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

Tips to Improve Your Digestion

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Do you have great digestion?

If you do then presumably, nothing bothers your stomach (no bloating, no gas), you are not sensitive to foods, you have 2 or 3 bowel movements in a day without straining, your hair  is shiny, your skin is clear, your nails are strong, your energy is amazing and you are coasting along pretty happy.  That would be nice, wouldn’t it?

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Fabulous Benefits of Flax

Linum, Leingewächs, LeinsamenFlax is a plant native to the Mediterranean that has been used as a food item for over 5,000 years.

Flax was brought to North America with the early colonists and was first planted in the United States.  In the 17th century, it was planted in Canada, which is currently the major producer of flax seeds.

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Flax seeds are shaped like sesame seeds but are a bit bigger.  The colours available are usually a dark brown but can also be this light amber colour that you see in the photo above.  The flavour of flax seeds is warm and earthy, with a nutty edge.  To make sure that you are able to get all of the benefits of the flax seed, eat it ground rather than whole.Continue Reading

Quick & Tasty Summer Salad Recipe

IMG_0377AFor me, summer means an abundance of fresh cucumber and tomatoes right out of the garden.  Sometimes it is hard to stop myself from eating them before I have a chance to prepare a tasty salad.  This salad is easy to double or even triple, especially when the produce keeps coming.  Enjoy!

Remember to choose organic whenever possible.

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Love Your Body. Drink Green Juice.

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Today, I am going to inspire you to drink green juice.

Let me remind you why you want to drink fresh juice in the first place.

  • Supercharge your metabolism
  • Fight disease
  • Improve digestion
  • Alkalize the body
  • Boost your energy
  • Lose weight naturally
  • Improve your mind and body

Drinking juices made from green vegetables and herbs increases these benefits significantly. Greens are packed with chlorophyll.  Chlorophyll has many extra benefits to the above, including the following…Continue Reading

The Benefits of Carrot Juice

I love juicing all kinds of vegetables, especially greens.  I know that some people struggle with the strong taste of juiced greens, especially if they are new to juicing or new to eating more raw vegetables.  Carrot juice, combined with green juice, makes for a very palatable drink, even for ‘beginners’ and for children.

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There is some controversy regarding carrot juice and the fact that is has a high sugar content.  Yes, carrot juice is sweet, but in fact, it is a very good blood sugar regulator due to its carotenoid content.

Carrot  juice has many benefits, that once you know about them, you will want to include it in your juice regime, regularly.

  • Excellent source of vitamins– Vitamin A, C, D, E, K, B1, B6
  • Rich with minerals– Biotin, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and trace minerals
  • Contains Carotene – well-known, powerful antioxidant
  • Tops are nutritious– rich with potassium and protein
  • Contains phyto-nutrients -help heal various diseases
  • Very cleansing – gets rid of mucus, reduces inflammation and also detoxes the liver

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Creamy Carrot Soup

This is a lovely soup to serve on a warm summer day.  It is hearty, yet refreshing.  This recipe makes a lot but it is quite easy to cut the recipe in half if you don’t want as much.  On a cooler day, you could gently warm it in your dehydrator or on the stove top.  Don’t allow the soup to boil so that you preserve all of the wonderful enzymes.

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Carrot juice is full of carotenes, which is an anti-oxidant that has powerful healing virtues for many diseases.  I will write more information about this soon.

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Barbara’s Amazing Kale Chips

Many people are not great lovers of kale.  I admit that in the beginning it was an acquired taste but over the years I have grown to love kale!  It has so many wonderful benefits, what’s not to love?!

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Kale has been talked about a lot lately so perhaps you are familiar with some of it’s benefits.  I will take a moment to remind you of a few and then I will share an awesome recipe that will have you wanting kale every day.  I promise.Continue Reading

Asparagus Guacamole

This dip is very simple to prepare and tastes delicious with crudités, flax crackers or corn chips.

An unexpected adventure for you to enjoy.

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Ingredients:
Remember to choose organic ingredients as much as you can.

1 bunch asparagus (approx. 1lb), washed and chopped
3 cloves garlic (or to taste…more or less)
1 avocado
1 lemon or lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Procedure:

  • In a food processor,  process the asparagus and avocado until the mixture is fairly smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and process to a smooth consistency or keep it chunky, whichever you prefer.
  • Refrigerate for about 15 minutes or so, before serving.

Adventurous Variations:
-Add 1/2 cup, minced, fresh basil
-Add 1/2 cup, minced, fresh dill
-Add 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes

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Asparagus Guacamole
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Recipe type: Dip
Cuisine: Vegan
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Total time: 
Serves: 1½ cups
 
Remember to choose organic ingredients as much as you can.
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch asparagus (approx. 1lb), washed and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic (or to taste...more or less)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon or lime, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, process the asparagus and avocado until the mixture is fairly smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and process to a smooth consistency or keep the dip chunky whichever you prefer
  3. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes or so, before serving.

The Almighty Almond

The almond is native to the Middle East and South Asia.  It was spread by humans in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa and southern Europe and more recently transported to other parts of the world, notably California, United States.  The almond is a deciduous tree that begins bearing a good crop in it’s third year.  The fruit matures in the autumn.Almonds-benefits-north-cyprus

Almonds have many benefits.  Here are some of the benefits.

  • Give the body energy – Almonds are high in Vitamin B2- and B2 plays a role in energy production and tissue repair.  B2 also helps your body produce red blood cells.
  • Essential for healthy eyes and helps enable the eyes to adapt to light- This is due to the B2
  • High in fiber and antioxidants
  • Alkalizing to the blood – almonds are the only nuts that are alkalizing
  • Can get rid of phlegm and coughs– Almonds relieve stagnant qi energy of the lungs.  Almonds can be helpful for those with asthma.
  • Rich in tryptophan – Tryptophan is used by the body to produce seratonin which in turn produces melatonin.  Melatonin is known to help the body sleep well.
  • Lower ‘bad’ cholesterol – recent studies show that eating approximately 1/4 cup almonds per day can reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol) by 10%.
  • Resistant to mold without being roasted. -This means that almonds are a wonderful choice to eat raw.

To get the most available nutrients from  raw nuts, it is best to soak them overnight in filtered water.   Soaking makes the almond more nutritious.  It awakens it from its’ slumber and brings it to a pre-sprouting state; bringing all nutrients in to a place where they are ready for action!   The vitamin levels then increase and the enzyme inhibitors are removed making them easier to digest.  After soaking, drain and rinse, ready to eat or use in a recipe.  If you are not using them right away, simply keep in a glass jar, covered with filtered water, in the fridge, for up to a week (change the water daily).

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