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Healthy Eating Articles

These healthy eating articles are here to help you get on track with a balanced healthy eating plan, and showing you how to have fun while maintaining it.

Why I love bicycle commuting [How to save the planet]

I'm in the middle of this 100 day marketing course by the amazing Seth Godin. Once of the most valuable parts of this course (to me) is that there's a really active discussion forum where we each discuss our businesses and marking challenges.

And as Seth keeps reminding us - there is more value in helping someone else than in talking about yourself. #lifelessons

One of my new online friends is building a concept around inspiring people to try bicycle commuting. I was so enthralled with this concept that we've been having a great discussion around it, and how he might set it up.

You may already know this, but I am a bicycle commuter. I've posted videos in past of my grocery trips by bicycle. I shifted from driver to cyclist back in 2002, when I was in University and the car my parents had lent me was dying.


How to recognize adrenal fatigue symptoms

Adrenal fatigue is talked about so often! I hear it from friends, clients, random posts on facebook.

First of all, the root of adrenal fatigue is chronic stress. Our bodies go through three phases when subjected to stress: alarm, resistance and exhaustion.

With all the stress in our modern lives (both typical stress and also the stress of having to deal with pollution and toxins in our environment), and without nourishing our bodies and our adrenal glands fully, chronic stress can add up.

Eventually our body will try to tell us that it needs support by showing us some symptoms.


How much sunshine do you need to get enough Vitamin D?

Our amazing bodies can produce vitamin D in our skin when it's exposed to sunlight. Of course, we need to balance how much sun exposure we need for vitamin D, but not so much it puts us at risk of skin cancer.

Vitamin D is a crucial nutrient for your bones, teeth and muscles. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and cancer (particularly breast, colon and prostate) as well as depression, insomnia and autoimmune disease.

If you aren't getting enough vitamin D (be on the lookout for deficiency symptoms), you may need to look at taking a supplement and getting out in the sunshine more!

So - how much sunshine do you need to get enough Vitamin D?


How to save the planet: Go vegan!

In honor of Earth Day, here are 5 things you can do to save the planet.

Hint: they all add up to just one thing. Go vegan!

When I feel helpless about my inability to affect the course of government policies or corporate agendas, I take comfort in my ability to take personal action in every bite of food I eat.


How to save the planet: practical ways to reduce waste

Watching a brilliant Ted Talk earlier this week inspired me to share with you some of the ways in which I try to reduce the waste and disposability of the stuff in my life.

This is not meant to be a "ooo look how great I am and all these great things I do!" kind of thing. This is just to share some of the things I do to help lessen my impact on the planet. I would LOVE to hear what you do!

I also had a very good friend visit me last week, who was the first person I knew who was vegan before I went vegan, and who worked at the Green Party with me back then.

That means we have a lot of similar interests and values, and it was so energizing to have long discussions about the Red Cross thrift shop, soap nuts, comparisons of our travel mugs, and the various uses of aquafaba.

This video is meant as a friend checking in about some practical actions we can take, each in our own lives, to band together and make a difference in the world for those to whom this is really important.

This affects not so much us, who are reading/watching this - but more so the people who don't have the means or resources to take these actions, and are being directly affected by what we do each day.


7 simple ways you can keep your colon healthy

Although there are many risk factors for cancer and disease that we have absolutely no control over, there are some simple things we can do to minimize the risk factors that are controllable.

I have a huge hereditary risk factor for developing colon cancer in my life. If I get cancer, I'm not going to think I did something wrong, or that I should have done something more.

I'm going to think - wow, I'm so glad I did everything I knew to give my body the best chance to try to fight this.

I don't live to avoid cancer. I live to enjoy each day fully, with energy and vitality.

Anyone can get cancer. In the end, what matters is how much we enjoy our lives. So find something today you feel grateful for, some piece of beauty in this world. And smile.


5 vegan foods for healthy teeth and gums

5 vegan foods for healthy teeth and gums @heathernicholds, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Monday was my biannual trip to the dentist! I think of it like a spa trip for my teeth :) In honour of that, here are some vegan foods for healthy teeth and gums.

Our bodies need certain nutrients to help build and maintain our teeth, and keep our gums healthy.

The most common recommendations I see for healthy tooth foods are dairy - milk, yogurt, cheese, etc... because of the calcium.

Luckily, there are loads of plant foods that have calcium, protein, iron, folate, vitamin C, omega-3, phosphorous, zinc, B vitamins and fiber - all nutrients that are important for the health of your teeth and gums.

What you put in your mouth can affect the health of your mouth


3 questions about intuitive eating (my version: Intelligently intuitive eating)

3 questions about intuitive eating (my version: Intelligently intuitive eating) @heathernicholds, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Intuitive eating is the concept of eating only when you're hungry, and stopping when you're full. Tapping in to our bodies' hunger and satiety cues.

Great concept! I love tuning in to our bodies' messages and cues, it's the base of my work as a holistic nutritionist and I use your body's messages as a tool in client consultations (called symptomatology).

But... going purely by intuition is a bit simplistic, and can be limited. There are 3 questions that come to mind...


5 tricks to keep yourself cooking healthy meals, even when it sucks

5 tricks to keep yourself cooking healthy meals, even when it sucks @heathernicholds, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Do you ever get frustrated by the amount of time it takes to chop vegetables... then cook a meal... then clean up?

Not to mention the time to find good recipes... plan out your week's meals... check if you have the ingredients... go shopping for what you need...

It is tiring! It can be hard to stay motivated to stick with this, when you could so easily go back to buying frozen pizzas or burritos.


Post-cleanse meals: Why they're important to plan + recipe ideas

Post-cleanse meals: Why they're important to plan + recipe ideas @heathernicholds Registered Holistic Nutritionist

If you started your year with a cleanse, it's important to know what to eat to shift back to long-term healthy meals.

And on Chinese New Year's Eve gives us a chance to review and refine our resolutions or intentions from January 1, so we can carry them through for the rest of the year.