Tag Archives: Metabolism

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!

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?
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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!

Naturopathic Word of the Day: Sirtuins

Sirtuins are a class of longevity genes which function as universal regulators of the aging process in all living organisms. It appears that the activation of these genes extend life by initiating processes in the body which slow metabolism and increase oxygen uptake. The result: up to a 60% extension in life, which could mean a life span of up to 140-160 years of age. Can you imagine? Scientists have not completely unlocked all the secrets and minutiae implicated in the activation of this segment of our genetics. The potential to one day do so is impressive, to say the least. In the interim, you can always visit your neighbourhood Naturopathic Doctor to find out what changes you can make to slow down your cellular aging process.

Got Milk? Perhaps You Can Actually Skip It.

Part of the problem is that the milk you bring home from the grocery store comes from modern dairy farms, where milk is mass-produced 300 days of the year. For much of that time, these dairy cows are pregnant. The hormones contained in the cow’s milk increase as her pregnancy progresses.

The milk we drink today is quite unlike the milk our grandparents and great grandparents were drinking. Before the advent of mass-produced milk, cows were milked for human consumption approximately five months a year, and certainly not when cows were in their later stages of pregnancy, therefore minimizing the amount of estrogen in the milk consumed.

It is thought that cow’s milk accounts for 60-80% of the estrogens consumed (WOW!), further contributing this idea that we live in an “estrogen dominant” society. For comparison’s sake, it is thought that a dairy cow in the later stages of pregnancy excretes as much as 33 times as much estrogen (in the form of estrone sulfate) than its non-pregnant counterpart.

The link between heightened cancer risk and dietary estrogen was examined in 42 countries. Curiously, the rates of testicular cancer among men aged 30 to 39 are higher is places such as Switzerland and Denmark, where cheese is a national food, and lowest in Algeria and other countries where dairy is not widely consumed.

What can you do?

Of course there are not going to be any radical changes in the dairy industry and this of course is not the only factor that needs to be considered when examining the pros and cons of dairy consumption as we often think “milk does a body good”.

However, if you are consuming cow’s milk to get your daily dose of calcium, perhaps this is a reason to explore other sources – green leafy vegetables, carrots, and other tasty dairy substitutes (goat, almond, rice or soy milk).

Also, you can help yourself reduce your dietary estrogen consumption by swapping your homogenous milk (containing 3.25% fat) and even 2% milk for 1% milk or skim milk (as hormones reside in milk fat).

If you have great dairy alternatives you use, please let us know! We look forward to hearing your thoughts and recommendations!