For a clear mind, go with your gut.

” It might be time to start treating depression from the bottom up instead of the top down,” says neuroscientist Jane Foster. While we have always known that food can be a source of temporary comfort, what is less understood is how the state of our gut affects our brain and ongoing mental state. The body is a swimming pool […]

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Vegetables boost vitality. They don’t boast miracles.

“Go for seven,” Leslie Beck writes in yesterday’s Globe and Mail. The more you have, the better for your health, we’ve been told since childhood. And, rightfully so. Vegetables help reduce inflammation, boost immunity, and ward off free radicals. Alnd living longer. Eat up. Over course, we forget that to fill the glass we might have to empty it, first. […]

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An updated and honest Food Guide would…

…would begin with these two simple words:”Eat less.” We tend to overlook the most obvious facts in the quest to make things as complex and detailed as possible. The Food Guide is one example. While it can certainly (and rightfully) be argued that the recommendations are in need of a definite face lift, the slap-in-the-face reality is that we simply […]

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Keep steady to shed weight

  While minimizing calories is the mathematical way to lose weight, your efforts will forever be in vain until you master the brain and blood sugar game. Knowing the quantity of food energy we are consuming is worthwhile – so as not to tip the scale. Stored fat is, after all, simply an accumulation of unused calories. Savings that would […]

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“What’s in a name? That which we call sugar…

…by any other name would be as sweet.” What could be more shocking than realizing how much ADDED sugar we’re unconsciously eating? Learning how much NATURAL sugar we don’t realize we’re eating. “Sugar goes by many names” Carly Weeks writes in this past Monday’s Globe article. She lists a few common sugar additives including, caramel, dextrose, glucose-fructose, corn syrup…certainly some […]

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Spicy Tomato Sauce

This sauce has a kick, but leave out the hot peppers if you prefer it mild. It helps make a quick meal out of fish, shrimp, sausage or meat. Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 2 medium onions, finely chopped 3 cans whole San Marzano tomatoes 1/2 cup dry white wine 1-3 tsp hot pepper flakes salt and pepper to taste   Directions: […]

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Sweet Potato, Ginger and Apple Soup

This simple soup has six ingredients. It makes for a light lunch, with a swirl of Greek yogurt. Ingredients: 1 tsbp olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced 1 inch ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 medium apple, peeled and diced 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock   Directions: In medium pot, sauté […]

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Colourful Crunchy Salad

This salad is delightful. Ingredients: 1 head radicchio, thinly sliced 3 cups baby arugula 4 radishes, thinly sliced 2 heart of palm, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts 1 Bosc pear, thinly sliced 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced diagonally Dressing: 1 tbsp each – olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon salt and pepper to taste. Directions: In […]

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Crunchy Celery Salad with Dates and Parmesan

This is a blend of various textures – each so different. It complements chicken nicely. Ingredients: 4 celery stalks, washed and thinly sliced on a diagonal (a mandolin works best) 2 large dates, pit removed, halved and sliced thin 2 tbsp toasted slivered almonds juice of 1/2 lemon (1-2 tbsp) 1 tbsp fruity olive oil salt, pepper, and a pinch […]

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Sweet Pea Soup

Celery and zucchini make this pea soup a little less dense than a traditional pea soup. Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, diced 1 large garlic clove, minced  1 large celery stalk, diced 1 medium zucchini, diced salt and pepper 4 cups chicken stock 2 cups sweet peas salt and pepper, and a dash of cumin or chilli […]

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Chicken Curry

This is the quickest curry you’ll ever make. Use tons of curry powder and make a paste with warm water. To keep in line with lighter fare, there are no potatoes, but plenty of onions and peppers. Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs 2 onions, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces 2 peppers – red […]

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Stop popping statins

Statins are not magical pills that prevent heart disease. As Andre Picard wrote in the Globe and Mail on Monday, “they give the illusion on protection”. What IS the best prescription for preventing heat disease? Activity. You don’t swallow it. You DO it. It is often forgotten that the human body functions at it’s optimum when it is MOVING. there […]

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Trans fats are not the real culprit

The US Food and Drug Administration recently announced it was proposing to ban trans fats – to save lives and prevent heart attacks. In 2009, the Canadian government asked the food industry to lower the trans fats to 2% of total fat. Ironically, almost every food product that contains these horrific fats also contains processed carbohydrates. Of the 23 foods […]

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Cod with Olives and Capers

Cod is cheap and easy – neither refined nor finicky, both of which put it at the top of my list. This one is a mess-less meal – laid out on a sheet of foil, garnished, wrapped, and baked for 20 minutes. Ingredients: 12 oz -thick piece of cod 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp capers 1/4 onion, thinly sliced […]

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Fried Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes with Feta

Crispy green beans, roasted cherry tomatoes and crumbled feta – such a simple and mouth watering combination. Fish pairs well with this dish, as does lamb or pork. Ingredients: 1/2 onion, thinly sliced 1 tbsp olive oil 1.5 – 2 cups green beans, ends trimmed 1 cup cherry tomatoes 2 tbsp firm feta cheese Directions: 1. Heat pan over medium-high […]

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Broccolini with Anchovies and Garlic

Even if you aren’t an anchovy fan, you will like this one. The flavour is intense and the salty kick of the fish pairs well with the bitter greens. Have it with roasted cod or halibut. Ingredients: 1 bunch broccolini splash of water 1 tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tbsp pine nuts 3 preserved anchovies, cut […]

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Wild Mushroom Puree

Nothing beats a rich mushroom soup. Ingredients: 500 grams mixed mushrooms, chopped 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 4 cups mushroom or beef stock a handful of thyme, leaves pulled off salt and pepper   Directions: 1. Over medium heat, saute onion and garlic for 5 minutes, without burning the garlic 2. Increase […]

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Gluten or glucose?

Here are three definitions worth learning GLUTEN: a mixture of two PROTEINS found in many cereal GRAINS, such as wheat. PROTEIN: molecules containing one or more chains of amino acids, which form an     essential part of all living organisms. GRAINS: a small seed of a food plant, such as wheat or rice, that is composed primarily of carbohydrates […]

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