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November 5, 2017

 Why isn't soup as good as it used to be?  Although, that sugar and salt content in canned soup gives it a competitive edge for taste.  My mom made the best homemade soup and continues to make soup for the local soup kitchen. 

You might ask why, and the answer is SO nutrient dense...good for you body....and TASTES SO GOOD!!  She feels it is better to give people good nutrition and make it with LOVE because everyone deserves good health.

The base is bone broth.  (If you are Vegan or Vegetarian, then legume broth is an excellent choice).  Don't buy the chicken or beef stock you find in the grocery store because a true, rich, mineral and protein loaded stock IS NOT LIQUID at room temperature.  When you boil the bones, fat and cartilage down, you get a jelly like substance when it cools. 

This is what I ended up with after I simmered then boiled the bones for 3 hours.  This is what bone broth should look like when cooled. This makes me wonder what...

November 4, 2017

We all can relate to the pain, nausea, ill-feeling, depression, irritability, light-headedness, sensitivity to light and noise that comes with a migraine headache. It can shut you down for 36-72 hours.  So what caused your migraine in the first place? 

1.  The most common cause of migraines is food sensitivities. 

Partially digested foods are absorbed and the body does not recognize  them.  Your immune system launches an attack on what it believes to be a foreign invader.  The immune system's course of action is an allergic response, which results in specific food sensitivities or allergies.  Pathogens create harmful toxins that get absorbed, particularly yeast/molds produce many toxins that are other causes associated with migraines like:

2.  Inflammation

3.  Leaky gut syndrome

4.  Dysbiosis (imbalance of microbial colonies most commonly found in the digestive tract).

How in the world can food sensitivities cause a migraine?

This is wher...

October 14, 2017

Quick and easy little snacks that are full of minerals. Calcium, magnesium and manganese are often deficient in many people, which contribute to future health related problems and disease.  Try to use organic and raw snacks to get the maximum health benefits. Whip up a batch and feel good about having a snack.

1 cup hemp hearts

1 cup sesame seeds

1 cup almond flour

1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)

1/2 cup flax meal

24 chopped dates

2 tbsp. cinnamon

1 tbsp. coconut sugar (optional for extra sweetness)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate for 15 minutes.  Roll into 20 balls.

4 balls=600mg calcium+185mg magnesium+0.46mg manganese


October 10, 2017

You were sent by your doctor to get blood work done.  A few weeks later you have your results in numbers in a chart.  WHAT DO THESE NUMBERS MEAN???  Your doctor might tell you your LDL cholesterol is 4.2, your creatinine 2.2 mmol/L and 6.4 for your Glycolated Hemoglobin (HbA1c).  Yikes!  Besides these numbers being a confusing new language and new pharmaceutical prescriptions to fix the numbers, there are also other risks of diseases when your body encounters an imbalance.

Understanding Cholesterol Numbers

LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol is commonly known as the 'bad' cholesterol.  The main source for blockage in the arteries and cholesterol build up of plaque  is the lipoprotein carrier vessel.

Near Optimal: 2.6-3.3*   Borderline: 3.4-4.1*   High: 4.2-4.9*   Very High: >4.9*

* mmol/L (Canadian measurement)

Optimal if you have heart disease: <1.8*  Optimal if at-risk of heart disease: <2.8*

HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) choleste...

September 28, 2017


Where can I get calcium when I have been diagnosed with a milk allergy? 

Milk may induce an allergic reaction because it contains over 25 different proteins.  Then there are the people (60 million or more in North America) who are lactose intolerant because they are unable to digest the natural sugar in milk called lactose. The enzyme lactase breaks down lactose, which most people's body stop manufacturing it between childhood and adolescence.  The question arises from these stats: Are people lactase deficient or is milk is not intended for adults?

 What happens in a human body that is lactose intolerant and they drink milk?  In the intestines, milk ferments and creates a by-product called lactic acid.  It can cause gas, diarrhea, bloating and abdominal cramping.  The lactic acid is absorbed into the blood stream where it attaches to magnesium and calcium.  This is problematic because these two minerals can become inaccessi...

September 15, 2017

How do you really know if you have arthritis when joint inflammation, stiffness and pain are characteristics of over 100 disorders?  Lupus, Tenosynovitis, Bursitis, Lyme disease, fracture, Tendonitis, joint trauma and Hemophilia are a few disorders that share symptoms of inflammation of the joints.  A medical diagnosis  is a must, as surgical joint replacement may be what you require.  There is so much that can be done at home to slow progression, alleviate discomfort and improve flexibility.

When the joint cartilage gradually breaks down, this painful condition is known as primary osteoarthritis and affects everyone over 40 to some degree.  Stiffness and pain are the results of cartilage wears away at the frequently used joints and low spine areas.  Physical stress of poor posture or obesity or joint injury or infections or a disease like diabetes can result in secondary osteoarthritis.

 Rheumatoid arthritis can cause severe crippling pain as it is a systemic di...

July 8, 2017

Sunscreen manufactures have added vitamins A, C, D and E into their product to help protect the skin when exposed to the sun's UV rays.  I recommend these antioxidants to be taken in supplement form to neutralize these free radicals and the oxidation inside the body.  The UV radiation harm the internal cells, external cells and DNA.  One sign of  free-radical damage is pigment spots on the skin's surface.  These pigment spots are referred to as 'age spots' or 'liver spots' but medically called senil lentigines or lentigo.  

What may help lighten these brownish patches is B-complex accompanied with B2 daily.  Taking vitamin C with bioflavonoids can help prevent skin sags and pigment clumping.  Although it may seem conflicting to take vitamin D while soaking it up in the sun's rays, but sunscreens as low as SPF 8 actually prevent the formation of natural vitamin D.  Vitamin E helps reduce free-radical levels.  Vitamin A (in beta carotene form) shoul...

The benefits of miso soup are something that you should embrace as this fermented bean paste can help prevent inflammation, lower cholesterol, lower lifestyle factors associated with cancer, help support good bacteria levels and helps aid in weight loss.  Besides all these benefits, this soup is really yummy! Put your chef hat on and surprise your friends/family with your new hidden cooking skills.

1 lb 99% lean ground turkey breast
1½ lb mixed mushrooms, sliced (such as portobello, crimini, oyster, beech, shitake)
6 scallions, white and light green parts only, sliced
6 cups water
¼ cup + 2 tbsp miso

1.  In a large soup pot, cook turkey breast for 5-8 minutes over medium heat until no pink color remains; crumble with a wooden spoon or spatula.
2.  Add mushrooms to pot; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, to soften.
3.  Add scallions, water and miso; stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer 15 minutes.

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Janette de Vries, RHN, B.ed, (Hons) B.A

Registered Holistic  Nutritionist

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