Category Archives: Wellness

First Things First

People always ask me, “what’s the one thing I can do to get better?” I have several responses that I give depending on the person and my first impression of them. All of these are done daily. Indefinitely. Or until it becomes your normal and you add new things in. Do one, some or all.

  1. No White sugar.
  2. Exercise yourself.
  3. Drink way more water.
  4. Go to the bathroom. Move the bowels.
  5. Sleep.
  6. Other. Whatever makes you happy.

 

Top 10 Reasons To Not Eat Dairy & Some Interesting Facts

1).  It is the #1 food allergen.  This is agreed upon by Medical doctors, Naturopaths and Nutritionists.  It contains more than 25 different allergen causing proteins.

2).  Lactase, the enzyme needed to break down milk sugar stops being manufactured in the body between childhood and adolescence.  Over 70% of the world, yes the world is Lactase deficient.  This should indicate that adults should not consume dairy.

3).  Gas, bloating, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bedwetting, snoring, teeth grinding = Lactose intolerance/dairy allergy.

*Interesting fact: The nutrients in a food cannot be absorbed if the food cannot be properly digested.  Therefore, you will absorb very little if any Calcium from Milk products.  Lactose intolerance can actually cause calcium and other mineral deficiencies.  

4).  If you are consuming dairy because you believe you are getting calcium from it, think again.  The pasteurization of milk causes it to lose 50% of its available calcium.  And if you are into drinking low fat or skim you will not be getting any calcium as the fat is what allows the calcium to be absorbed.  This complete lack of absorption is even more true for cheese.

*Interesting fact:  The countries that consume the highest amounts of Dairy also have the most cases of Osteoporosis. 

5).  Highly Acidic = Disease can only happen in an Acidic body.

6).  Inflammatory = Root of most if not all disease.

7).  Unless it is from pasture raised/organic cows who have not been pumped full of hormones and antibiotics it is absolutely pointless to consume.

*Greens, grains, nuts & seeds contain more calcium than dairy.

8).  If you are constantly consuming a food that you are allergic to, it increases your toxic load.  This will result in a weakened immune system, faulty digestion (leaky guy, low stomach acid, taxed pancreas and liver) which will then lead to Candida, asthma, allergies, skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea.

9).  If it is a colour other than cream or white it most likely has had food colour added to it.  Unless you are getting “june butter” which is from cows who have eaten the first grass of the season and so it contains higher beta carotenes, omega 3 and more vitamins/minerals in general. If it is the orange colour it probably has Yellow #5 in it.  This food colouring is directly linked to asthma, hyperactivity, and attention disorders.

*Interesting fact: Organic butter is typically not an issue due to its high fat content.  Should still be consumed in moderation and watch for hidden ingredients.  

10).  It is a fat and will be stored as fat. Which is fine if your body composition is below 10% for a male and below 20% for a female.

*Interesting fact: Butter and coconut oil are rarely if ever stored as fat.  They are almost always used for energy production. 

Strawberries!

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Easily one of the most popular and most fragrant berries not to mention one of the tastiest!  These versatile berries are perfect to snack on, in smoothies, as jams and spreads, thrown in salads, on yogurt, in cereal or as a simple desert. 

Strawberries are a superfood, full of vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes & minerals. They are excellent for the Immune & Respiratory Systems, Skin,  are Anti-Inflammatory & protect the brain from oxidative damage.  Their little seeds even contain small amounts of Essential Fatty Acids! 

Strawberries contain a surprising amount of Vitamin C, some A and Vitamin K, a vitamin necessary for proper blood clotting and Vitamin D  & calcium absorption.  

Their bright colour lends itself to a flavonoid called Anthocyanins. Flavonoids are great for dealing with inflammatory issues inside and on the body. Issues like; asthma, allergies, acne & arthritis and also protect the body from free radical damage. 

Another great thing about Strawberries is that they are grown in Canada! You can buy them from local farmers and even pick your own.  Make sure they are organic, Non GMO & rinse them well.  Strawberries unfortunately do not last long, only a few days once picked so use them fresh or freeze them for later use. 

Walnuts

imagesWhat is it with me and Walnuts lately?  I can’t seem to get enough of them.  I even caught myself dipping them in almond, hazelnut butter, which turned out to be a pretty good combination.

Walnuts just happen to be full of EFA’s (essential fatty acids, essential because our bodies cannot make them, we have to get them from the food we eat).  Walnut’s also  contain more Omega 3 than any other nut!  EFA’s are extremely important for many systems, functions and organs in the body, your brain being one of them.  Coincidentally walnuts look very similar to your brain, they even come protected in a hard shell.

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They are a Tree Nut and the edible part is actually the fruit.

Walnuts are one of those foods that offer substantially more than what their appearance  suggests.  100g Walnuts = 15.2 g protein. 13.7 carbohydrates. 65.2 g fat. 6.7 g fibre.  Along with an assortment of vitamins and minerals.

The Black Walnut, of North American origin, is know quite well for its antiparasitic qualities.

What I find even more interesting is it’s use in the Bach Flower Remedies.  It is really fascinating how certain influences can affect even your food choices.  Your body & mind definitely communicate on an intimate level.  This is something to be aware of on a regular basis.

Make sure to get Organic & as Fresh as possible.