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Fermentation


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20181202_111841Fermented drink has remained popular over the years.  Fermented food however has apparently less  appeal, however it has recently made a comeback.   Quite possibly it is due to the health benefits rather than the taste and convenience of these foods.    There is more interest in these foods and the impact on gut, brain and overall health.   Helpful bacteria are an important and essential part of our lives.  Every culture in the world includes traditional dishes that rely on bacteria for their preparation.   The diversity of bacteria in fermented foods has become more limited.    Industrialization has resulted in standardized productions using less bacterial species and heat and often vinegar in fermentation process doesn’t offer the same benefit potential.

Health benefits cited  involve every aspect of the body.   A highly functioning digestive system will enable the other bodily systems to optimize their performance as well.

Many of the fermented foods are plant based  and offer a good source of probiotics.  The process of fermenting allows a breaking down of the food particles and makes digestion easier.  In your gut they also help to keep the harmful bacteria from doing damage.

Fermented foods can include water based kefir, tea based kombucha,  dairy based foods such as yogurt, soybean based such as natto, tempeh, miso, vegetable based such as cabbage based sauerkraut, kimchi,  and other pickled vegetables.  There are fermented foods throughout history through different countries and cultures.  Different regions would use fermentation as a way of preserving the food for future use.

I have had success with simple recipes for yogurt, water kefir, sauerkraut, beet kvass, kimchi and assorted pickled vegetables and kombucha in the past.

My current favorite is kombucha – which involves using a “SCOBY”.  A Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast.   Kombucha’s health benefit is glucuronic acid which helps the body to detox by pulling out environmental and metabolic toxins.

You will need to follow instructions exactly as to the ingredients, amounts, equipment to use (glass not plastics etc.), and the temperature and time.

If you are just starting to add these foods to your diet, I suggest that you purchase the store bought plain versions first before you make them.  That way, you have an idea of what to expect from what you make.

Healthy Recipes

Creamy Ginger Carrot Gazpacho


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Originating in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, gazpacho has risen among the ranks as a chilled soup. Gaining its notoriety, it is widely eaten in Spain and neighboring Portugal, particularly during the hot summers, since gazpacho is refreshing and cold. We’ll be sharing this recipe for those warmer days and you want something quick and delicious to make!

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Wellness

4 Reasons to Start Holistic Nutrition


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Better Weight Management than regular dieting

woman with healthy eating and diet Holistic nutrition allows you to stop dieting and start living. Using an  individualized strategy including diet, supplements and lifestyle changes will ease you into a healthier lifestyle. A lifestyle approach that incorporates each individual’s likes, dislikes and way of life is the best way to take the weight off and keep it off. Sometimes hormone balancing and food allergy solutions are also necessary. 

Stress and Fatigue

Holistic Nutrition helps minimize the effects of busy lifestyles wreak havoc with our bodies. Learning to support your body by feeding it the nutrients necessary for a healthy nervous system, allows you to get the most out of life! food-nutritious-meal

Digestive Troubles

Prescription and over the counter medications only mask medical symptoms, and do not resolve the cause of the problem. Relief can be obtained with the help of some simple holistic changes to the diet and way of eating, along with some very effective food-based supplements aimed at promoting healing of the whole digestive system.

Health Conscious

A good holistic nutritionist would help you weed out the good sources of information from the unreliable. A thorough nutritional and lifestyle assessment is used to pinpoint areas of imbalance, and recommendations for changes in diet, supplements and lifestyle are aimed at achieving balance.

Convinced? Contact us and find out how you can make the switch to holistic nutrition.

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Introduction to Holistic Nutrition


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What is Holistic Nutrition?

Nutritious meal prepping with veggies and fruitsOur bodies are constantly exposed to toxins, whether in the food we eat or the air we breathe. Individuals don’t realize how nutrient-deprived they are or how often the major organs suffer from toxic overload. The symptoms of not feeling optimal are the body’s way of telling us that balance needs to be restored. The holistic approach to nutrition looks at these symptoms in order to determine the underlying cause. The cause of these symptoms is what holistic nutrition works to correct.

Holistic nutrition focuses on the consumption of natural, wholesome foods and the elimination of toxins from our bodies. The deficiencies and imbalances suffered by our bodies are addressed through changes in diet, supplementation and other positive lifestyle changes. Since the root cause of many symptoms is often nutrition related, once the body is provided with a strong nutritional foundation, it often heals itself.

What is the difference between a Holistic Nutritionist and a Dietitian?

Healthy holistic breakfast with pearBoth believe that nutrition plays an essential role in overall health, but a holistic nutritionist works on the body as a whole. A dietitian generally provides nutritional advice solely as it relates to a medical diagnosis, even though some people experience different symptoms with the same disease. With a holistic nutritionist, consultations are based on individual symptoms and imbalances.