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Summer Detox for the Busy! There’s Still Time.

Summer Detoxification with Dr. Judith Ancheta, Naturopathic Doctor

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What Your Community Naturopathic Doctor Has Been Up to This Summer!

It has been a terrific summer full of learning (and teaching!) in the naturopathic trenches here at the Richmond Hill and Markham Clinics.  This past summer has been filled with attending various events which you may have seen us at, some of which included being at our local LA Fitness Vaughan Gym and Health Club, at the Canada Day Celebrations at our local Richmond Green Park, participating in On Richmond Hill Community meetings at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts, in and around the aisles of Loblaws Markham with the community registered dietician participating in the Diabetes Workshop for patients of the Markham Family Health Team and attending this upcoming weekend’s Maplefest Festival 2013 at the Maple Community Centre.

With all these terrific events supporting a healthy community, the highlight of it all has been the one-on-one mentorship that has been taking place with a fury through educational partnerships with the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine Preceptor Programme, which trains delightful Naturopathic Medical Interns in our community clinic setting who are preparing for practice and also working with the York District Catholic School Board High School Co-Operative Education Programme Students.  It has been an inspiring summer, with evidence that the best is still yet to come with our quickly approaching Fall season.  Stay tuned and see you in and around our lively community!

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Naturopathic medical care takes “root” across Ontario!

NMW 2013 - GrassrootsJoin us during Naturopathic Medicine Week, which is taking place from May 6, 2013 – May 12, 2013Naturopathic Doctors across North America are celebrating vis medicatrix naturae (the healing power of nature), and will be spending this week sharing our passion for healthy living in and around the community.

Healthy Families Make Healthy Choices

Join us for the Healthy Eating for Mum and Baby workshop!

Beautiful Baby Toes

Bring yourself, your partner and those you know to attend either of these two fun and informative sessions!

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Loblaws Cooking School at High Tech Road, Richmond Hill

Date: Friday, April 19, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Loblaws Cooking School at Bullock Drive, Markham

Topics to be covered include:
– Healthy Eating for Mom
– Breastfeeding
– Baby Formula
– Solid Food Introduction
– How to Make Your Own Baby Food at Home

Admission is free!  Contact judy@drjudynd.com to RSVP your spot.

Working Together for Health: York Region Communities Gather for Passport to Wellness 2013

Working Together for HealthThank you to all those who attended this year’s Passport to Wellness 2013 at the Aurora Cultural Centre!  It was wonderful to have seen a good community presence, and to have other energetic health professionals gathered under one roof in support of the Alzheimer’s Society of York Region, the York Region Food Network and a healthy community.

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.

Super Bowl Salads, Not Just for Super Bowl!

Today, I received a couple of grins in our local grocery store, while excitedly rummaging through the fresh produce section.  It made me think long and hard about how I could bring such an enthusiasm for healthy food cravings to my own patients.  I thought I would spare you having to wait another full year before sharing with you my love affair with salads, ahem, super bowl salads.  I encourage you to explore how the combination of different vegetables and fruits can add an exciting twist and an array of plant-based, nutrient-dense goodness to your diet.

Not sure where to start?  Your naturopathic health tip: make it a point to try a new vegetable or fruit each week!

Every week I make it a point to purchase something I have never eaten before.  This week it was kumquats.  In a nutshell, kumquats are about the size of a cherry tomato, and they have the refreshing taste of a mini-orange and contain high amounts of vitamin C.

Glorious Kumquats

This past week, I enjoyed them whole, munching on them between patients for my afternoon pick-me-up snack.  In the evening, I enjoyed both the colour and taste they imparted to my super bowl salad.

Try tossing together this refreshing red and green kale salad with a splash of sliced kumquats, which only takes a few minutes to prepare.

Ingredients
• 8 handfuls of organic red and green kale
• 1/2 cup hemp hearts
• 24 kumquats sliced lengthwise

Dressing
• fresh juice from 1 orange
• 2 tbsp orange rind
• 1/3 cup sesame or extra-virgin olive oil
• 1/2 cup brown rice vinegar
• 4 tbsp of hemp oil
• 1/2 cup fresh mint

Easy Peasy Preparation Instructions
Place all the dressing ingredients into a food processor and coarsely blend about 30 seconds.  Combine your salad ingredients of red and green kale into a large bowl, layer the hemp hearts and sliced kumquats, and toss with the dressing.  This makes 4 generous servings.  To your health!