Dieting and Sleep

articles health nutrition Jul 23, 2019

That nutrition plays a central role in our health is no secret. After all, the old adage “you are what you eat” acknowledges how important nutrition is for our well-being. This concept is taking on an added dimension as research demonstrates the impact of diet on sleep. It is estimated that nearly one-third of Americans suffer from insomnia and related sleeping problems. Dietary problems are also abundant with an obesity rate in America hovering near 40%. Researchers studying both of these public health problems have noted a strong link between sleep and obesity, and there is strong reason to believe that improving diet can improve sleep and vice versa. A detailed article on the subject of food and sleep has been published at sleephelp.org. It talks about specific diets, review foods that can help and hinder sleep, and answer many frequently asked questions about nutrition and sleep.

The Full Article "Dieting and Sleep" covers these topics:

  • Does Food and Nutrition Affect Sleep?
  • How Do Diets Affect Sleep?
  • Types of Diet
  • Foods That Will Help You Sleep
  • Foods to Avoid Before Bed
  • Does intermittent fasting affect sleep?
  • Do you burn fat while sleeping?
  • Does sleeping well help with weight loss?
  • What foods help babies sleep?
  • Can food allergies cause sleep problems?
  • Does spicy food affect sleep?
  • What is the sleeping beauty diet?

What is the sleeping beauty diet?

The sleeping beauty diet attempts to address hunger not with eating but with sleeping, adhering to the idea that time spent sleeping is time not spent taking in calories. In order to accomplish this, many followers of this diet use sleep aids or painkillers to sleep for as many as 20 hours per day. For much more... visit sleephelp.org for the detailed article on Dieting And Sleep.

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Oatmeal Banana Blueberry Muffins

baking muffins recipes Jul 08, 2019

This is a super healthy and tasty Oatmeal Banana Blueberry Muffin recipe with no refined ingredients whatsoever! My version was inspired by my neighbour, Elaine, who served these delicious muffins at our monthly neighbourhood coffee get together. Her’s had chocolate chips instead of blueberries; 3 cups oats, no flour or hemp hearts. I also replaced the honey with maple syrup, and milk with buttermilk. > Full recipe...

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The Benefits of Leafy Greens

articles health nutrition Jul 06, 2019

Do You Know Rutabaga? And How About Escarole?

Everyone knows kale is the superfood of the day. And spinach has been known for years to be one as well. But how about other veggies? How well do you know the “not-so-famous” greens? Here is an infographic with some great information. Full post...

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Best Ever Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

baking cookies recipes Jun 01, 2019

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies — Here’s one for all you cookie monsters out there! These are deliciously healthy cookies made with wholesome, unrefined ingredients. You can have one or two without feeling guilty. The cookie monsters in my house claim these are the best EVER!! Due to my gluten sensitivity I use a combination of gluten free and stone ground spelt flours. They couldn’t tell the difference! However, you can use 1 cup all purpose and 1 cup spelt.

To make sure my cookies are going to spread just perfectly, I usually bake just a few first to test the spreadability of my cookie dough. If they didn’t spread enough, you can always add a bit more liquid. I especially don’t like cookies that turn out flat like pancakes! You shouldn’t have that problem with this recipe because the dough is on the thicker side due to the unrefined spelt flour and coconut sugar. > Full recipe...

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Grow Your Own Vegetables: It isn’t rocket science.

articles garden May 16, 2019

Grow Your Own Vegetables: It isn't rocket science.

There’s nothing better than getting your hands dirty and reaping the rewards of your hard work, especially when it comes from the garden. Organic, home grown fruits and vegetables are free of pesticides and other chemicals that can damage our bodies over time.

There are many great reasons to start your own vegetable garden.

  • Control your food — The only way to know exactly what is in the food you are consuming is to grow or make it yourself…and a garden is a great way to do it! You have absolute control over how the garden is grown, the seeds and fertilizer used, and have intimate knowledge of each fruit or vegetable.
  • Save money The cost of organic produce at a grocery store is usually more expensive if you are concerned about chemicals and trying to eat healthy. Growing your own fruits, vegetables and herbs can ease the stress on your wallet and mind.
  • Freshness — Produce in the store may have been sitting there for days. It may be handled frequently, be bruised or limp, or the quality can be questionable. Picking fruits and vegetables from your garden ensures you are getting your produce at the peak of its freshness.

There are different ways to accommodate growing a garden even if you don’t have a lot of space for a dedicated garden plot. 

Grow Your Own Veggies in Garden Boxes: A Garden Patch Alternative

Raised garden beds are gaining in popularity, and for good reasons. You don’t need to have a lot of ground space in which to cultivate the garden, and keeping the whole setup off the ground not only provides good drainage but helps keep pests, like snails and slugs, away from the crops. The sides of the vegetable bed also help keep the soil from eroding or being washed away due to heavy rainfall. Keeping the garden raised also means you can have a longer growing season because you are able to plant earlier and the soil will be well-drained and...

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Vegetarian Samosas

appetizer indian recipes May 15, 2019
 

Vegetarian Samosas have really gained rock star popularity over the past few years. I have been asked quite frequently by friends, clients and followers to teach them how to make samosas. It’s difficult to clearly demonstrate the process of making samosas in a written recipe. So we made a video of a samosa making class to give you visuals and a better understanding of how it’s done. Full recipe...

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Gluten Free Lemon Cranberry Loaf

baking loaf recipes May 14, 2019

It has a beautifully moist and cakey texture. No one will ever know it’s gluten free unless you tell them. With the cranberries contrasting with the lovely yellow colour of the lemon inside the cake and the coconut sprinkled on top, this loaf looks as gorgeous as it tastes!

The secret to the beautiful texture of this loaf is the gluten free flour blend. Click here for the recipe.  You can use this flour cup for cup to replace regular flour in your recipes. It works beautifully just as long as you add the xanthan gum which binds it together to give your loaf the same texture as when baking with wheat all purpose flour. > Full recipe...

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Easy and Delicious Spaghetti Provençal

entree pasta recipes May 01, 2019

This Easy Spaghetti Provençal recipe is truly easy to make. There are hundreds of variations of Spaghetti Provençal recipes, the simplest one is with garlic, onion and parsley only. What you incorporate after is your choice. This version has red peppers and cherry tomatoes. > Full recipe...

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Can meditation prolong your life? An article about telomeres.

articles health Apr 30, 2019

Can meditation prolong your life by protecting and rebuilding your telomeres?

Telomeres, what are they? Before I talk about what telomeres are, what they do and what their connection is to meditation, let me ask you: Do you meditate? If yes, that’s great. If not, have you thought about it? Or is this concept so foreign to you that maybe you feel a bit uncomfortable with the idea?

The practice of daily mediation appears to be far removed from mainstream science. And yet, at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), a team of biochemists is immersed in a study about how meditation affects our physical health. Not what you would expect mainstream western science to be doing. Here is a recap of findings from the research at UCSF. Full post...

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Turmeric Rice Bowl with Masala Chickpeas & Peppers

This is my go to recipe when I want to make a deliciously nourishing meal in under 30 minutes.

After bringing the rice to a boil, you reduce the heat down too low, set the timer, and while the rice is cooking, you can easily finish making the Masala Chickpeas & Peppers.

You don’t have to be vegetarian to love this food. It’s a fabulous Meatless Monday meal idea with lots of protein, dietary fibre, essential vitamins/minerals as well as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory spices. Full recipe...

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