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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.

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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?
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!

The Secret to Aging Gracefully, Revealed!

Chartwell LTC Residence - The Woodhaven

I had a delightful time visiting the residents and staff at The Woodhaven LTC Residence in Markham this past Friday.  My table in the lobby was visited by residents and staff who had thoughtful questions about their health, which I was pleased to discuss.

When asking one particularly vibrant 92 year old resident from Singapore about the secret for youthful skin, with a sweet grin and the twinkling eyes of a person who had acquired the wisdom of many years, she cheekily responded:  “patience and love”.  On that note, I fondly addand naturopathic medicine”.

Thank you for inviting me to your home Chartwell and for indeed, making people’s lives better.

Naturopathic Doctors Bridge the Gap in Patient Care

Naturopathic Medical CareThere is a growing recognition that complex patient populations benefit from an intensive case management approach. As your Naturopathic Doctor, we provide a continuity of health care support through your various life transitions and we are here to make sure you get the care and support you require to improve your quality of life and to encourage Ontario’s Aging at Home Strategy. As your Naturopathic Doctor, we work alongside Family Health Teams to provide integrated health services delivery.

Check out the article written here by a Naturopathic Doctor in response to the article published in the New York Times regarding the shortage of family physicians. In discussing your health care options, your Naturopathic Doctor is equipped to help you bridge the gap in patient care so that you get the support you require from our medical system.

Love Your Body, Change Your Life

I attended the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) Spring Conference and Annual General Meeting last weekend.  Naturopathic Doctors from all over Ontario gathered to discuss the changes surrounding the set up of a new College of Naturopathic Doctors, with expected proclamation in March 2013.  The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLT) recognizes the care Naturopathic Doctors are providing to their patients is helping alleviate many issues associated with our publicly-funded health care system and Naturopathic Doctors everywhere are proud to be part of the solution!

Naturopathic Medicine Week in Ontario this year May 7-13, 2012!


I am excited that Dr. Natasha Turner, ND will be speaking about her new book, The Carb Sensitivity Program to help patients discover which carbs will curb cravings, control appetite and banish belly fat to stave off chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Turner is the best selling author of The Hormone Diet and The Super-Charged Hormone Diet, two must-read books.

Details:  Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Ontario
Date:  May 9, 2012
Time:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $15 (it’s a steal!)

For tickets, you can purchase them at the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office or call the Box Office at (416) 872-4255.

Prone to Change of Season Coughs and Colds? “Weather-Proof” Your Immunity

I was just musing over a keynote presentation given by Dr. Kerry Bone at the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors’ Annual November 2011 Convention, “Emerging Trends and Treatments in Naturopathic Medicine”. Every year this conference invites leading physicians and field-experts to share their knowledge on an array of hot topics.

To give you some background information on Dr. Bone, he is a highly experienced researcher and industrial chemist turned well-respected, leading phytotherapy (or herbal medicine) expert. He has maintained an active practice over the last 28 years in Australia and is a prolific author on herbal texts used world-wide and over 30 peer-reviewed scientific journals.

He spoke about how immunity is the “new” priority in the modern day patient. With every new epidemic that arises, be it severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), avian flu, swine flu or an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as clostridium difficile (C. diff), methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a popular question becomes, what can Naturopathic Medicine offer?

Though winter is almost over, from an immune system stand point, we aren’t quite out of the woods just yet. As a Naturopathic Doctor, based on the character of, say your cough (is it dry, wet, spasmodic?) we can make recommendations on the botanical herbs most appropriate for you.

Some dry cough remedies may include glycerrhiza glabra, tussilago farfara, verbascum thapsus or althea officinalis. If you have a wet cough we may recommend sanguinaria canadensis, lobelia inflata or aspidosperma quebracho. If you present with more of a spasmodic cough, grindelia robustica, foeniculum officinale, hyoscyamus niger, actea racemosa, or prunus serotina may be most appropriate.  These botanical medicines are not only fantastic but they are also safe when used appropriately and while under supervision of your Naturopathic Doctor who is aware of your medical history [this point cannot be emphasized enough].

To illustrate my point, there are upper dose recommendations that should not be exceeded when using glycerrhiza glabra (you may know it as licorice) in patients with high blood pressure or hypokalemia (low potassium levels).  Tussilago (colt’s foot) is best used short term only because its medicinal constituent, pyrrolizidine alkaloids can be toxic to your liver when used for an extended period of time much like many other over-the-counter pharmaceuticals.  Additional considerations include a discussion about which part of the botanical herb is best (is it the roots, flowers, leaves)?  Is this better as a hot liquid extraction (ie. tea) or better as a cold infusion, or does it require alcohol extraction (ie. tincture)?  What is the appropriate dose?  What will inhibit its absorption?  What vitamins can enhance its delivery and efficacy?  What can it interact with?  Are you a woman of child-bearing age, who may require an alternative botanical?  Do you have an autoimmune disorder that must be taken into consideration?

There are many herbal medicines that may be used to strengthen your immune system so you are able to cut down the duration of your cold and flu, and the latest antibiotic epidemic.  The great thing is, as a Naturopathic Doctor, this is only one of several other modalities, or tools, at our disposal to help address your concerns.

We encourage you to come, chat with us about your concerns, so together we can investigate the most appropriate treatments for you and your family.