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21 May
Most of us have heard of the famous grapefruit detox and wondered about its effectiveness. And while the results are overblown, there is something to be said about the healing power of this wonderful bitter and sweet cousin of the orange.  Even if grapefruit won’t help you drop 10 lbs the way the fad diet promises, it does make a great alkaline breakfast suggestion. What this means is that while you might think that grapefruit is an acidic food, when we “burn” them in our body,...
18 May
Arugula is a flavourful, oak-shaped leaf with a peppery taste. Known as 'Rocket' in some parts of the world, arugula adds a powerful health boost to any menu choice. Easily grown at home, this leafy green contains about 5 calories per cup meaning it would take 20 cups of arugula to get the same calories in just a ¼ cup of granola.   The fibre in arugula helps promote digestive regularity, keeps your tummy happy and leaves you feeling full longer so you resist other fatty...
16 May
My GMO Story... Twenty years ago I had an interesting encounter with one of my favourite Canadian celebrities. I was a co-operative owner of The Big Carrot Natural Food Market at the time and one of my tasks as the in-store nutritionist was to organize events that pertained to health. Dr. David Suzuki was giving a presentation at one of these events and after he was done I asked him if he would mind autographing one of our store signs as a memento. The Big Carrot’s main motto...
14 May
  Tart rhubarb is a North American favourite. If you’re thinking about planting a rhubarb root (Rheum rhabarbarum) be sure to give it moist, well-drained soil and a bit of room to grow. Let the root establish itself for one year before harvesting the stalks. Be sure never to eat the greens as they are high in oxalic acid, which can contribute to kidney stones if consumed in large amounts.   Rhubarb’s main health benefits are its ability to promote detoxification and its...
07 May
Have you ever had a chance to hold a piece of turmeric root in the palm of your hand? This brown skinned tuber looks a lot like ginger until you cut it open. There you will find a bright orange flesh that is key to its extensive healing properties. And if you have never seen fresh turmeric root before, you may want to start shopping for it, as it is one of the most studied spices today. The reason I include this golden root in my diet is.... you guessed it ...for its amazing...
30 Apr
Eaten freshly harvested, asparagus tastes similar to snap peas and can be quite addictive. Asparagus is brimming with B-vitamins that energize and protect your heart and brain. It also boasts five grams of vegetarian protein, vitamin C, fibre and tissue-repairing manganese and iron. Your local farmers’ market is a great spot to buy asparagus because the farmer will pick it only hours earlier, letting you enjoy its delicate fresh flavour. If you have a chance to buy it fresh,...
23 Apr
Garlic is truly one of the most amazing superfoods! It contains more than 100 biologically useful chemicals that can do everything from lower cholesterol to fight off viruses. (1) Springtime garlic scapes have the same health properties as the garlic cloves. Be sure to watch for them at your local Farmer's Market.   Here are a just a few reasons to include garlic in your diet:   1. Garlic is antiviral and antifungal: Garlic has been used for centuries for its...
18 Apr
As we gain access to fresh food over the spring, summer and fall, more and more people ask me if buying organic is still better than supporting local. I say, go to your local Organic Farmer's Market and get both! A landmark study published by an international team of researchers in the United Kingdom concluded that organic foods are compositionally different than their conventionally-grown counterparts, contrary to earlier reports. The meta-analysis conducted by a team from...
04 Apr
Do cravings derail your efforts to eat healthy? Your hormones cause your cravings because they influence how you feel, what you want, and how fast your body stores fat. Think of ghrelin as the gremlin that sabotages your weight loss efforts. If you let yourself go hungry, your cravings will be too intense to resist. Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the healthiest ingredients you can add to your diet, because of its effect on ghrelin. Aceic acid, the active ingredient in...
29 Mar
With Easter just around the corner, there's a lot of talk about eggs! Are they good for us? Are they really bad for us? Let's get to the bottom of it! In August 2012, Cardiologist Dr. David Spence completed a study at University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, in which he claims the cholesterol found in an egg's yolk is almost as dangerous as smoking. His study found egg consumption accelerates atherosclerosis, or plaque build-up, on arteries, and says the culprit is the...