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Quinoa Carrot Cake

Quinoa is extremely high in protein with all essential amino acids, high in fiber and has a low glycemic index which is great for blood sugar control. Try this healthy, nutrient-dense recipe and impress your friends.  Quinoa Carrot Cake 🥕🍰 Ingredients (dry): 2 cups Almond Flour 1 cup Quinoa Flour 2 ts Baking Powder 2 ts Cinnamon 1 ts Nutmeg 1 ts Ground Ginger Pinch Salt Ingredients (wet): 3 Eggs 1/2 cup Maple Syrup 1/4 cup Applesauce (unsweetened) 1/4 cup Vanilla Coconut Yogurt or Gre...

June 20, 2019

Intermittent Fasting

What is Intermittent Fasting anyway?  It seems to be all the rage and from talking to people I think there is some underlying confusion on the topic, so hopefully I can help clarify some information for you.  Intermittent fasting focuses on WHEN to eat, not what to eat.  The idea is to abstain from food for longer than you normally would, giving the body a break from constant food digestion, (it's a process and the body works hard to break your food down).  This time allows y...

June 8, 2019

Nut & Seed Crackers

Can’t eat gluten but don’t want to pay $5 a pack for nut and seed crackers? Try this simple at-home recipe for nutritious crackers. Nut & Seed Crackers (GF) Ingredients: 2 cups Mixed Nuts (cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds - your choice really) 1 Egg 2 tbsp Water 1 ts Sea Salt 1 tbsp Herbs (you can add whatever you like, but I like rosemary or thyme) Directions: * Blitz nuts, seeds, salt and water together in a food processor, (scrape what sticks to sides and keep blending until it ...

June 4, 2019

Do You Have Candida?

Lately, I have seen quite a few people who have had Candida.  There are many symptoms that reveal a Candida problem including: a white coating on the tongue, a strong craving for sugar, bad breath, brain fog, joint pain, hormonal imbalances, gas, bloating, chronic sickness and UTIs to name a few.  So, what is Candida? Candida Albicans is a common type of yeast infection found in the mouth, vagina and intestinal tract. Candida naturally occurs in our bodies, but when it gets out of...

May 14, 2019

Why You Need Fat!

So many people look at labels and turn away food because it is high in fat.  Well, guess what, we need healthy fats in our diet as fat is an essential nutrient and one of the primary sources of energy for the body. Fat plays a role in supporting immunity, insulating internal organs, maintaining healthy hair and skin, brain health, maintaining blood sugar balance, hormonal balance and reproductive health.  Fats are also NEEDED to properly absorb vitamins, such as Vitamin A, D, E and K. ...

April 22, 2019

Grocery Shopping Made Easier

I often get told by clients they get confused by all the so-called healthy food labels on foods only to find out they are high in salt or sugar or contain some kind of “non-food” ingredient.  I understand the frustration as I have been tricked a time or two.  So, this month I thought I’d share some tips to help navigate the aisles a bit easier and be wiser then the five stars.Foods, much like people, feed our inner and outer selves by tickling our emotions, causing our brains to ...

March 11, 2019

What is Inflammation and How Does it Affect Your Body?

Inflammation is the cause of a lot of ills and ailments. Many people will do their best to try and convince you that you need to spend a lot of money to fix it. But what is inflammation? How is it caused? And how can you fix it? What is inflammation?Inflammation is a natural process of the body. It’s the body’s natural defence system, sending a rush of white blood cells to an area that needs healing. Arteries in the area enlarge, supplying extra blood flow to the area. Capillaries become eas...

February 4, 2019

Liver Cleanse 101

Ok, so it may be a bit early for a liver cleanse, but January is right around the corner, so why not be prepared? You may be asking yourself – why do a liver cleanse? Well, our health and well-being depends on how well our bodies remove toxins.  We are exposed daily to toxins in the way of our personal care products, environmental toxins, processed foods, and guess what…your liver has to help rid the body of all these toxins!  That’s a big job for one organ, so sometimes it ...

December 10, 2018

Missed & Irregular Periods

This is all too common and many women just accept it as normal, or don’t bother thinking twice about it. There is a lot of anatomy and physiology involved when we look at the reasons for missed or irregular periods.  The hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal glands, thyroid and ovaries which all help to regulate the menstrual cycle and balance hormones are at work.  I like to look at the overall picture by looking closely at symptoms and the body systems.Let’s just go over a normal cycl...

November 12, 2018

Brain Fog – What To Do About It

I see so many people who come in and present with fatigue, moodiness, distracted from their everyday tasks and just run-down.  If this sounds like you, you’re probably experiencing some form of brain fog.  I talk a lot about how society has changed with the technology and the internet allowing us to communicate instantly, but with that comes the pressure of replying quickly too.  We are becoming a fast-paced, over-worked population that needs to step back and take some time for ...

September 3, 2018

Autoimmune Diseases – Can They Be Reversed?

First of all, what is an autoimmune disease?  An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body.  The immune systems job is to guard against germs like bacteria and viruses.  However, because people are highly stressed, exposed to pollutants in our environment and a typical western diet they develop gut issues.  When the immune system senses foreign invaders allowed in because of the state of ones gut health, it sends out an army of...

August 16, 2018

Reasons for a Bloated Stomach

I see so many people come through my doors that complain of a bloated stomach.  With most people’s poor diets, high levels of stress, exposure to pollutants and medications, I”m not surprised so many people suffer from this. Yes, a bloated stomach can be very uncomfortable, and often times embarrassing when it is accompanied by gas or the urgent need to go to the bathroom.  I’m here to say that stomach bloating can sometimes signify some more serious health problems. What is bloa...

July 23, 2018

What Are Lectins?

The word Lectin has been used by many health experts over the years and the conversation is usually that lectins are seen as an enemy.  Legumes and grains are the two categories of foods with high levels of lectins and it is believed that they trigger inflammation and intestinal permeability which can lead to a host of health issues.  However, lectins are also found in fruits, vegetables and nuts.  In fact, plant lectins act as part of the defence system against unwanted pests. As...

June 13, 2018

What Is A Ketogenic Diet?

Most of us have been told and therefore have it engrained that carbohydrates and sugar is the primary source of energy for our bodies.  However, if you want to lose weight there is a way of eating that will help flip the switch so your body burns primarily fat for fuel. When the body consumes sugar, our pancreas works to secrete a hormone called insulin. Insulin is actually a fat storage hormone, so too many carbohydrates and sugar inhibit the weight loss process. When we eat fat on the oth...

May 8, 2018

Helping Endometriosis Pain

So many women struggle for many years with period pain, back pain, pain during bowel motions and fatigue.  It is so common, that it’s estimated that 175 million women suffer worldwide.  Doctors today can often dismiss this pain and just assume it’s normal.  Well, it’s not normal and there are natural remedies that can improve this condition and reduce the pain! Endometriosis is a painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus starts to grow outside of t...

April 24, 2018

Are you Getting Enough Protein?

What is protein?  Protein is a macronutrient and is the building block of muscles in the body.  It helps support healthy tissues and cells, which ultimately help boost your metabolism and fat-burning potential.  They develop, grow and maintain our skin, hair, enzymes, organs, muscles, tissues, hormones and even parts of our immune system.  They are involved in every body function from wound healing, fighting off pathogens and controlling blood sugar levels.  Broken down ...

March 12, 2018

Natural Painkillers

Oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, panadol, aspirin… the list goes on.   A few common prescription and over-the-counter painkillers that are often used after surgery or for pain of any sort. The problem is these over-the-counter painkillers help relieve the pain but come with a lot of side effects.  Aspirin for instance can cause stomach ulcers and impact breathing.  They all change the balance of your gut bacteria, decrease stomach acid and are liver loaders.   I want...

February 5, 2018

Going Grain Free

Many people today are giving up grains. Why you may ask? Well, grains can contribute to inflammation and inflammation is the root cause to all disease.  Many are going gluten free, and going grain free is just taking it one step further.  Eating grain free involves eliminating not only wheat products containing gluten, but also gluten free grains, such as rice, corn, oats and barley.   Some people may have heard of a ketogenic diet, which restricts carbohydrates to below 20 grams ...

January 15, 2018

Holiday Tips To Not Pack On The Kilos

The holidays are almost here, which should be a time of celebration and relaxation.  Of course with the holidays comes all sorts of treats, and more time on our hands to enjoy them.  It’s easy to become food-centric during this time, but try not to focus too much on food and instead the company you’re with. Be realistic, now is not the time to go on a diet and set a goal to lose so many kilos.  A more realistic idea is to try to maintain your current weight. So, if you’ve to...

December 11, 2017

Do you Need A Liver Cleanse?

Did you know that your health and well-being is dependent on how well your body removes toxins from the body? That’s right, everyday we are exposed to numerous toxins from our environment, personal hygiene products and foods.  In reality, most of us could use a serious detox, and a liver cleanse is a great way to do this! So, a little bit about your liver…it is the second largest organ next to your skin and is the primary way the body rids itself of toxins.  It works very hard...

November 6, 2017

Why We Need Fat In Our Diet

What are fats? Well, they are an essential nutrient that provides a lot of energy to the body. They have several roles including: absorbing nutrients, regulating body temperature, hormonal balance, supporting immune function, weight management and maintaining healthy skin and hair. Did you know that fats are actually needed to properly absorb the fat soluble vitamins found in plants? That’s right, vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble vitamins and therefore in order to be absorbed must be eat...

October 19, 2017

Foods That Damage Your Metabolism

As I'm about to launch a new weight loss package, I thought it would be a good time to talk about foods that hurt your ability to burn fat.  I often hear people start an exercise program to lose weight, make good diet changes, but still not see the results they’re after.  Does that sound like you? What could be keeping you from losing that last 10 pounds can be referred to as metabolism death foods! You body recognises these foods as toxins, and some negative effects can result if yo...

September 18, 2017

Ways to Get More Vegetables Into Your Diet

All to often I see people who think they’re getting enough vegetables, but in reality they’re falling short. Vegetables are packed with so many vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to function properly, but often people dismiss them because they are not as tasty, or take too long to prepare.  Maybe they’re a bit too costly and just don’t light up our taste buds the way that other junk foods are made to do. We should aim to get in at least five servings of vegetables a day. I k...

August 17, 2017

Beat the Winter Sniffles & Boost Your Immune System

Winter is here and with it many bugs as immune systems can be weakened during the colder sedentary months.  Your immune system helps protect you from invaders, and also impacts almost every other system in your body from your hormones to your brain health.  By boosting immunity you’ll have better digestion, more energy, clearer skin and more. First, how do you know you have a weakened immune system? Here are some obvious signs: low energy, irritability, restlessness, inflammation, bl...

July 10, 2017

Depression – What Can You Do About It

Did you know that in 2013 one in every six New Zealanders were depressed? Clinical depression is serious and impacts so many. This month I’m going to discuss the causes, how it can be diagnosed and what can be done. Firstly, to be diagnosed with clinical depression you must possess five out of eight of the following criteria: Poor appetite accompanied by weight loss, or increased appetiie accompanied by weight gain. Insomnia or excessive sleep habit Physical hyperactivity or inactivity Loss of...

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