I Cant Get Enough Of Whole Foods’ Garlicky Kale

On a recent trip to Miami South Beach, I stayed at the Mondrian, which is conveniently located near a Whole Foods. It became my stomping ground for quick healthy meals for a few days. I am always impressed by the salad and hot bar at a Whole Foods when I’m in the States. It is way better than what I have seen in Canada!...more

The Healthy Trinity for a Better Smoothie

I have to admit I am not a big fan of replacing meals with smoothies, but I love them for snacks. I just don’t get that much enjoyment out of drinking a meal, plus I feel really lightheaded a few hours later.Smoothies as a snack work well for me, especially at 4pm in the afternoon when I am starting to get hungry, and dinner is still some ways away. For me, filling up on some extra greens, fibre and protein helps me eat less at dinner, which is a good thing, especially when I eat late....more

My Spring Detox and Beauty Redux

I do a cleanse every year in the Spring to herald in a new season of eating lighter. But, this is not the only reason I do this. The Environmental Defence suggests we are exposed to over 80,000 chemicals in industry and consumer products, household cleaners, furniture and cosmetics. Yet, only a small percentage of these toxins have actually been tested for safety. Yikes!...more

One Dressing – Endless Salad Possibilities

I love salads because of the countless combinations you can use to create a new and unique meal. I play around with lettuces, from arugula, to romaine to even spinach! The rest is really up to your imagination and preferences.This is one of my more substantial salads for lunch consisting of shredded romaine, cabbages, carrots and garbanzo beans. I buy my romaine in bulk from Costco, and take a head or two of lettuce at a time, shred it up and keep it in the fridge. This way, I can build a salad easily when its time to eat....more

GF Comfort Food

I can’t begin to describe how many levels of amazingness this dish is on. It simply tastes incredible, and it doesn’t surprise me that almost every culture has a version of rice and eggs, or eggs as an accoutrement to a main meal....more

Polar Vortex Warming Soup

I don’t have to be a master of the obvious here and advise you that it is cold outside! I think this has been one of the worst Canadian winters that I can ever remember. Soup is my go to comfort food in the winter, and this year has been no exception. I also enjoy soup in the spring and summer, when I get bored and tired of salads. I never get bored of soup however, and try to load it up with as many veggies as I can!...more

Our Daily Bread, Gluten-Free of Course!

Bread is one of the world’s oldest food staples. I don’t know of one culture that does not seem to have a version worth drooling over. The varieties of what you can produce with just flour and water are endless, from the French baguette to the Indian nan. Giving up bread was the hardest thing I had to do when I learnt about my sensitivity to wheat, yeast and sugar. Being form a Portuguese background, bread was certainly a daily staple, and hard to break up with....more

Alkaline Diet Key to Weight Loss and Health

Adding alkaline foods to your diet will boost not only nutrition, but help create optimal balanced health. Why? Because as North Americans, we are exposed to too much processed and refined foods which are actually acidic. The ideal pH level is between 7.35 – 7.45. You can buy pH testing strips at the health food store to check your pH levels first thing in the morning.Anything below 7 is acidic, but you need to be careful about reaching high alkaline levels above 7.45. Either way, being too low or too high can indicate health issues....more
Great advice. People are always surprising that lemons are alkalising...more

Resolutions Schmesolutions!

The University of Scranton released a study indicating that losing weight is the #1 New Year’s resolution for 2014. However, the same study reveals that only 8% achieve their resolutions. I asked Chérie Lynn Jackson, CCH, CCT, RM, and Consulting Hypnotist (www.cherielynnjackson.blogspot.com), for some insight as to why that is, and here is what she had to say:...more