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Tag: Nutrition

How Stress Can Show Up In Your Life  

| March 16, 2017 | 15 Comments
How Stress Can Show Up In Your Life   

Let’s face it, our mommy lives can get pretty darn hectic, which can make us quite stressed out. Some amounts of stress can be healthy, but when we are stressed out for long periods of time, our body will start showing signs that we need to slow down, take a deep breath (or two) and […]

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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Anything

| October 18, 2016 | 16 Comments
How to Get Your Kids to Eat Anything

  How to Get Your Kids to Eat Anything   As a parent, we want the best for our children and that includes making sure they are eating a well balanced, whole food diet. Our children deserve to be as healthy and nourished as possible (as do we)! But what do you do when your […]

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Focus on The Facts for Health and Wellness #FocusOnTheFacts ~ Giveaway 10/28

| September 30, 2016 | 167 Comments
Focus on The Facts for Health and Wellness #FocusOnTheFacts ~ Giveaway 10/28

Focus on The Facts Last weekend my family and I visited the Carp Fair, and played a game with the chance of winning free groceries! The Healthy Canadians booth in association with Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC), Health Canada, Retail Council of Canada (RCC), and the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) were the […]

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3 Green Summer Thickies Recipes

| August 2, 2016 | 20 Comments
3 Green Summer Thickies Recipes

Sometimes it can be hard squeezing in enough fruit and veggies into our kids’ diet; particularly the green stuff! This makes green thickies a great way to sneak a load of nutrients into their diet (and ours). Green Thickies are a healthy drink alternative for busy parents.  They are a complete healthy meal drink including your daily […]

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How to Raise Confident, Healthy, Happy Children

| June 14, 2016 | 14 Comments
How to Raise Confident, Healthy, Happy Children

Do you want your child to live a life filled with joy, meaning, health and purpose? Who doesn’t want that for their kids?! What about for yourself? Here is the twist about parenting – in order for our children to live a life full of joy, meaning, health and purpose, we have to demonstrate it by living […]

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Xenoestrogens, What Are They And Why Should I Avoid Them?

Xenoestrogens, What Are They And Why Should I Avoid Them?

    Xeno-what?! Xenoestrogens are chemicals that imitate estrogen and act like estrogen in your body, negatively impacting your hormone balance.  Health conditions associated with excessive xenoestrogens in the body include PMS symptoms, fibroids, endometriosis, breast cancer, early puberty, ovarian cysts, migraines and weight gain. Probably the most famous xenoestrogen is BPA, the bisphenol-A found […]

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5 Keys To Our Ever Changing Diet

| January 11, 2016 | 8 Comments
5 Keys To Our Ever Changing Diet

  Motherhood has its rewards and challenges and often guides us into unchartered territories. As a mother myself, I have been led into the world of alternative medicine and holistic practices. Having 2 young boys with food allergies, hypoglycemia and gut inflammation, food plays a star role in my household, which is the main reason […]

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Yummy Gummies to Boost the Immune System ~ Recipe

| November 9, 2015 | 9 Comments
Yummy Gummies to Boost the Immune System ~ Recipe

    The flu season is in full effect!  Since this condition is highly contagious, prevention is key.  Including Elderberries daily is an effective way to help boost the immune system in order to keep the flu bug out of your family household.  If symptoms arise, have the whole family double the dose of Elderberry […]

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This is What One Pound of Muscle vs One Pound of Fat Looks Like

| April 6, 2015 | 10 Comments
This is What One Pound of Muscle vs One Pound of Fat Looks Like

Here is a picture of one pound of muscle versus one pound of fat. Amazing, isn’t it? My big question to you is: which would you rather have? Many of us already know the benefits of strength training. Wonderful things like improved posture, increased metabolism, potential decreased risk of injury, increased bone density and increased […]

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3 Habits of a Heart Healthy Family

| February 23, 2015 | 9 Comments
3 Habits of a Heart Healthy Family

Today’s families are busy being busy so it is often difficult to eat healthy and make time for all family members to stay physically active – two keys for a healthy heart.  Parents are consumed with naps, diapers & feeding schedules or drop offs and pick ups and waiting in arena’s, at dance studios and swimming […]

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3 Nutrients That Help with Post-partum Depression

3 Nutrients That Help with Post-partum Depression

Having a baby brings with it a host of emotions ranging from excitement, happiness, worry, guilt, sadness and irritability.  Transitioning into motherhood is challenging and post-partum depression creates an added layer of challenge.  A lot of mothers wish to avoid the use of anti-depressants, especially if they are breastfeeding.  However, anti-depressant medication can help you feel […]

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A New Year, a New You! 3 Simple Changes to Improve Your Health

A New Year, a New You! 3 Simple Changes to Improve Your Health

It’s a new year and time for a new you! Here are 3 simple changes which will give you a boost to achieve optimal health: 1. Drink a glass of warm lemon water when you wake up. In addition to getting that extra cup of water, the lemon stimulates your liver to help your body […]

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3 Reasons to Supplement with Vitamin D this Winter

3 Reasons to Supplement with Vitamin D this Winter

Winter is approaching which means it is time to start thinking about supplementing with Vitamin D.  Of course, getting all your vitamins and minerals through food is ideal, however vitamin D is the exception and I recommend everyone should supplement with it for the following reasons: 1. Vitamin D is not available in food in […]

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6 Tips to Teach Kids About Nutrition

| October 14, 2014 | 14 Comments
6 Tips to Teach Kids About Nutrition

A child’s relationship with food starts young and while it may be the parents and caregivers who make the choice of what will be served for meals, it is usually the child who decides what will be eaten! How many times have you been on the kitchen floor picking up the latest casualty in what […]

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Healthy Nut-free Snacks for School

| September 12, 2014 | 15 Comments
Healthy Nut-free Snacks for School

It’s back to school time and lots of parents are asking the question, “What nut-free snacks can I pack for my child?”.  Having a nut-free policy is essential to ensuring the safety of those children with nut allergies.  However, removing nuts can make it challenging to provide snacks that are high in protein.  Protein is […]

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You Are Making a Healthy Food Choice – or Are You?

| June 27, 2014 | 19 Comments
You Are Making a Healthy Food Choice – or Are You?

You grab a whole grain fruit muffin for breakfast on your way to the office, a salad at the drive thru for lunch while on the road on the weekend and pass out granola bars to the kids for an afternoon snack.  Sounds like you are making some great healthy choices. But wait. . . When we […]

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Keeping My Children Happy and Healthy with Heinz Baby Foods and Coupons #Giveaway! ~ CAN 07/14

| June 19, 2014 | 46 Comments
Keeping My Children Happy and Healthy with Heinz Baby Foods and Coupons #Giveaway! ~ CAN 07/14

My children have the tendency to be picky eaters. We try to give them an assortment of food so they do not rely on a handful of staples on a day-to-day basis. One the food brands we like to go to that has a variety of choices for my kids is Heinz Baby.   For […]

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A Parenting Sampler: Fitness, Healthy Food and Baby Sleep – Proceeds to CHEO – Monday, April 14th, 2014

| April 7, 2014 | 4 Comments
A Parenting Sampler: Fitness, Healthy Food and Baby Sleep – Proceeds to CHEO – Monday, April 14th, 2014

It was 2 am and my baby’s breathing was labored.  He was visibly struggling for air, his neck muscles activated trying to pull in air against resistance.   My empathy for him was crippling, and there was a terrible feeling of uncertainty in my chest about how to help him.  Finally, we pulled the trigger…. that’s […]

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5 Reasons Why Diets Fail

| February 4, 2014 | 15 Comments
5 Reasons Why Diets Fail

So you’re trying to lose some weight so you start looking around the interwebs for some popular diets.  There are so many to choose from nowadays.  You can go onto Amazon and download the latest diet books for about $20 bucks, read them front to cover and then go start killing yourself in about two […]

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Eating Well With Eating Well Ottawa #Review and #Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide ~ Ottawa Area 12/15

| November 27, 2013 | 18 Comments
Eating Well With Eating Well Ottawa #Review and #Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide ~ Ottawa Area 12/15

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to try out the new Eating Well Ottawa service, launched in early November. Eating Well Ottawa is run by Brendan Gorman and provides a box of organic and as-local-as-possible produce, delivered to your door. There are options for families and businesses of different sizes. For families, the Harvest […]

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Greek Cuisine ~ Spanakorizo – A Traditional Vegetarian Greek Dish Recipe

| October 11, 2013 | 14 Comments
Greek Cuisine  ~ Spanakorizo – A Traditional Vegetarian Greek Dish Recipe

Many people associate Greek cuisine with lamb, souvlaki, olive oil and feta cheese. However, the vast majority of Greek meals are peasant dishes that use simple ingredients, and are typically vegetarian. Spanakorizo is one of those traditional vegetarian meals that I’ve been eating for years. Its name translates to spinach rice and it is such […]

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Are Schools Right in Banning Certain Foods?

| October 3, 2013 | 11 Comments
Are Schools Right in Banning Certain Foods?

With two young children in school, packing lunches has become part of my daily routine. Luckily, my daughters like a variety of foods so this daily task isn’t too much of a chore. For the most part, my challenge has been to figure out what type of lunches I can fit into that cylindrical shaped Thermos […]

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4 Tricks to Getting Kids to Make School Lunches!

| October 1, 2013 | 4 Comments
4 Tricks to Getting Kids to Make School Lunches!

Who doesn’t love September! The air is cooler, the leaves are changing, it’s a great time to get back on track after a summer of lazy days and the kids are back in school!!!  Yay! Oh wait . . .the kids are back in school, that means school lunches.  Every. single. day.  Making school lunches […]

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First Post and “Tender” Days

| June 3, 2013 | 6 Comments
First Post and “Tender” Days

Hello! I’m delighted to be included on one of the best sites this glorious city has to offer for moms! As a working mom to 3.5 year-old “Little Man” and wife of 8 years to “Big Man”, as well as working for a wonderful organization, I will be writing about life as a working mom, […]

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