Archive for December, 2012

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Paleo – my new years diet!

I haven’t had a chance over the holidays to wish everyone a very MERRY Christmas and Happy New Year! I am taking the time now. Tomorrow will be a fresh start, a new year and a brand new start to your New Years Resolution.

Resolutions that are hard to keep

Every year people make resolutions but do we ever stick to them for long? What is the longest you have kept a New Years Resolution for? In 2011 I kept mine until June.. I found out in June I was pregnant but I just couldn’t keep up with the regular workouts. I was healthy but I was exhausted and haunted by nausea.. so my food choices changed from fruit and veggies and barely any grains to lots of Fruits, barely any veggies, barely any meat and way too much oatmeal and rice(that’s all I could stomach). I had to force myself to eat meat and veggies but it was hard!

2012 I had no New Years Resolutions really, I was 8 months pregnant and really just wanting the baby to come! ASAP! I guess you could say I just wanted to get through delivery and have a healthy baby and enjoy my time off with the baby.. that’s exactly what I did,so I guess I stuck with that for the year but if my resolution was to stay healthy in 2012.. it didn’t last. I think I made it until June or July ( I can’t seem to make it through the summer) then I started eating lots and lots of foods I shouldn’t have. Which coincidentally started the same time I stopped breastfeeding.. This was a HUGE mistake I gained 15 lbs almost instantly! Mostly because I started eating grains and gluten again… I only lasted a few months or so eating crap and I had to stop, I would have kept gaining and feeling worse and worse.. it was causing all sorts of problems. Since about September I have been doing pretty good but it’s time to get back into shape and healthier than ever before!

A new year, a new plan

2013 – The plan – my GoodLife Membership is bought so getting back into shape is #1 priority. BUT I can’t do that without eating right so also #1 priority is changing what I eat.

No more sugar! No more grains – I rarely eat grains – I had rice for the first time since September yesterday and gluten for the first time in a few months during Christmas. My skin broke out and I gained 3 lbs.. so No sugar, no grains…

What will I eat? Veggies, lots of veggies, fruit(not tons but once in a while won’t hurt) I’m not going overboard on fruit, though it is usually a good dessert for me or after workout snack.

Protein (meat, eggs) I will be trying to cut out dairy, I don’t think it really helps me.. I will have a hard time cutting out dairy but for now until my digestive system heals, it needs to go..

Kombucha, once I get my kit(Where’s that kit?) it hasn’t come as of yet but once it does I’ll be brewing some at home. This will help with healing my digestive system. Along with taking regular probiotics and digestive enzymes.

Healthy fats – coconut oil mostly and olive oil/apple cider vinegar on my salad. If I don’t eat fats, I won’t have the energy I need to work out effectively. This is a must and I have to concentrate on getting rid of the sugar and eating more healthy fats…not an easy task.

2013 will be a good year, I can’t wait to get started! Wednesday I’ll be packing my gym bag and getting ready for my first workout of 2013, which will be on Thursday after work.

I wish you all success in the New Year with your resolutions.

Happy New Year everyone!

The pictures are of my little girl Emilie at 11 months old

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I am one of those folks who eats way too many sweets during the holidays and come January 1st I start on a new path to good health. I can’t say I was REALLY bad but I wasn’t eating as healthy as I could have over the holidays.

In the New Year I am looking forward to feeling better, working out at the gym again and losing some weight. I can’t say I have TONS of weight to lose but I certainly have some pounds to get rid of after having the baby.

I am REALLY looking forward to getting back on track, I feel just awful. While I consume all the garbage food that is in my house(SUGAR) I feel worse and worse everyday. I don’t want the temptation around but I also don’t want to just throw it out. Seems like such a waste, though really it would be much healthier for me if I did.

I know when the time comes, I can’t have sugar around or I will devour it. After about a week or two, sugar is allowed in the house again, I’ll be past the craving stage and I can usually avoid it once I’m past the cravings.

I’m really looking forward to getting back to the gym. Lifting a 25 lb baby everyday, I am starting to feel how incredibly out of shape I’ve gotten in the past year. I miss feeling strong and healthy, having lots of energy and no aches and pains.

I don’t enjoy working out but I miss the feeling when I work out of feeling strong and energized! Right now while I’m sipping the last hot chocolate of 2012.. I don’t feel any of those things. I feel unmotivated, ready for bed at 9am and just sore, my stomach is making awful noises and my whole body just feels inflamed!

I’m looking forward to feeling healthy again.. I miss you healthy me! Please come back soon!

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dr-OzEverything you thought you knew about Cholesterol was WRONG!

Click the link below to watch the 3 part segment on cholesterol. It is very important you watch this!

DR. Oz Video – WATCH NOW!

I have to admit, Dr. Oz is surprising me this past week or so! I might actually start watching the show more often!

First he has Dr. William Davis on his show talking about how wheat is evil, which it is.

Now he has 2 more Doctors on his show who say Everything you know about Cholesterol is wrong, which is true.

An eye opener

It is refreshing tosee a doctor who is a huge influence on the health of the general public coming out with this information. It goes against what we think is healthy, what we think we are doing right. It’s controversial but I breathe a sigh of relief when I see in the media information like this getting out there.

It gives me hope that one day (hopefully soon) the way we do things will change. The foods we see on store shelves, in our restaurants will change. Health food will really be healthy, doctors will prescribe proper nutrition and not doling out drugs for every little health problem.

People really don’t want to believe that the foods they know and love are doing more harm to them then they can ever imagine!

Dr. Oz, thank you for this small step in the right direction.

If you missed his earlier show “are you addicted to wheat” click the next link to view that 3 part segment! You’ll be glad you did!

Addicted to Wheat segments on Doctor Oz – WATCH NOW!

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Last year I did a search to see how many paleo doctors are out there. While it was next to impossible to find any in Canada (I think I found 3) I did find quite a few around the world. This year I decided, lets try this again. I did a search and was surprised at how much easier it was to find Paleo doctors this time around. Here’s what I found.

Paleo Doctors with Blogs

Dr. Ernie Garcia – paleolithicmd.com

Dr. Emily Deans – evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.ca

Dr. Loren Cordain – thepaleodiet.com or thepaleodiet.blogspot.ca

Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt – www.dietdoctor.com

Dr. Doug McGuff – www.bodybyscience.net

Dr. John Briffa – www.drbriffa.com

Dr. Joseph Kaye – drkayeshealthandwellness.typepad.com

Michal R Eades M.D – www.proteinpower.com his wife Dr. Mary Eades is also a low carb M.D. but I can’t seem to find a blog for her

Dr. Patrick Nemechek – www.nemechekconsultativemedicine.com

James O’Keefe M.D – cardionutrition.wordpress.com

Kurt G. Harris M.D. – www.archevore.com

Dr. William Davis – blog.trackyourplaque.com

Dr. Jay Wortman – www.drjaywortman.com

It’s really great to have all these doctors as a resource but it’s also great to have your own doctor where you live, the one you see when you are really in need of some good health advice.

Resources for finding a Paleo Doctor

Finding one where you live can be tricky but these new websites can help you with that… depending on where you live of course.

paleophysiciansnetwork.com   – You can search Canada on this website, there’s not many in Canada but a MUCH larger amount than last year. Here’s a shortcut for ya – paleophysiciansnetwork.com/doctors/int/Canada

primaldocs.com– You can search both Physicians and Health Care Practitioners

lowcarbdoctors.blogspot.co.uk – Jimmy Moore’s List

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Author of wheat bellyAuthor of Wheat Belly Dr. William Davis

The Dr. Oz show is not always my favourite show on Television because of the contradictory information that I find there BUT I have to admit the show last week caught my attention.

One of my favourite authors Dr. William Davis was on the show and he was there to talk to Dr. Oz about wheat and why it’s one of the most toxic foods you can eat.

I know Dr. Oz was intrigued after reading Dr. Davis’ best selling book Wheat Belly. So he brought Dr. Davis onto his show to ask him questions and get the word out on this toxic food in disguise as a “Health Food”

Check out the 3 videos that are posted on the Dr. Oz website to see the full 15 minute segment. It’s very interesting and shocking to those who didn’t realize they were eating something so incredibly bad for them.

CLICK THE LINK HERE to watch the 3 videos –http://www.doctoroz.com

Let me know what you think of the segment in the comments!

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Where to buy Kombucha Fermented Tea

I wrote yesterday about Kombucha and all the health benefit claims that are out there. Now I bet you are wondering, how the heck do you buy this drink here in Canada? It’s still not all that popular here, so unless you are willing to shell out a few bucks, I wouldn’t head out to your local store just yet.

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Why? #1 it’s expensive, #2 Most store-bought Kombucha has been pasteurized, this way it can stay on store shelves longer. The problem with this is it gets rid of a lot of the beneficial stuff that’s in Kombucha. #3 the stuff that’s raw and pricey has probably been sitting there a while. The longer it ferments, the stronger it tastes – more like apple cider vinegar. But hey maybe you like the taste of Apple Cider Vinegar, then you can shell out the $26 and buy a small bottle at places like Natural Food Pantry. You laugh but that’s exactly what I did.. not knowing what it tasted like, yet..

I was desperate to try it out before I actually started making my own, so when I was in Natural Food Pantry I noticed a bottle and snatched it up.. While I don’t mind the taste of Apple Cider Vinegar all that much, I really didn’t like the price. I guarantee you I won’t be buying my raw Kombucha there again. Seriously $26 a bottle? Wow! I can’t believe I spent that much! Honestly, I thought when I bought it that it said $16 and even then I thought ‘wow that’s pricey!’

Online search – brewing kit

I did plenty of research online and while you can probably go on places like Kijiji and find someone who has a Scoby/Culture to share with you, personally I’m always wary of stuff like this coming from complete strangers. Who knows what they did with it, ya just never know.

To be safe I went online searching for a reputable website with good testimonials. I was looking for a great starter kit.. I honestly wasn’t sure where to find a good 1/2 gallon or gallon glass container here in Ottawa and I thought maybe someone actually has the complete kit online.

Voila! I found what I was looking for at www.royalkombucha.com

It really was the only website I found that had great information, they have recipes, they explain what a Scoby is, how to make your own Kombucha, a FAQ section that answers any other questions you may have. If that’s not enough and you still are lost, they have online and phone support AND they send you Illustrated instructions with your kit! Best part, they ship to Canada, not for Free but regular shipping charges.

This is EXACTLY what I was looking for and then some… if all I need is a culture(Scoby) that’s all I have to buy. If I’m just starting out and need a bit of everything, they have that too with great starter kits including 1/2 gallon, or 1 gallon glass containers, tea, sugar, cotton cover and a rubber band to seal your jar while it ferments.

I am ordering and I’ll keep you posted on how long it takes for me to receive my order, I’m not 100% sure which part of the States it is coming from but I’m interested to see what condition the package is in when it arrives.

Once I get brewing I’ll keep you posted (hopefully with pictures) of the progress of my Kombucha, I also plan on doing a short video in the next couple of months, so stay tuned for that!

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Kombucha

Posted: December 10, 2012 in LCHF/Paleo

I’ve been looking at ways to get Fermented foods into my diet. Restore some bacteria and help my digestion. I came across something interesting, I had never heard of – Kombucha.

Kombucha is a fermented tea that has been around for YEARS. It originated in China and is gaining in popularity in the States and can even be found here in Ottawa. I found me a super expensive – $26 bottle at Natural Food Pantry.

I’m not a fan of tea, you will never see me brewing tea to drink in the morning or any time of day for that matter. BUT Kombucha doesn’t really taste like tea. At least the one I tried… It was more of a cross between Apple Cider Vinegar, Wine and Tea.

Hard to explain but it was interesting and the thing that I found most interesting is how great I felt after just a bit of this stuff. ALSO I actually wanted to drink more of it, which is odd because I can’t say I really enjoyed the taste all that much. My only reasoning for this is my body was craving all the nutrition that is in this interesting tea.

So why is this Fermented tea becoming so popular? Well… it has active enzymes, multiple species of yeast and bacteria, acetic acid, butyric acid, B vitamins, Ethanol- usually less than .5%, Gluconic Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Oxalic Acid and Usnic Acid.

Ok great, lots of acid and bacteria, sounds yummy! And it doesn’t taste all that fantastic so what will it do for my health? Well the health claims are as follows:

  • Liver detoxification – High in enzymes and bacteria – ones your body already naturally produces. So this boost in extra enzymes and bacteria helps ease the load on your pancreas and gives your liver a bit of a break.
  • Relieves constipation
  • Relieve headaches and migraines
  • Reduces kidney stones
  • helps to clear up yeast/candida infections
  • Balances internal pH
  • Cancer prevention – high in glucaric acid which has been shown in studies to prevent cancer
  • Preventing and treating Arthritis – Relief comparable to NSAIDs thanks to Glucosamines, also rebuilds connective tissue
  • Improved Digestion
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Gives a boost to your Immune System
  • Clearer skin
  • Increased Energy – theanine and B vitamins
  • Reduces or even eliminates symptoms of depression, anxiety
  • Aids in weight loss – increases your metabolism
  • Improved eyesight
  • Improved stress levels
  • Strengthens hair and restores colour

Now I have to admit these seems all a little far fetched but honestly even if all it does is aid in my digestion and gives me some beneficial bacteria. Can’t hurt to try it for a while and see. I know fermented foods are very good for you and I should be eating more of them. This has to be a good start. I am going to be ordering a starter kit from www.royalkombucha.com.

I am hoping that brewing my own will be worthwhile. I can’t see myself spending $26 for a small bottle and be drinking this stuff regularly. So if I brew my own, I can drink as much as I’d like and create my own flavors. I can also help other people brew their own. (Sharing Scoby’s) It’s not very popular here in Canada so I’m sure I’ll be asked about it.

It takes a while to brew- since it is fermented. Anywhere from a few weeks to a month depending on how strong you like it. You can also create a carbonated/flavored version by double fermenting it.

For now I would just love to have a happy tummy! And maybe get rid of some grey hairs lol