Raw vs. Cooked – Which Contains More Vitamins and Minerals?
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Let’s finally put an end to the debate of raw vs. cooked.   Of course, in the grand scheme of a well-balanced, nutrient-dense, varied, whole foods diet, the cooked vs. raw debate isn’t that critical for most people. Where this can become a consideration is for vitamin and mineral deficiencies (or “insufficiencies”). These may be due to digestion or absorption … Read More

Recipe (High fibre prebiotic): De-Stressing Chocolate Pudding
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  Serves 6 3 ripe avocados ¼ cup cacao powder (unsweetened) ¼ cup maple syrup (or you could try rice malt syrup) ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 dash salt   Instructions Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Serve & enjoy!   Tip: Try adding a pinch of cinnamon for a deeper flavour.  

How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone (Cortisol)
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  STRESS!!! Its causes are absolutely everywhere. Would you agree? Our natural “fight or flight” stress response can sometimes go a little overboard. It’s supposed to help us escape injury or death in an emergency and then return to normal after we’ve fought or flown. But, that doesn’t happen too much in our society – it becomes a long-term reaction. … Read More

Common Weight Loss Myths Busted
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  Weight loss advice is so common (and contentious) now. There are competing opinions everywhere.   I say, forget about “who’s right” and let’s focus on “what’s right.” Because what gets results is what I’m focusing on in this post. I respect you too much to make empty promises and try to sell you on something that doesn’t work. There … Read More

Five Weight-Loss Friendly Snacks You Will Love
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  The words “weight-loss” and “snacks” often appear in the same sentence. But that might also bring thoughts of “tasteless,” “cardboard,” and “completely unsatisfying.”   Right?   Let me give you my best weight-loss friendly snacks that aren’t just nutritious but also delicious! What’s my criteria you ask? They have to be nutrient-dense whole foods where a little goes a … Read More

5 top foods to nourish your gut bacteria
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Our digestive systems are the unsung workaholics of our bodies, toiling around the clock to break down and absorb nutrients from the food and fluids we consume. Within this ongoing cycle, our large intestine – often referred to as our gut – is the office hero. Though perhaps we should say office heroes, because it is actually the populations of … Read More

What to eat this winter
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If the colder weather has you thinking non-stop about food, why not focus on the seasonal foods that are actually good for you, instead of reaching for unhealthy choices? Below, Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella talks about her tips and winter-food winners, explaining how they can help you through the colder months and how to get more of these ingredients … Read More

Breaking the worry cycle by being active
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When you’re in the depths of worry or anxiety, it can be hard to focus on anything but your racing thoughts. You can feel stuck inside your head, inside a situation that won’t let up … on a loop with no end in sight. So how do you break the cycle of worrying thoughts? With mindfulness and meditation? With stress-relieving … Read More

Recipe (food containing bromelain & papain): Tropical (digestive) smoothie
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Serves 1   1 cup pineapple, diced 1 cup papaya, diced 1 banana, chopped 1 cup coconut milk ice if desired   Put all ingredients (except ice) into the blender and blend. Add ice if desired.   Serve & enjoy!   Note: check your supermarket freezer for pineapple & papaya when they are not in season.  

All About Digestive Enzymes
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  Not everyone should be taking digestive enzyme supplements; and not all of them are created equal.   As a practitioner, I find that many people with digestive issues want to jump straight into using a supplement. And many times I would rather try other strategies first. Not to mention, that some supplements can be harmful if used inappropriately.   … Read More

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