Seasonal Eating for Autumn Bliss

  As the leaves start to fall, the evenings get cooler and the forest starts to shift. Wild mushrooms start to pop up out of the disturbed mossy soil, and apple trees become abundant with ripe fruit. With this change of seasons, our bodies quiet down from the high energy of long summer days, and…

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Keto Energy Balls

I have a secret obsession with Hornby Island energy balls. They’re this amazing combination of peanut butter, oats, sesame seeds, molasses, and honey. So simple but so good. Since giving up grains and sugar, I’ve had to give them up. But not anymore! I made these keto/paleo energy balls with hemp hearts, and they’re to…

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Chaga Hot Chocolate

This fatty, antioxidant and mineral-rich drink is a great coffee substitute. It’s energizing without the stimulant effect of caffeine, and is nourishing and warming for cold winter mornings.  1 1/2 cup strong brewed chaga tea (or you can sub 1 1/2 cups hot water + 2 tsp chaga powder) 3 Tbsp raw cacao 1 tsp cayenne…

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Creamy Eggnog

Something special about eggnog while decorating the tree. I use diluted heavy whipping cream instead of whole milk to reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe. It also makes for a thicker, richer nog!  1 cup heavy whipping cream 4 cups filtered water  4 farm eggs, yolks only 2 whole nutmeg nuts, grated  2…

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Mocha Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

Mocha fudge brownies with chocolate ganache and whipped vanilla coconut cream. Dairy free, grain free, sugar free, vegan, keto-friendly. All of the things!  Mocha Fudge Brownies  1 can organic black soy beans 1/4 cup cacao 2 Tbsp beetroot powder  1 Tbsp baking powder 1/4 tsp sea salt  1 Tbsp vanilla extract  1/3 cup coconut oil,…

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Spring Cleanse Lemonade

Blend, strain, and enjoy cold! 9 lemons 8 cups water 1/3 cup maple syrup  1/2 tsp sea salt  10 drops of lavender essential oil (optional) Lemons help support the liver, stimulate digestion, and cleanse the kidneys, which aids in blood purification. It is also high in vitamin C, which suppprts the immune system, helping protect…

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Blood Sugar Management + Insulin Resistance

In the mainstream medical community, blood sugar management is primarily discussed with diabetic patients. But did you know that balancing our blood sugars is an essential step to optimizing our overall health? The term “blood sugar” is referring to the concentration of glucose present in our blood. Our blood sugar levels change very rapidly, and…

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Underactive Stomach – Hypochlorydria

Our digestion affects every aspect of our health. The most common symptoms of indigestion include acid reflux, bloating, gas, food sensitivities, and constipation/diarrhea, but inadequate digestion also leads to a slough of other imbalances. Poor digestion leads to malabsorption, which eventually manifests as nutrient deficiencies. This can act as the root cause of many conditions…

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Optimizing Brain Health with MCT Oil

If you’ve been on the Internet lately, you’ve likely heard of MCT oil. It seems to be one of the top buzz-worthy food supplements on the market today, making an appearance in coffee, smoothies, and even on sushi – but is it worth the hype? MCT stands for “medium chain triglyceride”, the word “triglyceride” referring…

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Power by Paleo: The Modern Approach to a Primitive Diet

For the past several decades, we’ve been told that grains – specifically whole grains like brown rice, whole wheat and oats – are vital components of a healthy, balanced diet. Likewise, we’ve been told dairy is essential for adequate calcium intake, and is good for both our bone and dental health. However, looking back centuries…

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Beyond the Plate – What is Holistic Nutrition?

Holistic Nutrition is the practice of using food as medicine, focusing on high quality whole, unrefined foods. Locally grown and seasonal foods are always emphasized, as well as home cooked and fermented foods. An individual’s genetics, health history, symptoms, emotions, preferences and goals will all be considered when tailoring a diet specific to their needs.…

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