It’s been a while… again. Oddly enough, the world of blogging pulls me back in, often in the most unexpected times: amidst a global pandemic, in the middle of some of my heaviest projects, and in the peak of the west coast summer. To say I’ve been putting this blog on the back-burner once more […]Read More The Recovery Diet: Protein and its role in chronic disease
Cover-photo credit: Josh Mazza, 2015 I recently came across an interesting article. The title boldly stated that “elephants don’t get cancer,” which at first caught my eye, admittedly because I figured it was a click-bait and I am a bit of a skeptic when it comes to these sorts of articles. But then, after reading […]Read More Rad Research: The (nearly) Cancer-free Elephant
Happy Winter! The season is in full swing, and we’re bundling up here in the Great White North. Save for a few uncharacteristically warm days, February has been nippy and there’s been snow. Dressing warm is key for these winter months. In late January, as I was exploring the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine festival and freezing my buns off, […]Read More Chocolate Avocado Truffles
The key to longevity is eating right and being active. Ask anyone – your doctor, your nutritionist, or your third-cousin ( twice removed), and they will re-iterate the fact that healthy lifestyle choices and physical activity will help you age gracefully and live a healthy life. It seems simple enough: nourish your body with the […]Read More Rad Research: Mimicking Caloric Restriction
Hey there, nice to see you – it’s been a while! A lot has happened since my last post, but the most exciting event had to be my Uni graduation (round 2!). I officially received my Masters of Science in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, and it sure feels good to add some more letters […]Read More Collaboration: Eating right for mind and body
Today was a scorcher! This summer has started off sunny and hot, and I have to admit, I’ve been loving every minute of it! Keep it up, Mother Nature – you rule! These high temperatures have been ideal growing conditions for lots and lots of delicious (and nutritious!) veggies in the garden. Our humble little […]Read More Zesty Zucchini Gazpacho
Happy Matcha Monday, friends! Today was a beautiful day and to celebrate, I made a Matcha smoothie. Not just any old Matcha smoothie, though – this wasn’t your typical, run-of-the-mill smoothie. No sir (or madam)! Forget those sugar-loaded Matcha frappucinos from the coffee shops, this one is tastier, way healthier, and (OK, maybe I’m a […]Read More Happy Matcha Monday!
Probiotics have been making headlines all over the world, with their recent proposed ties to anxiety and depression, as well the booming market of probiotic products (1). It’s no question that the human gut microbiota plays a serious role in over-all human health, and research has explored everything from the beneficial effects of probiotic supplementation […]Read More Rad Research: Probiotics, & Why They’re Worth The Hype
It’s been a busy few weeks, but they’ve been quite exciting, and some very cool things have been happening! I recently was given the opportunity to develop some sports nutrition smoothies for the Canadian Health Food Association, and it’s been a total blast learning about the food styling, photography, and all the behind-the-scenes efforts that […]Read More The Secret Power of Khorasan
Maple syrup, agave nectar, coconut sugar, honey – the list goes on. These days, there seems to be a constant buzz around the newest and “healthiest” alternative sweeteners, since sugar is seen as the number one enemy. Is anyone else overwhelmed? The media portrays sugar to be our biggest downfall, and there seems to be […]Read More Ain’t it sweet – Which alternative sweetener is my best bet? (Part 1)
It’s almost on the daily that we hear someone comment on his or her weight. In our thin-obsessed society, it’s hard not to be sucked into the mentality of “the thinner, the better”. We’ve grown accustom to the idea that fat is fat, and that fat is bad. Super-models prancing the runway conceptualize the unrealistic […]Read More Rad Research: Friend or Foe? Here’s why you should love your (brown) fat
Freddie Mercury belted out this profound question, and now, researchers are wondering the same thing – but maybe more importantly, how do you live forever? How does one prolong lifespan, all the while remaining youthful and able-bodied, with sharp wits and one’s mobility intact? Certain societies in the world have got it down-pat. That is […]Read More Rad Research: Who Wants to Live Forever?