“What’s Trump Got To Do With My Fertility?”

Did you notice anything “different” last week? Something in the air? A change in your sleep, mood or energy? Did you feel fully yourself, or a little “off”? Regardless of which side of the political fence you sit on, big changes in the world create perceptible ripple effects even for those of us observing at a distance. The conversations on Facebook speak for themselves – “something” happened in our collective consciousness across this planet last week. We can hardly help it, as human beings who are literally made of energy, which physics proves can neither be created nor destroyed: big changes happening in the world affect us all because we’re all connected. Though social media, our private conversations, our shared DNA … Read More

Can Hallowe’en Be Fun AND Healthy?

Boo! This time of year, parents of kids with foods sensitivities have more to be frightened of than the ghouls and goblins haunting their neighbourhoods. I got a scare myself when I heard on a CBC news report that our American neighbours spend over $4 billion on Hallowe’en candy every year – that’s more than they spend on costumes and decorations! That’s the annual GDP of Prince Edward Island (our country’s smallest province, but still – all the money generated by an entire province in a year!) Considering that candy is dirt-cheap, that’s one creepy, very expensive mountain of high-fructose corn syrup and plastic packaging. We can’t be too proud up here in Canada as we celebrate Hallowe’en in exactly the … Read More

#1 Superfood: Matcha, The Refresher

Continued from #2 Superfood: Gelatin, The Youthmaker Matcha: The Refresher Matcha is a powder made from grinding green tea leaves with a stone mill. It is rich in epigallocatechin 3-O-gallate (EGCG), a high-potency antioxidant that promotes weight loss, liver health and reverses the process of aging. Green tea is an effective natural antiviral medicine and has been shown to reduce the risk of infection with influenza and other viruses (Cherevaty 2012). Dr. Alaina’s Green Go-Getter Smoothie This refreshing, hydrating beverage is both awakening and calming due to the small amount of caffeine balanced by the relaxing theanine from the green tea matcha. Try it after a workout, when you’re craving an afternoon pick-me-up, or even when you’re convalescing after feeling … Read More

#2 Superfood: Gelatin, The Youthmaker

Gelatin: The Youthmaker The wiggly stuff behind “Jello”, gelatin is a fibrous protein made of amino acids, the building blocks of about a third of the protein in your body. It gives resiliency to our bones, ligaments, joints and muscles. It helps keep our skin wrinkle-free and our hair and nails healthy. Gelatin also heals the gut wall and improves digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily. If you’re focusing on anti-aging, gelatin is a great source of collagen. Choose plain, unsweetened gelatin derived from grass-fed beef and use natural fruit and fruit juices to sweeten your gelatin-based treats. Gelatin “jellies” are a great way to serve medicinal herbs and teas to kids, such … Read More

#3 Superfood: Cacao, The Rejuvenator

Continued from #4 Superfood: Flax, The Regulator Cacao: The Rejuvenator Raw cacao is one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there. It’s rich in antioxidants, iron and magnesium. In fact, many women who crave chocolate are actually needing the magnesium that’s found in chocolate – but only if it’s made from raw cacao (not Dutch- or alkali-processed), and the key mineral that gives raw chocolate its relaxation-promoting qualities. Raw cacao is also energizing because of the antioxidants and caffeine naturally present in this “Food of the Gods”. Try using raw cacao powder in your recipes that call for cocoa powder, and blend raw cacao nibs into smoothies using a high-powered blender for a delicious rich flavour. I created these two … Read More

#4 Superfood: Flax, The Regulator

Continued from Fall Into Health With These 5 Superfoods Flax seed is a home-grown Canadian seed densely packed with goodness. Chewed well or ground, flax is one of the best foods to support healthy detoxification by keeping your bowels regular and binding toxins so they can’t be reabsorbed into your body through your digestive tract. Think of it as nature’s Metamucil. They also supply a medicinal dose of phytoestrogens, plant compounds that naturally combat excess amounts of estrogen and estrogen-like chemicals that act as endocrine disruptors. Flax seeds also contain high amounts of omega-3 oils which are beneficial for your cardiovascular health and reduce inflammation in your body. Use cold-pressed flax seed oil in salad dressings or drizzled over cooked … Read More

Fall Into Health With These 5 Superfoods – Starting With #5…

Ready to see where Superfoods can fit into your regular weekly diet, and boost your health and wellbeing this season? You might already know that I’m borderline obsessed about how food forms the foundation of our health. Like me, perhaps you’re passionate about food when it’s fresh, local, organic, free-range, made with love, and delicious. I love to help you figure out how to use food to boost your immunity, clear up your skin and get your hormones back in balance. You might be surprised that as a naturopathic doctor I’m a “warm & cooked” food lover and get chilly and bloated just thinking about a raw food diet. I’m not a vegetarian, and when I eat animal products, I … Read More