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Saturday, February 25, 2017

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! Boost your mood, fight off harmful disease and live well!


Friday, December 9, 2016

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, listen to classical music, attend lecture, watch documentaries, read non fiction, learn about culture (most things in this world are not done how we might do them here in North America hmmm)...
-stimulate your brain

Social Wellness
-Think proper dinner with family, it doesn't have to be extended family, think walks with friends
-be close with other humans, which doesn't mean you need to head to the bar scene every weekend, but seek meaningful relationships with a few people around you

Environmental Wellness
-get in touch with your surroundings and accept them for what they are
-go outside, often
-don't always wear shoes
-run on the earth not always pavement etc.
-tune in to nature regularly 
-breathe fresh air

Occupational Wellness
-be engaged at work
-choose work that is the best fit for your personality & skill set
-stay positive & create personal goals

Emotional Wellness
-don't let others quick opinions & views shift you from where you stand, take care of you. People don't have to get you and you don't have to justify anything to those that don't understand
-define your own perspective
-set routine to be aware of your emotions and in turn manage those emotions
-live beyond your feelings
-there's nothing wrong with support




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 foods like pumpkin and blueberries can get rid of free radials that cause lung damage. 

There's also lots of research being done to link food allergies to asthma. The more overweight a person is as well, the higher the likelihood they will suffer from asthma. 

Listed below are some great supplements to look into if you're suffering from asthma and want to take your health into your own hands and not leave it up to big pharm to decide for you. 

Pycnogenol
N-Acetylcysteine (NAC)
Vitamin C (not just a chewable one when you remember either)
Magnesium
Choline
Vitamin E
Black Seed

Use natural laundry detergent, you'd be amazed at the chemicals found in everyday detergents and fabric sheets. (Babyganics or Seventh Generation offers some great ones). These chemicals can surprisingly be a trigger and irritate asthma. 

Recent studies also show links between gum disease and severe asthma, so keep up on your dental hygiene. 

Remember, if you're not going to be an advocate of your own health there isn't much you can complain about.  Stay  as healthy as possible! Enjoy life :) 




Monday, October 31, 2016

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 oil long associated with the Mediterranean diet is linked to greatly reducing a women's risk of developing breast cancer among aiding so many other things, including depression.

Honey is a miracle food. Just remember to buy unpasturized honey. It alleviates allergies, fights cancers with its flavonoids a type of antioxidant, reduces coughs, and among many other benefits also acts as an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It can be used internally and topically. 


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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 these articles for some enlightenment:

Why natural childbirth? Ultimately, women find the answer to that question themselves. What they need from us as childbirth educators is to know that nature's design works beautifully. Confident women who are supported and encouraged and who enjoy the freedom to tap into their own wisdom find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself prepares mother and baby perfectly in every way to continue on their journey together.
Some women choose to give birth naturally because they love the challenge. Others find great satisfaction in working hard and “getting the job done.” Many women are eager to avoid anything that might harm their babies or themselves. But the most compelling reason to choose natural childbirth is a universal one. Women know how to give birth without machines, epidurals, and fear. Why natural childbirth? The more important question might be “Why not?”

So ask yourself 'Why Not'!?!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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 Choice (maybe caesar doesn't count lol) 

Homemade Popsicles

Stovetop Popcorn (as in you made it on your stove or in a popper not a microwave)

Yogurt

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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!