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…

The most important health tip you’ll ever need

So what’s the one most significant thing you can do for your health? If you change nothing else, what’s the one thing? The answer: Drink water and lots of it. What a let down, right? Here it seems there should be some outstanding, new, EASY, answer that none of us have ever heard before, that…

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…

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…