RELAX harder [How to Deal with Stress]

This past year in my blog I talked about digestion, stress and weight gain. The connection. There is so much more that stress does to keep us from our weight loss goals. Here's how to relax harder....

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7 Ways to Better Skin Using Nutrition

Better skin starts not with expensive cleansers and other beauty products, but from within. For overall better skin health, I find these 7 strategies can help my clients tremendously....

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Beauty Kombucha for Healthy Skin

As a Holistic Nutrition professional, embracing our symptoms holistically requires a different approach. It requires us to look deeper and look inward. To look for the root cause. This is the reason I was attracted to the style of consultation and make-up application at the Green Vanity. It is not about covering up problems, it is about finding the root cause. We teamed up to create the Okanagan's first skin-care focused kombucha, which is exclusive to The Green Vanity.

As a mostly-digestive-problem-seer (yes that's the official title) I meet all kinds of issues in my path with my clients each day. Meeting and working with clients dealing with IBS to acid reflux, bi-polar and anxiety and just about everything in between, we have to take a look at the root cause of issues that have been chronic.

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Eat Ice Cream (and Other "Bad" Things)

One reason we are so lost in nutrition is because we are constantly looking to external forces to tell us how to eat. We follow diet trends, we buy the latest products, we read the newest books and change our diets based on everyone else's opinion or 'facts.' What this does is lead us to believe that we do not inherently know what our body likes to eat, what it leads us to believe is that we don't trust ourselves to know. Here I am sharing why I don't care if my clients' eat ice cream or other junk food.....

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Zucchini & Mashed 'Taters [Recipe]

Zucchini Mashed Potatoes... At this time of year we have a lot of vegetables ready all at the same time. Zucchini isn't always the most popular vegetable, so here's a way to get it into your meals without it being the main focus. However it is the best-known summer squash and does have great health benefits: being 95% water means they are great to eat in the summer (why they are available at the perfect time, thank you nature!) and thus are hydrating. For this reason they are also easy to digest and taste delicious......

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Shift Workers' Nutrition (and Why Sugar is The Villain)

Give your body a sugar boost without overstepping the boundary of a healthy glucose level – you hate that feeling of the "crash" after eating sugary treats for that energy surge. But often, it's all around you. Here are foods to add to your diet that give you energy without the crash, and will help you lose weight at the same time....

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The Probiotic Wave That's Coming...

Last week I posted something on Facebook that got a lot of attention.... and I want to share it with you because I know it is true and important information. There is a wave coming.... "Before the words "with probiotics!" starts getting slapped on EVERYTHING (trust me - it's coming soon) from flavoured waters to candy to cereal (not 'foods' that you actually need) here is a simple warning: probiotics from natural foods are what your body craves...... those probiotics are what your body will understand... they help your body absorb nutrients from food, they are so important, we are learning so much and its just the tip of the iceberg.... that's why everyone is hopping on this train.

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How Gene quit KFC! (Client Case)

Gene came to me as many of my retired senior clients do: with digestive issues and taking many different medications. How Gene with support was able to quit KFC along with many other benefits....

 

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Root Vegetable Soup [Recipe]

I love my home valley, the Okanagan, for eating seasonally as we get lots of fresh, cleansing fruits in the spring and summer, then in the fall and winter we have wonderful root vegetables.

One of my favourite ways to cook well in the fall and winter is to take a bunch of vegetables and turn them into a delicious soup! Pro Insight: If you need quick meals on the go, soup is a great option to make large portions of, and store in smaller containers for future use.

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What My Record Collection Has to Do With Nutrition//Birkenstock Folklore

These living foods.... This is not a new trend. Almost all cultures throughout the world intentionally introduce bacteria and/or yeast into their food to transform it into a new food. Because of the Germ Theory of disease introduced by Louis Pasteur, all bacteria became labelled as “bad” and the practice of fermenting food has been almost lost in North America.... we are bringin' it back....

We are all scared of bacteria!

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3 Easy Ways to Get Back to Your Roots

We are moving back in time to move forwards .....and wanting living food in our diets again.

We want local food. We want artisinally-created foods. We want craft-beer. We want organic food.

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Wicked Warming Tea

In the winter time, we want our hot coffee, or our hot chocolate. Ritual.

I always encourage that we eat and drink foods with less refined (white) sugar.

Always encourage that we eat foods with less chemicals.

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Sweet Potato Oats [Recipe]

This is a recipe I found on Minimalist Baker. I played with it a bit, mainly because I didn't want too much sugar added. Are you tired, stressed?

Hit that 3 pm slump?

Needing an afternoon nap? Grabbing coffees to get through the 3 pm - 5 pm part of your shift?

You need a better breakfast.

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Best Roasted Root Vegetables [Recipe]

When I cook I want it to be THE BEST. It needs to be worth my time, and it needs to use whole foods but also be REALLY tasty. You do get more nutrition from food when its dolled up anyway rather than plain, but its still gotta be dolled up the right way!

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7 Ways to Keep Balance in Winter

Winter is a powerful time - a time to conserve our energy and resources. Special care needs to be taken in the form of nutrition, warmth and rest. Winter is a more inward and sensitive time. The climates of cold and wet (rain, snow, fog) chill us and require us to seek extra warmth and home time. It is even a time when some of us feel sad (heard of the blues?) which can be connected to loss of loved ones around Christmas time, less healthy food, or less sunshine. It can definitely be a hard season and I know I struggle with it, being an Osoyoos native (Canada's pocket desert, yes it exists) my heart pounds for the heat-drenched sand of July, the warm waters of August, a cold beer by the pool-side...... well, now, where were we?

Oh right - the winter blah's.

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Sympathy for the Devil (Overcoming Cravings)

I'm sharing about how to overcome cravings in an unconventional way in an attempt to be real in an industry ripe with diets & supplements, green smoothies, luscious skinny bodies & airbrushed, perfect, glowing skin. Can't we see that that's not real life?

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What is Holistic Nutrition? Your Body as a Canvas

Nutrition is art, you can treat your body like a canvas. Get a delicious snack for your ears, and get reading. We've gotta lotta perspective changes to get through...

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Easy Apple Crisp [Recipe]

Most crisps are LOADED with sugar. If I'm going to spend the time baking, I want it to be healthy enough that I can grab it for a quick breakfast. I want my crisp to be healthy and sweet - but not overly sweet. Here’s my go-to super easy apple crisp recipe.

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Stress is your Biggest Problem [7 ways to Combat it]

Stress = dropping things, losing your keys, losing your cell phone, forgetting things. Is this you?

This was me for most of 2014 and half of 2015.

Does it have to do with our jobs, our choices? Yes.

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Nutrition for Cold Sores: Triggers & Prevention

Cold sores. Signs of stress. Signs of excess. Are you looking for a solution? Are you looking for the underlying problem?

Have you considered your nutrition yet as a potential aid in prevention? What we put in - we get out.

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