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Moms: Do Your Kids Have Food Sensitivities?

Hey, friends! I have an exciting announcement: on March 1 2016, Baby Nosh quietly made its way into the world.

(Note: I’m talking about a baby book, not an actual baby.)

What

Baby Nosh is a book I co-wrote with the talented and locally acclaimed shutterbug, Tanya R. Loewen. Geared towards helping parents make good choices when it comes to feeding their baby solid foods, Baby Nosh is ultimately filled with tips, ideas, and 100 recipes that are kind to your baby’s digestive system and will not promote food sensitivities.

These days, with our food supply being so artificial and commercially prepped, we’re all (including our babies) feeling the results of a poor western diet.

But Baby Nosh can help!

This book is chalk-full of nutrient-dense foods that help your baby (your whole family, actually) successfully grow and thrive the way we were all designed to. Babies and children don’t need to suffer with food sensitivities.

If supplied with the right kind of foods, your family can be 100% food sensitivity-free.

Why

Your body is amazing. It does absolutely everything in its power to keep you alive, and that is the only reason we’re not all dropping like flies. I mean, let’s face it: most of us do nothing to mindfully and intentionally assist our bodies in being the best possible bodies they can be.

Right?

But a funny thing happens when you have kids: overnight, you become completely willing to give up your bad vices and totally prioritize your kids’ health and well-being. By way of osmosis, you also usually improve your own health, too.

SO: if you just had a baby, or your have small children, or just want to learn how to make easy, healthy, kind foods for your family, attend one of the two Baby Nosh events below. If you have kids with food sensitivities, you should come. If you have food sensitivities yourself, you should come.

When

Books will be for sale, and Tanya and I would be more than willing to help you achieve a blissful, healthy home–and usually, that type of wellness begins in the kitchen.

There are two locations: Abbotsford (April 5th at Precious Kargo Baby Boutique) and Vancouver (Commodity Juicery). Pick one (or both!) and we’ll see you there. If you can’t make it, you can still buy the book HERE. xo

The Wellness Show Vancouver

Hey, everyone! If you live in the Vancouver area, and have yet to attend the annual Wellness Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre, you need to give it a go in 2016.

Besides the fact that I’ll be there (both as a Healthy Families stage presenter, and at my Fresh + Fit Vancouver booth) and I’ll need some good, distracting company, I also have coupons for you!

Not that The Wellness Show is expensive (it’s $14.50 for a general admission and $30 for the entire weekend, and you make your money back pretty quickly in free swag and delicious food samples), but as an extra enticement, the event coordinators have offered me a 2-for-1 coupon for Friday the 12th to offer anyone who may be interested!

You can download it HERE:

Once the holidays are over and you can breathe and focus on your own wellness (by January, we all wanna do it), I promise that this event will sound more than appealing.

Hope to see you there! xo

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This Year's Top 10 Wellness Trends

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The Wellness Show is a weekend-long celebration of health and wellness, hosted each year in Vancouver. This year’s dates are the 13th-15th, and I’ll be there as a blogger on behalf on My Van City on the Sunday.

Feel free to hunt me down and say hi!

This year’s wellness experts put a lot of time and effort into researching the latest health trends, which I’m finding SUPER interesting. Some are surprising (I thought sprouting was in a couple of years ago),  but most are not (being more zen is definitely on trend). 😉 The rest of this post was written and passed along for The Happy Healthy Life to share by The Wellness Show, so without further adieu:

Here are the top trends we’re currently seeing in health and wellness:

1- Sprouting: Sprouting raw nuts, seeds, beans and grains is one of the quickest, easiest ways to pack a group of   nutrients into your body in just one handful. Eating sprouted foods also aids in digestion and helps to make your body’s PH more alkaline. Chat with the experts from Sprout Growers Dome at the show.

2- Non-GMOs: Not only are genetically modified foods unkind to the environment, but they are also bad for our bodies. You’ll find non-GMO-verified exhibitors at the Wellness Show. You¹ll also find kinder, better tasting, and better for you meat options, like local, grass-fed, free range beef and pork. Learn how to cook it, too, at one of our cooking demos!

3- Healthy snacking and smoothies/juices: Cold-pressed juices and smoothies are a great way to get a ton of vitamins and minerals in a very portable package. Vitamix will be one of the exhibitors at the show, and we’ll also have juices to sample from Bremner Juices, and supplements like vegan protein powders and Greens+ Superfood to boost your juice. Learn about healthy snacking on the run from our very own Liz Pearson, and discover the newest trend: Smoothie Bowls. They incorporate a smoothie, along with additional fresh fruit, and granola.

Happy Healthy Gut

4- Good for your gut: Fermented foods are great for us, because they contain helpful bacteria that help with immunity and digestion. While at the Wellness Show, sample some saurkraut, sip some kombucha, try some sourdough bread or yogurt from Liberte and Yoplait. You can also try the latest probiotics at Nature’s Fare and Pure Pharmacy.

5- Bone Broth: one of the newest and most popular health food trends right now, this nutrient-dense, inexpensive and easy to make consume is thought to be excellent for bones and teeth, due to its high collagen content.

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6- Cruciferous vegetables: Cauliflower is the current reigning king of cruciferous. You can make it into rice, you can mash it, and you can roast it whole. It takes on spices and flavouring incredibly well, and it¹s low in carbs. Other cruciferous veg that the world is currently loving? Brussels sprouts and other cabbages, for their ability to fill you up and their high fiber and vitamin content.

7- Stealthy Healthy: A fantastic new trend in eating out is healthy upscale restaurants. You no longer have to resort to ordering a salad when eating out if you want to be healthy. Restaurants are now dedicated to creating healthy food that looks and tastes amazing. Attend cooking demos by the chefs from Graze, Calabash, Tojos, and Top Chefs to learn new, healthy recipes and techniques.

8- Wearable tech: One of the biggest fitness trends is wearable tech that monitors your daily steps, how much you sleep, how much you eat, and how many calories you burn on your workout. Your tech is linked to your home computer or your smartphone. Another trend is apps‹your smartphone can now source your healthy lunch, prompt you to drink water, or help you to workout.

Beautiful healthy Young Woman lying on the green grass

9- Connecting with your inner Zen: We need calm and peace more than ever in today’s busy world with never-ending emails and Facebook updates. Take a class on how to meditate, and learn how to better manage your stress. Learn about floating at Pure Float, and block out the world for a few moments to focus and centre.

10- New fun workouts:  Instead of hour-long workouts, the trend is to shorter, 20 or 30 minute, high-intensity workouts. Take a dance fit class at the show, or, learn how to set up your own home gym from Flaman Fitnness. Outdoor workouts are another great trend happening right now being outdoors has wonderful benefits to add to exercise. Connect with The Pole Lady to find out how you can take your daily walk to the next level!

If you want to connect with the amazing people who put all these stats into a fun way to see if you’re on trend, visit The Wellness Show, which runs Friday, February 13 (noon to 7 pm), Saturday, February 14 (10 am to 7 pm) and Sunday, February 15 (10 am to 6 pm) at the Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building Exhibit Hall B & C, 999 Canada Place. Ticket prices are: $14.50 (General Admission), $12.50 (Seniors & Students), $6.00 (Children 6-15), and FREE (Children 5 & Under), 3 Day Passes are available for $30. Admission is available at the door, or may be purchased in advance online at www.thewellnessshow.com.

Be well, amigos! xo

Wellness Tea Recipe for Cold and Flu Season

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It’s December, and that means we’re smack in the middle of a season known for fevers, runny noses, ear aches, and nausea. These annoying and sometimes awful ailments are easily spread because everyone huddles together inside, and there is less air circulation. Cold weather also can lower the immune system, making us more susceptible to bugs, and the increased consumption of holiday spirits definitely don’t help.

I started making a tea with only four ingredients to assist in immune function and lessen cold symptoms and duration. I’m calling it Yellow Wellness Tea, mostly because it’s fun to challenge my kids to say the name three times, fast.

(Spoiler alert: one out of three can do it.)

The ingredients to make this tea can all be found in a regular grocery store (usually), and if not, any decent health food store should definitely carry them.

Wellness Tea Spices

Here are the four items I use, and why they make an amazing preventative/symptom-reducing drink:

Turmeric

  • Tames heartburn and an upset stomach
  • Helps lessen joint pain
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Relieves pain

Ginger

  • Relieves nausea
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic properties
  • Reduces vertigo
  • Helps with digestive upset

Lemongrass

  • Relieves pain
  • Helps with nausea
  • Calms a cough
  • Soothes muscles and joints
  • Prevents bacterial growth
  • Reduces fever
  • Loosens chest congestion

Lemon

  • Anti-bacterial and anti-viral
  • Relieves indigestion and constipation
  • Fever-reducing
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Relieves respiratory disorders and throat infections

So you can see how combining all of these incredibly helpful things together creates a concoction for wellness and health improvement, right?!

Herbal Tea

Recipe for one 16 ounce (I don’t fool around) cup of Yellow Wellness Tea:

Ingredients

¼ tsp. ground turmeric

Small thumb of ginger, peeled and minced finely

1 tbsp. dried lemongrass leaves, crushed

½ of a lemon, juice and zest

(1 tsp. honey *optional)

Method

Combine all ingredients and mix together well. Place in tea infuser, and set in large glass or mug. Fill that sucker with boiled water, and let steep for 3-5 minutes, depending how strong you like it. (I recommend starting with 3 minutes.) If you feel it’s too strong, simply add more water to dilute. Add honey if you need some sweetness. Drink hot, and go to bed early.

Wellness Herbal Tea

Happy Monday; it’s exactly half way through the month. Take care of yourself! xo