Is tracking calories necessary?

The debate is big on this one, and has been for years — should you track calories? For the most part, no. It’s not necessary if you eat a mostly whole foods diet with lots of vegetables, leafy greens and fruit, nuts and seeds. However, having said that, I do track my calories, lightly. Using…

Tip Tuesday: Simple Meals

I pride myself in making healthy well-rounded meals for my family. However, through my Holistic Nutrition course, I’m learning all kinds of tips and I’m slowly incorporating them into our family meals. Once I wrapped my head around the concept, learning about simplifying meals was music to my ears. But at first I thought, “how…

10 Components of a Healthy Diet

There are ten components to eating a healthy diet. And by diet I’m not talking about the latest fad or eating low calories for a short period of time and then returning to your normal bad eating habits… here, diet means what you eat as a lifestyle. Here’s 10 things to adapt to your eating…

Easy Swap: Anything but white rice!

Being diabetic, watching my carbohydrate intake is necessary. I don’t cut carbs completely, but reduce them significantly by looking for healthier substitutions. I have a significant blood sugar spike when I eat rice, potatoes, or pasta. So much so, that I become exhausted to the point that I almost can’t function, my focus becomes fuzzy,…

Easy Swap: Ketchup

I don’t use a lot of ketchup, but I was feeling guilty about the sugar when I did use it. I had looked up recipes to make my own, but there’s a shelf life to homemade ketchup of just a few days. I don’t use it up fast enough and felt I’d be wasting food….

Tip Tuesday: The power punch of spinach

Have you noticed that spinach takes on the flavour of whatever you cook it with? That’s my tip this Tuesday. I put spinach into every sauce or meal that I can to up our intake of greens. The kids never complain about spinach. Sure, they won’t eat sauteed spinach, but mix it into spaghetti sauce…

Easy Swap: Soy Sauce

An easy swap for soy sauce is a switch to Bragg’s Liquid Soy Seasoning. It tastes very similar to soy sauce, but is a much healthier option. It is quite strong, so use it sparingly and adjust to taste. Why? According to Ani Phyo, Bragg’s is gluten-free, not fermented or heated and they claim it…

Tip Tuesday: “But, water is boring.”

“I hate water.” “Water is boring.” “Water has no flavour.” Is this how you feel about water? I used to. Now, for the most part, all I drink is water. When I’m thirsty, my body craves water and it’s my first go-to. For me, switching to drinking water wasn’t a slow change. Years ago, I…

Easy Swap: Salt

Many people ask how to get started making healthier choices. Making slow changes is always recommended. For people looking for simple ways to get healthier, I’m starting a segment called “easy swap.” I’ll be giving examples of products I have personally replaced with healthier options. And I’ll also explain why these options are better for…

Chocolate Covered Cherries Smoothie

Sometimes I miss my favourite ice cream flavour – Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia — black cherry and vanilla. Oh, wow, is it good. BUT, since it’s not a choice for a diabetic or someone whose completely lactose intolerant, I had to find another way. I have found that with a little imagination, I can…