Glyphosate! Bromine! Allergies! Intolerance! Weight gain! Candida! Diabetes! Heart disease!
We’ve all heard the bad press surrounding refined grains.
But how do we remove this much-loved staple from our diet?
Does this meal plan sound familiar at all?
Breakfast: toast, or a pancake, or cereal, or a muffin
→ all refined grain! :o
Lunch: sandwich, a cookie
→ refined grain!! :o
Dinner: pasta, buns, pizza, a pie
→ again, refined grain!!! :o
What would we even replace all these items with??
Here are a few ideas to start with:
Breakfast: a high protein, healthy fat green smoothie, or eggs & veggies & beans, or oatmeal with seeds & nuts
Lunch: a salad containing a healthy protein & fat source
Dinner: divide your plate with majority veggies (not potatoes), a whole grain, and a good protein source, using healthy oils for cooking
Healthy snack options: fruit, hummus & veggies, dried fruit-nut-seed mix, whole grain homemade granola bars
Remember that refined grain and sugars are addictive so be ready for intense cravings and even withdrawal symptoms when you cut them out!
I’ll do it with you! ☺
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Would you believe me if I told you that these two shiny-haired boys are totally lotion and potion free? They don't use shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotions, gels, nothing! (With the odd exception of course.)
Well, our bodies are WAY more amazing than we often give them credit for! The skin is an UNBELIEVABLE organ - and our largest organ! It is our first line immune defence and part of that help comes from the wide variety and HUGE amount of microbiota that live on our skin.
**Healthy skin is capable of smelling nice despite sweat, abating infections when we skin our knee, regulating our temperature and can produce just the right amount of oils according to our environment.
In other words, our skin (and hair) are largely able to take care of themselves! That is - if we stop messing with them! And since they are living and breathing and absorb so much of what we slather onto them, it just makes more sense to leave them alone! Why mess with a perfected system, right?
#TuesdayMorningTidbit #HealthTip #SkinIsAmazing #MoneySavingTip#HealthyHair #HealthySkin
A Naturopathic Doctor!
"What is that?"
A Naturopathic Doctor is...
a government recognized primary health care practitioner with specialized training in natural therapies.
A licensed, board certified Naturopathic Doctor has completed a pre-med undergrad, an intensive 4 year program at an accredited naturopathic medical school, and has met all the standardized board exams and provincial regulatory requirements.
A Naturopathic Doctor may provide:
- in house laboratory testing or send for specialized testing outside the clinic
- physical exams including pap tests and male exams
- IV therapy and intramuscular injections
- various forms of physical medicine including manipulations, massage, or hydrotherapy
- acupuncture, cupping, and Chinese medicine
- botanical medicine including customized tinctures, teas, salves, oils, compresses, supplements, etc.
- counselling and lifestyle coaching
- homeopathic medicine
- and nutritional or orthomolecular medicine.
In addition, some naturopathic doctors may prescribe pharmaceuticals or hold certifications in various other therapies.
Naturopathic Medicine incorporates a holistic and individualistic approach to health care, searching to treat the person, not the disease, and attending to the root cause of the ailment.
For 5 more Fact Checkers about Naturopathic Medicine, visit www.drkatherinemasters.com/faq.html
or if you have further questions, just ask! :)
Write down something that has been occupying space in your mind.
Is there anything within that situation that is beyond your control?
Open your eyes to where you are at, not thinking about anything past or future, and find something in your current moment that is beautiful or that you are grateful for.
Think instead about something positive you can do towards that situation.
On a smoggy day like today in Vancouver, let's talk about air quality. We spend a lot of time indoors in Canada, but did you know indoor pollutants can be even more toxic than whatever is going on outside? Most of the reason for this is inadequate ventilation of enclosed spaces. There are all kinds of things in our homes or offices that emit chemicals such as volatile organic compounds, brominated flame retardants, pesticides, formaldehyde, mold spores, and bacteria. And unfortunately, air purifying systems do not reduce levels of all indoor air pollutants and some can even aggravate the issue.
Thankfully, there are quite a few beautiful indoor plants that work amazing at taking care of this issue for us.
How well do they work? When displaced Hurricane Katrina victims had to live temporarily in travel trailers that were found to have toxic levels of carcinogenic formaldehyde in them, a plant/air filter reduced the levels from 0.18ppm to 0.03ppm! That's significant!
Here are the top 10 houseplant air cleaners based on an assessment of 50 different plants. Thank you nature!!
How strong is your secret weapon? Do you have the immune system of a warrior?!
I wanted to write a little tidbit about immune function, not just for those heading back to school, but because a robust immune system is absolutely essential for each and every one of us! Not only to keep us healthy and functioning but also because it helps our bodies to fight against some really rough things - like cancer and autoimmune conditions.
How do we know if our immune system is functioning well?
How do we know our immune system may need some work?
The importance of a strong immune system cannot be stressed enough when it comes to just about all aspects of our health. And as a naturopathic doctor, what I want to see is our immune function restored so that our bodies are once again able to regulate properly and take care of unwanted invaders such as pathogens or even our own cells if they start to misbehave, such as an aberrant cancer cell. The way to go about this is different depending on the individual, but I would search for the root cause of the low immunity and work at that level – often this means starting at the gut level – I would not just work at the level of the presenting symptoms. To use an analogy, it would be unwise to put out the smoke signals of a cry for help without assisting the ones who started the signal. Make sense? In the same way, it would be foolish to throw lifesavers at random into the dark if you didn’t know where the person was who was in need of assistance.
Allow your Naturopathic Doctor to build your specific immune function back up to where it needs to be. Call for your appointment today: 604-534-9121.
Something got you feeling down?
Not sure exactly what it is?
Wondering if it could be food allergies?
It is one of the most common health concerns I am asked about.
And since many people find that skin prick testing does not answer all their questions, or that the elimination diet is just not something they are willing to do, I will often use food sensitivity testing to help patients reach their health goals. I have found that, in indicated cases, removal of the triggering foods in conjunction with healing the damaged tissues can dramatically improve patient symptomatology and wellness.
Here is a brief breakdown to answer some of the most common questions about food allergy testing.
Food Allergy (IgE) – occurs immediately within minutes
Food Sensitivity (IgG or IgA) – delayed food reactions – occur hours to days later
Food Intolerance – not an immune regulated reaction
What else could be going on?
For your appointment, call 604-534-9121.
Mmm... BBQ season. Sausages, hot dogs… anyone like bacon? Eat a lot of lunch meat?
Can there be life without bacon?
Colon and rectal cancer are currently the 2nd most common, unpleasant, and deadliest cancers in Canada. Risk factors for developing it include family history, presence of polyps, IBD, smoking, alcohol, lack of physical activity, obesity, and….. dum dum dum… a diet high in red or processed meat!!!
Processed meat is not required or even beneficial. Think of it like candy. It is not a part of a healthy balanced diet and it certainly should not be a regular on the daily menu!
#TuesdayMorningTidbit #HealthTip#lifewithoutbacon #coloncancer #processedmeat
Going on any TRIPS or ADVENTURES this summer?
I will be! And since my little boys like to be outside and climb and run and jump and fall, these are a few extra herbal remedies I've added to my Travelling First Aid Kit. Maybe you will find some of them useful for your summer as well!
Peaceful Flight Glycerite for kids (with equal parts matricaria recutita, melissa officinalis, and nepeta cataria) – 1 tsp can be taken 3 times per day.
Antiseptic Healing Wash: (tincture of achillea millefolium and calendula officinalis) – mix 30 drops with 1 Tbsp water to wash cuts, stings, bites, or scrapes.
Summer Salve: (with plantago lanceolata, symphytum officinale, calendula officinalis, Vitamin E, aloe vera, tea tree essential oil and lavender essential oil) – apply liberally to sunburns, bug bites, chapped lips, or minor rashes.
Insect Repellant: Mix 1oz olive oil with 15 drops each of citronella, eucalyptus, pennyroyal, and lavender essential oils. Apply to skin or clothing.
Fever Tea: (achillea millefolium, matricaria recutita, mentha piperita, nepeta cataria, and sambucus nigra) – pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 Tbsp tea, steep 10-15min and drink 1 cup every 2 hrs bath, add to a bath, or use as a compress to bring down a fever.
Note: All herbs are not for everyone and just because something is herbal does not mean it’s safe. Please don’t use without the help of a qualified provider.
#TuesdayMorningTidbit #HealthTip #NaturalRemedies#HerbalRemedies #BotanicalMedicine #NaturalMedicine #Summer#Travel #FirstAidKit