Monthly Archives: November 2012

mood and food

This is one of the most popular questions a nutritionist is asked.  How can i improve my mood?   This topic is vast and i always stress that disciplinary practices like meditation and deep breathing exercises or physical movement exercises like Tai Chi are excellent for calming the mind and enhancing mood.  Even 10 minutes spent in a guided meditation in the morning which you can select from the internet keeps your mood elevated for most of the day.  When it comes to food, it gets complicated.  All foods which enhance brain function like fish oils usually help.  B12 or a Multi-B supplement brings relief to most people.  They feel calmer and sharper at the same time.  Some people do not [Continue reading…]

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vegan rotini pasta in a rosé sauce

I made this recipe for a demo class when I attended IHN; I modified a classic-type dish and made it into a vegan dish. It was a big hit even amongst all the non-vegans! I hope you will enjoy it too.

 INGREDIENTS:

450 gram bag of Kamut Pasta (you’ll get brownie points for nutritional pasta choice)
1 block silken tofu, soft
3 T. olive oil
1 tsp. chilli pepper flakes
1 pkg. 8 oz. vegan cream cheese
5 very ripe plum tomatoes, chopped
Fresh basil, chopped, lots
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. of salt for sauce
Palm full of salt for boiling pasta water

DIRECTIONS:

Put large pot of boiling water on to boil and throw in palm full of salt
Cook pasta according to directions. Do not over cook
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menu ideas

Clients, friends, and family are always asking me for really interesting food menu ideas and I spend a lot of time coming up with my own recipes.  I also love 2 recipe books which I use a great deal and not just for the recipes but also for all the prep and lifestyle tips that both of these 2 cookbooks offer.  Most people I recommend these 2 books to have loved how informative they are.  One is written and beautifully illustrated by one of my wonderful past teachers, Eva Cabaca.  It is a vegan cookbook called Earthly & Divine and whether you are a vegan or not this book will show you how [Continue reading…]

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My IBS Story

I was officially diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) in 1995 although I probably had this condition since childhood. IBS is usually diagnosed by process of elimination after other bowel diseases which show up with distinct inflammatory markers like Crohn’s or Colitis have been investigated first. Many IBS sufferers often go undiagnosed for some time, even years, until their family doctor or a specialist finally arrives at the IBS conclusion. Many sufferers are told that they are simply lactose intolerant or have food sensitivities which are only a small part of the picture. The nervous system and life/nutritional habits need to be investigated.

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Make your own porridge in the morning/anytime

It is cheaper and more nutritious to make your own porridge.  Have bags of organic whole grains on hand like millet, brown rice, or buckwheat groats, and grind up 3 tablespoons in your coffee grinder and add to 1 cup of water; keep stirring to prevent lumping and bring to boil; then lower to simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until desired thickness is achieved; this makes 1 portion.  You are getting far more wholesome nutrients in fresh ground grains then with ground grains that have been sitting in a box for months/years on a shelf.  Or if you prefer oatmeal stick to making steel-cut oats; however, these take longer to cook.  Be sure to add your own favorite ingredients [Continue reading…]

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