The Global Stress Summit & What I’ve Learned

I’ve been tuning into the Global Stress Summit this week where each day several experts speak on the subject of stress.

I have my go-to resources for how I personally cope with stress (yoga, meditation, immersing myself in nature, a relaxing bath with epsom salts & essential oils) and feel like I have a relatively decent understanding of the importance of managing stress and what can happen when you lose your center for too long, but I’m always interested in the chance to add to that knowledge, since it’s such a major part of disease, and an unavoidable part of our reality. Not everyone experiences stress the same, but everyone does feel the pressure that comes from not having enough time, energy or resources to get everything done.

Here are some gems I’ve picked up so far, happy to share with you for your own experimenting:Continue reading

Carrot & Walnut Dip

As you may already know, most conventional dips and spreads out on the market are packed with things like GMO canola oil, sodium, sugar and preservatives.

With the long weekend upon us and the inevitable appetizers that will cross the table, I wanted to share this carrot & walnut pate recipe I discovered in Ann Boroch’s The Candida Cure Cookbook to compliment your crackers or veggies. The walnut content will also help you maintain sanity during your family gatherings with its high vitamin E, omega 3, vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content 😉

The more whole foods you can get onto your family’s table, the less you’ll be eating packaged options that (let’s be honest) aren’t doing you any favors.Continue reading

11 Reasons to Hire a Holistic Nutritionist

Nutrition advice is everywhere: talk shows, newspaper headlines, news feeds, personal trainers, friends, and even family members. But how do you know what advice and information is accurate? It can be pretty confusing as what seemed healthy one week may be considered unhealthy the next. This is one of the many reasons you should hire a nutritionist – to help you sort out the fact from the fiction.

Nutrition and lifestyle changes have an incredible impact on your overall well being when you make small modifications over time (not all at once). I’ve seen people heal their digestive problems, overcome emotional eating, and no longer need medication for heartburn, anxiety or depression. I’ve seen people become energized and vibrant simply by making small and steady changes to their diet and lifestyle.Continue reading

The importance of SLEEP

Sleep is just as crucial for optimal health as nutrition and exercise. There are so many important processes going on while you’re sleeping. The way you feel while you’re awake depends in part on what happens while you’re sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health.

Ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.Continue reading

The Many Benefits of Exercise

Growing up I always saw the benefits of exercise in a superficial way; to lose weight and to be fit. To me, fit meant not flabby, and that was about the extent of my education around it. So basically exercise if you want to improve your appearance, which was never a huge motivator for me (those of you who know me know I don’t know the first thing about make up.. and that my sense of style can be questionable).

Into my 20’s I had developed a slightly wider understanding that it also kept your lungs and heart healthy. Well that sounded more important. But what else? Turns out, there’s a lot more benefits involved with exercise. Like, a lot more.Continue reading

Staying Healthy on the Road

So I’m going on a road trip this weekend to Montreal with a couple girl friends. I haven’t perused Montreal nearly as much as I’d like so I’m pretty excited.

I’m also thinking that I need to plan well so my health regimen doesn’t get too far off track. I’ve been pretty consistent lately making sure I have green juice every day, not eating after 8 pm (at least 2 hours before bed), avoiding processed and refined foods (white flour, sugar, packaged foods), and eating mindfully (rather than on the go, while working or in front of the tele).
When traveling, trying new foods, and exploring new places, it’s completely natural to treat yourself to a little more than you normally would (and you should!).I definitely want to enjoy myself and have a good time.Continue reading

Soft & Delicious “Juice Pulp” Brownies

Something really wonderful happened in my kitchen today. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently bought a juicer. I’ve been trying to make one juice per day, as it gives my digestive system a break, and provides me with so many nutrients from veggies I realistically would not eat on a daily basis. But what about all the pulp?Continue reading

Artichoke, Leek & Black Olive Baked Frittata

I got this frittata recipe from Julie Daniluk and love it. It’s not my typical go-to ingredients or seasonings so it’s a great way to add diversity to my menu. It’s also the first time I made a frittata 🙂 Loaded with nutrient-dense ingredients, this frittata makes for a well-rounded meal for breakfast, lunch, or supper.

Leeks contain the stress-reducing bioflavonoid quercetin, olives contain healthy fats and antioxidants, while oregano is a potent antimicrobial and the artichokes help to gently sustain liver function.Continue reading

gut brain mind body

How our brain can influence our gut health

Inside our digestive tract lies the enteric nervous system, a complex web of neurons that links the gut to the spinal cord and brain.

Nicknamed the ‘gut-brain axis’, this connection often guides the instincts we experience deep within the belly. It also means that what’s going on in our stomachs can impact our brain function, and our thoughts, feelings and emotions can influence our digestion (including the amount of bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation we experience).Continue reading