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December 15, 2016

Mmmmmmmm….Homemade Nutella!😋  

Being healthy doesn't mean being deprived! I mean, who in good conscience could deprive their kids (or themselves!) of nutella??

I believe that learning to indulge healthfully in our favourite foods is key to a healthy lifestyle. How can we be successful when deprivation exists? If we’re constantly feeling deprived, that means we’re constantly unsatisfied, and if we’re constantly unsatisfied, that means we’re constantly relying on our willpower to keep us on track (and we all know how that story ends….knee deep in a tub of ice cream at 3AM).  

BUT, if we learn how to indulge in our favourite foods while at the same time nourishing our bodies from the ingredients we use, then the excess weight, the cravings, and the binge eating all go away. Our bodies change dramatically when they are fed foods that allow them to thrive. 

That's why I love finding recipes that allow me to indulge in my favourite foods while at the same time, allow me to nourish my...

December 15, 2016

How the gut functions has both a direct and indirect effect on every single cell in the human body.

Your gut is the gateway to the health of your brain and your immune system and researchers are finding out more and more about the important role of healthy gut flora in achieving overall health. 

It is argued that the root of almost all chronic diseases starts in the gut and that even many minor ailments such as tiredness, aches and pains, allergies, mood swings, eczema and constipation, can all be directly related to gut dysfunction. 

In order to keep our gut and thus ourselves, healthy, we need to maintain the good bacteria in our gut and limit the growth of the bad bacteria (pathogenic bacteria responsible for disease and a ton of unpleasant symptoms). 

So how can we promote the growth and presence of good bacteria in our gut?  One of the BEST ways is by eating fermented foods!

Fermented foods are made up of the good bacteria our gut needs. There is no better way to coloni...

October 30, 2016

One of my core beliefs around healthy living is that we need to learn how to indulge healthfully and not deprive ourselves of our favourite foods...because there is absolutely no way that I am going the rest of my life without a slice of banana bread to accompany my coffee! (I have a slight obsession with baked goods and coffee).

When we can still have our favourite 'treats' and at the same time nourish our bodies from the ingredients we use, it's win-win. It keeps us from feeling deprived and as a result helps to keep us on track. Not to mention, stops us from binging on the not-so-good-for-you treats (which often leads to the not-so-nice-to-you self talk). 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 very ripe bananas

  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil, melted (or sub with grass fed butter)

  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1.5 cups sprouted spelt flour 

* can play around with the flours (using all spelt or...

October 6, 2016

Meal prep and batch cooking!  They're two of the best ways to stay on course when you're trying to make healthy food choices. I'll often make a big pot of soup on Sunday and then I have easy, go-to lunches all week! Easy peasy. And this one is especially easy...and peasy :)

Roughly chop up:

1 head of cauliflower

2 medium sweet potatoes 

5 big cloves of garlic

3 small onions

3 large carrots

Throw all of the above ingredients into a large casserole dish (which I first grease with coconut oil...I also add extra blobs of coconut oil on top of veggies - be generous, I'm talking 3-4 heaping Tbsp! (Good fats keep you satisfied for longer and help you to lose weight!)

Top the veggies with 2-3 Tbsp curry powder, a dash or two of cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like it) and a bit of sea salt.

Bake in the oven at 300 until everything is soft (cooking at a low heat, maintains the integrity of the nutrients).

Once veggies are co...

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