Chickens are social animals that live together in flocks. They are omnivores who naturally spend their day foraging for food. They will often scratch the soil looking for seeds, insects, clovers, grasses and other vegetation. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the 50 billion chickens reared annually experience intensive farming methods that take them out of their natural habitat. Chickens naturally live for 6 or more years but under intensive farming methods, chicken raised for meat will live less than 6 weeks before slaughter. Free-range and organic chickens will usually be slaughtered around 8-12 weeks. Chickens farmed for meat are called “broilers” or “fryers” while those farmed for eggs are called egg-laying hens. Read More
Lemons are a natural energizer that helps to hydrate the body. On their own, lemons are packed with nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and fiber. They also have antioxidants properties which are always a plus. Because up to 60% of the human adult body is water, you can see just how important drinking water is for our health. Water helps maintain regularity of our bodily functions, flushes out toxins and gives our skin a healthy glow. Combine lemon with water and you get a tasty beneficial refreshing drink that is sure to help you start your day right! Read More
GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms are plants and animals whose genes have been genetically altered in a way that doesn’t occur naturally. Genes from one species are inserted into another species in an attempt to transfer a desired trait. For example, a gene from a flounder was inserted into a strawberry in an attempt to keep the strawberry resistant to frost. In this case, the particular experiment failed. According to David Suzuki, “genetic engineering is based on trial and error rather than on precision.” GMOs long-term effects on our health and environment are still unknown and it has not been proven to be safe. Read More
Because what you eat affects how you feel overall, it's important to know how certain foods affect your body. Let us help you get to know the therapeutic and nutritional values of the food you are consuming. Below is the breakdown of one of our more popular winter dishes: Italian Sausage Soup. Read More
The holiday season is a chance to let loose and indulge a little. Now that the New Year is just around the corner, it’s time to get back on track with eating clean and training mean! Read More
In this fast-paced world, most people eat on-the-go without giving a thought to how they chew food. Chewing, also known as mastication, is the mechanical process that breaks down food. It is the first part of the digestion process that should not be neglected. Read More
Should I Eat Dairy?…No?! Well what about my calcium?!
"The myth that osteoporosis is caused by calcium deficiency was created to sell dairy products and calcium supplements. There's no truth to it. American women are among the biggest consumers of calcium in the world, and they still have one of the highest levels of osteoporosis in the world. And eating even more dairy products and calcium supplements is not going to change that fact." --Dr. John McDougall The McDougall Program for Women (2000)Here’s my perspective and again it’s just that…and educated perspective, so please share your thoughts below. The Dairy industry spends $300 million annually on marketing and ‘research’, doctors, dieticians and sponsorships to spread the word “drink milk and you’ll have strong bones”. Calcium consumption has been so well marketed that North American women are the highest dairy consumers world wide and oddly enough, have the highest rates of osteoporosis. Maybe not so odd…more like carefully publicized. Most other parts of the world don’t experience the rates of Osteoporosis and related fractures as North Americans and most other parts of the world are not drinking cows milk…and if they are it’s nothing like the ‘quality’ or lack there of, of generic milk we have here. It’s usually raw or fermented. Often the high protein diet is blamed for osteoporosis and not milk consumption, however, there’s also protein in dairy…and sugar. Both of these substances leave an acidic state after digestion. How does your body deal with acidity?? Minerals. Minerals are basic and the most available is Calcium and Magnesium stored in our bones and tissues. My point is, you may be drinking milk (12oz with 11g protein and 18g of sugar) once or multiple times a day, but you’re also eating processed foods and refined sugars. Possibly, to go along with that, a diet too high in animal protein (yeah a 22oz porter house steak is excessive for one meal) chased down by a few beer. You’re maybe not eating enough alkaline forming foods like fresh vegetables and some fruits. You’re likely eating more sodium and condiments than you think while drinking more coffee than should be humanly possible. Does all of these factors create a situation where the health of your bones should be questioned? Yes. And remember diet is a product of accumulation. So what you have done over the course of your life in repetition adds up. It’s true that calcium is a very abundant nutrient so we don’t need to stress all that much about getting it, and trust me there’s better sources than grain-fed, antibiotic treated, hormone injected beef commercial farming practices gives us. If you want to find quality dairy, how about even grass fed, free range cow products! Truthfully, getting enough trace minerals is how our bodies deal with calcium intake; properly placing it in the bones and tissues and available enough for balancing the effects of our diet. Logically, exercise, stay hydrated with water, eat whole foods and a clean diet of high quality foods and you won’t have to worry about your bones. Athletes and people under high stress should consider supplementing. Contact me for specific recommendations on trace minerals or for booking a nutrition coaching session. Eat clean, train mean and stay lean. Jana Finkbiner, RHN
Add some spirulina to your smoothie today and start reaping the benefits from its array of essential vitamins and minerals.
By Jenny TravensBlue-green algae may not be a staple in restaurant menus, but many people recognize the health benefits it offers. Spirulina algae or Arthrospira plantes particularly grow in mineral-rich waters and salty waters of South America and Mexico. These blue-green algae are commonly used as a dietary supplement because of its wide array of essential vitamins and minerals. It is found in the forms of tablets or powder that is sprinkled in food or mixed with your favorite beverage. The term spirulina is coined from its spiral structure. There are two common species of spirulina that is used for human consumption, namely, Arthrospira plantesis and Arthrospira maxima. Because of its adaptability in freshwater and marine water, these two species are easily cultured in artificial ponds. Some of the known spirulina nutrition facts are listed below. Protein Spirulina is composed of at least 60% protein. For instance a 112 g serving of spirulina contains approximately 64 g of protein. Protein is a macro nutrient that is vital in building and repairing tissues and supporting muscle activities. According to National Institute of Health, fifteen percent of the body’s weight is made up of protein making it an essential nutrient for healthy growth. B-Vitamins The B-vitamins is a group of water-soluble vitamins that is required in energy production as well as producing red blood cells. Spirulina contains adequate amount of vitamin B3, B6, B9, and B12.
- Vitamin B3 or Niacine plays a role in the production of hydrochloric acid that is required for digestive processes.
- Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine is involved in breaking down carbohydrates and turning it into energy and maintains a healthy brain functioning.
- Vitamin B9 or folic acid (folate) is a micronutrient that aids in cellular growth and regeneration while preventing various conditions such as anemia, fetal deformities, Alzheimer’s disease, and many types of cancers.
- Vitamin B12 helps your blood cells and nerves in a good shape. A deficiency of this vitamin may lead to anemia, memory loss, weight loss, and weakness.
I found this article and wanted to share it. We often wonder what’s going on when we hit these highs and lows throughout the day. Ever think it’s the food you are consuming? It usually plays a large factor. Like we always say you can heal your body with food, well you can also heal your mood! http://www.everydayhealth.com/depression-pictures/bad-mood-busting-foods.aspx?xid=tw_everydayhealth_20120125_badmoodfoods#/slide-8
MUST READ! Food Additives are scary and can be very addicting. We talk about them in small detail here on our website http://fitnessfoods.ca/food-to-avoid. Here is another article from the Hungry For Change website that I found interesting and thought I should share. We really need to be aware of what we are putting in our bodies (and our children's) and the effects they can have on us! http://www.hungryforchange.tv/article/top-10-food-additives-to-avoid?