probiotics

What Everyone Ought To Know About Probiotics

Earlier this month I posted about prebiotics and I thought it would be a nice idea to dedicate a specific post to probiotics.

I have written plenty about the human microbiome and its importance to our health, in its own post and in other posts that aren’t specifically about that topic, but I realized I haven’t really given you information about these microbes and how to make sure your microbiome is healthy, happy, strong, diverse, and abundant.

Let’s explore the world of probiotics: the healthy, friendly, happy microbes that live in and on us. Where do they come from? How do we use probiotics? And why is this important again?

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Prebiotics – Sunchoke Recipe

Have you ever eaten a sunchoke?

Maybe you’ve seen them at the grocery store, arranged next to the root vegetables or with the ‘specialty’ produce in a small quantity.

Maybe you’ve even been visually repelled by their knobbly structure, which is often caked in some soil.

I agree, sunchokes are not the most aesthetically pleasing vegetables, but after reading this post and checking out the recipe at the end, you’ll want to give them a try – they have the most delicious flavour!

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How Does Added Sugar Impact Immune Health?

Refined, processed sugar has a direct and immediate action on the functioning of our immune system. 

It can make illnesses worse, it can hinder the healing process and it can create and feed illness including allergies and autoimmunity.

How does this happen? Read on to find out…

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microbiome

What Is the Microbiome?

Did you know that we humans are not just a single organism, but that we are an ecosystem?

Micro = small;
biome = a community occupying a habitat. Thus the microbiome is a community of small organisms (microbes) that occupy the habitat of our human bodies. Making us a living, breathing, walking ecosystem!

Thus the microbiome is a community of small organisms (microbes) that occupy the habitat of our human bodies. Making us a living, breathing, walking ecosystem!

Our specific mélange of microbes living in and on us is called the human microbiome. We all have a slightly different mix; the health and diversity of which depends hugely upon our diet, our thinking (mind-body connection), how we came into this world (natural birth vs Cesarean section; breastfeeding; introduction of solid foods…), how often we’ve taken antibiotics, where we live, what toxic exposure we have, and more.

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Recipe: Chocolate Chia Pudding

If you are currently or have been a client of mine you have likely learned about and gotten recipes for chia pudding. The reason: it’s so good for you AND it’s so delicious!!

Read on for the recipe!

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Holidays: Indulge A Little, Enjoy A Lot!

It’s that time of year again!!! There are many tips that will circulate around the internet on how to survive the holidays, but it really doesn’t have to be that complex.

Remember to indulge a little here and there without going overboard and you’ll enjoy yourself without regret.

Read on for 3 simple things to remember as the season is upon us…

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Turmeric

Turmeric Face Mask

Today I did my first “scope”. I assume a bunch of you have no idea what that is… it’s a live streaming video on a phone app called Periscope. I’m trying it out as something fun to do to share things like this! If you want to check out my scope, go here – it’s only available for 24 hrs after it has been broadcast… so sometime tomorrow morning it will be gone!

If you want to follow more scopes then you’ll want to follow me on Twitter.

What I decided to scope about first is a facial treatment called a turmeric face mask. If you’re guessing it has something to do with putting turmeric all over your face, you are absolutely correct! You might be wondering what this has to do with allergy? Well, last week I ate something I’m allergic to: cheese (doh!) and as a result my skin broke out badly. 🙁 So I’m using the turmeric face mask to help it heal.

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Allergy vs Sensitivity – Part 2

A while back I wrote a post about ‘true allergy’, or IgE-mediated hypersensitivity. Those are the allergies that we often recognize as having the potential for anaphylaxis, and if they don’t they at least trigger a bad histamine response which leads to what most of us relate to as allergy: swelling, redness, itchiness, rash, etc. I also promised a follow-up with a post on ‘sensitivities’. Well, I’ve finally posted it! If you want to go back and read the first post, you can find it here.

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Sugar Free Challenge

Are you ready to get control of how much sugar you take in each day?

Do you want to better understand how to identify those sugars in the foods you buy?

Do you want to feel more energized, more ALIVE, less bloated, less achy, lose the muffin top, fit into those jeans you’ve been saving in your closet?

Then join us on this Sugar Free Challenge and significantly reduce your sugar intake!
Get guidance and support along the way! Details below…

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Recipe: No-Bake Protein Bars

You’ve asked and I’m delivering… finally going to start posting some of my recipes up here!
The first one: No Bake Snack/Protein Bars

I’ve been making this recipe for about a decade. I don’t remember where I initially got the idea for it, but I know I had been looking to make a healthier and more affordable alternative to the protein bars or sports bars that we can purchase.

I played with the ingredients until I had something that I really liked and found portable, and I haven’t changed it much since.

When I used to do long group rides on my bike I’d take a few squares of this in my back pocket. I stored them in the freezer, so they would be easy to grab-and-go while still frozen, but they’d thaw just enough to be perfect for eating when I wanted them!

They are gluten-free, vegan, refined-sugar-free, dairy-free… they can really be ‘free’ of anything that you don’t want in them! And they can also be loaded up with anything you really DO want in them!! The beauty of making your own!

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