The Dinner Battle

This one’s for parents….Imagine this scenario: You come home from a busy day and you have 30 minutes to get dinner on the table before you can expect one of your kids to melt down.  You’re hungry and tired, but you get to work in the kitchen.  You marvel at your own creativity as you…

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Why snacks matter

I’m always looking for healthy snack recipes.  I’m a busy mother of three young children; they need to eat a lot and they need to eat often. Aside from offering my family healthy meals, keeping a supply of healthy snacks on hand that can be whipped up quickly – offering one mid morning, and one…

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What’s the deal with Fructose?

If you happened to be listening to CBC radio early this morning (for all you Canadians out there), you might have heard a Canadian professor being interviewed about a new study on Fructose. If you didn’t hear it, don’t distress…. they didn’t really say anything.  Just, you know, eat less sugar, eat less processed food…

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sugar, sugar… what’s the big deal?

(The following post is taken from an old edition of my newsletter from 2011.  ) A journalist by the name of Gary Taubes has become famous for his writing about fat and obesity.  Last week he wrote an excellent article in the NY times about sugar.  His question – is sugar REALLY all that bad? …

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Lessons From the Spiral

Yesterday my oldest child walked the spiral. See, my five year old is in kindergarten at a remarkable school.  At this time of year they celebrate.  It’s a time of light and joy and giving and receiving; they tell stories, sing songs, create art. And they hold a spiral walk ceremony.  I think this tradition…

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Healthy Fat – an oxymoron?? (video)

Have you ever second guessed yourself? I mean, you find yourself doing something that you’ve always done but you start thinking “I wonder if this is a good thing to do?” When it comes to fat, this seems to come up a lot.  Can I cook with olive oil? Is butter good or bad? Should…

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What’s For Lunch?

Lunch was one of my first culinary challenges as a parent. It’s the middle of the day, people are starting to get tired, and…. didn’t we just eat?? Then, of course, school hits and you have to plan ahead and actually pack something out!  Yikes!  I used to dread lunch. Leftovers seems to be a…

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Proper preparation for increased digestibility

(or, do I really have to give up lentils?) I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the Paleo diet lately. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Paleo, it is a way of eating (actually it is more of a complete lifestyle) that harkens back to the caveman hunter-gatherer days.  A Paleo food…

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Make your own vitamin C for the winter…

Vitamin C is great for immune health… among other things. But most supplemental vitamin C available on the market is made by fermenting corn in China.  And most of that corn is genetically modified.  The source is generally not labelled because theoretically there is no corn protein left in the supplement, and GMOs don’t need…

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The baby who wouldn’t nurse

I recently had a client whose 3 month old baby started to refuse her breastmilk. Most people understand, now a days, that “breast is best” and this mother was no exception.  She wanted to breastfeed, but after every feed her baby was so anxious, upset, and restless that she didn’t know what to do.  She…

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