I was surprised and honoured to be nominated to tell my story to the Barrie Chamber of Commerce.
In this short video I share:
- how I got started in naturopathic medicine
- how I grew my team
- my biggest challenge and how I use it in my practice now
I found this easy and very quick pasta sauce that you can make in 5 minutes. It’s dairy and gluten-free so it’s great for the Elimination Diet. My whole family loves it! Here is a picture of last night’s dinner.
1 c. coconut milk [the canned kind]
1/2 c. nutritional yeast
1 medium clove of garlic
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
Mince the garlic and add all of the ingredients to a blender. Blend until the consistency is smooth and creamy – you know, like alfredo sauce. Pour it over any pasta you’d like and warm quickly with the rest of your hot pasta and other toppings.
This week, I added broccoli to my boiling pasta and cooked diced chicken at the very end. My pasta choice is a rice and quinoa pasta I found at Costco. I suppose the whole meal isn’t vegan but the sauce is so enjoy!
The link to the original source is here at The Fitchen.com
Many people decide to do a detox during the spring months but focusing on what’s going in your body is just as important as what’s going out of your body.
During a spring detox, you will most likely be looking at foods or herbs to help you with your detox. What about the other things that you intake? How about the air you breathe, the liquid you drink, and what you put on your skin?
Everything that comes into our body we must use or shuttle back out. During a detox (and really all the time) it’s another great opportunity to lessen your exposure to toxic chemicals and freshen your air naturally. We are exposed to many chemicals in our regular environment. Try starting at home by eliminating artificial air fresheners and chemical based cleaners. Try essential oils, home cooking, or good old baking soda to help freshen your air. There are also a multitude of green home cleaning suggestions and recipes you can find online.
More research is being conducted that shows us the connection between air pollution and conditions such as asthma, allergies, and even autism. Invest in a high quality air purifier for your home like Blue Air or IQ Air.
During a detox you should still to liquids such as:
We know that too much pop and sugary drinks are not very nutritious or good for our health. Give your body a break from the junk and drink clean, pure liquids your body knows how to deal with.
The quality of your water is important too. There are different opinions on which type of water is best.
|City Water||Thoroughly tested and treated however contains things like bromine and chlorine which can cause some issues for some sensitive people. Buy a chlorine shower filter for your shower head.|
|Reverse Osmosis||Nothing is left in the water. Very pure, clean tasting. However, some believe the water is “dead” as nothing is left in it.|
|Bottled water – 500ml etc||Quality of water is questionable as they don’t have as strict standards. Plastic leaching into the water is a toxin for your body – drink water in glass, ceramic or stainless steel.|
|Alkaline water||All toxins have been removed and then it is remineralized for your benefit. Some suggest starting slowly to incorporate this into your diet.|
During your detox I would recommend you stick to reverse osmosis water or alkaline water. See your local water suppliers like Aquamart.
Eat real food – this is a great mantra for your spring detox. Eat things that have one ingredient in the label. For example: carrots, quinoa, chicken. Avoid things in a box or can or prepared with preservatives or other chemicals. You can season your own food and start from scratch.
Should I go organic?
Every year the Environmental Working Group analyzes the fruits and vegetables available in the grocery store. They rank them from the most contaminated with pesticides to the least contaminated. Here are the top 12 aka “The Dirty Dozen of 2014.”
Your skin absorbs the things you put on it. For a true detox, try to limit the products you use on a daily basis. Look at your moisturizers, makeup, shaving cream etc. Women put a multitude of products on our skin, hair, face and nails every day. Take an inventory of the number of products you use and you might be surprised the actual number and the ingredient lists on those containers.
For your detox try to limit what you normally use. Try coconut oil in your hair as a smooth finisher after blow-drying. How about olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil on your skin? If you can eat it, you can also put it on your skin. My personal favourite moisturizer is by Kiss My Face, which you can find at the health food store or in the health food section at big grocery stores.
So, when does your detox start?
Watch for more great tips here on our blog!
We are exposed to so many chemicals in our modern society so the small things you can do to reduce your exposure will go a long way to keeping you and your family as healthy as possible. Here’s a little list of things you can slowly do or change at home for a healthier environment.
|Do This||Not That|
|Wear slippers or have indoor shoes||Avoid wearing your shoes indoors – they pick up lots of chemicals, pesticides, and germs from outside|
|Air your dry-leaning out in your garage or car trunk for a week||Don’t bring your dry-cleaning into the house right away|
|Use essential oils, soy or beeswax candles, use baking soda to deodorize||Avoid using air fresheners or most commercial scented candles|
|Use plain soap and water for cleaning when possible, use watered-down vinegar instead of anti-microbial products||Avoid scented cleaning supplies and laundry detergent|
|Use zero- or low-VOC paints||Avoid paint that isn’t labeled zero- or low-VOC|
|Heat food on the stove in a stainless steel or glass pot or cast-iron pan||Avoid Teflon-coated pans or re-heating food in plastic in the microwave|
When people talk about the aphrodisiac foods, they talk about chocolate and oysters as the two biggest foods to get us in the mood. This may be the case, but you might want your man to avoid oysters and get him going in other ways.
Oysters are one of the foods that accumulates cadmium a toxic heavy metal, which is associated with increased immobile sperm. A study was published in the journal of Environmental Health in January 2011. They found that the presence of lead and cadmium in the reproductive tract of men was associated with increased percentage of immotile sperms. So, there was a correlation between high levels of heavy metals and men’s little swimmers that stopped swimming.
According to the World Health Organization, human exposure to cadmium occurs mainly from consuming contaminated foods, active and passive inhalation of tobacco smoke and inhalation by workers in the metal industry; mining, smelting, refining and fossil fuel combustion.
How can your man reduce his exposure to cadmium?
Steve has been off on paternity leave since June taking care of our little Jillian but he’s heading back to work this week. This is going to make my life a little more chaotic especially for mornings. I needed a quick breakfast to eat because I won’t have him with me helping to get myself and her out the door on time.
I found this recipe in Elana’s Pantry and made it last night. The house smelled amazing as it was baking! It tastes like a nutty cake with apricot flavour. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly and delicious. This morning I had a pie-slice of it with half a banana and felt full until lunch.