The Miracle of Vitamin C Part I

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Vitamin C has long been known to be beneficial to our body.

Vitamin C is

  • A powerful antioxidant.
  • It prevents free-radical damage that contributes to aging and degenerative and age-related disease, including cancer and cardiovascular disorders.
  • Vitamin C keeps other antioxidants (such as Vitamin E and A) potent by preventing them from being oxidized.

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12 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays, Cold & Flu-Free

winter-scene-background-3-739931I know that many of us have a lot to be thankful for as we prepare to celebrate the holidays with our friends and family.

During this special time together, we want to reflect the best of our health and well-being.  We can do this by enhancing our immune system to make it very difficult for viruses and bacteria to stay in our bodies.

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3 Reasons Why I Eat A Whole-Foods, Plant-Based Diet

butterfly-108616_1280There are many reasons to move towards eating a Whole-Foods, Plant-Based Diet.  But before I share my main reasons, let me remind you what this diet is about.

What is a Whole-Foods, Plant-Based Diet (WFPB)?

A whole-food, plant-based diet is centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants.  This diet focuses on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs.  It also excludes highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, oil and trans fats.

I choose to exclude meat, dairy, eggs and refined foods from my diet.  I also choose to eat foods in their freshest state, preparing food from scratch and eating mostly raw foods.  I also include sprouts and fresh juices.  Another important thing for me is avoiding Genetically Modified Foods (GMO).Continue Reading

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Yesterday was a cold and gloomy day here and I really wanted something yummy and filling for my lunch.  I decided on something with broccoli.

Broccoli is a wonderful vegetable that has many benefits.  Here are a few  for you to know:

  1. Cancer Prevention– Broccoli contains  indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to stop the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, and also boosts liver function.  Other cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, brussel sprouts and cabbage contain indole-3-carbinol as well.
  2. Alkalizes your body- Broccoli, being a vegetable, works to keep your body alkaline.  This is great because diseases tend to avoid alkaline situations and go for acidic environments.
  3. Good for your bones- Broccoli is high in calcium and Vitamin C which are important for good bone health.
  4. Anti-inflammatory- Broccoli contains anti-inflammatory phyto nutrients.

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Glory Drops

When I was a teenager, I loved to bake muffins.  I even bought a book that was exclusively muffin recipes.  One of my favourite recipes was Morning Glory Muffins.

Today, I would like to share my raw vegan version of this muffin with you.  This is a tasty snack for any time and is easy to share with others.

Remember to use organic ingredients whenever possible.

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6 Ways to Outsmart Your Food Cravings

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What are Food Cravings?

I believe that most people in Western Society have regular food cravings.  Usually the cravings are for a sweet or salty and/or crunchy snack.   You know, when you are watching a good movie and you just want that bag of potato chips?  Or you had a big argument with your spouse or a friend and the only thing that will make you feel better are the cookies or the bowl of ice cream?  We have all been there.Continue Reading

My Raw Dilemma

vegetables-2I am very focused on my health and am quite strict with myself when it comes to food choices.

I want to eat as much raw foods as I possibly can because I know that fresh, raw vegetables and fruit are full of important enzymes, vitamins and minerals that improve my overall health.  I know that these fresh raw foods rejuvenate my cells and clean my bloodstream. This helps me to maintain my weight, gives me more energy and helps me to feel more alive.Continue Reading

Your Biggest Source of Stress May Not Be What You Think

IMG_0385AFor most people, stress is real in their lives.  People struggle with Physical stress, Emotional stress and more recently, Nutritional Stress.

What is Nutritional Stress?

Nutritional Stress is defined as stress in the body caused by eating foods with unhealthy properties.  It is caused by eating processed foods, eating too many sugary treats, eating refined foods, eating hydrogenated oils and more.

Our health is compromised by eating processed foods on a regular basis.  It is common these days for people to have many food sensitivities, as well as allergies. Studies have shown that there is a link between food sensitivies and allergies and the typical North American diet.  The food sensitivies and allergies can give way to ‘cravings’ and so the unhealthy foods are difficult to eliminate.Continue Reading

My Relationship with Candida

My relationship with Candida began in University, many years ago.  I felt tired all of the time, especially after eating.  I found myself craving breads, sweets and fruits and having very little self-control when I tried not to eat those foods.  Overall I felt foggy (I had difficulty concentrating), weak and sad; almost depressed.  I decided that I needed to do something about it.

I had the good fortune that my parents had been to see a medical doctor who was open to healing through diet and other natural means and so they suggested that I see him.

Upon meeting him, he was very frank with me.  He told me that from my symptoms and from a few other things that were visible to him (white spots on my fingernails, fungus on my toenails), that I had an overproduction of Candida.  I had never heard of this before.Continue Reading

Replenishing Your Gut Flora

gut healthAWhat are gut flora?

Gut flora are microorganisms that live in the digestive tracts of animals.  In the case of humans, we have about 100 trillion microorganisms in our intestines.  Wow.  I can hardly even imagine how many that really is.  Can you?

Why are gut flora important?

The gut flora in humans are there to help with the following important functions;

  • to regulate our bowel movements
  • to regulate our metabolism
  • to protect us from infection
  • to support the immune system
  • to help keep our hormones balanced
  • to make B Vitamins and Vitamin K
  • to break down carbohydrates to give us energy and nutrients
  • to protect us from inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel syndrome, type I diabetes and depression (who knew?!)

There are more functions that gut flora are involved in but this gives you an idea as to how important the flora are to our bodies.Continue Reading