I still find myself constantly amazed when I see such clear examples of how powerful food can be on our state of being. I recently watched an accidental experiment with my cat proving such a point. I had been giving my cat, Gracie, some leftover turkey from the holidays in exchange for the wet food I give her in the morning. It wasn’t until I switched back to the canned meat and gravy food (the highest quality that money can buy of course) that I noticed how her energy levels plummeted and she was doing nothing but sleeping all day. Now she is an older cat, mind you, and does spend much of her day sleeping, but I actually thought she was sick because that was literally all she was doing. I found myself wondering if it was the canned food.
I’d like to take a brief moment to highlight a very special nutrient, vitamin C.
I’m sure you have all heard of it, but how much do you really know about this popular supplement? You probably know that it stimulates the immune system to help prevent and fight infections and diseases, and that you can find it in citrus fruit.
But did you also know that it can help fight stress, boost metabolism and fight fatigue? Or that vitamin C can reduce allergic reactions by decreasing histamine? Did you know that it can speed up wound healing? Reduce inflammation? Help you absorb iron? Improve the utilization of blood sugar and help prevent
Taking nutrition advice over the holidays doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice joy and happiness by missing out on all the sweets, treats and good eats. Sometimes all it means knowing some the tricks of the trade to having your shortbread and eating it too!
Here are a few secrets that will help you get through the mounds of sugar and mulled wine this season without coming out sick, hung-over, wearing elastic waistband pants or throwing yourself into a guilty depression post New Years!
Holiday Tip #1. Strive for Balance
For every hour of dinner or cocktail partying, make sure to balance the scale at home with an hour of healthy eating, lots of deep breathing and some exercise. Drink some hot water with lemon every morning; eat a fibrous breakfast of steel cut oats with raw nuts and seeds; and take time every day to get some stress free exercising (this does not include dodging through crowds at shopping malls)-even if it’s just a walk through the freshly fallen snow at night.
Holiday Tip #2. Hangover Cure
2 interesting articles on FDA’s new limits on antibiotics in livestock and Canada wanting to follow suit:
There are three things I like most about my job as a nutritionist:
- To help guide people toward making changes in their diet and lifestyle that have a huge impact on their health
- To educate people on how their body works and the power food can have on it
- To BUST current health myths that misguide people into making wrong food choices
One of the largest health myths out there to date involves the low fat and low cholesterol propaganda that has been fed to us since the late 50’s and is finally beginning to come to an end.
Case in point: Superfood Egg
After decades of being demonized as a high cholesterol and high fat food wrongly believed to cause coronary heart disease, this SUPERFOOD deserves the truth to be told! Eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet!
It’s officially the first day of summer and Ontario growing season is in full swing! If you haven’t already, make sure to check out your local farmers markets for the freshest, healthiest, most local and most sustainable food around.
Here is a list of the bounty Ontario farms have to offer us every month this summer:
June: Cherries, rhubarb, strawberries, apples (stored)
July: Apricots, blueberries, cherries, red and black currants, figs, gooseberries, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon
August: Apples, apricots, blueberries, red and black currants, figs, gooseberries, blue grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries, watermelon
The final days of October are here, and along with it, one of my favourite holidays Halloween! I admit it is quite paradoxical for a nutritionist’s favourite holiday to be one where children run the streets filling garbage bags full of processed, artificial flavoured and sugar laden candy; and where the home/apartment dwellers eat half the box of trans-fatty chips before they get a chance to hand it out-but it’s true! Not for those reasons, but I do love carving pumpkins, making pumpkin pie and dressing up as someone or something else for the day. There is also a great sense of community in the air as all the parents fill the dark night with their adorably costumed children, meeting their neighbours-often for the first time, and exchanging mini gifts (however unwholesome). I think we can all admit that the candy consumption
Save those pumpkin seeds everyone! Those little green seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition, hiding right there in your pile of pumpkin guts next to your carved pumpkin! Pumpkin seeds are a great source of essential fatty acids that can help with inflammation, heart health and hormone production. They contain more iron than liver by weight, and are a popular treatment for prostate problems, parasites, and even hair loss!
The Twelve Most Contaminated Non-organic Fruits and Vegetables
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently conducted a Meta-analysis (research analysis of numerous research studies) of 87,000 studies occurring between 2000-2007 by the U.S Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration on pesticide contamination of the 47 most commonly eaten foods.
They ranked these foods from the highest level of pesticide contamination to the lowest level of pesticide contamination. They also determined that a person can reduce their pesticide consumption by 80% if they avoid their consumption of the twelve most contaminated fruits and vegetables. This means that instead of consuming up to 10 pesticides a day by eating these foods, you could reduce your consumption to only 2 pesticides a day by eating the Clean 15 Foods.
This month I have featured one of the best nutrition cookbooks there is and possibly ever will be (dare I say), “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon. Sally Fallon works with the Weston Price Association, an association that educates people on the health benefits of traditional diets and challenges politically correct nutrition so commonly seen in recent past and today. This is no trendy cookbook. Mrs. Fallon