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Salt: The Delicious Health-Buster (And What to Use Instead)

If you (or someone you know) has ever been told to “eat less salt,” or go on a “low sodium” diet, what does that mean? And how much sodium is actually in salt? I can tell you right now that cutting down on the salt you sprinkle from your salt shaker probably isn’t going to have the effect you think. The problem is rarely the salt on your table. The problem, well 75% of the problem, is the salt that’s already in the food you eat. I was surprised to read the statistics about where people’s salt intake was coming from. You may be surprised too.

Why Am I Always Hungry?

Does the title of this post make you hungry? Sometimes just thinking about hunger or food makes me hungry. Even if I know, I’m not physically hungry. Don’t blame yourself for always being hungry. There are legitimate physical and psychological reasons why you might feel this way. I share some of those in today’s post.

Here’s How to Make Cooking More Fun

Do you find cooking to be fun? Or do you do it because you know it’s good for your health? Maybe you avoid it because it’s such a chore? If you’re in a rut and want some inspirational tips on making cooking more fun, I’ve got you covered. I’ve compiled my five best tips and a fabulous (and fun) recipe for you to try.

The Real Deal About Artificial Flavours

Processed foods are the worst! They contain too much salt, sugar, and fat. And not enough fibre, vitamins, or minerals. They’re made with crummy inexpensive ingredients that you’d never find in your pantry or fridge; ingredients like artificial flavours. Click here to read my post on the real deal about artificial flavours.

Ketogenic Diet 101

The Ketogenic diet. What does this new dietary craze mean? It’s high fat and ultra low carb. It tells your body to burn fat for fuel. Yes, it actually reprograms your body to burn fat. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Before you get too excited, I’ll tell you right now: It’s not for everyone. But it works for a lot of people. Perhaps it’s something you’ve considered? I have some great info on the ketogenic diet in my latest post “Ketogenic Diet 101.”

Mindfulness and Meditation – Do They Really Work?

Mindfulness and meditation are health buzzwords nowadays. Everyone, even those who aren’t health practitioners, tout the amazing effects of being mindful and practicing meditation. As a practitioner, I wholeheartedly recommend it. This post gives you the lowdown on why it may be something you should start (or do more of).

Heartburn – Can I Help it with Foods and Lifestyle?

If you have heartburn, you’re not alone. Up to 50% of adults experience it at least once per month. It’s uncomfortable and can become potentially harmful. But there are definitely things you can do to help it naturally! In this post, I share my best natural health tips for heartburn. Tips on what to eat (and not eat), how and when to eat, as well as a few lifestyle tips.

What is the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load?

Have you ever had your blood sugar levels tested or heard about eating to balance blood sugar? Have you wondered about the science behind how foods affect blood sugar? Or more importantly, which foods affect your blood sugar more than others? If so, this post is for you.

Reduce Inflammation With These Key Foods

INFLAMMATION! This topic seems to be absolutely everywhere these days. Who in the health and wellness field is NOT talking about the infamous inflammation? Some say it’s the root cause of all disease. Let me give you a rundown on my favourite anti-inflammatory foods and which anti-inflammatory, antioxidant compounds they contain.

Nutrient counting is the new calorie counting!

This just in – a calorie is a measure of how much energy is in a food – that’s all! But over the years we’ve been programmed to believe that calories are horrible little things that make us fat, which in actual fact this is not the case at all. Calorie counting doesn’t take into account what you’re eating, just how many calories you are eating.

Phytic Acid, The Mineral Reducer

You may have heard of phytic acid as a “mineral reducer,” and this is very true. Eating raw nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes can prevent your body from absorbing some of the minerals from your food. But phytic acid has another side too. It has some health benefits. Read on to learn more.

The Stress Mess: How It Messes With Your Health

Does stress make you feel a bit off? Do you notice negative health effects when stress is the worst? Maybe it affects your sleep, or maybe you get sick more often. Yes, stress can definitely mess with your health. Today I talk about some of the tell-tale (and not-so-obvious) signs that stress is messing with your health.

Paleo Diet 101

The “paleo” diet has been pretty popular in the past few years. And while its name is rooted in ancient hunter-gatherer traditions, recent studies have come to support some of its health benefits. Let me give you some of the goods on the paleo diet so you can decide for yourself.

How Can I Get Enough Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is critical for good health but too many people simply don’t get enough of the “sunshine vitamin.” It’s not easy to get most of the year, and it’s not in too many foods. Are supplements the answer? Here’s the lowdown on this critical, all-too-often deficient vitamin. And three ways you can get enough of it.

Adrenal Fatigue: What Is It?

Adrenal fatigue is thought to be one of the many health issues that can be attributed to our high-stress lifestyles. Because there is no widely accepted definitive test for adrenal fatigue, it’s still quite controversial. Fatigue, cravings, inability to sleep, and mood swings are real. And common. Let’s dive into what we know about adrenal fatigue, and learn some ways to deal with it, including a non-food recipe.

How Do I Keep My Blood Sugar Stable?

While your body has mechanisms in place to maintain stable blood sugar, there are many nutrition and lifestyle strategies that you can implement to help it out. Maintaining stable blood sugar will improve your overall physical and mental health. Of course, I have some nutrition and lifestyle recommendations, and a blood-sugar stabilizing DESSERT recipe just for you.

Raw vs. Cooked – Which Contains More Vitamins and Minerals?

Have you heard the recommendation to eat certain foods (or all foods) raw? Do you already eat a variety of healthy foods, and want to know how to get the most vitamins and minerals out of them? You’re probably not surprised that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to maximizing the vitamins and minerals your body absorbs from foods. Let me go over which types of foods are best eaten raw, and which ones are best eaten cooked to maximize their nutritional benefit.

The Gut-Brain Connection: How To Feed Your Brain

You know that you can have gastrointestinal symptoms when you’re stressed or nervous. We’ve all experienced that. But, you may have also heard about the “gut-brain connection.” That your gastrointestinal system, lovingly called the “gut,” not only talks to your brain (yes, talks “to” your brain) but is kind of its own brain (a “second brain”). And that it may influence your actual brain.

The Coconut Oil Craze – Should I Jump on the Bandwagon Too?

Everyone seems to be talking about coconut oil these days. It’s almost as if it is a miracle cure for everything! But if you want to know what’s really true about coconut oil, you’ll have to read my post. Spoiler alert: Not only should you jump on the bandwagon, but I’ll let you know three reasons why it can actually help you with fat loss. And I’ll share an AMAZING recipe for a dessert that I guarantee you’ll love!

The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners

You probably know that I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners. I’d much rather you reduce your sugar intake naturally (because that’s not exactly a health food either). And that can mean a long process of slowly adjusting your taste buds to less and less added sugar. Artificial sweeteners just don’t seem to be the great weight-loss promoters they had hoped to be. Click here to read more about it!

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