Making Sense of Thyroid Testing

Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, but it’s a big deal all over your body. The hormone it creates is responsible for some of the most basic functions and systems of your body. If your thyroid isn’t working properly, you’ll definitely feel it. The symptoms of an underactive thyroid make for… Continue reading →

Recipe: Black Bean Dip

This super-easy and inexpensive snack will have even the pickiest kid asking for more. And because black beans are high in iron, magnesium and folic acid, both parents and kids can be happy! Ingredients: 1 can of black beans – drained ¼ cup olive oil 2-3 cloves of garlic finely chopped (if you are using… Continue reading →

Making Sense of Gluten Intolerance

Many people have problems when they eat wheat.  It gives them stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, headaches, chronic coughs, brain fog, fatigue, depression or any number of other symptoms. What they don’t often realize is that gluten intolerance may be the culprit. Gluten intolerance is sometimes called a wheat allergy, but it’s really about more than… Continue reading →

The Cost of Eating Healthy

An offhand comment from a grocery store employee that eating a healthy diet was “too expensive” led to a lot conversation in our home. Was it really true? Was a healthy diet outside the financial reach of many families? Recently, we decided to find out by looking at the cost of our diet. For six… Continue reading →

The Dirty Dozen: Choosing Produce With Less Pesticide

As organic food begins to occupy more and more space in grocery stores, you may have found yourself standing in the produce aisle wondering whether organic produce is worth the price. And if you can’t get organic, or it’s not in your budget, how do you make produce choices that limit your pesticide exposure? In… Continue reading →

Recipe: Homemade Chicken Soup

This a fast, and easy lunch in our home, and by using the organic soup stock below, you can save the trouble of making your own. Plus it’s the only stock I’ve found so far with no MSG! Ingredients 1 cooking onion diced 1-2 tsp of olive oil Salt and pepper to taste 1 box… Continue reading →

Recipe: Quinoa Hot Cereal

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is like rice, but a little more nutty. It was a staple in the diet of South American Indians (who considered it a sacred food) for centuries, but only arrived in North America in the last 30 years or so. What’s powerful about it is that it’s a full protein – unlike… Continue reading →

31 Days and Counting: Finding the Value of Daily Exercise

I don’t always make resolutions, but at the beginning of each New Year I do take the time to reflect about the past year of my life and think about what future actions I could take to make my coming years better in some way. Although we are an active family and I’m committed to… Continue reading →

Book Review: Healthy at 100

In Healthy at 100, John Robbins explores the lifestyles of four of the world’s longest living cultures: the Abkhasians of Southern Russia, the Vilcabambans of Ecuador, the Hunza of Northern Pakistan, and the Okinawans of Japan. The cultures all share an extraordinarily high number of centenarians, and a low incidence of most of the chronic… Continue reading →

Recipes: How To Cook Kale

Kale is a very traditional winter green veggie and is one of my favourite foods.  Like broccoli, it’s part of the brassica family and is full of potent phytochemicals that help your liver neutralize toxins.  It’s also an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C and the mineral manganese which, among other things, is important… Continue reading →