The Surprising Truth about Carbs: Friend or Foe?

The Surprising Truth about Carbs: Friend or Foe? (2019)

Carbohydrates. Are they really the enemy?

Carbs have been demonized as of late. After all, they are largely to blame for the world’s obesity epidemic and the multitude of health problems that follow.

But are all crabs created equal? 

Read this week’s post to discover the truth about carbohydrates before you swear off this misunderstood food group completely.

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Celiac Disease: Living Gluten-Free after Diagnosis

Celiac Disease: Living Gluten-Free after Diagnosis

Ok, so you or a loved one has been diagnosed with celiac disease. Now what?

It’s no secret that living with a diagnosis of celiac disease changes your life as certain foods no longer become a choice.

But how can you live with a disease that eliminates an ingredient found in the vast majority of foods?

Read on to discover how to get started on a gluten-free diet and live healthfully after a celiac diagnosis.

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Celiac Disease: Signs and Symptoms that May Surprise You!

Celiac Disease: Signs and Symptoms that May Surprise You!

Could you belong to the 80% of Canadians with undiagnosed Celiac Disease?

Do you suffer from some form of debilitating “mystery” symptom?

Could it be celiac?

When most people think of celiac disease, they immediately think of the common digestive symptoms that manifest if gluten is consumed, including diarrhea, gas and bloating. But there are many other less common, or “atypical” signs and symptoms of the disease - some of which may surprise you. Could you be suffering from one of them?

In honour of May being Celiac Awareness Month, let’s dive right into the disease, test your knowledge of celiac, and examine symptoms during Part 1 of my series on celiac disease.

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How Stress Messes With Your Health: The Ugly Truth

How Stress Messes With Your Health: The Ugly Truth

Ahhh, stress. Or as some people like to call it - the "stress mess."

Does stress make you feel a bit off? Do you notice negative health effects when your stress levels run high? Does it keep you up at night or literally make you sick? 

If you’ve ever experienced stress (and who hasn’t?), you know what I’m talking about. Because stress definitely messes with your health.

Read this week’s blog post to discover some of the telltale (and not-so-obvious) signs that stress may be messing with your health.

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I look forward to supporting you!

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The Gut-Brain Connection: How To Feed Your Brain

The Gut-Brain Connection: How To Feed Your Brain

I’m sure many of you know that you can have gastrointestinal symptoms when you’re stressed or nervous. We’ve all experienced that.

But have you 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 actually its own brain?

Moreover, this “second brain” in your gut influences your actual brain.

Be sure to read the full post to find out how and what this means for your health.

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Dairy Allergy: Which foods contain dairy and what you can eat instead

Are You Allergic to Dairy? 

Do you know which foods contain dairy products and what you can eat instead? 

Are you or your child allergic to dairy? If so, what do you do when you’ve been aregular consumer of milk and dairy products then find out that it’s actually making you sick?

To the uninitiated, this may seem like an easy fix… don’t drink milk. 

However, it’s much more complicated than that. Many common foods contain dairy or dairy products. In fact, you may be surprised by what they include!

Read on to discover common foods and ingredients that often contain dairy, as well as natural, healthy dairy-free alternatives.

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How I Hacked my Autoimmune Disease

How I Hacked my Autoimmune Disease and How you can too!

This week’s blog post is special to me, as it relays my story.

I decided it was time to share my personal health journey with you. Read this week’s post to find out about my past health concerns, my diagnosis with a serious autoimmune disease, and what I chose to do about it. So sit back, grab a cup of tea, and enjoy my story!


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Celiac Disease is an Autoimmune Condition: What You Need to Know

Celiac Disease is an Autoimmune Condition: What You Need to Know 

May is Celiac disease awareness month. 

Celiac disease, an extreme manifestation of gluten sensitivity, occurs when an allergic reaction to gluten causes small intestinal damage. It is the most severe reaction anyone can have to gluten, and is more prevalent than you may think, as most people who have this disease are never actually diagnosed.

For those of you who have been diagnosed with celiac disease, it’s likely that you already know what it is and how it impacts your life. For others, this is the opportunity to learn the truth about celiac disease, symptoms associated with it, and how it manifests itself. 

In this week’s blog post, I’ll discuss how celiac disease, an autoimmune condition, may arise, common myths about the disease, and provide you a list of food/ingredients containing gluten that all celiacs must avoid.


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How to Brew your own Kombucha in 6 Easy Steps

How to Brew your own Kombucha in 6 Easy Steps 

In your efforts to become whole food optimized, I hope that you have discovered kombucha. The health of your gut and the balance of bacteria within your microbiome depend on both the probiotics and prebiotics that you feed it. This includes delicious fermented foods that the healthy bacteria in your gut love. And what’s more delicious than kombucha?

If you are not sure what exactly kombucha is or if you missed my interview with a kombucha brewmaster, be sure to check it out

If you are well aware of the health benefits of kombucha, including helping you maintain optimal gut, immune, brain, and overall health, and have been thinking of starting to brew some yourself, I highly recommend you give it a go! It’s easier than you may think!

Read on to discover my simple kombucha recipe and 6 steps even you can take to brew your own kombucha!


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How You Can Improve Your Digestion Naturally

How You Can Improve Your Digestion Naturally

How to Improve Digestion Naturally:
Restoring your gut health can be as simple as incorporating the right foods into your diet. Keep reading to learn how to improve digestion naturally.

How often have you finished a meal and felt bloated, been gassy, had cramps or acid reflux, or felt just plain uncomfortable? It happens to everyone from time to time, and it can be a sign that your digestive system isn't working the way it should.

If it happens to you regularly, it may be time to make some lasting changes.

Your digestive system is a delicate balance of chemical reactions. Having one element thrown out of whack can wreck havoc on many aspects of your health, not to mention leaving you feeling very uncomfortable. But taking medicine for these problems all the time may not be right for you - or the you approach you want to take.

If you're looking to improve digestion naturally, read on for several tips you may just want to try.



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7 Amazing Health Benefits of Kombucha: and an Interview with a Brewer

7 Amazing Health Benefits of Kombucha: and an Interview with a Brewer

You’ve probably heard of a doggy mama, or perhaps a fur mama. But have you ever heard of a “SCOBY mama”???

I have, and I’d like you meet her. Her name is Taryn and I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with her to ask some questions about how to brew your own kombucha

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5 Actionable Steps to Balancing Your Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

5 Actionable Steps to Balancing Your Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

Do you get tired and have no energy after a meal?    

Do you experience a mid-afternoon energy slump?

Do you have difficulty focusing, get irritable or cranky for no reason?

Have you been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes?

Do you want to prevent such a diagnosis in the future?

If so, read on to discover what a blood sugar imbalance looks and feels like, the problems associated with blood sugar imbalances, and why you should care.

I will also provide practical steps you can begin today, to help control your blood sugar levels naturally.

 

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The Gluten-Free Controversy PART 2 - Why is Everyone Suddenly Allergic to Gluten?

The Gluten-Free Controversy PART 2 - Why is Everyone Suddenly Allergic to Gluten?

Have you noticed increasingly more people are trying to avoid gluten? Have you ever wondered why?

  • Does it seem like everyone around you is suddenly allergic to gluten?
  • Do you wonder if you should give up gluten? 
  • How do you know if going gluten-free is right for you?
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The Gluten-Free Controversy: Does Gluten-Free Mean “Healthy”?

The Gluten-Free Controversy: Does Gluten-Free Mean “Healthy”? 

Have you noticed that increasingly more and more people are trying to avoid gluten?

Have you wondered if gluten-free products are healthy?

Have you given up gluten or been wondering if you should? 

 

Read this week’s blog post to discover the real truth behind gluten-free products and what you should look for when shopping gluten-free. 

If you are trying to live a life without gluten, it may be exciting to see more gluten-free options available to you every day. But be aware that not all gluten-free products are created equal. Please be mindful that many of them are still processed and contain unhealthy ingredients, making them not such a “healthy” alternative. Read on to find out more!

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