As a Holistic Nutritionist, I have talked so much over the years about which foods to take in. Lately, it is becoming more clear to me that I need to turn the conversation towards the other things in life that we need to take in. Besides food, what nourishes us? What brings us to a place of feeling that amazing energy, that higher vibration, that way of being that is our true nature?Read More
These days, I find that there are fewer people enjoying their food, and more people fearing their food. In my nutritional consulting practice, I have spoken to many people about eating, and have come to conclusion that there are three things that get in the way of us enjoying our food;Read More
Now that we are a couple of weeks into the new year, let’s talk about resolutions that you may have made.
You may, like many people, have made a resolution to lose weight and get healthy. How do you get there?Read More
At this time of year, I hear a lot of conversations about the new year. I hear people say that in the new year, they are going to hit the gym; get a personal trainer; follow a strict meal plan; cut out carbs, etc. As if somehow, they have to justify their enjoyment of the moment, promising to punish themselves when the calendar turns over to January 1st.
I was at a Christmas function yesterday, and the conversation ended up turning in this direction. I smiled and did not comment. I was smiling with recognition of what you could say has become a holiday tradition; this talk of changing our bodies in the new year.Read More
Over the course of six years, I gained 30 pounds. I wasn't doing anything differently with the way I ate or the way I lived. I outgrew all of my pants and then all of my shirts. It was confusing and annoying to me. It affected my opinion of myself. I felt inadequate on so many levels.Read More
Preparing your own meals saves you money and ensures that the food you eat is wholesome, because you know exactly what's in it. This contributes to your overall health and energy levels, which has a spillover effect on your mood and your overall outlook on life. Wow, all that from a bowl of soup!Read More
I played around with a recipe I found on the Internet, and came up with with wonderful soup. I am going to share the recipe with you. It is important to note that the main ingredient of this soup is the home made chicken stock. I will include the recipe for this, as well, because to buy commercially prepared chicken stock is to not do this recipe any justice. So, here it is;Read More
...gradually, as I discovered pathways for dealing with the emotions, I did not go down the food pathway; the cake and the cookies and the ice cream, and the brownies and the butter tarts. These foods were replaced with the quinoa, and the beet salad, and the apples and the roasted sunflower seeds and the oven roasted vegetables and the dates.
The desserts eventually came in during times of celebration.
At first when I knew I needed to remove these foods from my daily intake, I felt a sense of resentment and deprivation.Read More
What do you really want for yourself? Do you want to make changes in your life? If so, what would those changes look like? What if you could feel these things right now, and make those changes right now, without having to lose any weight?Read More
So, the trend is now, instead of eating whole grains in moderation, because no one can be trusted to do that, let's just say all grains are bad and eliminate them from our diet completely.
Well, if this isn't throwing the baby out with the bath water, I don't know what is. Let's take a deep breath, and come back to a place of common sense.Read More
Start listening to your body, and start responding to your physical needs without overriding them. For example, you are hungry, but you are working and you don't want to stop until you've finished your work. So you have a coffee, instead. The coffee works temporarily, to fill your stomach somewhat, and it also acts as an appetite suppressant, so it seems to work to get you by so that you can finish your work.
This is overriding your body's true desire for food. The coffee is hard on an empty stomach, being quite acidic, whether you feel it immediately or not, and it is not fuel. Food is fuel.Read More
For years I experienced pain on a daily basis that was a result of one rear-end collision in rush hour traffic, and one overzealous kick boxing cardio class at the gym. My neck and my left shoulder were constantly communicating to me that they were not happy. They were quite pissed off, actually. The communication was loud and clear, but I didn't know what to do about it. I wanted to help my neck and left shoulder feel better, and to stop screaming at me, so that I could hear other things in my life besides them!Read More
Bone broth soups are a delicious way to deliver many health benefits, including fighting infections such as colds and flus (your mother and grandmother were right all along), reducing joint pain and inflammation (due to the glucosamine content), healing the mucosal lining of the gut and aiding in the digestion of nutrients, promoting sleep and calming the mind, and forming strong bones, hair and nails.Read More
I remember going through this myself when I had to do an elimination diet for Candida, a condition of yeast overgrowth in the body. I had to eliminate all sugars and yeast. This meant no fruit, no dairy, no bread, no wine, no sweets. It was extremely difficult and agonizing for me, as I was very much addicted to sugar and also I was an emotional eater, gaining a lot of comfort from my food in times of stress or self doubt. Yeah, it was a pain in the ass, I would have to say.Read More
I got into my car and started driving home. Then it hit me. I was hungry! All of a sudden I had to have my dinner that was in the take-out box. So I opened it up and started feeding myself as I drove. I snatched the pieces of beef, the left over carrots and what was left of the cute little potato cake, and scarfed it all down in probably less than a minute. Yowsa!Read More
This got me to thinking; why do we need to be advised what to eat? And why do we hold so tightly to beliefs about food that even when presented with the truth, we don't believe it?
I think we are eating from a place of fear. I know, it's hard to ignore all of the messages out there; sugar causes cancer, carbs make you fat, gluten can't be digested and so on. There are a million diet books out there, and each one promises better health and a leaner body.Read More
I started thinking about our relationship with food. Each one of us is in relationship with food. It's just something that doesn't get talked about. We eat food. Some of it we label as being "good", whether it's good for us or it tastes good to us. Some of it we label as being "bad"; again, whether it's bad for us or it tastes bad to us. We expect to benefit from our food, whether it's the nourishment we're considering as we make our choices, or the taste. We have our favourites, don't we?Read More
Develop passion for the process of gaining vitality. Fall in love with the day in and day out self care practices that you lavish upon yourself, to support your health and well-being. This creates positive habits. These habits breed success. Your trophy is having the opportunity to get to know yourself and discover what your body loves to eat and do. To relish the moments when the mind says quit, but you tell it I LOVE YOU AND I’M ON YOUR SIDE! The woman in the mirror smiles back at you with encouragement. She is the sum of the healthy food and lifestyle practices that you have implemented.Read More