What is Kombucha? (a.k.a. You Want me to Drink What?!)

Image: The Kitchn

Image: The Kitchn

I’m exploring how important a healthy gut is this month, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the super-popular kombucha fad.

Despite recently showing up everywhere (seriously – you can even get it on tap at some brew pubs!), kombucha has been around for over two THOUSAND years. For real! It’s first mentioned in texts from ancient China as “the Tea of Immortality.”

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On April 20, 2017, posted in: Anti-Inflammatory , Blog , Digestive issues , Immune System , Nutrition , Recipes

What is Kefir? (With Recipe)

Image: Feasting at Home

Image: Feasting at Home

Kombucha is all the rage these days – this sweet, slightly caffeinated, fizzy beverage can be found in bottles and on tap all over the place.

I LOVE kombucha, but sometimes even the small amount of caffeine in it means I can’t have it, say, in the evening in place of a glass of wine.

Enter Water Kefir.

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On April 12, 2017, posted in: Blog , Digestive issues , Gut Health , Mental Health , Nutrition , Recipes

Feeling the 2 PM Slump? Amp up your Lunch Game!

Image: 196 Lunches

Image: 196 Lunches

Have you ever fallen prey to the 2:30 pm slump?

You’ll have a good morning at the office, feel productive and energetic, and then, all of a sudden, you want to curl up under your desk for a long nap.

Before you hit the coffee shop or reach for a chocolate bar, ask yourself a simple question: what did you eat for lunch?

The majority of workers in the US and Canada are now office-dwellers, which means we sit at a desk all day long. The standard diet in North America has also moved from one predominantly based on fat-burning energy, to one based on carb-burning energy.

For example, it’s far more common place for us to reach for a chocolate bar (carbs!) or get a second, third, or fourth cup of coffee (caffeine!) than eat a handful of nuts when we’re fading at the office. Unfortunately, carbs/sugar create short-lived spikes in energy followed by inevitable crashes, whereas energy from fats is burned more slowly by the body. This leads to more consistent energy throughout the day.

Okay, so what does this mean for your lunch game?

Basically, there are SO MANY options for a healthy lunch, and none of them involve a tuna sandwich. If you sit all day, try to minimize your carb intake at lunch and include things like nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, white fish… I’m hearing a pretty delicious salad in all of that, are you?

To help jump-start your healthy fat lunch game, I highly recommend the site 196 Lunches. Her meals, while made for her kids’ lunch boxes, are insanely good, simple to prep ahead, and proof that you don’t need bread, meat and cheese to make a mean meal. You may need to increase the portion size to make them grown-up friendly, but it’ll be worth it.

Happy lunching!

 

On April 6, 2017, posted in: Blog , Nutrition , Recipes

Do You Have Fatty Liver Disease?

Image: Thomas Kelley

Image: Thomas Kelley

March is a great month to cleanse… partly because it’s also Liver Health Month!

Your liver is a key player in your overall health – it’s the main organ in your body associated with detoxification (and we know how important it is to detox). Unfortunately, I’m seeing more and more patients who suffer from liver conditions, such as fatty liver disease.

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On March 22, 2017, posted in: Blog , Detoxification , Liver Health , Nutrition

A Full Day of Detox, Plus a Little Dessert

Image: Joyous health

Image: Joyous health

Over the week I’ve shared the elements of a GREAT day of detoxing, using some of my favorite recipes from Julie Daniluk and Joyous Health (who both have new detox books out now).

Here’s a little recap of what your detox day could look like:

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On March 11, 2017, posted in: Blog , Detoxification , Nutrition , Recipes