3 Ingredient Muffin Tin Smoothie Pops

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* Gluten-Free * Dairy-Free * No Added Refined Sugars!

Ingredients:

• 2 cups non-dairy yogurt (Yoso Coconut Yogurt is my personal preference)
• 1.5 cups fresh blueberries
• 1 banana

Method:
1. Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
2. Pour mixture into mini muffin tins, or small plastic cups.
3. Place in the freezer until semi-solid (roughly 1 hour).
4. Remove from freezer and place wooden popsicle stick in the middle and continue to freeze for an additional 4-6 hours.
5. When frozen, run tin under warm water to release the
popsicles from the molds and enjoy!

Grain-Free Granola Bars

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Gluten-Free • Grain-Free • Dairy-Free • No Refined Sugars

After coming up with a delicious grain-free granola recipe last week, I decided to play around with different ways to use it and came up with a few delicious recipe ideas. The first one I’ll share with you are these grain-free granola bars. Of course, you can use any granola of your choice, but if you’re looking for an anti-inflammatory option (because you know that’s what I’m all about about!), the grain-free granola I posted yesterday is a tasty choice. Because it already has the cinnamon and cloves, you don’t have to add any other spices.

Once you decide on the granola you’re going to use, whether it’s store bought or our homemade one, all you need are a few additional ingredients, a food processor and voila! It’s really that simple.

Ingredients:
1 cup *grain free granola
8 pitted Medjool dates
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (optional)
1/4 cup hemp seeds (optional)

Method:
1. Add dates to a food processor, and pulse until coarsely chopped.
2. Next, add the almond butter and granola and process until the mixture begins to form a ball.
3. Transfer to a bowl and add the coconut and hemp seeds, mixing well.
4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and press the mixture firmly into the pan with the back of a spoon. Make the bars at least ½ an inch thick. Cut into bars with a sharp knife before placing in the refrigerator to set. (if you cut it after it sets, the edges tend to crumble). You can also make these into balls if you prefer.
5. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes before serving .
* Store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.

Pumpkin Spice Grain-Free Granola

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Why would anyone want grain-free granola, you ask?

As a holistic nutritionist, a lot of people who come to see me have either serious health conditions, food intolerances, or looking for recipe ideas that suit a particular type of diet they are following. And since reducing the grains in my own diet a few years ago in order to minimize inflammation in my body, which helps control my autoimmune condition (for those of you who are newcomers here, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 15 years ago), one of my favourite pastimes is giving recipes a healthy makeover.

This recipe replaces oats, which is not necessarily an unhealthy food unless you have a sensitivity to grains or carbohydrates, and uses a combination of nuts, seeds and anti-inflammatory spices.

Ingredients:
• 1 cup almonds
• 1 cup walnuts
• 1/2 cup Brazil nuts
• 1/2 cup raw pepitas
• 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
• 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
• 3 tablespoons coconut oil
• 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
• 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Extras: golden berries, dried blueberries, goji berries, coconut flakes

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Add the following ingredients to a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped: almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts
3. In a bowl, combine all remaining dry ingredients: nuts, seeds and spices (except the pepitas and cranberries, or any ingredient you wish to remain whole).
4. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla.
5. When melted, pour the liquid into the bowl with the nut and seed mixture, coating well.
6. Add the pepitas and cranberries, mixing well. This is the stage where you would add any additional ingredients such as dried blueberries, golden berries, or coconut flakes.
7. On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, spread the mixture evenly, and bake for 20 minutes.
8. Remove from oven and allow to cool before breaking up into pieces.
* Store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.

Since making this last week, I already came up with a bunch of ways to enjoy my new grain-free granola! Perhaps if I get a few minutes tomorrow, I’ll post the recipes of the grain-free granola cereal and energy bars I made.

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Chocolate Mint Nice Cream Bites

Guilt-Free/Gluten-Free/Dairy-free

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Not only are these delicious treats  fast and easy to make, but you don’t need any special equipment to make them. If you’re looking for a delicious and healthy summer snack that won’t send your blood sugar soaring, I recommend giving these a try! I have been experimenting with using protein powder in recipes lately. This one is definitely a winner!

Filling:
ŸŸ• Ÿ1 can/400 ml full fat coconut milk
• 1 scoop Vega French Vanilla protein powder
• 1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
• 3 tbsp. maple syrup (or honey)
• 2 tbsp. ground chia seeds
• 1 tsp. peppermint extract

Top & Bottom Layer:
Ÿ• 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips. I used these ones.
• 1 Tbsp. coconut oil

Method:
1. Refrigerate one can of full fat coconut milk overnight.
2. Scoop out solidified coconut cream from the top of the can.
3. Add the coconut cream to a bowl and whip with an electric mixer until smooth.
4. Add remaining filling ingredients, blending well.
5. Let filling sit for 10 minutes and refrigerate until ready to use.
6. Use coconut oil to grease the muffin tins.
7. In a medium saucepan, heat chocolate chips on low heat until fully melted.
8. Add coconut oil to achieve a smooth consistency, if needed.
9. Pour melted chocolate into the greased muffin tin to create the bottom layer.
10. Add approximately 1 tbsp of filling.
11. Pour the melted chocolate on top to create the top layer. Garnish with grated chocolate or coconut flakes. Place in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
12. When ready to serve, remove from freezer and let sit at room temperature for a few minutes before removing from muffin tin.
13. Enjoy!

Workshop Announcement: A Holistic Approach to Managing MS

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As both a Holistic Nutritionist and someone who has Multiple Sclerosis, I’m excited to share my experiences and knowledge to help guide you in learning how to manage this illness.

Multiple Sclerosis is a complex, multifaceted disease with many possible outcomes. Nutrition should never be considered an alternative, but rather an integral part of any health protocol. Taking a holistic, nutritional approach to managing MS involves addressing the body as a whole.

Whether you’re recently diagnosed, or your condition has progressed to advanced stages, it’s never too late to start incorporating healthy diet and lifestyle habits. There are many ways in which natural and holistic therapies can help slow the progression of this disease. I’m here to help you understand the key things you need to know about keeping your MS symptoms under control. I can teach you how to create balance in your body, decrease inflammation, and offer natural pain and symptom management.

This will be the first class in a series of MS related workshops.

When:
Thursday, August 25, 2016
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where:
Sobeys – Northfield, Community Room
640 Parkside Drive, Waterloo, ON

Cost: Free

* Space is limited. To register, please send an email with your name and number of attendants to: eatheallove@hotmail.com
Subject: MS workshop

NEVER LET ANY MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS STOP YOU FROM PURSUING THE BEST HEALTH POSSIBLE!

What Does Your Bowel Transit Time Say About Your Health?

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Hippocrates said it best “All disease begins in the gut”

“Bowel transit time” is the length of time it takes for food to travel through the digestive tract, from mouth to colon. Once food is chewed and swallowed, it moves to the stomach, where it is mixed with stomach acid and digestive enzymes. From there, it travels through the small intestine, where nutrients are absorbed. The food then moves to the large intestine. What hasn’t been fully digested and absorbed in the small intestine, combines with bacteria and other waste products and gets eliminated through the colon.

Your bowel transit time is dependent on a few different factors: The type of food you eat, hydration, the amount of fiber in the diet, and exercise. Certain medications and neurological conditions can also affect your transit time.

Testing Your Bowel Transit Time

The ideal bowel transit time is anywhere from 12 to 24 hours. A transit time longer than 2 days can increase the risk of cancer, diverticulosis and candida (overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria), which weakens the immune system and puts one at higher risk for all types of cancer. A transit time less than 10 hours can mean lack of absorption, which can lead to serious nutritional deficiencies and weakened immunity.

Testing your bowel transit time is fairly easy. Simply consume something that will be easily identified such as: a cup of corn, beets or a few tablespoons sesame seeds, and count the number of hours it takes to appear in your stool.

This is where most people get confused!

A daily bowel movement does not necessarily indicate a healthy colon. Even if you are having a bowel movement every day, you still could be suffering from constipation. Without doing a bowel transit test, you could be unknowingly eliminating something you ate 4 or 5 days ago. The longer a meal remains inside the colon, the longer toxins and putrefaction of digesting food have time to do damage.

Anything less than one bowel movement a day means toxins and waste are recirculating back into the bloodstream and can result in symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, gas, bloating, acne, allergies, muscle and joint pain.

A fast transit time (shorter than 10 hours) means food is passing through your system too quickly, and you might not be absorbing nutrients from your food, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies. A fast transit time combined with loose stools is something to be very concerned about. This can lead not only to severe nutritional deficiencies but also electrolyte imbalances, leg and muscle cramps, anemia and osteoporosis.

Anyone who suffers from chronic diarrhea or loose stools, abdominal cramping, and a bowel transit time of less than 10 hours should seek the advice of a medical professional. It is advised that you be assessed for inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, Celiac disease, Crohn’s, endocrine disorders and for food allergies and sensitivities. The ideal bowel transit time is anywhere from 12 to 24 hours. A healthy stool is one that is well formed and can be easily eliminated with no pushing or straining.

There are many factors that contribute to a poorly functioning digestive system.
Do you suffer from digestive issues, gas and bloating, constipation, loose stools or food sensitivities?

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• How to Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome
• The Importance of Stomach Acid
• Tips To Relieve Heartburn and GERD
• Maintaining a Healthy Bowel Transit Time
• Stool Analysis Chart
• How Much Fiber We Really Need
• Natural Remedies For Common Digestive Complaints
• A Closer Look at Supplements for Optimal Digestive Health
• How to Follow a Hypoallergenic Diet
• A Closer Look at Gluten
• Everyday Healthy Digestion Tips

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Metabolism Destroyer #1: Negative Self-Talk

You Are The Gatekeeper of Your Mind
Excerpt from Chapter 1: Your Summer Best

Advances in the mind-body sciences are now proving what ancient wisdom traditions have been saying for centuries – the mind-body connection profoundly impact one another.
Specific ways of thinking can literally change the structure of your brain in ways that make you less prone to cravings and overeating.

Feeling, looking and being at our best does not always involve having a weight loss goal. Skinny after all, does not necessarily mean healthy. But with summer now upon us, achieving a healthy body weight and feeling our best is a goal for many of us.

Most of us have been taught to believe that the key to losing weight relies on the simple idea of eat less/move more. Sure, eating the appropriate amount of calories for our individual size, age, state of health and level of fitness is important, but there is way more to the equation. What we eat is only part of the story. The plot thickens when we take into account hormonal imbalances, stress levels, sleep patterns, blood sugar issues, and most importantly, our personal relationship with food and how we view our body. Our daily inner dialogue has a powerful effect on how we feel about ourselves. An unhealthy relationship with food can have an impact on our stress levels. This alters the way we digest and absorb the nutrients from what we eat, and can have a strong effect on our energy levels and metabolism.

In order to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, we must first establish a healthy relationship with ourselves and the food we eat. The truth is, we don’t lose weight because we’ve found the right diet plan, or achieved super human willpower. We can achieve a healthy body weight when we change the way we think and feel about food, and allow positive thinking to fuel positive actions and lifelong behaviour!

“Your thoughts form your world. What you focus on in your life grows, what you think about expands and what you dwell on determines your destiny.”
– Who Will Cry When You Die, By Robin Sharma

How many times have you said the following to yourself?

“My metabolism is naturally slow.”
“I gain weight just by thinking about food.”
“I will always be overweight.”
“It’s impossible for me to lose weight.”
“Being overweight is in my genes. There’s nothing I can do to control it.”

Our mind has the power to shape our reality. The words we speak to ourselves on a daily basis have a profound influence on our lives. Become aware of your own personal dialogue.

What are you telling yourself every day?

If we can change how we think, we can change how we eat and nourish ourselves. Rewiring your brain to change the way you think about food can impact your health, happiness, and yes, can even have an effect on your metabolism. Norman Doidge, author of The Brain That Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing, demonstrates through multiple case studies that transforming, or healing the body can be stimulated by conscious habits of thought and action, by teaching the brain to “rewire itself”. It’s called neuroplasticity, and it’s a super power we all are born with. Neuroplasticity refers to the potential that the brain has to reorganize by creating new neural pathways. It is the brain’s way of tuning itself to meet your very own needs. Habitual thoughts and actions over time determine our destiny. If we think negative thoughts that are filled with harsh judgments towards ourselves, our actions will follow our thoughts and we get what we focus on.

The Nocebo Effect

Most of us have heard of “the placebo effect,” a phenomenon in which a placebo, or fake treatment improves a patient’s condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful. But sometimes the effect goes the other way, and a placebo can cause unpleasant symptoms. The same mind-body power that can heal, can also do harm. When patients in double-blinded clinical trials are warned about the side effects they may experience if they are given the real medication, approximately 25% experience severe side effects, even when they are only taking the placebo. This is called the “nocebo” effect.

Both the placebo and nocebo effect are two types of outcomes referred to as “expectation” effects. This means that the person taking the placebo may experience a side effect they expecting to happen. If a person expects to feel better, they often do. If the person believes they are taking a medication that may cause side effects, studies show, negative side effects are more likely reported. The placebo does not cause any of these effects directly. Instead, what the person believes creates a reaction.

Negative Thoughts Really Do Harm Your Health!

Researchers in San Diego examined death records of 28,169 Chinese-Americans and compared them to over 400,000 randomly selected matched controls. What they found was that Chinese-Americans die significantly earlier than normal (by as much as five years) if they have a combination of disease and fall within a birth year which Chinese astrology and Traditional Chinese Medicine consider ill-fated.

The researchers found that the stronger the Chinese-Americans attached to their traditional beliefs, the earlier they died. When the data was examined, they concluded that the reduction in life expectancy could not be explained by genetic factors, lifestyle choices or behaviour of the patients, or any other variable. The researchers could only conclude that the early death rates were not due to their genes, but because of their beliefs. They believe they will die younger because it is their fate, and those negative beliefs manifested as a shorter life span.
Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7901476

Medical School Syndrome

Another study shows that 70 to 80 percent of medical students report developing symptoms suggestive of the illnesses they are studying. Focusing your attention on health problems has been scientifically proven to predispose the body to illness. Excessive knowledge about what can go wrong with the human body can create paranoia and the body complies by getting sick. Although some might consider medical school syndrome trivial, mental health experts insist it is not a light matter. Imagined health problems can lead to real anxiety and manifest actual symptoms.
Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2267854/

Every thought we have and self-judgment we make, impacts a field of energy around us. If every thought we have about ourselves is focused on the negative, we are ensuring and reinforcing that is how we feel. Dwelling on the things we do not like about ourselves, prevents us from focusing on all the positive attributes and beauty within us. The food we eat, as well as the thoughts we think are infused and flavoured with energy. We must work WITH positive and life affirming energy instead of against it.

Beware of your thoughts, they become your words.
Beware of your words, they become your actions.
Beware of your actions, they become your habits.
Beware of your habits, they become your character.
Beware of your character, it becomes your destiny.

Next Section: The Self Love Challenge – Silencing Your Inner Critic.
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