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.
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The way that food looks, smells and tastes are the result of the phytonutrients in food. When an onion is sliced and releases smell or when kale changes from light green to a darker green colour, phytonutrients are doing their job. The richer the colour of the food, the more phytonutrients it contains. Simply put, phytonutrients are “plant nutrients.” Along with vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fats, phytonutrients are essential to our health. Read More

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” – Melody Beattie 

With a new year comes a fresh start and a renewed hope. It’s a great time to let go of the past and move forward. The popular new year’s resolutions usually involve eating healthier and working out. Most people, however, only last for a week or two until they finally give up and return to their normal ways. The difference between people who are successful in reaching their goals as oppose to those that don’t is persistence. Even when they don’t see any instant changes, they keep going. Persistence mixed with discipline and knowledge is the key to lasting change. This year, instead of a resolutions list, let’s pursue a lifestyle of vitality and reap the benefits of optimal health. Read More

Christmas can be a joyous season filled with delicious food and a room full of people you love. However, family gatherings, party preparations, buying gifts and everything else that revolves around this time can cast a toll on your body physically, emotionally and mentally. The hustle and bustle of Christmas shouldn’t have to be stressful! Here are 13 tips to help you get through the holiday season with peace of mind. 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