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January 2019

Health Lifestyle

The 3Fs – Cleansing in the New Year

January 29, 2019

It’s a new year and time for a new start. Lots of people embark on a cleanse in January. Some folks overdid it with the eggnog and gingerbread cookies during the holidays and they need a reset. (Sound familiar?) Others cleanse the first week of the new year because it’s a time for looking forward and resolving to take good care of yourself. (Carpe diem!) But whatever your reasons, a cleanse is not the same as a fast. You don’t…

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Recipes

Elderberry Oatmeal & No’atmeal

January 26, 2019

Supercharge your comforting bowl of oatmeal (or no’atmeal) and brighten your day with the addition of Flora Elderberry Crystals. This superfood bowl is a perfect way to bring you through winter: it supports your immune system against seasonal issues and provides purple-hued health-promoting antioxidants.* Simply prepare your oatmeal as normal, add a scoop or two of Elderberry Crystals, and stir to dissolve. You can sweeten and/or top it in your favorite way. Need more direction? Our preferred method would be…

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Health Recipes

Pumpkin Seed & Pea Pasta: Two Ways

January 25, 2019

Anyone else craving hearty, warming, satiating foods this January? *Raises hand emphatically!* That’s why I ended up creating this recipe. I wanted to make a pasta sauce rich in chlorophyll and healthy fats, and what I ended up finding was a really light, crisp pasta. I know that isn’t typical of winter but trust me. Your spring cravings will be satisfied, and your skin will be hydrated and nourished by all of the healthy, unsaturated fats and zinc. I added…

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Health Lifestyle

Level Up! 5 Habits to Raise Your Iron and Energy Levels

January 24, 2019
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In a previous post, I exposed four sneaky energy saboteurs. Today, I’ll help you get the upper hand on your iron and energy levels. Get enough protein. Including enough protein-rich food during the day serves many purposes. It helps keep blood sugar steady1 to avoid energy spikes and crashes. It helps to maintain muscle so we can get through the day more easily. It’s often found in nutrient-dense foods, which helps us feel more vital overall2. A critical thing protein…

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Health

3 Steps to a Gut Reboot

January 22, 2019
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Did you indulge in a few too many sweets and/or drinks over the holidays Are you feeling a bit more bloated, gassy, or irregular right now? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you might need a gut reboot. But don’t worry, it’s not going to be difficult and it won’t break the bank. Why do we need to do a gut reboot anyway? Our gut is more than just the source of an embarrassing bit of…

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Health Lifestyle

Are Probiotics Unnecessary?

January 19, 2019
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Health advice changes frequently, which can be super-confusing if you’re trying to do the right thing. (Remember when eggs were bad and margarine was good? Yeah, us too.) Last spring, a widely publicized review cast some doubt on the value of taking probiotics. At least that’s how it got covered in the media.[1],[2]  The real story is more nuanced. The review was led by Dr. Saman Khalesi of Central Queensland University in Australia and published in the European Journal of…

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Health Lifestyle

4 Reasons You Are Still Tired

January 17, 2019
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Iron deficiency is the leading cause of female fatigue. It’s the world’s most common nutrient deficiency. These four things make it hard to absorb iron. Do you recognize some bad habits? Washing your meals down Water dilutes stomach acid, (more on this later!), so drinking during meals is never great. However, the real culprits here are tea, chocolate drinks, and coffee. Compounds like polyphenols, oxalates, tannins, and chlorogenic acids in black and green teas, coffee (including green coffee extracts), and…

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Recipes

Squash Bowl Breakfast – Sweet or Savory?

January 17, 2019
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Print Squash Bowl Breakfast – Sweet or Savory? Ingredients Sweet version 1 acorn squash 1 tbsp oil (coconut, olive, avocado) 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon pinch of sea salt 1/2 cup dairy-free yogurt 1 teaspoon honey 1/4 teaspoon Salus Red Beet Crystals (optional, for color) **Top with: berries, extra drizzle of honey, nuts, seeds, granola etc. Savory version 1 acorn squash 1 tbsp oil (coconut, olive, avocado) 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder pinch of sea salt 1/4 cup dairy-free yogurt 1 garlic clove…

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Family Health

Elderberry for Winter Wellness: Research Roundup

January 15, 2019
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This time of year, it seems no matter where you go—grocery stores, elevators, public transportation—someone is sneezing or coughing. Not to mention preschool pickup! Did that kid really just wipe his runny nose with his hand and then grab the doorknob? It’s enough to make you want to retreat into your house with a bottle of sanitizer and stay inside until spring. Well, there is an alternative plan that might leave you and your family a little less stir-crazy. Elderberry!…

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Fitness

Sustainable Ultra Training

January 14, 2019
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In my first three years of ultrarunning, I learned many valuable lessons about the importance of keeping my training sustainable. Not only can an individual over-race, over-train, and not rest enough when training for ultras, but one can also improperly fuel the machine. I plan to race ultras for a long time and keep running for my entire life. The sustainable approach to training and racing takes much more patience than getting as fast as possible, as soon as possible….

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Recipes

Gluten-Free French Toast

January 14, 2019
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Print Gluten-Free French Toast Ingredients 6 slices of gluten-free bread 3 eggs, beaten 6 tbsp. dairy-free milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tbsp. maple syrup 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. orange zest Instructions Whisk together all ingredients (except the bread), then soak the bread fully in the liquid until soaked through. Heat up grass fed butter or coconut oil in a pan over medium heat and add the french toast. Cook for a few minutes on each side until golden…

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Fasting Mimicking Spice Tea

January 12, 2019
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Print Fasting Mimicking Spice Tea Ingredients 2 bags Flora Imperial Black Tea Cinnamon or anise, whole, to taste ½ tsp. no-carb sweetener ¼ cup Flora Omega Sport+ oil Instructions Add the tea bags, hot water, whole spices, and sweetener to a mug of your choice. Let tea steep for 4-5 minutes. Remove tea bags and spices, then add the oil. Blend or froth for 30 seconds. Top with ground spices and serve. 6.1.0 https://www.florahealth.com/ca-en/blog/fasting-mimicking-spice-tea/ Dana Green Remedios, RHN, RNCP, is…

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