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30+ A Day?

30+ A Day?

How many different foods do you eat every day, on average? It is recommended we eat at least 30 different foods per day.  The world has over 50,000 edible plants, but just three of them, rice, corn and wheat, provide 60% of the world’s energy...

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Olive Oil – Liquid Gold

Olive Oil – Liquid Gold

Olive oil should be purchased in a dark bottle.  Have you noticed that all high-quality olive oils come in a black or dark green bottle?  This is to prevent light oxidation while it sits on the shop shelf.  It should be stored in a cool, dark...

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What NOT to Eat and Why

What NOT to Eat and Why

There aren’t many situations when a Naturopath or Holistic Nutritionist will make blanket statements about what to eat and what not to eat.  However, the following foods are not beneficial for anyone (on a daily basis).  Of course, there will be...

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Butter or Margarine?

Butter or Margarine?

“As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists” Joan Gussow Heard the saying, “margarine is only one molecule away from plastic”?! Eating margarine daily is associated with significantly lower IQ scores even at 3 ½...

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Manuka Honey

Manuka Honey

Honey-Glazed Carrots Anyone? Manuka honey is native to NZ and Australia.  However, Kiwis claim that real Manuka only comes from NZ! It provides antibacterial properties both internally and externally.  These properties are greater in Manuka honey...

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Echinacea (a.k.a. Purple Coneflower)

Echinacea (a.k.a. Purple Coneflower)

Echinacea increases the body’s number of white blood cells which combat infection.  Echinacea is known to reduce the severity, duration and symptoms of ills and chills. Echinacea commonly comes alongside vitamin C and zinc.  Echinacea not only...

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Protein Powders

Protein Powders

The protein powder market is so crowded, how are we supposed to spot the difference?! The main types are whey isolate, whey concentrate, soy, pea, rice, egg white and hemp.  Whey Protein Isolate The pure protein component of whey.  Whey isolate...

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Top 10 Benefits of Quitting Sugar

Top 10 Benefits of Quitting Sugar

Fat Loss Regulated appetite and blood sugar, plus less cravings. Elevated Energy Stable blood sugar levels without the feeling of ‘hitting the wall’. Happy Tummy Sugar feeds bad bacteria in our gut, contributing to digestive issues. Clearer Skin...

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Thermogenic Foods

Thermogenic Foods

These are natural foods that kick-start your metabolism. Not the artificial thermogenic fat-burning pills and energy drinks!  Grapefruit Contains an enzyme that increases metabolism.  The old wives’ tale turned out to be true! Eat half a...

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