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Do You Suffer from Beige Food Syndrome?

Are the foods on your plate all beige?  Are you, your spouse or children choosing colourful foods limited to rainbow-coloured skittles, fruit loops and ketchup?  If so, then you probably suffer from beige food syndrome.

Your naturopathic health tip: don’t save the best for last!  Fill your plate with salad before proceeding to other menu options.

Does your salad have at least 5 different colours?  If it doesn’t, dress it up!  Add liberal amounts of the following eight super food ingredients, which also happen to be terrific belly-busters!

1. Purple kale.

Kale

2. Baby bok choy.

Bok choy

3. Pomegranate seeds.

Pomegranate

4. Snow peas.

Snow Peas

5. Hemp hearts.

Hemp Hearts

6. Golden beets.

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7. Edamame.

Edamame

8. Multi-coloured quinoa.

Quinoa Multicoloured

Need “cheat” tips keeping meal preparation easy?  Purchase prewashed mixed leafy field greens with herbs for your salad base.

How fresh produce savvy were you?  Could you identify all the produce listed, without looking at the names?  Don’t suffer another day from beige food syndrome and speak with your Naturopathic Doctor about how to incorporate healthier meals into your hectic schedule.

Are you…?

sick n tiredIf you answered “yes!” to this question without missing a heartbeat, know that you aren’t alone.  This was a question I posed while visiting the lovely employees of the Manulife Financial Office with my amazing healthcare team.

You will benefit from making your Naturopathic Doctor part of your healthcare team.  As your Naturopathic Doctor, I can help.  How?  By investigating all your symptoms and getting to the root of your problem(s).

Not sure where to start?  Some important questions I posed to individuals who said they were healthy, but then struggled answering the following questions are:

1. How are your energy levels?
Energy Levels

2. How is your sleep?
sleep-well

3. Do you have regular bowel movements?
Bowel Movements

4. Have you noticed an increase in pesky weight that you just can’t shake?
Scale-Close-Up

5. How are your cholesterol levels? Blood sugar levels? Blood pressure?
Heart Health - Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Cholesterol

6. How are your moods?
Happy guys and girls expressing happiness

If your answers were tepid at best, come in for a thorough assessment to figure out what areas we can help you with.  Let me HELP YOU infuse your life with a renewed energy for healthier eating, a sense of peace, and help facilitate your health journey for sustainable life changes, one step at a time.

Book your complimentary 15 minute chat in-person to find out how I can help you get back on your path to health and wellness.  I look forward to speaking with you soon!

Are You Overly Acidic?

Find it difficult to concentrate?  Suffer from recurrent viral infections, allergies and respiratory problems?  Fatigue quickly and recover slowly?  Do you feel pessimistic?  Notice a loss of enthusiasm, joy and motivation?  Experience chronic muscle stiffness, soreness or pain?  Have recurring headaches?  Notice areas of inflamed and itchy skin?  Have you been told you have brittle, or thinning bones?  Noticed a change in your perspiration and body odours (towards one that is more rancid)?

We live in a society that is constantly on the go and will unquestioningly pop that prescription “cure-all” magic pill.  Imagine for a moment however, if you could roll back the clock prior to your diagnosis of hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, heart disease, recurrent headaches, premenstrual dysphoria – and you had someone tell you your prescription could be wholesome food and a healthy lifestyle!  What would you do with that information?

I present to you the original happy meal

The primary force creating, or further contributing to many of the above-listed common illnesses is directly linked to your…drum roll please…you guessed it, diet!  As a Naturopathic Doctor, the vast majority of patients who walk in through our doors are persons with less-than-optimal health and are those who also have an acidic body terrain.

Fortunately, there is much you can do to turn an unhealthy acidic environment into a health-promoting alkaline environment. In fact, the most important step you can take in creating an ideal acid-alkaline balance in your body is to take control of your diet by making smart food choices.

Hind sight is always 20/20. What happens if you had the key to unlocking health and vitality, without the negative side-effects of pharmaceuticals, which consequently also require additional pharmaceuticals to offset your original prescription’s side effects? Would you unlock the door to your potential health and well-being?  Incorporation of an alkaline diet is not just a buzz word used by Naturopathic Doctors.  Ask your Naturopathic Doctor how you can achieve more of an alkaline body balance!

Are Genetically Modified Foods, Modifying Health?

I just watched an absolutely mind-blowing movie found on YouTube called The Future of Food.  This movie comments on gene patenting and the introduction of genetically-modified foods (perhaps more correctly so, its integration), into our food chain.

The initial intent of introducing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) was to assist the speed and cost-effectiveness of growing crops to help feed the world.  One alarming consequence that arose from the work on GMOs, however, was that genetically-modified plants led to the development of the terminator gene, whereby crops have been programmed to “commit suicide” after one harvest season.  These genetically-modified plants produce sterile seeds that cannot be used the following season.  Scarily enough, this movie raised important questions for consideration – what would happen if these terminator genes contaminated other crops around the world?  What long-term effects do GMOs cause when consumed by our livestock?  What happens to the insects that pollinate these genetically-modified plants?

Epigenetics is the study of heritable alterations in gene expression caused by mechanisms other than changes in DNA sequence.  To relate this idea back to the discussion of our agriculture, while organic produce may be loosely “indistinguishable” from GMO produce at quick glance, there are undeniable differences between it and our organic produce and this is seen in subsequent generations of genetically-modified plants (it may look like “regular” crop and produce seeds, but seeds from these genetically-modified plants are not viable and therefore unable to produce future crop).

The food we are consuming is often over-looked as playing a contributory role in the progression of disease.  Remember, the body is amazing at being able to take a high-level of “abuse” before it reaches a tipping point, whereby illness manifests.  Just because you are able to buy it off the store shelf, does not mean it is a food you should be eating.  The fact of the matter is that we do not know what the long-term effects genetically-modified foods will have on our bodies, on our health or the health of our families.  Unfortunately, we cannot forecast what unintended consequences may come from these food choices.

My advice: choose quality foods over quantity.  Purchase the best quality food you are able, opting for a food that is not genetically-modified (as indicated by its SKU code), and is local and organic.  You owe it to yourself to consider the effect GMOs will have on human epigenetics and epigenetic inheritance, which means that what you eat can affect the health and wellness of your grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.  A major advantage of choosing locally-produced crop is that it is harvested when it is at its peak nutritive value.  According to this movie, local food travels an average of 50 miles (80 km), whereas food in the average supermarket is said to travel an average of 1500 miles (2414 km).  To give you a better appreciation of what that means, the longest east-west distance of Toronto is approximately 43 km, and for Ontario it is 1690 km.  The bottom line – the nutritional content of your food decreases the further your food has to travel before it reaches the produce isle at your grocery store and subsequently, your family’s dinner table.