Nutrition Category

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
I recently received a question from my sister-in-law. Her good friend suffers from low thyroid and she wondered what she could do naturally to increase the function of the thyroid. An underactive thyroid system is a common health problem, causing symptoms such as low energy, weight gain, hair loss and depression. The good news is that there is plenty you can do to address it naturally. One in ten women over the age of 50 suffers from this condition, so you may want to forward this blog post to anyRead More
This is my favourite breakfast when the snow starts to get so high that you can’t see the recycling containers out on the street when you’re looking out your window. Funny way to reference snow, I know, but don’t you ever rely on your neighbor to tell you if you’re on a garbage or recycling day? I suggest you get familiar with this amazing grain called Quinoa. To quote my friend and fellow nutritionist Jae Steele, “Quinoa (say KEEN-wah) has the highest protein and calcium content of any grain –Read More
[Editor’s note: We feel this article is appropriate for the holiday season in which many of us may be tempted to consume more cakes, chocolate and other foods than we usually would.] Are you eating to heal your body, or eating for comfort? You may need to address a tendency to eat extra food for comfort or out of boredom. Some foods can have quasi-addictive qualities. For example, when you eat tempting foods like chocolate, your body releases trace amounts of mood- and satisfaction-elevating hormones. This may reinforce a preferenceRead More
An important part of preventing illness and infection is to provide the body with ample amounts of the nutrients it needs to keep the immune system strong. In late fall and early winter, it is critical to be thinking of prevention, before the cold or flu bug has a chance to settle in. Eating the right kind of whole foods, like those found in my “Immune-Building Brown Rice Congee” from my book Meals that Heal Inflammation, is a great way of doing this. Congee is a rice porridge commonly servedRead More
For years I have been asked, “Which diet should I follow?” Macrobiotic, Diabetic, Paleolithic, Vegan, Vegetarian, South Beach, Specific Carbohydrate, Low Fat, Fruitarian, Atkins, Low Cal, Raw, 100 Mile, Blood Type, The Maker’s, Weight Watchers; the list goes on and on. I can understand why people feel so confused about this subject. I do not believe that there is one generalized diet that is good for everyone. We all come with our own specific medical background that we need to pay attention to in order to know what we shouldRead More