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Top 10 Life Lessons from a Spirit Junkie

Warning!  This post is a little different that many of my nutrition and recipe posts.  When I started down my holistic nutrition path, it was more about the food and the nutrients, but what I’ve learned is that the whole mind – body- spirit view of health is truly important! So instead of the usual recipe and nutrition tip post, think of this as a list of recipes for your soul! So I was in New York City a couple of weekends ago for Gabby Bernstein’s Spirit Junkie Masterclass.  An amazing weekend filled with lots of inspiration and learning, pushing past fear,
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Grilled Summer Salad

I’m addicted to my big salads, and eat them almost every day.  Those of you who know me, know that big salads are my trademark.  And although I try to mix them up, it can be tough during the winter months to keep them exciting. But now that the warm weather is here and it’s easy to get fresh local veggies, I thought I’d take advantage and shake up my salad routine with some seasonal, local goodness! Although it’s not technically summer here yet in Toronto, grilling season is well under way.  So if you want a healthy alternative to hot
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Healing Anti-Inflammatory Elixir

I’m so excited to share with you this sweet and delicious GOLDEN MILK elixir featuring TURMERIC as the star ingredient.  I’ll be honest and tell you that I’ve never been a fan of the taste of turmeric (or so I thought), even though I know that it’s one of the best health superfoods that’s so amazingly healthy, especially for it’s anti-inflammatory properties.  That was because I don’t like curry, which includes turmeric as one of the main ingredients. But thankfully, golden milk has changed my opinion of the taste of turmeric! Golden milk is an Ayurvedic healing tea that’s been used for many years as
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10 Minutes to Fresh Breath, Clearer Skin and Hangover Relief?

Curious about what could do all that and more?  In case you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s oil pulling! Oil Pulling Here’s the scoop on oil pulling.  It’s the practice of swishing coconut or some other type of oil around in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes, first thing in the morning.  If you haven’t heard about it, at first it sounds a little crazy, but it’s become pretty mainstream in holistic health circles.  It’s an ancient Ayurvedic technique that’s been used for thousands of years as a natural healing practice.  It’s said to draw out toxins from the body,
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Best Kale Chips Ever!

Have you tried kale chips yet?  If not, what have you ben waiting for?  I am proud to say that my spicy kale chips have won over even the most hardcore kale skeptics based on their taste. I dare you to serve these at your next gathering without converting a few friends into kale chip lovers :). Since kale chips have been becoming more popular, they’re popping up in stores all over the place.  While I was doing research for this post, I took a look at some of those fancy kale chips sold at health food stores.  They have
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Are Your Beauty Products Messing with Your Hormones?

Hello Radiant Beauties! Did you know that endocrine disrupting chemicals are pretty common in skin and beauty products these days?  Probably.  But do you know what endocrine disruptors are?  Maybe you’ve heard the term but not really sure what it means or what products these bad boys are in, and how to avoid them. Well you’re in luck my friends.  I’m here to help demystify!  Endocrine disrupting or hormone disruptive chemicals are sneaky little guys that lurk in many beauty and household products.  Because they are similar in structure to our hormones,  they can mess with the natural functions of our hormones
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Guilt Free Chocolate Mocha Smoothie

Are you addicted to chocolate, but want to stay away from the sugary processed kind of chocolate that you know is not good for you? What about coffee?  Another common addiction that I’ll admit I share. I love coffee.  For me it’s not so much the caffeine, but the taste.  And there’s just something about the feeling of a nice warm cup of coffee that makes me happy.  Am I right? I’ve been experimenting with replacements for my morning coffee, some that taste like coffee, others not so much (but still awesome!).  The best “substitute” I’ve found (although there is no
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Sexy White Smile, DIY Style

Lets talk about your toothpaste. Have you ever read the caution on the back of the toothpaste tube. Here’s what mine says: “CAUTION: Do not swallow. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN UNDER 6 YEARS OF AGE. If more than used for brushing is accidently swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Centre right away.” Yikes! Why subject yourself and your family to that when you can make your own toothpaste in minutes with simple ingredients.  And you probably already have some of them in your kitchen.  This DIY version is super effective, and can even help whiten your
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Love and Chocolate

Happy Love Day Friends! Whatever you feel about Valentine’s Day, and whatever your relationship status is, remember that loving yourself is the secret to more love and happiness in all areas of your life.  So take some time this weekend to love and appreciate yourself first, then be sure to let all the loves in your life know how much you appreciate them too!  But don’t limit that to Valentine’s Day.  It’s the small acts of thoughtfulness, appreciation and gratitude that make all the difference. So make it a priority to let your partner know what they mean to you each and
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Purple Power Smoothie

I’m excited to share a delicious new addition to my smoothie menu, the Purple Power Smoothie! The deep colourful pigments in fruits and vegetables contain different flavonoids, which are all super healthy and each have their own unique health benefits.  Purple just happens to be one of my favourite colours, and it contains a flavonoid called anthocyanin, which is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. Free Radicals and Antioxidants Explained I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about antioxidants, maybe so much that the word has started to lose it’s meaning.  But do you really know what antioxidants are and how they
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