Tuesday, 31 December 2013

HealthNutty Top 13 Discoveries of 2013

Oh blogging, how I've missed you!

Today, I am finally bringing you some of my fave discoveries of 2013. I am amazed that so many of you have kept up with my blogging, almost 11,000 views since last December! I'm sorry for such a long absence. Between work, a 2 year old, and another lil' bun in the oven, life gets crazy sometimes. I'll do my best to keep posting my research throughout the year. Thanks for hanging out here!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Happy New Year, and stay healthy everyone.


Top 13 'HealthNutty' Discoveries of 2013


13. Dr. Joel Fuhrman's "Disease Proof Your Child"

Keep those kidlets healthy! Dr. Joel Fuhrman, writer of "Eat to Live" provides some great scientific evidence on how to protect our children (and ourselves) from damaging immunity, and eating foods that prevent disease and illness. Even though we don't follow his guidelines to a "T", he certainly has some great information, all of which every parent should be informed. His many years as a Medical Doctor shed light on the industry, and how our diets need a drastic change for us to stay healthy. His family practise showed links between diet and allergies, ear infections, behavioural problems, with an overall poor immunity of children.  Grab it from amazon, and learn how to protect your little ones from serious chronic diseases, even later in life.

12. Yoso Coconut Yogourt


Eliminating or limiting dairy in your diet? This Canadian company provides a delicious, sugar-free, soy free, gluten free, and dairy free yogurt. It has a great smooth consistency, and Yoso makes it in coconut, vanilla, and even in a chocolate flavour! Get in my b-e-l-l-y!

Check your grocery store's health food fridge.







11. Sovereign Silver

Made from Pure elemental silver and purified water, "Colloidal Silver" is said to be "the ultimate preparedness first aid product; more valuable than antibiotics..." (Naturalnews.com). I discovered Sovereign Silver through a friend of mine who used it to help her kids get over the chicken pox. I have used it myself to kill off pathogens and any bacteria in the system to prevent illness or parasites. I know others who swear by it, and take it overseas in the event of food poisoning!  It can also be used topically, or internally to help fight off bacteria and infection.
I'm learning more about how this mineral works, but it's something I'm happy to keep in my medicine cabinet. Even better? Bottles never expire and will apparently last forever. A product worth investigating to improve health. Chat with your ND.


10. 100% Pure Cocoa Butter


The amazing "cacao bean" brings us the goodness of pure cocoa butter.  When melted, it spreads wonderfully, and smells phenomenal. Ever melted some delicious fresh chocolate for fondue? When I use 100% cocoa butter on my skin, I feel like the tastiest, freshest, walking chocolate bar.  Mmmmm! It just smells so pure...and it is one of the most gentle, sweet, and natural moisturizers you'll find out there. It's also great for rubbing all over a preggo belly to help prevent stretch marks, and has been said to help heal various skin irritations. It's also food grade, so bake with it if you want! It's edible. I know you want to try it.
Check it out, at Well.ca!



9. Nature's Gate Natural Toothpaste

Thanks to Raffi, my 2 year old has fun brushing his teeth. Better yet, he especially enjoys this fluoride-free minty toothpaste. It foams up nicely, doesn't overwhelm your mouth, and gives you tasty breath.

Read more about why we chose to go fluoride-free, here. 

So if you want to wake up in the morning at a quarter to 8, get your breath together with some tasty Nature's Gate. Ya brush your teeth...ch ch ch ch......Give 'er a go, check it out, HERE.



8. Nova Scotia Fisherman's Lip Balm 

 I absolutely love this company. Canadian. Chemical free. Smells amazing. Phenomenal customer service. And, overall fantastic product. If you're anything like me, your lips need some major pampering, especially in the ridiculous winter months.  I posted a while back about their mind-blowing hand cream. Now I'm going to encourage you to try the lip balm. It's Nova Scotia Fisherman time yo! Do your lips a favour and get some asap. Do your whole body a favour and get some soap, and moisturizing cream too, ya?





7.  Meredith Deasley's "The Resourceful Mother's Secret's to Healthy Kids"

I'm down with health books...but I'm especially in awe of this one.

The best word to describe this book? Revolutionary.

This book is my go-to for Oliver. From finding healthier alternatives, eliminating toxins, and even amazing recipes, I am so grateful for Deasley's book, and for the journey she has been on with her own children. I am encouraged to know that I can cure my baby's diaper rash through natural treatments, and diet. I am thankful I understand the difference between food sensitivities and allergies. I am thankful I can help my little guy's brain development and his overall behaviour by providing the nutrients for him to grow the way he was designed to! Does your little one have strange symptoms you just can't figure out? I bet this book can help. It's a book every parent must have. Learn more about Meredith's story, and please, I beg you, grab the book, too! Check out:  http://www.theresourcefulmother.com/



6. J. R. Watkins Lemon Cream Hand & Body Lotion

Oh. My.

This stuff is incredible. And I want to eat it. It literally smells like someone took a pie, and removed the lemon cream for you to rub all over your skin. It's Phthalate, Paraben, and yuck free. It's got goodies like shea butter, cocoa butter, and even avacado oil. Trust me, put your birthday money towards this. Or gift it to someone else and pretend it's yours.You must try it! Try not to eat it, that is....

Grab it, HERE.





5. Grapefruit Seed Extract 

I feel like I'm a little late on the GSE bandwagon. This stuff does amazing things; yet, I have just discovered it's amazingness! With high amounts of "disease-fighting, free radical- eliminating antioxidants and phytonutrients, it is a well-known natural immune-system stimulator and booster" (globalhealingcenter.com). It has so many different benefits, like speeding up the healing of wounds or scar tissue, anti-viral and anti-fungal, powerful antiseptic, helpful treatment for topical skin infections, environmentally friendly way to wash vegetable and fruit from toxins, preventative for yeast (candida), used to fight off parasites (food borne illness), and can even be used as a flea treatment for pets (globalhealingcenter.com)!  We bought what our Naturopath recommended, the New Roots brand. Always chat to your health care provider before using it, since it's pretty potent stuff.



4. Kiss My Face Cucumber Melon Deodorant 

Finally, I have kissed my stinky pits, goodbye! It has been a battle finding something that continually works. I do like Green Beaver's brand of tea tree deodorant, but Kiss My Face has done a much better job with scent, and longevity! I am in love. With my deodorant.

 Zehrs carries this, and so does WELL.CA!




3. The Honest Company - www.honest.com

Put something honest on that baby's buns!
I'm super impressed with Jessica Alba and her vision to bring us safer products for our families. Since sometimes cloth diapers don't work for everyone, there are other options. Options that are more environmentally friendly, and chemical-free..unlike most diaper brands out there.
I adore the diaper designs the Honest Company brings us! Choose designs you like, specifically for girl or boy, they're just so cute!  The honest wipes are gentle, yet refreshing...AND biodegradable. Yay! You can tell this company was started by parents because they make the whole process easy by delivering products in bundles right to your door each month to make life easier.
The Honest Company makes sunscreens, soaps, laundry detergent..and so much more.
Watch the video and perhaps head over to the website to try a free trial and see if honest is right for you!





2. Oh She Glows

I can't tell you how many times Angela Liddon has brought joy to my kitchen. If I am stumped, and need a quick healthy snack, meal, dessert, lunch, salad, whatever....she has the best tried and true recipes out there. The internet can be so inconsistent, you never know if your dinner if going to be a hit, or a major crap.
Even if you aren't vegan, I know you'll find something on this site that's delicious. For example, please try these vegan truffles....and thank me later.

Chocolate Macaroon Truffle Recipe



1. Bampot House of Tea
This "home away from home" in Toronto will be a tea house featuring specialty teas, a catalog of board games, simple food, and much more! I'm so excited for them to open in 2014!  Bampot will be offering locally sourced and organic vegetarian foods, and their tea will be made in-house. They will offer dairy and gluten free options, too (Yipee!)

Andrea and Mark moved from Glasgow to Canada to open Bampot in the city they love. With a Scottish Chef, and an incredible photographer and musician heading up the place, how can they can go wrong? They will support local artists, and some incredible  live music events.

I also wanted to mention the decor...which is incredibly bohemian and cozy. Watch the video to see!

Need to take a break from the noisy hustle and bustle of life? Say goodbye to your phone and laptop for a while, this place is interested in hosting a wireless-free environment where quality time, peace, and solitude are encouraged over staring at our electronics. This is the place you go to spend actual time with your friends, date, or family.Win!

Bampot is inviting you over to their "house" for an incredible experience, so stay tuned for their grand opening!! If you'd like to support the Newell's on their Bampot journey, click, HERE!

Watch the video. Meet Andrea and Mark. You'll fall in love with Bampot, just like I did.

www.bampots.com












Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Ta-ta Tampons! (male discretion advised)

When I was about 7 months pregnant, I found out I was positive for Group B Streptococcus (GBS). I had a urinary tract infection (UTI) in the beginning of my pregnancy, which apparently contributes to GBS. After my test results came back positive, I came home and did what I love to do......research.

GROUP B STREPTOCOCCUS:  is "carried in your intestines and lower genital tract" (mayoclinic.com).

GBS is an infection (seems very common these days) that is normally harmless in healthy adults, but in rare cases it can be fatal if passed to a baby during delivery. Maybe you're already familiar with it, since up to 40% of women have it. But if you'd like to know more, check out the article from the Mayoclinic, HERE.

As a woman who wanted a completely natural birth, I dreaded having an IV. But antibiotics were said to prevent our son, Oliver from contracting GBS. It seemed like the best thing to do.

It wasn't until later that I thought to myself..... what if GBS could have been prevented in the first place?

BUILD IMMUNITY: Birthwellness.com wrote an incredible article on reducing the colonization of GBS by building up immunity, taking acidophilis, and probiotics to bring back healthy bacteria. Leafy greens, plenty of pure drinking water, fermented foods, eliminating sugars and processed foods are all beneficial. The article also recommends the best natural treatment for GBS if tested positive, and how to avoid antibiotics. If I only I had known this sooner!

I also came across research that linked tampon use to GBS.

USE OF TAMPONS: More research told me that the use of tampons was a breeding ground of bacteria and may be a major contributor to GBS. In the 1960's when tampons became more popular, there was a huge increase in GBS in women. Based on a study posted on the National Institute of Health, those that didn't use tampons reduced their chances by 34% (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov).

As a result, there ARE ways to restore a healthy intestinal and vaginal flora, and there are also ways we CAN help prevent GBS.  Yet, I was freaked out (and grossed out) by the research I was finding on tampon use.

Did you know that the average woman will use about 16,800 tampons in her lifetime? (mercola.com).
Dr. Mercola discusses how the ingredients in tampons are absorbed into the blood stream, and are a "breeding ground for bacteria."     Makes sense, right? 

He mentions BPA, Phalates, and oil plastics are suspected chemicals in tampons. Yet, companies don't seem to want to tell us what's in them. Why?

It made me think twice about what I was putting in my body. At least I could find an alternative, and reduce the use of bleached, toxic products. It was time for a healthier option.

Ta-ta tampons!

Not only do I want to reduce my chances of GBS coming back, but choosing an environmentally friendly option. I also want to reduce my chance of Toxic Shock Syndrome (women die from this, every year).

THERE'S A HEALTHIER, CHEAPER OPTION

 Ever heard of The Diva Cup? 

It's a menstrual cup that is free of BPA, latex, and other chemicals. It lasts twice as long as a tampon, and it's reusable.




Model 1 is for women under 30, that have never had a baby.

Model 2 is for women over 30, or those that have had a baby vaginally or by c-section.

PURCHASE THE DIVA CUP HERE! 
It may just be the best $40 you've spent in a long time.

More questions? Check out: http://divacup.ca/

Thanks for hearing me out on my journey, I hope that it will help someone that comes across the article. It is information I wish I had before our baby came along!

Cheers, and stay healthy!


 Check out the article from Birthwellness, HERE.

Check out: What's Really In Feminine Hygiene Products by Dr. MercolaHERE.



References

www.babycenter.com

http://sogc.org/publications/group-b-streptococcus-gbs-infection-in-pregnancy/

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/group-b-strep/DS01107

http://www.birthwellness.com/page7/assets/Group%20B%20Strep.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1442772/?page=1

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/05/22/feminine-hygiene-products.aspx

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Homemade Vegan Arrowroot Cookies

I am constantly trying to find alternatives for processed foods. That means I'm constantly whipping up new things in the kitchen! Not all of them are a success, either. But it's all worth it when you win! You tweak that recipe, substitute for this and that....and BAM, you've created something healthier and delicious! One day I'll release a cookbook...

As a kid, I always loved arrowroot cookies. And it was time I made a healthier version of this favourite.

I decided to go with Spelt flour, since it is more easily digested. And arrowroot powder, you ask? The Forks Over Knives cookbook describes it as a minimally processed flour that comes from the "root" of a plant from the American tropics called an "arrowroot." Go figure.

As far as spelt flour goes, Nutritionist Kim Corrigan-Oliver mentions how it is best to wait until your babes are 12-18 months of age to have gluten, since little ones younger than a year have trouble digesting the enzymes and it can be hard on their little tummies (yourgreenbaby.com).

There are some great benefits to spelt flour though!

DIGESTION: Spelt is an ancient grain, high in fibre, and is easier to digest than other wheat flours. It is more water-soluble, and has been said to sit well with those that have allergies to wheat, or for those who have gluten intolerance (WHfoods.com). Although, to my surprise, spelt does contain gluten, and is basically a "cousin" of wheat.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE: Perhaps you'd like to know that spelt contains vitamin B2, manganese, copper, fibre, and a stinkload of iron. Spelt rocks our socks because the nutrients from the germ and bran are left in tact (www.whatscookingamerica.net).

BETTER FLAVOUR: To top it off, it has an amazingly delicious nutty flavour that kicks white and whole wheat flour's arse.


We like to buy the Organic Stone Ground Spelt from Bulk Barn. Deeelish!




HealthNutty Vegan Arrowroot Cookies

3/4 cup spelt flour
1/4 cup arrowroot powder
1/8 tsp salt
3 Tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup brown rice syrup/maple syrup or agave nectar
1 Tbsp vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another bowl. Add wet to dry.
3. Lay down a piece of wax paper, or clean counter top floured with spelt. Roll out to whatever thickness you desire. We like about 1/2 inch, but you can go thinner for a crispier cookie. I used a lot of extra flour for rolling etc.
4. Use cookie cutters to make shapes and bake until golden brown, 8-12 minutes. Makes 1 1/2 dozen.
5. Enjoy!






















References

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=143

http://www.livestrong.com/article/407643-spelt-flour-benefits/

http://yourgreenbaby.ca/?tag=infant-digestion

www.whatscookingamerica.net

Del Sroufe, Forks Over Knives Cookbook, 2012

Thursday, 23 May 2013

98 Years Old, & Still Goin' Strong


I'm amazed at the story of this 98 year old cardiothoractic surgeon.
At 98 years old, Dr. Ellesworth shares his story on healthy living.
Watch, and be in awe!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

RAWesome Friday: The Health Benefits of Watermelon

It's one of the most refreshing, delicious fruits of the summer!
Watermelons are a "sweet" way to quench your thirst! Some countries even use the rind as a vegetable, and others roast the seeds
 (www.nutrition-and-you.com). 

  The amazing Health Benefits of Watermelon:

  • Rich source of phytonutrients, and antioxidants - Lycopene is a phytonutrient that is beneficial to heart and bone health, (www.whfoods.com) 
  • High in potassium & Vitamin A - helps control heart rate and blood pressure (nutrition-and-you.com).
  • High in citrulline - citrulline is an amino acid that enters our bodies and flushes through our kidney's, turning into something called "arginine." Arginine can help improve blood flow and heart health (www.whfoods.com)
  • Helps keep the body alkaline - Keeping your body at a natural alkaline state may help fight disease. When we are overly acidic, the pH imbalance may cause heart issues, and even a weakened immune system  (www.realfoodforlife.com, snyderhealth.info)
  • A Natural Laxative - you can safely relieve or prevent constipation by consuming watermelon (www.naturalnews.com).

How do ya like them melons?

Did you know that allowing a watermelon to fully ripen will give you the best nutrient value? If the watermelon has white flesh, studies show that they have next to no beta-carotene at all (whfoods.com). Wait until the outside is dark green, and the flesh is fully red. Enjoy watermelon at room temp, since our bodies tend to digest them easier that way (www.realfoodforlife.com). 

What are you waiting for? Dig in!




References


http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=31

www.realfoodforlife.com

www.naturalnews.com

http://www.snyderhealth.info/a299940-fight-disease-by-keeping-your-body.cfm





Friday, 10 May 2013

Happy RAWesome Mother's Day!

It's Mother's Day weekend, and I'm telling you....you should show her some love with a little raw chocolate!

I just whipped up these goodies for my mom for dessert. I'm not gonna lie, they're one of the best things I've eaten in a long time. I know she's gonna love 'em, too (if my husband doesn't eat them all first!)

Pure cocoa is said to reduce stress, and may even help heart health (vegetarian.about.com). It may also regulate sleep and appetite, and may help prevent diabetes. The flavanols and cocoa are natural chemicals found in plants that are also rich in antioxidants (mercola.com).

These cookies are simple, and incredibly deeeeelish!




Happy Mother's Day!

HealthNutty Raw Chocolate Cookies 

(adapted from rawtarian.com)

2 cups almond flour
3 cups ground walnuts
2 cups medjool dates
6 tablespoons blue agave nectar
5 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup pure cocoa

1. Soak medjool dates in 2 cups of boiling hot water (let them sit for 20 minutes)
2. Meanwhile, ground walnuts in food processor until flour-like
3.Combine almond flour, ground walnuts, and cocoa together in bowl
4. Drain water from dates and put them in food processor along with agave nectar, coconut oil, vanilla, until smoth.
5. Add date mixture with ground almond mixture and combine until all ingredients are mixed into a delicious chocolatey dough.
6. Form cookies and eat them...raw!


References

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/beverage1/a/raw-chocolate-nutrition.htm

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/06/14/will-cocoa-soon-be-used-as-medicine.aspx

The winner of Kicking Horse coffee is......

Jill M, from Peterborough Ontario, you won the gift bag and tin of Kicking Horse Coffee!

Congrats!

Thanks to all who entered. Stay tuned for more health nutty GIVEAWAY's, coming soon....



Friday, 26 April 2013

HealthNutty GIVEAWAY: Kicking Horse Coffee!

                                                  Kicking Horse Coffee is....the best coffee. Plain and simple.

Their coffee is Organic, Fair Trade, and insanely tasty. Win-win-win.

Kicking Horse has:
 a rich, full-bodied dark roast "with a sometimes-chocolately flavour," medium roasts are "smooth and well balanced between acidity and body," and their light roasts are often "floral, fruity, sweet, and rich" (kickinghorsecoffee.com). 

Wanna give it a try?

EVERY "kick-ass" batch of Kicking Horse coffee is tasted to ensure the best, most flavourful cup of coffee. If it  doesn't measure up, they won't package it! The company strives to package their coffee while it's the freshest by cooling the beans first, and then they are bagged after the perfect amount of time. What other company would be this precise?

THE GIVEAWAY (US & CANADA)
You could win a KHC gift bag and a can of this incredible coffee! 



To enter the contest: 

 1. comment below or email thehealthnuttyprofessor@gmail.com with your full name


2. In your email or comment, share 1 thing you're doing to benefit your health! 


One entry per person. The winner will be randomly selected on May 10, 2013. 



Check out The Health Nutty Professor's article on the benefits of natural caffeine, HERE.

Follow Kicking Horse Coffee on Facebook: www.facebook.com/kickinghorsecoffee

and on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/kcknghrsecoffee

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Pinch that loaf!

I'll be honest, it can sometimes be awkward when nature calls. Especially if it's at the office, or at a small gathering. Maybe you're just too busy to "go", or perhaps you're just not into using public bathrooms.


We've all had times we needed to go, but we didn't want to. Not if everyone's gonna smell it. After all, how well does that toilet flush anyway?

Today, let's talk poop. It's a normal part of life. It's natural. Everyone does it. If we didn't, we'd be dead.

Getting rid of junk in our bodies is how God designed it.

Plus, did you know you "reak" havoc on your body by prairie doggin' it?


The Health Risks of Holding it In

  • constipation - The longer you hold it, the more you're fecal matter dries out and can become painful to pass, which can then lead to hemmorhoids
  • Urinary Tract Infections  - Many studies show the function of the bowel is linked to the urinary tract (nursingcenter.com)
  • incontinence - The longer you are constipated, the reflex of the colon may be damaged (www.wfneurology.org)
  • colon and rectal cancer - There is a higher risk of cancers due to holding in a buildup of toxins that should be exiting the body (www.webmd.com)
  • bowel impaction - A mass or "plug" that develops in your colon from severe constipation (www.constipation-remedies-for-all.com)
  • bowel obstruction or perforation - When your small or large intestine is totally blocked, nothing can move through (www.healthlinkbc.ca)

So, no matter how awkward it might seem: Remember your boss, colleagues, and even the Duchess of Cambridge poops, too. And if you're severely constipated, talk to your doc. It can be dangerous to your health if you leave it for too long. 

There are many great natural ways to treat constipation: Drink plenty of water, get enough dietary fibre, pitch antibiotics if you can, find activities that reduce stress, cut back on refined foods, eat beans, prunes, drink organic coffee, coconut oil (mix half 1/2 tsp with juice or water 3-4 times a day), and finally...get movin'!

If you must, flush a toilet you haven't used before to know its flushing ability, and learn how to squat in public bathrooms without touching the bowl. Overall, friends....just go when you feel the urge.




References

www.webmd.com

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20889093

http://www.nursingcenter.com/lnc/CEArticle?an=01212983-200707000-00014&Journal_ID=522928&Issue_ID=730719

http://www.luriechildrens.org/en-us/care-services/conditions-treatments/urology/Pages/basics/stool-retention-utis.aspx

http://www.wfneurology.org/cache/downloads/em8a8s6vxu88w4o8cco4cco4c/Munsat_chapter3.pdf

http://www.constipation-remedies-for-all.com/fecal-impaction.html

http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/special/uf4382.html

Friday, 19 April 2013

RAWesome Friday: Maple Syrup




Pure Maple Syrup.

I'm already drooling.

It's that time of year again, for the amazing tradition of sap collecting!



The Health Benefits of Maple Syrup

  • high in manganese, potassium, and magnesium
  • high in zinc which boosts immunity
  • good source of energy
  • contains 4 mg of polyphenols per 60 g serving (polyphenols have been shown to prevent degenerative diseases such as heart diseases and cancers since they are the most "abundant"  of antioxidants - www.ajcn.nutrition.org)
  • an amazingly delicious plant-based sweetener

Compared to the imitation maple syrup, PURE maple syrup is the way to go. Imitation syrup contains mostly corn syrup (danger), high fructose corn syrup (even more danger), artificial flavours, and let's be honest..chemicals. It's junk. Toss it!

Instead, enjoy some rawesome  pure maple syrup on your steel cut oats, in your Kicking Horse coffee, or in a salad dressing!



References


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Get your caffeine boost, naturally.

It's the most commonly used psychoactive drug in the world, and approximately 90% of adults consume it on a daily basis (www.medicine.net.com).

Are you someone who NEEDS to have caffeinated coffee to function?



There is plenty of evidence out there discouraging the over-consumption of coffee.

 An average cup contains anywhere from 95-200 mg of caffeine. If over 600 mg is consumed on a daily basis, studies show it may be damaging to our health. It can mess with cholesterol, and even heighten chances for heart disease (mayoclinic.com).  Many of the processed coffee's you'll find at the store are packed with synthetically processed caffeine that absorbs through the digestive system much faster than naturally occurring plant caffeine (organicauthority.com). Overall, you're missing out on the value of actually receiving antioxidants from the original, natural botanical, and you'll have a quicker crash with the synthetic kind (mayoclinic.com, mercola.com).

What are you sippin' on?

Even though studies show the health risks of too much coffee, did you know that a hot cuppa organic, naturally caffeinated java each day may actually be beneficial to your health? Here's why!

1. Gives us a plant-based energy boost


2. It's may be a natural pain reliever (dailymail.uk)


3. It is a great source of antioxidants (phys.org)


4. Natural caffeine in coffee may be beneficial in protecting against Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Type 2 Diabetes, and liver cancer (Mayoclinic.com, Mercola.com)


So there you have it.

A cup a day isn't going to kill ya. But let's be honest, if you're drinking your coffee, get some other things into you with some nutritional value.  If we eat a balanced diet, get movin', and get the sleep we need, we shouldn't have to rely on 7 coffee's a day to function. Doesn't that scream addiction? But I know most of us enjoy coffee. I certainly do. My advice is, if you're going to drink it, pick the right kind. Buy organic. Buy a coffee that is naturally caffeinated. Buy coffee that gives you a boost, and stay under 600 mg per day. 

So hey, here's the kind to buy!

Check out Kicking Horse Coffee. We like our coffee bold, and sometimes decaffeinated, so this was a great kind to try. Kicking Horse is organic, and contains natural caffeine. And trust me, it's amazingly tasty.

This rockin' Canadian company also sells tea, and chocolate bars! You also don't have to be Canadian to buy since they ship to the US, and Internationally. Check out the online store, and the closest place to buy Kicking Horse near you, HERE.

If you'd rather shop online...it's on sale this week at WELL.CA (for you Canadians), and AMAZON.COM (for readers from the US).




Cheers, and be healthy ya'll!




References

www.kickinghorse.com 










Thursday, 4 April 2013

RAWesome Friday: The Health Benefits of Pineapple

It is often referred to as the "princess of fruits," and symbolizes hospitality (ucf.edu).

Natural News describes them as "lush, sweet, and exotic" (naturalnews.com).

Aw yes, the delicious Pineapple.

They look incredible as a part of decor...and their juicy sweetness is phenomenal! 

So, what are the health benefits of fresh pineapple?

  • Aid in digestion by helping to break down proteins and carbs (www.naturalnews.com)
  • High in manganese, which helps produce energy,  and contains antioxidant "defenses" (www.health.learninginfo.org)
  • High in Vitamin C (nutritiondata.self.com)
  • High in  dietary fibre (nutritiondata.self.com)
  • Anti-inflammatory agents in pineapple are enyzmes called Bromelain. They are said to reduce swelling, and help to speed recovery from injuries or surgery (health.learninginfo.org)
  • Eases arthritis pains (arthritistoday.org)
  • Discourages blood clots (worldhealth.org)
  • Low in saturated fat (nutritiondata.self.com)
  • Many say it even eases morning sickness 

I've always picked my pineapple based on it's smell....and the more scales it has, the sweeter and juicier the taste.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Health Nutty Pick of the Week: TEAVANA

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As for The Health Nutty Pick of the Week, lets talk tea.

There are many types of loose leaf teas I enjoy, but this week, I'm loving TEAVANA's Slimful Chocolate Decadence. 




I don't know about you, but a chocolate tea is something I could enjoy every day! Since I am a huge lover of coconut and chocolate..this combo seemed too much to handle! It's got yummy cacao, coconut, and a wee bit of ginger in it. It's such a treat!

This oolong tea is great because it can give you a bit of a boost (it is caffeinated, but a lot less than coffee). When sipped regularly, oolong tea is often used for treating skin problems, may be a good aid in digestion, and may even boost the immune system (webmd.com, altmedicine.com). Ultimately..it's so... insanely...delicious!

I know loose leaf tea is a little pricier than buying teabags, but it's a great gift, or a nice treat every once in a while! There's nothing like loose leaf freshness. Check out TEAVANA, and all their amazing flaves of tea, HERE.

Stay health ya'll!


References

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1099-OOLONG%20TEA.aspx?activeIngredientId=1099&activeIngredientName=OOLONG%20TEA

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/completeazindex/a/oolong_tea.htm

www.teavana.com



Sunday, 31 March 2013

What Would Jesus Eat?

Happy Easter all, it is a wonderful day!

Since many of us are celebrating the amazing life of Jesus, I thought I would share a great video a friend posted this morning from Doctor Oz.

He featured Doctor Don E. Colbert. He wrote a book called, "What Would Jesus Eat? It is an interesting, and important question indeed! Check it out, here. 

Did Jesus eat tonnes of meat? Or was it more of a plant-based diet? Since we didn't have microwaves, or fast food...it all looked a little different back then.  



 "What do we know about Jesus' health?" Watch the 2 video parts, HERE!

Dr. Oz also featured a book I read a few years back about a man who documented his journey of taking the Bible literally. For one. Whole. Year. Yes, some may say it is quite extreme, but it makes for a very entertaining read! From loving his neighbour, to growing a ginormous beard, to avoiding wearing clothes with mixed fibres...it's a book that stands out from many. Check out, The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs.

Stay healthy, ya'll!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

RAWesome Easter Friday: Cinnamon Blueberry Torte

It's Easter....a time to remember.

While you have a few days off (and hopefully going to church), treat your friends and fam with a healthier dessert. Aren't we stuffed enough after a family dinner? Why not bring these bite-sized goodies to the table for a change?

 RAW, Cinnamon Blueberry Torte. Did I mention they're vegan?

The health benefits of blueberries: They have one of the highest antioxidant counts compared to other fresh fruits, and they are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and even zinc (womensfitness.net). They aid in digestion, and help restore the health of the central nervous system (livestrong.com). Amazing stuff!

Blueberries have been shown to help urinary tract infections, and may even influence fertility! Ultimately...they are a great snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth! Check out the GIANT list of other benefits at Livestrong.com.

Medjool dates are deelish, and have amazing health benefits as well. Check out The Health Nutty Professor's article on Medjool dates, HERE.

So bust out that apron, and get some of these tortes in your piehole!

Cinnamon Blueberry Torte 

(adapted from:
http://thebeeskneeskitchen.wordpress.com)

Ingredients for Cinnamon Pastry:

1/2 cup medjool dates
1/2 cup ground almonds
2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp filtered water
Pinch of sea salt

Blueberry Jelly:

1/2 cup blueberries or any other fruit
13 blueberries for topping
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp flax meal
1 tsp raw blue agave nectar

Cinnamon Pastry

1) Process dates in the food processor, add water if it's too dry.
2) Add the rest of the ingredients.
3) Using a tablespoon, form each into a shell with your hands, then place it on a nice plate.

Blueberry Jelly

1) Blend all ingredients until smooth.
2) Spoon Jelly by teaspoon (or more if you'd like) into the cinnamon tart shells, and top with a fresh blueberry or piece of fruit.

VOILA!

Happy Easter, all you health nuts!



References

http://www.womenfitness.net/blueberries.htm

http://www.livestrong.com/blueberries/

http://www.rawguru.com/raw-food-recipes/cinnamon-blueberry-tf6rtchen-by-carla-aguas.html.html

http://thebeeskneeskitchen.wordpress.com


Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Health Nutty Pick of the Week: Skinny Bitch

Wow. This is quite the read. Mostly because it's outrageously funny, and also because it really makes you think.  Stop being a moron and start getting skinny!

Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin are the writers of this # 1 New York Times Bestseller. It truly is a "no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous!"

If you're looking for a blunt, funny, moving, informative read on how to ditch your unhealthy ways, then please, buckle up for Skinny Bitch.



"F-bombs" and other crazy (hilarious) language aside, this book changed my way of thinking.

With topics uncovering the truth on carbs, the truth about dairy, myths and lies of protein, pooping, and even giving thorough info on the necessary minerals and nutrients we need to keep our butt's in gear.

Grab the book at AMAZON.CA, or AMAZON.COM and I guarantee, you'll giggle and enjoy all the incredible info so much, you won't be able to stop turning the pages.

Be sure to check out Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven
& Skinny Bitch in the Kitch for some tight-arsed recipes.

'Like' The Health Nutty Prof's Facebook Page, and stay in the loop!

Be healthy, ya'll!




Monday, 25 March 2013

Health Nutty Epic Fail: Volume 4

Here I go, dishin' out the next Epic Fail.

The health risks of........negativity.

The average adult has 300 negative thoughts per day, about 1 ever 2 1/2 minutes (www.suite101.com).

Being content is tough sometimes. We've all been there. No doubt.

We all have anxiety about money, relationships, work, kids, family, and health. Life isn't easy sometimes.

Negativity is "characterized by the absence of distinguishing or marked qualities or features; lacking positive attributes (opposed to positive ): a dull, lifeless, negative character (www.dictionary.com). In other words, we fail to see the beauty in life. 

So, what are the health risks of being a 'Debbie Downer'?

  • Negativity may impact your immune system. The National Academy of Sciences linked negative brain activity to a "weakened immune system" (news.bbc.com). 
  • Negativity may affect your memory. Researching are discovering that negativity can affect the shape of our brain, and whether or not we suffer from memory problems later in life (suite101.com). 
  • Negativity may cause weight gain. "Comfort food" has this name for a reason.  Many of us struggle to keep our diet in check, especially when we're not feeling 100%.
  • Negativity may also be linked to cancer, ulcers, panic attacks, headaches, asthma, skin problems, heart disease, and the list could go on and on.

What can we do to stay positive and healthy?


  • Try to get all the proper nutrients needed in your diet, especially from fruits and veggies. Peace out processed foods! Get into eating more raw and nutritious foods. Drink smoothies. Cut down on meat. Eat more spinach. Its going to keep you feeling more positive, full of energy, and will keep your immunity strong. 
  • Exercise. "Endorphins are a neurotransmitter that have a direct impact on our mood. Produced by the pituitary gland during exercise, endorphins are essentially an opiate that creates a feeling of overall well-being" (informationgateway.org). Heck, walking is nice. It's Spring! Do it.   
  • Sleep. Sleep and mood are closely connected; poor or inadequate sleep can cause irritability and stress, while healthy sleep can enhance well-being (healthysleep.med.harvard.eu).
  • Stay in touch and give to your community. Keep up with friendships that are fruitful. Stay connected. One of the greatest sources of comfort is knowing we aren't alone in our joys and struggles.
  • Pray. Pubmed research: "One hundred and seventy-five breast cancer survivors participated in a longitudinal study of survivorship. Women completed in-depth qualitative interviews and a battery of measures including quality of life, spirituality, social support, and mood. Certain groups seem to find more comfort in prayer, felt closer to God, and felt more compassion and forgiveness" (Pubmed Online). Maybe it's time more of us got on our knees?
  • Count your blessings. Write down the things you are thankful for. You'll realize, what you've been given is an amazing gift.
  • Surround yourself with hopeful and positive things: Be aware of your mood when you watch certain tv shows or movies. Even articles or books can make you feel low. Make a point of surrounding yourself with positive people, books, movies and music.

If you are seriously struggling with depression, check out Depression Ontario for support. 

Need help making a lifestyle change? Alisa Herriman is a local Nutritionist who can support you with nutritional therapy. Check out the Nutrinity Health Services website at: www.alisaherriman.com


References

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/negativity?s=t

http://www.apple-a-day-clinic.com/15.html?m8:post=how-does-negativity-affect-your-health

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3198935.stm

http://www.nutritionj.com/content/9/1/26

http://www.informationgateway.org/positive-effects-exercise-mood/

http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/whats-in-it-for-you/mood

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16155779

Friday, 22 March 2013

RAWesome Friday: The Health Benefits of Leeks

The leek is part of the onion family, and looks like green onions on steroids!

I've always enjoyed potato and leek soup, but never tried eating leeks any other way, until this year.

My hubby brought home some leeks to make the incredible Gerson Hippocrates Soup, and I wasn't sure what to do with the leftovers. I whipped up a stir fry with the veggies I had in the fridge, and sliced up some leeks as well. I'm telling you, this gave our stir fry an amazing flavour!

Leeks are a great addition to your diet because they are:

High in fibre, calcium, and rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. They also contain potassium, folic aid, and iron (health.com).

Other interesting uses for leeks: They have been said to reduce symptoms of arthritis, and are also an antiseptic agent. If you apply leeks to a wound they are supposed to prevent infection (health.com).

Provident Organic Farms gives us instruction on the care and prep for leeks:


Storage Tips
  •  Store leeks wrapped in damp paper towels inside a closed plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Preparation Tips
  • Cut off and discard the tough dark green tops.  
  •   Wash carefully right before using to remove the grit from all its inner parts. It is very important to rinse leeks thoroughly to remove the grit captured between the layers as they grow.
  •   When cutting off the root, be careful not to cut too far into the white part or leek will fall apart during cooking.
  •  Remove dark green “leaves” at the point where the white part starts to turn pale green, much higher and you will be chewing a mouthful of fiber instead of soft, creamy leek.
  •  Leeks produce odors that will be absorbed by soft fruits.
(www.providentorganicfarms.com)



If you truly want to go more 'raw' with leeks, check out this recipe from Rawmazing.com to make these yummy leek and mushroom tarts!

Or hey, why not try using leeks in a stir fry or salad this week?

 Enjoy, and stay healthly ya'll!


References

http://www.providentorganicfarm.com/descriptions/leeks.htm

http://www.diethealthclub.com/health-food/leeks.html

http://www.rawmazing.com/mushroom-leek-tart/



Wednesday, 20 March 2013

The Yummy Health Nutty Pick of the Week

If you love apple crisp, you'll probably love the pick of the week!

There's just something about cinnamon, sugar, and warm baked apples smothered in a buttery batter. You drooling yet?

Since I'm up for trying new things, and finding healthy alternatives, I tried making a healthy breakfast that sort of resembles an apple crisp. I used steel cut oats in place of rolled oats, and maple syrup in place of brown sugar. Then I added in some other delicious nutritious ingredients you and your fam will love! Let's talk first about the health benefits of steel cut oats. Here goes!

Steel cut oats are loaded with great nutrients. I'm talkin' fibre, B Vitamins, iron, and protein. And to top it off, they're low in fat!

So what's the diff between rolled oats and steel cut oats? 
Diabetes Health describes the process like this: "Steel-cut oats are whole grains, made when the groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) are cut into pieces by steel. Also known as coarse-cut oats or Irish oats, they are golden and look a little like small pieces of rice. They gain part of their distinctive flavor from the roasting process after being harvested and cleaned. Although the oats are then hulled, this process does not strip away their bran and germ, allowing them to retain a concentrated source of their fiber and nutrients (www.diabeteshealth.com). Load me up!

In addition, using maple syrup is a great substitute for sugar. In an article recently written in the Toronto Sun, research has shown that, in moderation, maple syrup may have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer properties and contains great minerals like calcium, zinc, potassium, and magnesium (www.thestar.com). Many other sources speak of real maple syrup being a great boost for the immune system, and can soothe a sore stomach (www.health.com).

Wanna give this healthy cinnamon apple dish a try? You get the similar flavours to a delicious crisp, yet you're getting some great fuel to start your day. I've literally been eating this for breakfast for a week straight. Let's just say, I'm pretty much in love with it. 


The oh so yummy Pick of the Week? Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats! Here's what you need:





Health Nutty Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

3/4 cup prepared steel cut oats
1 apple, diced into bite sized pieces 
2 tbsp raisins
2 tsp hemp hearts
1/4 cup rice milk, coconut milk, or almond milk
1 tbsp maple syrup 
cinnamon to taste

When the oats are done cooking, have your diced apple and raisins ready in bowl. Pour 3/4 cup of hot steel cut oats over top. Add the last 4 ingredients. 

Enjoy!


The apple is still crunchy when you prepare it this way. I prefer to keep it raw, but if you would rather your apples be more cooked through, add them to the pot in the steel cut oats in the final moments of cooking.




References

http://diabeteshealth.com/read/2010/02/09/6558/whats-the-deal-with-steel-cut-oats/

http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/nutrition/2010/03/22/heres_why_maple_syrup_is_very_good_for_your_health.html

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20464527,00.html

Monday, 18 March 2013

What does your tongue look like?

Ever feel like someone else's breath is gonna knock you over? Or perhaps you can't even stand your own morning breath!  Did you know our tongue may tell us a lot about our health?

Doctor Victor Zeines, a Holistic dentist, and Master in Nutrition, has a mercury-free dentistry. For 25 years, his studies on hundreds of patients tongues show very interesting results. Vitalboost.com shows some of his discoveries. Check out the different colours of the tongue, and what this could indicate:

Yellow or yellowish-green: Possible problems with stomach or spleen,  indicating trouble with liver or gallbladder.

Gray or brownish gray: Some people may struggle with  poor immunity, and have trouble recovering from colds. He found this is a sign of stomach or intestinal imbalances.

White: This may be a sign of the body getting rid of toxins. Some in Zeines' studies showed results of the white film on their tongue being parasites, anemia, malnourishment, kidney problems, imbalanced hormones, or poor circulation (www.vitalboost.com).

Ok, so, now that you're back from checking the colour of your tongue, let's talk about what all of this actually means!

The brilliant Nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder also discusses how our tongue can show us how much toxicity our bodies may have. She says, "Our entire digestive tract is lined with a natural mucous membrane. This membrane is very sensitive, and naturally transparent. When we eat a diet consisting of preservative chemicals, GMO foods, pesticides, very acidic foods, etc., we irritate this delicate lining...... The mucous membrane is always trying to diffuse impacted mucus and toxic residue up from the colon, intestines, and stomach to the less impacted areas of the digestive tract, such as the throat, mouth (tongue), and sinuses....The coating on the tongue is therefore a good indicator of how much constipated mucus has accumulated in the digestive organs. When our breath is really bad, especially in the mornings, this can also be a good indicator of how compromised or backed up our systems are" (www.kimberlysnyder.net).

Anyone else feel gross after reading that?!

So,  how do we cleanse our bodies from toxins? 

There are plenty of detox programs out there, some that seem risky and I question how healthy they actually are. It's time The Health Nutty Professor got in on this! Since I'm still nursing, and have a super hard working husband, I'm in search of a great family-friendly detox program.

Weston A Price discusses how to detox without all the pills and crazy diets. Seems fairly doable, right?

The Weston A. Price diet recommendations:

  • Eat foods that are natural, unprocessed, and organic (and contain no sugar except for the occasional bit of honey or maple syrup).
  • Eat foods that grow in your native environment. In other words, eat locally grown, seasonal foods.
  • Eat unpasteurized dairy products (such as raw milk) and fermented foods.
  • Eat at least one-third of your food raw.
  • Make sure you eat enough healthy fats, including those from animal sources like omega-3 fat, and reduce your intake of omega-6 from vegetable oils.
(westonaprice.org)

I believe it is better to change the diet, and then start out on a cleanse nice and slow, so you don't shock your system. 

This book by Kimberly Snyder has a great One Day Cleanse to get you started. She also offers a book to follow, which I'd like to look into further. Check it out from  Amazon.ca Or Amazon.com.

How do you plan on detoxing? What programs have you already followed? The Health Nutty Professor would love to hear about it! 

Wanna boost your immunity? Be sure to check out: The Health Nutty Green Smoothie.



References

http://www.vitalboost.com/1%20Tongue%20pamphlet%20for%20Vital%20Boost.pdf

http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2010/01/12/how-our-tongue-gives-us-clues-on-how-much-toxicity-we-have/

http://rawfoodswitch.com/detox/tongue-white-coating/

http://exconsumer.com/juicing-to-detox-my-experience/

http://www.westonaprice.org/basics/principles-of-healthy-diets?qh=YTo0OntpOjA7czo0OiJkaWV0IjtpOjE7czo1OiJkaWV0cyI7aToyO3M6NzoiZGlldGluZyI7aTozO3M6NjoiZGlldCdzIjt9