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3 must-know ingredients to a smashing detox

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

3 must-know ingredients to a smashing detox

I love the power of detox. But as transformational as detox can be, it’s often fraught with misunderstanding.   With the wide array of detox programs available, (juice fasts, supplement packages, shakes delivered to your door, Master cleanses), let’s discuss what to emphasize for a truly restorative detox for optimum health and strength.   The major organs we need to support during any detox are the liver and the GI tract (gastrointestinal tract) to eliminate toxins and reduce inflammation and mucous buildup.   Why the Liver and...

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Start a food journal the easy way

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Start a food journal the easy way

We’ve all heard about keeping a food journal but do you know how to start a food journal the easy way? In a way that you’ll actually do it? Read on! When working with clients, I know that food journalling is simply transformational.  And – yes – it’s entirely simple and do-able, even for the majority of us who are SO busy we can barely keep up (and you don’t need to do it forever). A food journal slows you down (in a good way) to reflect on the foods we are eating a WHY. The WHY of what we are eating is...

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Is there too much sugar on a raw diet?

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

Have you wondered if a diet high in raw food has too much sugar? You’re not alone. Lately someone approached me with the criticism that the raw food diet simply had too much sugar to be healthy long term. My answer? Certainly not, if done properly. But is it possible to get too much sugar on a raw food diet, she persisted?  Absolutely!    The story A common pitfall of the raw food diet is that you dive into it, strictly abide by it in good faith (plus feel amazing), then, slowly but surely, notice you don’t feel so...

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How to make a healthy nut milk pictorial

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Blog, Uncategorized | 4 comments

How to make a healthy nut milk pictorial

Many of you have asked how to make a healthy nut milk – wonderful! Today we’re going to go over this simple practice in details with recipes and step-by-step pictures. Since you’re one of my readers (or landed on this page), you likely know that you can really live without the nasty side effects of dairy, right?    But, do you also know that the pre-packaged nut milks can contain unsafe preservatives, as well as loads of sugar and other questionable ingredients that may or may not irritable the lining of our colon? (i.e....

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How to know if you are gluten sensitive or intolerant

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Blog, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Gluten is getting a lot of press these days, so you might be wondering how to know if you are gluten sensitive or intolerant.    In fact, many of my clients say they just “feel better” when they don’t eat gluten, or that they are “permanently bloated” when they do eat gluten.   There are different scales of being gluten sensitive, with the most sensitive being celiac disease. Those who have celiac disease react drastically to food that contains even small amounts of gluten. Gluten is in fact, a type of protein composite found in...

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5 fast, delicious cooked vegan meals for autumn

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Blog | 3 comments

As the weather gets cooler and the kiddos start going back to school, it makes me want to warm up my trotters with my favourite 5 fast, delicious cooked vegan meals for autumn!   These are – hand’s down – my most made and favourite cooked meals.  Black Bean Soup   Makes 4-6 servings   2 Tbsp. olive oil ½ clove garlic, minced or microplaned 1 medium onion, chopped 3 carrots, grated 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 Tbsp. cumin 2 19oz cans black beans 2 cups water or low sodium vegetable broth 1 ½ Tbsp. tamari 1 Tbsp....

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Simple green smoothies to try now

Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Simple green smoothies to try now

Many of my clients often want simple green smoothies to try now. There is no shortage of super-foods, supplements and fancy ingredients in health food stores. But sometimes we just want to return to basic simple ingredients. To learn more about the amazing health benefits of green smoothies, click here.  Super-foods can be excellent but for those of you craving simplicity, these smoothies have easy-to-find ingredients and taste wonderful. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy.   Tropical Hemp Smoothie 3-4 Servings 1...

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What is the difference between green juicing and blending?

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Blog | 3 comments

What is the difference between green juicing and blending?

I often get asked: What is the difference between green juicing and blending? Do they have the same effect on your system and on detoxing or cleansing?   Put simply:   By juicing fruits and vegetables, you remove the fibre, so you have a thin, delicious juice. In a juicer, there is a reservoir for the pulp from the juice (this pulp can be added to tomato sauces, some baked goods like zucchini loaf or carrot muffins, recycled or composted and even given to the family dog (yes my dog used to LOVE it)).   By blending fruits and...

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My Top Six Raw and Plant-Based Breakfasts

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in Blog | 9 comments

My Top Six Raw and Plant-Based Breakfasts

Here are my My Top Six Raw and Plant-Based Breakfasts   After my cravings webinar this past weekend, I realized that a lot of people need breakfast recipes that are quick, nutritious and keep them full.   Since breakfast is one of the key strategies in fighting cravings throughout the day (scientifically studied), it’s a shame it’s the meal we are usually race through.   How do you know a good and healthy breakfast when you see it? Simply by assessing the level of fibre.   The higher the fibre, the better the chances it will keep you...

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What I’ve learned since my father’s death

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Blog | 4 comments

What I’ve learned since my father’s death

Many of you know I lost my father 5 years ago to cancer. For those who have lost someone close, you know it’s a life-changing experience. You can read more about my father’s story here.    For Father’s Day, I’m sharing some of what I have learned since my father’s death, some personal and some about my passion – plant-based living.   #1: Just how much happens in 5 years: My niece was born, I got separated from my husband of 5 years, I became a raw coach and chef, my brother graduated and secured a great job...

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