Veggie Spotlight: Peas

When I was growing up, my sister and I were often given the choice of either peas or corn as a vegetable to go along with dinner. For whatever reason, these were the frozen bags stored by my mother in our freezer, an easy way for a single mother to incorporate plant food into the…

Insomnia

You toss and you turn and you flip the pillow over, searching for the cold side. Only there is no cold side left because you’ve flipped your pillow over a half dozen times already. You just can’t sleep. You are at your wits end on account of not sleeping through the night in at least…

Flu Prevention

There’s no doubt about it- flu season is here. Aside from the common sensical things like washing your hands frequently and not putting your hands in your mouth, what can be done to minimize the risk of getting not only sick… but catching the dreaded flu! Echinacea? Flu shot? Live in a bubble? What is…

Veggie Spotlight: Ginger!

While not exactly a vegetable, ginger is a widely underused yet widely available root with endless culinary applications. Ginger ale, beer & wine, ginger tea, pickled ginger (for sushi!), gingerbread cookies, candied ginger and simply as a spice in smoothies, curries, stirfries or other cooking are some of the most common places we see this…

Regan Mercure

Regan is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and completed her schooling from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She teaches yoga throughout Prince George and is a Master’s student at UNBC. She became passionate about holistic health while dealing with her own food allergies and sensitivities. She believes health is a journey toward balance in the…

An Eco-Conscious Halloween

It seems this is one of those holidays that is easily rife with discardable, themed, single use items. Children easily grow out of Halloween costumes by the next year, and they’re not generally keen on visiting the neighbours with 2013’s character du jour. But it’s everything else that goes along with the late October activities…

Aromatherapy

The scent of Autumn is in the air.   Quick! What is the first thing that came to mind in that statement? What does this season upon us smell like to you? A crisp fall morning walk through the leaves? Grandmas baking? Pumpkin spice lattes? The associations we make in our brains with certain smells…

Veggie Spotlight: Potatoes!

While often thought of as a “bad vegetable” or and excuse for one, these starchy tubers do have their merits. Potatoes are chock full of fibre and vitamin C, though if the skins are removed the fibre content drops to nil and if they are well cooked the vitamin C is virtually all destroyed. I’m…

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th is a day set aside globally to bring attention to the completely preventable loss of life through suicide. While this is not a new health promotion day, it’s getting plenty of attention lately on account of the recent passing of well known comedian Robin Williams by suicide. Largely those who make an attempt…

Back To School Eco-Friendly

While the supplies began leaking out into stores in July, they’re out in full force now. The kids will be back in classrooms in no time- if they’re not already. Along with this time of year comes the purchasing of all kinds of things: pencils, clothing, new runners, the works. While budget is of course…