Healing food – You are what you eat

I first heard the mantra “You are what you eat” on a TV show, titled the same, aired in the UK about 20 years ago. Gillian McKeith was the holistic nutritionist who would take on the UK’s worst cases of poor nutrition and promise them that their lives would turn around in 6 weeks IF…

Essential Oils in cooking

Put simply, it is best to use essential oils as a flavor substitute. They can come in very handy if you don’t have certain ingredients on hand. … or if the herbs themselves are just too downright expensive. You can also use them to enhance store-bought sauces to give them a little more “Oomf!” Oregano, thyme and basil oils…

Honey

I have always loved honey, in all its pure forms – runny honey, solid honey, honeycomb….yum! I grew up in a small English town where most of your produce came from local farmers, including honey so I never knew anything else. The food industry never ceases to surprise me in the ways it tries to…

Mushrooms – merely food, or more?

For thousands of years the people of Asia have eaten mushrooms for both food and medicine. Among them, the mighty Maitake mushroom reigns supreme. Significant research has been done regarding its medicinal benefits and I will elaborate on that later. First of all, know that all mushrooms have nutritional benefits and help us to expand…

Heart Healthy Diets

Let’s start out the New Year with a fresh look at our diets and how we can change them to look after our most vital organ, our heart. Visit http://www.cardiosmart.org/nutrition for more ideas, but, straight from the cardiologist’s desk, these are the key things you should be doing (and we’ll look at each in more…

Coconut Oil

Like many other foods – eggs and butter to name but two, – coconut oil has had a rather chequered past. Once castigated for its high saturated fat content, coconut oil has in recent years, been given a second life as a healthy fat. And while drinking it by the tablespoon still isn’t a great…

Dem Old Bones

Ok, so we all know that chicken soup – homemade, of course – is purported to have great health benefits, particularly for colds and flu, but have you ever stopped to wonder WHY? Answer – BONE BROTH! The University of Nebraska Medical Center conducted a study to find out exactly what was in bone broth…

Ginger – the wonder spice

So last week I succumbed, finally-after about 2 years deliberation, and bought a juicer. They are smaller and less expensive now than they were two years ago, plus I now have room to actually store one. I keep reading recipes which involve juicing something or other as part or all of it, so I was…

What to do with too many leafy greens..

We are just not a big salad eating family. Or rather, I should say, we are not a big leaf eating family. I like lettuce and spinach and arugula on occasion, but I just don’t eat enough of it to eat a whole lettuce or the huge box of organic spinach (shown in the picture)…

The wonders of peppermint

Peppermint extract and peppermint oil (Link for UK peeps!) are used both in baking and in multiple household everyday items to flavor and fragrance a variety of things from cookies and hot chocolate to soap, toothpaste, and mouthwashes. Peppermint is a sterile, hyrbid plant that’s made up of a blend of watermint and spearmint. First known to be…

To Juice or not to Juice…

The concept of juicing – making a pure juice drink from single or mixed fruits and vegetables has plenty of similarities to smoothies, but there are also some notable differences. All fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients – vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that are always best when taken in their raw, pure form. Our…

Lavender aromatherapy helps us get a good night’s sleep

Using Lavender to relax, calm and induce a good nights sleep is not a new concept, just look at all the lavender infused eye masks, lavender pot pourri, lavender room sprays, etc. on sale. New evidence, however, suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may well be a way to restore balance and aid sleep….