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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Tasty Eastern Dippers

We had guests for dinner on Saturday and I wanted to try something different for an appetizer but not too different.  I tend to try out recipes, that I have not made before, at a dinner party.  Do you do that too?  It must be a faux pas but I figure this way you are under a little pressure to do it right and usually it works out quite well.

I was thinking along the lines of a falafel but I wanted to keep it raw.  Our guests are not raw foodies or even vegans but they do enjoy plant-based foods and I knew that they would be open to something new.

I do not like raw chickpeas, so I thought that I would use soaked sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.  These are super easy on the digestion.  I basically took a general falafel recipe and switched it up a little.  This is something that you could bring to an upcoming cocktail party.

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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

A Day of Gratitude

In Canada, we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day this coming Monday.  It is a time to give thanks for a good harvest and perhaps celebrate other good things that have happened this year.

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Previously I regarded this day as a day to get together with family and enjoy a nice meal.  Nothing more really.

Since my accident last year, I now take the idea of being thankful a bit more seriously.  I actually have a Gratitude Journal that has regular entries.  Writing down things that I am grateful for has been good therapy for me.  I had a few months there were I was quite confused as to my purpose on this planet and what was really the point of being here?Continue Reading