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Does Food Affect Our Mood?

Darn right it does! All those nutrients in healthy food have a huge impact on your brain function and therefore your mood. Think as your body as one big machine, if all the parts are working properly by obtaining the right fuel, all systems should be good to go! 
95% of serotonin is created in our gut and so is GABA. The bacteria in our gut is called our microbiome, a diverse ecosystem, and it makes up approximately 1 kg of weight in the average adult. This bacteria protects our intestinal lining, aids in digestion and the absorption of the nutrients found in what we eat, and even aids the manufacturing of neurotransmitters creating a link between our gut and our brain. 
When we eat nutrient rich whole foods we are enabling our bodies to function as they were designed.  Probiotics, prebiotics and fermented foods all aid our gut bacteria. Fibre rich foods help the bacteria in our colon. 
So bring on the whole foods (foods that have not been altered) and create a great ecosytem within you!…
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A Holistic Approach to Wellness

Our health is so very important. When our bodies are working as they should, health=HEAL, when our amazing bodies can actually heal themselves from the inside. Nurture yourself :)
Here's just a reminder of what to be conscious of when it comes to our personal health.  Amy Green from the University of Calgary gave us some food for thought. Here's a brief synopsis:

Physical Wellness -sweat out toxins, exercise, sauna -eat foods that enable our bodies to be HEALthy -know your bodies sensitivities to food 
Spiritual Wellness -often people find this through religious means, we recommend skipping the 'religion' and having a close and intimate relationship with God directly -regular meditation, think even just 5 minutes a day -know how to forgive, and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. Be compassionate
Intellectual Wellness -take part in creative processes -engage in life long learning, this can be different for everyone. Interact constantly with people smarter than yourself, visit galleries and museums,…

Natural Remedies to Aid in Asthma Relief

I had severe asthma as a child, but my parents were very anti 'steroid filled puffers' and thank goodness. Of course had them when I needed them but they were smart to look hard at alternatives and quickly. 

As a baby I had severe asthma attacks, by the time I was 12, I did not need another puffer again. I truly believe with faith, and a proper health plan, you can manage your own asthma. In worst case scenarios puffers are a good emergency go to, but should not be an everyday norm. 

I found a great deal of relief breathing in menthol found in real essential oils including eucalyptus, not synthetic scents. A turning point came for me when I started seeing a reflexologist and my parents continued the recommended therapies at home including massaging the proper pressure points in my feet. 

Often just changing your diet can alleviate severe asthma symptoms. Many foods contain anti inflammatory properties including raw fruits and veg, and wild salmon (not farmed). 

Antioxidant rich fo…

Nutrition Should Not Be A Trend

Forget diets, just eat real whole foods and you wont even have to count calories or boycott certain foods. For example, portion controlled diets are just setting yourself up for failure, you need to eat when you're hungry, just fill yourself up with goodness! Gluten free is just a fad, it's not the gluten, it's the way our wheat is processed so avoid all GMO foods and I bet you'll have no gluten intolerance. Remember that sugar is added to processed foods too, so try and just buy raw natural ingredients to make your meals with, not prepackaged things in boxes, and especially avoid, sugar free (filled with worse chemical sweaters than just sugar in it's raw form) and fat free, many foods need the good fats i.e yogurt.
These few things have been working wonders for our bodies through all the fads!
Spicy foods, well the capsaicin that comes from the peppers, can stimulate stomach nerves letting us know when we're truly full. Think chili and cayenne peppers. 
Olive oi…

Be Bold, Be Confident!

Women everywhere, let's be bold, be confident and get in tune with our incredible bodies that have been naturally designed for child birth and nourishment, bypassing all sorts of common problems like regular ear infections to allergies to so much more! Since when has it become socially acceptable to over medicate ourselves as women to give birth with less pain? Have we not stopped to think what this pain does for us and how beneficial it is for both mom and baby and the bond it naturally creates? What do we think women did before our time? Why do we neglect our own confidence and bodies and selfishly wimp out of what we are quite capable of achieving? This is not to condemn anyone but we do need to be well aware of our choices, and make informed choices especially when choosing for a baby that can't advocate for their own well being. Everything is connected so why create problems when they don't need to be created, if all is well then stick to natural! Take a look at thes…

Healthy YUMMY Snacks

Apples & Cheese (try old cheddar!)
Cheese (remember we're talking REAL cheese, NEVER processed wanna be cheese slices) & Wholesome Crackers or better yet Wholegrain Pita (these are tricky to find, avoid enriched wheat flours and preservatives or anything artificial)
Leftover Homemade Pizza with Wholewheat Crust & Veggies
Pita & Salsa or Guacamole 
Bruschetta
Fruit(think fruit salad, slices, whole)
Veggies(raw or steamed, with olive oil & lemon juice or garlic & maybe dip like hummus or tazaki)
Wholegrain Toast with Natural Peanut Butter (not the sugar laden stuff Kraft likes us to think is Peanut Butter) Toast With Cheese, Toast with Spinich & Feta
Celery with Cream Cheese (organic if possible)
Fresh Coconut Chunks
Applesauce with Cinnamon & Maple Syrup
A bowl of Cream of Wheat or Red River or Oatmeal with Maple Syrup
Hard Boiled Eggs on Toast, Just Eggs n Toast
Cottage Cheese
Make a Smoothie
Chickpeas with Lemon & Garlic
Cucumber Salad or A Salad of Your Choic…

As We Welcome Summer!

Summer is officially just around the corner. Our Bug Spray Orders are in Full Force, get yours today!
Sometimes it seems too hot to be in the kitchen too long preparing well rounded options for the family, so try one of these less time consuming, minimal cooking required options instead!
Veggie Sandwiches on Wholegrain Bread with Real Cheese & Salad
Bean & Hummus Wraps
Potato & Egg Salad
Cold Pasta Salad Loaded with Veg
Cheese Tofu Dogs n Veggie or Bean Burgers on the BBQ
Oh and don't forget Homemade Juice Popsicle's for Dessert! mmm

Happy & Healthy Eating Friends!