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June 2017

Coffee

Coffee Consumption Guide – Is Coffee Healthy?

Is coffee healthy? Consensus: HIGHLY NEUTRAL Coffee itself is neither good or bad, like most things in life, it falls into that grey area (see chart below to compare). You can find valid arguments for both sides. Here is the deal, if you love coffee, keep on drinking it guilt free! If you hate coffee, never worry about having to take up the addictive habit. Drinking Decaf? Shift to caffeine free! scroll to the bottom if you are a decaff coffee drinker. Here is our coffee consumption guide Make minor adjustments: Mitigate the side effects and Heighten the benefits Do not add anything artificial, refined to it, processed. (flavourings, sugar, coffee mate, cream) Use healthy natural sweeteners like unpasteurized honey and maple syrup Use (non-chemical) paper filters to filter your...

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Grocery

The 05 Food List; What Foods to Avoid

The 05 list is a quick reference tool to help make your grocery trip experience a healthier one ; oh and less stressful too. How the list was born. I have to admit that Jess and I were shocked and embarrassed to find that we didn't know the majority of the ingredients on the back of  food labels!  So...

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Probiotics and Fermented Foods

I just finished one of our favorite probiotic green smoothies.  I figured it was time to write an article about probiotics.  So I did! This is not that article. At this point, if you are on this site, I am sure you know that probiotics are good for you.  My first shot at this post was to explain all the reasons why they are amazing, but it occurred to me when I was proofreading it that probiotics are pretty common knowledge.  So instead of a long winded explanation, I will give you the sparks notes.   They helps us digest and absorbs fibre rich carbs They control the growth of bad bacteria (candida) They boost our immune system, better yet they pretty much are our immune...

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What are Toxins?

[vc_row css=".vc_custom_1497632360807{padding-right: 50px !important;padding-left: 50px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1497632419427{padding-right: 30px !important;padding-left: 30px !important;background-color: #ffea99 !important;border-radius: 20px !important;}"]At a Glance We will be using the definition: any substance that causes a harmful effect or disease within the body, including materials of organic and nonorganic origin. Toxins exist in our diet and in the environment. Detoxing is important, but please be careful! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] In the holistic health word, the term toxin is thrown around A LOT.  It is used and abused everyday.  We are as guilty as everyone else when it comes to how often we say the word ‘toxin’.  We don’t want to be yet another blog dropping the term all over the place, #stopclickbait am I right?  I believe that if we use the term, we need to have...

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The truth of VOC’s and off gassing: 13 ways to reduce your exposure.

To begin with, a refresher on what they are and why they are really really bad and where we find them.  If you already know all you need to know, feel free to skip down to the end of this blog for the 13 steps. What are VOC’s? VOCs are volatile organic compounds that easily turn from liquid to gas / vapor. We then breathe these vapors in. What exactly are we breathing? All organic compounds contain carbon, so we are breathing in carbon gas as well as elements such as hydrogen, oxygen, fluorine, chlorine, bromine, sulfur, nitrogen. Volatile organic compounds are released from burning fuel, such as gasoline, wood, coal, or natural gas. They are also emitted from diesel exhaust, oil and gas fields.  Many VOC’s are also hazardous...

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Yellow Curry Hummus: a Medicine Rich Snack

*We recommend organic ingredients for all items, simply because it yields stronger more potent health effects, organic is clearly more expensive, so if you are on a budget non- organic will do. In our opinion, olive oil and apple cider vinegar are the exception, these must be of the best quality for consumption. Prep: 15 min Cook: 5 min Ingredients ¼ Cup Tahina (not Tahini) 1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar (for health benefits it must be organic, raw and unpasteurized) 1 clove of garlic 1 Tsp of each; Paprika, Cumin 1.5 Tsp Turmeric ½ Tsp Pepper ½ Cup Olive Oil (For health benefits it must be organic and cold pressed) ½ Cup water 1 Lemon Freshly Squeezed (don’t forget to roll it out to before cutting, it yields...

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What doctors don’t prescribe but should; Lemon Water and Apple Cider Vinegar

Lemon Water Lemon water and Apple Cider Vinegar; if they are not yet a part of your daily consumption, they will be now. If I had to drink only two solutions in my entire life these would be them. In this little write up I am about to glorify these two powerful solutions, because well, they deserve it. [mkdf_blockquote text="“When life gives you lemons, make lemon water and drink it. Period. Your body will thank you.”- Dr. Reynolds" title_tag="h2" width="75"] Important Note* for the effects presented below, the best results are achieved with freshly squeezed lemons in clean water (that is, water free of chlorine and fluoride)  Lemon has been used since ancient times for its plethora of benefits; it has been known for treatment of throat infections, fever, colds,...

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5 Reasons you Need a Digital Detox

I am writing this after not seeing a screen for seven days. SEVEN DAYS!  My longest digital detox this yet! A digital detox is not a new idea, individuals and companies have been doing it for years now, but it is an underrated idea.  Here is the concept: you must go a predetermined and specific amount of time without ANY electronics.   When we really look at what screen time is doing, a digital detox seems a bit more tempting. 1. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) CVS is a diagnosable eye condition.  It is caused by screen time.  Essentially what is happening is your eyes are performing the exact same task over and over again.  And while you are rarely required to focus further away than a few feet, you...

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Hot and Sour Soup Recipe

This soup is awesome for cold day. The vinegar gives it a really great taste. Mushrooms are a source of minerals that we get nowhere else in nature so eat em’ up! As for what kind, we recommend shiitake.  Shiitake are super tasty, plus they are amazing for the immune system, and high in vitamin B and D.  Both great for brain function. It really is one of my favorite soups to make.  It is quick, easy and mega tasty. Prep: 20 min Cook: 30 min Ingredients 1 oz. (about a handful) dried mixed mushrooms 8 cups water 3 tablespoons sherry cooking wine (optional but it really POWS the flavour) 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons soy sauce (go for a good one though, there are so many preservatives...

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Simple Sauerkraut Recipe

Sauerkraut is way easier to make than most people think.  It takes about 30 minutes to prepare and has to sit for 3-7 days.  We prefer red cabbage, or a combo or red and green.  When we were on the road, we made sauerkraut twice a week.  It is amazing with Japanese Sweet potatoes! Enough of the pre-recipe chit chat, on to how to make sauerkraut! Prep: 30min Cook: 3-7 days Ingredients 1 large head of red or green cabbage 1 tablespoon salt 1 teaspoon fennel 1 cup cranberries Instructions Cut the cabbage in half and remove 1-2 clean outer leaves. Chop the head of cabbage finely (you can us a food processor as well). With your hands, mix all the ingredients together let it sit for about 15 minutes Squeeze firmly to...

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