Nutrition

Using Essential Oils for Travel

It wasn’t long after I began to integrate essential oils into my repertoire of 'natural remedies' that they became my 'go to' for pretty much everything. We began to ditch the toxic chemicals, creams and over-the-counter medicines at home and essential oils became the main...

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Acidity Versus Alkaline

As Live Blood technicians we often see patients/clients that are more acidic rather than alkaline. The goal for a healthy body is to keep your body’s PH level as close to 7.4 as possible. Your body and blood have a PH of 7.35 to 7.45, slightly...

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Coffee Break

I’m fortunate that I very rarely have headaches, but yesterday I had a doozy. I don’t know if it was the intense heat or all the humidity we’ve been having, but my head was pounding all day. By late afternoon I was desperate for relief and...

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Helping Our Children Stay Balanced

The weather has finally shifted from cold, gloomy days to bright sunny days with a warm wind that naturally uplifts our mood and energy. In the same way we begin to feel more energetic and happy, this Spring time weather brings about an increase in...

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Salt. Healing or Harmful?

So What's the deal with SALT?  Is it good for us or not? Salt, also known as Sodium Chloride, is a chemical compound that our body needs and is essential to our health.  Salt regulates our body's fluid, cellular structure, balances our electrolytes and pH and...

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Spring Clean Your Liver!

It is finally Spring!! Winter is over and the days are getting longer, we naturally start to feel more energy and vitality. In Chinese medicine, Spring is the time of the liver. It is Spring cleaning time! Now is the time for us to cleanse...

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The Gentle Daily Detox

It is January and the start of a new year! Most of us indulged in the holidays and are ready to get back on track to start this year off on a healthier path. The gyms are packed and everyone is looking at every new...

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Feeling SAD a little too often?

For many of us, the holiday's represent a time for family, friends, giving, laughter, serving and love. However, for many it is a reminder of what might be missing; of what could have been;  or missing loved ones who have passed; or feeling lonely. If you...

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How to Stay Healthy Over the Holiday

The holiday season is going to be in full swing now with all the last minute shopping, crowded parking lots, wrapping presents and hosting lavish dinners. 'T'is the season to be jolly', they say, but with everything going on, it can also seem a lot...

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Got a Sweet Tooth?

Sugar Substitutes to Satisfy Your Cravings Holiday season is approaching fast and so are all the tempting goodies. The Christmas cookie exchange parties, holiday dinners and work social gatherings have begun and all the glory of baking (and eating) is in full motion! Every year we do...

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Green Smoothie Bowl

Recipe by Nindy Grewal, Nutritional Practitioner at Balance Point Health Centre. Ingredients: 1 cup of cold filtered water handful of berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) - frozen or fresh huge handful of kale or spinach 1 scoop of whey or vegan protein 1 tsp of cinnamon 1...

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Halloween Tricks or Treats?

It’s that time of year again….Halloween is here with all the ghouls and ghosts roaming our streets. I for one have always loved Halloween – dressing up and being any character my heart desires each year. Now my children have followed in my footsteps and...

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Top 10 Ways to Use On Guard Essential Oil

On Guard is a 'must have' therapeutic grade essential oil blend for any home. It contains a mix of sweet orange essential oil, rosemary, clove, cinnamon and eucalyptus.  These essential oils work together to create a powerful and versatile infection-fighting and disinfectant blend.  Each ingredient in...

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How to read labels…

When I became interested in the power of food on overall well-being, I became obsessed with reading labels.  I'm pretty good at it now and have even got my kids doing the same...

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Nut Loaf

This loaf may just become a staple in your home for so many reasons.  One, you can make it on the weekend and then use it in so many different ways during the week.  Crumble it up and use it as a salad topper, heat and...

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Excess Sugar and Aging

Blog by Natasha DeCarie, Certified and Registered Holistic Nutritionist There are many forms of sugar; corn syrup, cane sugar, sucrose, fructose, maltose, and sorbitol just to name a few and they all have one thing in common - they are all addictive. Sugar might not cause physical...

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Metagenics Detox Diary…

It was time for my annual spring detox.  The signs were there.  I was a little more 'angry' at the little things, tired at the end of the day, digging into my dark chocolate stash before 9:00 am in the morning and sugar cravings taking...

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Green Detox Smoothie

If you’re looking for a nutritious and delicious green smoothie designed to support your body’s natural detoxification efforts, this Green Detox Smoothie is for you. This smoothie contains potent green superfoods: spirulina, chlorella and/or cilantro. The combination of ingredients result in what is perhaps the most potent...

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Oat Pancakes (wheat free)

These pancakes are perfect for a weekend breakfast because they are filling, healthy and delicious!  Better yet, they are very simple to make and require only a blender. That's right, only one thing to wash! 1 1/2 cups wheat free oats 1/2 cup gluten free...

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‘Tis the Season…Fa La LaaaChoooo!

Article by Shannon Gregory, Live Blood Analysis As the holiday season approaches, we have many stressors. We rush to buy baking to pass off as our own or stay up all night baking, to prove we can still do it all We decorate the home to look festive...

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Blood Sugar Balancing Banana Bread

Try this healthier version of banana bread.  Dense and delicous! 1 1/2 cups ripe mashed bananas 2 eggs 1/4 cup coconut oil or organic butter 1/2 cup coconut sugar 1 cup brown rice flour or spelt flour 1/4 cup ground flax seeds 1/3 cup oats ...

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The Power of Probiotics

Probiotics.   We’ve been inundated by this word through television ads for yogurt products.  What exactly are probiotics?  Are they simply a new healthy nutrient found only in yogurt? Not at all.  The word probiotic is derived from the Greek meaning “for life”.  Probiotics are the healthy...

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Is chia the new flax?

We think so! Chia seeds are a highly nutritious food that are a great addition to your daily menu. Why? Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds. Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants. The whole seeds don't deteriorate and can be stored for longer periods...

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Gluten free Pumpkin Spice Muffin

This recipe was inspired by a recipe I found by Dianne Steeper.  It tastes great and has a good texture for a gluten free muffin. 2 eggs 1/4 cup grapeseed oil 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup unrefined (platation) raw brown sugar (or xylo-sweet for...

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Whole Grain (apple) Cookies

You can feel good about including these nut-free cookies in your kid's lunch bags.  These cookies beat 'bought' cookies hands down because they are made from whole grain flour, contain no trans fats, and have very little sugar.  And there are 2 whole apples in this recipe!...

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Pumpkin Protein Power Muffins

Ideally, the ‘healthiest’ muffin is high in protein, fiber and contains only the healthiest fats.  A healthy diet aims at keeping insulin levels (and sugar levels) balanced throughout the day and this means eating more protein and fiber to keep you feeling full, longer. (doesn’t...

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Protein Packed Vegan Smoothie

Ingredients: 2 cups almond milk or water 1 cup frozen berries 1/2 cup banana 1 tbsp almond, cashew, or peanut butter 1 tbsp hemp seeds 1 tbsp chia seeds 1 handful spinach 1 tbsp flax oil optional Directions: With a hand blender or in a blender, combine all...

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Gooey Gluten Free Brownies

Ingredients: 1/2 cup sweet potato puree (steamed then mashed or pureed) 1/3 cup raw agave syrup or raw honey 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or Enjoy Life’s semi-sweet chocolate chips (free of dairy, nuts, gluten and soy) [melted with 1 tbsp coconut oil) 1/3 cup cocoa...

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Better alternatives to our favourite treats…

No one needs or wants to eat perfectly all the time.  The 90/10 rule is a more realistic 'guideline' to live by.  If you are eating healthy most of the time, there is nothing wrong with the occasional splurge.  It's all about balance! We all have those moments...

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What’s for lunch?

Begin September with some fresh ideas on what to pack in your lunch or for 'nutrition' breaks for the kids.  Your food choices mean everything as they fuel your brain and provide the energy needed for a balanced, successful and happy day. A healthy lunch consists...

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Healthy Tan in the Summertime Sun

Once I had kids, everything was different. I became much more concerned about everything we ate and put on our skin.  When it came to sunscreens, it became more difficult to decide on the best option because of the many and differing opinions out there. First, the sun is...

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