Dehydrating foods and herbs is a simple way to preserve the harvest that retains most of the nutrients. Move over fruit leather and jerky, there's so much more that you can dry! I regularly dry herbs for teas and infusing into oils for skincare. I forage most of my own herbs for teas and tinctures. I dehydrate ferments to turn into spice blends and make super-light camping snacks and meals. Here's some tips for where to begin if you're new to drying, what to consider for equipment and an easy recipe for Apple Chips to get you started!Read More
Each of us is biochemically unique. Isn't that a wonderful thing? We're all snowflakes- complex patterns, unlike anybody else. That being said, no one diet is right for everyone. If you are feeling unbalanced, I'd highly recommend seeing a nutritional practitioner to find out what will work for the unique and complex patterns that make up you. A good practitioner will examine your diet, heavy metal exposure, exposure to toxins, symptomatology and stress levels and design a nutritional protocol specific to you.Read More
The Nervous System Did you know that humans have between 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts each day? Our brain is a network of over 85 billion neurons sending signals through substances called neurotransmitters. These chemical messengers are made from amino acids, which come from the proteins in our diet. The brain is fuelled by glucose from the carbohydrates we eat and dietary fats are replenishing our brain, which is made up of 60% fat. So, in a very literal way, we are what we eat! Certain foods help to sharpen our mind, balance our mood, and boost our memory, while other foods negatively impact our nervous system.Read More
Yesterday marked my first cold of the season and today I go from prevent to heal mode. I'm sitting with a scarf wrapped around my throat, which is rough and scratchy, and achey muscles and dull head.
So, what's my cold regime? First, I remember that the most important thing is that I rest. That's probably the hardest part. Then I really up my intake of fluids to help my body stay hydrated and flush out. It's important to drink water and herbal teas. Don't reach for juice, it's too high in sugar. Did you know 1 teaspoon of sugar depresses your immune system by 20% for up to 6 hours! That's crazy! And when you're sick, you need your immune system in top shape. My favourite tea to drink is this one. . .Read More