The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners
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  You probably know the negative health effects of eating too much sugar, especially “added sugars” like in soft drink, confectionery, baked goods, and many commercially-available cereals, just to name a few.  Added sugar is hiding just about everywhere in the supermarket.   Yes, ingesting refined sugar spikes your blood sugar and insulin, and increases your risk for a whole … Read More

Recipe (Myth-free salad, filling and nutritious): Kale Cucumber Salad
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  Serves 2   Salad 4 cups kale, divided 1 cup cooked beans of your choice (white beans, chickpeas, etc.) 1 cup cooked quinoa, divided 1 cucumber, sliced and divided Cucumber Dill Dressing ½ cup tahini ½ lemon, juiced 2 tbsp dill ½ cup cucumber, chopped 1 green onion, chopped ½ tsp maple syrup 2 dashes salt 2 dashes black … 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

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

The Optimal Foods to Eat For Breakfast When You’re in Menopause
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During menopause women tend to gain weight.  While this isn’t great it’s pretty common and there are many reasons why. Two reasons why women gain weight during menopause…   Reason #1 Reduced muscle mass.  Muscle mass uses energy (burns calories) so when we have less of it the body burns less energy overall, leading to weight gain.  Unfortunately, this weight … Read More

Foods to Reduce Night Time Hot Flashes
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  Do you get hot flashes? Are they mostly at night? Do they set the bed on fire (but not in that way)? Let’s get you some solutions!   Before we do that, just some quick info on why hot flashes occur so we can try to effect the root cause of these hormonal symptoms.   What causes hot flashes? … Read More

Recipe (Vitamin D, Magnesium & Omega-3s): Salmon Quinoa Buddha Bowl
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Serves 2   4 cups baby spinach 1 cup quinoa (cooked) 1 can salmon 2 tablespoons sesame seeds ½ red onion (diced) (optional) 2 tablespoons sesame oil 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 tablespoon lemon juice dash salt and pepper   Split spinach, quinoa, salmon, sesame seeds, and onion (if using) between two bowls.   Mix sesame oil, rice vinegar, and … Read More

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