5 Safe & Easy Steps to Starting a Successful Detox

Thinking about doing a cleanse, but not sure where to start? Concerned about what toxins from the environment are doing to your health, your hormones, your fertility?

You’re Designed to Detox

If my degree in toxicology taught me one thing, it’s that the human body is capable of detoxifying nearly any toxin – miraculously, this includes toxins that are man-made and didn’t even exist on this planet just two generations ago.

And, if my clinical training has taught me one thing, it’s that detoxification is complicated. Since the ability to eliminate toxins effectively is absolutely relevant to your health goals: from overcoming infertility to losing weight to clearing your skin to preventing certain cancers…I want to make it easier for you to navigate through the complexity, set aside the hype and unsafe trends, and put in place some everyday habits that can get the detox ball rolling, safely and naturally – right away if you choose to.

Set off on the right track by following these 5 steps to start your detox:

  1. Commit a Bit of “Purgery”

    Hand opening pantryIngestion is the #1 way toxins get into our bodies. Purge your pantry of foods that contain synthetic chemicals, colourings, preservatives, etc. Remember that refined sugar also depletes your body of valuable minerals it needs to detoxify other chemicals effectively. Next, go plastic-free when it comes to food preparation, utensils and storage. Never heat food in plastic or Styrofoam. I recommend glass and stainless steel for anything that comes into contact with your food. You can also use paper bags, bamboo, silicon and good old cotton tea towels to wrap, store and transport various foods.

  2. Clean Up Your Cosmetics

    Your skin is an absorptive surface. As I teach clients in my Love Your Skin Program, assume anything you apply to your skin will reach your bloodstream, so if you wouldn’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin. Screen cosmetics, sunscreen, deodorant, lotions, makeup, shampoo etc. against the Skin Deep Cosmetics database by Environmental Working Group. As a general rule your products should contain no pthalates, perfumes, petroleum, petrolatum, or parabens.Makeup Brush

  3. Perspiration Prescription

    Sweat it out, girl! You can sweat out toxic heavy metals like mercury and arsenic, and even plastic-derived chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA). Getting your sweat on through exercise will also boost lymphatic drainage, increase your circulation and help you maintain regular bowel function, which are all essential physiological functions for getting those toxins out. Think hot yoga, saunas, steam rooms, and enough of a challenge with your cardio and weights that you break a great sweat. Shower off with cold water after your sweat sesh to close your pores and seal out those toxins you worked so hard to eliminate. NB: Gentleman, talk to your health practitioner before starting a sauna program in the 3-4 months before trying to conceive, as the heat could affect your fertility.Pushup

  4. Ramp Up the Roughage

    Fiber-rich foods like ground flax seeds, chia, whole grains, legumes, fruit and veggies help to bind toxins in your digestive tract and sweep them on out. Aim for 40 grams (yes, I said 40!) of fibre each day. Fibre doesn’t have to be the bland something you have to kind of choke down. Try a fruit smoothie with ground seeds blended in, or munch on unsweetened coconut flakes for a naturally sweet and crunchy fibre-fortified snack when you’re craving a “treat”.Green Smoothie with Fruit

  5. Cleanse Your Medicine Cabinet

    Find out which prescription and non-prescription medicines (including natural supplements!) contain questionable ingredients: the drug itself or the “non-medicinal ingredients” listed on your nutritional supplements or herbs could actually be considered toxic. I recently noted the chemical solvent hydroxybutyl toluene and the hormone-disrupting methylparaben in the list of non-medicinal ingredients of a patient’s superstore-brand prenatal multivitamins! Be sure you’re also avoiding medications that can harm your fertility. For example, when starting or following up on medication most men aren’t told that their antidepressant (SSRI or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) can damage sperm and reduce their fertility, and most women aren’t informed that ongoing use of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like naproxen have been shown to interfere with ovulation. Speak with your naturopath or family doctor before stopping or starting any new medication or supplement.

When’s It Time to Talk With Your Doc?

Not all detox plans and programs are created equally. Many over-the-counter products send you to the bathroom frequently but aren’t effectively removing stored toxins from your body, and many formulas aren’t safe in pregnancy. Be sure to discuss with your doctor your plans to start any detox program so you can get the proper assessment pre- and post- detox, follow a safe protocol and be confident you’re getting the results you’re looking for.

Choco-Cherry Superfood Smoothie

Photo: Elizabeth Cherevaty ND

Photo: Elizabeth Cherevaty ND

We love creating delicious opportunities to enjoy antioxidant-rich superfoods, and sharing them with you! This whole-foods smoothie is a source of anti-inflammatory omega 3’s and is packed with anti-aging antioxidants. Its sweetness even makes it a healthy substitute for a dessert.

1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

4 tbsp hemp hearts

2 tsp raw cacao nibs

1 extra tsp raw cacao nibs, set aside for garnish

1 tsp chia seed

1 tsp ground flax seed

1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract

1.      Setting aside 1 tsp raw cacao nibs, blend together all other ingredients until smooth.

2.      Pour into glass and top with the extra 1 tsp cacao nibs.

Makes 1-2 servings.

 

Recipe: Winter Sunshine Smoothie

We discuss food and recipe ideas often enough in the clinic that I thought it would be fun to offer a monthly recipe that’s both “naturopath-approved”, makes you feel great after you’ve eaten it and is delicious!! Protein has been a common theme since the new year as it helps us to balance our blood sugars and calm insulin levels so that we avoid crashes and cravings, and burn fat faster. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day to include more protein. I don’t always think of smoothies as winter fare, but this one hit the spot with plenty of protein and wasn’t too cold as I let the frozen fruit thaw overnight. Try it out and let me know how you like it!

Coconut mango protein smoothie

Blend together until smooth:

1/2 cup frozen mango pieces (thawed)

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (I used VegaOne)

1 scoop BioClinic DetoxiCleanse powder (you could also double up on any vanilla protein powder)

1 miniature banana (these are super cute and have great flavour! You could also substitute 1/2 a regular banana)

1/4 tsp natural vanilla extract

1/4 tsp raw local honey

Garnish with a slice of fresh orange to add a little winter sunshine and bring out the flavours nicely.

Running Out of Steam? 2 Reasons Why Your Doctor Didn’t Tell You to Take More Iron

Fatigue woman_small KB sizeIf you’ve ever made an appointment with your doctor to discuss fatigue, brain fog, heavy periods or a loss of your healthy stamina, she probably checked you for anemia, and for good reason. Women lose blood and iron with every period, and as many as 90% of us don’t consume enough iron to meet our daily needs. A host of other factors can further deplete our iron stores, including pregnancy and breastfeeding, gluten or other food intolerances, intense athletics, irritable bowel syndrome, or giving blood frequently. Iron deficiency can bring on irritability, painful periods, poor memory, brittle or pitted nails and a pale complexion. Low iron can decrease your chances of getting pregnant. It also makes your hair fall out, which is iron deficiency’s #1 most unpopular symptom!

“Your Blood Tests Came Back Normal”

It’s often helpful to have your blood work interpreted through a second set of eyes, especially when it concerns nutrients such as iron. On a regular basis, I see results that support a diagnosis of iron deficiency in symptomatic women who have been reassured that all was well within normal range. You can request a copy of your lab work and look for the following two important but different measures of iron status:

1. Hemoglobin (Hb): this value determines whether or not you have anemia, or can donate blood. In non-pregnant women, a normal hemoglobin level is between 120 g/L and 160 g/L. During pregnancy, hemoglobin may decrease slightly. Anemia in pregnancy is diagnosed if hemoglobin is below 110 g/L in the first and third trimesters, or 104 g/L in the second trimester.

2. Ferritin: this is the best measure of your iron stores. It may or may not have been included in your blood work. If it was, it’s still possible that your iron deficiency was missed. That’s because not all medical labs are reporting updated ranges, and not all health practitioners are looking for optimal wellness. Conventional practitioners are trained to identify and treat disease (and that’s great, because we do need them to do this!) while your naturopathic doctor is trained to help you find your best health. In my experience, most women feel their best when their iron stores (ferritin) falls in the range of 70-100 mcg/L. In fact, as some lab reports are currently indicating, if your ferritin is less than 50 mcg/L, you probably have iron deficiency. However, you may not have been encouraged to take iron supplements unless your ferritin level fell to below 11 mcg/L.

You can have iron deficiency without anemia. 

Iron deficiency can hold you back from feeling your best, and can progress to anemia. Your body tries to conserve iron efficiently, but any condition that either:

  • decreases your ability to absorb iron;
  • increases your body’s need for iron; or
  • increases your loss of iron

…can easily lead to iron deficiency. Pay special attention to your iron status if you:

  • Are pregnant, breastfeeding, or are considering becoming pregnant
  • Follow a vegetarian or vegan diet
  • Have heavy periods
  • Have low stomach acid
  • Donate blood frequently
  • Have had a chronic illness
  • Have celiac disease, food sensitivities, ulcers, have had surgery, or any other source of bleeding or inflammation in your gastrointestinal tract

Do You Need More Iron?

To find out how much iron you need, how to get the most out of your iron supplements, and how to spot iron deficiency symptoms in your children, download my article, Iron: the nuts & bolts of it.

 

Weight Loss Success: 5 Things to Know to Lose the Weight & Keep it Off

Counting calories, exercising to exhaustion, or going fat-free? Do these and other popular weight loss trends really result in sustainable weight loss and good health? In this video, I share real-life tips for easier fat loss, to help you reach your goals sooner.

Let’s also take a closer look at the science behind weight loss, why diets don’t work, and what you can do instead:

1. Cutting calories just doesn’t cut it.

“Calories” have really been given a bad rap. Physiologically speaking, a “calorie” is just a unit of energy that our cells need to do something with. If we restrict caloric intake below our body’s needs, we may be trading in a few pounds of short-term weight loss for long-term rebound weight gain, and even more difficult weight loss in the future. On a primal physiology level, caloric restriction is perceived as a “threat” to our survival, and like any stressor, promotes the production of cortisol (stress hormone). Cortisol promotes abdominal fat gain, while chronic deprivation triggers the metabolism into “conservation mode” – to ensure our survival through the “famine” (the body doesn’t know the difference between actual or self-induced famine).  Once normal eating habits are restored, the metabolism has been trained for “conservation”, resulting in regaining of the weight that’s been lost, and often even more than before. This is a discouraging pattern that leaves you feeling miserable both during and after the dieting is done.

2. Do the Math: One Calorie Does Not Equal One Calorie

What?  Are naturopaths really that bad at math?

Allow me to explain. Successful weight loss goes way beyond “calories in < calories out”.  Take a calorie’s worth of chicken, of rice and of extra virgin olive oil. You’ll get one calorie of energy from each of them but with incredibly different physiological effects alongside. The calorie’s worth of chicken is diverted to rebuilding your heart muscle; the calorie’s worth of potato is used to pump your heart; the calorie’s worth of oil is used in the protection of some heart cells from oxidative damage.

Let me offer you a more dramatic example. Suppose you consume a 2500 calorie diet consisting of adequate protein, vegetables, healthy fats, and modest amounts of whole grains and fruit. Sounds like a pretty balanced diet, yes? 2500 calories is considered to be more than enough for the “average” adult, yet you might lose weight on this diet because of the composition of the foods providing the calories. Meanwhile, imagine you were to consume a 2500 calorie diet that consisted of only potato starch (100% carbohydrate), no fat, no protein, and no vegetables. Assuming you could persist with this diet for more than approximately one day, you would almost certainly gain weight despite taking in the same daily 2500 calories as the previous diet where you were losing weight. (Please do not actually try this crazy potato starch diet, it is only intended to illustrate my point about not-all-calories-being-created-equal).

In essence, you can free yourself from calorie counting and still lose weight if you consume the correct proportions of protein, carbohydrates, fats, and antioxidants for your individual needs. If you’re not sure, check with your health practitioner.

3. Choose Friendlier Fats

It’s not too good to be true: fat is good for you. Don’t go fat-free! Every dietary fat and oil has a positive contribution to make to our physiology, with these two exceptions: (1) hydrogenated oils (shortening, trans fats) and (2) fried oils (rancid due to high heat and toxic to our cells). That’s right, even saturated fats have a place in a healthy diet and in promoting a healthy metabolism! Saturated fats support cholesterol levels, and cholesterol is used to produce glucagon which promotes fat breakdown, as well as sex hormones such as progesterone, estrogen and testosterone, bile salts, and vitamin D.

Extra virgin olive oil prevents belly fat accumulation and helps break down existing fat cells. Coconut oil also supports fat metabolism and is excellent for cooking as it doesn’t become oxidized (i.e. toxic) at higher heat. Omega 3 fats from seeds, nuts, flax seed oil  fish and fish oils stimulate leptin, a hormone that naturally decreases the appetite.  Fish oils also encourage sugars to be stored as glycogen in the muscles and liver, instead of converted into fat tissue. Fish oils are also naturally anti-inflammatory, and anything that we can do to reduce inflammation will aid in weight loss as well as reduce risk of chronic disease development. DHA is a specific omega 3 fatty acid found in fish and algae that reduces insulin resistance and lowers blood insulin levels. Bring the insulin down, facilitate weight loss!

Fats in foods also promote feelings of enjoyment and satisfaction, may help us eat less carbohydrate, and slow the absorption of sugars into the blood stream, which means lower insulin spikes, fewer blood sugar “crashes” and 3P.M. carb cravings. Foods get a lot more processed (and inflammatory) when fats are removed in an effort to compensate for the loss of flavour and consistency that fats provide. When trying to lose weight, avoid the various refined starches, maltodextrin, corn syrup solids, glucose-fructose, and regular old sugar listed on the labels of reduced-fat yogurts, soups, breads, crackers, and other prepared foods.

4. Harness the Power of Your Hormones

I have mentioned above some of the hormones that are recognized to influence the metabolism “for” or “against” weight loss: insulin and cortisol promote weight gain, while glucagon and leptin are our weight loss allies. Many factors will influence hormonal imbalance. Sleep deprivation (shift work, new baby, emotional stress, the cat…) is a major contributor to hormonal imbalance and consequently an obstacle to weight loss. Today, we get about 1.5-2 hours’ less sleep than the average person did just 50-100 years ago. Melatonin is our deep-sleep hormone and the “conductor of the orchestra of hormones”. It’s also anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory. Melatonin levels are decreased when we aren’t consistently experiencing adequate hours of deep sleep in a pitch-dark, undisturbed environment – it usually takes some effort to create this sleep scenario in the modern world, but establishing healthy sleep habits or working as best we can around sleep obstacles is a priority when working on weight loss. Just one night of sleep deprivation (less than 6.5 hours) results in reduced leptin levels (the hormone that helps with appetite control) and consequently, increased appetite and cravings for high-sugar foods the very next day, and increased evening cortisol levels, which promotes abdominal weight gain and feeling “wired” at bedtime.

We can also make simple changes to how we eat to capitalize on our hormones. For example, eating three square meals a day containing adequate protein, rather than the popular “grazing” approach, actually helps to limit insulin levels and allows for enough time between meals for the hormone glucagon to kick in and start burning fat for energy.

5. Prioritize Protein

When making diet and lifestyle choices for long-term health, it’s always more enjoyable to add something than remove something (that you enjoy). That’s why it’s pretty easy to improve your weight loss success by adding protein – especially at breakfast. A protein-packed breakfast is a great strategy for anchoring your blood sugar control for the day. Want to avoid the mid-afternoon slump or need for a chocolate bar or coffee? Try adding eggs, nuts, seeds, a protein shake or even some leftover chicken or turkey to your breakfast, and make sure you do eat breakfast within 1 hour of rising. Also, a metabolic “trick” I recommend to my patients in the Healthy & Active Metabolism Program is to have a few bites of the protein portion of your meal (and you should have protein at every meal or snack), first, before you enjoy your vegetables, starches or fruit. Having protein first helps to further anchor that hormonal “sugar reward” rush that happens when we dig into the mashed potatoes first or have fruit as a starter.

Help With Achieving Your Goals

It’s clear that lasting weight loss success isn’t about “calories in, calories out” when our hormones aren’t in balance. Your unique blood chemistry dictates the best foods to eat to boost your individual metabolism and lose weight. Contact us to book your free, 15-minute introductory consultation, receive answers to your questions, and find out if our individualized weight loss program is right for you.

 

Make your Hot Chocolate Healthy

Whether you’re on a cleanse or detox, a weight loss or low-carb program, or just plain want to live healthier, it may come as no surprise that conventional hot chocolate can really set you back! Hot chocolate mixes can contain up to 20 grams (wowza!!) of refined sugar or high-fructose corn syrup (a.k. glucose-fructose) which is a recognized risk factor for type 2 diabetes and obesity. When you consider that 1 tsp of white sugar is equivalent to 4 g of sugar, that warm, sweetly manufactured cup of hot chocolate comes at a cost of 5 tsp of sugar. Most of us wouldn’t even consider adding 5 tsp of sugar to our morning coffee or tea (let alone giving it to our kids). What’s worse, sugar (and the insulin that follows sugar intake) are two of the most inflammatory substances that can flow through our arteries. Hot chocolate mixes may also contain trans or hydrogenated fats, artificial flavourings and other additives. As I am ALL FOR recipes that give us our warm, chocolatey fix in a healthier way, while reducing risk for inflammation (the root of all chronic disease!) I wanted to share this simple spin on the conventional hot chocolate.

You will need:

1-1.5 scoops Chocolate Pea Protein (Genestra/Seroyal) – now available in our clinic dispensary

1/4 tsp natural vanilla extract

2-5 drops liquid stevia extract

250 mL boiling water

In your favourite mug, pour a small amount of the hot water over your chocolate pea protein and mix to make a paste. Slowly add more hot water to fill your mug, stirring well so that the mixture stays smooth. Add vanilla and stevia (to taste). Voila! Wrap your hands around this healthy treat without compromising your health. It’s nice and thick because of the guar gum (no trans or saturated fats). Fully qualifies as a low-carb snack, providing 7.5-11.25 g protein and no sugar, plus 100-150 mcg chromium for improved blood sugar regulation and a little boost of antioxidants.

Hope you like it!

Let’s Get Soupy

Soups and stews are a mainstay for fall and winter meals. Easy on the digestion, warming, hydrating and oh-so-nourishing, soups and stews are also a great way to get a quick and healthy mid-week supper made with the help of leftover veggies, beans, lentils, meats and grains you’ve got in the fridge.
Great soup begins with great stock. Tonight, I’m making homemade chicken stock with a bone-in, skin-on quarter chicken (including the neck). Bones are key for great stock, as they add alkalinizing, easy-to-absorb minerals and collagen, a protein that supports the immune system as well as younger-looking skin – and makes for a richer tasting broth.Here’s how I make my super-easy homemade chicken stock:
1. Rub raw chicken with 2-3 tsp sea salt.
2. In large soup pot, heat 2 tbsp grapeseed oil over medium-high heat.
3. Place chicken in pot and sear for 30-60 seconds per side.
4. Add 2 peeled, whole onions* to the pot and cover chicken with filtered water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 1-2 hours.
*Additional veggies, herbs and spices are optional: try simmering in some black peppercorns, garlic, sliced ginger root, marjoram, or a few immune-boosting shiitake mushrooms.

You can use the stock and cooked chicken to make tonight’s soup right away, and freeze what’s left. This stock will cool to that gel-like consistency that tells you you’ve got a good, nourishing broth. Freeze the leftover stock into ice cube trays then add a few to your next soup or stew recipe for enhanced nutrition and flavour.

Healthy Hallowe’en? 3 Survival Tips for Parents

It’s that infamous time of year again: Hallowe’en. Forgive me for sounding goulishly doctor-ish with this post…..but from an immune system perspective, Hallowe’en is “the perfect storm”: the perfect costume designed to scare (but not to keep you warm) + cold weather + late nights + SUGAR = et VOILA!  Down come their defenses…and down come the kids with colds and flus. This pattern recurs every year, so what’s a fun-loving naturopath to do? YES you can have a fun Hallowe’en and here are a few suggestions for parents to help see your kids through the candy holiday with their health intact:
1. Warm it up. I remember being 4 years old and CRYING because it was actually snowing on Hallowe’en and my parents were insisting I wear my snowsuit on top of my costume (that year I was dressed up as…of all things….a strawberry). At 4 years old, after all that anticipation and excitement preparing for the big tricking-or-treating night, the mere thought of showing up on my neighbours’ doorsteps in winter boots dressed up as “a kid in a snowsuit”, my strawberry-ness all covered up with windproof this and waterproof that, bordered on mortifying. And I know you want to avoid both (1) tantrums and (2) a mortified child (WAY too sad!!)
So why not plan on Hallowe’en being cold (’cause it usually is) and think of costumes that easily accommodate some extra insulation? Think costumes that involve scarves, gloves, capes, hats….you get the picture! Getting a “chill” – which represents a lowering of the body’s core temperature – weakens the body’s defenses and makes trick-or-treaters more susceptible against whichever little bugs are around at any given time.
2. Ration that sugar like it’s the Great Depression. Really, this one is important because sugar not only gets kids bounding off the walls one hour, then cranky and crashy the next hour, but it also depresses their immune function for a period of hours after each sugar ingestion. Not to mention they way refined sugar aggravates behavioural and learning difficulties and decreases their ability to focus at school and disrupts their sleep patterns. To help minimize the effects of sugar, take charge of the candy bag when trick-or-treating is done. You’ll be sorting through the candy to look for risky things anyway…so help kids pick out a few (I’ll leave the interpretation of “a few” to you) favorites to enjoy in moderation throughout the week, and throw the rest away. There, I said it. Phew!  And remember….it’s perfectly OK to explain to your kids why they only get a few pieces of candy per week (i.e. so they don’t get and stay sick right through to Christmas holidays) and why the rest is going into the junk can – i.e. because it IS junk!
3. The balancing act. There are a few nutritional tricks that help buffer the negative effects of eating sugar. Have your child eat a meal or snack containing some protein and vegetables before the candy. Because it’s more slowly digested and doesn’t raise insulin levels, protein and fiber help to blunt blood sugar dips and spikes that can turn your child from Jekell into Hyde if he or she eats sugar on its own. Another tip is to have the serving of the select (see Ration, above) Hallowe’een candy all at once, with a meal, and followed immediately by brushing teeth. This beats spreading the same number of candies by themselves and spread over the course of the day, in terms of the impact on your child’s dental health and blood sugar. Be sure to send them out trick-or-treating on a full stomache so they won’t be tempted to sample their goodies before you’ve had a chance to check and sort.All that said…I am really not into the idea of becoming a Dr. Debbie Downer of Hallowe’en, so…get out there and enjoy the creativity and fun of the event and if the kids get sick….well….that’s OK once in a while, too.

For more on keeping your child healthy through cold and flu season, join our upcoming educational seminar!

Happy Hallowe’en!

Dr. Elizabeth Cherevaty BScH, ND
Guelph Naturopathic Doctor

Do You Have Food Allergies or Food Intolerances? How to Find Out

Food allergies are common in infants, children and adults. The great majority of food allergy cases that I see in practice are delayed-type hypersensitivity reactions characterized by the presence of IgG (immunoglobulin G) type antibodies in the bloodstream. In people who have IgG-type food allergies, the body forms antibodies to components of food that are incompletely digested and allowed to pass between intestinal cells and enter the bloodstream. Bothersome and seemingly unrelated symptoms can arise in virtually every system of the body – from skin reactions such as eczema or hives to weight gain, headaches, behaviour and learning difficulties, and sleep disruption. Download the full article here.

In contrast, the potentially life-threatening immediate hypersensitivity reactions (anaphylaxis), such as peanut allergy, which are mediated by IgE type antibodies and detectable on skin-prick tests. How do food sensitivities develop? A vicious cycle of poor digestion, immune activation and inflammation is at play. Inadequate digestion due stress, too-early introduction of solid foods or allergenic foods to infants, antibiotics and antacid use can contribute to problems affecting digestion, such as low stomach acid, low digestive enzyme production, imbalanced gut bacteria and liver congestion. When digestion is poor and the gut is inflamed, large food molecules (that were supposed to be broken down to very, very small molecules by the time they reach the intestines) are able to pass through the intestinal lining and reach the blood stream. At this point, the immune system goes on “alert” mode because it interprets these large molecules as “foreign invaders” in the blood and creates antibodies to bind to them – similar to the immune system’s response to viruses and bacteria that infect the body. The immune activation and antigen-antibody complexes cause systemic inflammation, which can lead to the myriad symptoms associated with food allergies.

If you think you might have food allergies, consider getting an IgG food allergy test or trying an elimination diet to help you identify problematic foods. After a period of time and some digestive healing, you may be able to reintroduce these foods in moderation.

Loving the Guelph Farmer’s Market

A posting of gratitude for my favourite place to buy fresh whole foods, the Guelph Farmer’s Market. Farmer’s Markets are a fantastic source of locally grown produce, often direct from the growers; healthy prepared foods; local crafts; and a place of community. The Guelph Farmer’s Market is back in its original home with new-and-improved-roof, and seasonal green things are once again available in abundance!

What might a naturopath pick up at a Farmer’s Market, you ask?  Here are my week’s pickings:

  • organic dandelion leaves (!!!) – perfect green diuretic addition to a cleansing smoothie!
  • organic kale (gone to seed, it looks like a tall, slim rapini)
  • 1 lb carrots
  • 3 turnips
  • free-range chicken from Matt and Armando’s farm – some for baking this weekend, some for freezing-cabbages: 1 green, 1 red
  • thick-shelled eggs generously produced by happy hens

Looking forward to using these fresh veggies this week in some rice and lentil dishes…an egg in my gluten-free pancakes…and dandelion and kale in some energizing green smoothies. Health is delicious!BONUS POINTS for anyone who can name 3 veggies above that provide a dose of the natural cancer-fighter, I-3-C (Indole-3-Carbinol)! (Hint: two are green, one is red).
Thanks again, Guelph Farmer’s Market and especially Guelph Farmers!  See you next week.