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Monday, 23 June 2014 00:00

What Your Poop Tells You About Your Health

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Monday June 23 2014

I talk about poop with essentially every new patient that walks in through my door.  A friend/colleague of mine shared the following link, and it's a great summary of what your poop can tell you about your current health.  Take a look and let me know what you think.

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Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

Does Lifestyle Have an Effect on Your Gut Bacteria?

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Monday June 16 2014

A very important part of my "information gathering" process with each new patient is to determine what their digestive health is like: What is their diet like?  How often do they have a bowel movement?  Are there any weird colours?  Are there any food particles?  Do they experience gas and/or bloating?  There are so many questions to ask with respect to their digestion that helps to give me different clues that help me put pieces of the puzzle together for each patient.  The balance of good and bad bacteria is very important, and I often speak to patients regarding the importance of their diet and sometimes the need for probiotics.  However, I recently came across this article that I will have to do a bit more research into and may influence the gut bacteria discussion to include lifestyle changes as well.

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Monday June 2 2014

I was nominated to contribute to July's case study newsletter at my downtown Toronto clinic (Adelaide Health Clinic), so I have been doing a bunch of reading and digging around for information regarding IV therapy as a "hangover cure".  During this process, I came across this following Elle article and I thought that you might find this interesting -- particularly because it is more from a patient's point of view versus my case study which is more from my point of view. 

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Sunday, 01 June 2014 04:20

Dogs Who Don't Know How to Use Human Things

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Sunday June 1 2014

My husband often sends me funny dog links to look at because he knows it will brighten my day.  Here's one that made me laugh this week.  Hope it brings a smile to your face to start off this month too!

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Monday, 26 May 2014 00:00

The Benefits of Having Food Sensitivities

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Monday May 26 2014

I have recently been discussing food sensitivity test results and their subsequent dietary restrictions on an almost daily basis in Mississauga and downtown Toronto, so when I came across this article on Mind Body Green on the pros of having food sensitivities, I knew that I had to share!  I will definitely mention some of the following points the next time I have a patient who is having trouble with eliminating their food sensitivities and following their diet.

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Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

"Healthy" Brownies

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Monday May 19 2014

One of my lovely downtown Toronto clinic patients introduced me to the cookbook: Oh She Glows.  I am in love with this cookbook!  It's vegan AND provides lots of gluten-free options.  Relatively simple recipes.  Great big colourful photos (I can't have a cookbook without photos for each recipe to INSPIRE me to make something yummy!).  And yummy results.  Below is a sample of one of the wonderful recipes that Angela Liddon creates and shares in Oh She Glows!

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Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00

Fun Facts About Dogs and Cats

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Thursday May 15 2014

I have *always* been a dog person at heart, but as many of my patients have heard over the last few months, I have discovered I do in fact have a soft spot for cats -- specifically our new "kitten" Griffin.  I like to say that I "lost my mind" back in September because Jeff and I lived in a 2 bedroom apartment in The Beaches with my dog Baylee and his cats, Squid and Pretzel.  One week before we moved into our new apartment in Leaside AND just over 1 month before our wedding, I decided that it would be a great idea to add to our already large fur family but rescuing a little grey and white kitten!  I didn't realize that dogs and cats could get along so well (other than the random photo that you see online!), but Baylee and Griffin fast became friends.  The following article from Huffington Post is just a fun article with a bunch of interesting facts and tidbits about dogs and cats!

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Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00

Carrot Juice Pulp Muffins

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Monday May 12 2014

I absolutely LOVE Leanne Vogel's blog -- it's bright, happy and vibrant AND even better, it's full of yummy, healthy recipes!  Now that Spring is *supposed* to be in the air, many of my patients often come into my Naturopathic office asking questions about juicing for health promotion, juicing for detox'ing, juicing just because they heard that juicing was good!  Juicing is a great idea.  However, as Leanne's guest columnist Alison Smith realized during her 21 day juicing challenge, juicing comes with a whole lot of waste in the form of pulp!  Lucky for us, she came up with a great recipe that minimizes this waste and results in a great little muffin.

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Monday, 05 May 2014 00:00

What Does Your Urine Tell You?

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Monday May 5 2014

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I talk about poop A LOT with each and every patient that walks into my office door -- whether it's the high power executive/professional at my downtown Toronto clinic or the new mom on her maternity-leave at my Mississauga clinic.  On the other side of things is urine -- and we also discuss this because it does give me a lot of information regarding the health of my patients!

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Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

What Dogs Do When We're Not Looking ...

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Thursday May 1 2014

I must admit that I am "one of THOSE people" who loves snuggling with my dog on the bed.  She's so adorable and gives me the biggest puppy eyes that will melt my heart in an instant.  She definitely knows how to "work it" and get what she wants!  As soon as my husband gets out of bed in the morning and heads to the bathroom to brush his teeth, Baylee hops up onto the bed into his spot and snuggles into my side.  It's one of the best things and I look forward to it every morning.  Below is a video of a dog who definitely knows how to enjoy the bed -- despite her "parents" not allowing her on the bed ... it makes me laugh every time I watch it!

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Monday, 28 April 2014 00:00

Dairy-Free Alternatives

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Monday April 28 2014

At both my downtown Toronto and Mississauga clinics, I have been running quite a number of food sensitivity testing with various patients.  One of the common results that often come back is DAIRY.  I love this blog/online magazine called The Chalkboard, which is run by California's Pressed Juicery.

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Monday, 21 April 2014 00:00

Green Tea Benefits to Cognition

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Monday April 21 2014

My grandparents have always been avid green tea drinkers, and I guess it's just a big part of my ancestry!  I've always loved a great cup of steaming hot green tea and it's a great way to end a busy day.  Below is an article that further supports the great cognitive benefits of green tea that I'm happy to share with you!

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 00:00

32 Hilarious Struggles Only Dog Owners Will Understand

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Tuesday April 15 2014

This article made me giggle quite a bit when I stumbled across it.  All I have to say is "oh dogs!".

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Monday, 14 April 2014 00:00

Beets

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Monday April 14 2014

If you haven't tried beets yet, particularly beets in your morning smoothie/juice, then today's the day to try it out!  They contain lots of anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties, and are also high in vitamin C and fibre content.

 

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Monday, 07 April 2014 00:00

How to Decrease Your Use of Plastics

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Saturday April 7 2014 

In today's day and age, we are surrounded by plastics -- from our food containers, drink containers, beauty product containers, cleaning product containers.  It's everywhere!  Although they can be very convenient because they are light, portable and disposable, the problem is that they have an extremely negative effect on our environment AND it can also negatively impact our health.  i came across the following article in Mind Body Green, and wanted to share it so that you can start to slowly scale back your use of plastic products for the sake of our environment, and if not, then for the sake of your health!

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

Dogs and Magic Tricks

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Tuesday April 1 2014

Anyone who has me or knows me already has an idea that I am a HUGE animal-lover.  I've had a pet of some sort (various fishes, hamsters, rats, dogs and cats!) my entire life, and they bring great joy to everyone around them.  So, I've decided to branch off the health and wellness blog posts and try to post random dog/cat videos, photos or articles twice a month for you to just read/watch and laugh!

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Monday, 31 March 2014 00:00

Top 10 Foods in a Naturopathic Doctor's Kitchen

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Monday March 31 2014

I don't necessarily like being a cliche, but in this instance, I don't mind at all!  The following article details 10 food products that Naturopathic Doctors tend to purchase on their weekly trip to the grocery store, and I am definitely guilty as charged!

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Monday, 24 March 2014 00:00

Organic Label Requirements Lowered in California

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Monday March 24 2014

Organic vs non-organic -- this is a question that many of my patients pose to me during one of our appointments.  My answer has always been "If you struggle with the cost of going organic, then follow EWG's Dirty Dozen vs Clean Fifteen".  For those of you who are supporters of the organic movement, then this following article will be an interesting (albeit concerning) read for you.  Always do your research and read your labels!

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Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

Frozen Foods - Good or Bad?

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Monday March 17 2014

I have been sharing this little "food tip" for months with my patients, and I'd like to share it with you too!  Have you ever tried to freeze a bag of strawberries or blueberries that you bought from the farmer's market only to have it all clump together into one big brick of strawberries or blueberries?  I have discovered the secret to freezing fruits/vegetables without them clumping together!  Wash the fruits and let them dry thoroughly.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Place the individual or cut up fruit/vegetable pieces evenly spaced out on the cookie sheet.  Put the cookie sheet into the freezer for about 30-60 minutes.  Throw everything into a big freezer ziploc bag.  And, voila!  Hopefully the weather will be warming up soon and you can buy lots of fresh fruits/vegetables from your local farmer's market and freeze to your heart's content!

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Monday, 10 March 2014 00:00

Detoxing from Sugar

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Monday March 10 2014

Detoxification has always been a running theme in my practice once winter begins to wind down.  This change of season is a great time to start doing a healthy detox in order to kick start your health into the warmers months!  Here's a great article on how to detox from sugar, which is very difficult to avoid these days because it is in most foods that we consume on a daily basis!

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Monday, 03 March 2014 00:00

Benefits of a High Fibre Diet

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Monday March 3 2014

I have been seeing a lot of patients with constipation as their chief concern lately, so I figured I should share this article that I found on the benefits of a high fibre diet.  Enjoy and as always, send me an email to let me know your thoughts or if you have any suggestions for future blog posts!

Last modified on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 16:01
Monday, 24 February 2014 00:00

Dry Skin Brushing

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Monday February 24 2014

 

As the winter (hopefully!) comes to an end, I always get an influx of patients who are interested in doing a detox.  One of the aspects of detoxing is dry skin brushing. It's a simple and quick method of aiding your body in detoxifying your system by stimulating the patient's lymphatic system.  I came across a great first-hand perspective with dry skin brushing at www.eatingbirdfood.com.

Last modified on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 03:04
Monday, 17 February 2014 14:03

Plant Your Kitchen Scraps!

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Monday February 17 2014

Happy Family Day to all of my fellow Ontarians!  In celebrating the first long-weekend of the year, I wanted to share this fabulous article by HGTV Gardens on how you can save a bit of money AND teach the kids how to grow plants from some simple foods in the kitchen!  I have always done this with green onions but I officially started my avocado tree quest and I'll let you know how it goes!

Monday, 10 February 2014 22:25

How Does Meditation Work?

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Monday February 10 2014

Meditation is something that each and every one of us should practice, particularly in today's busy day and age!  For all of those skeptics out there, and even to those who are simply interested in the science behind meditation, Huffington Post's Amy Turner wrote a great article on meditation and why it works.

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Monday, 03 February 2014 21:53

Away on Vacation Part 2

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Monday February 3 2014

Here is a photo from Barbados that I took from the little boat that my husband and I were on while we went further out into the ocean to snorkel and explore a "sunken ship" and a whole bunch of turtles!

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Monday, 27 January 2014 07:11

Away on Vacation Part 1

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Monday January 27 2014

I will be away on vacation from Fri Jan 25 to Mon Feb 3.  We are heading down to the Caribbean for our "mini-moon" and are super excited to be soaking up some much needed vitamin D and having some down time focused on relaxation!  I will post again once I get back.  In the meantime, have a great two weeks!

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Monday, 20 January 2014 22:03

Dairy & Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate

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Monday January 20 2014

Here's a great healthy treat that you can make for yourself to keep you warm on a cold January night in Toronto!  Thank you Mind Body Green for the great recipe.

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Monday, 13 January 2014 19:49

Implementing a Healthy Lifestyle in Your Kids

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Monday January 13 2014

My husband and I currently only have 4 "fur babies" and we only just got married a few months ago!  However, if and when we have the chance to raise a couple of little Jeffs and/or Moiras, I am going to have to keep the following tips from Yvelette Stines of Mind Body Green in mind.  I hope that these tips are practically helpful for you - please do let me know which ones work well and which ones don't!

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Monday, 06 January 2014 00:00

How to Make the Perfect Smoothie

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Monday January 6 2014

I'd like to kick off the year by sharing Mind Body Green's article on making the perfect smoothie.  I *love* smoothies, and even though it's the middle of winter right now (particularly up here in Toronto, ON, Canada!) and this isn't necessarily the ideal time for smoothies, you can still keep this information in the back of your mind the next time you have a craving for this icy treat!

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Monday, 30 December 2013 08:50

Happy New Year!

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Monday December 30 2013

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year, with 2014 filled with much love, laughter, health and success!

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Monday, 23 December 2013 13:48

Merry Christmas!

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Monday December 23 2013

I just wanted to wish everyone out there who celebrates Dec 25 a very Merry Christmas!  Wishing you much love and laughter enjoyed around lots of great food!

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Monday, 16 December 2013 07:57

Heartburn Medication & B12 Deficiency

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Monday December 16 2013

I heard about an interesting article on CBC that published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) that linked the use of heart burn medications to a higher risk of developing vitamin B12 deficiency.

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Monday, 16 December 2013 06:41

Vegan Sugar Cookies

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Monday December 16 2013

There's only one more week until Christmas and this is definitely the time to bake up huge batches of cookies!  www.ohladycakes.com has a great sugar cookie recipe that I'd love to re-post.  Let me know what you think if you try out the recipe.

Last modified on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 02:05
Monday, 09 December 2013 21:26

Caramel Apple Smoothie

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Monday December 9 2013

I found another great smoothie recipe on Mind Body Green!  Just in time to perfect it before you host a holiday party in a few weeks, here is a recipe for a great sweet treat to enjoy and savour.  Let me know what you think of the recipe!

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Monday, 02 December 2013 22:18

December Fruits & Vegetables

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Monday December 2 2013

Here's to rounding out the end of the year with the seasonal fruits and vegetables lists!

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Monday, 02 December 2013 22:18

Happy Hanukkah!

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Monday November 25 2013

Wishing everyone an early Happy Hanukkah!

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Monday, 02 December 2013 22:16

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

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Monday November 18 2013

The words "chocolate mousse" probably brings back great childhood memories of little chocolate mousse cups that your Mom/Dad packed into your lunchbox, right?  Well, now that you're an adult, here is a great super healthy version of chocolate mousse by Mind Body Green that you can indulge in with minimal guilt!  Let me know your thoughts on the recipe when you give it a try.

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Monday November 11 2013

I read an interesting article today regarding the effect of exercising in pregnant women that was published .  A group of researchers from the University of Montreal looked at mothers during their last two trimesters of their pregnancies who maintained moderate cardiovascular exercise in comparison to those who were sedentary.  They monitored EEG results of the infants and found that infants of mothers who were physically active had more mature cerebral activity, which the researchers concluded that their brains were more rapidly developed.  

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Monday, 02 December 2013 22:14

Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables for November

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Monday November 4 2013

It's the beginning of the month, so it's time for another instalment of seasonal fruits and vegetables!

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Monday October 28 2013

My downtown Toronto clinic is located above The Detox Market at King and Blue Jays Way, and they posted the following link on their Facebook page about an article on Global News.  This is a great app that allows the average consumer to check whether or not their personal care products - be it shampoo, cleansers or make-up - are "clean" or "dirty".  If you have an iPhone, you're in luck!  They are apparently developing the Android version and it will be released soon ...

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Monday, 21 October 2013 20:35

Sneaky Names for Sugar in Your Ingredient Lists

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Monday October 21 2013

I've recently been seeing a whole bunch of patients who have been reacting poorly to sugar and have needed to eliminate it fully from their diet.  And coincidentally, I came across this great article on the hidden names for sugar.  This list has been super helpful to my patients, so I hope that it can help those of your reading this who are also trying to eliminate sugar from your diets.

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Monday, 14 October 2013 20:34

WholeFoods' Guide to Cooking Oils

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Monday October 14 2013

I came across this Guide to Cooking Oils on WholeFoods' website and it's a great read - very informative and breaks down the dos and don'ts nicely.  Have a read and let me know what you think!

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Monday, 07 October 2013 17:28

Juices for Detox

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Monday October 7 2013

The Fall season is the best time to undergo a detox regiment, and Mind Body Green's Jenni Hulburt has some great suggestions for 4 types of detox juices that you can try in the morning!  Let me know what you think about the juices when you get a chance to try it.

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Monday, 30 September 2013 19:33

Healthy Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Monday September 30 2013

Who doesn't love a grilled cheese sandwich?  It often does bring back great childhood memories, that's for sure!  However, I found a great healthier grilled cheese option on Mind Body Green, and while we still have this lovely weather, why not have a BBQ tonight?  Let me know what you think of this recipe if you get a chance to try it -- unfortunately, I won't be able to personally let you know my thoughts on this healthy version of the grilled cheese sandwich because I'm terribly allergic to eggplant!!

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Monday, 23 September 2013 20:03

What is "Leaky Gut"?

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Monday September 23 2013

I have recently been seeing a lot of digestive health patients who come in with very generalized complaints such as abdominal bloating and gas.  So, it's quite fitting that if you perhaps experience a great amount of digestive upset or discomfort, read Dr. Amy Myers' take on "leaky gut" and if it applies to you, find a great Naturopathic Doctor in your area and go in for a visit.  There could be a solution to your problems afterall!

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Monday, 16 September 2013 06:51

Healthy Creamy Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup

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Monday September 16 2013

Since it's officially post-Labour Day, this is the unofficial start to the Fall season, and what represents Fall better than a warm, hearty bowl of soup??  WholeFoods always has great food ideas and I've fallen in love with this soup recipe of theirs that's "creamy" but healthy!  As always, let me know what you think if you end up trying the recipe!

Last modified on Monday, 10 February 2014 20:34
Monday, 09 September 2013 21:30

How to Eat Healthy at a Restaurant

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Monday September 9 2013

Particularly at my downtown Toronto clinic, I am always asked the question: "How am I supposed to eat healthy while I'm eating out at restaurants all of the time?".  I couldn't have come up with a better answer and solution than the author of the following article:

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Monday, 02 September 2013 19:35

Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables in the Fall

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Monday September 2 2013

Happy Labour Day Monday!  Now that all of the kids are officially heading back to school tomorrow, all of the moms out there will have a little bit more time to focus on themselves.  

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Monday, 26 August 2013 21:17

What's Worse Than Sugar?

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Monday August 26 2013

We have all fallen victim to the enticing sweets at one point or another in our lives -- some more than others!  However, I'm not here to discuss the reasons why you shouldn't be eating as much sugar on a daily basis.  Instead, I found the following article discussing 10 other foods or food additives that are even worse for you than sugar!  Take a look through the following article to become aware of these various downfalls in order to avoid them as much as you can but do let yourself "cheat" or "indulge" every once in a while.

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Monday, 19 August 2013 18:42

Women's Health Conditions

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Monday August 19 2013

My downtown Toronto and Mississauga practices primarily consist of female patients, so I thought that it was fitting to share this on my blog when I read this article on Huffington Post (by Catherine Pearson) about the 7 surprising health conditions that affect women more than men.  

 

Last modified on Sunday, 09 February 2014 21:58
Monday, 12 August 2013 06:47

Vegetarian Foods that are High in Protein

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Monday August 12 2013

Many of my vegetarian, vegan and even "flexitarian" patients always ask me for a list of foods that are vegetarian-friendly but still good sources of protein.  Below is a list of my favourite 10 non-meat food options that are a good source of protein:

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Monday, 05 August 2013 08:07

Barbie Doll Based on Real Proportions

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Monday August 5 2013

I stumbled across the great article at The Gloss on an artist who took it upon himself to create and compare what the traditional "Barbie Doll" versus a "Barbie" based on the body measurements of an average 19 year old female.  This story behind it has definitely got some traction to it and has been making the rounds on the media outlets!  

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Monday, 29 July 2013 07:31

Watermelon Lime Popsicles

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Monday July 29 2013

Popsicles are a part of everyone's childhood memories!  However, there are healthier options than the store pop "Popsicle Pete's" that consist of TONS of sugar.  Instead, here is a healthy option for you to try that I found at www.spoonful.com.  Let me know what you think after you try the recipe!

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Monday, 22 July 2013 10:57

Simple Ways to Detox on a Daily Basis

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Monday July 22 2013

"Detox" is definitely a growing "fad" that keeps encroaching my general family practice.  Many patients walk in through the door asking about the best detox products out there.  However, I never encourage the use of "detox products" that are chalked full of laxative and diuretics.  There are many great and gentle detox products out there, but why not start with the basics?  Here's a great article that I found on just that topic on Mind Body Green.

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Monday, 15 July 2013 20:55

Are Stevia and Agave Good Alternatives for Sugar?

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Monday July 15 2013

I came across this great article on the differences between the sugar alternative: stevia vs agave.  Have a great and let me know what you think!

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Monday, 08 July 2013 20:55

Superfoods on a Budget

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Monday July 8 2013

I know that a lot of my patients try very hard to eat healthy and make the right decision when it comes to buying healthy yet local and organic.  However, I know that prices do come into play in making those decisions for them!  So, when I stumbled across this article on budget-friendly superfoods at the Huffington Post, I wanted to share it with you. 

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Monday, 01 July 2013 21:09

Happy Canada Day!

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Mon Jul 1 2013

Happy Canada Day everyone!  Since I was away on vacation and didn't contribute to my blog for the last 2 weeks, I decided to work through the long-weekend and give you a bit of information on natural options for pest control around your house.  I'm sure that all of you have experienced at least a few uninvited ant visitors at your home once in a while.  Instead of automatically jumping to the toxic bug repellants/insecticides/etc, perhaps you can try one of these natural alternatives and see if it helps your situation with a milder and gentler solution.  Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let me know how it goes!

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Monday, 24 June 2013 20:57

Away on Vacation Part 2

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Mon Jun 24 2013

Here's a picture of Vancouver's picturesque North Shore.  This was taken on the night of my cousin's wedding -- it was a beautiful ceremony and reception that was right on the water.  

Vancouver is definitely an amazing city to visit if you haven't been here before -- I highly recommend it.

 

 

If you would like to make an appointment with Moira Kwok ND to learn how a Naturopathic Doctor can help you treat your current condition(s) or prevent any condition(s) that you may be predisposed to in the future, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any of the contact phone numbers to her midtown Toronto, downtown Toronto or Mississauga clinics (found HERE) and she would be happy to see you for an appointment.

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Monday, 17 June 2013 19:15

Away on Vacation Part 1

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Mon Jun 17 2013

I'm leaving for a mini-vacation in Vancouver, BC for the week so I won't be putting up a blog posting this week or next.  

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Monday, 10 June 2013 19:00

Instilling a Sense Self-Worth in Our Daughters

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Mon Jun 10 2013

The below link has been circulating amongst my Facebook friends and colleagues for the past few days and I'd like to share it with you as well.  It's another great reminder of what we should teach our children as they grow up into the adults that we hope that they will become -- both our sons and daughters.

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Monday, 03 June 2013 19:00

Googling Nutritional Information

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Mon Jun 3 2013

I discovered something interesting today: Google is now offering detailed nutritional information in their powerful search engine.  I thought that this was a great move because it will make finding this type of information just a few taps away on our laptops/smartphones.  How wonderful is that!?!  Give it a try and see what you learn today about food and nutrition. 

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Monday, 27 May 2013 18:59

Blackberries

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May 27 2013

I've discovered a new blog that I'm loving and am addicted to their updates!  It's called The Chalkboard, and it's in association with Pressed Juicery in California. If you're ever in Cali and close to any of their locations, you should definitely drop by and try one of their juices!  It's amazing.

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Monday, 20 May 2013 18:59

Phone Apps & Weight Loss

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May 20 2013

In both my downtown Toronto and Leaside practices, I often see many stressed out patients who would like to lose a bit of weight.  One of the things that I discuss with almost all of these patients is to recommend that they download an app called MyFitnessPal.  In fact, I wrote a blog post back in February about the MyFitnessPal app (found HERE).  Researchers in Liverpool, UK have found that smartphone apps can help people lose weight because it encourages them to pay attention and record the amount of food that they consume.

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Monday, 13 May 2013 14:34

High Intensity Circuit Training (HICT)

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Mon May 13 2013

 

An interesting article was published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in their May/June 2013 issue regarding the benefits of a high intensity circuit training (HICT) work-out that they created.  They combine aerobic activity and resistance training into a single exercise regime that only lasts approximately 7 minutes and only relies on body weight.  This 7 minute regime can be repeated two to three times, depending on the amount of time the person has to spend.

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Monday, 06 May 2013 14:33

The Safety of Feminine Hygiene Products

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Mon May 6 2013

I wrote an article on the many benefits of the DivaCup before (here) but I came across this very interesting article regarding all of the negative reasons for using non-organic or natural feminine hygiene products.  This definitely drives home the fact that you should be actively looking for an good natural alternative to Always/Kotex/etc!!!

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Monday, 29 April 2013 14:32

Budget-Friendly Superfoods

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Mon Apr 29 2013

A common concern that many of my patients raise is the common misconception that "eating healthy costs a lot".  This isn't necessarily the case at all!  It just depends on what you consider healthy and where you find it.  Not having all of the money in the world doesn't mean that you can't afford to eat healthy as well.

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Monday, 22 April 2013 14:32

Change the Way You Talk to Little Girls

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Mon Apr 22 2013

I came across this wonderful article by Lisa Bloom, who is an award-winning journalist, legal analyst, trial attorney, the daughter of renowned women's rights attorney, Gloria Allred, and authored the book Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed Down World.  It was a reminder of what we can each do in order to change women's perception of themselves, and I for one will definitely be changing the way I speak to any little girl from now on in attempt to change the world, one little girl at a time.

 

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Monday, 15 April 2013 14:30

Great Yoga Poses to Help Relieve Stress

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Mon Apr 15 2013

 

At my downtown Toronto practice, I have recently been seeing quite a few patients who are coming in with a chief concern of stress.  This isn't a big surprise considering the go-go-go environment of the downtown corporate world!  So, when I came across this article in blisstree.com on different yoga poses that would help to relieve stress, I knew that I had to share it because in reality, stress is a part of life.  It's just a matter of how much we let stress affect our lives by not coping with it properly that allows its negative effects to snowball out of control.

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Monday, 08 April 2013 14:30

Soft Gluten-Free Bread Recipe!

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Mon Apr 8 2013

I've been seeing a lot of patients with gluten-sensitivities lately, and the biggest question I get when I review the results of their food sensitivity results with them and have to break the news about breads and pastas is: what am I going to do to replace my bread!?!?!  I've stumbled across a great gluten-free blog by Carol Kicinski (simplygluten-free.com) and found a fabulous recipe for soft and moist gluten-free bread!  (**The above photo is also from her site**)

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Monday, 01 April 2013 14:29

Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables for April

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Mon Apr 1 2013

I came across this great article on blisstree.com regarding the freshest fruits and vegetables in April.  This is great because as the weather starts to warm up in Toronto as we transition from winter into spring, more of us start to think about shopping at farmers' markets around the city and trying to support local farmers.  The list is based on the US seasonal fruits and vegetables, but I think it can be extrapolated to apply to us Canadians as well!

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Monday, 25 March 2013 14:28

Getting Ready for Spring Cleaning

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Mon Mar 25 2013

 

Yet another great article from blisstree.com that summarizes a whole bunch of DIY recipes for green spring cleaning.  Take a look and let me know what you think!

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Monday, 18 March 2013 14:28

Almond Milk

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Mon Mar 18 2013

I've had multiple conversations with a particular favourite Insight patient of mine about making our own almond milk.  She's been doing this for quite a while and has found it super simple and tasty!  So, I thought that I'd share the recipe with everyone and see what you guys think.  Send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any comments or recommendations.

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Monday, 11 March 2013 18:26

What is the Best Type of Exercise for Weight Loss?

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Mon Mar 11 2013

I stumbled across this great article (here) on a blog run by Dr. Andrew Weil MD who is a great advocate for integrative medicine.  The article discusses the best types of exercise to do when you are trying to lose weight.  You can find the article below:

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Mon Mar 4 2013

There are a million and one reasons for you to get up off the couch and take the first step towards living a more active and healthier life.  However, just in case you needed one more, Diabetologia has published an article (here) stressing the importance of exercising for diabetes.  In fact, they found that the time that you spend throughout the day doing sedentary activities has a greater impact on increasing the risks for diabetes than simply being sedentary!  

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Monday, 25 February 2013 16:15

C-Section and Formula Fed Babies' Gut and Immune System

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Monday February 25 2013

An interesting article was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (here) a couple of weeks ago that was all over the media outlets regarding the potential benefits of a vaginal birth and breast-feeding.

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Monday, 18 February 2013 20:06

MyFitnessPal

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Monday February 18 2013

After every initial visit with a new patient, I always send them home with a bunch of homework to do.  A key part of the homework is a 7 day diet diary that tells me everything that my patient has eaten and drank over a 7 day period.  

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Monday, 11 February 2013 19:26

Pregnancy - What's Good or Bad When It Comes to Food?

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Monday February 11 2013

You're pregnant!  Congratulations!  Now what ... there are 10 million different tips and words of advice that everyone around you and everything that you read is telling you to do!  What now?

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Monday, 04 February 2013 18:45

How Do We Detox?

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Monday February 4 2013

Throughout January, I have been asked by multiple patients about detoxing and how they should go about doing that in a healthy and safe way.

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Monday, 28 January 2013 18:09

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

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Monday January 28 2013

Medscape posted an interesting article here regarding the diagnosis and re-naming of a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) that affects 5 million women in the USA.

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Monday, 21 January 2013 02:40

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

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Monday January 21 2013

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and what better way to talk about it than to discuss the three main warning signs?  I found this article on blisstree.com that sums it up succinctly.

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Monday, 14 January 2013 22:17

Broccoli Soup

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Monday January 14 2013

I always crave soups during the cold winter months, and I came across this great recipe in Cooking with Foods that Fight Cancer by Richard Béliveau & Denis Gingras.  It's a great option to keep you nice and warm!

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Monday, 07 January 2013 21:51

Juicing

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Monday January 7 2013

 

I came across this great article on FitSugar the other day and I wanted to share it because it's a great little introduction to the world of juicing.

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Monday, 31 December 2012 13:01

Happy New Year!

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Monday December 31 2012

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year with a 2013 filled with much love, joy, opportunity and health!

 

If you would like to make an appointment with Moira Kwok ND to learn how a Naturopathic Doctor can help you treat your current condition(s) or prevent any condition(s) that you may be predisposed to in the future, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any of the contact phone numbers to her midtown Toronto, downtown Toronto or Mississauga clinics (found HERE) and she would be happy to see you for an appointment.

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Monday, 24 December 2012 13:00

Merry Christmas!

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Monday December 24 2012

Wishing everyone out there a very Merry Christmas filled with much time with family and friends around a plentiful dinner table!

 

If you would like to make an appointment with Moira Kwok ND to learn how a Naturopathic Doctor can help you treat your current condition(s) or prevent any condition(s) that you may be predisposed to in the future, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any of the contact phone numbers to her midtown Toronto, downtown Toronto or Mississauga clinics (found HERE) and she would be happy to see you for an appointment.

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Monday, 17 December 2012 12:59

Avoiding Over-Eating

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Monday December 17 2012

The CHFA (Canadian Health Foods Association) is a great association that hosts a great conference and trade show in Toronto every year in the fall.  This upcoming year, it will run from Oct 3-6 2013.

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Monday, 10 December 2012 12:57

Happy Hanukkah!

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Monday December 10 2012

Wishing all of my Jewish friends and patients a very Happy Hanukkah!

 

If you would like to make an appointment with Moira Kwok ND to learn how a Naturopathic Doctor can help you treat your current condition(s) or prevent any condition(s) that you may be predisposed to in the future, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any of the contact phone numbers to her midtown Toronto, downtown Toronto or Mississauga clinics (found HERE) and she would be happy to see you for an appointment.

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Monday, 03 December 2012 17:56

Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies

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Monday December 3 2012

Dr. Adam Gratton ND is a colleague of mine who has a great blog loaded with tons of recipes, particularly gluten-free recipes!  He posted the following gluten-free shortbread recipe that I just had to share with you, especially given that many ovens will be alive and baking in a couple weeks for the holiday crush of cookie making!

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Monday, 26 November 2012 12:50

Roasted Salad Towers

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Monday November 26 2012

I stumbled across this great blog the other day (click here) written by Leanne Vogel, an RHN based in Montreal QC.  She has an amazing array of yummy recipes in addition to sections on travel, food, health, fitness and life!  It’s a very pretty and fun website that I have thoroughly enjoyed browsing through.  Let me know what you think!

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Monday, 19 November 2012 21:45

Mint

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Monday November 19 2012

One of my favourite herbs is peppermint.  I often have a whole bunch of it growing in the garden during the summer.  However, I love enjoying a steaming cup of ginger mint tea when the weather starts to turn a little bit colder and the leaves start to fall.  Here is another great little excerpt from 100 Best Health Foods on the many benefits of mint:

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Monday, 12 November 2012 12:32

What's So Great About Kale?

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Monday November 12 2012

A great little book that I accidentally came across while starting my Christmas shopping at Winners is 100 Best Health Foods.  The following is an excerpt from the book about kale, the popular new superfood!

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Monday November 5 2012

People who have red hair, freckles and fair skin that does not tan easily have always knows that they are at an increased risk for sunburns and the aging of skin through tanning.  However, there is now evidence to suggest that they are actually at at an increased risk for skin cancer, specifically melanoma, independent of the ultraviolet (UV) effects.  This can be interpreted to mean that they are genetically predisposed to developing melanoma.

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Monday, 29 October 2012 09:18

Happy Halloween!

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Monday October 29 2012

Wishing all of the parents and kids out there a very happy and safe Halloween!

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Monday, 22 October 2012 21:19

What 100 Calories Really Looks Like: Halloween Candy

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Monday Oct 22 2012

I saw this very handy visual article on www.fitsugar.com and wanted to share it with you before Halloween arrives!

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Monday, 15 October 2012 14:15

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Monday Oct 15 2012

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I found this great article on eight ways to spot abuse on www.blisstree.com.

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Monday, 08 October 2012 19:02

Acupuncture is Effective for Chronic Pain

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Monday October 8 2012

I wanted to share yet another fabulous article that I came across on www.blisstree.com!  This time, it’s about the benefits of acupuncture for chronic pain.

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Monday, 01 October 2012 14:54

Update to the Gluten-Free Expo

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Monday October 1 2012

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I would be attending the Gluten-Free Expo in Toronto, which was yesterday on Sun Sep 30.  Did any of you manage to find some time to go?

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Monday, 24 September 2012 18:38

Gluten-Free App for the iPhone

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Monday September 24 2012

I don’t have an iPhone (I’m still a stubborn Blackberry user ...) but I thought that I would share the following article that I came across on www.blisstree.com since many of my patients are iPhone users in combination with my recent blog theme of gluten-free eating.

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Monday, 17 September 2012 14:20

Cajun Yam Fries

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Monday September 17 2012

I stumbled across this great new recipe book called Chloe’s Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli, which consists of 125 easy and super yummy vegan recipes.  Here is a great recipe from www.chefchloe.com

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Monday, 10 September 2012 13:07

The Benefits of Living a Healthy Lifestyle on Longevity

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Monday September 10 2012

It wasn’t a big surprise when I read this article about the benefits of healthy lifestyle on longevity into old age, but I wanted to share this article with you anyways!  

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Monday, 03 September 2012 12:43

Toronto's Gluten Free Expo

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Monday September 3 2012

I have noticed a recent trend towards gluten-free eating amongst many of my patients − be it for health promotion or dictated by a gluten-sensitivity.  So, when one of the organizers of the Gluten Free Expo contacted me to let me know that they were going to be in Toronto at the end of September, I made a note in my calendar to attend!

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Monday, 27 August 2012 12:02

Matcha Green Tea

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Monday August 27 2012

We have gone over the many benefits of green tea for its anti-cancer effects, and I came across this great article on how to make match green tea the other day on www.yumsugar.com.  Enjoy!

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Monday, 20 August 2012 15:34

How Does Being Pear-Shaped Affect My Health?

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Monday August 20 2012

I came across this great article on being pear shaped and its affects on your hormones on www.blisstree.com and is written by my colleague, Dr. Natasha Turner ND.

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Monday, 13 August 2012 08:12

The DivaCup

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Monday August 13 2012

I know that there is a lot of talk these day regarding the environment − and very rightly so!  The environment is a very important topic, and we should each do everything that we can to preserve what we have and improve it for our children and our children’s children.

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Monday, 06 August 2012 16:21

Vegetarian Protein Sources

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Monday August 6 2012

Happy Civic Monday!  I hope that you’re all enjoying your extra day off today because we’ve been quite lucky in Toronto with  such gorgeous weather!  Sunny, warm and breezy − what more could we ask for!?!  And, can you believe that it's already been ONE year since my first blog post last year on Civic Day Monday?  Time sure does fly when you're having fun.

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Monday, 30 July 2012 16:20

Salad Recipe

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Monday July 30 2012

Happy Olympics!!  Ever since I was 4 years old, I remember being fascinated by all different sports in the Olympics.  I love it.  Go Team Canada, and make us proud in London!

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Monday, 23 July 2012 16:19

Watermelon, Prawn & Avocado Recipe

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Monday July 23 2012

I found this is a great summer salad to be enjoyed during this super muggy weather that we’ve been experiencing recently − enjoy!

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