5 Self-Care Rituals You Need in Your Life

Pro Insight: When 'practice what you preach' slaps you in the face (really hard) it might get awkward. I'm open to owning my mistakes and taking responsibility (as per the nutrition culture here) and so: I here openly admit, I hated self-care. Here are 5 ways I turned self-care ideas into daily/weekly rituals that supported my anxiety and lessened my panic attacks.

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3 Bendy-Rules for Your Food Phases

We all go through phases with our food. When you have that one (or 3) foods that you just can't get enough of at one time. Then you get sick of them. Move on. Here's a story about that time when I was 21... and became vegetarian. I am tying this story in with 'rules' (flexible ones!) about our food phases. This story is about vegetarianism, you can apply it to any food phase you have been through.

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Making Okanagan Sourdough [Recipe]

Sourdough bread is one of the finest foods around. While I could sit here and elicit memories of eating San Francisco sourdough, I’d rather share my recipe for the powerhouse that is sourdough! Sourdough bread reflects the traditional preparation of grains. It is slow-fermentation. It takes time, it takes patience. Go back to days of old (and your digestion will thank you!) See the recipe….

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Eating Clean & Camping (it can be Done)

With the Okanagan summer fires that often come our way, you may not have the awesome bonfire you crave. But this doesn't mean you have to skip out on the fun and experience of camping. Here’s how to eat clean while camping - it can so be done (and feels GREAT!)

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Don't Airbrush My Tomatoes

Did you ever notice how the fruits and vegetables at your grocery store all kind of look the same?

Uniform. Perfect. All in a row... same color... same shape. "Ideal." But let's get real. When it comes to nutrition, looks don't really matter — it's what's on the inside that counts. (You know, kind of like with people?) Read how to make stellar change with small choices in our giant food waste problem.

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The 7 Best Foods You NEED This Spring

Start your spring time with these nutrient-packed foods that are coming into season now. The benefits of stocking up on the fruits and veggies that are the first to arrive in your farmers' market are amazing: They’re sold at optimum freshness—having been grown locally rather than shipped from another continent —which means they'll have a higher nutrient content too! Stock up on my 7 go-to picks below to help cleanse up before the heat! 

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You Don't Need More (Nutrition) Knowledge

In our day and age of hunter-gatherers of information, we don't need more nutrition knowledge. Here’s your permission slip to cleanse the doors of perception that are holding you back from finding ease in nutrition, and relieving the stress around it.

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How Elizabeth Stopped Panicking About Food (Client Case)

Elizabeth came to me as many of my female clients do: wanting to lose a bit of weight, but mainly wanting to feel healthier and stop stressing about food so much. She felt that food had started playing out in her 'perfectionist' mindset, and instead of enjoying cooking like she used to, she was spending way too much time stressing about what to eat. Read how one of Lutz Nutritions’ best client success stories from 2017….

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7 Ways to a Happy Earth Day

I’m sharing 7 easy ways to celebrate this planet that gives us so much. As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I have passion for the earth and all its inhabitants, so it’s easy to share how we can all make small choices that add up to big change. We all deserve.....

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Are ORGANIC Packaged Foods Healthier?

Truth Time. That's me right there and I'm not scared to admit it: I love Annie's organic macaroni.

But after a week of broccoli, cabbage, brown or wild rice, peppers, swiss chard  and other veggie favourites, sometimes a good bowl of hot macaroni really balances things out. The Marketing Trickery: Even though packaged foods can have labels on them like "natural" or "organic" and use organic ingredients in them, can we still trust that they are good for us? How do they compare to real food? Suddenly, we come into the truth of eating. You always have a choice.

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7 Must-Read Life Lessons from a Baking Connoisseur

A beloved Penticton bakery has announced its closure due to the ALS diagnosis of its owner, Benjamin Manea.  Ben has built a loyal following over the past decade with his long-fermented breads at Walla Artisan Bakery and Cafe in the Cannery Trade Centre in Penticton. He summed up the “unexpected development” with a Yiddish saying, “Man Plans, and God Laughs.” Here are 7 life lessons you need to know - from the baking connoisseur.

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Why You Don't Have to Finish Your Plate

You don't have to finish your plate. The post-war generations taught us to 'finish your plate' because back then there really was fears of shortages of food and rations. It was vital to finish your plate because you were lucky to get a plate at all. Almost all of my clients have said to me at one point or another, that they are 'trained to finish the plate, whether I'm hungry or not.' We don't actually think of it as a choice. Here's why you NO longer need to do this.

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Ignoring Food Trends & Diets Saves you Time & Energy

Today I'm talking about 2 different experiences/cultures - food TRENDS and DIETS. While trends are those often crazy creative (only sometimes healthy) and typically just downright wacky 'foods' and diets; well you know those popular styles of eating that we try and try but never seem to actually teach us how to keep weight off. The truth is, ignoring all of this simplifies your entire life.

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Eating Right in the Dead of (Canadian) Winter

Trust me, I miss the summer as much as you. Although, winter has a lot going for it fresh produce is usually not high on that list. Check out below for the list of vitamin-rich cold-weather foods you need to stock up on right now.

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"Burrito Soup" [Recipe]

When you just feel like tossing a bunch of foods into the slow cooker, it's nice to have a bit of a game plan! How about burrito soup? Tasty and easy... intrigued?

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The Easy Guide to Fats

Many people are still stuck in the (very 1980's) trend of avoiding fat at all costs. Many of my clients have serious hang-ups about the calories from fat ruining their waistline, or the feeling of fat in their mouth, because they are so trained that it is bad for them. However, what we need to understand is that fat plays many important roles in the body, including being a source of energy. Here's all the fats: the good, the bad and the ugly....

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How to do Food Planning

Food Planning eliminates a lot of stress for most people. It's just most people aren't taking advantage of it because they believe it's truly 'more' on their plate to do food planning. (Pro Insight: planning ahead is essential to saving time.) This is not the same as a meal plan, however, because Food Planning is when you list out what meals you'll make for the week. This is completely different from following a meal plan you receive from someone else and have the stress of creating new recipes with new-to-you ingredients. You create this meal plan before you shop so that you know exactly what you need to buy in order to make the meals. This saves you time and money as you aren't wandering the grocery store guessing as you go.

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7 Ways to Calm Your Anxiety

We all deal with anxiety at times, but panic attacks are a whole other level of scary. Here are 7 tools & resources you can act on right away to deal with your anxiety.

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