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    Vegetarianism 101: Where do you get your B-12?

    By Raluca Tutulan, Registered Homeopath Over the past few weeks we talked about being mindful of protein and essential fatty acid intake. Today we are going to talk about vitamin B-12 , which is a vitamin to keep in mind when switching to a plant-based diet, since it is found mostly from animal-derived products. Vitamin B-12 is a water-soluble vitamin that contributes to the production of red blood cells, nerve function, cell metabolism and the production of DNA. A deficiency in vitamin B-12 can lead to anemia and neurological concerns and may present as: fatigue, sensations of pins and needles, mobility issues, dizziness, vision problems and mood changes. Deficiencies may be caused…

  • Eat Well,  Live Well,  Nutrients,  Nutrition,  Uncategorized,  Vegetarianism

    Vegetarianism 101: Tips for Success

        By Raluca Tutulan, Registered Homeopath In the last few posts on transitioning to a vegetarian diet  we talked about how to get enough protein  and where to get your essential fatty acids . Today we are going to talk about a few tips for success in eating a balanced vegetarian diet. Plan your meals Include umami flavours in your diet Substitute your favourite dishes Tip 1: Plan your meals: You won’t have to do this forever, but you are changing your lifestyle and chances are, your meals are going to be a little different than they were before. If you are used to eating meat with a side…

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    Vegetarianism 101: Where do you get your Essential Fatty Acids?

    What are Essential Fatty Acids? Essential fatty acids are fatty acids that our body needs but cannot synthesize on its own. These include linolenic acid (LA) an omega-6 fatty acid, α- linolenic (ALA) which is an omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids contribute to the membrane structure of our cells, provide a source of energy and have anti-inflammatory effects. Our bodies use ALA to convert to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA is important for growth and development of our visual and neurological system and particularly helpful in childhood. EPA contributes to neurological function and can help with behaviour, academic performance, focus and attention. ALA is…

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    Naturopathic Cold and Flu Kit

    Fall is here, so we thought we would equip you with our favourite Naturopathic tips for surviving the cold weather ahead! Naturopathic Cold and Flu Kit  Our Favourite Supplements and Botanicals 1) Vitamin D is key for proper immune system function! The best is getting a lab test done to see where your levels are at and then taking a dose specific to your lab report results. Typical dose for Vitamin D is around 1,000-2,000IU. 2) Vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system response. It helps to stimulate the function and production of white blood cells and helps to produce antibodies. About 500-1000mg daily is a typical dose for Vitamin C.…

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    Boost Your Immune System This Fall

    By Jeanette Turnbull, R.Ac. As we move into fall we transition from the vibrant, yang energy of summer into the quiet, yin energy of winter. Autumn is the season of harvest, reaping and storing what we have grown in the summer to sustain us during the cold winter ahead. Taking natures lead, now is the time to conserve the yang energy we cultivated during the summer months to ensure we have energy to spare during winter. Lung energy rules over autumn and creates Wei Qi, which translates to defensive energy. Wei Qi is a specialized form of energy that runs primarily between the skin and muscles. It protects the body…

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    Coping with Your Child’s Anxiety: The Back-to-School Chapter

    Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns for children and adolescents, affecting approximately 20% of children. In other words, one in five parents will have a child who struggles with anxiety. For many parents, back-to-school season is a joyous time – families are getting back into their usual routines and parents no longer have to worry about how they are going to entertain their children. But, for parents with anxious children, back-to-school can be a difficult and stressful time. Feelings of anxiety are normal during times of change, and starting school or transitioning back to school after the summer holidays is a common trigger for anxiety in…

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    Tips about Ticks – Part 1

    Tips about Ticks: A 6-Part Overview of Lyme Disease, Co-infections, Diagnosis, Conventional and Alternative Treatments, Complications and Prevention Strategies By Dr. Deanna Walker, ND and Dr. Rahima Hirji, ND   Part 1: What is Lyme Disease? Part 2: What are Co-infections? Part 3: How is Lyme Disease diagnosed? Part 4: What are the Conventional Treatments? Part 5: What are Alternative Treatments? Part 6: How can I prevent infection? PART1: What is Lyme Disease? Lyme Disease (LD) is an illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi.  This is primarily a tick-borne illness and in North America is transmitted by infected ixodes spp. ticks more commonly known as black legged ticks or…

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    Smoothie Recipes to Brighten up your Spring!

    Strawberry Banana Blast 1 cup strawberries 1 banana 1 handful spinach 2 tbsp grown flaxseed/chia seed 1 medium apple, cored 1 serving protein powder (optional) Ice cubes (optional) Water (to thin out if necessary) Blueberry Brownie 1 cup blueberries 1 banana 1 handful spinach 2 tbsp ground flaxseed/chia seed 1 medium apple, cored 1 tbsp almond butter 1 tbsp raw cacao 1 cup almond milk 1 serving protein powder (optional) Ice cubes (optional) Water (to thin out if necessary) Raspberry Quinoa Dream 2 tablespoons cooked quinoa 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk 1 banana 1 cup frozen raspberries 1 tablespoon hemp seeds 1 serving protein powder (optional) Ice cubes (optional) Water…

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    Spring Clean Up – 5 Steps to boost your energy and lift your spirit

    By Marianna Duba Spring is definitely in the air – mother nature is spoiling us with unusually warm temperatures. It is great to see the sun shining and the snow melting, still, many of us cannot enjoy the early signs of spring. The short and cold winter days took their toll on our general well being: we feel heavy, fatigued, our driving force is gone, all we can think of is getting through the day so we can sit down in the evening and munch on a snack in front of our favourite show or hockey game. The fact is, you do not have to feel like this at all!…

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    Food of the week – Hemp Seeds

    These tiny little seeds are real superfoods if we consider their amazing nutritional content. Moreover, they are not only healthy, but they also taste fantastic with their  nutty, mildly sweet flavour. Here are the facts proving that even a miniature seed can give you a big punch! Hemp seeds provide a relatively high level of essential fatty acids in a health promoting anti-inflammatory ratio 3:1 of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids. Hemp seeds are among only a few foods that contain an omega 6 fat called gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which serves as a building block for anti-inflammatory hormones. GLA also facilitates fat burning and supports healthy hair,…

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