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

Managing Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is defined as being diagnosed with three of more of the following five biomarkers, including increased waist circumference/fat accumulation around the midsection; elevated triglyceride levels; reduced high density lipoprotein (HDL)/“good” cholesterol; elevated blood pressure; and elevated fasting blood glucose. When combined, these biomarkers indicate the diagnosis of metabolic syndrome, and can increase an … More Managing Metabolic Syndrome

Medicinal Mushrooms – Wild Winter Adaptogens

I spend many of my days off in the wet autumn months bushwhacking through damp, old growth forests foraging for mushrooms. Although I find more culinary mushrooms such as chanterelles, lobsters and cauliflower mushrooms, I do also come across the odd species of medicinal fungi, such as turkey tail, artist conk, or lion’s mane (which, … More Medicinal Mushrooms – Wild Winter Adaptogens

Pre & Probiotics: How to Nourish Your Microbiome

The term “probiotic” has become a buzz-worthy word in the health and wellness community over the past few years. But what do these probiotic supplements really do?  First, let’s talk bacteria! Before you cringe at the thought of these potentially infectious micro organisms, consider this: the human body contains more bacteria than human cells. These … More Pre & Probiotics: How to Nourish Your Microbiome

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?