Busy or Not, Breakfast is a Must!

Sometimes I’m just too busy to have a proper sit-down breakfast #momlife, and sometimes I’m just not hungry… BUT I always make sure I have something in me to start my day off on the right foot and smoothies are my go-to when nothing else is likely to happen.

It is blueberry season in my neck of the woods right now so I’ve stocked up and have an abundance of these amazing little antioxident loaded gems, both fresh & frozen now. (Antioxidants protect your body from free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage your cells and contribute to aging and diseases)

This super simple, totally tasty smoothie is something you can enjoy year-round AND the kids love it too! Continue reading “Busy or Not, Breakfast is a Must!”

To Cook, or Not to Cook. That is the question…

Raw vs. Cooked – Which Contains More Vitamins and Minerals?

 

Let’s finally put an end to the debate of raw vs. cooked.

 

Of course, in the grand scheme of a well-balanced, nutrient-dense, varied, whole foods diet, the cooked vs. raw debate isn’t that critical for most people.

 

Where this can become a consideration is for vitamin and mineral deficiencies (or “insufficiencies”). These may be due to digestion or absorption issues, or avoidance of certain foods (due to allergies, intolerances, or choice).

 

And I’ll tell you that the answer isn’t as simple as “raw is always better” or “cooked is always better.”  Continue reading “To Cook, or Not to Cook. That is the question…”

Feeling Snacky? Me too!

Five Weight-Loss Friendly Snacks You Will Love

 

The words “weight-loss” and “snacks” can appear in the same sentence…

But that might also bring thoughts of “tasteless,” “cardboard,” and “completely unsatisfying.”

 

Right?

 

Let me give you my best weight-loss friendly snacks that aren’t just nutritious but also delicious!

 

What’s my criteria you ask? Continue reading “Feeling Snacky? Me too!”

Do You Need a Dairy Do-over???

Dairy Intolerance (Lactose, Casein, and Whey)

 

Having a food intolerance is not fun. It can cause abdominal pain, discomfort, and nausea. It also causes embarrassing symptoms like flatulence and diarrhea. Other symptoms linked to food intolerances include muscle or joint pain, headaches, exhaustion, and even skin symptoms like rashes and eczema.

 

Dairy is just one of those foods that many people seem to be intolerant of. Continue reading “Do You Need a Dairy Do-over???”

What ARE Food Preservatives anyway?

Food Preservatives

 

A food preservative is a substance added to foods to make them last longer; to “preserve” them. Preservatives are added to foods that go bad quickly and have found themselves in all kinds of products in our grocery stores.

 

Preservatives work to preserve food in a few different ways. Some prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Others prevent delicate fats from going rancid.

 

There are so many preservatives out there. While preservatives added to foods should be “approved,” this doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed to be safe for everyone always. And it doesn’t mean that the food is healthy. Continue reading “What ARE Food Preservatives anyway?”

A Calorie is a Calorie… wait, what???

Common Weight Loss Myths …   XX   Busted   XX

 

Weight loss advice is so common (and contentious) now. There are competing opinions everywhere. And let me be the first to say that what works for one person may or may not work for another person. As I often share with my clients/students “we are all made from the same stuff, but we are all put together differently.”

 

I say, forget about “who’s right” and let’s focus on “what’s right.” Because what gets results is what I’m focusing on in this post. Continue reading “A Calorie is a Calorie… wait, what???”

Deciphering the Nutrition Facts Table…

How to Read the New Nutrition Facts Tables

 

The Nutrition Facts table is on the side of most packaged foods. It’s often found close to the ingredient listing.

 

The purpose of it is to help consumers make better nutrition decisions. When people can see the number of calories, carbs, sodium, etc. in food, they should be able to eat better, right?

 

Whether you like the Nutrition Facts table or not, let’s make sure you get the most out of it, since it’s here to stay! Continue reading “Deciphering the Nutrition Facts Table…”

Gut Health – Does it really matter & what does that mean anyway..?

Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.”

And while this may not be 100% true for every disease in every person, more and more research shows that our gut (digestive system) has a bigger role in many diseases than we used to think. And we’re not just talking about heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, IBD, etc. We’re talking about all kinds of issues like allergies, pain, mood disorders, and nutrient deficiencies.

There are a lot of reasons for this. Continue reading “Gut Health – Does it really matter & what does that mean anyway..?”

Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods

Do you love your breakfast?  Do you have a short list of “go-to” recipes?  Do you need a bit of inspiration to start eating breakfast again?

 

Getting some protein at each meal can help with blood sugar management, metabolism and weight loss.  This is because protein helps you feel fuller longer and uses up a bunch of calories to absorb and metabolize it.  So I’m going to show you how to get the protein, as well as some veggies and healthy fats for your soon-to-be favourite new “go-to” breakfasts. Continue reading “Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods”

Your Waist or Your Weight? Why Your Waist Circumference Matters More Than What You Weigh

You totally want to ditch your scale, don’t you?

(I did it a few years ago & man oh man, did it feel good!!!)

 

You may have this weird kind of relationship with your “weight”.

 

I mean, it doesn’t define you (obviously).

 

What you weigh can matter but only to a certain extent. Continue reading “Your Waist or Your Weight? Why Your Waist Circumference Matters More Than What You Weigh”

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