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The Latest and Greatest Superfoods


superfoodsAs someone with a design background, I have a special love for infographics (as evidenced by the ones I’ve made about food intolerance symptoms, healthy skin, and nutrients for ADHD), so when this one about the newest superfoods was brought to my attention, I figured I had to share.

Some of these super foods are new enough that they haven’t yet come across my radar and/or I haven’t seen them available locally, but others like manuka honey and maca root, I’ve definitely seen and even sampled. I even have a recipe for Paleo cereal that uses a bit of maca! Worth a try, in my opinion! Have you tried any of these newest superfoods? If so, how did you eat them? And by all means, if you have a recipe, please share in the comments!
See the infographic…

October 22 |

How to get clear skin: vitamins for healthy skin


How to get clear skin: vitamins for healthy skin

Like many women before me, I used to be pretty complacent about many of my health issues. Joint pain? Bah, I’ll just walk it off! Headache, I’ll just pop a pill! But when my health issues affected my skin and my complexion, and how I looked, the vainest part of me became worried. I was forced out of complacency. After all, being 30-something (almost 40 even!) and having acne in addition to my grey hair seemed to be a cruel way for the universe to let me keep my youthful facade. I’ve written before about how I’ve had life-long issues with eczema, and I’ve come to realize that eating the wrong thing can result in an eczema flare-up or even cystic acne because of my food intolerances. One of the most frustrating revelations in becoming a holistic nutritionist has been learning that what you eat can affect your body in so many ways beyond your digestion. After all Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.”

How to get clear skin?

While what you can eat can affect you negatively, thankfully, the opposite is also true. There are foods that encourage healthy skin by reducing inflammation, helping to repair damage, relieve dryness or irritation, and more. So if you’ve got skin issues, don’t just rely on expensive beauty creams containing “skin-replenishing nutrients” – those will only help the surface of your problem. If you want to get to the root of the matter, you’ll have to start with what you’re feeding your body as what you eat affects you from the inside out.

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June 11 |

Food intolerance symptoms


symptoms of food allergyFood intolerance symptoms and symptoms of food allergies manifest themselves in more ways than most people think. The general public is aware that severe food allergies can cause anaphylaxis, or that environmental allergies can cause people to sneeze or break out into hives. But did you know that allergy and intolerance can be responsible for a very wide range of symptoms that can affect any part of the body, and they don’t necessarily have to cause symptoms where first contact occurs?

Allergy does not cause every disease, but it can be involved in almost any disease and it can play an integral role in the development of disease. It is so prevalent that if you have not been told the cause of your health problems or symptoms, you should consider allergy first.

(source: Bateson-Koch, Carolee. “Allergy: The multiple symptom syndrome.” In Allergies: Disease in Disguise. Burnaby, B.C.: Alive Books, 1994.)

I’m currently working on the Allergies course in my studies to become a holistic nutritionist, and I was surprised to see just how many common symptoms can be caused by allergies. Check out the infographic I made to see the most common medically recognized environmental allergy and food intolerance symptoms. See the full infographic

August 28 |

Infographic: A look at the modern tomato


A look at the modern tomato

Tomatoes are starting to ripen around here, and there’s just something about a juicy, red tomato, plucked off the vine and still-warm from the sun that says “summer” to me. As you may (or may not) know, I’m studying Holistic Nutrition, and currently working on a course about eco-nutrition. The assigned reading for the course is the book “The End of Food” by Thomas Pawlick, who devotes the entire first chapter “Red Tennis Balls”, on a discussion of the state of the tomato today.

The book so far, has been so engaging that I wanted to share some of the more interesting facts in The Real Food Guide’s first infographic: A Look At the Modern Tomato.

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July 2 |
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