Spring Foraging in the Pacific Northwest – Vancouver Island Wild Foods

When I first started foraging, one of the biggest challenges for me was finding geographically relevant information. Though countless foraging and wild food identification books exist, I could find very little information on when certain foods were in season in my area, and where to find certain types of terrain locally. I hope by sharing … More Spring Foraging in the Pacific Northwest – Vancouver Island Wild Foods

Blood Sugar Management Using Food as Medicine

From a nutritional perspective, managing blood glucose levels is one of the key factors to promoting optimal health. Though often only considered a concern for diabetics, having irregular blood sugar levels can lead to development of what medical researchers often refer to as the “four killers” – the leading causes of death by chronic disease … More Blood Sugar Management Using Food as Medicine

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 … More Blood Sugar Management + Insulin Resistance

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 … More Underactive Stomach – Hypochlorydria

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 … More Power by Paleo: The Modern Approach to a Primitive Diet

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. … More Beyond the Plate – What is Holistic Nutrition?