Zucchini, Yam and Tomato Harvest Casserole 

It's Harvest Time! When all the fresh colors and green are gone, nature leaves us with beautiful oranges, browns and dark greens. Here in the Okanagan, we often complain about the transition to fall as we miss our hot weather, for what it's worth, it's still a gorgeous time of year and the foods available are still plentiful, simple and tasty, like this delightful & simple casserole.

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Do You Need a Meal Plan?

Meal plans are what people think nutritionists' do for a living and I have a bit of a problem with them. When people ask me for a meal plan, my first question is always "Why?"

I know it seems obvious that would be peoples' first assumption of what would work for them but honestly it does not always help people to actually change their diet.

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What are whole foods? 5 reasons you need them.

When I first started eating a whole foods diet, when I was studying nutrition in Vancouver BC, I heard the term “whole foods” a lot, and that a whole foods diet is very health-promoting. But I felt a little silly that I didn’t know what “whole foods” meant, exactly.

And when I assume (you know what happens when you assume, don't you?) that my clients know this too, I am reminded that, well, no, not always is this the case. So I'm here to explain it.

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Summer Fruit Salad

What's more refreshing in the summer than biting into a juicy peach? Or having a handful of cool, red raspberries?

Not much!

So I'm sharing what I'm living off of this summer. I love squeezing as much as I can out of the season, where food is fresh and juicy as can be

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5 Tips to Curb Your Coffee Addiction

Are you a dedicated coffee drinker? Is coffee your religion? I hear ya. Many of my family, friends and clients use coffee on a very regular basis, and I was always surrounded by coffee when I was younger.  Soft drinks, tea and chocolate all have some caffeine, but coffee is the most well known source of caffeine.

We know it as a morning ritual, or a pick-me-up, something we do with old or new friends, a tradition that connects us in the cold Canadian mornings.

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I can help you get back on the wagon.

Many people struggle with nutrition because they can't stay on track, follow-through, or stay on the wagon. They go for days, weeks, months on a good path and then fall off, and stay off. I teach you to stay on for good (and that it's ok to fall off.) Read more about what I want for my clients.

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Yogurt Cheese Dip

Instead of sour cream or cream cheese based dips, why not make a super healthy version full of calcium with no added "stuff" to clog you up? Make this delightful yogurt cheese and use in place of cream cheese or use as a base for a delicious party dip. Video instructions are in the blog.

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Meatless Pad Thai

I was never a fan of pad thai until I discovered how amazing the vegan pad thai was at our local restaurant the Wild Scallion.

So when I asked Renee to create me a pad thai that people could easily make at home I was blown away when I received this recipe!

It's also raw, so there is no pasta and a TON of nutrition as we are using all these beautiful fresh veggies.

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Stressing keeps you from your weight loss goals.

You probably wouldn’t be surprised to know that more stress and stress hormones promote weight gain, would you?

I talk about it in yoga class, in my signature fermentation/digestion class, but most people don't quite understand the connection other than knowing simply that stress can cause weight gain. But what exactly is stress, and how does it keep you from your weight loss goals?

In fact, there are actually many links between stress hormones and weight.  Today I'll talk about one major reason why stress hormones keep you from your weight loss goals.

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Magic Mushrooms.

It's a (natural) trip! Certain mushrooms have been used throughout history for their medicinal benefits, and now research is catching up with folk medicine. These special fungi have been shown some amazing things for your energy, brain, hormones, and immune system. I've listed a few of the top 5 mushrooms and a bit about them.....

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Why nutrition means something to me

I'll tell you my story of healing. But food is complicated because humans are complicated. It doesn't have to be. Distill down the complicated science, trends and advertisements and make it easy - go back to tradition in natural and real food. Add in some self-care and a dash of motivation to do the right thing at the right time. Preparation and responsibility. These are qualities of success.

Let me help you find success.

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Roasted Asparagus & Quinoa Salad

The spring is a time for lighter, more cleansing foods in preparation for summer eating and fruit and gardens and sunshine!

Here in the beautiful Okanagan, (which includes Osoyoos; the only desert in Canada!) we sure need prep time to get ready for our 35-40 Celsius days in July and August. This beautiful salad is sure to wake up your taste buds while nourishing your body, fueling you with healthy fats and good probiotics in the raw sauerkraut addition. 

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Vintage Living

I approached my transition to a natural lifestyle with a hungry spirit over 7 years ago.... and I'm still enjoying the journey and growth!

Changing your diet is about taking responsibility but its also about having fun, striving for balance and of course paying tribute to those before us who paved the way for the 'alternative' life style as well as the natural foods movement.

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