Grapefruit is a super-healthy food… but it has a bit of a dark side. It can interfere with the metabolism of medications! This interaction happens with dozens of medications and, unfortunately, can lead to unwanted side effects. If you’re not taking any medications, then you don’t have to worry. But if you are, it may be prudent to hold off on the grapefruit until you double-check with your doctor or pharmacist if your medication is one of the affected ones.
There are oh-so-many food additives in the grocery store these days. Ingredient labels are full of artificial ingredients. Thickeners are one of those highly processed additives used in highly processed foods (you see where I’m going with this, right?). Would you believe me if I told you that thickeners are often used to get a rich and creamy consistency without having to add a lot of fat? Yup! That’s one of the main reasons for things like xanthan gum and carrageenan.
Oh, the dreaded common cold. There are lots of natural ways to keep your body and immune system strong throughout the year. Things like nutrition/foods, lifestyle, and habits. But, getting sick is still a possibility. I wanted to share with you my best tips to help you prevent getting sick, and how to recover quickly… naturally.
Nutrition trends are everywhere. Especially when it comes to weight loss. Some have merit, and some don’t. If you want to know my thoughts on one of the hottest trends now, intermittent fasting, then you’re in luck! This week I talk about the different ways to do intermittent fasting, what the research says, as well as things to consider before attempting intermittent fasting.
Low carb diets seem to be all the rage these days. And for a good reason! They have definitely helped a lot of people to lose weight. And they have other health benefits too.
But…They aren’t necessarily the magic bullet that many people claim. They may not work for everyone, and can even be difficult to maintain depending on your genes. Check out my latest post where I define what low carb actually means, as well as the theory behind it and what role your genes can play.
A healthy and happy gut can be the foundation for a healthy and happy you and MOOD. But have you seen the massive amount of information out there on what to ditch and what to eat? Confused? I collected the best information for you to make a comprehensive list of what to ditch, what to eat, and what to do for your healthiest, happiest gut.
I had to address another buzzword – antioxidants. It’s been so popular in the media and online, and I want to make sure that you get the right information. Antioxidants are super-healthy. And yes, we should be eating foods full of them to protect our physical and mental health. Let me touch on the science and health benefits of antioxidant foods and why they are so special. Then, you should try getting your dose of antioxidants from my latest recipe (trust me!).
Probiotics are getting more and more well-known for their health-promoting benefits. And the research showing the importance of our gut microbes is growing every day. The foods that feed probiotics are called “prebiotics.” And this post is the 101 on what you need to know about prebiotics. I’ll also give you a recipe that takes 5 minutes to way and is a quick and easy way to feed our good gut bacteria!
Is it just me, or is “mindset” the new buzzword in the health & wellness sphere lately? You may feel like there are so many things that can improve your health and wellness. But, maybe, there is one small and powerful thing you can do to start. That thing is your mindset!
If you often feel hungry after eating, it could be the specific food you ate. Did you know that some foods have been proven to help keep you feeling fuller longer? And others stop you from feeling even as full as plain white bread? Today I’m diving into what’s known as the satiety index. It’s a measurement of how full food makes you feel. This is great to know if you want to stave off some of those hunger feelings and cravings.
“Move more” has been a common mantra for health for decades. But, what does that even mean? What kind of exercise counts? How much do I need? Maybe the biggest question here is: “What are the true health benefits, anyway?” In this week’s post, I want to share with you the real, proven health benefits of exercise. Because there are some; there actually are lots!
Your skin is amazing! It’s your largest organ and can help you look and feel fabulous. But if it’s not fabulous at this very moment, let me help you to nourish it from the inside. Some foods can help your skin, and some foods can harm your skin. And I want to share with you some of my best skin-healthifying tips. Click here to read the blog!
Not everyone gets migraines, but you probably know someone who does. It’s estimated that 15% of adults get these debilitating headaches. And there are known triggers. This week I’m listing out the foods and drinks to avoid if you’re prone to migraines. And my recipe couldn’t be simpler.
While we know bad moods can lead to bad eating habits; it’s also true that bad eating habits can lead to bad moods. Food can impact our moods because of two factors. First, the nutrients are the building blocks for everything in our body, including mood-regulating “neurotransmitters.” Second, what we eat affects our blood sugar levels, which also impact our moods. There is a list of common healthy foods that have positive impacts on our mood. But some junky ones make us feel better sometimes too. Once we see this is as temporary (industry engineered processed food is designed to hit those “pleasure centres”), we can ditch those.
Tea has some great health benefits. Its antioxidant abilities make it heart-healthy and reduce the risk of developing cancer and diabetes. But, does the type of tea matter? Is green tea that much better than black tea? And what difference does adding milk and/or sweeteners do to it? I give you the goods on the green tea vs. black tea. And the healthiest way to drink your tea.
Turmeric is touted as a superfood and miracle spice. It’s delicious, and one of its “active ingredients” curcumin has been studied like crazy. It has antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and many other great health benefits. In this week’s post, I go over the difference between turmeric and curcumin, the health benefits, and how to get the most out of it. Plus, get 2 turmeric recipes to add to your healthy lifestyle plan today!
There is a lot of hype about the Mediterranean diet. It seems that study after study shows that it’s great for health on so many different levels. And it is! But what exactly does it mean? Is adding a glass of red wine to dinner enough? Does it require a cucumber salad every day? Do I have to give up my favourite foods? In this post, I give you a simple list of Mediterranean diet foods to eat, and foods to ditch. And a couple of important lifestyle factors to consider too.
While the health benefits of relaxation techniques like meditation are amazing, there are other ways to relax as well. You may want to try something new or share some of these ideas with a friend or family member who might want to de-stress but just can’t seem to meditate. FUN FACT: 80% of serotonin – our feel-good, calming neurotransmitter, is made in our gut. Stress interferes with the production of serotonin which is why it’s so important to have these type of skills to bust stress once and for all! I’ve got you covered with nine non-meditation ways to break free from stress. And, this week’s recipe relaxes you and smells ah-mazing!
The term “leaky gut” is thrown around a lot these days. I want to share with you some of the latest information about leaky gut. Leaky gut can be linked to so many conditions; especially ones related to the gut and chronic inflammation. While there may not be 100% definitive tests on it just yet, there are known diet and lifestyle factors that can make it better or worse. So I’m diving into those factors right after telling you a bit about what it is, how it occurs, and what some of the common symptoms are. Plus, you’re in for a treat when it comes to recipes this week. I’m sharing my favourite chicken broth recipe that is slow-cooked and oh so comforting.
Bloating. That oh-so uncomfortable feeling in the gut. Often it rears its ugly head after a large meal. Or a small meal. Or a snack. Or… Yikes! How can we figure out what’s causing it? Perhaps you already have some wise de-bloating habits like avoiding foods you know give you gas. But that’s not completely solving the problem. I have five more things you can try to help get to the bottom of your bloating, naturally. And I have a stomach-soothing recipe for you too.