Monday, 29 September 2014

Chia Two-Bite Brownies (Nut-free)

Unlike the conventional two-bite brownie, these guys are a nutritious dessert option or snack. They have a cake-like consistency and are just the right sweetness without being overpowering. This recipe is not autoimmune friendly, however, they are nut-free for those of us with nut allergies. I will call this brownie recipe version 1.0 because I would like to improve upon it in the future, but for now I will share with you all what I came up with. They weren't exactly what I was aiming for, but I really liked how they turned out!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Do You Know Your Honey?

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Did you know that there are many different varieties of honey? Honey is classified into different types based on the type of flowers the bees pollinated. Some of the common North American types of honey include clover, orange blossom, blueberry, sage, tupelo, buckwheat, fireweed, mesquite and sourwood. Clover is one of the most mild tasting honeys, while buckwheat is one of the most intense. They also range in color from a clear pale yellow (mild tasting) to a dark somewhat opaque brown color (intense tasting). The color corresponds to the flavor; the darker the honey the more intense the flavor. Although the honeys have different colors and tastes, they all have approximately the same amount of sugars in them. Today we will go through the different types and their uses and benefits!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

6 Traditional Ways to Get More Protein

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Protein powders can be a great way to increase the amount of protein you consume on a daily basis, but it is always better to eat real food over a supplement; and protein powders are a supplement. The main reason is that you will get more nutrients along with your protein from eating a real meal over a supplement. You can read more here on why protein powders aren't suitable for everybody. The best way to increase protein consumption is by eating more protein rich foods. Here are 6 protein packed ideas to help keep your diet real.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Veggie-loaded Shepherd's Pie

If you are having difficulty getting enough vegetables in your diet, this recipe is for you! This shepherd's pie is packed with vegetable goodness in an easy to eat casserole form. This recipe is not only grain-free, but also autoimmune friendly (AIP) and delicious! Maybe I'm just weird, but I thought it was pretty fun to make as well. I hope you all enjoy this simple paleo (and AIP) dinner option! 

Sunday, 31 August 2014

You Can't Control Everything (An Experience with Pityriasis rosea)

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In the last few years I have read quite a lot of books on nutrition. The underlying message in almost all these nutrition books seems to be that you can control almost anything to do with your health through nutrition. Most of these authors probably don't intend for this to be the message that comes across; they are merely trying to prove the point that nutrition is a very important factor in obtaining and maintaining good health. While it is true that a proper diet is very important for good health, there are also other factors to consider. The truth is that you are never going to be 100% in control of your health. The belief that every aspect of your health can be reflected through nutrition leads to baseless feelings of guilt and discouragement. Today I am going to share an experience that happened to me recently that served as a reminder that it is impossible to control every detail of my health, and that I shouldn't feel bad about this.

WARNING: This post contains somewhat graphic pictures of a skin condition