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Hair and Nails: Mirrors of Your Health

July 31st 2015

NailsWe love taking care of our hair and nails, its obvious! Just look at the multitude of beauty products piled high in the cosmetics aisle: creams, oils, masks, sprays and other treatments made from secret ingredients… but before spending all your money on products full of promise, start by taking care of the inside, because hair and nail beauty begins with a high quality diet; it’s not marketing, it’s a physiological certainty!

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Certified gluten-free oats, great news for celiac disease sufferers

July 28th 2015

oats-701299_1280Since last May, Health Canada allows gluten-free claims labelling for specially produced “pure oats” with gluten content under 20 ppm.

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Deciphering the Labelling for a Low FODMAP Diet

July 19th 2015

Woman checking food labelling

We have already seen which foods to avoid when following a low FODMAP diet. Avoiding individual foods such as apples, honey or wheat is rather simple. What is more complicated is figuring out whether a food or dish consisting of several ingredients contains few or many FODMAPs! For example, how do you choose a bread or breakfast cereal? In such cases, you should know how to interpret the list of ingredients.

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Ten Tips for Healthy Aging

July 19th 2015

In order to age successfully, our goal is to make our health last as long as possible.  In my previous blog, I addressed the top five nutritional changes that occur as we age.  Today, I will highlight my top 10 nutrition tips for healthy aging.

My intention is to urge even one reader to take better control of his or her diet today so that their later years will be spent in better health.  Here is an immensely powerful video by the Heart and Stroke foundation contrasting what our last 10 years could look like in either health or in sickness.
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What’s the difference between ice cream and gelato?

July 17th 2015

Delicious GelatoBeing a born and bred Italian, I had the chance to experience hundreds of distinct ice cream flavours in several excellent “gelaterie” (ice cream parlours), developing a special taste for real good “gelato”.

By the way, gelato is just the Italian word for ice cream, so how come it is so different from North American-style ice cream?

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Eating and Drinking When It’s hot: 10 good Choices

July 17th 2015

Summer lemonade
During heat waves, when the outside thermometer reads over 30°C and the humidity index rises, we don’t have much of an appetite in general. But we still have to eat and drink well, avoiding foods that are difficult to digest and favouring those rich in water.

So here are 10 good choices:

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So…. What about Soy?

July 13th 2015

soyaUsually towards the end of a one-on-one dietary counselling session I will often be asked, “so…. what about soy?  After hearing the same question various times, I think it is time to set the facts straight.  Is soy cause for concern? Should we be avoiding soy? Should we be consuming more soy? Let’s find out!
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