Thinking outside of the (lunch) box

This fall a big change is happening for my family. My daughter starts kindergarten in September. Although she has attended day care on occasion, most of her care to this point has been at home with the help of our extended family. Having a child in school presents a couple of challenges that make meContinue reading “Thinking outside of the (lunch) box”

Happiness Begins In the Gut

The gut and the brain are connected. Maybe that sounds odd to you but in recent years the gut-brain connection has become a hot research topic. Studies like this one highlight the importance of a healthy gut flora and the benefits of probiotics on mood and brain function. There’s evidence to suggest healthy gut floraContinue reading “Happiness Begins In the Gut”

Seriously Boost Mood with Food

It may be nice to know certain foods are high in specific nutrients and have been proven to positively benefit mood. Especially if depression, anxiety, or blueness are concerns for you, nutrition is a powerful tool that can help you stay or get well. Here are 4 nutrients you can increase in your diet toContinue reading “Seriously Boost Mood with Food”

The Golden Child

Turmeric is by far my favourite spice and why pretty much everything I cook ends up being a shade of yellow. With so many benefits, I’d be crazy not to cook with it! http://www.mynewroots.org is a wonderful food blog by holistic nutritionist, Sarah Britton. Here’s what she has to say about turmeric. “Turmeric: The GoldenContinue reading “The Golden Child”

Fitting in Fermented Foods

We’ve heard it before, the importance of good bugs in a healthy digestive tract. Much of our immune system resides in the digestive tract and a balanced level of beneficial bacteria has been linked to reduce allergies and fewer colds, along with overall reduced digestive distress (such as gas, bloating, constipation, etc). More recent researchContinue reading “Fitting in Fermented Foods”

Not to be a party-pooper but….

This Halloween was the first that I’ve had where my daughter was actually able to participate with awareness and, it’s official, I’m not a fan. In truth, I’ve never been a big fan of the event and my involvement has been minimal. Other than attending a costume party with friends, we were the house with theContinue reading “Not to be a party-pooper but….”