweeteners asRead More
As spring rolls around, do you want to feel lighter, increase your energy, and take some time to finish the winter with some self-reflection? It’s that time of year where you might be well served to shed a little weight, and rid the body of toxins, both physically and emotionally. A plant-based detoxifying spring cleanse is just what the doctor ordered. The body accumulates toxins over time though our interaction with our immediate environment – in particular food, air, clothing and water – and the main goal of a cleanseRead More
If you had a lot of fun on St. Patrick’s Day recently, or if you just want to give your body a rest from the work it does processing the treats we indulge in, here is a sure way to cleanse the liver and gallbladder. This flush is from Anthony Di Pasquale’s website and originally comes from the source “Cure for all Diseases” by Hulda Clark, ND, © 1995. The cleanse takes two days and the effects can include improved energy, digestion, cholesterol levels, and a sweeter disposition! Prepare theRead More
Editor’s note: We felt this article was ideal for this month’s issue as the flow of maple sap (or other tree saps) is a perfect expression of getting unstuck: starch stored in the tree’s roots for the winter flows upwards with the first thaws of spring. There is nothing that tastes quite like the promise of spring than sap straight from a tapped maple tree. The cool, refreshing and slightly sweet taste can cleanse the palate and awaken the mind from months of hibernation. Filled with minerals such as potassium,Read More
I have a real love affair with apples and use it as a main remedy whenever a sweet craving comes a-knocking. Most fruit grown in the North like apples, pears, berries, plums, nectarines and peaches are lower in sugar than tropical fruit and therefore make the best choices for anyone who needs to watch their blood sugar. I grew up with the phrase ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. It turned out to be true. Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom reported a nine-yearRead More