Staying Hydrated: Coconut Water

  The summer sun & heat is more than on its way! Flip flops, sunglasses & a tan are sure to permeate your life over the next few months. This means staying sun safe to prevent burns, sunstroke & heat exhaustion. Staying hydrated in hot weather can be an uphill battle, but these tips can…

What Your Tongue Is Trying To Tell You About Your Health

  Sure after a glass or red wine or some blueberries you might notice some residual colour lurking on the surface of your tongue but if you’re noticing a grey coating, irregular patchy areas or cracks on your tongue it may signify something bigger than an elevated blood alcohol level going on. There are a…

Veggie Spotlight: Watercress

  A member of the brassica or cruciferous family, watercress is one of the oldest leafy vegetables known to be consumed by humans. The  “Father of Western Medicine”, famous Greek physician Hippocrates built the worlds first hospital in Kos, Greece next to a stream so that watercress could be grown nearby and be on hand…

Senior Fitness

Functional Fitness

“So, is that when you’re having fun while you’re working out?”   Well yes, but… Functional fitness mimics the way we would use our body naturally-it’s one of the top health & wellness trends for 2015! Most of us spend our days sitting behind a steering wheel or a desk not using much of our…

Dinner Plate

Portion Distortion

It may come as no surprise that the average dinner plate has increased by 36% since 1960. Perhaps you’ve noticed, perhaps not. Perhaps you’ve noticed that waistlines have also increased since 1960. Coincidence? I think not…   In my experience as a holistic nutritionist I have found that most people attribute their weight gain (or…

Fiddleheads

Veggie Spotlight: Fiddleheads

Curious little ferns, fiddleheads are only available for a short number of weeks in the early spring. These delicacies taste of asparagus or cooked spinach without the bitterness. As fiddleheads are a wild and not cultivated vegetable, they are often high in a variety of vitamins and minerals. They are also a source of omega…

7 Reasons to Donate Blood

Maybe you know someone who has donated blood. You probably know someone who does and don’t even know it. These quiet heroes tend not to brag and don’t make the headline news but are the behind the scenes lifesavers in part responsible for the leukemia patient that walked out of the hospital cancer free today,…

Veggie Spotlight: Sorrel

Sorrel is a tangy summer herb with leaves similar in size to spinach but with a distinctive lemony taste. It was introduced to North America from Europe, Asia & Scandinavia where it has a long culinary history. Many different countries have a tradition of using sorrel in their ethnic dishes. From spanakopita in Greece to…

March is Kidney Month

A few years ago I went to the BodyWorld’s exhibition and I can remember thinking to myself that the kidneys are smaller than I expected and higher up in the torso than I had believed them to be. They’re tiny little guys halfway up your back! Although I had learned a lot about how they…